Mainichi: Nuclear scientist/Nagasaki survivor canceled Fukushima press conference because gov’t officials worried about causing widespread fear

Published: January 15th, 2012 at 4:57 pm ET
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A-bomb survivors’ dark experiences must not be repeated for Fukushima crisis victims, Mainichi Japan, January 14, 2012:

Terumi Tanaka [...] was exposed to radiation from the atomic blast on Aug. 9, 1945, when he was enrolled at Nagasaki Junior High School. [...]

After graduation, Tanaka became a materials engineering researcher at Tohoku University and helped develop nuclear reactor materials. Many science and engineering students at the time were drawn to nuclear power and several of his classmates became experts in the field. “I didn’t want to be just victimized by nuclear energy. I wanted to utilize it positively,” he said in a speech to the Japan National Press Club last year. [...]

Tanaka and other members of Nihon Hidankyo [Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Suffers Organizations] wondered how lessons learned from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should be used to deal with the Fukushima crisis. They visited the national government and the Fukushima Prefectural Government in late May 2011, 2 1/2 months after the meltdowns, and asked that residents near the nuclear plant be given disaster victim certificates and health management books, and undergo regular health checkups throughout their lives. [...]


No News is Good News

Tanaka had initially intended to hold a news conference after visiting the Fukushima Prefectural Government, but prefectural officials balked at the idea for fear that a visit by atomic bombing survivors might illicit widespread fear. In response, Tanaka and his companions abandoned the news conference idea. It brought home to him how difficult it is to join hands and share information with victims of the nuclear crisis.


Learning From the Past?

[T]he long dearth of information and assistance following the atomic bombing caused pain to those who should have been helped, and hid what had happened to them. The problems drag on still. Class action lawsuits brought by atomic bombing survivors demanding that their health problems be recognized as atomic-bomb related diseases were all only finally resolved last year, and a new distribution map of nuclear fallout-laden black rain was released recently. The entire picture of damage caused by the atomic bombings is far from being clarified.

Published: January 15th, 2012 at 4:57 pm ET
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15 comments to Mainichi: Nuclear scientist/Nagasaki survivor canceled Fukushima press conference because gov’t officials worried about causing widespread fear

  • arclight arclight

    this behaviour by the Fukushima Prefectural Government in so many different ways i dont know where to begin…….. :/


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  • hbjon hbjon

    They balked at the idea because their smile wasn’t genuine. It was actually a scary smile. Like the smiles that were seen on the cruise ship last friday. The captain was heard telling the first officer to smile. The first officer told the deck hands to smile. The deck hands made the passengers smile. And just when it looked like the ship was going down, a miracle happened. It only sank halfway. What can’t smiling do?


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Oh man hbjon. EXACTLY what we saw there. SCARY, FRIGHTENING and CERTAINLY NOT OF THE NORM. Something EVIL this way comes. Hate to say it, it reminds me of the very religious who SWEAR praying will save them. I’m of the belief the only thing that will save you is DEATH ITSELF. Then you meet “The Maker” if there is one. I’M READY without religion, without church. ARen’t you?


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      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Guess I can attribute any beliefs I have, to the many Life After Books I’ve read. One of my very FAVS is “9 Days In Heaven” (the beauties of heaven and the horrors of hell). I used to mention it here alot, but not lately. BOOK PROVES to ME!: Religion i/e Churches are the downfall of mankind in my humble opinion. NEITHER WILL SAVE US.
        Oh God…there I go bla bla blaaaing AGAIN.


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      • hbjon hbjon

        It’s ok whoopie. Let it out. You make such a great contribution here. I like how you change the thread to about religion. Everyone has an idea about that. You say, “Death will save you?”. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself Whoopie. I have overcome debilitating health problems. I was in a coma. I forgot how to talk. I didn’t sleep for two weeks. I was consumed with infections. But, I learned something from all that. And I am here to tell you that you have powers beyond what many health experts believe. One thing is a fact. The average person does not know what makes them sick. There are some experts that truly believe fear and stress cause disease. Have you ever considered that disease manifests the appearance of fear and stress? What came first, the chicken or the egg?


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        • Centaur Centaur

          So… it’s once again about enduring the fear and the stress and go into it and face it and breathe with it until it fades away… again… business as usual in some way. :-/ But on a new level now. Well… mankind always liked to put itself under stress, let it be time stress or ecological stress or mere mental/emotional stress… must be some kind of addiction. :-/

          Thanks for your thoughts. :)


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          • hbjon hbjon

            Exactly, those are all good definitions of stress. Under pressure. Severe anxiety. Contributing factor to all sorts of problems. Someday someone will be able to articulate the true definition of stress. Maybe when they discover the God partical or the higgs boson. When the word “Stress” is pressed into service as a noun, I think we get closer to the real understanding of the word. But, you may ask how it can be a noun? Not a descriptive thing, but a physical object. Unless thoughtful discussion about stress creates a better understanding, we will be forced to accept the word to mean just about anything. Stress cannot be used to describe ones anxiety about a test, or pushing a system to it’s limits. If there are life and death issues such as cancer that get to borrow the word for overuse, we need to invent a new word or a new definition. Stress is a bullet. Stress is radiation. Stress is a dynamic that can barely be overcome. One can use it inappropriately and still people have an understanding of it. Thanks for your thoughts as well Centaur.


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  • Jebus

    “[T]he long dearth of information and assistance following the atomic bombing caused pain to those who should have been helped, and hid what had happened to them.”

    Bull*hit!

    The lack of information and the stigma perpetuated upon them are what caused the pain and suffering and prevented them from getting the help they desperately needed. The lies and coverup by all parties involved hid what happened to them.


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  • TepcoSievert TepcoSievert

    See what happened to the passengers on the Italian Liner Costa Concordia: the ship was sinking while the people were repeatedly told by the onboard loudspeaker system that this was only a temporary failure of the electric generator and that all was under control.
    We are all sailing on the Costa Concordia.


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  • doitrite doitrite

    Hey whoopie! You might never who the truly “VERY RElIGOUS” are, because they won’t be pushing their religon on anyone.the loud mouths ruin a lot of things for a lot of people.. thank you for the work you do.. this man tanaka had a life changing experince, he wanted to share..Too bad so many people are paid off & silenced. I’m glad NO NUKES is gaining ground, I hope its not too late!


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  • arclight arclight

    nope !! still dont know where to begin on this one! scratches head!! :/ …….? huh?

    ok one word, actually make that two words

    SERIOUSLY DESRESPECTFUL!!

    yep! that says it all!!


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