THERE ARE SEVERAL NEW PEER-REVIEWED STUDIES AND UNCOVERED 'NEWS' TO SHOW THE LACK OF REAL PROGRESS AND THE FAILURE OF JAPAN'S ABE REGIME, TEPCO AND THE INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR COMMUNITY TO STOP THE ONGOING LEAKS AT FUKUSHIMA AND END THE DAILY RE-CONTAMINATION OF PLANET EARTH BY THE RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS INSIDE THAT MISERABLE FAILURE OF HUMAN TECHNOLOGY.
WE'VE LEARNED, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT TOKYO WAS HIT HARDER, FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME THAN WAS INITIALLY ASSUMED AND THAT, TODAY AND EVERY DAY, TOKYO IS STILL BEING BOMBARDED BY VARYING RADIATION LEVELS, BUT THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES THERE IS STILL ON DESPITE THE PROTESTS OF TWO FORMER PRIME MINISTERS AND NOTABLE JAPANESE SCIENTISTS AND POLITICAL FIGURES.
WE'VE LEARNED THAT BEACHES 60 MILES FROM THAT CRUMBLING NUCLEAR PLANT ARE FAR MORE RADIOACTIVE THAN THE SHORELINE OFF THE SITE OF DAIICHI ITSELF, AND THAT RIVERS, STREAMS, AQUIFERS ARE VERY CONTAMINATED BY RADIATION IN AREAS WHERE PEOPLE USE THEM FOR DRINKING WATER. WHAT WE HAVE NOT LEARNED, OBVIOUSLY, IS THAT, TO STOP THIS ONGOING NIGHTMARE, WE NEED TO WRESTLE THE CLEANUP PROCESS AWAY FROM THE ABE REGIME AND TEPCO AND THE JAPANESE MAFIA.
WE HAVE NOT LEARNED TO BELIEVE REPORTS FROM THOSE INSIDE JAPAN, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, EDUCATORS, WORKERS, FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST CHILDREN, THAT THOUSANDS HAVE ALREADY DIED BECAUSE OF FUKUSHIMA'S MELTDOWNS, THAT THOUSANDS MORE ARE DYING AND THAT COUNTLESS NUMBERS WILL DIE.
THOSE WHO REFUSE TO LEARN OFTEN PERISH.
FUKUSHIMA IS BY NO MEANS 'OVER'. PLOS
Nov 14, 2017: Radioactive contamination in the Tokyo metropolitan area in the early stage of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident and its fluctuation over five years.
By Masanobu Ishida, Hideo Yamazaki, published: November 14, 2017:
"The activity and inventory of radioactive material in the eastern part of Tokyo tended to be high… The radioactive plume with high 131Iodine activity spread into the Tokyo metropolitan area…
For this study, soil samples were collected in the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Kanto district during the two months following the FDNPP accident. In general, the samples were obtained from the ground surface along roads where they were not subject to physical turbation. The sampling sites were located at the ground surface of flat gardens by the roadside, and in many cases were hardly affected by the flow of rainwater and were not covered with plants.
Surface soil up to 1 cm deep below the surface was measured.
The measurement time was set so that the counting error would be less than 5%, depending on the radioactive intensity of the samples.
The relationship between the radiocesium activity in the sludge incineration ash and the monthly rainfall in the Tokyo metropolitan area was frequency analyzed using the MATLAB software.
(See Table 1. Analytical results of the activity of radionuclides in the soil samples collected in the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Kanto district area. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187687.t001)
From April 10 to 28, 2011, in the immediate aftermath of the accident, the activities and inventories of 131I and 134+137Cs increased abruptly (Table 1). If this increase is not a result of uneven distribution of radionuclides in the samples, the spread of the radionuclides into the Tokyo metropolitan area from the FDNPP probably continued at this time. However, the 134+137Cs activity fell to about 10% of its initial value by August 13.
The results reveal that the Tokyo metropolitan area even now continues to be affected by radioactive contamination caused by the FDNPP accident. We hope this study will contribute to the improved understanding of the radioactive contamination issue in Japan.
High activities and inventories of the radionuclides were found in eastern Tokyo and northern Chiba… The contamination was even higher in the adjoining northern part of Chiba located east of Tokyo…
The contamination level was extremely high in a roadside ditch in Kashiwa City…
The quantity of 134+137Cs deposited in the region studied was estimated… from values measured in the soil, at 5.35 TBq…
The results reveal that the Tokyo metropolitan area even now continues to be affected by radioactive contamination caused by the FDNPP accident..."
WHILE MAINSTREAM MEDIA'S "EXPERTS" SWORE TOKYO WAS BARELY AFFECTED, OTHERS HAVE, CONTRARY TO THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT, COME FORWARD WITH MANY ALARMINGLY HIGH LEVELS OF RADIATION FOUND IN PARKS, ROADSIDES, GARDENS, FISH, VEGETABLES AND WATER SAMPLES IN AND AROUND TOKYO.
