Tokyo gov’t finds at least 5 times higher cesium levels than Japan gov’t — Over 50,000 Bq/m² near city center (PHOTOS)

Published: October 8th, 2011 at 8:47 am ET


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SOURCE: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Measures Soil Contamination in Shinjuku, EX-SKF, October 7, 2011

[…] according to the just released Ministry of Education’s aerial survey […] most of Tokyo has less than 10,000 becquerels/square meter of radioactive cesium, with the exception of the western-most Okutama and the eastern special wards (“ku”) […]

the Tokyo Metropolitan government […] was doing its annual survey of soil contamination in Shinjuku and quietly released the data on September 20.

The soil sample was taken at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health in Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku […] from the surface to 5 centimeters deep […]:

  • Iodine-131: ND
  • Cesium-134: 360 becquerels/kg
  • Cesium-137: 430 becquerels/kg
  • Total cesium: 790 becquerels/kg

To convert from “per kilogram” to “per square meter”, Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission uses the factor of 65. The total cesium per square meter in Shinjuku therefore is: 51,350 becquerels per square meter.

Published: October 8th, 2011 at 8:47 am ET


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47 comments to Tokyo gov’t finds at least 5 times higher cesium levels than Japan gov’t — Over 50,000 Bq/m² near city center (PHOTOS)

  • kx kx

    where can I find yokohama numbers?

  • Nagano Police to Send Juvenile Delinquents to Disaster-Affected Tohoku as “Volunteers”

    so that they get to know the meaning of “life”, the police says. (At least they are not sending them to Fukushima.)

    The police clearly coerced them, but is calling it a “volunteer” job. (How much more Orwellian can it get?)

    The police in Nagano Prefecture is sending …

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      OMG. This is outrageous, criminal. Tweeted.


      The boys will be taken to Sendai City on October 14 to see the devastation from the tsunami, and on October 15 they will “do weeding in the farm fields and backyards” and help remove “sludge.”

      • arclight arclight

        Friday, September 30, 2011
        #Radioactive “Ekiden” Race in Fukushima City in 1 Microsievert/Hr Radiation, for Teenage Female Runners

        “It is reaching the point of criminality, of knowingly exposing young women, majority of them in mid to late teens in junior high schools and high schools, to radiation higher than that of the radiation control zone in a nuclear power plant. They will run in their shorts and sleeveless tops, without the masks of course. Last year, the youngest runner was 13 years old.”

    • Anthony Anthony

      I think the time when we see unreal things has arrived. It will take our greatest restraint not to overreact to what we uncover together. This is NOT a rational situation. I can see how Japan has to *occupy* people’s attention by making things appear normal to reduce or prevent all out panic and anarchy. We are not in Japan and have to remember that. Our battle for survival is here on our own home-front. The spent pool stats just released (the 100% figure) is the worst of the bad news and sure explains the level of denial, sadly. We are past the point of no return on this problem. Japan is even farther.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Well said Anthony. We’re heading for major, major problems ourselves. Like a poster at EX said = they have to do it themselves! Sure we can help (tweeting/posting) but it’s up the JAPANESE NOW! They must double/triple/quadruple their efforts. This is ABSOLUTELY CRIMINAL! And our Gov is STILL SILENT? Something smells real bad with all of this.

    • Anthony Anthony

      Death sentence for young offenders or what?!!! Brutal. The ones who should be *cleaning up* should be the thousands of TEPCO and Japan Government employees. Especially the ones who oversaw the Nuclear Program, not the kids or teens.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        I agree. These people are CRIMINALS and should be locked up!! If i were the Parents of these CHILDREN, I’d be prob be locked up MYSELF. Grrr

    • lam335 lam335

      I just noticed that you posted this already; I had posted it below a few minutes ago. Its a very disturbing story. I hope they are pressured to stop this.

    • Grampybone Grampybone

      The use of youth to clean up radioactive waste is awful. This is a humanitarian crisis that seems to get worse and worse by the day. If this happened in the US parents would be shooting up the police station with AR-15’s.

  • “annual survey of soil contamination in Shinjuku”,_Tokyo

  • StillJill StillJill

    Do we KNOW this 100% spill at SFP #4? Yesterday,…the detractors swooped right in and said,…”No,…people would not have been out there,…if that was the case,…” Were those the 148 missing? The timing is pretty suspicious!

    I think B&B’s joke about ‘bulldozing troublemakers’,….or highly irradiated STUFF,…(people included in STUFF, to TPTB, of course),…is probably, sadly, a TRUTH that bubbled up in our collective subconscious,…or something to that order.

