Senior adviser who resigned says Japan gov’t set public’s safe radiation limit 20 times too high

Published: May 1st, 2011 at 12:30 am ET


Japanese government nuclear adviser quits, CBC News, April 30, 2011:

A senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has resigned, criticizing the government for ignoring his advice on radiation limits and not doing enough to deal with the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. […]

The government has set 20-millisievert limit for radiation exposure as safe, but according to [Toshiso Kosako, a professor at the University of Tokyo], that is 20 times too high, especially for children, who are considered more vulnerable to radiation than adults. […]

Kosako went on to criticize the lack of transparency in Kan’s government in dealing with the radiation leak and blasted it for not taking long-term action.

“I cannot help but to think [the government and other agencies] are only taking stopgap measures.” […]

Published: May 1st, 2011 at 12:30 am ET


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18 comments to Senior adviser who resigned says Japan gov’t set public’s safe radiation limit 20 times too high

  • cossack55

    ….are only taking stopgap measures.

    I never realized the Japanese like The Mr. Obvious Show.

  • xdrfox

    Most of populations will never know the deceit until it’s too late for them or there families, Gov. gambling with many that will succumb to cancers and many other related disease !

  • ZombiePlanet

    Send me your card #, date of birth, point of origin, DNA, assets (see schedule)

    I have just acquired a life long supply of Lead based sun screen.

    Inquirers shall be considered.

    Stay tuned.

  • Noah

    The Three Stooges Return

    It seems like a rerun of some old comedy routines. Slap stick clowning, prat falls, and general absurdity. But the tragedy is that the audience watching will begin to die one by one as the clowns perform their antics.

    • Noah

      Dose reading climbing

      Low Radiation level dangers &
      Accumulated Dosage over time

      What concerns me is the effect of low levels of fallout of all different kinds of isotopes accumulating over time, on and in everything in the environment, eventually finding its way into my body and my families bodies.

      The rate in which exposure is accelerating, (as I can see from my dosimeter readings) is disconcerting. Any sudden rise would be of concern. My dosimeter “peeps” when it detects one more total mSv. What alarms me is the peeps are sounding more often, closer and closer together.

      I have my dosimeter with me 24/7 and the peeps are sometimes disturbing my sleep.

      I thought I would see a steady average overtime. But instead I see acceleration.

      I am attempting to access the devices internal log to see if I can gain more time references and dose data. Hmmm…

      • xdrfox

        Acceleration/frequency of beebs increasing with accumulations !
        Be ready to charge it more often !

        It’s in your bedroom and increasing ??

        • Noah

          Dosimeter Details

          Xdrfox, the dosimeter I where has a battery that lasts about a year. I wear it around my neck during the day and it is positioned on my dresser during the night.

          I am very interested, for reasons stated above in the recent increase dose over the last few days.

          I have two Miron SOR/RF Military grade personal Dosimeter (EMI hardened Version) suitable for battlefield use. I acquired two, so I could collaborate the readings, to ensure accuracy should one unit begin to fail.

          I generally acquire, when ever possible, metering equipment in pairs for field use because you never know where you will be when you need back up. I like the Miron SOR/RF version because of its light weight and autonomous stand alone operational ability.

          I have the plastic case version, which ground troops dislike as it does not last like a metal case. However, I enjoy the fact that the plastic case has no radar signature/profile and was developed for this in mind.

          Xdrfox, I have a meeting I must attend to, I will continue this important reply to your comment when I return.

          I have concerns when I compare my dosimeter readings with what background levels that were detected on Bikini Atoll.

          • xdrfox

            Yes please, I have concerns that if it is beeping in your bedroom at night and increasing you may be bring in the contaminates on clothes, shoes, into your bedroom/ Need a changing station/decontamination room and seal it off, shower after coming in.

            What is your 20 ?

          • Noah

            Evacuation the only long term answer

            Continuing on Bikini Atoll
            Quote from Wikipedia

            “The dose received from background radiation on the island was found to be between 2.4 mSv/year and 4.5 mSv/year (the lower rate is the same as natural background radiation) assuming that a diet of imported foods were available.[18] But it was because of these food risks that the group eventually did not recommend fully resettling the island.” -IAEA Bikini Advisory Group Report

            The contamination of the food chain led to the evacuation of the island after 8 years of partial resettlement.

            “In 1968 the United States declared Bikini habitable and started bringing a small group of Bikinians back to their homes in the early 1970s as a test. In 1978, however, the islanders were removed again when strontium-90 in their bodies reached dangerous levels after a French team of scientists did additional tests on the island.[10] It was not uncommon for women to experience faulty pregnancies, miscarriages, stillbirths and damage to their offspring as a result of the nuclear testing on Bikini.[11] The United States provided $150 million as a settlement for damages caused by the nuclear testing program.[12]”

            No Bikini Atoll

            An eight year test of exposure to low “safe” levels of radiation using human test subjects ending in evacuation and 150 million dollar settlement.

            Clearly, the resulting tragedy, death and mutation caused by deemed safe low level exposures over years, externally and internally is documented here in the tiny Bikini population.

            Again, we see that the big issue was identified as bio-accumulation of radioactive particles in the food chain.