FORMER PRIME MINISTERS HAVE URGED ABE TO CALL OFF THE OLYMPICS THERE DUE TO THESE ELEVATIONS AND THE VERY REAL HEALTH RISKS POSED BY IONIZING RADIATION TO ALL.
"Almost no public information about the radioactive contamination in the Tokyo area and Kanto district had been shared… where over 30 million residents live… [Publications] include almost no discussion of the fact that radioactive materials were carried into Tokyo."
A PDF reveals a study by a nuclear expert, Gordon Edwards, Ph.D,, 2017.
Intensive contamination extends over 200 km south – right down to the outskirts of Tokyo IRSN, 2016 (A PDF DOWNLOAD):
"Fukushima-Daiichi Accident: Main contamination events… Event of 14-16 March – This event is marked by turning winds and by a rainfall that generated significant contamination of the Japanese territory. On the evening of the 14th of March, a first radioactive plume was transported by winds towards the southwest… and reached the Tokyo area. At Tsukuba, 153 Bq/m3** were measured…
** 153 Bq/m3 = 153,000,000 uBq/m3 Cs-137 in Tsukuba after Fukushima vs. 1.2 uBq/m3 Cs-137 in Tsukuba before Fukushima (source) = 127,500,000 times higher Cs-137 after Fukushima."
As the Japanese Prime Minister at the time has admitted, he probably should have evacuated Tokyo.
HOW MANY READ THIS ARTICLE WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN? Japan Considered Evacuating Tokyo During Nuclear Crisis, Report Says
DETECTABLE RADIATION LEVELS REMAIN IN TOKYO, PERIOD, BUT ARE NOT BEING WELL REPORTED. .
WHY NO INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE THAT ABE WENT AHEAD WITH PLANS TO HOLD THE OLYMPICS THERE, AND TO HOUSE SOME ATHLETES AND TRAIN SOME ATHLETES IN THE FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE NEAR THE CRIPPLED PLANT?
WHY NO OUTRAGE THAT THE ABE REGIME AND TEPCO CANNOT ADDRESS THE REALITY THAT DAI'ICHI SITS DIRECTLY ABOVE THE AQUIFER THAT CARRIES WATER TO TOKYO, POLLUTING THAT WATER SOURCE AS WELL AS MANY RIVERS AND TRIBUTARY STREAMS FROM THE NORTH OF JAPAN TO PAST TOKYO TOWARD THE SOUTH?
HAVE WE COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN WHAT WAS SO READILY REPORTED IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE MELTDOWNS? FROM OHIO STATE'S PRESSBOOK SITE:
[THEIR SET OF MAPS WAS AND REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST TELLING AS REGARDS THE DISPERSAL OVER THE YEARS OF RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION BY JAPAN'S NUCLEAR PLANT.]
"[D]ata suggests the potential for contamination released by the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant to travel vast distances.
Predictably, this can cause major, far-reaching effects despite the assurances made by parties associated with the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
To further investigate the spread of contamination, researchers used computer models of air currents to map the distribution across the globe. Researchers used a similar method to also map the dispersion of radionuclides released into the ocean by using models of ocean currents.
Both models predicted extensive distribution in a short amount of time. Contaminants in the atmosphere were predicted to spread around the world (Figure 4), while contaminants in the ocean would traveling as far as the coast of California.
Researchers also stated that the concentration of radionuclides in the northwestern region of the Pacific Ocean, at the highest predicted values, would reach levels comparable to a nuclear weapons test.
The long-term effect of the radioactive contamination leaves the surrounding land uninhabitable. More far-reaching environmental effects will likely occur as a result of this disaster."
DECADES TO CENTURIES
4 March 2016 -
The environmental impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will last decades to centuries, warns a new Greenpeace Japan report.
The report is based on a large body of independent scientific research in impacted areas in the Fukushima region, as well as investigations by Greenpeace radiation specialists over the past five years.
It exposes deeply flawed assumptions by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Abe government in terms of both decontamination and ecosystem risks.
It further draws on research on the environmental impact of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe as an indication of the potential future for contaminated areas in Japan.
Man-made, long-lived radioactive elements are absorbed into the living tissues of plants and animals and recycled through food webs, and carried downstream to the Pacific Ocean by typhoons, snowmelt, and flooding.
“The government’s massive decontamination program will have almost no impact on reducing the ecological threat from the enormous amount of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. .
Already, over 9 million cubic metres of nuclear waste are scattered over at least 113,000 locations across Fukushima prefecture,” said Kendra Ulrich, Senior Nuclear Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan.
“The Abe government is perpetuating a myth that five years after the start of the nuclear accident the situation is returning to normal. The evidence exposes this as political rhetoric, not scientific fact.
The environmental impacts are already becoming apparent, with studies showing:
~ High radiation concentrations in new leaves, and at least in the case of cedar, in pollen;
~ Apparent increases in growth mutations of fir trees with rising radiation levels;
~Inheritable mutations in pale blue grass butterfly populations and DNA-damaged worms in highly contaminated areas, as well as apparent reduced fertility in barn swallows;
~ Decreases in the abundance of 57 bird species with higher radiation levels over a four year study;
~ High levels of caesium contamination in commercially important freshwater fish;
~ Radiological contamination of one of the most important ecosystems – coastal estuaries.
