Study: Fukushima the most serious man made disaster in human history — Obesity rates now nearly double Japan average — Excessive weight gain after nuclear crisis “a marker of radiation brain damage”

Published: January 24th, 2015 at 2:12 pm ET
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Asahi Shimbun, Jan 24, 2015 (emphasis added): Obesity a growing problem among children in Fukushima… An education ministry survey released Jan. 23… found that 15.07 percent of 9-year-olds in Fukushima Prefecture were 20 percent or more heavier than normal. The figure was much higher than the national average of 8.14 percent, and the highest among all 47 prefectures. [It] was also the highest among all prefectures for 7-year-olds, 11-year-olds and 13-year-olds… According to the ministry, obese children are most commonly found in the Tohoku region… the trend has been especially acute in Fukushima Prefecture since the 2011 onset of the nuclear crisis…. The ministry said this appeared to be because children in Fukushima Prefecture are restricted from playing outdoors due to radiation fears…

National Research Center for Radiation Medicine (Ukraine), 2013: Rise of obesity incidence in ChNPP accident survivors is related to abnormal secretion of α-melanotropin [α-MSH]

  • Accident at the Chernobyl NPP… was followed by the intensive release of a wide range of radioactive elements with affinity to many endocrine tissues. The mentioned radioactive fallout resulted in both internal and external radiation exposure, among others, of the central endocrine structures of the human brain.
  • Higher incidence of borderline obesity – 37%… and of primary obesity – 32.5%… was found in the ChNPP accident survivors vs persons in the control group (31.1 and 24.6% respectively)… For the first time there was revealed a new abnormal way of a reaction on radiation namely – the ‘blunted’ protective response of the physiological increase of α-MSH secretion along with body mass index elevation normally preventing further growth of adipose tissue. There is no increase of α-MSH secretion or even there is a hormone deficiency in most [obese] survivors of the ChNPP accident
  • Received data indicate to the increased risk of borderline obesity and obesity after the prolonged exposure to radiation in moderate doses. The mentioned risk is stipulated by disorders in melanocortin system resulting in α-MSH deficiency at the background of obesity that can be considered as a marker of such an abnormality.

Poster presentation for ‘Rise of obesity incidence in ChNPP accident survivors is related to abnormal secretion of α-melanotropin’ (pdf), 2013:

  • The Chernobyl NPP accident in 1986 and Fukushima NPP accident in 2011 are still the most serious wide scale man made disasters in human history… Massive radioactive release and fallout followed both accidents. Wide range of radioactive isotopes were released some having high affinity to hormone-producing tissues including ones in the cerebral endocrine structures… Today the Chernobyl NPP accident is not over but has evolved into the long-term fourth phase
  • Subjects: The Chernobyl NPP accident survivors (emergency workers… and evacuees…)
  • Decrease of α-MSH… can be considered as a marker of radiation brain damage. Thus α-MSH can be considered as a sensitive marker of radiation impact which deficiency of synthesis leads to disorder of pathways preventing further body mass increase…

α-MSH: Most important of the melanocyte-stimulating hormones in stimulating melanogenesis, a process that… plays a role in feeding behavior… regulation of appetite, metabolism…

See also: Yomiuri: Alarming trend in Fukushima children -- Parent's radiation fears and stress from disaster blamed for spike in obesity rates

Published: January 24th, 2015 at 2:12 pm ET
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  • rogerthat

    http://www.kesq.com/news/private-farm-wells-in-california-show-high-levels-of-uranium/30941458

    … U.S. Geological Survey researcher Bryant Jurgens says the contamination is mainly a problem in eastern and southern parts of the Central Valley. About a quarter of wells tested there showed uranium levels above the federal maximum…


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    http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/27/uranium-contamination-persisting-old-processing-sites-despite-remediation-slac-exploring-options/

    Uranium Contamination Persisting At Old Processing Sites Despite Remediation

    January 27th, 2015 by James Ayre

    Uranium groundwater contamination at old uranium-ore processing sites is persisting despite remediation of contaminated surface materials two decades ago. The contamination is persisting at levels high enough to pose significant risks to human health …

    - good piece. it ends:

    … That’s what always comes into my mind when listening to the proponents of nuclear energy as they go over their talking points — if the relatively limited deployment of nuclear energy seen over the last century resulted in so much contamination, then can you imagine what a full-scale buildout would look like?


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    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/27/national/moms-anti-nuclear-stance-inspires-film/#.VMhJEUJB-S0

    Jan 27, 2015
    Mom’s anti-nuclear stance inspires film
    Documentary maker travels the world to get the big picture
    BY KEIJI HIRANO
    KYODO

    In the days of uncertainty immediately following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, documentary filmmaker Masako Sakata turned to a book written by her late mother, an anti-nuclear campaigner, to try to make sense of what was happening.

    The book, “Please Listen,” is a collection of newsletters in which Shizuko Sakata continued to warn of the dangers of nuclear power as an ordinary person living in the quiet city of Suzaka, Nagano Prefecture.

    The 3/11 disaster “prompted me to think back about what my mother had tried to tell her neighbors,” Sakata said.

