Thursday, 5 November 2015

Cancer on the Rise in Post-Fukushima Japan





In Fairewinds’ latest update of the ongoing nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi, Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen presents two reports that confirm the direct link of numerous cancers in Japan to the triple meltdown. Based upon data from Japanese medical professionals and utility owner of the meltdown site, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Arnie concludes that heavy radioactive discharges will be the cause of enormous spikes in cancer in Japan.
TEPCO’s press release confirms the leukemia diagnosis for a TEPCO worker due to his ongoing exposure during the last four years to radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown. Sadly, during the early months of the Fukushima Daiichi emergency, most TEPCO workers did not wear the required dosimeters required to measure each employee’s exposure to radiation, which has made accurate assessment of the radiation doses received by TEPCO employees impossible.
The second report, provided by esteemed Japanese medical professionals, reveals that the incidence of thyroid cancer is approximately 230 times higher than normal in the Fukushima Prefecture.  This disturbing number for the people of Japan is solely due to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster and the ongoing radioactivity emanating from the decimated nuclear site.
In this video, Arnie recounts his presentation from 2013 at the New York Academy of Medicine where he forecast continuous radiation releases from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and also the devastating health effects for the Japanese people, despite the chronically underestimated radiation exposure levels propagated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Japanese government.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

「ジンバブエで最も有名なライオン」を射殺、頭を切り落とす ハンターに非難殺到




The Huffington Post  / 執筆者:Nick Visser


7月に「ジンバブエでもっとも有名なライオン」として親しまれていたライオンの「セシル」が射殺され頭を切り落とされた状態で見つかった事件で、地元当局はアメリカ人の歯科医師が事件に関与していたとの声明を発表した
ウォルター・パルマー氏はミネソタ州のブルーミントンの歯科医師で、13歳のライオン「セシル」を狩猟するのに約680万円を支払っていた。テレグラフが報じた。「セシル」は、狩猟が禁止されているワンゲ国立公園から、近隣の狩猟区域に肉を使って誘い出され、矢を撃たれて弱らされたとみられる。その後、ライオンは40時間にわたって追跡され、最後はライフルで射殺された。
ジンバブエの観光局は28日、ツイッター上で「セシル」を射殺したのがパルマー氏であることを発表した。投稿には「違法な狩猟」を意味するハッシュタグ「#illegalhunt」が添えられた。
パルマー氏が働く歯科病院の電話は、彼の名が公にされてから不通状態が続いている。また、アメリカのレビューサイト「Yelp」上の彼の歯科病院のページには、批判のコメントが殺到している
パルマー氏のスポークスマンはガーディアン紙に対して「(パルマー氏は)一連の出来事に困惑している」と述べた
「私が知る限り、ウォルターは自分が射殺したライオンが『セシル』だったのかもしれないという事実を認めています。しかし、彼は許可を得て、プロのガイドを雇い狩猟しました。彼はセシルを射殺したことについては否定していません。彼は猛獣狩りの愛好家で、世界中で狩猟を行っています」
ジンバブエ・プロフェッショナル・ハンター・ガイド協会はFacebook上で、セシルの狩猟に関わった猟師が同協会の会員であり、当該の猟師からは永久に会員資格が剥奪されたことを発表したテオ・ブロンクホルストと呼ばれるこの猟師と狩猟が行われた土地の所有者は地元当局により逮捕され、8月6日に裁判が予定されている
ブロンクホルスト容疑者は「成熟した立派なライオンだった。(ライオンが)名の知れたライオンであるとは知らなかった。狩猟が行われた地域での弓矢の使用許可証は持っていた。」と述べた。
アフリカライオンはIUCNが定めるレッドリストに「絶滅の恐れのある種」として指定されており、国際的な野生動物の保護条約であるCITESによって保護されることが規定されているが、いくつかの国では狩猟が許可されていた。
パルマー氏が狩猟で非難を浴びたのは今回が初めてではなかった。2008年にも、パルマー氏はウィスコンシン州でアメリカグマの狩猟に際して虚偽の申告を行ったとして、1年間の保護観察処分と約36万円の罰金を言い渡されている
パルマー氏が今までに行って来た狩猟のいくつかは、ネット上で写真が公開されている
パルマー氏は28日の午後、セシルの死に対して「深く後悔している」と発表した。また、彼は事件に関してジンバブエ、アメリカのいずれの当局からも接触を受けていないが、捜査に関する質問などには協力する意向だという。
声明は以下の通りだ。「一連の旅行は全て合法で、適切な処置に則って行われたと認識している。私が狩猟したライオンが、地元で良く知られた、人気のあるライオンだったことは全く知らなかった。合法的に狩猟を行うため、地元のプロのガイドの指示に従った。私が自分の趣味を追求し行ったことがこのライオンの命を奪ったことを深く後悔している」

Monday, 22 June 2015

The farmers don't even want to eat their crops, do you think you should ?




