NHK: Radioactive homes being built in Japan — Gov’t admits no radiation standards set (VIDEOS)

Published: January 16th, 2012 at 1:00 am ET


Title: Irradiated gravel used for Fukushima condominium
Source: NHK WORLD English
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2012 22:48 +0900 (JST)

Officials in Fukushima Prefecture say they have detected high levels of radiation in a new building. They say a construction material may have been tainted with radioactive substances from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The officials say the contamination was found at a 3-story apartment building in Nihonmatsu City that was completed last July.

The city checked the condo for radiation in December after regular monitoring found that children living there had been exposed to higher levels of radiation than other children over a 3-month period.

The city found that the radioactive cesium level on the first floor was 1.24 microsieverts per hour, which is higher than outside. […]

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Title: No radiation standards set for gravel shipments
Source: NHK WORLD English
Date: Monday, January 16, 2012 06:06 +0900 (JST)

Japan’s industry ministry says it has set no radiation standards for gravel shipments from areas affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The ministry’s admission came after high levels of radiation were detected in a new building […]

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AS EX-SKF points out, radioactivity may also be in the ash used to make cement and other building materials:

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Published: January 16th, 2012 at 1:00 am ET


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36 comments to NHK: Radioactive homes being built in Japan — Gov’t admits no radiation standards set (VIDEOS)

  • Jebus Jebus

    What in the hell is wrong with these people. Does the government have to tell them that KAK laced gravel from Fukushima and beyond is bad? Why can’t these people take it upon themselves to test and discriminate the bad out? Are they that seriously damaged, that they have to be towed around by their noses. Is just everything contaminated so much that they don’t give a damn about their children? If things are that bad, have they just given up hope?
    I’m out, this is beyond disgusting…

  • CaptD CaptD

    Maybe the RISH will move here instead:
    SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2012
    Japan’s Government-Industrial Complex to Create Small “Japan” in Southern India
    The news was there on Yomiuri Shinbun on January 5, 2012, but little noticed until someone picked it up and spread on Twitter overnight.

    The Japanese government in close collaboration with the big businesses in Japan is to build a city in southern India that will house 50,000 people, with “Japanese-quality” infrastructure including seaside resort, industrial park, hospital, shopping mall, and golf course (of course).

    Many on Twitter are speculating that this is part of the plan by the Japan’s political and business elites to abandon ship (Japan), and part of the reason for the Noda administration’s insistence on the tax hike despite the incipient recession.

  • @Jebus: Japanese culture is one where the people desperately seek to avoid individual judgement or responsibility opting instead to rely HEAVILY on external, pre-set rules for guidance. If no rules exist unfortunately there often is no sound judgement to fall back on. This is true everywhere from nuke plants to convenience stores.

  • Human0815

    this is a good Sign that the Control Mechanism
    are working!

  • Replacant Replacant

    I would say this is unbelievable, but the way the Japanese government has abandoned the people of Japan it is sadly believable. I keep hoping that someone in the government will step up and put an end to this madness; building home with radioactive gravel and cement, is so callus and inhumane that makes the future of Japan look very bleak. At least for the people that eat the tainted food, drink tainted water and live in contaminated houses.

    • Human0815

      @ Replacant,

      i do not know where you are from and i don’t care
      because this is not important for me but have a look
      to your own Building Laws, i am sure that there are no Rules for a Radioactive Maximum,
      afaik. only some Scandinavian Countries and maybe
      Germany have Rules for this!

      What i don’t understand is where they got the Cement from and why was it still in sale
      or was this a planned criminal Act!

    • StillJill StillJill

      There is no SOLUTION, until ‘one’ admits there is a PROBLEM.

      Sadly,…Japan is either UNWILLING, or INCAPABLE.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        You said a mouthfull SJ. They are STILL saying there’s no problem. Why oh why is this happening? It feels like we’re at WAR with the Japanese Gov and Tepco! They will never surrender i/e tell THE TRUTH.

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          This is like a SLOW MOVING TRAINWRECK. Or like a major car accident I was in when I was young. Thrown from the truck, everything MOVED SLOW MO. I came out ok – the Japanese WILL not. 🙁

          • john lh john lh

            Slow Movie, Slow cooking frog, till it too late.

            They want to kill us all, first the Japanese, the people in pacific ocean countries.

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        Has any other nation admitted the problem yet?

    • Replacant,
      You can bank it that if it happened here it would be the same, “Katrina” ! When the H1 strain came out the Prez told us all that there May come a time where the Gov. may not be able to help you, … Then came B P oil gusher, not one person evacuated and many should have been with readings off the charts !

      Ft Calhoun/ Las Alamos/ others will be more said about later I am sure !

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        Exactly, xdrfox. The apartment building story seems little different from the infamous “FEMA trailer” story after Katrina, or the ongoing First Nations housing stories from my country (Canada).

        I think it’s unhelpful to view this as a Japanese story, although obviously it’s taking place in Japan. Lessons from the story are about governments rather than about Japanese governments, I believe.

        Governments do this kind of thing to their people all the time – usually to the poorest and weakest, but they can and will do it to anyone. More often than not it’s just sloppiness, red tape and human error rather than malice, I think, but it’s still horrible if you are one of the victims.

        Government – any government, anywhere – is a very blunt instrument at best.

        Documentation link for completeness, (Canadian, and not nuclear):

  • mungo mungo

    put your comments on this story in the WSJ, i see Whoopie and I already have!!