Mayor: “So many people in Japan are now saying that they can’t trust their own government” — Manipulation of radiation information suspected

Published: June 25th, 2011 at 2:15 pm ET


Experts urge great caution over radiation risks, Japan Times, June 26, 2011:

[…] “I think some municipal governments have only recently begun to release soil data in response to mounting calls from the public,” [Akira Sugenoya, mayor of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture and a medical doctor who spent 5½ years from 1996 in the Republic of Belarus treating children with thyroid cancer] said. “But the central government should have taken the initiative to release them much earlier … . What the central government must do now is release all data, no matter how bad, because if it doesn’t it can only add to people’s suspicions that it is manipulating information.

“So many people in Japan are now saying that they can’t trust their own government.”

Adding to such concerns are the views of Richard Broinowski, a former Australian diplomat who is now adjunct professor at the University of Sydney. […]

Specifically, he said, “What I am anxious to know is: Are qualified Japanese epidemiologists and public health experts (that is, those not in the pay of the nuclear industry) undertaking objective and impartial research into how deeply and to what intensity, radiation dispersal of cesium-137, strontium-90, iodine-131, noble gases and plutonium-239 … has spread, and how much the general population of the Tohoku region and other regions of Japan have been exposed?”

He added: “I also suspect that full disclosure of such data is not in the interests of the Japanese nuclear industry.” […]

Published: June 25th, 2011 at 2:15 pm ET


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83 comments to Mayor: “So many people in Japan are now saying that they can’t trust their own government” — Manipulation of radiation information suspected

  • “I also suspect that full disclosure of such data is not in the interests of the Japanese nuclear industry.”

    Trust those instincts!

    • arclight arclight

      ali moore interviws Doctor Karamoskos
      nice qoute here “I might add on that point, with children, the government has actually raised the public dose limit threshold from one millisievert per annum to 20 millisieverts for children outside the exclusion zone. The reasoning being that they didn’t want to evacuate them, because they would be deprived of their education and so on. But it’s an absurd proposition; they’re posing unnecessary risks to children.

      In fact, there’s a worldwide campaign at the moment by medical practitioners, to get the Japanese government to reverse the absurd decision. Furthermore, the Japanese Government’s scientific adviser resigned as a consequence of that decision”
      link to whole article

  • Wonder how that happened ??

  • moonkai

    this article will no doubt start to awaken so many people in denial ! this is great news reporting! It is going to be such a rude awakening to most. I will spread this like wild fire on FB and other sites where I have a little pull within the expat community in Tokyo. Greetings from Tokyo !

  • cossack55

    Citizen: So many half-awake people in US are now saying they can’t trust their own government-Manipulation of ALL Information Suspected and Proven.

  • SnorkY2K

    I volunteered to help in Minamisoma. They had returned to hanging clothes outdoors and living without taking precautions other than some using surgical masks. Are the people in your town being told to take any precautions other than wear long sleeves? Have you been told to keep your eyes covered and quickly cover cuts and scratches? Are you filtering your apartment air or water?

    • moonkai

      I have many friends that actually went to Minami Soma and help. I admire all those volunteers that will brave danger to help others. Now, we must focus how to get them out of there. Because the irony and despicable truth is the longer we help them stay there, the fastest they will get exposed to who knows what. It is now time for evacuation …. and FAST! Not creating panic ….just the harsh reality of things ! It sucks!

      • SnorkY2K

        I am in Illinois, USA. So, although I volunteered to go help them adapt their water treatment to remove radionuclides and other means to make those who remain safer, I did not have the means to get there on my own. Since, I am unemployed, I thought that my expertise and education in cleaning up after such a disaster might be of help.

        The Japanese consulate in Illinois seemed to only want engineers with nuclear plant operation experience that could help them clean up and restart the facility. My Japanese niece and I were only able to talk to the mayor of Minamisoma about setting up facilities there for large scale remediation of surface and waterborne radionuclides. I haven’t found any other organization to talk to hire me to help over there and I don’t have the money to go by myself.

        There may not be much time to sequester loose materials before they blow over the mountains to Fukushima City and the areas of the Arakawa river. It is so hard to get hard data that holds confidence to even tell if that hasn’t already happened.

        My other areas of expertise include exotic metal cutting including Zircalloy-4 used in their cladding. They aren’t going to be able to cut it with saws and they are going to have to reduce the size of the agglomerations to prevent future prompt criticallities. I would like to volunteer for trying to help them cut up the radio-active material so that it can be removed and isolated prior to all 20 cores finding each other and going critical promptly. But, I can find no contacts to even talk about helping cut up the cores and other hot materials.