"I know there is radiation in what we grow. I feel guilty about growing it and selling them to consumers"

"We won't eat it ourselves, but we sell it"

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Fukushima’s “Caldrons of Hell”




Hiroaki Koide, professor at Kyoto Univ. Research Reactor Institute (retired), Apr 24, 2015:

  • 11:30 – The Prime Minister [said Fukushima] had been brought to a close. My reaction on hearing his words was, ‘Stop kidding.’ Reality is, though 4 years have passed, the accident has not yet been brought to a close at all.
  • 15:15 – What is the situation within the core? How much has melted? Where is the fuel exactly? We do not know… This is an accident of a severity that cannot be imagined anywhere else… As you can see, we are facing a very, very difficult situation. The only choice that we have open to us is to somehow keep the situation from getting worse.
  • 30:30 – We are in a very terrible situation, I would even call it a crisis.
  • 55:30 – The Japanese government has issued a declaration that this is an emergency situation. As a result, normal laws do not have to be followed. What they are saying is that, in these very high radiation exposure level areas, they have basically abandoned people to live there. They’ve actually thrown them away to live there… The Cs-137 that’s fallen onto Japanese land in the Tohoku and Kanto regions, so much so that this area should all be put under the radiation control area designation [the Kanto region includes Tokyo and is home to over 40 million people].
  • 1:01:00 – I really do want to impress upon you that the accident effects are continuing.
  • 1:02:00 – Bahrain’s Ambassador to Japan: If you were the Prime Minister of Japan, what are you going to do with this very complicated situation?… Koide: When you have an emergency legally declared, regular laws are put on hold. What that means is people can be thrown away into areas where normally people should not be… The first thing I would do as Prime Minister is evacuate all the children that are in the contaminated areas.



Wednesday, 8 April 2015

【被ばく】福島の鼻血 Radiation Exposure – Nosebleed in Fukushima.

by Nelson Surjon

福島の鼻血「内部被ばくか」  Nosebleed in Fukushima – Internal Exposure  神戸の医師、学会で発表

After the nuclear accident caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, numerous nosebleed cases in children in the prefecture of Fukushima raised immediate worries.
東日本大震災による原発事故の後、福島県では、子どもを中心に鼻血が出る症状が相次いだ。




As it was shown in the now infamous Manga “Oishinbo”, which was heavily criticized for showing these nosebleeds and was accused of spreading “harmful” rumors, these cases can be attributed to internal exposure by inhaling metal radioactive particles substance that cling on the mucosa of the nose. According to Dr. Goji Hideo, about one in two evacuees from Fukushima are experiencing nosebleeds, sometimes entire families. Sudden nosebleed started to subside after evacuation.  Goji sensei graduated at the Kobe University School of Medicine and is the Director of the Higashikanbe clinic (Kobe). He continues to treat survivors and serve as a health counselor for the victims of Fukushima. You can follow some of his seminars and speeches on IWJ.

particles nose inhaling
東 日本大震災による原発事故の後、福島県では、子どもを中心に鼻血が出る症状が相次いだ。漫画「美味(おい)しんぼ」で登場人物が鼻血を流す場面が「風評被 害を招く」などと批判されたが、実際に放射性物質が結合した金属粒子が鼻の粘膜に付着し、内部被ばくを起こした可能性があることを、東神戸診療所(神戸市 中央区)の郷地(ごうち)秀夫所長が12日に名古屋市で開かれた日本社会医学会で発表した.
郷地所長は神戸大学医学部卒業。兵庫県内で約35年間、被爆者の治療を続け、福島などから避難している被災者の診断や健康相談にも当たっている。
郷地所長によると、福島からの避難者の2人に1人ほどが家族などの鼻血を体験している。突然出血し、普段あまり鼻血を出さなかった子どもが多いのが特徴。避難後はほとんどの症状が治まっているという。

