SMH: Too late to flee Fukushima fallout? Refugees discuss bizarre rashes — Doctor talks of purple spots, concerned about Tokyo radiation

Published: December 6th, 2011 at 6:54 pm ET


Escape to Okinawa, Sydney Morning Herald by Jane Barraclough, Dec. 6, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

As radiation hot spots emerge in Tokyo and nuclear contamination plagues the country, some Japanese are fleeing to the Okinawa island chain to avoid the fallout from Fukushima. But is it too late? […]

Mother Mari Takenouchi

Government’s air samples, which were measured in [Tokyo’s] Setagaya Ward, where Takenouchi was riding her bike, [her son] Joe was exposed to 145 times the normal level of background radiation in the city. […]

In a cheap-housing block in Naha [Okinawa], Takenouchi and 30 other refugees from around the mainland — mostly mothers with young children — share the same anxieties. They talk about bizarre rashes, high fevers, blood noses and government and industry failures “they can never forgive”.

Mother Yuriko Tanaka

  • Sendai refugee Yuriko Tanaka chose to leave […] because she did not believe her children were safe
  • She was worried about a persistent rash on the body of her four-year-old son
  • “It’s been there since August and left scars all down his arms and hands”
  • “The doctor gave us steroid cream, which only made it worse”
  • “My friend’s child, who lives in the same area as us, got a similar rash mid-year”

Mother Minaho Kubota

  • Her seven-year-old son, Daito, was playing outside when she turned on the the radio and heard about a series of nuclear explosions
  • “Then Daito developed a rash on his neck
  • Four weeks later […] Kubota’s baby son got his first-ever blood nose
  • Kubota told teachers at her son’s school not to give him milk […] The school ignored her requests

June Survey

  • In June, door-to-door surveying in non-evacuated areas 60 kilometres from the plant revealed clusters of residents with persistent nose bleeding and diarrhoea
  • The same symptoms were also found among Tokyo residents

Dr. Shuntaro Hida

  • Hiroshima survivor Dr Shuntaro Hida
  • Operates non-profit hospital for Chernobyl and Hiroshima atomic bomb victims
  • Assessed 50 patients at a one-off clinic in the middle of the year
  • “People presented with purple spots, nose bleeding, high fevers, diarrhoea, aching bones, and extreme fatigue
  • These symptoms appeared to varying degrees in people exposed to fallout from the Hiroshima bomb
  • After seeing patients at the clinic with multiple radiation symptoms, Hida is concerned about radiation in Tokyo
  • He believes those people who fled to Okninawa are far from paranoid
  • “It’s a personal choice, as every individual has their own priorities and perceptions of the health risk. But as someone who has seen the delayed and immediate health impacts of nuclear fallout, I tend to err on the side of caution”
Published: December 6th, 2011 at 6:54 pm ET


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63 comments to SMH: Too late to flee Fukushima fallout? Refugees discuss bizarre rashes — Doctor talks of purple spots, concerned about Tokyo radiation

  • CB CB

    Well maybe Dr. Shuntaro Hida needs to talk to Dr. Shunichi Yamashita!

  • Mack Mack

    “Scientists remain divided on the effects of low-dose radiation, but clusters of leukaemia, thyroid cancer, Down syndrome and birth defects in Chernobyl-exposed populations point to some of the known risks of the only other nuclear emergency rated on par with Fukushima.”

    This is a great article.

    • rated on par with Fukushima ???? It is much worse, even off the scale !

      2: common level : equality —usually used with on

      People will die in the thousands hundreds of years from now and it’s still out of control !

      • 2: common level : equality — usually used with on, judged the recording to be on a par with previous ones

        sorry some of chariters used in print were confused with code and got eaten !
        < ... >

    • Mack Mack

      I highlighted “Downs Syndrome” because a few of us here have been wondering whether nuclear radiation could be related to “Downs Syndrome.:

      According to the article, there are “Downs Syndrome” clusters related to Chernobyl.

