Local gov’t tests kids’ lunches: Tokyo nursery school serving milk with 18 Bq/kg of cesium — Over 160 times EPA limit — Milk industry protested testing

Published: December 5th, 2011 at 12:25 pm ET


Radiation in Japan: 17.9 Becquerels/kg of Cesium from School Lunch Milk, EX-SKF, December 4, 2011:

Despite the protest from the milk industry and the milk distributors, Chiyoda-ku, one of the 23 Special Wards in Tokyo, conducted the analysis of the food served in the school lunches at elementary schools, middle schools, kindergartens and nursery schools in the ward.

At one private nursery school, 17.9 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected. […]

Results indicate the milk was from a factory in Miyagi Prefecture.

Translated from Japanese here

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘maximum contaminant level’ for milk is 3 picocuries per liter (pCi/l).

To compare, 17.9 Bq/kg must be converted to pCi/l.

Using the conversion factors below, the Tokyo nursery school’s milk had 485.09 pCi/l or over 160 times the EPA’s maximum contaminant level.

“EPA lumps these gamma and beta emitters together under one collective MCL [Maximum Contaminant Level], so if you’re seeing cesium-137 in your milk or water, the MCL is 3.0 picocuries per liter; if you’re seeing iodine-131, the MCL is 3.0; if you’re seeing cesium-137 and iodine-131, the MCL is still 3.0.” –Forbes.com

Conversion Factors

  • 27.1 pCi = 1 Bq
  • 1 kg of milk = 1 liter of milk
Published: December 5th, 2011 at 12:25 pm ET


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39 comments to Local gov’t tests kids’ lunches: Tokyo nursery school serving milk with 18 Bq/kg of cesium — Over 160 times EPA limit — Milk industry protested testing

  • thelili

    This is a death sentence for these children.

    If it were my child-there would not be enough body bags for the Japanese government. They’d be throwing bodies into the sea to keep up.

    • drunkenmastermind

      classic comment thumbs up

    • jimbojamesiv

      No disrespect, thelili, because to some extent I agree with you, although it has nothing to do with the tired refrain how we’ve got to save the children, but if you were living there, I’m afraid things would not be any different.

      I live in the US of A, and the very few times I’ve even tried to raise Fukushima (I believe it’s been three times: once with a close friend, second on Thanksgiving with the family, although stupidly in front of my young nieces, who I had no intention of scaring, and third with the convenience store clerk, who was extra chatty this morning). All three times, it’s as if they didn’t hear me or forgot they understand English because each time I’ve been met by silence, a brick wall, or what am I talking about, two times they completely pretended not to hear me, and my friend hung up the phone instantly.

      My long-winded point is that it’s unfair that we, the outsiders, hold the Japanese to some higher, or different, standard, when everywhere (except it seems in Cold War Russia) the governments, but even more so the people, are too afraid to speak or confront the horror of it all.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Good comment

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        Very true. So many people I know simply refuse to even consider what happened as an event that COULD affect them. Show someone the video of reactor 3 exploding and they act like, ‘so what? what’s the big deal?’. Show them a simulation of where ceasium fell and in what dose and they blink like dear in the headlights. Blindly ignoring the POSSIBILITY that this could have any consequences for themselves. I gave up trying to talk to people about this in about May. They don’t care, so I don’t care. I worry about me and mine and fuck the rest.

      • Auntie Nuke

        Making people in the US aware of the problems in Fukushima requires some self-interest. To that end, check out my TEDx video: either through enenews – http://enenews.com/author/libbehalevy or directly at youtube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KTq-zvjPr4

        This is meant as a basic primer in what we all face and why this issue is crucial. It goes from my personal story to the global story. It’s proving to be of use to cracking people out of denial.

  • entropy

    They are poisoning the people. It’s obvious.

  • dosdos dosdos

    When it comes to a decision on whether to save the economy or the people, the economy wins out every time.

    • jimbojamesiv

      No disrespect, but I suggest a large reason why so many people consider it okay to kill people in order to save the economy is because they so ingrained to worry about the children instead of all of us who are presently alive.

      Sorry, if I sound rude, but a child has no more right to life than an adult.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      People ARE the economy. See what happens to nations ‘economies’ when huge numbers are sick and dying. People ‘consume’, in this world, that’s all there realy is to any economy.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    When the kids start dropping from a tumor epidemic will the people of Japan get the picture? I’m sure many are worried yet feel helpless. Go to the milk industry HQ and dump out all the contaminated product on their door step. Industry protest trumping the peoples will is something I thought was worse in America where companies are people. I guess in Japan cooperate entities are super humans who are immune to the rads.

    • Clocka

      The ‘kids’ are no ordinary kids; they are kids of imperial relatives, as well as kids of the nation’s politicians, govt bigwigs, and company execs.

      It will probably be ‘cool’ for these people to send their tykes to safe US East coast or Europe in the very near future.

      • jimbojamesiv

        I wish out of personal self-interest that the US east coast were safe, although I don’t necessarily believe it.