Former Mayor of Futaba, which host the destroyed Daiichi Nuclear Plant

Former Mayor of Futaba, which host the destroyed Daiichi Nuclear Plant

500ミリシーベルト以上の放射線を全身に浴びれば、急性障害で鼻血が出る場合がある。だが福島ではそうした被ばく例はなく、放射線と鼻血の因果関係を疑問視する専門家もいる。
しかし、東日本大震災の被災地では、原発から飛散した放射性セシウムなどが金属粒子と結び付き拡散したことが気象庁気象研究所の観測などで確認された。東 日本一円で医療機関のエックス線フィルムが粒子で感光する現象もみられ、当初から健康への影響を疑う声が聞かれていた。
郷地所長は、金属粒子が鼻の粘膜に付着したのが引き金となった可能性を指摘する。金属粒子は直径数ミクロンで、人体のごく小さな範囲に1日100ミリシーベルトを超える放射線を出し、組織を損傷する。
郷地所長は「もともと花粉症やアレルギーなどで粘膜が炎症していた人が出血を起こしても不思議はない」と話す。大量に吸い込んだ人も少なくないとみられ、内部被ばくの問題と捉え、早期に科学的な調査と分析をすべきだったと強調する。

Dr Goji Hideo 郷地秀夫氏
Dr Goji Hideo 郷地秀夫氏

「福島から避難した方の半数が同様の経験」

漫画「美味しんぼ」で話題になった福島県の鼻血ですが、東神戸診療所(神戸市中央区)の郷地(ごうち)秀夫所長が7月12日に「福島県の鼻血は放射能被ばくが原因の可能性が高い」という調査結果を学会に発表しました。
郷地所長が福島県からの避難者などを調査してみたところ、避難者の2人に1人ほどが家族などの鼻血を体験し、普段あまり鼻血を出さなかった子どもの報告数が特に多かったとのことです。

郷地所長は金属粒 子が鼻の粘膜に付着したのが引き金となった可能性を指摘しており、実際に福島原発事故では原発から飛散した放射性物質が金属粒子と結び付いているのが発見 されています。放射能を含んだ金属粒子は1日100ミリシーベルトを超える放射線を放出する物もあるようで、これが鼻の粘膜等に付着することで鼻血のよう な急性被ばく症状が発生するようです。
また、アレルギー等で粘膜が弱っている人ほど少ない線量でこのような被ばく症状を発症する可能性が高いとも郷地所長は述べています。




当 ブログでは美味しんぼ騒動の時に鼻血の大量報告を証明する数々の資料を紹介しましたが、やっぱり放射能被ばくが原因でしたね。岡山大、広島大、熊本学園大 のグループが2013年に発表した調査資料では、福島県双葉町の鼻血報告数は西日本の数倍と記載されています。双葉町の議事録にも鼻血の被害を訴えている 男性の言葉が書いてあるわけで、あの時に鼻血のことを「デマだ!」と叫んでいた方がデマだったと言えるでしょう。
これから政府や原子力村による放射能被ばく被害隠しは更に酷くなると思いますが、周りから何を言われてもそれを無視して声を上げ続けるのが重要だと私は思います。

Saturday, 7 February 2015

6000% Increase in Cancer Rates at Fukushima Site




As reports from individuals like Chieko Shiina, a supporter of the Fukushima Collaborateive Clinic talk about exploding rates of thyroid cancer in children, as well as an epidemic of leukemia, heart attacks, and other health problems, the Abe-led government and US continue to sweep the fall out of the Fukushima disaster under the rug.
Cancer rates have exploded at an increase of almost 6000% in areas near the reactor meltdown. Aside from people-on-the-street interviews that a rare media outlet like “Hodo station” will report on, mainstream media stays completely silent. One Japanese resident, Carol Hisasue, laments that as the incident has disappeared from the media, it has also disappeared from people’s consciousness.
So why does Fukushima continue to be a see no evil, hear no evil event? You can watch an over hour-long report that goes into detail, but to sum it up, people can’t even turn on their gas-stoves near Fukushima because “it would be like burning radioactive fuel in their kitchens.” The contamination levels are too ridiculous to even comprehend.
No matter if the accident was caused by a purposeful nuclear attack, an act of weather warfare (as some conspiracy analysts have suggested), or by the sheer greed of the nuclear industry who built it, it is essentially a massive nuclear weapon on fault lines. The Japanese government and TEPCO are guilty of crimes against humanity, and their neglect is compounded by a complete disregard, not only for human life, but for all life upon this planet.
The US is also responsible. After the spotlight was put on failing plants across the United States that continue to leak radiation into our air, water, and soil every day, the multi-billion dollar, US taxpayer-subsidized contracts of the nuclear industry came into question. And you can be sure any real inquiry into the infrastructure of our nuclear plants was hushed up as quickly as concerns were raised.
The World Health Organization once warned that cancer rates could soar 50% in less than 20 years – but we’ve already surpassed that estimate, which once seemed catastrophic, exponentially.


