Mayor from Fukushima hospitalized — Town office was 2 miles northwest of nuclear plant

Published: January 20th, 2013 at 11:02 am ET


January 20, 2013 report on Japan’s TUF News Live with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:

Futabamachi mayor Idogawa immediately hospitalized […]

[Katsutaka] Idogawa was hospitalized for emergency. He was claiming his head feels heavy and dizzy. He can walk by himself. […]

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Published: January 20th, 2013 at 11:02 am ET


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18 comments to Mayor from Fukushima hospitalized — Town office was 2 miles northwest of nuclear plant

  • Sickputer

    Koriyama (where he took ill) is less than 40 miles from Fukushima NPP.

    The town government of Futaba (where he is mayor) fled long ago to Kazo, Japan which is over 150 miles away from Fukushima NPP.

    An interesting fact I saw at the website How Far Is It Between ( ) is that Futaba is 2 miles from Daiichi as the crow flies, but 55 miles by land transport.

    Article from December with a photo of the mayor:


    "In one of the first estimates of when Fukushima evacuees may return to their homes, the mayor of one nearby town is telling former residents that it could be 30 years away.

    Katsutaka Idogawa, mayor of Futaba, a town close to the crisis-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, unveiled the provisional estimate during an address to his staff on Jan. 4.

    The Futaba town government was itself evacuated, but continues to function from a location in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture."

    SP: He might become the first politician casualty of the Fukushima radioactive fallout poison. Of course that will not be the official listed cause of his sickness.

    Tepco hates him, but then they hate anyone who opposes their wishes.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      good post SP: I had to wonder if TPTB took that fact into consideration when they declared no-go zones based on distances from the belly-up NPP? 55 "highway" miles or about 60 km would put the location outside of the mandatory evacuation zone but only 2 miles away??!! I guess Japanese radiation follows a different set of rules and stays on the road obeying boundaries and keeping local citizens safe unlike those unlucky souls without any road obstacles to navigate around?(sarcasm & stoopidity intended) EXCEPT when it comes to designing,building,and operating NPP's where "cost-cutting" measures are implemented whenever possible without regard made to safety-the Japanese are very efficient!~where else can one set out on a 2-mile each way trip that takes an hour @55MPH??!! I'm not even gonna take any more jabs at the Japanese myth of "efficiency" though,they have enough problems to deal with-BUT I can't allow myself to have much sympathy for grown-ass people who CHOOSE to put up with this crap KNOWING that the children are getting sickened and will likely die long before reaching pre-3/11 life expectancy stats which USED to apply-even if their guardians don't care about their own shortened lifespans!! I really thought they were collectively smart enough to see what has been done to their homeland & people and by WHOM & by now would've been howling mad & removing nukes & the pukes responsible & setting the example for the world to follow
      but instead obediently DIE!…

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        oops-"55 miles would be about 120KM"-not "60"?!! (sorry,just woke up VERY late today after a rough night. LOTTA "stuff" going on over here,much of it OT and the rest too complicated to explain…lol… Take Care-catch me L8er

  • m a x l i

    "Mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, hospitalised…" would be the appropriate title (I think).

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      Pattie, It looks great. I'm able to see everything except the folder of html stuff. These files are there, but with an .mht extension. The size of the file is there, but they don't open up:

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        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

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  • Radiation Spread in the Pacific, a good model
    This model does self admit that they are completely ignoring the effects of bio accumulation, which would make things much worse. Looks like Hawaii is already seeing the ocean impact.

    The red zone is 1/1000 times less than the original dispersion in Japan. That doesn't sound all that great considering they just caught a fish with 2,500,000 Bq per kG at the Fukushima harbor. Anything above 100 Bq/kG is extremely bad.

    • It's All Lies It's All Lies

      There's a local 'low level landfill' near me. Been dumping waste for a year now. It takes waste up to 200 Bq/kg. Long story. Not good either.. 🙁

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    Nothing to do with Fukushima Daiichi I suppose. That was sorted a while back and there are no medical records to support a connection.
    He's just old(er) and….sick. Could happen to anyone. (sarc.)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Locals, mayors, and plant workers are history …we all know that. But so is anyone on the planet, because of the release of mox fuel. It circles the globe, and one spec will kill. So, everyone, know this, and remember. And never forget.