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        There is no place on Planet Earth that won’t be contaminated. Some sooner than others for sure, but everywhere eventualy. Money won’t ‘save’ anyone. Once enough are scared shitless and desperate, a new phase of the game begins. Think money will buy you food that isn’t contaminated? Would YOU sell your good food and water?

  • Human0815

    1 was bad from 48,
    sounds not toooooo bad, imo 🙂

    This School Lunch are a big Topic here since Months!

    • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

      Cynicism or misunderstanding?

      How many nursery children are there in Tokyo? Perhaps 500,000?
      In that case about 10,000 children could have gotten contaminated milk served. Some of these children will develop illnesses and suffer because of this. Some may die.

      How is that not too bad? Or did I misunderstand you?

  • Clocka

    For those who don’t know Tokyo geography,

    Chiyoda-Ku is where the Imperial Palace is located. It’s not a place for hoi polloi; the ‘children’ in the ‘nursery school’ are the future elites of Japan.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      If they keep drinking contaminated milk and eating contaminated food, they will be the ex-future elites damned quick. Good enough for them I say. Their parents probably contributed a disproportionate amount towards things being as they are currently over in Japan so there is some justice that they suffer the consequences.

      • Clocka

        True, quite a few of them should be children of congresspeople, government ministers, and other important bigwigs of Tokyo.

  • arclight arclight

    so cloka did they only test a school for the well to do or a stateschool in a well to do area? just wondering?

    • Clocka

      Apparently they tested a school for the well to do. It says it was a “private” nursery school.

      • arclight arclight

        wonder what the imperial social services has to say to that? they have been very quite! thanks for getting backon that cloka! not too surprised! must have had some clout to overide the censorship!!
        most sad

        • Clocka

          The ministry will most likely nothing; however one of the Emperor’s granddaughters had been hospitalized just a few weeks ago. They are probably educated privately in a special facility, but they are not immune from the radiation.

          I think the time for a Go-Daigo pretender to come out from the boondocks, as it happened quite a few times in history (most recently on 1945 on the wake of the Japanese defeat) has come.

          [For those not conversant of Japanese history, Go-Daigo was an Emperor on the 14th century. He tried to get rid of the samurai, and when his plan didn’t pan out he hid in the mountains. The samurai installed a distant relative at the Imperial throne at Kyoto, from which all subsequent emperors, including this one, was descended. Go-Daigo’s descendants scattered and became lost in history when his grandson caved into the samurai on 1392.

          However, like Iran’s 12th Imam, whenever things got tough there was someone who claimed a Go-Daigo descent and challenged the current emperor (and therefore also whoever was holding power at that time).

          They were not taken seriously and were easily disposed of, but if the current imperial line dies out in the sea of radiation, the Go-Daigo line will probably have its day under the sun again after 600+ years.

  • drunkenmastermind

    Very glad that my son and I moved out of Tokyo but my wife is still there but she doesn’t eat dairy and is very careful about what she eats but how well can you protect yourself in the long run in this god damn awful situation?

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      To answer your question, you can’t. “Millions and billions of poisonous snakes….” and all you know.

    • arclight arclight

      at drunken.. send her vitamin supplememts to support her immune system and to protect her from isotopic contamination…
      lots of info on this site!

    • Auntie Nuke

      She needs to be taking either French Green clay or Bentonite clay, a heaping teaspoon mixed with water and sipped throughout the day. Bentonite will fix any available radiation and allow it to be passed out of the body. Also chlorella and spirulina (blue-green algae) were both used at Chernobyl and helped the children there. Apple pectin helps wash out radiation as well. After that, supplements to build the body.

      She can also use the clays to wash any food, especially produce. Dissolve (as much as can be; it will be cloudy water) and soak produce @10 minutes, then rinse off.

      Light to your wife and all the others in Japan… – Auntie Nuke.

  • thelili

    @jimbojamesiv I am in a very iffy mood today so I will tell you this: I have been here since day one.

    That is all.

    Someone here explain to Jimbo here that it’s probably best to just ignore me.

    • jimbojamesiv

      Hilarious, thelili, because I, too, thought, even as I was writing my response to you, that I was really on edge yesterday, irritable and was being too critical, but I couldn’t stop myself, so I totally sympathize and I’m not going to ignore you. I believe I even said that I liked what you said, except the preferential treatment for children.

  • Clocka

    There are only 4 private nursery schools in the ultra-exclusive Chiyoda-Ku, namely, Gyosei, Futaba, Shirayuri and Kandaji.

    All four of them are very selective and very expensive; a mere wage workers can’t even dream of sending their kids to one of them.

    In Japan, sending one’s kids to an exclusive kindergarten is considered as the first step of entering the realm of elites, and competition is fierce. All of them are owned by prestigious schools ; kids who can enter in one of such kindergartens will advance to the next level, all the way to high school, except in very rare cases.

    So, it seems Japan’s next generation of elites will be a bit more radioactive than before.