            “The special International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Bikini Advisory Group determined in 1997 that “It is safe to walk on all of the islands … although the residual radioactivity on islands in Bikini Atoll is still higher than on other atolls in the Marshall Islands, it is not hazardous to health at the levels measured … The main radiation risk would be from the food: eating locally grown produce, such as fruit, could add significant radioactivity to the body…Eating coconuts or breadfruit from Bikini Island occasionally would be no cause for concern. But eating many over a long period of time without having taken remedial measures might result in radiation doses higher than internationally agreed safety levels.”[17]

            The same bio-accumulation in the food chain, seen in Bikini, is occurring downwind of Fukushima. Radioactive particles are accumulating in soil and water resources all across the Northern Hemisphere, along with additional higher background radiation totals which is being recorded by my beeping dosimeter.

            Clearly the Bikini re-population experiment has demonstrated what the future will look like for mankind, in as little as 8 years.

            “It was not uncommon for women to experience faulty pregnancies, miscarriages, stillbirths and damage to their offspring …”

            Apart from water purification and the importation or growing of radiation free foods, there is little that can be done to prevent the ingestion of contaminated foods and water. Once ingested, removal and protection by supplementation and cleansing protocols are second line defensive/protective strategies.

            To maintain these remedial actions indefinitely are impossible, given limited time and financial resources of individual family units. However, taking protective actions now will buy families time, time to think, time to discuss and plan a reasonable course of action.

            The Bikini re-population experiment ultimately failed due to the power of the principle of bio-accumulation and the bio-physics of internal emitters.

            A similar re-population experiment is going on in Japan. Sending school children into active fallout zones to attend school. Bikini history has already taught us, that ultimately evacuation is the only long lasting answer through the years.

          • Noah

            Dosimeter readings continued…


            These readings I referred to above, are the totals of ambient background radiation that are totaling for all areas that I travel to and not confined to the interior of my home. I have decon protocols in place for my home, when contamination is detected or suspected.

            By frequency of beeps, I mean instead of one beep every three to four days, one beep a day, for example. The beeps went daily in the past 4 days vrs. one every three to four days. An almost 50% increase.

            I believe this 50% increase to reflect that the total ambient background radiation has risen due to total fallout accumulation in the surrounding environment over the past few days. Logically this background levels will increase over the decades, as the active Fukushima nuclear volcano continue to spew.

            Due to the limitations of this site, I am unable to communicate with you directly or with other commentators. It is too bad there is not a chat room function here, I would use it to answer your questions.

          • Deetu 3

            Noah. great post.

          • xdrfox

            Easy, Yahoo me !

          • Dr.Hans Strangelove

            When your nose glows, and you don’t need a flashlight; its too hot.

      • xdrfox

        Here is the link for them that who would like to see the pictures of the wemen in Bikinis :!

        I briefed up on while you were out.

        There were no children place on that island with the adults we can assume, cruel enough of our fine Gov. to use adults !

        The dose received from background radiation on the island was found to be between 2.4 mSv/year and 4.5 mSv/year (the lower rate is the same as natural background radiation)

        “same as natural background radiation”
        Yes this will be this land soon enough and others and that was one blast, boom and done !

        So we can also assume the other 22 islands in the about 1,000 Sq. kilometers cluster is still unfit to live because of long lived half-life Isotopes after 60+ years !

        Wonder if they have looked for wildlife to see changes ?

        Yes we have a lot to look foward too, the writings on the wall !

        • xdrfox

          Barton C. Hacker, the official historian of U.S. nuclear testing exposures (who is, in the end, very critical of the U.S. handling of the Bravo incident), characterized the controversy in the following way:

          In March 1954, the AEC had quickly decided that learning how the Marshallese victims of Castle Bravo responsed to their accidental exposure could be of immense medical and military value. Immediate action centered on seeing them evacuated and decontaminated, then cared for medically. But studies of their exposures and aftereffects also began. That effort became project 4.1 in the Castle experimental program. This unfortunate choice of terminology may help explain later charges that the AEC had deliberately exposed the Marshallese to observe the effects. Like the American radium dial painters of the 1920s and the Japanese of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the Marshallese of 1954 inadvertently were to provide otherwise unobtainable data on the human consequences of high radiation exposures. Findings from project 4.1 soon began to appear in print.[9]

          Photographs of exposed Marshallese studied during Project 4.1 (in this case, the photographs are showing the development and healing of neck lesions).Controversy continues however, fed by the legacy of mistrust sown by American nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, which involved relocating hundreds of people and rendering several atolls uninhabitable. While most sources do not think that the exposure was intentional, there is no dispute that the United States did carefully study the exposed Marshallese, but never obtained informed consent from the study subjects. This study of the Marshallese…

  • anne

    I found the explanation in this video by Arne Gundersen very helpful and don’t believe that I have seen it before.

    “Update on Fukushima: Discovery of Plutonium Leakage and Highly Radioactive Water – March 29, 2011”

    Here’s another one from April 6: “Fukushima Nuclear Disaster -TEPCO ,AREVA,nuclear industry are hiding truth?”

    The next video is VERY difficult to watch: “Fukushima Is Horrifically Worse Than You Have Been Told (GRAPHIC)”

    “Breaking News – Power Failure At Several New Japanese Nuke Sites 07.04.11”

    Gundersen’s videos are also on:

  • Anthony

    U.S. medical group blasts Tokyo radiation policy on Fukushima children

    TOKYO, May 2, Kyodo

    Physicians for Social Responsibility, a U.S. nonprofit organization of medical experts, has condemned as ”unconscionable” the Japanese government’s safety standards on radiation levels at elementary and middle schools in nuclear disaster-stricken Fukushima Prefecture.