      • LEFTYM0M65 LEFTYM0M65

        Nuclear exposure causes genetic damage to the chromosomal structures within siemen and ovum while they are being formed within the parent’s body. Chromosomal embryonic anomalies would be the result.

  • arclight arclight

    the japanese government is run by and for the corporations.. they are using a pro buisness anti socialist platform and since the usa “showed them the way” they have been on a road to ecological and social destruction

    fact no charity is allowed to operate in japan unless it becomes part of the government, any charity there can have its work taken away if it steps out of line! how difficult that must be for save the children etc.. you need to see the sept annual report for japan to see just how “controlled” they are! and that they hope to gain some footway within japan.. but will it be at the cost of a percentage of the children? glad i dont run any childrens charities there! the story of abuse of the elderly fits with reports of other abuse found in japan, and unfortunately thats a cultural/political thing… time for a change japan! time to use your voice charities and activists.. it doesnt get much more clear than the latest drip drip..

    why mention strontium? so when the un come to gleen the facts, the govercorp of japan can say “what cover up! it was reported! dont forget that the naughty chinese published some of the results of their testing, mentioning strontium, in the MSM .. would not look good! tepcoguvcorp are getting good advice there..

    glad to see some press being compassionate to this story and compassionate to the beligured japanese citizens..

    my thoughts are with our japanese readers on this article
    peace light and love

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    They have no idea how insane things are about to get. If children are already showing radiation rash and symptoms of poisoning it means the levels of exposure are higher than predicted. The manifestation of cancerous growth in adults may be closer than expected. The weakest individuals fall to radiation first. The doctors will be over run soon.

    • arclight arclight

      The doctors will be over run soon

      there is no free health care in japan that is designed to deal with this.. no welfare state to pick up the pieces!! some “funding will be made available maybe for twety or so years… even the contaminated milk powder happened at chernobyl! this is following the exact same pattern…

      look to your grandchildren japan, you need to make decisions for their future not for short term corporate profit… there has to be another way!!

      • arclight,
        You can bet out Congress persons are investing in medical technology’s machines and medicines of medical to make a buck with the flow of revenue they see coming !

        • Higher than Predicted…

          No no no.

          They knew this would happen in March. Hence the full media withdrawal from the crisis.

          That would be giving credit where credit is without due.

          A plague of both your houses.

        • arclight arclight

          oncology is big! and its the new hope for investors and will be strongly supported by the military industrial complex as that is a way to always have nuclear reactors.. its like a game of chess they are playing… a game!

        • Bobby1

          The US gov’t just spent $95 million on medical projects relating to radiation exposure. You see, a terrorist might blow off a “dirty bomb” and the health care system would be overloaded.

  • kintaman kintaman

    Off topic but to those who garden using Japanese seeds, you may want to be extra vigilant where they come from. For example, this company looks to import from Japan but there is no mention of where in Japan they are from:

    Any companies importing food or food products from Japan must take responsibility for their product. If it means stopping importing so be it. If contaminated seeds are imported to other countries, the local crops will then become contaminated and so will the ground.

  • Been seeing these symptom’s here also !

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi xdrfox

      There will be more people with symptom’s and problems, with most people having no health care.

      We can’t change how this disaster will play out. However, we can prepare by calling for health care for everyone. We allow healthcare for our officials, but not for the public?

      If we are lucky we can move out of the way, just to have it catch up to us again.

      Who has headaches, nose burn, cough, sleepy, tummy problems, diarrhea, cysts popping up, slight nose bleeds, aching bones, eyes burning, times where it’s hard to catch a breath, and it’s not allergy season.

      • jimbojamesiv

        Yes, we should afford health care for all, regardless of Fukushima, but in the case of radiation sickness/exposure it seems essentially treatable, if not curable, at least within limits, if the most advanced health care is provided, which it will be for the rich, but not the remaining 70% or so.

        I don’t know who said this, but there is a very interesting angle that Japan has got lots of money, and there are many around the world who wouldn’t mind getting their hands on it when the Japanese are dead. I guess only time will tell.

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Anybody check the cam lately? Is there several cranes in the area of the common pool or are my eyes playing tricks on me? I am talking about the same area that has been having steam/fire events lately. Mid right hand side of screen.

