Local Tokyo official says “It became clear that radiation came further south than we thought, all the way to Tokyo”… while at nursery school with kids rolling in dirt and tasting it (AUDIO)

Published: November 13th, 2011 at 9:02 pm ET
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Tokyo schools check for Fukushima fallout, ABC Australia, Nov. 14, 2011:

ABC’s Mark Willacy:

[...] “The kids roll in it, scoop it into buckets – one even samples a mouthful of it. But there are fears something could be lurking in the dirt here and that’s radioactive caesium spewed out by the oozing Fukushima reactors. As the kids play, a few metres away in a corner of the yard the principal Michiko Ikeda is hovering over a Geiger counter and writing down readings.”

Michiko Ikeda, principal of Meguro Honcho Nursery School in Tokyo (speaking Japanese):

  • “There is no solution here.”
  • “We cannot say this is absolutely safe. Parents are worried about radiation, our staff too.”
  • “By taking these radiation measurements, we want to show that we care for the children.”
  • “I still worry when it rains [...] I worry about it a lot. After it rains we wash all the outside equipment and toys and we clean out the drains to reduce the radiation level.”

A member of the local council in Meguro, Hiroshi Sato, accompanied principal Ikeda as she took measurements with a Geiger counter and said:

  • “Recently it became clear that radiation came further south than we thought, all the way to Tokyo.”
  • “We are now checking dozens of schools in the Meguro area.”

Listen to the broadcast here.

Direct .mp3 Download Link: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/audio/am/201111/20111114-am06-tokyo-decontaminate-rpl.mp3

Published: November 13th, 2011 at 9:02 pm ET
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24 comments to Local Tokyo official says “It became clear that radiation came further south than we thought, all the way to Tokyo”… while at nursery school with kids rolling in dirt and tasting it (AUDIO)

  • Jebus Jebus

    What the hell have we done with humanity?
    This is evil and we will pay for it. All of us…


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  • alasanon

    Don’t forget the Strontium, ABC! (ouch!) Poor kids.


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    • alasanon

      *I’m kind of surprised that Russian/former Eastern bloc countries heavily impacted/evacuated by Chernobyl haven’t made more public statements regarding Fukushima and the parallels and expectations thereto!!… There are so many experts there on what this stuff will do to the children. (i.e. the locals’ common refrain is NEVER let kids play in fallout rain!!..the ones who did paid a steep price!)


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      • alasanon

        Japan has so much to learn from Chernobyl….


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        • midwestern midwestern

          I don’t think that the Russians learned much from Chernobyl. They are fully committed to growing their nuclear energy program.


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          • alasanon

            I saw documentaries on the citizens directly affected and they learned the hard way!… With all the subsequent studies, observations, treatments, and decades of cancers, birth defects, contamination and medical hassles, they are pretty knowledgeable! Of course, without proper warnings, they did not know what they were getting into–much like Japan now!…
            Russia’s official position certainly conflicts with the sad legacy on the ground!!


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            • alasanon

              I still think that health & radiology experts there should speak out more-? Even the Communist govt. was much quicker on the uptake than Japan!… They took the threat far more seriously. You would think they would want to send a message to their Asian neighbor!!….

              I did see an article where the surviving former Chernobyl liquidators are now being denied their promised health benefits?… Needless to say, they really need them!


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            • midwestern midwestern

              Absolutely, alasanon. I should clarify my reference to ‘Russians’ to indicate those influencing and making decisions about energy policy, etc. Horrific lessons were learned by many Russian people (some of them my friends now living here) from the Chernobyl disaster, and that the experience hasn’t altered the governmental march through the nuclear wasteland into an even more determined nuclear future seems a continuation of the horror.


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              • alasanon

                Such a disconnect… one lesson from Fukushima is that we’re all more connected and dependent on one planet than we realized, so we might as well look out for each other!

