Source: Local official “has not collected real black substances” — “He had only mixtures, not real substances” — Levels still reached over 5,000,000 Bq/kg

Published: June 16th, 2012 at 10:47 pm ET
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Follow-up to: Asahi reports on highly radioactive mysterious bacteria around Japan -- Children touching it, baby strollers nearby -- Gov't claims "no immediate effects on human health"

A source in Japan with a background in nuclear engineering writes:

In this case, Asahi’s (AERA’s) report is correct, because [Minamisoma city council member Koichi] Ooyama’s data was about mixtures of the black substance and the black soils. This is a reason why Asahi called the samples “soils.”

Mr. Ooyama himself has not collected real black substances. Still, he is picking samples which are mixtures of the substances and soils, or only soil.

Basically, Asahi’s newspersons are gathering information about the real substance from several other sources. In short, they might know that Mr. Ooyama had only mixtures, not real substances.

Oyama wrote just a few days ago (translation by Dissensus Japan):

I felt a sense of caution over today’s TV-Asahi report and articles of Asahi-affiliated Weekly AERA, as well as those who are involved in such press reports.

The authorities want to make people believe that the black materials, which release an intense radiation, is not a living thing (alga) but the soil. That is why the topic about biological concentration is not covered in media. Do they want to get rewarded by lying to the mass?

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Published: June 16th, 2012 at 10:47 pm ET
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