So tell me – why are we in such a hurry to forget Fukushima, and why are plans being drawn up to build more nuclear reactors in the US using taxpayer monies?

(by Christina  Sarich )

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

5 Things You’re Not Being Told About Fukushima

fukushima-update

Guest Writer for Wake Up World
In March 2011, a massive earthquake and an ensuing tsunami triggered the meltdown of threenuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. Almost 4 years later we’re still seeing repercussions of the disaster, and the effects will likely continue for decades. This disaster is contributing to untold healthconcerns and environmental damage.

Five Things You Should Know About Fukushima

While you may have heard information about Fukushima in the news, there are some stories the mainstream media isn’t covering. Let’s dive into 5 things you’re not being told about the Fukushima situation.

1. Two Trillion Becquerels of Radioactive Material Escaped Reactor 1

A recent report from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) says 2 trillion becquerels of radiation may have flowed into the Fukushima power plant bay in a short amount of time. From August 2013 to May 2014, documents estimate that the No. 1 reactor leaked more than 10 times the limit of radioactive material TEPCO set before the meltdown. [1] That’s a lot of radiation drifting out into the Pacific Ocean!

2. US West Coast Will Experience Peak Radiation in 2015

Scientific reports suggest levels of Cesium-137 will peak in water supplies on the US West Coast and in Canada by the end of this year. [2] Cesium-137 is a radioactive isotope that presents a strong danger to human health. After drinking contaminated water, your body’s tissues can be exposed to low levels of gamma and beta radiation which could increase your risk for certain types of cancer. [3]

3. Thyroid Cancer is Spreading in Japan

Radiation in water is just one concern; thyroid cancer, often linked to radiation exposure, is on the rise among youth in the Fukushima Prefecture. Local government officials want to downplay a connection to radiation from the triple meltdown and these new cases of cancer. While it’s still too soon to determine an actual cause, experts agree that the rate of incidence is disturbingly high. [4]

4. Japan is Planning to Build More Nuclear Plants

After the natural disasters that led to the Fukushima meltdown, all of Japan’s nuclear reactors were suspended. In 2012, the Japanese government created a regulatory agency to restore public confidence in nuclear power. Recently, the agency approved the reopening of 2 of Japan’s 48 reactors. [5] There are many that believe the safety certification of the two reactors at Sendai Power Plant was pushed by the current government. The current prime minister is unashamedly pro-nuclear and wants to reopen and build more reactors. But, in an earthquake-prone country, is this really the best idea?

5. Experts Can’t Agree on the Health Dangers

With a pro-nuclear government in power, Japan is seeing something similar to what happened in Ukraine after Chernobyl. Nuclear authorities tend to deny the negative results reported by researchers in an attempt to further their goals; in this case, a return to nuclear power. [6] Many scientists are rather miffed with a watered-down UN report that came out in late 2013. [7] They argue it ignored negative scientific studies and lacked documentation for certain claims, leaving some worried that authorities won’t acknowledge the radiation threat until it’s too late. [8]

Fukushima is a Bad Situation

The Fukushima disaster has left us a terrible legacy we can’t give back. Unfortunately, the Japanese—especially those in the Fukushima Prefecture—can’t even drink their sorrows away. The sake brewers there are finding no one wants to buy their products due to reports of contaminated rice and water. [9]

Article References
  1. The Japan Times. Two trillion becquerels of radioactive material may have escaped No. 1. The Japan Times.
  2. Smith, J. et al. Arrival of the Fukushima radioactivity plume in North American continental waters. Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Science.
  3. Davies, L. Increasing Incidence of Thyroid Cancer in the United States, 1973-2002.The Journal of the American Medical Association. 295 (18).
  4. Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey.Proceedings of the 17th Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health Management Survey.Fukushima Radiation and Health.
  5. Fackler, M. Three Years After Fukushima, Japan Approves a Nuclear Plant. The New York Times.
  6. Boyd, J. Experts clash on Fukushima radiation effects. Aljazeera.
  7. United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. UNSCEAR 2013 Report. United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.
  8. Imanaka, Tetsuji. Current Topics about the Radiological Consequences by the Chernobyl Accident. Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University .
  9. Balfour, B. The woes of Fukushima’s sake brewers. BBC News.

