Lawmaker warns emperor of reality facing Japan: “Children are suffering from health problems” — Another official reveals “the incidence of cancer in children has been increasing” and is heckled (VIDEO)

Published: November 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am ET


Kyodo News, Nov. 1, 2013: “I wrote the letter because I wanted the emperor to know the situation of children who have suffered from radiation exposure, the appalling labor conditions for workers at the nuclear plant, and the poor way radiation (exposure) is being managed,” [Japanese lawmaker Taro] Yamamoto said. When the emperor came near him, Yamamoto expressed fear that the children are suffering from health problems, saying, “The future of the children is in danger” and gave the letter to the emperor […]

Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 1, 2013: “I, as an individual, only wanted to tell the emperor the truth about the health hazard posed to children and the workers who are exposed to radiation and being abandoned” […] “I wanted to explain the plight of children exposed to radiation […] From a common sense point of view, handing a letter to His Majesty may be rude. However, even though it is, I could not contain my desire to have him understand what is happening,” the lawmaker said.

Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 2, 2013: “I wanted to explain the plight of children exposed to radiation released after the nuclear accident and the health condition of people who are working at the facility in the worst conditions”

Reuters, Nov. 1, 2013: “I wanted him to know about the children who have been contaminated by radiation”

Jiji Press, Nov. 2, 2013: […] he wanted to inform the Emperor of the real situation facing the nation following the March 2011 nuclear crisis […]

Watch footage of Yamamoto handing the letter to the emperor here

MP Katsumasa Suzuki, Oct. 17, 2013: “In Fukushima, the incidence of cancer in children there has been increasing.”

Watch Suzuki’s speech at the Diet here

Published: November 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am ET


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62 comments to Lawmaker warns emperor of reality facing Japan: “Children are suffering from health problems” — Another official reveals “the incidence of cancer in children has been increasing” and is heckled (VIDEO)

  • weeman

    It was very brave of mr.Yamamoto to hand letter to the emperor, I can imagine his peers will not be amused by his actions and his future will now be fully monitored and you can bet you bottom dollar he will not get near the emperor again.
    The Japanese respect their emperor and it would be nice to hear his stand, but is insulated from society and since the second world war he is only a puppet emperor, don't pull the strings to hard or make him dance.
    Let's hope that it has a effect on the emperor, as he would be a great mentor to the Japanese people and motivator, he is well educated and must know the predicament that Japan is in and it is his duty to look after the welfare of the Japanese people.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    The brigands of health and safety in the Diet screamed, "No! No! No! You MUST NOT shatter our illusion our nuclear program is safe. We must all continue to smile. Everything is fine. Our honorable Prime Minister Abe said so. You are making a bad face. It is not allowed to contradict the Prime Minister. SHUT UP!"

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      My Japanese is rusty. I'm not at all sure those were the comments being made, just applying my imagination here ….

  • kirinseti

    Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence says a lot.

  • Yamamoto deserves a medal. The truth is we've ruined the earth, and we ruined it well-knowing there was no fix.

    If the Emperor says nothing, then he's part of the problem. If only he would have the courage and honor to face the world and make the most important speech of his life:

    "Friends, enemies, countrymen we have ruined our country and our planet. Our babies are dying and our fish are ruined forever. I stand before you not as emperor now, and not as the only tenuous thread of hope in the dystopia we have created but as your very real conscience, your truth. We have tried our best, the Japanese people have once again made great sacrifices, but our sacrifices are nought in face of the greed and lies that brought us to this very real destruction in the first place and threatens even greater suffering for the future.

    As your emperor, I must remind us that turning our backs or indulging in trickery cannot save us from our own blatant stupidity. It is time for the entire world to acknowledge our predicament and its causes and show leadership towards a mass mobilisation of all its resources. Our survival and that of the entire earth depends upon it.

    On this day, I will commemorate Japan's highest honor: the Yamamoto Medal for Bravery and will present it to Taro Yamamoto for national service beyond the call of duty. This medal is not only a Japanese honor but a signal to the world that in our day of darkness even a small light can lead us bravely forward…

    • SadieDog

      Just don't let this speech be made on a Sunday if you want Americans to hear it. They will be watching football and managing their fantasy teams.

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      Excellent writing, Pu239. Thank you.

    • Angela_R

      I note under related posts (4) that the Emperor has previously tried to speak out. But what is possible? Where is the hope?