    While rereading her mother’s words, Sakata repeatedly visited Fukushima with her camera to record the catastrophic situation developing there, bringing with her the old radiation detector her mother used.

    It was during one visit, with the detector’s alarm ringing loudly in her ears, that she came up with the idea of visiting the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, where many residents have been unable to return to their homes for decades due to U.S. atomic and hydrogen bomb tests.

    “I thought I could find clues to the future of Fukushima’s people by researching the history and current situation facing the islanders,” Sakata said.

    In search of footage, she also…


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    traveled to Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union conducted 470 nuclear tests throughout the Cold War, and Cap de la Hague, France, home to a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, where she met residents opposed to nuclear power.

    The round-the-world trip evolved into her latest film, “Journey Without End.”

    In the Marshall Islands, some displaced people have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government to seek compensation and decontamination of their homeland.

    “We spent a lot of time dreaming about our homeland,” an islander say in the film. “But negative feelings always surge up within us, telling us that we will never see our islands again.”

    The March 1954 hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands also involved a Japanese tuna fishing boat.

    Matashichi Oishi, one of the 23 crew members of the Fukuryu Maru No. 5, says in the film that “white flakes that looked like snow fell heavily” after the explosion. He called it “death ash.”

    “They fell on our bodies. They were not hot, and they had no smell. We licked some that fell around our mouth, but they had no taste.”

    Six months later, chief radio operator Aikichi Kuboyama died at the age of 40.

    “When the Bikini incident happened, all of us should have learned more about nuclear energy. Then there would not have been 54 nuclear reactors built in Japan,” Oishi says.

    “We were repeatedly told it is safe, no need to worry, we’ll have lots of power. . . . Not knowing the danger, people wanted…


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      nuclear plants in their towns and villages,” he says. “We could have found a different way had we all studied more about the Bikini incident then. I regret it very much.”

      In a village in Kazakhstan around 50 km from the epicenter of a nuclear test, many people die before reaching the age of 60, while in a city around 150 km from another test site, researchers are studying the effects of low-dose radiation exposure, given that the cancer death rate there is higher than in other areas.

      “We are paying attention to the effects carried over to the next generation,” a doctor in the city is quoted in the movie as saying. “Our ancestors were stronger. People today have much weaker immune systems.”

      Sakata’s mother, Shizuko, issued her first mimeographed newsletter in May 1977 after receiving a letter from her eldest daughter, Yuko, who was living with her British husband on an island in the English Channel and had reported local concerns over radioactive pollution due to the spent fuel reprocessing plant in Cap de la Hague on the nearby French coast.

      In the first issue, Shizuko argued that accumulating radioactive waste should not be left to future generations to deal with, calling for people today “not to make our children and grandchildren lament.”

      She handed out her newsletter on the streets of her hometown to passers-by, asking them, “Could you listen to me?”

      Members of an anti-nuclear NGO in la Hague who regularly measure radioactivity density expressed…


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      • rogerthat

        concerns in the film that radioactive contamination may be spreading widely in Northern Europe.

        “Imagine if we had found radioactive elements in the pyramids in Egypt,” the NGO’s leader says to draw attention to the exceptionally long half-life of the buried uranium and the burden it will impose on future generations.

        Another NGO member tells Sakata that people in la Hague remain unwilling to confront the danger of radiation as nuclear facilities have brought employment as well as a lot of money to build roads, a big swimming pool and even a planetarium.

        The film shows Shizuko attending a roundtable discussion on nuclear power policy organized by the Japanese government in May 1996, 2½ years before her death. She expressed her views there following a sodium coolant leak leading to a fire at the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in 1995.

        “When nuclear power was first introduced, the future looked bright, but now we see the negative side clearly,” she said at the forum. “Nuclear power has been a national policy, but circumstances have changed. National policy can be misguided, as we learned during the war.”

        Looking back on her travels around the world, Sakata said her “journey to inquire about the nuclear age has just begun,” noting that the development of both nuclear energy and weapons continues “despite the wartime disasters faced by Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the Fukushima accident.”


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          Sakata previously made two award-winning documentaries: “Agent Orange — A Personal Requiem,” in 2007, focusing on the damage caused by Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War, and “Living the Silent Spring” in 2011, about the danger chemical agents pose to humanity.

          Her latest film will be screened at a Tokyo theater in March before being shown nationwide. A version in which Sakata provides an English narration has also been created to present at international film festivals and other occasions.

          For further information, call the film’s distributor, Siglo Ltd., at 03-5343-3101.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Excellent! rogerthat! :)


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.dw.de/payouts-promised-to-fijian-veterans-of-british-nuclear-testing/a-18216621

    Payouts promised to Fijian veterans of British nuclear testing
    Fijian victims of British nuclear testing in 1958 are to get compensation, according to Fiji's government. Seventy military personnel were taken to Christmas Island, a test site in the Pacific, more than 50 years ago…

    Maleli Naigulegu, now aged 80 and one of the surviving veterans who has campaigned for decades for assistance, told the Fiji Sun it was "the greatest news."