Friday, 20 June 2014

雪(ゆき)

  1. やこんこ (あられ)やこんこ。
    降つては降つては ずんずん積(つも)る。
    も野原も 綿帽子(わたぼうし)かぶり、
    枯木(かれき)残らず が咲く。

  2. 雪やこんこ 霰やこんこ。
    降つても降っても まだ降りやまぬ。
    は喜び 駈(か)けまはり、
    火燵(こたつ)で丸くなる。

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Leuren Moret: Fukushima radiation is intentional extermination and ecocide that HAARP Tesla technology can reverse





VANCOUVER, BC – In an ExopoliticsTV interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre, independent scientist Leuren Moret, MA, PhD ABD, detailed how the Fukushima site have now, through the Wigner effect, become breeder reactors, furthering an intentional global depopulation and extermination of the human (and animal species) population. 

Ms. Moret reveals how the HAARP Tesla technology can be used to reverse the radiation now present in the Earth’s atmospheric column, its oceans and land masses, and terminate the intentional extermination program. Achieving control of the HAARP technology to reverse global radiation would involve either (1) persuading the controllers of HAARP to reverse their decision to exterminate or depopulated the human species, or (2) the awakening of the world population to secure control of HAARP and direct its Tesla technology to be used beneficially to reverse global radiation.

Leuren Moret provides useful advice in protecting oneself and ones family from the harmful effects of radiation.
Fukushima: Global Nuclear Kabulki Theatre
The Anglo-American Permanent War Crimes Racketeering Syndicate

"Scientific research is always sold to the public with a promise that the benefit will be for the people in order to get them to pay for it.  Once the research is finished, the science is always perverted into a weapon used against the people and the Environment that benefits the bankers" 

By Leuren Moret, former President of the Association for Women Geoscientists and former City of Berkeley Environmental Commissioner, May 17, 2014.
"The consequences of the unprecedented, irreversible, and unstoppable Fukushima nuclear earthquake and tsunami disaster that occurred on March 11, 2011, is not just a serious local genpatsu (nuclear power plant) disaster in Japan.  It is a global nuclear extinction event that was banker-centric every step of the way, and will affect in unknown ways every living creature on the Earth for hundreds of thousands of years. 

"Carefully planned, set up, and secretly funded with a hidden agenda over many decades, Fukushima is another false flag from the Anglo-American permanent war crimes racketeering syndicate – the most vicious and ruthless crime syndicate in the history of the world.1  It required the cooperation and collaboration of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Politicians, governments, Universities (in particular the University of California), “Big Science”, Corporations (especially the Rockefellers), International Financiers (the bankers), and a seamless globally integrated criminal/military/intelligence network.
Queen Elizabeth II - Top of the Pyramid 
At the top of this global nuclear kabuki theater economic pyramid is Queen Elizabeth II.  With over $17 trillion of her personal money invested in the depleted uranium trade, partly from owning the Commonwealth mineral rights and majority of uranium mines and deposits in the world, she has personally caused, and profited from causing, the global demise of humanity, making her nothing less than a globally genocidal gangster in a tiara." 

Friday, 7 February 2014

Nuclear Oversight Lacking Worldwide (by Arnie Gundersen)