“There is no end in sight for communities in Fukushima - nearly 100,000 people haven’t returned home and many won’t be able to.
The Japanese government should put its citizens first, the majority of who reject the restart of nuclear reactors. Many are demanding the only safe and clean options that can meet Japan’s needs - renewable energy,” said Ulrich."
NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE THIS WAS WRITTEN.
THE LEAKS HAVE NOT BEEN STOPPED.
TEPCO WENT FROM PREDICTING A 40-YEAR CLEANUP PROCESS TO SAYING IT COULD TAKE 100 YEARS OR MORE.
MEANWHILE...NATIONS HAVE RECORDED WORLDWIDE CONTAMINATION AT VARYING LEVELS EVERY YEAR SINCE THE TRIPLE MELTDOWNS.
KEEP IN MIND THAT THE ORIGINAL ATOMIC SCIENTISTS, OPPENHEIMER IN PARTICULAR, CONFESSED THAT THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF RADIATION AND WARNED THAT LONG-TERM SAFE STORAGE OF NUCLEAR WASTE WAS IMPOSSIBLE.
MANY OF THAT ORIGINAL TEAM BECAME ADVOCATES AGAINST NUCLEAR "ENERGY".
IF THERE WAS NOTHING TO HIDE, WHY DID THE ABE REGIME PASS THE 'SECRECY ACT' AND GAG THE PRESS, PHYSICIANS, HOSPITALS, UNIVERSITIES AND THEIR STAFF?
The radiation effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant triple meltdowns are felt worldwide,whether lodged in sea life or in humans, it [ac]cumulates over time.
The impact is now slowly grinding away only to show its true colors at some unpredictable date in the future. That’s how radiation works, slow[ly] but assuredly destructive, which serves to identify its risks, meaning, one nuke meltdown has the impact, over decades, of a 1,000 regular industrial accidents, maybe more.
The difficult, painful part is largely hidden from pubic view via a highly restrictive harsh national secrecy law (Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, Act No. 108/2013), political pressure galore, and fear of exposing the truth about the inherent dangers of nuclear reactor meltdowns. Powerful vested interests want it concealed.
Following passage of the 2013 government secrecy act, which says that civil servants or others who “leak secrets” will face up to 10 years in prison, and those who “instigate leaks,” especially journalists, will be subject to a prison term of up to 5 years, Japan fell below Serbia and Botswana in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 World Press Freedom Index.
The secrecy act, sharply criticized by the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations, is a shameless act of buttoned-up totalitarianism at the very moment when citizens need and in fact require transparency.
CURRENT STATUS SAME AS OVER 6 YEARS AGO, NO CHANGE.
The current status, according to Mr. Okamura, a TEPCO manager, as of November 2017: “We’re struggling with four problems: (1) reducing the radiation at the site (2) stopping the influx of groundwater (3) retrieving the spent fuel rods and (4) removing the molten nuclear fuel.” (Source: Martin Fritz, The Illusion of Normality at Fukushima, Deutsche Welle–Asia, Nov. 3, 2017)
“When a major radiological disaster happens and impacts vast tracts of land, it cannot be ‘cleaned up’ or ‘fixed’.” (Source: Hanis Maketab, Environmental Impacts of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Will Last ‘decades to centuries’, March 4, 2016)
According to Dr. Shuzo Takemoto, professor, Department of Geophysics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University: “The problem of Unit 2… If it should encounter a big earth tremor, it will be destroyed and scatter the remaining nuclear fuel and its debris, making the Tokyo metropolitan area uninhabitable. The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 will then be utterly out of the question,” (Shuzo Takemoto, Potential Global Catastrophe of the Reactor No. 2 at Fukushima Daiichi, February 11, 2017).
What criteria did the International Olympic Committee (IOC) follow in selecting Japan for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the face of three 100% nuclear meltdowns totally out of control? On its face, it seems reckless."
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS ILL-INFORMED REGARDING FUKUSHIMA TODAY, AND THAT MAY BE A TERRIBLE UNDERSTATEMENT.
LULLED BY THE ALMOST COMPLETE LACK OF HONEST REPORTING, INDEED REPORTING OF ANY KIND IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA (MSM), MOST OF THE WORLD DOESN'T BOTHER TO GO FIND UPDATES, REAL, HONEST NEWS FROM JAPAN BY THOSE LIVING THERE AND OTHERS ABROAD WHO HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON PROVIDING VALID INFORMATION IN HOPES THAT SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE WILL COME TO THE AID OF THOSE WHO LIVE IN DESPAIR THAT NO ONE IS CONCERNED ANYMORE WITH JAPAN'S ONGOING DISASTER.
FUKUSHIMA IS NOT OVER, NOR CAN IT BE UNTIL THE LAST SCRAP OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE IS BURIED DEEP AND THE LAST LEAK THAT ALLOWS RADIATION INTO AIR, WATER AND SOIL HAS BEEN PLUGGED.
