Weekly Asahi: 70% of children tested in Kanto (a region that includes Tokyo) have radioactive cesium in their urine -Journalist #Fukushima

Published: October 1st, 2013 at 3:43 am ET


Title: Slight rise in birth defects in post-meltdown Japan; more study needed
Source: Jake Adelstein
Date: Sept. 26, 2013

[…] This week the Weekly Asahi (週刊朝日)published a report that in urine samples from children living in Kanto, 70% of those tested, contained cesium, a radioactive element that results in internal exposure […]

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Published: October 1st, 2013 at 3:43 am ET


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25 comments to Weekly Asahi: 70% of children tested in Kanto (a region that includes Tokyo) have radioactive cesium in their urine -Journalist #Fukushima

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    the result of cesium found in 70% of children will be accelerated aging, reduced intelligence, increased psychological neuro-degenerative disease including schizophrenia, increase in cancers, heart disease and death. Another result will be obfuscation by government bodies, including our foremost international teams in the World Health Organization. They are not and will not be reliable sources of information. Such is the sad reach of corruption and complicity


    chronic fatigue syndrom is … an indication of the onset of neuro-degeneration, of cognitive impairment and neuro-psychiatric disturbances. The left side of the brain appears to be more vulnerable than the right side.

    various neurological and psychiatric illnesses can be caused by exposure to radiation levels between 0.15 and 0.5 Sievert.

    he average effective doses for the general population of ‘contaminated’ areas after Chernobyl in 1986– were estimated to be between 10 and 30 mSv in various.. regions of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. In the areas of strict radiological control, the average dose was around 50 mSv and more.

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    70% – GOOD LORD!!…let me guess, no immediate danger to health….

  • razzz razzz

    It only gets worse in the decades to come.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    OMG! That is an outrageous amount! And this includes Tokyo too! The entire country must be in massive-massive denial. At this rate, all of the country truly is history. They will all be walking dead. So very sad. So — criminal in every sense of the word.

    • nedlifromvermont

      @PurpleRain: What exactly do you recommend? Leave Tokyo as children and wander around Korea begging for food?

      We Americans perfected this perfect crime … we (through our Congressional representatives) gave industry a blank check and blanket immunity from liability, so they could build/design these monstrosities extra cheap, so they would blow up faster and better (with no financial ramifications for the blue chip trend setter, GE) … so how does US not have complicity in this tragedy? The Yakuza thugs and subs running the Fuku Kabuki show are "valued co-workers" to GE et al.

      Actually GE has exited the reactor vending business (except for its 49% ownership of GE-Hitachi, but they still love to mine, enrich, fabricate and sell you the nuclear fuel rods … $60 million will buy fresh fuel for a modest sized reactor (620MWE) good for eighteen months run time … and then the government (shutdown for now) agrees to take the spent fuel (or in fact pay you, the licensee, to store it for them in highly vulnerable spent FOOL pools, so it's a scam within a gag within a fraud … and it's stamped "reliably scientific" all over by co-conspirators at MIT and UC Berkley …

      Wonderful (sarc.)

      • RichardPerry

        nedlifromvermont, good evaluation of the nuclear industry, keep up the good fight.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        "it's a scam within a gag within a fraud" governance and economy…fascism and the biggest conspiracy ever told.

        The amazing thing is that no conspiratorial effort is required; From employees in cubicles to professors striding the ivy lawn, lawyers behind rosewood desks, presidents in marble halls, to the man on the street, they all fall in to lock step on their own.

        Mankind ruined the world, all the while thinking he was SO special.

  • razzz razzz

    "…The isotopes 134 and 137 are present in the biosphere in small amounts from human activities and represent a radioactivity burden which varies depending on location. Radiocaesium does not accumulate in the body as effectively as many other fission products (such as radioiodine and radiostrontium). About 10% of absorbed radiocaesium washes out of the body relatively quickly in sweat and urine. The remaining 90% has a biological half-life between 50 and 150 days.[102] Radiocaesium follows potassium and tends to accumulate in plant tissues, including fruits and vegetables.[103][104][105] Plants absorb caesium differently, some do not absorb it much, and some take it large amounts, sometimes displaying great resistance to it. It is also well-documented that mushrooms from contaminated forests accumulate radiocaesium (caesium-137) in their fungal sporocarps.[106] Accumulation of caesium-137 in lakes has been a high concern after the Chernobyl disaster.[107][108] Experiments with dogs showed that a single dose of 3.8 millicuries (140 MBq, 4.1 μg of caesium-137) per kilogram is lethal within three weeks;[109] smaller amounts may cause infertility and cancer.[110] The International Atomic Energy Agency and other sources have warned that radioactive materials, such as caesium-137, could be used in radiological dispersion devices, or "dirty bombs"…"

    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      …and if you have a regular daily Cs intake, like in your rice and vegetables(maybe on your shoes/shoe laces too)….it will ALWAYS be in your system (and in your house)

    • RichardPerry

      RAZZ, The statement of half life of cesium is miss leading, I see this statement many times but living in a radiation area it does not apply.
      Cesium has a biological 50 to 150 days but if you keep in taking cesium into the body from food etc. it will build up faster then it will decay, makes the half life bio none existent and increases the radiation if in the food etc.