Today I would like to talk to you about the the relationship between the people who own nuclear reactors and the people who regulate nuclear reactors, not just in the United States, not just in Japan but worldwide. What made me think of this topic was an opinion piece in the New York Times just last week. The opinion piece was written by a University of Southern California professor and he specializes in studying how countries regulate nuclear power. In it he says that the Fukushima accident was, and this is a quote, “the result of failures in the safety culture…. Japan’s nuclear regulatory agency, for instance, was never really independent of a nuclear industry. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power, had a long history of disregarding safety concerns and a woefully weak safety culture that was allowed to operate with minimal government oversight.” He goes on to suggest that the solution for this problem is “what we need now are much closer co-operation between countries and the regulators.”
I disagree with what that University of Southern California professor suggests. We do not need closer co-operation between countries. What we need to do is to enforce the safety standards that we already have. Blaming Fukushima on a cozy relationship between Tokyo Electric Power and the Japanese government is wrong. It implies that other countries are doing it better. And that is not true. And that is really what I would like to talk about in this video.
The fuse for Fukushima was lit 45 years ago when Fukushima I was built by an American company and an American architect engineer, using an American design. To claim that the problem with Fukushima is a cozy relationship between the Japanese regulator and the people at Tokyo Electric is really disingenuous and it gives the entire nuclear industry a shield to hide behind.
Until 1974, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was regulated by something called the Atomic Energy Commission. Now the Atomic Energy Commission or the A. E. C. had a charter and it was to promote and to regulate. Now Congress realized that that was not working. What they did was they split the Atomic Energy Commission into the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy. The theory was that the Department of Energy would promote and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would regulate. But what really happened was that the team stayed the same and all they did was change the name on their jerseys.
In 1974 Congress recognized that things were too cozy. So let’s fast forward into the 80′s and see if things had changed. On the site is a report from 1987 and it is entitled “NRC Coziness With Industry”. That is not my name for it, that is the congressional report’s name, “The NRC’s Coziness With Industry.” And it is written by the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States Congress. It is long, it is a hundred pages and it is typed so it is scanned in, but I thought I would read 3 of the highlights to you.
The first highlight is that the congressional staff and congresspeople discovered that “The NRC staff interfered with and undermined an investigation of a licensee’s wrongdoing at the Fermi plant in Michigan.”
The 2nd issue that they discovered is that a Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner, one of the five appointed commissioners, “engaged in behavior that constitutes malfeasance and reflects a continuing closeness with the nuclear industry.” This is 1987.
And the last one that I would like to call to your attention is that they found, “Despite the fact of an adequate administrative record demonstrating that a problem was in need of a solution, the commission issued a rule severely restricting the ability of it’s own staff to require safety improvements at existing nuclear facilities.”
Lets jump forward one more decade here and we will go to the 1990′s. In the 1990′s, the Inspector General for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was a man named David Williams. He wrote a letter to the Commissioner saying that the problem with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was that they listened to the people who owned the nuclear power plants and not to the people who have legitimate concerns. His exact words were, “The NRC relies on the assurances of licensees.”
Now I was part of that report. I brought some safety concerns forward to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and they were ignored. And in the process, discovered a very cozy relationship between the regulator and the people that they were attempting to regulate. It went to congressional hearings with John Glenn and in the congressional hearings the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this: “It is true. Everything Mr. Gundersen said was absolutely right. He performed quite a service.” Nothing changed after that hearing. What he said to Congress had no affect on the way the agency was behaving.
Well, lets fast forward another decade and start at the beginning of the 21st century. There is an excellent journalism piece out and it is in the Austin Chronicle. It is investigative journalism at its very best and it is called, “Will Shill For Nukes.” The author of it discovered that an industry group, NEI, the industry trade organization, was writing opinion pieces and they were then giving those opinion pieces to professors around the country and asking those professors of nuclear engineering at universities around the country, they were asking those professors to put those in the local newspapers. Well, quite a few professors obliged. So opinion pieces written by the nuclear industry were given to university professors and put with the university professor’s name into editorials in local newspapers touting the benefits of nuclear power.
Now what makes this really interesting is that one of the university professors that is mentioned in the story is a man named Dale Klein. Mr. Klein became the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission one year after that investigative journalism report was issued.
Well, as a final one, let’s look at just two years ago. The NRC’s Inspector General wrote a report about one of the NRC’s commissioners. This gentleman’s name is Jeffrey Merrifield. Now Commissioner Merrifield was determined to have been looking for a job in the nuclear industry while he was a commissioner. He was calling the people he regulated and asking them for work. Not only that, he found work. And for his last couple of months on the job, he was making decisions that were favorable to the person who was going to employ him at a million dollars a year once he left the NRC. Well that report is also on our site and that makes for interesting reading.
Today, things really have not changed. Just last month, there was a meeting with the International Atomic Energy Agency. They had it in private. And in that meeting were industry executives and heads of government.
That a serious accident happened in Japan is not a statement about the Japanese culture. Rather it speaks to the pressure that the nuclear industry exerts on nations worldwide. It can happen in your country.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Thyroid cysts and nodules in Fukushima




 Life in Fukushima Prefecture means radiation hot spots in school yards; pre-cancerous thyroid cysts; radiation detectors on backpacks; government officials and even doctors who don’t seem to care.  The reality of daily life in Fukushima Prefecture is a parent’s worst nightmare.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