YOU AND I, EVEN IF WE ARE YOUNG, WILL NEVER SEE THIS HAPPEN.
IT'S LIKELY THAT OUR CHILDREN WON'T SEE IT EITHER.
AND THEIR CHILDREN?
THAT DEPENDS ON HOW MANY ARE STILL ALIVE 100 YEARS FROM NOW.
YOU SEE, JUST ONE MORE MAJOR EARTHQUAKE THERE, JUST ONE MORE BIG TSUNAMI AND WE WILL SEE A RECURRENCE OF THE 2011 EVENT.
FUKUSHIMA IS ONGOING, BUT WE COULD SEE A REPEAT PERFORMANCE TODAY, TOMORROW, A YEAR FROM NOW....
THIS COULD HAPPEN AT ALMOST ANY OF THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS ALONG JAPAN'S COASTLINE, BUT THE DAI'ICHI PLANT AT FUKUSHIMA WILL CERTAINLY BE THE FIRST TO CRUMBLE SHOULD ANOTHER 8.0 OR GREATER QUAKE STRIKE THERE.
SOME SAY EVEN A MODERATE QUAKE, 5.0 AND ABOVE, CENTERED AT THE PLANT FACILITY COULD CREATE A NEW RADIATION NIGHTMARE.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT "ACADEMIA" HAS FINALLY DECIDED TO REPORT ON IN A WAY THAT MAY, BY A GREAT STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, REAWAKEN THE CALL FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO STEP IN AND TAKE THE REINS AWAY FROM THE ABE REGIME AND AWAY FROM TEPCO AND FIND REAL SOLUTIONS TO THIS MADNESS.
FUKUSHIMA IS NOT OVER!
Radiation From Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Discovered in Sand and Groundwater 60 Miles Away
"Scientists have identified a broad range of consequences, from unrecognized leaks of radioactive water, to a continuing wave of plastic debris carrying new species across the ocean, to the first confirmed case of cancer caused by the incident.
Now, according to a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there's one more to add to the list: radioactive cesium atoms leaching into the ocean as far as 60 miles away from the plant.
At least two of the beaches they tested were popular resort sites before the tsunami, but the cesium is held below the surface. Nevertheless, the authors point out that about half of the planet's 440 nuclear reactors are perched on a coastline—which means that this problem could reappear, and should be addressed in construction and emergency plans.
The scientists behind the new paper took samples of groundwater at eight beaches around the site of the nuclear power plant, then checked how much radioactive cesium the water contained. They found higher levels of it in that sandy groundwater than in the ocean, rivers, or inland groundwater that also serves as drinking water—in fact, the beach groundwater is even 10 times more radioactive than the ocean directly next to the Fukushima plant."
FUKUSHIMA IS NOT OVER!
Water, Soil And Radiation: Why Fukushima Will Take Decades To Clean Up
National Public Radio: March 10, 2016
"There are now about 9 million bags of decontamination waste from all over the prefecture that are being consolidated into these vast fields with these pyramids of radioactive waste," he says.
Just like with the water, regulators aren't quite sure what to do with all that soil. Japan doesn't have a centralized radioactive waste dump to take it to.
In the longer term, the biggest issue will be what to do with the highly radioactive cores of the reactors themselves, each filled with melted uranium fuel.
Tepco doesn't really have any firm ideas about how to get the melted fuel out. "So far, there's no specific clear solution," Tepco's chief nuclear officer, Takafumi Anegawa says.
Dale Klein, the safety consultant, thinks that eventually robots will be used to cut up the molten cores of the reactors and seal them inside concrete containers. But he says it's not going to happen overnight.
"This will be a several-decades process of cleanup," he says.
"Fukushima Dai-ichi is a complicated cleanup site," says Klein, a former chairman of the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission who now consults for the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, which owns the plant.
Groundwater from nearby mountains constantly seeps through the ruined building before spilling into the ocean. Tepco has tried a number of different approaches (including a massive underground ice wall) to try to slow the incursion, but so far efforts to stop it have been only partially successful.
Instead, the company must send the groundwater through a complex filtration system that removes radioactivity.
The system is effective at removing SOME of the most dangerous elements, but one isotope of hydrogen, called tritium, can't be removed because it's literally embedded in the H2O of the water molecules.
"Tritium is part of the water itself, so how do you filter water out of water?" Klein says.
The best solution might be to dilute the radioactive groundwater and then release it into the ocean. But fishermen and the public would have to be convinced.
In other words, the Fukushima accident will be with the people of Japan for generations to come.
Radiation along Fukushima rivers up to 200 times higher than Pacific
Tokyo, 21 July 2016 – Radioactive contamination in the seabed off the Fukushima coast is hundreds of times above pre-2011 levels, while contamination in local rivers is up to 200 times higher than ocean sediment, according to results from Greenpeace Japan survey work released today.
“The extremely high levels of radioactivity we found along the river systems highlights the enormity and longevity of both the environmental contamination and the public health risks resulting from the Fukushima disaster,” said Ai Kashiwagi, Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan.