  • many moons

    If this isn’t scarey enough to shut down every reactor in the world…I’m afraid to think what is?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    NRC Chair Jaczko: Events Like Fukushima Too Rare to Require Immediate Change
    EXPECT that to be the Nuclear T’s new meme in 3,2,1…

  • Anthony Anthony

    National policy minister Koichiro Gemba said Sunday that irradiated soil and sludge to be eliminated from areas around the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant should be stored temporarily in Fukushima Prefecture before final disposal measures are worked out.

    Gemba, who doubles as chief policymaker of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, told reporters, ”We should store the soil and sludge somewhere in the prefecture as an interim measure. The national government should be responsible” for the issue.
    Source:, via Politics – News – Kyodo News

  • Anthony Anthony

    TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s new industry minister Yukio Edano said Thursday it will be difficult to restart the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, in addition to the Nos. 5 and 6 reactors of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, as local residents are unlikely to approve the resumption.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the two nuclear power complexes in Fukushima Prefecture, plans to scrap the troubled Nos. 1-4 reactors of the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi plant, and Edano had earlier said when he was chief Cabinet secretary in the wake of the start of the Fukushima nuclear crisis that the remaining Nos. 5 and 6 reactors will likely be decommissioned, too.

  • Anthony Anthony

    France‘s CEREA has the simulation map of ground deposition of cesium-137 from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident on its “Fukushima” page. It not only shows Japan but also the entire northern Pacific Rim, from Russian Siberia to Alaska to the West Coast of the US to the entire US.

    According to the map, the US, particularly the West Coast and particularly California, may be more contaminated with radioactive cesium than the western half of Japan or Hokkaido. It looks more contaminated than South Korea or China. Canada doesn’t look too well either, particularly along the border with US on the western half.

  • I said this before never have I experienced this type of cover-up. Sure I am not naive to think there have never been cover-ups in the past. Right back to JFK. Back then there was not much of an alternative media, maybe just some poorly printed left wing rags in major cities.

    But today with the internet anybody with a connection can see news from all sources Russian, Japanese, all this Fukushima info is sourced from reliable sources, even Tepco admitting melt down (through?) and admitting to knowing this info back in March while they were describing it as a minimal event. The lies are evident. And what to do? If someone gave me an AK-47 what would I do with it here in Vancouver? Shoot the Mayor as he bikes to the corner store to get more rolling papers? More likely sell it for pre-Fuki milk for my babies.
    Can’t find anything positive here to do except to pray. Maybe thats why most people are ignoring it.
    Ignorance is bliss. Encourage all of you to pray.
    If all of us prayed together would it help? And if God didn’t come down in his flaming chariot to turn Fukushima off at least maybe Jesus could turn my tap water into wine?

    • many moons

      And their ready made excuse for their lies….
      “We didn’t tell you the truth cause we didn’t want to scare you..”
      ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhwhere is the justice?

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      In addition to prayer, thousands of people who have learned reiki and other energy healing arts are focusing on Fukushima doing what we can to prevent a worst disaster, heal those we can, get resources to those who most need them. Reiki came from Japan and it is now our responsibility to give reiki back.

      I find that doing reiki around a specific idea, such as helping to get good knowledge, courage, ability to act into the hearts and minds of the people who are making the decisions about the reactors and spent fuel pools has some success. So, i read the blogs, the science, listen to Arnie, then, envision the best solution being enacted with the power of spirit and reiki behind it. It’s a bit like trying to shout in a crowded noisy room given all the many reactions and feelings and thoughts that are being created from this event, but, the people on the ground in harms way need that energy support to make the right choices, take the right steps, stand up to the wave of fear energy or denial that is crippling people from doing their best thinking. Nuclear energy doesn’t belong on the planet. It belongs in the sun. The people who have created it here cannot see our concerns unless we make it possible. They are without answers and true hope. It must come from our hearts to buoy their hearts. How do we help them contain this, or evacuate millions, or tell the truth? They are without answers. It must come from us. We must help them.

  • lam335 lam335

    This is pretty awful:

    “Nagano Police to Send Juvenile Delinquents to Disaster-Affected Tohoku as “Volunteers””

  • Iam335. Yes its beyond awful. But realize its another way to normalize the situation. This is the new way to combat a nuclear accident. Deny, minimize, raise “safe” levels and bull&hit de-contamination efforts to look like situation under control. What fascinates me is Japan is one of those democratic countries USA freed. The so called evil communist Russians fixed their accident. Look like friggin saints compared to Japanese. Murmers of organized crime activity in Tepco. It’ll never be proved but I don’t doubt it. USA and Canada govs complicit in the cover-up. Government has devolved into organized crime. The lack of armed guards and storm troopers in our streets is not a sign of freedom but a sign of how strong the government is. They don’t need armed presence to get co-operation from citizens…… God Bless All

  • Tokyo tap water in crisis
    According to the monitoring data published by the Ministry of Education, as seen in this post News: Helicopter monitoring data is published the central area of Tokyo is less contaminated, it turns out.

