Former Mayor in Fukushima: Officials lied to everyone and hid the truth — It’s a violation of human rights to expose people to radiation like this, it’s terrible — Evacuees are forced to return, I’m really ashamed for my country (VIDEO)

Published: April 21st, 2014 at 4:47 pm ET


Interview with Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, April 21, 2014:

At 8:00 in

  • Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture: I’d like to show you a table with radiation levels around Chernobyl. Radiation levels [for evacuation] around Fukushima are four times higher than in Chernobyl, […] Exposing people to the current levels of radiation in Fukushima is a violation of human rights. It’s terrible. […] In many cases, evacuees are forced to return.

At 21:30 in

  • Idogawa: I’m really ashamed for my country, but I have to speak the truth for the sake of keeping our planet clean in the future. […] The same thing happened with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The authorities lied to everyone. They said it was safe. They hid the truth. That’s the situation we are living in.

Watch the interview here

Published: April 21st, 2014 at 4:47 pm ET


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74 comments to Former Mayor in Fukushima: Officials lied to everyone and hid the truth — It’s a violation of human rights to expose people to radiation like this, it’s terrible — Evacuees are forced to return, I’m really ashamed for my country (VIDEO)

  • Ontological Ontological

    Katsutaka Idogawa, Domo Arigato, thank you very much for your valued honesty, that was a very brave call.

  • bf9 bf9

    If it wasn't obvious up to this point, after reading that transcript it should be now- Japan is done for. Irrefutably. The time is now to get *ALL* of the fuel from every single nuclear facility off of that island and figuratively throw the hammer down on Daiichi. The window of opportunity is a lot smaller than people seem to think.

    Things don't live very long, and with not many further generations, at 1 Sievert/year like a whole lot of Japan is actually reading at. Let alone internal exposure.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    While we have an endless supply of sun and wind for energy.

    Safe vs deadly. I choose safe.

  • Bura Bura Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Radiation Fatigue (CFS/ME/PVFS/CFIDS) via @AGreenRoad

  • List Of Radiation Induced Diseases Caused by Low Dose And High Dose Radiation; via @AGreenRoad

  • Blessings to you, Katsutaka Idogawa and the others who bravely speak the truth. My heart is with you and the Japanese people. Thank you for your compassion. Thank you for your honor. Thank you for speaking the truth and raising our awareness in spite of the legal, personal, and physical hassles you must endure to share the information to alert the masses.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Well, boycotting Japanese products until the government that is bending over backwards for the nuclear hungry corporations comes clean is about all we can do directly as foreign individuals. The trade deficit is the one thing that will sink Abe.

    Of course, spreading the truth is the best indirect method we have, but as long as truth tellers are shamed as hysterical, fear mongers, and ignorant, the Yen is the best weapon we have.

  • jec jec

    What a brave person. As to all our radiation exposure..the truth will out. Either we are 'passed by' or we are not. Likely its a terrible derived truth, after many lies.

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    "The same thing happened with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The authorities lied to everyone"

    Levels of radiation and the millions exposed tell us that the lies being told by our authorities are as criminally insane now as any during history and war time. Indeed, people of all countries and times are all-too-often deceived by their leaders and authorities.

    Our current leaders knowingly condemn 100s of thousands to early death and suffering and apparently have no guilt about it. Instead, they seek to make more nuclear plant deals. This defines a psychopath. One wonders about their wives, children and home life.

    • Angela_R

      Hi Code, "and apparently have no guilt about it"

      As I see it:
      The 'time is short' is heard quite often.
      In the past the nullification of guilt was expressed as 'for the greater good.'
      However the numbers that need provision has grown, outpacing projections, so perhaps it has been replaced by 'the end justifies the means'.

      Many people are floundering they want direction, they do not use discernment. It is what we all should use. It comes from within,
      but not everyone has it. I am reminded of 'if you don't use it, you lose it', many did; the walk alone was too hard.

  • Socrates

    Nuclear energy requires exposing hapless workers, especially during meltdowns when gangsters throw homeless people into the "pit." The Soviet government sent in the "liquidators." Chernobyl was limited only by this sacrifice. Meanwhile, children suffer the worst adverse effects followed by young women. This is indeed a violation of international law. There is no moral, ethical or moral justification for this behavior by the Shinzo Abe government. His justification is "economic." History will judge him harshly. Too bad the US and Canada support these violations of international law.

    None of us should turn away from this holocaust. What's more, North America will get all of the fallout and transport via ocean currents. The high temperatures of 5,000 degrees have created cesium (in addition to uranium) Buckyballs – a new "weaponized" nuclude.