    • Buffalojam

      PU239 – Perhaps you should be the emperor's speechwriter. One line of interest to me was "It is time for the entire world to acknowledge our predicament and causes and show leadership towards a mass mobilization of all it's resources". I mention this in light of the ctvnews reference you made in other comments relating to Japan's agreement for U.S. help in it's Fukushima cleanup efforts. Disappointingly, it seems to have Japan accepting U.S. help exclusively, despite similar offers from other countries. IMO a well coordinated mass mobilization would be preferable for any number of reasons, not the least of which would be a great opportunity for trust building. If this is an exclusive agreement I wonder why.

  • Go Flying

    Wtf do they expect the emperor to do???

    He is a powerless symbol of a long gone era.

  • Go Flying

    Don't forget that his father Hirohito ordered the profuse use of chemical and biological weapons not so very long ago.

  • ftlt

    Same in Congress here… He must not be getting or taking PAC money…

    • ftlt

      Globalist puppet regime democracy is a joke..

      Fight for Socialism and a Nuclear Free world

      • I agree, whatever ism is in place – it's not working.

        So, yes, I'd vote for financial and social compassionism and against unbridled global stupidism.

        It'll be a hard fight, but worth it.

        • ftlt

          Listened to Bill Moyer's and guests today on the secret TPP negotiations is a glimpse into the future of democracy under corpo-globalism…

          The bottom line of it is that trade deals and private interests trump national laws and the interests of their peoples..

          A new game with its new rules made by and for the powerful borderless entities… See NAFTA and think worse thoughts..

          While here, the vote, our representative government and the almost all the action inside the beltway has become a advertiser paid for meaningless soap for the duped masses…

          Our government and its so called rule of law has become the equivalent of what roller derby or AllStar wresting are to the sport's world – staged scripted carny events…

          We have no national government any longer… The constitution has become a joke… Just look at the illegal wars we are fighting every day for decades on end.. The ones both in and out of the news – with their 10s of millions killed for profit

          FUFU is just another event in/ part of this horror story…

  • Comment by Val Eisman, on this story:

    Fukushima nuclear plant operator to work with U.S. in cleanup effort

    "Yeah, the US has done so great at Hanford that after 13 years building a decontamination building at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation we found out it wouldn't work for the decontamination process.

    Meanwhile, the leaking storage tanks containly highly radioactive fuel wastes on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation which sits 2 miles from the Columbia river and by law are supposed to be emptied in 48 hours, have now been delayed to the year 2016.

    So the Governor of WA has sued the federal government. Yep, the US government has a glorious record. Cannot find a waste site throughout the country to depose of used fuel rods.

    Is relicensing 40 year old nuclear reactors whose lives spans are spent and parts deteriorated instead of decommissioning them. The fuel pools of our existing nuclear plants are stuffed beyond designed capacity for fuel rods. Did I mention the Columbia River is the most radioactive river in the world?"

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      I know there are some out here that still have hope and in a recent email exchange touting such hope that brighter minds can solve this ongoing disaster here is the response.

      I am not sure you understand. What we have created should be considered a "forever burning sitting star" that can not ever be extinguished and it is burning out of control on our planet's surface and there is nothing they can do to stop it from proceeding unabated. There is no technology available or mitigation created that can deal with this disaster and this was the initial danger with creating these many sitting stars directly on the surface of our planet. There is no help going anywhere since what you see is all they can do at this point and what they are attempting to do/planning to do soon could make matters far worse. I am sure you have heard of the coal mine that has been burning underground for the last 50 years? This is the exact same scenario, but far worse, based on the types of nuclear pollution being released. cont..

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


        I am pretty sure you are a Christian and hopefully you reread the book of revelations and about the third trumpet regarding wormwood. What Chernobyl stands for literally is wormwood which means all radiation contamination released anywhere worldwide is now to be considered wormwood. The book of revelations was not written by the John you think, but instead it was written by someone else, and possibly a person like Cayce or Nostradamus or even a time traveler. Cern is working on warping time and space right now. Bottom line is we are in the process of changing our Earth's environment and the changes look potentially very negative and the Pacific Ocean is demonstrating these negative changes right now.

        There will be no help sent, since the best are already in/on site in Japan, and Radiation Contamination is a Class 1 "Biological Life" Mutagenic Pollution and the projected lifespan of all spent fuel now sitting on this planet has a shelf decay rate life of 250,000 years. Expect big negative consequences over the next 20 years or so and into the future. Very sad that we chose this Nuclear path as a species.

        of course the exchange and response..

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Yes, you are aware of what is happening, but then I did not write the words in that chapter. If Nuclear is not shut down immediately the disease/cancer plague we are all now experiencing will expand exponentially.
          So to have hope might be nice a nice thought but the amount now in circulation since 1945 is staggering and its bioaccumulating rapidly. I spread the news each time I talk to people too and they are all clueless and this by a clever predetermined design and it is what it is. The Nuclear Genie is out of the bottle and there is sadly no way to place this Genie back into the same bottle and this is all controlled by the law of physics and has nothing to do with any future potential bright minds….can you turn off the sun?

