TV: “It’s a crime what’s happening at Fukushima” — People resettling areas 10 to 15 km from plant with “radiation levels still very, very high and even lethal in some cases” — Hotspots 60 to 70 km away same level as ghost towns in Chernobyl (VIDEOS)

Published: November 9th, 2013 at 7:22 pm ET
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RT, Nov. 7, 2013 — Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear: Well, that’s a great tragedy that the Japanese government is allowing this [resettling near Fukushima] to happen. To within the closest 12.4 miles of the devastated nuclear power plant obviously the landscape is contaminated, the food supplies are contaminated. As your reporter said, it’s up to individual private citizens to try to figure out how bad the contamination is. The environmental groups are trying to help them. So, it’s beyond tragic, it’s a crime what’s happening at Fukushima Daiichi.

Watch the interview with Kevin Kamps here

Abby Martin’s ‘Breaking the Set‘ with RT reporter Alexey Yaroshevsky
, Nov. 8, 2013 (at 26:30 in): What struck me the most, and I’m saying that as a person who’s been in the Chernobyl exclusion zone [...] The cities and towns which are located just 10-15 km from the nuclear power station where obviously radiation levels are still very, very high and even lethal in some cases. So those town have been reopened for settlers, we literally saw people rebuilding their houses in these areas and this is creating a huge concern in Japan [...] In some other areas 60-70km from the nuclear power station, the areas which have never been included into an exclusion zone, which have never been under lockdown, raditional levels, the ones we’ve encountered, some hotbeds, hotspots of radiation we encountered have 3 microsieverts per hour. And this is the same level as the ghost town of Pripyat in the exclusion zone in the Ukraine, the level which would not allow humans to live in this area.

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  • Socrates

    Anthony Bourdain produced a program about modern techno culture and food in Japan. The passivity and collectivism of the population is amazing. We here in the US are "turning Japanese. "

    We rely on technology and an oligarchy. We are high-tech passive automatons who like to pretend that our votes will bring change. Both major political parties in the US are 100% behind nuclear energy.

    The fliow of information here is limited; scientific research depends on government funding and the main stream media outlets which are all corporately owned. This is a form of censorship, and is propaganda.

    We are turning Japanese in that sense.

    I spoke at lenght to a woman who visits Japan. She has relatives there, yet she is
    totally unaware of Fukushima, although she remarked on the Bourdain special and has relatives living in Tokyo and Koyota.

    The automatons are encouraged to watch TV for their "news" and to watch the "game."


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    • Socrates

      Pluto Kun was a cartoon character created to make Japanese accept nuclear power. The peaceful atom has turned on the peoples of the world. If there are further disasters, one wonders if there will be total immunity from damages from those responsible.

      without having to compensate those damaged, the deck is stacked against alternative energy.


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  • Lady M

    Socrates, re your last sentence — So true! Looking on the bright side, ultimately — unless the nuclear industry is somehow able to change to become radically safer — ECONOMICS should do it in. Because once appropriate compensation for those who are damaged is required, the nuclear industry either won't be able to get liability insurance at all OR it will need to multiply by a zillion what it charges now for electricity in order to cover the premiums… and alternative energy will no longer be "alternative."


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  • Sol Man

    A comment above: we are not very smart.
    One would wonder how much voc's (recalling that voc's dissolve fat)and radionuclides affect the brain tissue (fat, mostly) that it would make getting the message difficult, or impossible.
    For, indeed, we are not very smart!


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  • fukuele

    Japan is a tight society where conformity is the central ideal. Speaking out against the authorities is condemned, even when the cause is just. Just look at the end of the second World War. The Japanese military leadership was eager to go on fighting even after two nuclear bombs had been dropped. It took a very brave NHK official to preserve the Emperor's recording from seizure and destruction by rabid army officers.
    We're in a situation now where Japan is no less in danger from bullheadedness and conformist predominance. Except instead of a third nuclear bomb coming down on Tokyo in 1945, we've got radiation spewing out into the ocean, and thousands of square kilometers contaminated.
    Can anyone short of the Emperor stop this ongoing travesty? Addressing Fukushima requires the attention and full efforts of the country. None of the political leadership appears able or willing to take control of the situation and remedy it. As a result, not only the Japanese but the world will suffer as radioactive particles fill the air and oceans.