“These river samples were taken in areas where the Abe government is stating it is safe for people to live. But the results show there is no return to normal after this nuclear catastrophe,” said Kashiwagi.
Riverbank sediment samples taken along the Niida River in Minami Soma, measured as high as 29,800 Bq/kg for radiocaesium (Cs-134 and 137). The Niida samples were taken where there are no restrictions on people living, as were other river samples. At the estuary of the Abukuma River in Miyagi prefecture, which lies more than 90km north of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, levels measured in sediment samples were as high as 6,500 Bq/kg.
The lifting of evacuation orders in March 2017 for areas that remain highly contaminated is a looming human rights crisis and cannot be permitted to stand. The vast expanses of contaminated forests and freshwater systems will remain a perennial source of radioactivity for the foreseeable future, as these ecosystems cannot simply be decontaminated.
Caesium-137 has a half life of 30 years, and will continue to pose a risks to the the environment and human health for hundreds of years. Cs-137 contamination in seabed samples near the Fukushima plant was measured at up to 120 Bq/kg – compared to levels pre-2011 of 0.3 Bq/kg*.
Further, the levels of contamination found 60km south of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were comparable with those found within 4km of the plant. Numerous marine science investigations, have concluded that these higher levels are one explanation for some marine species still showing higher cesium levels than the background levels in seawater.
SOCIO-ECONOMICS OF THE FUKUSHIMA ONGOING DISASTER What’s happening behind, as well as within, the scenes at Fukushima was thoroughly researched by Adam Broinowski, PhD (author of 25 major academic publications and Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Australian National University) in a study titled “Informal Labour, Local Citizens and the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Crisis:
Responses to Neoliberal Disaster Management,” Australian National University, 2017.
"Dr. Broinowski’s research is detailed, thorough, and complex.
According to Broinowski: “The ongoing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (FDNPS), operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), since 11 March 2011 can be recognised as part of a global phenomenon that has been in development over some time.
This disaster occurred within a social and political shift that began in the mid-1970s (ed. supply-side economics, which is strongly reflected in America’s current tax bill under consideration) and that became more acute in the early 1990s in Japan with the downturn of economic growth and greater deregulation and financialisation in the global economy.
After 40 years of corporate fealty in return for lifetime contracts guaranteed by corporate unions, as tariff protections were lifted further and the workforce was increasingly casualised, those most acutely affected by a weakening welfare regime were irregular day labourers, or what we might call ‘informal labour.”
In short, the 45,000-60,000 workers recruited to deconstruct decontaminate Fukushima Daiichi and the surrounding prefecture mostly came off the streets, castoffs."
WHILE MOST THINK OF JAPAN AS A VERY SUCCESSFUL NATION WITH HIGHLY SKILLED WORKERS, THAT IS NOT REALITY.
THINGS REALLY BEGAN TO UNRAVEL FOR WORKERS BACK BEFORE THE OSAKA RIOTS, 1992, SOMETHING FEW WERE AWARE OF OR HAVE FORGOTTEN.
EVEN FEWER OUTSIDE JAPAN ARE AWARE OF THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE 'JAPANESE MAFIA', KNOWN AS THE YAKUZA, AND THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY.
SEEING THIS CONNECTION IS CRUCIAL IN UNDERSTANDING WHY THERE IS NO PROGRESS IN CLEANING UP FUKUSHIMA.
Broinowski’s research shows us :
"The Osaka Riots of 25 years ago depict the breakdown of modern society’s working class, a problem that has spilled over into national political elections worldwide as populism/nationalism dictate winners/losers.
In Osaka 1,500 rampaging laborers besieged a police station over outrage of interconnecting links between police and Japan’s powerful “Yakuza” or gangsters that bribe police to turn a blind eye to gangster syndicates that get paid to recruit, often forcibly, workers for low-paying manual jobs for industry.
That’s how TEPCO gets workers to work in radiation-sensitive high risks jobs.
Along the way, subcontractors rake off most of the money allocated for workers, resulting in a subhuman lifestyle for the riskiest most life-threatening jobs in Japan, maybe the riskiest most life-threatening in the world.
Labor is simply one more commodity to be used and discarded.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (“TEPCO”) of Fukushima Daiichi fame adheres to those long-standing feudalistic employment practices. They hire workers via layers of subcontractors in order to avoid liabilities, health insurance, safety standards, by penetrating into the bottom social layers that have no voice in society.
As such, TEPCO is not legally obligated to report industrial accidents when workers are hired through complex webs or networks of subcontractors; there are approximately 733 subcontractors for TEPCO. Here’s the process: TEPCO employs a subcontractor “shita-uke,” which in turn employs another subcontractor “mago-uke” that relies upon labor brokers “tehaishilninpu-dashi.”
At the end of the day, who’s responsible for the health and safety of workers?
Who’s responsible for reporting cases of radiation sickness and/or death caused by radiation exposure?