  • agr

    @Auntie Nuke,

    watched your TEDxPasadena speech. Nice.
    Regarding the Manhattan Project for the NOW…
    consider the options I show at agr-green.blogspot.com
    Your assessment of protecting the food chain is extremely correct – i have answers for that, too – but those solutions go against agenda 21, codex, biotech and pharma – battles I could not fight alone

  • arclight arclight

    international social services of japan

    “The Training of International Social Workers

    Every year we invite social workers from developing countries to conduct special training at ISSJ, especially from other Asian countries. We try to train them to function internationally by better understanding the state of child welfare in Japan and gaining some proficiency in Japanese. In addition, we manage a day care center in Cambodia as well as train care workers in conducting their jobs. With no major reconstruction taking place since the end of the war, there are many children who cannot go to school. In response to this dilemma, we are conducting education programs on such basic matters as sanitation, literacy, and proper cleaning and disposal of refuse. We are developing programs that will function as regional community centers for the area targeted.”


    • arclight arclight

      Social Welfare Corporations in japan

      “A sort of Japanization may also be observed in the development of the social welfare corporations, as well. The GHQ stipulated that the Japanese government not directly fund privately operated social welfare organizations as it had in the past. This restriction was written into the Japanese Constitution as Article 89 which reads, “No government money or other property shall be expended or appropriated for the use, benefit or maintenance of any religious institution or association, or for any charitable, educational or benevolent enterprises not under the control of public authorities.” In accordance with these provisions, social welfare corporations were established as private organizations.

      However, they have been and continue to be managed under the control of the central government. They must abide by a host of stringent government-authored legal restrictions and are dependent upon central government funding via a system of “welfare placement by commission”, whereby the government commissions welfare projects to them. Although social welfare corporations are technically private enterprises, very few have been able to design welfare projects independent of the government due to the strict restrictions that the government has placed upon them.
      Furthermore, even though social welfare corporations are technically allowed to create separate services using non-government funds, very few have managed to do so because all of their time and energy is needed just to keep up with the government-commissioned projects. Moreover, the system makes it possible for the government to exert influence over the hiring and decision-making processes of the social welfare corporations. This blurring of the line between public and private creates an environment which is conducive to corruption and other similar problems.”


      • arclight arclight

        “The National Social Welfare Council’s National Center for the Promotion of Volunteerism conducted a survey in 1990 which found that approximately 4,110,000 people are participating in volunteer activities of some kind. This is by no means a small figure, but it should be noted that volunteer activities in Japan have various limitations. In Japan, the activities of grassroots non-profit organizations were never considered an essential element of society. Only government run activities have been taken seriously. Grassroots organizations could receive the accreditation, acknowledgement and approval of the government, but only provided their activities supported the government’s own projects. The establishment of public corporations by individual citizens has been subjected to a whole host of ministerial restrictions.
        Establishment of a non-profit organization is said to be more difficult in Japan than in any other developed country. As a result of these conditions, the great majority of Japan’s citizens’ groups and volunteer organizations are run as unauthorized groups called nin’i dantai (literally “arbitrarily established organizations”).
        These organizations have non-existent or weak structural and fiscal foundations and are not accredited. Their inability to accept government-commissioned work makes it very difficult for them to engage in cooperative social welfare projects with the government. It is also responsible for the short-lived and limited nature of Japan’s volunteer activities.”

        from same link above.. poor children of japan… no voice!! 🙁

  • arclight arclight

    Uniqueness of the Japanese Welfare State

    “….However, neither welfare state regime theory nor the East-Asian model or ‘‘Confucian welfare state’’ allows the Japanese welfare state to be easily situated Thus, one could argue that Japan is a combination of the liberal residual and the conservative corporatist regimes, but at a low level of Gender roles and social policy in an ageing society development. In fact, it is this ‘‘residual’’ status of Japan’s system, which helps classify it as a ‘‘low-performing welfare state’’ or even as ‘‘an embryonic form’’ characterised by the weakness of its institutional form that relies on the private sector (family, community and corporations) and above all, gives priority to economic and industrial development, hence allocating low levels of public expenditure for social policy and welfare. In fact, it is this emphasis on the economy over social redistribution that serves as the framework that identifies Japan as a productivist welfare state in an attempt to incorporate it into the Western logic of welfare development Nonetheless, as shown in Table 1, each one of Esping- Andersen’s regime types can be identified in a different period of Japanese social policy development, defined by key problems and the corresponding government actions. What is of greater interest is to uncover how traditional elements of Japanese culture, such as ie ideology,

    corporate-centred system, family-centred care and the nurturing/subordinated role of women, interacted in order to shape a particular type of welfare regime. Since Daly and Lewis’ model denotes that a welfare state cannot be fully grasped unless gender and social care are integrated into the analysis, the focus here will be in those variables…”


  • arclight arclight

    is unicef aware of all this? 🙁 🙁

  • americancommntr

    Well, now we can see and know for sure the extent to which a dairy industry will go to hide anything poisonous in its products.

    A knock-down drag-out triple China syndrome supercastrophe second to nothing but the Biblical Flood, is not enough for them to be concerned with what children drink.

    Once again, let it be said, God in preparing to destroy the world that then was, with a Flood, put a limit on man’s lifespan, so as to put a limit on the level of evil and violence men with which men could fill the world.

    So man invented the corporation. And corporations have filled wht world with evil and violence, and invented the biggest disaster next to the Biblical Flood.