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    • Foggyworld

      The Emperor is someone worth watching because he amazingly has a deep interest in science unlike the politicians in that and most nations. He did sneak in one sentence in a speech he gave a few years ago and while it was televised live, in subsequent tv showings it was edited out. Newspapers also censored him.

      I can think of a way for him to beat them back but don't think it's smart to spell it out here. But I certainly am watching him and hoping he has the internal fortitude to do what is right. He more than most understands what is at stake here.


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  • Wyakin Wyakin

    Socrates and Lady M-excellent points.

    Economics is definitely a major underpinning of success or failure of any power source.

    Government support on multiple levels enable the continuation of NP. On the safety side, I would add that governments so far have been unwilling to regulate the ultimate externality of nuclear power: extinction caused by the effects of NP waste byproducts. If this was taken seriously, it would be banned and the market might correct itself.

    Peace


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  • Lady M

    When we were in grade school we learned that the World Health Organization existed to step in and resolve global health matters. I realize that WHO has basically ignored Fukushima, and that it has pro nuclear interests. I think it's interesting and forward-thinking that an entity like this one was created — and, of couse, very depressing that it's apparently of no use here. This is the perfect occasion for an international health organization with some teeth in it to bare them.


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  • Lady M

    You got it, Wyakin! It's a reality that economics drives everything. Even in most cases where actions appear philanthropic, if you peel away enough layers the chances are that you will come to a rationale rooted in $$$. (Just one example: Currently in these tough economic times, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are offering deep, deep discounts to individuals who use popular but expensive brand name drugs. Seems like philanthropy, but it's actually an effort to keep branded drug users from switching to low cost generics for as long as possible.) The bright side is that while money (and its corollary, greed) can cause big problems, it can also make them go away.


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    • Bones Bones

      Ugh, I'm so angry you're dead on. lol That charity stuff is just PR, aka propaganda, for rich people. Of course, some really do do great things and help people, but they never seem too interesting to media or they don't exist and I'm too much of an optimist. Those people still reap the benefits of the PR too, though.
      It seems to me this greedy, lying, manipulating, and using of people has trickled down to regular people. Has anyone else noticed this? Can low doses of radiation cause mental problems or is our collective compass off? We need to be able to think clearly if this removal process is to progress without a problem.


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  • Lady M

    In keeping with my notes on economics above — Fukuele, an answer to the dilemma you raise in your last paragraph is probably this: Promote fear among the world's consumers for all Japanese exports — due to radiation — until Fukushima is fixed. It would have been better to do this a couple of years ago, before issues about our own Pacific coast products were starting to come up. But it's probably still doable. My reason for suggesting this most definitely isn't to harm the Japanese people(actually, it's the exact opposite). My reason is to tip the scale of what failure to fix Fukushima means to those in charge there by equating it with economic ruination. Hardball? Yes, but they've already shown that the health of their population doesn't have enough clout. So it's up to economics to step up and get the job done.


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  • gello

    The imposed Japanese news restrictions, would seem to be firmly in place now.
    Whistleblowers are understandably fearfull. One can only wait, but wait for what. This is truly distressing.
    From Japan comes an area of contaminated rubbish, estimated to be the size of Texas or the like , it is not known how deep. They say it will hit the west coast next year.
    Surfs up. Blue flag. ,don't need a torch.


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  • Nick

    11/11

    A day when we bow in remembrance of those countless souls who sacrificed for us all.

    Strange how we are now all being poisoned, soldiers against an invisible, tasteless, odorless, and silent enemy.

    The only way I can get a grasp on the immensity of what we are facing, is to reflect on what goes on at the atomic level, the very minute.

    If my calculations are correct, iron in our bodies is being corrupted by, say, cesium 137 and plutonium.

    One carries less hemoglobin, or rather the hemoglobin carries less oxygen throughout our veins and arteries.

    Less oxygen.

    Now go grand, immense and ponder the vast Pacific Ocean. Less oxygen. (less everything except human waste).

    It's also our neurons that get impacted by the winds and waters of Fukushima.

    Our very thoughts, corrupted. Perhaps our feelings too.

    The ache in my bones is a pain I can bear. THe heartbreak in my soul? Well, I'm not sure their is any medicine for that.


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