          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            ..and finally exchange ends.. 🙁

            Yes, its much worse than the rest of the world can imagine and it will keep coming in volume until the last released radioactive isotope goes through its natural decay rates/progressions. You can send whomever you want to Japan but that will not change the final outcome.

            Can you/me/anyone turn off the Sun? Einstein knew what he had done…and he died a very sad man.

            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              All the blame should not be placed on generation after generation of those involved in the nuclear industry ..those who have worked with these un-natural substances..all those that have perpetuated it's use as weaponry.. those who thought the impossible could not happen..simply by applying wish by denial…created this Earth bound star.

              Elemental we come.

              • NoNukes NoNukes

                Let's put enough blame on Einstein to bring his face down from every dorm room wall he decorates.

                Let's celebrate other approaches to the earth, as in StillJill's link:

                Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council Statement on Fukushima
                by admin • October 31, 2013 • 7 Comments

                View the original statement with signatures here (PDF): COUNCIL_FUKUSHIMA_STATEMENT_OCT_2013.

                Council Statement
                This statement reflects the wisdom of the Spiritual People of the Earth, of North and South America, working in unity to restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings. This statement is written in black and white with a foreign language that is not our own and does not convey the full depth of our concerns.


            • weeman

              You know it and I know it, as many here do.
              I do not think for a minute that all the nuclear agencies did not run there own independent analysis and have been sending and giving advice, with the same conclusion.
              No win situation and when things go wrong, would you want to be seen as CEO.

        • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

          I was listening to Lauren Moret and Christina Consolo yesterday, thought I would share it.. .. things are really dire, and are getting much worse daily or I should say, by the second… ?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Sadly this "global stupidism" happening now at Fukushima will be with us all forever.. 🙁

  • pkjn

    Radioactive cesium detected in stock feed imports from Japan
    NOV 01, 2013 Arirang News (Korea)
    Radioactive chemical has been deteced in some of Korea's stock feeds imported from Japan fanning fears that it could threaten the country's food chain.
    According to a report by the agriculture ministry, levels as high as 2.3 becquerels of cesium were found in more than 85 tons of assorted feed for livestock.
    The Korean government has banned seafood imports from Fukushima and nearby prefectures, but has no set regulations on stock feed imports from those areas.
    Experts warn that the situation could change if fish and livestock continue to consume the cesium-tainted feed.

  • isogoodhumans

    Wake me up when Canadian Uranium Miner CAMECO (SCAMECO) takes responsibility for:
    -selling their product to an unsafe company
    -failing to clean up their product after said unsafe company failed to secure it
    -continuing to export uranium to similar unsafe operators
    -failing to clean up the world if its crap product

    Nike or Apple uses slave labor and gets lambasted in the press.

    SCAMECO lets their clients use mafia and cut corners on safety and noone says a peep.

    SCAMECO makes $9m a quarter. Fact is, they couldn't clean up a single subdivision, let alone the world with that. For all the 'free energy' uranium allegedly produces there sure is not any profit around.

    Sadly, the obituary has already been written on humanity. Only a miracle will get humanity off its death bed.

  • Shaker1

    Could it be that our desires have gotten us too far from the source? I really don't know how else to phrase what I feel. When one looks at what passes for 'reason', one comes to the conclusion that 'reason' had been surpassed long before most disucssions come to the point at which they are. Sadly, the original mistake was quite small. The best analogy that I can come up with, and has been stated in so many terms in just about any philosophy of which I personally have some smattering of knowledge, is that you can't support a building with a poor foundation. Now that the building is falling, education is substituted for wisdom, and we keep adding weight to the thing in an effort to stabilize when, at least for the individual, wisdom would be to abandon the project and start over. Mistake, upon, mistake, upon mistake only leads to mistaken compromise and eventually the compromise become insufficient. It's altogether too common, from personal relationships to megaprojects.

    Too much skin in the game, is what it is for most, I guess. But it's all in one's desires, though, isn't it, or what one perceives as one's desires. And then even that is mistakenly applied. What good is education without wisdom? Or persistence or bravery for that matter? Heart's correct. One shouldn't blame Einstein at all.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Shaker very familiar with where, why and how we got here and I did not blame Einstein for all of it and what I stated was the he knew what he had done, and he regretted it and died a very sad man based on that personal regret…

  • Replacant Replacant

    That was a brave act and I hope it get more attention to the Fukushima contamination and those suffering. Tho its sad that his breach of protocol is the concern for the other Japanese officials instead of the crisis.

