Kyoto Professor: 20,000 square kilometers would be evacuated if Japan followed law on “illegal” radioactive waste — 20 times larger than no-go zone (VIDEO)

Published: May 7th, 2012 at 11:15 am ET


Footage of the NYC Press Conference May 4th 2012
Cinema Forum Fukushima

New York — Description: Japanese Nuclear Scientist and Japanese and US medical doctors to discuss current radiological health conditions and concerns in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor catastrophe.

Hiroaki KOIDE / Nuclear Reactor Specialist and Assistant Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute


There is also a law that says that when transporting radioactive material, it is illegal to transport any material which has a greater dose than 40,000 becquerels per square meter.

In fact, if that law were to be followed, then the amount of square kilometers that need to be evacuated is approximately 20,000km — in other words 20,000 square kilometers should be completely devoid of people.

View the full presentation here:

In December 2011, Asahi reported the evacuation zone is about 1,100 square kilometers:


Published: May 7th, 2012 at 11:15 am ET


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23 comments to Kyoto Professor: 20,000 square kilometers would be evacuated if Japan followed law on “illegal” radioactive waste — 20 times larger than no-go zone (VIDEO)

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Kevin πŸ™ today Fukushima and the U N the real nuclear threat has happened:

    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      Whoopie: Got to love Kevin Blanch! πŸ™‚
      He is so hopeful. Get in there, UN. Do it for the birds! For our children. For our unborn grandchildren.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Oh man, I was so humbled, impressed by this video today. HELP JAPAN UN!!! LOVE HIM…

        • arclight arclight

          "we are a community of fighters!!"

          how true!

          thanks for the post whooppie!! πŸ™‚

          • The un is dead, Syria proved it, Chernobyl did too and continues to, IAEA IS AN ARM OF THE NUKE INDUSTRY. facts of life & now death for anyone who is waiting for help from un. IMHO.

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    A 20,000 sq km evacuation zone is a good start. This is based on Japanese law, not on medicine. Perhaps 40,000,000 Japanese are currently living in the Fuku nuclear waste dump.

    And, perhaps, no place in Japan is safe to live in any longer. The coming years will be an ugly spectacle as vast numbers of people sicken and die. What for? For electricity? For a few dollars in the pockets of those who own nuclear industry and utility stocks and bonds? For a few dollars in the pockets of government officials who let the nuke industry get established in Japan? This is all so obscene! And so sad.

  • Well, as a non-Kyoto professor I would venture that any 20,000 sq km that doesn't include Tokyo would have to be recalculated to conform with a blatantly observable reality that is perhaps too stark and unpleasant to even contemplate.

    In addition, we have a SFP4 "bomb-scare" in a major EQ zone ready to go off any second that will require evacuation of the whole country, parts of Korea, Russia, China and the West Coast of N America.

    But, that again is wishful thinking. We know it will likely do in the Northern Hemisphere. That means we'll need new SI units to replace sq km – something like slkm (shitloads of km).

    • Sorry, I must have overreacted:

      "Our nuclear power plants have undergone exhaustive studying and have been declared safe for any number of extreme contingencies."

      "I want to be very clear we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States."

      — Barack Obama

      • jec jec

        So how did the kelp off the West California sea shore –become contaminated with ~ 1200 Bq/Kg? I might have the measurement type wrong, but the 1200 Bq is from Fukushima. radiation reaches USA? How do we know? WE DONT because EPA monitoring sites are down, they now use "volunteers" for Radnet. HUM..why not PAY the volunteers for real work and NOT PAY the EPA administrators? The TOP officials are mostly political appointments anyway — from the PLUM BOOK. Ever hear of that? It lists 700 appointments the President of the United States gets to make when he wins/takes office. This is a "reward" for being loyal to the elected party and officials. A "freebie" to the supporters we taxpayers all fund!

        Lets cut where cutting needs to happen, and get the agencies working for real! Not just doing media released. Sad, sad..I hope the officials and their families live in California or Oregon or Washington State or Hawaii, or Alaska —and not in Wash DC.

      • snowwy snowwy

        it is a neat little trick the powerful play… in their workd radiation stops at their borders. as impressively demonstrated by the french post chernobyl.

        risk assessment in nuclear power seems to be made by a bunch of primates equipped with crayons and pebbles. no sane person can say that nuclear power is safe… it is only and ever a safe until a greater event occurs. by murphy's law the greater event can sand will happen no matter how insignificant its percentage of likelihood is.

        in terms of statistics, we long said that "i only believe those statistics that i forged myself" it is legendary how statistical risk can be so low, that it does not even matter yet, if the event occurs, the disaster is so great that it is significant to all those who are affected by it.

        mathematics is no substitute for duty of care or human rights!

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    A single plant is taking out a whole country, and we're being forced to coexist with radiation plants all over the world. Something has to change folks. The first order is to get our weasel politicians replaced.

    • many moons

      civil disobedience!!!!
      We don't have time….let's take some cues from our middle easten brothers and sisters who, because of their courage, may have a brighter future.

      • snowwy snowwy

        i would rather not discuss this issue here… rather not. the middle east is trying to get into nuclear power as well and we all know that is not because they actually need the energy as such.

  • many moons

    Not evacuating is a great way to save money! But if it's illegal why then….. start putting some of the rule breaking, illegal, MF in jail…or make them stay within the 12 mile evacuation zone.

    • snowwy snowwy

      it is not illegal if you make the laws. laws only apply to those who do not make them. it is a great crime against humanity but if the government can make it look like co-incidental illnesses and as long as they hide just how many people are sick because of it there will be no judge, no court and nobody will be punished for it.

  • StillJill StillJill

    My 'NAYSAYERS' aren't 'Nay'ing quite so loud these days!

    One actually asked to move with me!

  • jeff-phx

    We should send the TSA to take care of this national security threat!!

  • glowfus

    22,000 square kilometers=8,494 square miles=100 miles x 82 miles. so, sitting on your couch, point straight ahead 100 miles and then point right (or left!) 82 miles and never go in there for at least one million years. and that doesnt include anythig else such as missing reactor cores etc.