"Some Facts You Should Know About Fukushima" byTAKASHI HIROSE

On September 7, 2013 Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said to the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee, the following:
Some may have concerns about Fukushima. Let me assure you, the situation is under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.
This will surely be remembered as one of the great lies of modern times. In Japan some people call it the “Abesolute Lie”. Believing it, the IOC decided to bring the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo.
Japanese government spokespersons defend Abe’s statement by saying that radiation levels in the Pacific Ocean have not yet exceeded safety standards.
This recalls the old story of the man who jumped off a ten-storey building and, as he passed each storey, could be heard saying, “So far, so good”.
We are talking, remember, about the Pacific Ocean – the greatest body of water on earth, and for all we know, in the universe. Tokyo Electric Power Company – TEPCO – has been pouring water through its melted-down reactor at Fukushima and into the ocean for two and a half years, and so far the Pacific Ocean has been able to dilute that down to below the safety standard. So far so good. But there is no prospect in sight of turning off the water.
Here are eight things you need to know.
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1. In a residential area park in Tokyo, 230 km from Fukushima, the soil was found to have a radiation level of 92,335 Becquerels per square meter. This is a dangerous level, comparable to what is found around Chernobyl ④ zone (the site of a nuclear catastrophe in 1986). One reason this level of pollution is found in the capital is that between Tokyo and Fukushima there are no mountains high enough to block radioactive clouds. In the capital people who understand the danger absolutely avoid eating food produced in eastern Japan.
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2. Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactors #1 – #3 the pipes (which had circulated cooling water) are broken, which caused a meltdown. This means the nuclear fuel overheated, melted, and continued to melt anything it touched. Thus it melted through the bottom of the reactor, and then through the concrete floor of the building, and sank into the ground. As mentioned above, for two and a half years TEPCO workers have been desperately pouring water into the reactor, but it is not known whether the water is actually reaching the melted fuel. If a middle-strength earthquake comes, it is likely to destroy totally the already damaged building. And as a matter of fact, in the last two and a half years earthquakes have continued to hit Fukushima. (And as an additional matter of fact, just as this letter was being written Fukushima was hit by another middle-strength earthquake, but it seems that the building held up one more time. So far so good.) Especially dangerous is Reactor #4, where a large amount of nuclear fuel is being held in a pool, like another disaster waiting for its moment.
3. The cooling water being poured into the reactor is now considered the big problem in Japan. Newspapers and TV stations that previously strove to conceal the danger of nuclear power, are now reporting on this danger every day, and criticizing Shinzo Abe for the lie he told the IOC. The issue is that the highly irradiated water is entering and mixing with the ground water, and this leakage can’t be stopped, so it is spilling into the outer ocean. It is a situation impossible to control. In August, 2013 (the month prior to Abe’s IOC speech) within the site of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor, radiation was measured at 8500 micro Sieverts per hour. That is enough to kill anyone who stayed there for a month. This makes it a very hard place for the workers to get anything done. In Ohkuma-machi, the town where the Daiichi Nuclear Reactor is located, the radiation was measured in July, 2013 (two months before Abe’s talk) at 320 micro Sieverts per hour. This level of radiation would kill a person in two and a half years. Thus, over an area many kilometers wide, ghost towns are increasing.
4. For the sake of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, an important fact has been left out from reports that go abroad. Only the fact that irradiated water is leaking onto the surface of the ground around the reactor is reported. But deep under the surface the ground water is also being irradiated, and the ground water flows out to sea and mixes with the seawater through sea-bottom springs. It is too late to do anything about this.
5. If you go to the big central fish market near Tokyo and measure the radiation in the air, it registers at about 0.05 micro Sieverts – a little higher than normal level. But if you measure the radiation near the place where the instrument that measures the radiation of the fish is located, the level is two or three times greater (2013 measurement). Vegetables and fish from around the Tokyo area, even if they are irradiated, are not thrown away. This is because the level established by the Japanese Government for permissible radiation in food – which if exceeded the food must not be sold – is the same as the permissible level of radiation in low-level radioactive wastes. Which is to say, in Japan today, as the entire country has been contaminated, we have no choice but to put irradiated garbage on the dinner table. The distribution of irradiated food is also a problem. Food from near Fukushima will be sent to another prefecture, and then sent on, relabeled as produced in the second prefecture. In particular, food distributed by the major food companies, and food served in expensive restaurants, is almost never tested for radiation.
6. In Japan, the only radiation from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactors that is being measured is the radioactive cesium. However large amounts of strontium 90 and tritium are spreading all over Japan. Strontium and tritium’s radiation consists of beta rays, and are very difficult to measure. However both are extremely dangerous: strontium can cause leukemia, and tritium can cause chromosome disorder.
7. More dangerous still: in order, they say, to get rid of the pollution that has fallen over the wide area of Eastern Japan, they are scraping off the top layer of the soil, and putting it in plastic bags as garbage. Great mountains of these plastic bags, all weather-beaten, are sitting in fields in Eastern Japan subject of course to attack by heavy rain and typhoons. Eventually the plastic will split open and the contents will come spilling out. When that happens, there will be no place left to take them.
8. On 21 September, 2013 (again, as this letter was being composed) the newspaper Tokyo Shimbun reported that Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose said at a press conference that what Abe expressed to the IOC was his intention to get the situation under control. “It is not,” Inose said, “under control now.”
It’s a sad story, but this is the present situation of Japan and of Tokyo. I had loved the Japanese food and this land until the Fukushima accident occurred. But now…
My best wishes for your health and long life.
Takashi Hirose is the author of Fukushima Meltdown: The World’s First Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster (2011) available on Amazon both as a Kindle e-book and a Createspace on-demand book.