  • CindyH

    NOTICE: “Fukushima Getting Worse” is the title of Dr. Bill Deagle MD presentation tonight on Rense Radio Network.

    Starts 10:00 PM Eastern USA. Appears he is the second hour guest on the 3 hour program.

    Well worth the listen.

    Best to all.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Looking at the TBS/JNN cam, it looks like two cranes are in the vicinity of unit 3. It’s not near the bright light from last night, and the crane on the right looks like it could have been what was presenting the flashing yellow light prior.

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Ah yes, I can see it clearer now. What I thought might be cranes is just tall weeds. It was hard to tell with all the distortion in that part of the screen. I also feel you may be right about light last night comming from that far crane. Although it doesnt explain the steam/smoke riseing from that same area last night.

  • Corporations control the whole world right now… Read; Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

    It talks about how corporations control and run countries, while on the surface everything appears ‘normal’. Underneath, they run the whole show, and force certain things to happen.

    If you can, vote ONLY for candidates that accept NO CORPORATE MONEY, in any country. The Green Party for example, takes no corporate money. I do not know of another political party that draws this line.

    Otherwise, look forward to more of the same coverup, denial, spin, happy news, and lots of focus on stuff that does not matter; murders, trials, movie stars, singing, dancing and minutia, repeated over and over again.. Oh yea, and lots of nationalism and patriotic troops stuff… Just keep the money flowing to the private corporations, or they might get mad and …. well, come out in the open and REALLY put the hammer down on your head.

    Anyway, keep the focus on peace and love, otherwise it is easy to go insane in this greed and fear focused world.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi AGreenRoad,

      I never read the book, but I believe Corporations control a lot more than some people believe.

      I had my suspicions long ago, as the politicians were getting funded by Corporations and they owned the media.
      How they handled the Gulf disaster, and now with Fukushima, confirms this even more to me.

    • truthseek truthseek

      @AGreenWood, Never would have believed it,
      had it not have been for that work,
      Gordon spells it out clearly.

      ZEITGEIST 2: ADDENDUM the entire context
      life changing movie for me…

  • milk and honey

    google trends search volume chart for searches for the japanese word for “nosebleed” (“鼻血” – I usesd google translation to get it) from the tokyo area:

    google trends search volume chart for searches for the japanese word for “rash” (“発疹”) from the tokyo area:

    google trends search volume chart for searches for the japanese word for “diarrhoea” (“下痢”) from the tokyo area:


  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Admin: Time for a new FORUM. It’s the 7th.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    IN CASE you want to join in, we are here
    One of our friends wrote over night:
    “Holy cow! This must be a high profile article and the you know what must be hitting the fan. The whole nuclear PR team is posting!”

    • Au Au

      Whoopie, you know those pictures you posted with the journalist’s bus trip to Fuku? Remember all of those long white boxes stacked up on the soccer field? Don’t they look just like the caskets on the front page of this article?

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        They sure did Au.
        They all do, whatamisaying…

        • Au Au

          These are the faces of selfless bravery.
          They are saving the world.
          The saviors of the earth are sitting on the floor smoking cigarettes or washing out their own tee shirts by hand. There is no ticker tape parade for them.
          But, there should be.

          I, and everybody I know and see, even right down to the one remaining chipmunk in my yard owes them a debt of gratitiude.

          • Whoopie Whoopie

            And to think…they get paid so little, they get instructions ONLY in the bus ride there…and OUR LIVES ARE IN THEIR HANDS!

            “OH THE HORROR”
            APOCALYPSE NOW

            • PayAttention

              “Japan’s ‘nuclear gypsies’ face radioactive peril at power plants”

              “Kazuo Okawa’s luckless career as a “nuclear gypsy” began one night at a poker game.

              The year was 1992, and jobs were scarce in this farming town in the shadow of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. An unemployed Okawa gambled and drank a lot.