        • They want to clean up and restart the facility ???
          Must be talking about the other plants in trouble I hope and not the one we see each day !
          How could anyone get close enough to these things and cut them ???

      • mikael

        So its finaly dawning to the ruling partys and the MSM.
        This is a acident unparalleled in our history, people of Japan.
        The amount of radioactiv Isotops relised is also unparelleled, the sheer wolume of Isotops are unparalleled.
        This article is somehow the closest thing to reality in this episode, in 3 months.
        And stil the goverment is doing nothing, absolutly nothing.
        I am afraid this wil kick back, horrybly.
        And the ones to pay the price, is the people of Japan.
        The chriminals incharge are stil downplaying this event, why are they geting away with it.

        The people of Japan has to sett up a library of documents that handles fallout and its consequences, there are several.
        like this one:
        From Tjernobyl

        Wake up Japan, before its to late.

        “Whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent”
        — Martin Luther King Jr.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Old Tepco webcam shows activity on dock. Does it look like they are probably dumping something into the ocean, in “June 25” photos? They wouldn’t do that while posting photos, right?

    • sickputer2 sickputer2

      >NoNukes typed these pixels of light:

      >Old Tepco webcam shows activity on dock. Does it look like they are probably dumping something into the ocean, in “June 25″ photos?

      SP: Too far away to tell…but the rule of thumb for liquidators at Chernobyl was to grab and run with hot debris and dump their wheelbarrow into the collapsed buidling since they were building a concrete dome to entomb the mess. The Japanese are weaving a polyester tent cover. *;-)

    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      I assure you that things are as bad as, if not worse than, the South. Do you remember the G20 riots? No one has been punished for this outrage even though the blame is squarely on the chief of police. At least we still have our healthcare.

  • tony wilson

    we are all fucking sheep…
    we are rounded up in the truck on the slow journey to slaughter.
    can you hear the boss men driving us,they are laughing so hard.
    all that barium and silver chemtrails spraying.
    all the sports chatter all the crap about beyonce,talent shows and warped news reports.
    we did the controlling for them they took it easy and watched us get lazy and dumb.
    laughed out how easy it was to get a reaction by pressing a button.
    hussein,osama bin now gaddaffi with his fake cia story of rape kits.
    yee harr we got him we got him,usa,usa.
    cheap oil,cheap plastic wrap food tv and the internet to keep us quite why the boss man kills,invades and steals.
    dumb fucks on the way to the slaughter house.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    This needs some updating, for anyone interested:

  • Darth

    We are all slowly becoming Zombies – the walking Dead.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Canada, USA, will not test air, water, food, milk, and so on?
    Even the place that I would love to be vacationing at, Australia will not test incoming products for radiation contamination?
    Maybe they are testing, but not allowed for the public to see?
    I can understand reasons why the Japans people can’t trust their government.

    • sickputer2 sickputer2

      >Even the place that I would love to be vacationing at, Australia will not test incoming products for radiation contamination?

      They are not quite as friendly to nuclear critics as they were in 1958 when they loaned an atomic sub for On The Beach (the mother of all anti-nuclear movies). The US Navy refused after reading the script. You think the billions they make selling uranium ore to the world changed the government’s mind? Bingo!

  • alexa

    Chernobyl: A Million Casualties – applicable to Japan and U.S./ Canada West Coast

  • kx kx

    It’s getting to be a long wait to the revolt of Japanese people, if they don’t make something sooner then later they might be remembered as losers in a 100’s year time. and that apply to the rest of the nations that let then be poisoned like this… sad for the readers of enenews since they are alarmed people and would prefer another finale.

    • tony wilson

      It’s getting to be a long wait to the revolt of Japanese people : )

      like bill clinton saying over and over i did not have sex with that lady.
      like george bush jr saying iraq wmd and saddam was involved with 911.
      like barry o saying i was born in the usa..
      i will keep the american people informed about fukishima.
      we are on a libyan humanitarian mission with depleted uranium missiles.
      the lies the denials become a kind of reality if you say them enough.

      the people of japan are in a zombified denial.
      hey we are still alive a bit of a sore throat but what if..
      maybe radiation is not that bad i mean nobody has died.
      we must work,keep are heads down do not rock the a good proud citizen.
      clip that rad counter on your child it is fun like a pokemon bleep bleep.
      we are japan we are not russia we have technology on are side.
      if we ignore the radiation maybe it will go away.
      time to change wikipedia.
      japan an island in asia that through it’s people’s blind faith in authority .
      and it’s electrical company refusal to spend money to contain a problem resulted in the deaths of millions of people around the world.
      do not hold your breath waiting for a revolt.
      the only revolt you will get is localized food riots and theft.
      by then,most of the world would have had many lethal dose’s of hot particulates.