Friday, 12 July 2013

読書

『核の難民 ビキニ水爆実験「除染」後の現実』 (佐々木英基 著)

 アメリカの核実験と、太平洋の小さな島に住む人たちについて、調べて書いた本である。もとはNHKのテレビ番組で、著者はそのディレクター。
 アメリカは、第二次大戦直後の一九四六年以降太平洋で、計六十七回もの核実験をしているのだそうだ。そのうち最大のものが、五四年三月、マーシャル諸島ビキニ環礁での「水爆ブラボー」である。
 この時、ビキニの東百八十キロ(東京駅―静岡駅の距離に相当)のロンゲラップ島に、八十二人の住民がいた。木の実や魚を食べてくらす平和な人たちである。周辺海域には第五福竜丸など千隻ほどの日本漁船もいた。
この「ブラボー」の規模は広島の原子爆弾の一千倍で、開発に携わった研究者の予測をはるかに上回る「想定外の威力」だったとある。
 ロンゲラップの島民、および日本の漁民が見た爆発のさまはものすごい。
 直径約五キロの煮えたぎる太陽のような火の玉がのぼり、強烈な光と熱を発し、上空で巨大なキノコのようにひろがってあたりが夜のように暗くなり、つづいて天地をゆるがす爆発音、竜巻のような強風、そして雪のような白い粉が降ってきた。これを浴びると体が火に焼かれたように熱くなり、直後から吐き気、頭痛、下痢が始まり、髪の毛がごっそり抜ける者もいた。のちに日本の新聞がこの白い粉を「死の灰」と名づけた。
 その後現在まで約六十年間の、ロンゲラップの島民たちと、アメリカの政府・科学者・医師の対応が、この本の主題である。
 爆発の翌々日、アメリカ人が島へ来て、島民たちを他の島に移した。大量の放射能を浴びた人体の検査が始まった。ただし島民に放射能のことは言わなかった。海水で体を洗えと言っただけで、治療はなかった。
 三年後の一九五七年、アメリカは島民たちを島へ帰らせた。当初島にいて被曝した人と、その時は他の島にいて放射能を浴びなかった島民、合計二百五十人が帰島した。
放射能が残っていることはわかっていた。当時科学者は、帰島させる目的をこう語っている。「住民がロンゲラップ島に帰郷することは、すなわち、高いレベルの放射線を浴びた人間が、ふたたび高い放射線にさらされるということです。これは、遺伝的研究をする上で、まさに理想的な状況です。」
 また「放射性物質が土壌から食物連鎖を通じて体内に入るまで追跡することができる。」放射線の臓器への影響や半減期、排出なども調査できる。
 そのために、当初の被曝者と、このたび初めて放射能を浴びたり食ったりする者とを、わけて調査した。
 これは、核戦争もしくは原子力平和利用によって人が放射能を浴びた場合にどういう影響が出るか、動物実験だけでは十分でないので、世界で放射能レベルが最も高いロンゲラップに人を住まわせて検査することにしたのである。島民には「島はもう安全だ。何も問題はない」と説明した。
 島でくらし始めた人々には、デキモノ、下痢、それに植物や動物の異変などさまざまな影響があったが、最も顕著なのが女性の出産である。頭蓋骨のない子や骨がなくて皮膚だけの子が生れる。ブドウのような子やクラゲのような子が生れる。こういう子はすぐに死ぬ。女性の95%が流産を経験した。これは一九五四年に被曝した人も五七年以後に被曝した人も違いはない。
 一九七五年、島民は米人医師に不信を表明し、検診を拒否した。八五年全島民が島を離れて他の島に移った。
 一九九八年、「ブラボー」から四十四年後にアメリカは、島の一部居住地区の除染を始めた。現在、島民に「島へ帰れば生活は保証する」と言っているが、島民は帰ろうとしない。
 この本を読んでわたしは、科学者が命にかかわる嘘を平気で言うことを、最もおそろしく思った。これは、今後もアメリカと同盟してゆくほかない日本人の心得ておいてよいことだろう。