The Australian: Catastrophic radiation contamination at rice fields 60km from Fukushima Daiichi — No crop for at least 300 years — Farmer now living in Queensland

Published: May 23rd, 2012 at 12:47 am ET


Japan farmer harvests hope in our soil
The Australian
Sue Neales
May 23, 2012

JAPANESE farmer Takemi Shirado still sounds grief-stricken and shell-shocked when talking about last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster that so devastated his rural community.

Catastrophic radiation contamination of the soil means his family won’t be able to sow rice on their Iwaki rice paddies, about 60km from the crippled defunct power plant, for at least 300 years.


More than 15 months after the tsunami and nuclear explosion destroyed his community’s quiet way of life, the proud Japanese rice grower could be found standing knee deep in green rice stalks, small Japanese sickle in hand, harvesting his first Kochi rice trial in tropical north Queensland.


Published: May 23rd, 2012 at 12:47 am ET


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26 comments to The Australian: Catastrophic radiation contamination at rice fields 60km from Fukushima Daiichi — No crop for at least 300 years — Farmer now living in Queensland

  • katana

    The Nissan engine factory is in Iwaki – less than 50km from the disaster.

    • falloutboy12

      Meant to reply to you, so reposting from below…….

      For those living in America, I think its really the Infinity brand you mostly have to worry about, as Iwaki is the factory that produces the V6s for the high end Infinity cars that are assembled in Japan and then exported to the US.

      Many of the actual Nissan cars which are sold in the US are made in TN and MS, especially those with 4 cylinder engines.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    It's time to not allow the existence of nuclear technology. Otherwise, we can expect more catastrophes.

  • Nuke is a complete and utter joke, a terrible joke on humanity.

    Info here, complementary to ENENEWS, good backup for anti-nukers

  • falloutboy12

    For those living in America, I think its really the Infinity brand you mostly have to worry about, as Iwaki is the factory that produces the V6s for the high end Infinity cars that are assembled in Japan and then exported to the US.

    Many of the actual Nissan cars which are sold in the US are made in TN and MS, especially those with 4 cylinder engines.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45


    It is so damm frustrating to me that the pro-nuke side never recounts a story like this to admit the tragedy of it all. The only thing that counts as harm in the pro-nuke playbook is if someone's face melts off instantly as a result of radiation exposure.

    Some of these families have been farming the same land as their great, great grandparents did. This is the loss of many families heritage of a connection to their roots, to their past, to the dreams for their children's future. It is the loss of a history that cannot be told or remembered without a connection to the land.

  • Jebus Jebus

    A nation already sinking from greed, destroyed by nuclear…
    It happened to the Soviet Union, It is happening to Japan.
    Who's next?

    Japan's April Trade Gap Widens, Exports Fall

    Constraints on exports show the challenge for the government of sustaining growth without worsening the nation’s finances as a boost from earthquake rebuilding fades.

    "Constraints", is the only word in this article with a faint hint of reality…

    All the rest is just a maxed out credit card.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    You guys are going to like this. Saw in Tweet: Fukushima Tour de Force: New Book Chronicles Nuclear Devil's Tango via @HuffPostBooks Turning her focus on all 104 nuclear plants in the U.S., Pineda's searing account ultimately asks the reader: "What is right? What right have we to do what is right? What right remains to us, knowing the little that we know?"
    "To say that corporate enterprise has abrogated your right to ask questions, to raise objections, or to expose malfeasance tells only half the story," she writes. "Corporations are not people. We are people, and until we learn to protest en masse, until we make it impossible for corporations to continue stripping the planet, they will hijack our earth, and make all living things expendable. That means you. That means us."

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Here's the Authors Page. It doesn't look like she Tweets but does have email.
      And there's another important one by Van Jones at HP
      More Solar, Not Less via @HuffPostGreen

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        The Sleeping Dragon Threatens The Entire Globe. @MariaCantwell @genpatsu @BBC @PBS @maddow @LAW @HumanRight @billmaher @BetteMidler @BettyMWhite @erinbrockovich1 @MSNBC @CBS @BillMoyers @MarloThomas @VanJones68 NOTICE I ADDED VAN JONES He does Twitter.

        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          Whoopie, have you seen this from WHO which is beholden to the IAEA and this is proof.

          • Whoopie Whoopie

            Moon I see it all over Tweets. Guess what? I REFUSE TO RE-TWEET that bit of news. Mother Flackers. THEY ARE OUR ENEMY!

            • Whoopie Whoopie

              I know YOU know. Just saying.

              • moonshellblue moonshellblue

                After Chernobyl the people there were outraged by the connection of WHO to the IAEA talk about a conflict of interest. No wonder Jaczko resigned the entire industry needs restructured and TODAY. JMHO

                • Whoopie Whoopie

                  I dont know if you are with f311wds but they are going crazy about this news – I am sitting back watching as they KNOW MUCH MORE than me
                  "Paul Langley The idiots try to forget the fact that it is not the external dose that counts in relation to the internal emitters. It is the number of flecks you have in radio sensitive tissue. Gofman has been dead a little while. They are trying to burn his books."

                  • Whoopie Whoopie

                    How in the hell do we fight something as big as WHO!?!? Damn them DAMN THEM!!

                    • …by never giving up …by knowing in your heart the truth!

                      An inspirational comment:
                      "Our task to work for the curtailment of nuclear energy is large, indeed. At times, it feels even daunting, although urgently necessary."

