“You are a champion of radiation!” doctors tell man in evacuation zone — Tomioka contamination is “superior to Chernobyl” admits gov’t agency

Published: January 16th, 2012 at 3:37 pm ET


Title: The Buddha of Fukushima’s Forbidden Zone: A Photo Essay
Source: Japan Subculture Research Center
Author: Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
Date: January 15, 2012

This is the story of Naoto Matsumura, Tomioka City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan–the last man standing in  Fukushima’s Forbidden Zone. […]

JAXA [equivalent of US’s NASA] has analyzed some sample of land and food taken from the zone. “Around Tomioka, the levels of radioactivity in the soil are superior to Chernobyl,” he was told. Matsumura likes the mushrooms in the forest. However he knows that those he took in the forest are highly contaminated. Despite his weariness, Matsumura is conscious of the risks he is taking. However, his sense of humor has not left him; it may outlast the radioactivity.

“There are good sides to this tragedy. The telephone is free, and I do not need to pay my electricity bills. Life has become cheaper.”

At some point, Matsumura has accepted to take a whole body counter check of the situation inside his body (internal exposure). The doctors exclaimed: “You are a champion of radiation!” Matsumura does not wish to comment any further on this subject. When he speaks about his family, he speaks very freely: ”My father is 80 years old, my grandmother lived until she was hundred years old, so I had the hope to live at least until I get to my eighties. With the radioactivity, I think I will live until my sixties, at best”. […]

Read the report here

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Published: January 16th, 2012 at 3:37 pm ET


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14 comments to “You are a champion of radiation!” doctors tell man in evacuation zone — Tomioka contamination is “superior to Chernobyl” admits gov’t agency

  • arclight arclight

    ethics huh?

    A Hippocratic Oath for life scientists
    A Hippocratic-style oath in the life sciences could help to educate researchers about the dangers of dual-use research

    “The issue of codes of conduct is becoming increasingly important in the twenty-first century because…scientists need to be more aware of concerns over the misuse of science and technology”

    “…short codes of ethics, pledged orally…have a long history in the medical profession and are generally adhered to, although they are devoid of any real power”

    “With 19 respondents, the limited scale of this study means it cannot be broadly extrapolated, but the results are interesting. With respect to the greatest influence on ethical decision-making, seven participants cited GMC guidelines; five cited ‘consultation with senior’; four selected ‘peer discussion’ and two selected ‘other’.

    Notably, only one participant cited the Declaration of Geneva as being the most important source for ethical decision-making.

    Given these answers, one could assume that the Declaration of Geneva has failed to influence the behaviour of most PRHOs in the Yorkshire region. However, in response to the question “Do you consider the Declaration of Geneva a significant tool in making ethical decisions?”, 11 participants asserted that it was significant and, when asked why, several participants referred to the Declaration as a “good summary” of the principles governing medical ethics.

    The other respondents who contended that the Declaration was not significant explained that there were better alternatives available. One participant argued that the Declaration of Geneva was “Not easy to apply to all clinical situations” and that there was “better guidance available from GMC/Medical Protection Society/Seniors” (Revill, 2005).”


    ho hum!! doctors huh?? and scientists have less restraint! 🙁

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Looking at the Declaration of Geneva, all I can say is that there are a great many Doctors employed by the U.S. military, CIA, FBI, etc. that actively participated in the torture of detainees at Guantanamo (sp) Bay Cuba that should be bared from practicing medicine. They consulted with the torturers on the best way to do ‘things’. Fuckers….

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Oh man. SEE what a few hours away does!?!? I come back to this.
        LEARNING LESSON FROM BOTH OF YOU! Posting to HP. Mother Fuckers.
        No other word FITS.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    The doctors exclaimed: “You are a champion of radiation!”

    Makes you wonder what they tell gunshot victims, or cancer victims.

    “You are a champion of bullet holes!” “You are a champion of tumors!” Fucking Japanese Doctors sound prety inept if you ask me……

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    “I think I will live until my sixties, at best”. […]”

    Not if you stay there bucko! As it is, we were watching number four reactor spewing out smoke until dawn came and made the smoke harder to see. The wind is headed his way!


    Also writing about the road cam in Tomioka.


    Now we know why we do not see many people in this view and we have been seeing all these govt vehicles with people in white suits going through Tomioka. There has been an ONGOING National Emergency for some time now. It is getting worse and the radioactive contamination is also as it is more and more escaping into the jet stream.


    And the plume? See wide dispersion map at same link above.

    Alert to all. Vigilance!! Prepare!!!

  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    Thank you, I’m a champion of tumors! lol…you people here…very necessary/needed…keeping us informed you are!

    Let us be kind, one to another, for we are each of us together in our pain!

  • pacific

    Dibs on the T-shirt rights. I totally want the shirt. “You are a champion of radiation!”

    And yes, StPaulScott and Tumrgrwr, all the other shirts. “You are a champion of bullet holes!” “You are a champion of PTSD!” “You are a champion of birth defects!”

    So bitter! and strangely, also some truth and encouragement, for all of us walking wounded.

  • gr81 gr81

    “However, his sense of humor has not left him; it may outlast the radioactivity.”

    Assume the omnipotent “Dr.” is referring to iodine 131 at least.

    🙂 Trying to “read between the lines”.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    “Matsumura has been looking after 400 cows, 60 pigs, 30 fowls, 10 dogs, more than hundred cats and an ostrich. The ostrich was the official mascot of TEPCO; they brought it to the town, allegedly. The ostrich was supposed to represent energy efficiency. The ostrich needs very little food to survive and thrive; it’s a very energetic animal. Unfortunately, it also has a tendency to bury its head in the sand when dealing with danger and is not a very bright bird. It makes a fitting symbol for TEPCO and its executives. (There is, however, no past history of ostriches being arrested for criminal negligence resulting in death and/or injury. They’re stupid creatures but not evil.)”

    Well said!

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    “Six cows have been born since March. They looked ‘normal.’ ”

    Right, except for the glowing green eyes in the picture!

    • Alice Alice

      Well, I’m not sure if the lit eyes came from a camera flash, but Mr. Matsumura is one brave dude!

      I can’t help but admire his tenacity in choosing his path, and it is his path, regardless or what anyone feels or thinks.

      He exemplifies the zen story of the man who clung to a vine being gnawed at by two mice when he spotted a ripe strawberry and reached out to pluck it.

      How sweet it is!