    The economy trumps human rights and international law.

  • A lie gets halfway around the world, before truth even gets out of bed.

  • The deniers say that there is no death, only more life and better life from nuclear anything.

    Those who know the truth see the global genocide, ecocide, genetic entrocide, and holocaust happening all around them. It is very obvious.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Hopefully, Katsutaka Idogawa will be an inspiration to others in office.

  • maybesomeday

    Tepco's psychopathic message to the world and the people of Japan: If you are foolish enough to believe our lies, it's your fault!

    • that claim is not tepco's alone, it is the essence of all power on this earth.
      paper is traded for life, for lives, by the millions.

      willing collaborators in our own murder is how the pyramid of evil sees it.
      submit, comply obey,, and like it. or else.

  • Big Aloha to all ENENEWSers! Have a transcendent evening

  • We Not They Finally

    Good for him! And where does he get to LIVE now? Hope he is welcomed with open arms wherever he goes.

  • michmom michmom

    If anybody is watching- 2:00AM NETC posting radcon 4 levels Grand Rapids, Detroit and Chicago. I know it is raining here north east of Detroit. Gotta love it.

  • Crickets Crickets

    A very promising step in the right direction toward the truth. However, in the text immediately below the video the statement "It took great effort to prevent the ultimate meltdown of the plant" had me a bit confused.

  • dosdos dosdos

    "Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can not eat money."

    • melting mermaid melting mermaid

      I was just thinking that,22. Here is a nice one, by Chief Seattle. "This we know. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." I wish he was the president. Someone once told me that there were worlds without money, I wish this were one of them.. Why can't we do what needs to be done and have done with it? Are we idiots? Are we just so preconditioned to the status quo we can't change? We can't do better? If this is the case, then the world is better off without us. If this is the case we are already dead and in denial. "Are you not ashamed that you give your attention to acquiring as much money as possible, and similarly with reputation and honor, and give no attention or thought to Truth and understanding, and the perfection of your soul?" Socrates. Where is Socrates when we need him? If he was alive today we'd probably drone him while at a wedding party or something. Can't have the masses thinking about their oneness, it might fuck up the economy.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      I like that, dosdos. 🙂
      Since it's in quotes, you didn't write that.
      Who did?

        • And it will prove true, I'm afraid. Literally. The nature of mankind (with exception to Indigenous peoples) is such.

        • The situation basically boils down to this:
          From a neutral point of view, man has – throughout history – done absolutely *nothing* to this planet but spreading death and destruction. All other aspects, even "positive" ones (like science, medicine, arts, philosophy etc) are only meaningful to man, but not to nature. Insofar praising man for these achievements is intellectual self-delusion and masturbation.
          Just last night, I thought about the question if the ultimate deception we are facing is *science*, more specifically the so-called "natural sciences", as they have ultimately alienated us from any sense, awareness, connection to nature in a spiritual way, any it has supported a more and more sterile/clean/mathematic/heartless attitude among most people.
          If in the past someone did that on purpose (ie to disconnect and mislead us), then of course calling this "nature science" (while it is the opposite), was the perfection of the deceptive psy-op. And leaves us with nothing to do than sending congratulations to the unknown betrayer for having committed the ultimate form of perfect crime.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Governments and the Main Stream Media view Fukushima as a 2011 event, that ended with the announcement of "cold shutdown" before year's end. Now, the cleanup is well underway.
    ENEnewsers view Fukushima as the end of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem, and perhaps the end of the human race.
    See the disconnect?
    Which view is the most correct?

    Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen introduced the concept of "fuel fleas", or "hot particles".
    Arnie said that People in Central Japan were breathing in 10 internal hot particles per day in the month of April, 2011.
    People on the west coast and Alaska/Hawaii were getting a dose of about 5 hot particles a day.
    Fukushima fallout was measured in Europe.
    Since Reactor3 was MOX, this would mean that about 1/4 of those hot particles contain plutonium.
    So the entire continental US, and all of the northern hemisphere got dosed.
    Once in the lungs, hot particles electrostatically adhere to the lung tissue, and stay put.

    Suppose that each hot particle weighs at least 1/50,000,000g.
    That amount of plutonium is considered a fatal dose.
    Since the 5-10 hot particle estimate was considered a daily dose, my conclusion was that everybody in the Northern Hemisphere got a fatal dose of plutonium from breathing in hot particles during April, 2011. If this logic is incorrect, please offer an alternative analysis.