              He was dealing cards when a stranger made him an offer: manage a crew of unskilled workers at the nearby plant. “Just gather a team of young guys and show up at the front gate; I’ll tell you what to do,” instructed the man, who Okawa later learned was a recruiter for a local job subcontracting firm.
              Okawa didn’t know the first thing about nuclear power, but he figured, what could go wrong?”


  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Brand New: Fukushima JP UPDATE 07122011
    (China Syndrome, Ocean Leak, Radioactive Baby Formula)

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Tokyo ‘not doing enough’ for Fukushima – Greenpeace
    07-Dec-11, 9:16 PM | Agence France Presse—greenpeace

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    New analysis indicates countries are turning to other energy sources as a result of high costs, low demand, and recent disasters.

    “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
    On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
    Arundhati RoyJ

  • Mack Mack

    The Mihama #2 nuclear reactor, one of the nine remaining nuclear reactors in Japan that are still running, had an “abnormal coolant leakage” and is being manually shut down.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      “No sign of radiation leakage” they say.
      Whenever I read “abnormal”, “manually shutdown” or similar these days, my hair stands straight immediately.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Posted to HP Mack. Thanks. Notice how they say NO RADIATION LEAK.
      Of course they say that. Dont want to cause a PANIC. Too Late

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    What the heck?
    Actual Fukushima worker talks ,water purifying system has never worked NEVER WORKED!!

  • Watch this cam feed.

    use your computer to zoom in…

    What is the green blob outside the base of reactor 3 on the tbs cam?

    Here is a screenshot. At base of reactor 3

    WTF is that?

    • LetThemEatYellowCake LetThemEatYellowCake

      I believe it’s a blurred light. Why it’s green..filter? something going on in front of it in some way for sure. A few days ago it was clear cam, white light. They messed with the lights, lighting on the cam too, then it turned yellow.

  • Why aren’t you guy’s not putting all this in discussion forum where it could be discussed ?

  • @xdrfox

    It will move there as always. Although it is main article worthy, due to the relative new ness in discovery. I felt I should bring it to the forums attention.

    In light of the fact it is an abnormal light source just outside the reach of the reactor 3 sfp. 😉


    Thats a zoom in / the light is located inside a damaged area with a red haze emitting from the sfp area.

    Did the sfp wall fail?

  • What creates a green flame…

    How to make a green flame

    There are a multitude of ways to create green flames this is meerly one of them. I like this one because the chemicals required are really easy to get a hold of. First here’s a video of it in action:

    The orange color you see near the middle is actually the match itself burning not the solution . . .if i hadn’t dropped it in it would have been pure green.

    This is actually incredibly easy to do . . . .you’ll need:

    Boric Acid: commonly sold as roach killer at stores like home depot this large bottle cost about $6 and has enough for several hundred fires

    Methanol: WARNING!!!! this stuff is extraordinarily dangerous . . . .if you inhale its fumes, drink it, or absorb it through your skin it could kill you and if it doesn’t do that you’ll probably be blind. . . .use extreme caution!!! You can buy it under the guise of “Heet” or gas line antifreeze from Walmart or any other store selling car equipment and chemicals.
    *a ceramic container to burn stuff in . . .needs to be something that can take a great deal of heat.
    As you’ll be dealing with an alchohol fire it’s important to exercise appropriate caution . . .it’s extremely flammable.

    No shortage of boric acid in fukushima

    Boric acid, also called hydrogen borate or boracic acid or orthoboric acid or acidum boricum, is a weak acid of boron often used as an antiseptic, insecticide, flame retardant, as a neutron absorber, and as a precursor of other chemical compounds. It exists in the form of colorless crystals or a white powder and dissolves in water. It has the chemical formula H3BO3, sometimes written B(OH)3. When occurring as a mineral, it is called sassolite.

    Boric acid, also called hydrogen borate or boracic acid or orthoboric acid or acidum …. used among fire jugglers and fire spinners to create a deep green flame…

  • Ironically now unit 3 is convecting…


    So I ask my nuclear buddies…
    Did the spf wall on unit 3 fail…


    This is an important discussion please continue on the webcam discussion thread.


    whats the blue flame in reactor 1 building to the left?