“Nuclear leaks poison the Pacific” — “We’re talking about the Pacific Ocean, so it’s not just Fukushima that’s affected” — “Criticism will be worldwide” if contamination keeps flowing from plant

Published: August 11th, 2013 at 9:16 am ET


Title: Fukushima Daiichi plant’s nuclear leaks poison the Pacific and a way of life
Source: The Guardian in Tokyo (via South China Morning Post); Additional reporting by AFP
Date: August 11, 2013

Fukushima Daiichi plant’s nuclear leaks poison the Pacific and a way of life

[…] In a furious letter to Tepco president Naomi Hirose, Japan’s national fisheries federation said the water leakages were an “act of treason to all fishing industry workers and to all members of the public in Japan”. […]

Tepco’s sudden about-turn over the leaks has added to public anger about its handling of the crisis. […]

[Takashi Niitsuma, head of sales at the Iwaki fisheries co-operative 60 kilometers (35 miles) south of the disaster site, said] “Even if we could catch fish for sale, no one would buy them. We’re talking about the Pacific Ocean, so it’s not just Fukushima that’s affected. If Tepco allows more water to leak into the sea, the criticism will be worldwide.” […]

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Published: August 11th, 2013 at 9:16 am ET


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14 comments to “Nuclear leaks poison the Pacific” — “We’re talking about the Pacific Ocean, so it’s not just Fukushima that’s affected” — “Criticism will be worldwide” if contamination keeps flowing from plant

  • waterbug

    If contamination keeps flowing…?

    Gee. Do you think it will stop now that they've admitted lying about it..?

  • We were discussing options the other day, regarding what could be done to slow down the damage or to mitigate it.

    APPEALING TO GREED AND PEOPLE'S ECONOMIC INTERESTS usually works when nothing else does. Perhaps it's time for a plan of action.

    Appeals based on Fukushima's threats to human health don't seem to resonate with the majority of Japanese – much less with the rest of the world.

    Appeals based on Fukushima's threats to the ecosystem are even more ineffective.

    But strangely, the human mind is very sensitive to threats to their own material possessions and wealth.

    So who are the immediate losers in this regard? Japanese fishermen first of all because they make their living from the waters around Japan.

    Next? Perhaps the tourist industry. A well-organized campaign could boycott tourism not only in Japan but in nearby countries. Added to a boycott of Japanese products as well.

    What about lawsuits? Plenty of guilty parties to target for the contamination of our air and our marine resources. The mere talk of lawsuits would be enough to make them think.

    The main problem now is the lack of international organization to raise awareness and call for action. If this were a political/ethnic issue, advocacy groups would be lining up to join a boycott. Why not challenge (and shame) all those "rights" organizations in this regard?



    • We Not They Finally

      Good idea. Hit people where they live. You would think that their HEALTH is where they live, but until they personally know enough people with bad news from the doctor’s office, that might not happen. So whatever gets people motivated at this point is fine.

  • Discordian

    I recall Jeff Rense speaking with either Bill Deagle or Michael Collins about the destruction of the food chain in the Pacific due to the amount of radiation being dumped there by Tepco over a year ago.

    One wonders how far the process has advanced. http://investmentwatchblog.com/why-are-millions-of-fish-suddenly-dying-in-mass-death-events-all-over-the-planet/

    (I know these massive kills have been happening at least since the BP disaster in the GOM. But the kills since 3-11-2011 have been global in extent, just like the Fuku radiation dispersal has been.)

  • got air got air

    saw green peace begging for money in a ritzy shopping center the other day. i ask the kids about radation they said what do you mean. i thought to my self there no green and no peace. the reason i dont put my x on stuff

  • got air got air

    everything must be fine congress just went on a 5 week recess. why i dont put my x on congress. i wish there was something to put my x on. i love you people though

  • Buffalojam

    Mr. Nitsuma – I am just sick about what has happened to your country in the last two and a half years and the poor response from your government and nuclear power industry in reacting to this disaster. In a better world, one in which governments place the interests of it's citizens ahead of the profits of it's corporations, you would be correct in your concern about not being able to sell the contaminated products from your fishery. Unfortunately, your government is not the only one which has acted shamefully in this situation. In some countries the vast majority of their populations are unaware of what happened in Fukushima and ignorant of the dangers of eating fish from ocean waters nearby. It appears you will continue to have a market for your product and will receive only limited worldwide criticism for contaminating the Pacific, even as the situation continues to deteriorate.

    • We Not They Finally

      Well, now that the story is (however unbelievably late, and unbelievably incomplete) starting to “break,” their exports WILL go down. The U.S., shamefully, signed an agreement to take all Japanese exports, including food, soon after the disaster. (Hillary Clinton signed that, to her shame. Well, Obama’s shame too.) But the more news is out there, the less people will be buying Japanese imports, especially of food.

      And worldwide criticism WILL INCREASE from here on in. But for how long? The question is, is the tipping point towards further disclosure or towards further suppression? Yoichi Shimatsu (a VERY GOOD Japanese-American journalist who still travels back and forth from Japan) thinks that martial law will be happening over there.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear causes slow agonizing death. It's man-made, unneeded, and I don't want my family contaminated by this radiation.

  • Maybe we are making a little progress… remember when this was the rage? Everyone was predicting nuclear everything, including cars…

    Video – Nuclear Powered Cars; Ford Nucleon, Atmos, Mystere, Studebaker Astro; via @AGreenRoad

    Art And Science Of Deception; Global Corporations And The 1% http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/p/corporations-art-and-science-of.html

  • We Not They Finally

    Again, why is no one looking into that NEW EARTHQUAKE that happened just eight days ago? Seismic readings are always downgraded these days, and all hell broke loose (50-fold spike in radiation!!) immediately following. There has to be a connection! The Japanese won’t talk – if earthquakes are “a problem,” then they can’t (insanely) re-start their OTHER plants. But someone knowledgable about what seismic damage does in relation to what happened here, needs to get on the stick. Really. It is needed and will be much appreciated.

  • WinikenekE

    I am in south central state. my vegetables, fruiting, and development, heirloom and all non gmo seeds, have shut down to about 1/2 speed the normal growth, since @ July 15th. there are certain vegetables, fruits, and especially sensitive herbs, that easily SHOW, when radiation is falling through raindrops. one of these is Swiss chard. mine now have a abnormal purple color, with numerous raindrop burn holes, through the leaves. another flowering herb, is bee balm, and it shut down it's normal red flowering, @ mid July, and also showed the burning on the leaves. now, my sunflowers, have been wilting somewhat, and burning of leaves. most of my tomato progress, shut down at the same time, leaving all my tomatoes green, but we had fried green tomatoes anyway! the best solutions to these hot rains, is this: Food grade DE, and Borax. add these to your compost tea, along with KELP MEAL. also, you can add DE, and or Borax, in your herbal tea, and in small amounts, you can drink this for extra ch-elation assistance, detoxifying your body. also adding some bentonite clay powder, to a enema, can heal you from hot particles. one of the garden veggies is cilantro, of course, plenty of that! may god bless and keep you healthy. replies welcome.