    However, Okutama area, where Tokyo tap water comes is as dangerous as “contaminated area” in Chernobyl.

    According to the data above, 100,000 ~ 300,000 Bq/kg was measured in Okutama area.

    Tokyo Health Service Bureau repeated …

  • Cesium from children who evacuated to Kyoto
    Evacuation within Japan does not save them enough.
    It’s not far enough.

    A family evacuated from Ibaraki → Tokyo → Kyoto (3/14~3/26, 7/30~8/27) had their children have urine test. (52,500JPY)

    Children are 3 years old and 1 year old.

    The family was very careful for food, and water. They did not give anything from Kanto area to their children.

    They did not let them play outside as much as possible, and kept the windows closed. They do not hang clothes outside.


    3 years old girl

  • Level of a risky dose

    The Euratom Directive of 13 May 1996 establishes general principles and safety standards on radiation protection in Europe.

    According to the directive, the impact of nuclear activity can be considered negligible if doses of radiation do not exceed ten micro sieverts (mSv) per year. Beyond this value, possible measures should be considered to reduce exposure, it says.

    While radioactive iodine-131 is mostly present in the air in the form of gas, CRIIRAD notes that in the case of the Fukushima fallout, the main issue is to limit ingestion of iodine-131.

    CRIIRAD notes that the amount of iodine-131 capable of delivering a dose of 10 mSv varies greatly depending on the age of consumers. Children up to two years old are the most vulnerable and ingestion of 50 becquerel (Bq) is enough to deliver to the body a dose of 10 mSv, according to the institute.

    If the foods (leafy vegetables, milk etc.) contain between one and 10 Bq per kg or more, it is possible that the reference level of 10 mSv may be exceeded within two to three weeks, the institute added.

    Radioactive iodine-131 values measured by the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) in recent days show the following, varying levels of contamination: 0,08 Bq/kg in salad, spinach and leeks in Aix-en-Provence, 0,17 Bq per litre in milk in Lourdes and 2,1 Bq per litre in goats milk in Clansayes. …

  • StillJill StillJill

    Yeah,…and there’s a big tennis tournament in Tokyo this weekend. Nadal plays tomorrow against Andy Murry of GRB. These business managers and coaches are INSANE!

  • Anthony Anthony

    Okutama cesium level seen spiking

    Staff writer

    An aerial radiation survey of the capital and Kanagawa Prefecture has revealed the northwest tip of Tokyo was tainted by an unusually high amount of fallout, while most other areas showed normal levels, a science ministry official said Friday.

    The results, released late Thursday, show that fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant contaminated part of the mountainous Okutama region on Tokyo’s western fringe. Radiation readings in the area were the highest of the two prefectures at 100,000 to 300,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per square meter.

    The hourly radiation readings in the area hovered between 0.2 and 0.5 microsievert, but a few spots had higher levels between 0.5 and 1.0 microsieverts, science official Hirotaka Oku said.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Gov’t releases new radiation map for Tohoku, Kanto districts
    A government map displaying radiation levels in 10 prefectures relatively close to the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. Areas in red show over 3 million becquerels of cesium per square meter, whereas those in light brown show less than 10,000. (Data as of Sept. 18. Image courtesy of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
    A government map displaying radiation levels in 10 prefectures relatively close to the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. Areas in red show over 3 million becquerels of cesium per square meter, whereas those in light brown show less than 10,000. (Data as of Sept. 18. Image courtesy of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

    The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has released a new map showing the spread of radiation from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant across 10 prefectures, including Tokyo and Kanagawa.

    According to MEXT’s radiation measurements, which were taken from helicopters in the nine prefectures, outside Fukushima, the highest levels of radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima power plant were registered in Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, with some areas in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures also highly affected.

    Experts believe that radioactive materials were carried to the prefectures from the Fukushima plant by rain and wind.

    MEXT is planning to expand its radiation map by the end of 2011 to cover a total of 22 prefectures located between northeastern and central Japan.

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    Ayurvedic Department is getting ready to import two drugs produced in Japan purportedly to cure cancer. However the government of Japan has refused to give a certificate of assurance for the two drugs. The Minister of Indigenous Medicine, Salinda Dissanayake has now intervened with seemingly great …