    "At last my group has been recognized," the former laboratory technician said.
    During British Cold War nuclear testing in 1957 and 1958, some 70 Fijian military personnel were sent to Christmas Island on board New Zealand naval ships.

    The island is now part of the Pacific nation of Kiribati.

    Naigulegu said the Fijian personnel were not briefed on the purpose of their deployment to the test zone…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Appears the same just happened in Fukushima recently! :(

    "personnel were not briefed on the purpose of their deployment to the test zone…"

    Shut them all down..Now! :)


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20150127/relicensing-limerick-nuke-plant-ignores-safety-risks

    Relicensing Limerick nuke plant ignores safety risks
    01/27/15

    It’s insanity for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station to operate a total of 60 years, yet that’s the result of NRC’s reckless rubberstamp relicensing…

    - a serious rant by Dr. Lewis Cuthbert
    President, Alliance for a Clean Environment


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/27/national/fishermen-oppose-dumping-radioactive-water-into-sea/#.VMhUCUJB-S0

    Fishermen oppose dumping radioactive water into sea
    JIJI
    JAN 27, 2015

    The National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations called on the Abe administration Tuesday not to allow the release of radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea.

    The request came after the Nuclear Regulation Authority concluded that it will be possible to release groundwater from the damaged plant into the sea starting in 2017 after removing cesium and other radioactive substances.

    Meeting with industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa, Hiroshi Kishi, head of the federation also known as JF Zengyoren, criticized the NRA’s plan as “extremely regrettable.”

    Local fishermen hoping to resume operations soon are worried that the move will have a negative impact on the industry, Kishi said.

    Miyazawa said the administration will not allow the release of radioactive water without due care.

    Tetsu Nozaki, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, called on officials to handle the matter with caution.

    The NRA’s view has raised serious concerns, Nozaki told reporters.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2015/1/27/growing-coalition-opposes-multi-billion-dollar-ratepayer-bai.html

    Growing coalition opposes multi-billion dollar ratepayer bailout for FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse atomic reactor

    NRC file photo of Davis-Besse on the Lake Erie shoreline east of Toledo


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    • rogerthat

      http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2015/1/27/neis-media-advisory-stop-the-nuclear-bailout-mock-exelon-fun.html

      NEIS media advisory: "Stop the Nuclear Bailout!" Mock Exelon "Fun(d)-Raiser"

      On Jan. 27, the City Club of Chicago is sponsoring a luncheon under the innocent-sounding heading of, “Illinois’ Energy Future: A Policy Discussion.”

      However, two of the main speakers are spokespeople for the Exelon-funded “Nuclear Matters” pro-nuclear front group, and a third a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the trade and lobbying association for the U.S. nuclear power industry, whose current head is none other than Philip Crane – CEO of Exelon Corporation.

      This heavily biased panel will be speaking to City Club members at a time when Exelon is engaged in attempting to win Illinois ratepayer-funded bailouts for its five money-losing reactors in Illinois from the Illinois Legislature and FERC.

      Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) is staging a “faux-fun(d)raiser” in Exelon’s behalf, to reduce the amount of money they will need to legally extort from Illinois ratepayers – and to send a message to the Governor, the Legislature and public about how absurd and full of audacity Exelon’s undeserved demands are…


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14363

    Japan NRA Admits Fukushima Daiichi Still Leaking Into Pacific
    January 27th, 2015


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  • rogerthat

    1hr 30min video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10weYriSSP8

    Report From Fukushima And The Abe Government Expansion And Export Of Nuclear Plants

    Published on Jan 27, 2015
    Report From Fukushima And The Abe Government Expansion And Export Of Nuclear Plants
    http://youtu.be/10weYriSSP8

    Reports were made on the continuing contamination in Fukushima Japan and the role of the Abe government.

    Chieko Shiina from Fukushima and a supporter of the Fukushima Collaborative Clinic, Isamu “Sam” Kanno of No Nukes Asia and Chizu Hamada of No Nukes Action spoke at the meeting. The presentations were translated by Carole Hisasue who is Mothers For Peace.

    This conference took place in San Louis Obispo near the Diablo Canyon. It was called by the Nuclear Free California Network. and was held on January 24 & 25th, 2015

    For more information on the Fukushima Collaborative Clinic
    http://www.clinic-fukushima.jp
    Production of Labor Video Project http://www.laborvideo.org


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  • rogerthat

    http://nuclear-news.net

    Busting the nuclear lobby “low carbon” lie on climate change – theme for January 2015

    Look out for those weasel words “Low Carbon” . They are now used to replace the words “renewable energy” – a sneaky little ploy to get nuclear power included in climate action projects.

    2015 is a critical year for the world. The Paris conference on Climate Change – might, just might – come up with a planet-saving plan to really cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    The nuclear lobby sees this climate crisis as their last opportunity to push a lie that will convince the world that nuclear power should go ahead. All their previous lies have been exposed.

    The world cannot be cheated yet again by the nuclear industry, and its subservient governments.

    December 28, 2014 Posted by Christina MacPherson

    - good cartoon


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