                I just wish Russia/Belarus/Ukraine would share any & all collected wisdom PRONTO!! (and I know they have offered repeatedly to do so) If Japan won’t take advice, just slam out International Press Releases & Advisories, PRONTO!! Experts there hold the real leverage & credibility on this issue after Chernobyl!….


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      • I read somewhere that immediately after the 3-11 quake, Russia offered advanced nuclear technological assistance but apparently it was refused by TEPCO and the Japanese government mobs! In other words they were probably told “We Japanese can handle it ourselves, please go away” and it is now the way it is because of that refusal. Had the Russians been permitted to at least advise TEPCO it probably would have changed the whole scenario for the better. :/


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        • VanneV anne

          I heard that the Japanese thought they could save the plants. And I also heard, much more likely, they just didn’t want to spend the money because they had no regard for human life.


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  • Meguro hosts fifteen foreign embassies and consulates. One of Tokyo’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods (Kakinokizaka) is located in Meguro.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meguro,_Tokyo


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  • arclight arclight

    those radiation detector lorries the usa gave to jordan might be of use in japan!! grr! the hotspots need to be found!! pronto!! and a civilised evacuation plan for families…lets say the american military bases! whole communities could move straight in!! anyway haw many americans living on these uncontaminated bases could stay there if tokyo is contaminated, thats more than a couple of hundred thousand children!! how could you live with that!!

    come on replacement to maher! do the right thing….it may only be temporary… but its the right thing to do!! just one base!! maybe two!! you can charge tepco and the IAEA cos theve got everyones “money” anyway!!

    and while your at it could you give the military grade isotopic breakdown of land and sea that your not showing anyone cos it would be useful for the future emergency planning.. just saying! i mean you dont want the japanese to have to take it by demonstrating! huh?? that might be a bit silly PR wise, maybe you could consult ADK first?? bet they might come up with something clever for you??


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    • Sickputer

      There is no safe place anywhere on Honshu now so all the GI soldiers are sucking in the same air and eating the same irradiated food and drinking water that is unsafe.

      Okinawa is a little better, but getting worse by the day. Korea is getting worse as the Japanese continue to burn hot waste. Radiation in the winter and spring will be exponentially worse because of the runoff effect. Even if the corium were stopped today I would say Japan is a few months away from being the most toxic place on earth for human habitation. It will get much worse with the reactors out of of control. The mantra of cold shutdown because the nuclear lava is shielded from building thermometers will fool many people, but that lie will only backfire in the long run. Evil greedy humans allowed this to happen. In China and many other countries they would have already been lined up against the wall and executed.


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  • ocifferdave

    Here’s something that tells me WW3 is going to be ordered to commence to save the economics of a certain few:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzGJWtYnAdE&feature=youtu.be


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  • ocifferdave

    Here’s the type of info I keep running into when I look deeper into moving to PR:

    I lived in puerto Rico for two years, it was fun lots of dancing drinking fun times. What is bad is that the island is extremely over populated. Thatis the reason why every thing you have to accomplish in your every day living takes hours to do. Banking can take you 2 hours because of the lines in the bank. A doctor appointment wil occupy the whole day you have to get there at the crack do dawn even with an appointment. It seems that the docs schedule everyone for the dame time then is first come first served. The people are nice bu very gossipy, it’s partof their culture to get into your business in fact it’s taken for granted. Prices are extremely high and unemployment seems to be taking over the island. I lasted 2 years there and took off to Florida, a better choice.

    http://www.topix.com/forum/world/puerto-rico/TIUTT2E2O87VBHAP1


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    • alasanon

      sounds like much of the rest of the U.S.-ha! We’re all going to have to make compromises to carve out a future with less radionuclides, which do seem to be getting worse… :/


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  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The entire plant could still ignite in another set of nuclear events unlike any fission event seen on the surface of the earth. Don’t worry TEPCO wants you to know that it is all under control. The reactors are similar to giant jars of tubing designed to create steam from molten hot enriched uranium. They better release a statement before another explosion happens.