    I hate to be the bearer of terrible news…

    • We Not They Finally

      Apparently, some hot particles are expelled, some not. It's like Russian roulette, but you don't even know if/when the gun is pointed at you. Then if it sticks to your lung, it becomes an internal emitter going buzz-buzz-buzz in a localized area for years. Apparently it can take five years to develop a lung cancer, or it can take twenty. By the time you are sick, it may seem a moot point who or what to blame.

      If enough people get sick within a short span of time, questions may be raised. But what does that MEAN? Have to first publicly dissemble the lies before you can even LOOK at the truth. So someone will be "concerned," collect "data," find "experts," and then what? If it in a relatively localized geographic area like Hanford, it will be marginalized as "a cluster" — if in a wider area, there's a pick of general culprits to go blame rather than to dissemble THE BIG LIES.

      Probably low on ANY newscaster's list is "We were massively lied to about Fukushima and we've all been poisoned ever since." Much less that there were 70 years of lies leading up to that one.

      But let's say that the Japanese man quoted above were given widespread air time in Japan, then YES, people would listen! But that's not happening, is it? So it's whole SYSTEMS that have to change.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    I own a PRM-8000 Geiger counter. Since radiation must enter a tube about the size of a pencil to be counted, this device measures only a tiny sample of all the radiation around.
    Sometimes, I turn on the PRM-8000, and listen to it click away as it measures the radiation in my living room.
    On occasion, a couple of times an hour, the count suddenly picks way up, doubling or tripling the average count. This uptick lasts for only a second or two, then the count falls back into the normal background range.
    I have read that this occurs when a dust moat, bearing a hot particle, drifts by the Geiger tube.
    My guess is that for every cubic meter of air in my house, there are at least 2 hot particles. This is over three years after the accident. What did I read the other day, that each of us breaths 5 (or was it 7?) cubic meters of air a day.
    We are still getting dosed, brothers and sisters.

    Hey, TEPCO? Are you still making that black nuclear soot at Fukushima? 😉

  • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

    Katsutaka Idogawa! What a fantastic human this guy is!
    Looks like I have another person to add to my list of heroes =]

    • GQR2

      Yes he is ! Katsutaka Idogawa is a hero and a truth teller in the face of immeasurable and dire odds. A truly brave man and a hero. Everyone with a fak book account ought to share this interview.

  • Comment on NRC blog

    @Rich, you know how my PV systems work? they feed into the grid the most, at the time that electrical loads are the most, sunny afternoon in which aircon is needed and when industrial activity is also at a peak. And you know when I draw power from the grid… night time, helping to level out the load factor on the OTHER utilities.

    Hmmmm…..seems like PV is the perfect complement to a grid. On the other hand, nuclear does not load follow well at all. Sorry, but I am not buying the myth of the "nuclear baseload"

    RICH comment was

  • Nick


    This is the 34th trip around the sun since some folks came up with the idea to celebrate our planet….for a day.

    I remember questioning nuclear power/weapons as a boy in 1970, and I was also fixated on water pollution (did a summer workcamp 2 years later for the EPA studying a watershed running thru Philadelphia, PA.)

    Today, I can't exactly say we humans have learned how to care for our precious orb that sails through the vast emptiness of space.

    If anything, we have become colder and less forgiving of each other and more apt to frack and mine and irradiate our planet with little thought for the future.

    Because we have done this. Because of our reckless love for the atomic age, we have essentially, nixed our own future.

    The Earth will still be here after our party. But it won't be the same.

    Love while you can folks. Laugh now. Treasure your dreams and cherish the past.

    Today I cannot look around me and feel anything but anguish.

    We had a chance, we had the intelligence, but we lacked foresight.

    Thanks nuclear. Thanks for a future we all once had.

    • jimbob jimbob

      Nice post Nick.

      I have great memories of the past but I have nothing but trepidation for the future.

      I am older and have had a good life but I cry for the children, we are not leaving them a good planet.

      It is not only the nuclear disasters it is GMO food, the destruction of the oceans and fresh water sources by mining, over fertilization runoff and fracking.

      The pollution we are pumping out now is worse than back in the 40's and 50's when sometimes the Hudson River would catch on fire.

      Not the same pollution because it is not as visible but far worse in my opinion.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Every time it passes by we feel the hot fuel fleas inside our chest and/or in our eyes.. 🙁

  • eyefidelity

    Russia Today… is to be commended for doing for the United States what Voice of America did for the Soviet Union. With all the Russophobia swirling around these days, I wonder how long it will be before RT is blocked from broadcasting here….