Based upon anecdotal evidence from reliable sources in Japan, there is good reason to believe TEPCO, as well as the Japanese government, suppress public knowledge of worker radiation sickness and death, as well as the civilian population of Fukushima. They essentially hoodwink worldwide public opinion.
For example, pro-nuke enthusiasts/advocates point to the safety of nuclear power generation because of so few reported deaths in Japan. But, then again, who’s responsible for reporting worker deaths? Answer: Other than an occasional token death report by official sources, nobody!
Furthermore, TEPCO does not report worker deaths that occur outside of the workplace even though the death is a direct result of excessive radiation exposure at the workplace.
For example, if a worker with radiation sickness becomes too ill to go to work, they’ll obviously die at home and therefore not be reported as a work-related death. As a result, pro-nuke advocates claim Fukushima proves how safe nuclear power is, even when it goes haywire, because there are so few, if any, deaths, as to be inconsequential. That’s a bold-faced lie.
“As one labourer stated re: Fukushima Daiichi: "‘TEPCO is God. The main contractors are kings, and we are slaves’".
In short, Fukushima Daiichi clearly illustrates the social reproduction, exploitation and disposability of informal labour, in the state protection of capital, corporations and their assets.” (Broinowski)
UNSKILLED, UNTRAINED, UNINFORMED OF THE REAL INHERENT RISKS OF WORKING NEAR SO MUCH RADIATION, WHAT IMPACT IT WILL HAVE ON THEM AND THEIR FUTURE OFFSPRING, SHOULD THEY LIVE TO PROCREATE, THESE "WORKER BEES" CAN BUT DO A SLOPPY JOB, AT BEST.
WHO IS CHECKING UP ON THESE WORKERS AS THEY ARE USED AND DISCARDED?
JUST ABOUT NO ONE.
THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF WORKERS SIMPLY "DISAPPEARING", CONCERNED FAMILIES SEARCHING FOR LOVED ONES WHO WENT TO WORK FOR TEPCO AND NEVER CAME HOME.
SOME INSIDE JAPAN WHO TRY TO REPORT TO THE WORLD THE FACTS AND ENLIGHTEN THOSE DUPED BY THE ABE/TEPCO RHETORIC: According to Ms. Chikako Nishiyama, a former member of the Kawauchi village Assembly, the official announcement that only 3 Tepco workers died during their work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Ms. Nishiyama commented that Tepco doesn’t count the workers if they died after their contracts ended.
She also said that there were 100,000 shifts shared between the work force that have worked at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant so far, also, 4% of 100,000 (4300) workers have reportedly died. Most of them have died of heart attacks. If they died suddenly then Tepco paid a huge amount of money (about 3 million yen ) to their families, to keep them silent about the deaths. If they talk about the deaths then the money would be taken back. Therefore, nobody has said anything about it in the public domain.
Apart from Tepco workers, 64 members of the Self Defence Force and about 300 policemen have also died. They said that those policemen who work at the security check points of the no go zones in Fukushima prefecture are not wearing any protection, therefore, they have been exposed to huge amounts of ionizing radiation.
(The above information came from a whistle-blower, Prof. Seto a professor at Tohoku University who was also a Disaster control headquarters inspector general in 2011. After releasing the information, his blog account was suspiciously closed.)
University of Tohoku Hospital has been imposing a gag order to stop information concerning 800 Tepco worker deaths. This information is coming from some doctors and nurses who have been finding it hard to keep quiet about it.
Those patients received some examination at the University of Tohoku Hospital, then had been taken into one of their branch hospital in Niigata prefecture and stayed till they died quietly because there was nothing the doctors could do to save their lives.
THOUSANDS OF UNCOUNTED DEAD?
Comedienne/Journalist Mako Oshidori Exposes Truths at the Press Conference in Germany.Mako Oshidori was enrolled in the School of Life Sciences at Tottori University Faculty of Medicine for three years, studying basics of medical research.
Transcript of Oshidori’s presentation by Fukushima Voice, Transcription by Takashi Mizuno/Translation by Yuri Hiranuma, Mar. 21, 2014:
"I heard about it from researchers who were my friends as well as some government officials...I would like to talk a little about my interview of a nurse who used to work at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) after the accident. He was a nurse at Fukushima Daiichi NPP in 2012. He quit his job with TEPCO in 2013, and that’s when I interviewed him.
As of now, [the nurse told her] there are multiple NPP workers who have died, but only the ones who died on the job are reported publicly. Some of them have died suddenly while off work, for instance, during the weekend or in their sleep, but none of their deaths are reported. Not only that, they are not included in the worker death count. For example, there are some workers who quit the job after a lot of radiation exposure, such as 50, 60 to 70 mSv, and end up dying a month later, but none of these deaths are either reported, or included in the death toll. This is the reality of the NPP workers. There is too much pressure for me to write an article on this issue, so not many Japanese people know about it.
I visited Fukushima Prefecture in 2012 with a Belarusian researcher, Alexey Nesterenko, who is the head of BELRAD.
He was most surprised about an elementary school in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture. As you can see, in the section right by the fence next to the swimming pool, the radiation monitor is registering 27.6 μSv/h.