    • bo bo

      It's really ironic that this 'breach of protocol' is such a big deal when silently killing innocent children is regarded as a legal act by the government.

      Kind of like someone being arrested for trespassing just because they broke into a house to save someone from being murdered.

  • J.

    Regarding the Emperor:

    I do not think his comments thus far have had much of any influence, and if the article is correct, what he has said was suppressed. But if so, that may suggest that he does have the potential to influence the public. Perhaps he will speak again.

    • Oncewaslost Oncewaslost

      The reason his comments are suppressed is because he has influence, lots of it, certainly more than government and TEPCO.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The fault is nuclear, worldwide. Japan just happens to be the latest meltdown. There'll be more.

    Only solution is to abolish nuclear technology worldwide.

    Emperor, Pope, Putin, etc …are they creating a safer world?

    Are they?

  • Shaker1

    I wasn't saying that you were 'blaming' Einstein, obewansays. Actually, I find myself very sympathetic of what you write here. My comment was more aimed at the fact that, if truth be told, responsibility lies with 'us' as a society, or, by extension, 'us' as humanity. The question might be 'But who in their right mind would take such responsibility?' when I might ask 'Who in their right mind wouldn't?' We've lost imperative in our lives. Some stand directly next to an individual to whom injustice is done, but because they don't hold the whip, it's somehow not their responsibility. I look around me, for instance, in Washington state where I live and a referendum to require GE products be labeled, and am subjected to a host of 'educated' individuals blasting that referendum's shortcomings for reasons of expense, or hardship to a certain group, or (gasp) that it's not comprehensive enough, I have to ask if they're truly responsible at all. If I presented them with one of my veggie burgers, wouldn't they ask what's in it? Shouldn't society be accorded the same opportunity? We have become far from the source. Food is grossly misvalued and reality grossly distorted in that reality. I just point to how their education might have led them from the imperative and, in consequence, humility and its path to wisdom. But I'm one of those who think that whatever answered Moses from the burning bush with 'I am' was stating imperative, not some claim to power. Makes…

  • Shaker1

    me wish I'd done more, especially concerning nuclear power. I imagine Einstein might feel the same if he'd be able to appear for just a day now.

  • We Not They Finally

    GOOD FOR HIM!! NO ONE should be giving him flak over this, but of course they are.

  • bo bo

    Here is Yamamoto in a casual youtube clip being interviewed by a popular Japanese anti-nuke blogger I subscribe to, zamamiyagarei (he's like Japan's msmilky or radchick)

    Most of enenews doesn't speak japanese I know, but I post this here because the clip shows well his complete lack of stiff robotic mannerism that characterizes the Japanese politician/businessman… Humorous, too! A man full of laughter, in spite of the grave issues he is tackling head on. Such an impressive man.. I wish he was PM instead of Abe…sigh 🙁

    • bo bo

      I just read through the asahi article and also watched the newsclip, but seems like pro nukers in Japan are trying to make it seem like Yamamoto's act of 'pushing' the letter upon the emperor was 'unconstitutional' (because emperor is purely a symbol and not part of government)….I wonder, if perhaps they are going to indict him over this…?

      In the same article they describe Abe chanting 'Long live the Emperor!' a freaky ultra nationalistic move that blurs the line between emperor as symbol and emperor as deity. Isn't that just as unconstitutional, Mr. Abe ?

      • bo bo

        A random sidenote on japan's emperors – Hirohito was a biologist and specialized in starfish…. yes, starfish.

    • behappy1

      can you translate the jest of what hes saying between the 7 to 8 min marks

      • bo bo

        He's asking for people in tokyo to vote for him, and for those who don't live in tokyo -the ones he met traveling all over japan in the past 2 years – to use social media to raise awareness and interest in him.

        • bo bo

          The guy zamamiya looks kind of obnoxious with his sunglasses at night look, but he has a reason to never take his glasses off or let his real identity known. He is very outspoken about nuclear issues. He even goes on hot springs trips with (enenews hero) Professor Koide and drinks beer with him and reports from his trips too. Lol

  • Gradius

    Japan is done for, and soon the Earth too. All that "clean up" talk is just a try to put the "panic/scary" down, etc. It's too late, it should be done ASAP when those thing blow up, now after almost 3 years, I repeat… it's too late. Human kind will vanish very soon.

  • Naha Johari

    Japanese politicians gang up on Taro Yamamoto MP. The power of GE-Hitachi & Toshiba-Westinghouse.

    • bo bo

      So Yamamoto 'broke imperial courthouse manners '. Huh.

      Abe is breaking manners by murdering us all.
      Where's the uproar over that?