      • Mark

        With all due respect Tony I think it’s more complicated then that. I’ve never been to Japan but I can’t imagine 35 million people in one city (Tokyo) on a small island, me living in Canada with about the same number of people spread out across this big huge country. What Japanese person has ever driven for hours at high speed not seeing a building or car? Many people displaced by the tsunami and earthquake and I don’t know what social net ie welfare is available, you have a mortgage a job and your living in Tokyo.
        Having said that we you me and Japanese Europeans are under the spell of the system. Why didn’t the Jews of WW2 run away? A few did but someone correct me if I’m wrong, I think the process was akin to the frog in tepid water the water slowly getting hotter. (a frog will jump out of boiling water but if you gradually heat it up to boiling point will remain until dead in the water) Nobody wants to think of the worse like the smoker in denial, radiation is a silent killer who cares till one day you have leukemia or something…And those people in the know are always in the minority just try to fight city hall your gonna be alone. Just like Jesus Christ arguably changed the world more then any other single individual but he died on a cross like many common criminals of his time. Who wants to be crucified? I say sneak out the back door with the silverware, your best bet.

  • john lh john lh

    Dear All,

    I am Chinese, and I suggest all the concerned man and woman to setup an data system from this dear ENENEWS.COM.

    We can produce Doesmeters from China at very low cost,now they are selling from USD200 -300 with good profit. and Chinese version of mobile from 20-100USD.

    I believe just combine one more function with this Doesmeter detector into mobile phone, it may cost 1-5USD more for those mobile assembly workshops.

    And those meters should be very easy to combine with Chinese mobile phone, just add the function, and we can up loading the actual data to maps such as GOOGLE EARTH, OR just we maintain such an system, with clould calculation .

    Those hard ware, meters and mobilephone are very much easily affordable to any individuals, and it can be easily automatically uploaded into this Radioation monitoring maps, all the globe.

    In this way, those Nuclear industry and gov. will be nothing, also the MSM.

    We have to fight and struggle for our own family, and friends we care.

    Do not waste time and energy with gov.DEPECO,NUKE INDUSTY,and MSM.

    No one can stop individuals to find out the truth, facts, if we as individuals wish and act on our own.

    • Thank you john lh,
      Some very good idea with the cell phone’s !
      What providence in China Republic are you ?
      I am sure you will get many responses to your work and a most grateful people for helping the work ahead !
      I am sure many will want to know much details of the reporting !
      Thank you again

    • charlie3

      john, I like your idea for the dosimetre/phone and posting the data onto the internet from around the world.
      You are correct, we need to protect ourselves together without government assistance.

    • Good ideas there.

      Stay in touch.

    • Discordian

      Right on with all of your comments, Heart. Northcom was formed for the express purpose of military control or subjugation of the North American continent. Northcom, Blackwater, what’s the difference? Your comments are appreciated, even by those of us who are not qualified to say very much on enenews! 🙂

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    At some point I hope my patriotic ramblings….will be heard.

  • risabee risabee

    Tepco cam, 9:40 pm pst, #4 hissing away furiously, these old eyes think #3 also?

  • Anthony Anthony

    Senior lawmaker: Japan PM, under fire over disasters handling, could resign before August
    The Canadian PressBy The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – 1 hour 21 minutes ago


    TOKYO – A senior lawmaker of Japan’s ruling party says the prime minister could resign before August.

    Katsuya Okada, the No. 2 of the Democratic Party of Japan, told reporters Sunday that if Prime Minister Naoto Kan achieved three policy goals, he could step down before the end of August — the last day of the parliamentary session.

  • arclight arclight

    quick link to exskf…comment is interesting
    Strontium-89 and strontium-90 have been detected in soil and ocean water, but for the first time they have been detected in ocean soil 3 kilometers off the coast where Fukushima I

  • arclight arclight

    another relevant article here
    TEPCO faxed them to the government, Fukushima Prefecture, and two towns where Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is located. The government and Fukushima Prefecture didn’t bother to tell anyone else.

  • moonkai

    Tokyo Air Quality Update

    Elevated levels of radioactive cesium detected as of yesterday’s readings.

  • moonkai

    wow … something is happening Reactor 4 and beyond! So much smoke …Can anyone confirm ? yuk!