He asked me if the children at the school had evacuated, and I told him they were in class right then. He was extremely astonished and said that was the radiation level which would necessitate immediate, mandatory evacuation of the children in Belarus. He said he thought Japan was a wealthy country and wondered why children were in class there as if nothing ever happened. This area has an especially high radiation level. There are hot spots like this in Fukushima."
A GOOD ARTICLE, TITLED "THE GHOSTS OF FUKUSHIMA", ON JAPAN'S UNIQUE SOCIAL TAKE ON THE FUKUSHIMA DISASTER AND EVACUEES MOVING BACK INTO CONTAMINATED TOWNS MAY HELP US FOREIGNERS UNDERSTAND A BIT BETTER WHAT PEOPLE THERE FACE WHO CHOOSE TO MOVE BACK, OR WHO DON'T.
"Naraha still has the outward appearance of a sleepy farming community, with tidy neighborhoods separated by rice paddies, fruit orchards, and two rivers tumbling to the sea from the nearby Abukuma Mountains.
Since decontamination began about 18 months after the disaster, thousands of workers equipped with little more than garden tools have cut down trees, power-washed streets, and peeled off a two-inch layer of radioactive soil in a 65-foot perimeter around every structure in town.
Vast fields and mountainsides have been left largely untouched, save for large burial mounds of black plastic bags filled with low-level radioactive waste that metastasized across the landscape as the work progressed.
The government maintains that it is safe for residents to return to Naraha.
Surveys indicate that half of all evacuees don’t plan to return home.
The cleanup effort is widely viewed as political theater, designed to whitewash Fukushima in time for the 2020 Olympics. Encouraging evacuees to return home now would also put an early stop to some compensation payments, which aren’t set to expire until 2018. The government, in short, has a financial incentive to strong-arm mayors into reopening towns before they’re ready, or even properly decontaminated.
“The central government pressured us to lift the evacuation order,” Hisao Yanai, a one-armed, chain-smoking, retired yakuza boss living in Naraha, says. “Nobody in town wanted it, because nothing is prepared.”
“The nuclear plant changed the history of this town,” Yanai says. “They told us it was 100 percent safe.”
Before it was decontaminated, radiation levels in Yanai’s yard measured 10 microsieverts PER HOUR—nearly 50 times higher than the government’s allowable limit.
“There are still places in town that measure 10 micro-sieverts,” Yanai says.
He walks over to the corner of his garage, which houses a dusty Mercedes resting on flat tires, and points to a patch of gravel beneath a downspout. This particular spot, he says, was decontaminated three times, because rain kept washing radioactive particles off the garage roof.
“If you don’t ask,” Yanai shrugs, “they won’t do it.”
The government has strict decontamination guidelines (ON PAPER), but, in the field, practices are often improvised. At Yanai’s house, contractors dumped wheelbarrow-loads of contaminated dirt in a corner of his garden.
“I said, ‘Fine, if you want to dump it there, I’m not going to say anything. But if you do the same thing in the neighbor’s yard, they might shoot you.’ ”
Although Yanai professes to be retired from the Japanese Mafia, his years as a yakuza boss have left him with wealth, influence, and a fearsome reputation. It was rumored that he’d served time in prison for assault. After the nuclear disaster, he used his mojo to force the big construction companies in charge of the cleanup to hire local firms as subcontractors.
I asked Yukiei Matsumoto, mayor of Naraha, if young people are afraid to raise children here, what kind of future is there for Naraha?
“Naturally we want everybody to come back,” he says. “Elderly people are coming back first.” He places his teacup on the table. “But if the children do not come back here, the town cannot exist.”
For a moment, Matsumoto seems surprised by his own candor. Then he hastens to obfuscate it. Leaning forward in his chair, he redefines Naraha’s existential dilemma as a simple misunderstanding.
Naraha is completely safe, he asserts. Parents with young children just need a little more convincing to return. One thing his office could do, he suggests, is to “make the environment around the schools better. Also we need to do something to make the parents understand.”
“Understand … what?”
“Regarding the issue of—radiation,” says Matsumoto, searching for a more diplomatic word.
I ask him if he is happy with the government’s decontamination efforts. Matsumoto chuckles. “Let me say I’m not 100 percent satisfied,” he says. For further details, he refers me to Hiroyuki Igari, the town’s director of radiation measurement.
While Igari doesn’t put any stock in the notion that the government is pressuring towns like Naraha to reopen prematurely, he acknowledges that the cleanup is imperfect.
“People who were stressed in the temporary houses, they just want to come home. They don’t care about dose rates,” Igari says. “People who don’t return are used to their new lives. They’re used to living under one roof. But now they’re split up, and they don’t want to leave their families again.”
But dosimeter readings and official reassurances have done nothing to alter a more fundamental reality: In post-Fukushima Japan, nuclear safety is a bankrupt concept.
Officials like Mayor Matsumoto who use the word “safe” in an absolute sense echo the corporate propaganda of companies like Tokyo Electric Power Company, the disgraced utility that owns Fukushima Daiichi.
