Video: 10 million people in Japan have been abandoned in high radiation areas after Fukushima — Kanto Region extremely contaminated

Published: March 13th, 2013 at 10:42 am ET
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Title: Fukushima Daiichi: A Chronological Account of the Disaster
Event: Helen Caldicott Foundation Symposium: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Co-Sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility
Source: ERF2012
Videographed & Edited by: Intertelemedia, Inc
Translated by: Kazko Kawai, Voices for Lively Spring
Subtitled by: East River Films Inc
Date: March 11, 2013

At 8:00 in

Hiroaki Koide, Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, Assistant Professor at the Kyoto University Research Institute, Nuclear Waste Management & Safety Expert:

The Tohoku and Kanto Regions of Japan were extremely contaminated with radiation. [...]

If the laws of Japan were strictly observed, areas with soil contaminated over 40,000 Bq per sq. meter would be designated as radiation controlled areas.

However, the contamination areas was as large as 20,000 sq. km (7,700 sq. miles), which meant a vast zone in the Tohoku and Kanto Regions would have to be evacuated.

Faced with such a reality, the Japanese government decided it would never be able to help the people in these contaminated areas, and that the people would be abandoned and left there.

As of today, about 10 million people have been left in areas that should have been designated radiation controlled areas, and they are exposed to continual radiation every day.

Watch the presentation here

Published: March 13th, 2013 at 10:42 am ET
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12 comments to Video: 10 million people in Japan have been abandoned in high radiation areas after Fukushima — Kanto Region extremely contaminated

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    True..and beyond heart crushing.


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  • hbjon hbjon

    With dueling pharmacies at ever street corner. If they can only find some poor mushrooms to put labcoats on and run them. Pill delivery will exceede pizza delivery in job openings. Perhaps, they will use helicopters to drop pills on people?


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    Tokyo should have evacuated. This WAS a worst-case scenerio. 50,000,000 people in Tokyo, proper. Now sitting on a nuclear waste dump. So sad. Health care will soon be the only growth industry in Japan, as the merely sick tend the dying. "Hell of a way to boil water." Albert Einstein


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  • PhilipUpNorth

    Full quote:

    "Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water."

    Albert Einstein
    :)


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    The entire country of Japan has been abandoned to die, through the continuing policies of the Japanese government, from Day 1 to the future.

    It is hard to even think of this horrific decision, let along accept it as fact.

    There is no fixing what is going to happen now.


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    The entire country of Japan has been abandoned to die, through the continuing policies of the Japanese government, from Day 1 to the future.

    It is hard to even think of this horrific decision, let alone accept it as fact.

    There is no fixing what is going to happen now.


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  • weeman

    Force the government to set up shop in the contaminated area and see them change their tune.
    If it is safe for the inhabitants of the region then it is safe for government officials. You voted these people in to enact the will of the people, don't forget that.


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  • Sickputer

    "Force the government to set up shop in the contaminated area "

    They're already there:

    Check out Tohoku and Kanto regions:

    http://pad3.whstatic.com/images/7/7c/468px-Regions_and_Prefectures_of_Japan.svg_1.png

    Tokyo Prefecture in Kanto Region: Number 14 in green

    Fukushima Prefecture in Tohoku Region: Number 7 in yellow (not a lucky number)

    SP: Don't be surprised when we see the Tokyo nucleorats flee the ship to Osaka:

    Osaka Prefecture in Kansai Region: Number 27 in dark purple

    The city of Osaka to Fukushima NPP: 362 miles as the crow flies

    http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-is-it-between.htm


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  • pcjensen

    ten million… speaks volumes abut the future of Japan (re: Chernobyl)


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  • HH

    "even the data from the Japanese government itself clearly show that there would be no problem with electric power supply if Japan were to abolish all of its nuclear power plants." (quote from Hiroaki Koide)


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  • We Not They Finally

    It's encouraging to see that there are Japanese scientists with A CONSCIENCE who are willing to speak out. Whether he and others are in a practical position to saves lives, we would hope so, but maybe not. Let's just be on the side of those who CARE. Bad enough that the public health is being devastated — we still have to act like humans.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Good for him speaking out! But it's still a way low-ball estimate. Tokyo alone is way more than "ten million people," and their genetic future is being destroyed as we speak.


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