  • mungo mungo

    it is smole again, ffs

  • mungo mungo

    i mean smoke, doesnt really matter what we call it though, toxic shit obviously

  • riday, June 24, 2011 07:00
    High level of radiation exposure estimated
    A group of doctors has found that the estimated level of accumulated internal radiation exposure for people living in Fukushima Prefecture has exceeded 3 millisieverts.
    The researchers, including doctors who have provided medical care to A-bomb survivors, conducted analysis on the food and urine of 15 residents in Iitate Village and Kawamata Town in Fukushima Prefecture. These areas are about 40 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    They estimate that residents have been internally exposed to up to 3.2 millisieverts for about 2 months, measuring from the date of the accident in March until early May.
    Three millisieverts is 3 times higher than the long-term annual limit for ordinary people recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.
    One of the researchers, Nanao Kamada 鎌田七男, says people should refrain from eating vegetables grown in the area where high levels of radiation have been detected.

  • Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas
    Mail-order food-delivery companies and cooperatives have long been among the leading campaigners for — and custodians of — food safety in Japan.
    … The harsh reality is, however, that no food distributors have been able to provide food from these regions labeled “radiation-free.” In fact, even the most environmentally conscious, anti-nuclear-power food providers have had no option but to go along with the government-stipulated safety limits, set at the end of March, of 2,000 becquerels/kg of iodine-131 for vegetables and fish, and 500 becquerels/kg of cesium-134 and cesium-137 combined for vegetables, meat, fish and eggs — levels that a wide variety of domestic produce now no longer exceeds. Prior to March 11, there were no such government standards for domestic produce.

  • TOKYO — A top Japanese official says Japan will maintain atomic power as part of its energy policy despite the country’s ongoing nuclear crisis…. Japan will “stick to nuclear power as a national energy policy.” He made the comment on a talk show on public broadcaster NHK.

  • We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl,” said Gundersen. “The data I’m seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man’s-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometres being found 60 to 70 kilometres away from the reactor. You can’t clean all this up. We still have radioactive wild boar in Germany, 30 years after Chernobyl.”…

    • by Arnie Gundersen – 2011-06-25
      “Units one through three have nuclear waste on the floor, the melted core, that has plutonium in it, and that has to be removed from the environment for hundreds of thousands of years,” he said. “Somehow, robotically, they will have to go in there and manage to put it in a container and store it for infinity, and that technology doesn’t exist. Nobody knows how to pick up the molten core from the floor, there is no solution available now for picking that up from the floor.”

      ..the creation of nuclear fission generates radioactive materials for which there is simply no knowledge informing us how to dispose of the radioactive waste safely.

      “Until we know how to safely dispose of the radioactive materials generated by nuclear plants, we should postpone these activities so as not to cause further harm to future generations,” .. “To do otherwise is simply an immoral act, and that is my belief, both as a scientist and as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.”

      Gundersen believes it will take experts at least ten years to design and implement the plan.

      “So ten to 15 years from now maybe we can say the reactors have been dismantled, and in the meantime you wind up contaminating the water,” Gundersen said. “We are already seeing Strontium [at] 250 times the allowable limits in the water table at Fukushima. Contaminated water tables are incredibly difficult to clean. So I think we will have a contaminated aquifer in the area of the Fukushima site for a long, long time to come.”

      Unfortunately, the history of nuclear disasters appears to back Gundersen’s assessment.

      “With Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, and now with Fukushima, you can pinpoint the exact day and time they started,” he said, “But they never end.”
      “They are still emitting radioactive gases and an enormous amount of radioactive liquid,” … “It will be at least a year before it stops boiling, and until it stops boiling, it’s going to be cranking out radioactive steam and liquids.”

      Gundersen worries about more earthquake aftershocks, as well as how to cool two of the units.
      “Unit four is the most dangerous, it could topple,”… no one has ever imagined having hot nuclear fuel lying outside the fuel pool. They’ve not figured out how to cool units three and four.”…

  • Chubu Electric Power Co. said Friday that 43 pipes in a turbine steam condenser were found to be damaged at the Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, after the utility last month probed the leak of seawater into a reactor at the plant.
    Two other pipes were found to be deformed, the utility added, without elaborating
    On May 14, some 5 tons of seawater entered the No. 5 reactor at the plant in the city of Omaezaki, following the discovery of around 400 tons of seawater in the condenser, which cools steam from the turbine and turns it into water.
    The trouble occurred during work to put the reactor into a state of cold shutdown, according to Chubu Electric. At that time, about 530 tons of water were flowing per hour through the recirculation pipe for adjusting the water volume inside the reactor….

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