                      "But before sallying forth to do battle where battle should be done, it is always wise to begin with a survey of our own tiny, individual contribution to the problem."

                      "No matter how “Green” we all might try to be, how often do we really “unplug” and listen to the still, small voice of a bird in the garden?"

                      "No nuclear power plant was ever needed to supply energy to create such a simple, perfect miracle." – commenter Liz March 21st, 2011

                      STOP nukes NOW!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    I'm seeing the WHO report being Tweeted out of all countries, in all Languages. THE FIX IS IN. What now?

    • I know it's tough and sometimes infuriating to read such blatant disinformation.

      There were several things in the Euronews/Reuters article that did stand out to me though. (see moonshellblue link above)

      Here's some verbal ammo:
      "…similar to normal background radiation…"
      (No it's NOT!!! Your Honor, this is misleading and inaccurate to say the least.)

      "…experts did not examine the short- and long-term health risks for the emergency response workers who worked on the site…"
      (Shouldn't this be done first?)

      "…experts based their assessment on data available up to last September…"
      (note: Data Available? They never name the experts either? Also, Sept 2011 was only 6 months after the 'initial' meltdowns, so shouldn't we INCREASE those 'estimates' at this time. Shouldn't we also ask "When is this going to STOP and what if it doesn't?)

      "…an accurate estimation of dose to these individuals would require more precise data than were available…"
      (So, they say there is no concern, yet they really don't know squat, but they'll tell you they know anyway. Real data NEVER seems to be available. What's up with that?)

      It's is at times difficult not to use an explicative or two to accurately describe what I think of the unnamed 'experts' and the journalists who are literally killing children, affecting 'possible' future generations and destroying our planet.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    In nuclear catastrophe terms, 300 years is a blip. It is catastrophic in human terms, of course, especially when compared to the relative world-wide silence about the topic so far. However, we ain't seen nothin' yet.

    Here are some radionuclides with half-lives of 1000000000000000000 years or greater:

    vanadium-50, tungsten-180, molybdenum-100, bismuth-209, zirconium-96, cadmium-116, selenium-82, tellurium-130,
    germanium-76, neodymium-150, calcium-48,

    Don't take too much comfort if your favorite radionuclide is not on that list – it is probably on a list with fewer zeros, but so what? Also, many of the scientific observers of Chernobyl and Fukushima have been reporting that the observed decay patterns have not been following the predicted models – good for scientific enquiry, maybe not so good for survival purposes.

    We (humanity) are gradually entering the "deck chairs on the Titanic" phase, I think, after 14+ months of the "head in the sand" phase (much longer if you count TMI or Chernobyl or of course Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

  • Ganxet Ganxet

    In Barcelona "CATALUNYA" Today I went to buy some fish, and together with my purchase I have given free crab balls.
    These balls were caught in FAO area 61 on June 2011.
    Fao Area 61 is the China Sea against the shores of Japan.
    We are all slowly poisoned?
    Because they give?
    One can analyze the crab balls?

  • Replacant Replacant

    There is a meeting in Baghdad of all places to try to negotiate Iran's nuclear program, I think should have it in Japan near Fukushima, that would make Iran realize they are going to be nuking themselves by creating material that lasts for 65,000 years. And there were reports that the reactor itself is a bad design, the world is crazy.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Those poor souls living in Australia. If they only knew what was happening to all of them.

    Here are some interesting circulation patterns. Watch the yearly jet stream "eddy" in the area of Australia. All of it hangs on the entire year, and then the radioactive isotopes simply congregate in this region of the world, and then eventually drop from the sky on top of them.

    No wonder melanoma and skin cancer rates are so high in this part of the world. Arizona has one of the lowest US skin rates and yes the Sun sure does shine brightly in Arizona and that state's current biggest problem is Nuclear Power Plants adding to this deadly radioactive mix.

    This is why Oregon and Washington State have the highest rates of skin cancer as the jet stream sweeps across the US dropping these released atmospheric radioactive isotopes on all humans, all wildlife, all plants and affected lands. These jet stream patterns travel at different levels around the world as other nuclear plant and other accident releases join in the party.

    You might love this map and none of this research is rocket science.

    Maybe its all the jets…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    So maybe its all the jets in the air and that jet fuel pollution is a contributing factor for increased cancers?

    Yet the current research indicates that living near, by, or downwind from any Nuclear Radiation Contamination source causes increased cancer. As I looked at the atmospheric "eddies" created, I notice India seems to be sitting under a very large one. Looking for any cancer statistics on this country is difficult at best. I did find this article that might bring some light to the equation.

    So, even in this article the author looks at the individual behaviors of the those diagnosed with cancer, as the potential primary culprit for the cause of the disease patterns. Yet, one must understand that this behavior has gone on for many generations and that "cancer" is a new epidemic in human lifespan terms. Meaning that something has changed recently in our world environment. Newest kid on the world's energy grid block is Nuclear Technology which about 60 years old.

    Based on the jet stream eddy created above over India, it would appear that India's population is breathing , eating, drinking and bathing in what ever is being dropped on top of them by the jet streams created eddy currents.

    Are we pointing fingers mistakenly at personal lifestyle behaviors, that have been practiced for hundreds of years, and not pointing fingers at the real culprit falling…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    from the sky above?

    What goes around comes around, and all that shall be will be, if we as humans knowingly create it to exist. We shall reap what we sow, seems very applicable in these circumstances.