  • jec jec

    Good article from 2013–nothing has changed:

    Now, since everyone is saying NO PU released from Japan..then any PU found around WIPP must be from WIPP. Cant have it all, saying no PU contamination from WIPP, when PU is found, with Japan not to be blamed. Remember our watchdogs to protect citizens, EPA/DOE, says no PU from Japan found. All part of "wink wink " media diplomacy to coverup real events.

  • jec jec

    A State Visit by US Pres. Obama to Japan will feature a media event; "they will dine outside the prime minister’s official residence with the intention of deepening their relationship in a relaxed atmosphere". Well..outside, good. Hope they all enjoy the airborne breezes from Fukushima's Diiachi Nuclear Plant. Wonder if there will be a secret dosimeter testing during the luncheon. Are they also going to munch on foods from Fukushima?

  • Tarangela Tarangela

    DUDE!!! You are a rock star!

  • 4truth

    Kai Vetter speaks in Santa Cruz, California, on Thursday.

    Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is sponsoring a talk. Here’s the info from their flyer:
    Has Fukushima radiation reached our beaches yet?
    Is it time to pull the plug on nuclear power plants?

    Hear what credible scientists know about the safety of our shores and discuss the actions we should take to prevent nuclear disaster in the future on
    Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm
    at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St., Santa Cruz.
    Speaker: Dr. Kai Vetter, Co-founder of Kelp Watch; Head Applied Nuclear Physics Program, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will speak about what we know, if we need to worry, and what we can do.
    Followed by a question and answer session moderated by
    Moderator: Dan Haifley, Exec. Director of O’Neill’s Sea Odyssey, 2011 Save Our Shores “Ocean Hero,and environmental activist. Followed by
    Speaker: Dan Hirsch, Lecturer on Nuclear Policy at UCSC, President of the nonprofit nuclear policy organization Committee to Bridge the Gap (between nuclear dangers and a sustainable future) will speak on what we should and can do about Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.
    Followed by a discussion on possible actions we can take.

  • 4truth


    Ironically, the same night is this talk at University of California Santa Cruz
    Kresge Town Hall: Thursday, April 24th, 7:00 – 8:45pm
    We Can Now Solve The 10,000 Year Old Problem of Agriculture,
    with Wes Jackson, Right Livelihood Award Laureate

    Wes Jackson founded the Land Institute with this mission statement:
    "When people, land, and community are as one, all three members prosper; when they relate not as members, but as competing interests, all three are exploited. By Nature is consulted as the source and measure of that membership, The Land Institute seeks to develop an agriculture that will save soil from being lost or poisoned while promoting a community life at once prosperous and enduring."

    This is wonderful, and I completely agree.

    But if the land is increasingly poisoned by radioactivity or depleted uranium, the sun is obscured by geoengineering debris, and air, water, soil, and all life are being contaminated relentlessly with all this, what then?

    Stopping the onslaught must be first.

  • Sickputer

    Important statement from the transcript with the mayor of Futaba:

    "Radiation levels around Fukushima are four times higher than in Chernobyl, so I think it’s too early for people to come back to Fukushima Prefecture. Here you can see radiation levels in our region, Tohoku. This is ground zero, and the radiation radius is 50-100km, even 200km in fact. Fukushima Prefecture is at the very center. The city of Iwaki, where Futaba citizens moved, is also in Fukushima Prefecture. It is by no means safe, no matter what the government says. Exposing people to the current levels of radiation in Fukushima is a violation of human rights. It’s terrible."

    "I talked to local authorities in different places in Fukushima, but no one would listen to me. They believe what the government says, while in reality the radiation is still there. This is killing children. They die of heart conditions, asthma, leukemia, thyroiditis…Lots of kids are extremely exhausted after school; others are simply unable to attend PE classes. But the authorities still hide the truth from us, and I don’t know why."

    SP: I know why Mr. Mayor. It's because the ruling class fears poverty worse than they fear radiation death. The 40 million people in Ground Zero (200 KM semi-circle from Fukushima Daiichi NPP) are all expendable pawns in the troubled and corrupt Japanese economy.

    Virtually every living creature from man to beast will experience a shortened lifespan.

    20 is the new 60 in Japan.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    50 is the new 70 in Russia and this sad shortened life reality will be repeated worldwide like clockwork until this entire Nuclear Industry is shut down!

    What Nuclear nation will be next to destroy itself with Nuclear Radiation Contamination?

    The clock is ticking… 🙁

    Tick tock tick tock tick tock tic toc ti to t t …………

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