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  • jonjon

    Is this news? who wouldn’t think that radiation came further south than Tokyo when we know the radioactive plume was in Europe by the 23rd or 26th of March. Sweden is 1500km from Chernobyl and the fallout with the rain was heavy in some parts. Tokyo is only 250km from fukushima. Not only they had the initial plume from reactor 3 explosion, now they have to deal with the cycle and spread of contamination that has entered the biomass, the ocean (onshore winds), the lakes, the food chain, the pollen, and the list goes on and on.
    The ministry of education and science might be able to cover up the truth for a while by finding or planting radium bottles underneath abandoned houses and supermarkets floors, but knowing how these places are bulldozed and flattened before construction, it’s hard to imagine how these bottles would remain intact 30cm from the surface of a parking lot… very strange indeed.


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  • What we have is a RAGING OUT OF CONTROL NUCLEAR FIRE, IN at least THREE and possibly SIX nuclear reactors.

    These 3-6 out of control radioactive FIRES have SPREAD OUT OF CONTAINMENT, and they are all most likely outside of the reactor vessel. (Somehow, nobody seems to want to find out where it is, or what it is doing exactly. I wonder why not?)

    Since this has never happened before, it is anyone’s guess what happens next.

    At Chernobyl, the Russian government dumped helicopter loads of boron on top of the melted reactor core. The melted fuel mixed with huge amounts of sand and boron, forming a kind of glassy substance, which melted down through several floors underneath the reactor.

    The boron and sand mixture slowed down the out of control radioactive fire and nuclear chain reaction in the melted material. As the melted mass melted its way downwards, it slowed and cooled, forming massive radioactive pools, piles and streams.
    You can watch the documentary movie at Youtube.

    At Fukushima, they are doing little or nothing to stop the out of control fire, little or nothing to dilute the radioactive material coming out of the reactor, and little or nothing to prevent the CHINA SYNDROME.

    At Chernobyl, they ordered hundreds of thousands of people to cleanup the mess, and dug a huge tunnel underneath the reactor, to fill it with refrigerated concrete, in order to prevent the melted fuel from reaching groundwater and causing a second, much larger explosion, which they estimated would KILL EVERYONE ON THE PLANET.

    At Fukushima, they are doing NOTHING by comparison, for up to SIX TIMES the melted radioactive fuel and up to 6000 tons of spent nuclear material around the plant, that could go up in a groundwater/melted fuel explosion…

    This is potentially a global life extinction event, and the government/Tepco plus the nuclear industry watchdog agencies are ‘massaging’ the news to make it look like they it under control and near shutdown.


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  • kintaman kintaman

    I cannot state it enough how fortunate I feel for having taken my family out of Tokyo and Japan. But even here in North America I am greatly worried about the fallout that blows this way.

    I talk about it to people here (Westerners and even local Japanese) and they think I am crazy. Even my wife thinks I am over the top when I tell her not to buy food from California or Vancouver areas. She is getting very frustrated with me lately about this and also think I am acting too far.

    I would like to take us to a country further south that would be less affected by this fallout (AU, NZ, etc? not sure where) but alas I have additional family living here (parents, etc) already and they will simply refuse to move but again I am only responsible for my own wife and children and our future. I live in fear of what the near and distant future holds.

    On a final note, I find it sadly ironic that I had been playing Fallout 3 for roughly 6 months leading up to 3-11. How bizarre.


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    • ocifferdave

      I commend you for your persistence, Kintaman. I am so proud to meet you here at enenews. You are my hero and my good example. You probably are saving lives. Even if you don’t move from the West Coast for sometime you have BOUGHT your family much time by getting out of Tokyo and especially away from their dangerous supermarkets of radioactive food.

      NZ is the best choice. It’ up wind from Australia’s Uranium mine. When the world falls more apart you will want to be in such a large country that is so far away from other countries. It also has very few people per kilometer/mile. BEWARE: Only the North West part of NZ has the least amount of earthquakes (West of Aukland).


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