      • razzz razzz

        I agree bio-accumulation in the environment/food chain or in your body of radio- anything will take its toll. But you have to start somewhere with these definitions. Radiocesium is a potassium analogue [replaces natural potassium in the body with radioactive-cesium(s)]. Seems to have an affinity for the heart muscle where it collects there destroying the muscle, aka 'Chernobyl Heart'. Causes premature old aging as the body is rich in potassium and it is replaced by radiocesium fallout. This among all the other complications that could arise from accumulating it in your body and this is only radiocesium.

        Atomic bombs with their heat clouds take radioactive fallout high into the atmosphere where it stays for centuries as it slowly washes out back to earth. Chernobyl, TMI, Daiichi, etc. fallout stays mainly low and Daiichi's fallout is ongoing with no relief in sight.

        Cesium-137 half life in the environment is 30 years, total decay life is debatable between 300 to 600 years depending on which multiplier is used (10 or 20) because sometimes decay rates are not fully understood and observation is not practical (http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Radioactivity).

  • nedlifromvermont

    And General Electric, a "national champion" company, a world class mega-corporation, which rolled out the "nuclear bandwagon movement" over forty-five years ago, has paid not one penny, not one yen, not one pfennig in either income taxes for years … or product liability damages, for their shoddy and rattletrap nuclear reactors …

    May they serve "process water" in their executive cafeteria …

    peace …

  • bo bo

    So is anybody testing kids in Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California. ..

    • jec jec

      Have not seen any information on testing in the USA, but if anyone did, they probably had to use the EPA laboratory(s). There may be private labs, http://www.kI4u.com could be one, but likely the radiation testing is all under EPA. At least I was told our water testing was depending on EPAs efforts as private labs were not allowed to test public water. EPA is the gate guard for USA I believe.

      So if a private lab found cesium in a sample, and went to EPA for action, what do you think they would do? Would LOVE to have EPA have a response. Since the government is to be shut down, guess they have some time on their hands now……

  • dosdos dosdos

    This means that 30% of the parents in Kanto are being obsessive about what their kids consume. That is the only way to avoid it.

    • That was sort of my thought too.

      How/why did those 30% avoid or 'get lucky' from contamination?

      More affluent families?
      Different water sources?
      Ate differently?
      Wore masks?

      How strict are their mitigation exercises?
      Shoes off, clothes washed, etc…

      😉 This would be be good information to know.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        There's no way these are accurate numbers. As with any 'official' numbers, the reality is much, much higher.

        These cesium and strontium levels, as horrific as they are, are only markers for overall radiological contamination. The real question is how much uranium and plutonium is in these kids.

        North America is next in line, then the world. Buckle up, it's going to be a hell of a ride.

        • bo bo

          TIS, if, like you say, 70% is their version of a 'cover up'… that is horrifying.
          Elephant hiding behind a handkerchief.

          • We Not They Finally

            Yeah, 70% may be "the new 100%." And that's just for one radionuclide, as was pointed out. Those poor kids don't seem to have much of a chance.

  • Sickputer

    Depends on the subject group…was it cherry-picked? How much cesium has lodged in the tissues of those unlucky 70%?

    Some Japanese officials argue the cesium quickly travels in water down to sediment. The studies suggest otherwise:

    " The incorporation of radiocesium into sediments was almost irreversible, and higher concentrations of (137)Cs were obtained from the finer-grained fraction of sediments. In the northern offshore stations, resuspension of the fine-grained sediments formed a high-turbidity layer 10-20 m above the seabed. These results indicate that radiocesium-enriched fine particles were transported from the coast to offshore regions through the bottom high-turbidity layer."


    I would bet that all humans within 50 miles of Fukushima Daiichi have cesium not only in their urine, but also in their muscle tissues. Heart attacks will become epidemic as the bioaccumulation continues. There is no off switch for the cesium being ejected at Daiichi. A very dirty bomb that keeps exploding every second…forever,

  • We Not They Finally

    Looked up what the "Kanto" region comprises. It's Tokyo Prefecture PLUS six other prefectures around it. Is that all of "greater Tokyo" (40 million people) PLUS?

    Also, doesn't urine testing specifically mark what someone has ingested RECENTLY? Like with drug testing, it will show up in the urine only for a matter of days. Long ago, diabetes was tested for by ketones in the urines, which showed the excess sugar that was ingested RECENTLY.

    So cesium showing up in the urine would show what cesium is being ingested currently and ongoing, yes? And do their testing panels show other radioactive elements too? This figure is frightfully high.

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Wow, RSOE reporting 70% of children with Cesium in urine.. RSOE Environment Pollution in Japan on Thursday, 03 October, 2013 at 10:14 (10:14 AM) UTC. This is a school 50 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, in a city called Moriya. A local citizens' group recently carried out examinations on 85 children under the age of 18 and found out that 58 of them, or 70 percent had radioactive cesium in their urine samples. The kind of cesium detected is a fission product formed in nuclear power plants. Members of the group say there's a high chance the cesium entered the children's bodies after eating food contaminated with radioactive material. While the nuclear concerns spread throughout Japan, the Tokyo Electric Power Company is trying to contain radioactive leaks at the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. TEPCO said Thursday that another tank at the plant is leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. This is a different tank from the one that was found to have been leaking 300 tons of contaminated water back in August. TEPCO said that workers detected water dripping from the top of an overflowing tank,.. and estimated that about 430 liters had leaked into the sea via a ditch next to the concrete barrier.