Young girl covered in mud during decontamination effort in former Fukushima evacuation zone — Ban on entering area lifted only last month (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Published: May 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am ET


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Kawauchi Village planting rice on test basis
Monday, May 14, 2012 05:45 +0900 (JST)

h/t Fukushima Diary

Rice planting on a test basis has begun in a village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

This comes after the central government lifted its ban on entering Kawauchi Village in April. […]

Fabric that absorbs radioactivity was laid near entrances of irrigation channels. Villagers will also sow in the soil substances that absorb radioactivity. […]

About 40 farmers and volunteers took part in the rice planning on Sunday. […]

Little girl at ~0:20 in

Watch the video here

Published: May 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am ET


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19 comments to Young girl covered in mud during decontamination effort in former Fukushima evacuation zone — Ban on entering area lifted only last month (PHOTO & VIDEO)

  • kintaman kintaman

    Parents of the year! Bring your child to a nuclear fallout zone and have her play in the mud. Beyond idiocy. Darwinism at play before our eyes.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Well said, kintaman.

    • ageezerofgiza

      Share the pain. Be patriotic, be Japanese. Win awards for good parenting.

      • kintaman kintaman

        This will, sadly, be Japan's most notable point in history above all else. Bringer of death to millions due to corruption and stubborn ignorance. Way to go Japan, I could not be more ashamed of my heritage.

    • Bobby Smith bob

      do you have your pip boy 9000.

    • Mr. Scott Mr. Scott

      That poor, little lassie.

      It was not Darwin, kintaman-laddie, but that rascal, Herbert Spencer, who coined that "survival of the fittest."

      It's a wonderful thing how the Japanese respect the elder people, but the corporate-government-media machine knows this and targets them to be opinion leaders to smash dissent. Good thing the lady-folk there aren't buying this malarkey so much.

      • SnorkY2K

        Yes, Darwin's theory was traits of those who successfully reproduce tend to be passed on. Not successfully reproducing if you sterilize your children having them play in hot mud or if the exposure to the mud kills them before they reproduce.

    • cardi77u

      wooh hang on, we are talking about victims here not criminals or idoits. The gov is playing on the cultural issues that japan has. I'm sure these naive parents were made to feel ok about this.

      Is it shocking yes? Yes. Wrong? Yes, but they are victims

  • Sickputer

    I am saddened by this young girl who has no protectors and also the many youths we saw wearing paper masks during the government-sponsored athletic Hunger Games. No one will escape as a victor.

    There is a term for killing children: filacide.

    A society that refuses to acknowledge an invisible serial killer in its midst will be destroyed.

  • arclight arclight

    "…The location of the farm is marked in the map below (which the EX-SKF blogger took from the Kobe Shinbun); the map includes fallout data, based on Japanese government measurements. The fallout in the area last year (October 2011) averaged 100K to 300K Bq/m2 of radioactive cesium…"

    from exskf

  • Ganxet Ganxet

    Parents are not to blame. Many of them have no basic training, or know the effects of radiation.
    Unwittingly are being studied by their governments as guinea pigs.
    What parent wants the worst for your child? they can not do anything but grow rice, and that's what they do. Unlike their leaders that if they do many things, but they do best is lie. Lying just people like the one pictured. Saying that radiation levels are safe.
    Please, I'm a country boy, who like that little girl, my father taught me the work of the land. I love him for it. and thanks to people like many people eat every day.
    Perhaps they are much happier surrounded by cesium-137, 134, iodine … many of us reading and understanding the scope of the tragedy.
    Des de Catalunya I send a fraternal embrace.

    • Holland Holland

      I also believe there are a lot of people in Japan who don't have a clue about how bad the situation still is. The Japanese government and media are not helping at all.

  • glowfus

    a test to see if radiation can be removed from the soil. and what highly trained professional wearing the latest radiation protection gear do you see in the picture? a little barefoot girl standing in mud.

  • Reminds you how valuable ordinary everyday soil really is.

    I wonder if there is a way you can gradually build up the top layer with compost and other materials so that eventually the radioactive layer subsides further down into the ground?

  • What-About-The-Kids

    This is simply UNCONSIONABLE!!! What is the gvt of Japan thinking? They know perfectly well that such exposure to our little ones greatly increases their risk of cancer and other health problems! And yet, they pretend and cover up the truth and let unsuspecting, ill-informed families expose their children to radiation fallout like this???

    Justice must be done. I am concerned the Japanese gvt. assumes that since cancer can take 20 or more years to manifest itself, their careers will be over before the biggest numbers of cancers start happening and the lawsuits really start to pick up…

    Let's not wait till it is too late. New laws need to be created to protect these innocent children and those gvt officials who are part of the cover up need to be tried and jailed for their crimes. Period.

  • Urban27

    Its probly some sort of propaganda. People dont have possibilities to test the rice themselves. If or when it shows the rice is worthless, governmet administrators can switch out the rice, just to make a show. So people start believing its possible for life in Fuushima again.
    And of course there will be a lot of test plantations – and it should be, to follow up the results of pollution – how much will be taken up by different plants, and how much will stay, and how much will decay, and haw much will be assimilated by zeolite (if that is what they are distributing) and maybe some is being washed away too.
    Fallout is not equally distributed over Fukushima region. And hopefully this little field is one of the lowest contaminated.

    • What-About-The-Kids

      Yes, I agree, Urban27, the Japanese gvt should do studies of the soil, but NOT with the help of the children. 🙁 They need to be shielded from exposure as much as possible.