As the son of a TEPCO salaryman, Matsumoto has spent his career working the levers of a political machine that is oiled with money from the nuclear industry. Yet in the aftermath of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, he still believes himself to be a credible authority on the relative safety of low-dose radiation.
The truth is that there’s no such thing as a “safe” dose of radiation, only gradations of risk. Epidemiological studies show that cancer risk increases in tandem with radiation dose, but we know very little about the risks associated with doses below 100 millisieverts per year.
Denying that risk contradicts most people’s inherent understanding of safety as a cost-benefit equation. A patient who agrees to a CAT scan of their head, for example, knows that the diagnostic benefit outweighs any increased risk for brain cancer.
Since the disaster, only two of Japan’s 42 operable nuclear reactors have reopened over public protests, and the nuclear industry is desperate for a public relations coup.
As we part, Matsumoto repeats the promise he made personally to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “I told the prime minister that we’re not going to simply reconstruct the town—we’re going to be a model town of the reconstruction,” Matsumoto says, beaming with conviction. “We’re going to do that, and you’re going to see it.”
Tokuo Hayakawa was a young man in 1967 when TEPCO began building Fukushima Daiichi. He is the chief monk at Naraha’s 600-year-old Hyokoji temple, and an ardent antinuclear activist. I visit Hayakawa on two occasions, and each time he wears a white NO NUCLEAR PLANT button pinned to his lapel.
“Naraha isn’t a place to live anymore,” he says.
“Since TEPCO started operating here, nobody believed what they were saying about safety,” Hayakawa says. And yet the utility was able to build not just one, but two nuclear plants in Fukushima prefecture: Daiichi and Daini. (Daini was also damaged by the tsunami, narrowly averting a meltdown.)
How could TEPCO accomplish this, I ask, if nobody thought the plants were safe?
“As a foreigner, it’s really difficult for you to understand,” Hayakawa says after a long pause. “There’s an atmosphere that keeps people from raising their voices. If something is dangerous, they can’t say it’s dangerous. If something isn’t right, they can’t say it’s not right.”
Questioning the safety of the nuclear plant was akin to disavowing one’s family, friends, and neighbors.
For decades, skeptics bit their tongues, government regulators promoted the absolute safety of nuclear power, and TEPCO executives operated with little or no oversight. This conspiracy of complacency led to dangerous practices, such as locating diesel generators at Fukushima Daiichi in areas that were vulnerable to flooding—a factor that contributed directly to the disaster.
Last February, three former TEPCO executives were charged with criminal negligence for their role in the nuclear meltdown.
Hayakawa didn’t want to return to Naraha, but he had no choice. “I cannot abandon the temple,” he says. “There are family tombs here.” Besides, he feels too old to start a new life. He had his hopes set on his grandson taking over for him. But the disaster eliminated that possibility. “I am definitely the last one,” he says.
“The monk was opposed to the nuclear plant from the beginning,” says Toshimitsu Wakizawa, a gregarious 67-year-old newspaper deliveryman who seems to know everybody in Naraha. “And everything he said came true.”
When I approach him, Wakizawa is gathering sticks in his front yard. Japanese people don’t generally engage in conversations with strangers, to say nothing of American journalists who walk up to them unannounced. But Wakizawa chats with me as if we’ve been neighbors for years. He points to houses that are going to be demolished because their owners aren’t coming back.
“I thought 30 percent might return,” he says, “But now I think it’ll be 20 percent, or even less.”
“It’s even worse here than before the nuclear plants were built 40 years ago,” he says. “When I drive up Route 6, I don’t see any life, not even insects. Around 8 o’clock it’s scary, because nobody’s here.”
Wakizawa is preparing to move back to Naraha in a few days to restart his newspaper delivery business. “People want to read the obituaries,” he says. “That’s why they want the local newspapers—to see who died and what the radiation levels are.”
Residents are bitterly divided over the decision to reopen Naraha, Miyuki Sato, (who with her husband operates the one diner in Naraha, named Takechan) explains. She is reluctant to say more, except that she has been criticized for cooking with the town’s contaminated tap water. She shows me a certificate from the water authority taped to the wall, guaranteeing that Takechan’s water meets health standards.
The director of the local water authority, Haruo Otsuka, shows me a machine that tests the county’s drinking water every hour for cesium-137, the primary isotope in Fukushima’s fallout.
The results are always 'undetectable'.
I tell Otsuka about evacuees who have criticized the Satos. “Those people are just looking for a reason not to come back,” he scoffs. “At first they said radiation levels in the rice paddies were too high. Then it was the roads. Now they’re blaming the water.”
Tensions among evacuees, however, continue to run high.
Hiroko Yuki’s family runs the Shell gas station around the corner from Takechan. Although the Yukis were the first to reopen after the disaster, they have recently bought a house in Iwaki.
They aren’t moving back to Naraha.
I didn’t understand why anyone would begrudge their neighbors the choice to return—or not. The whole dynamic felt very—Japanese.
“Yes, that’s right, it is very Japanese,” replies Yuki, unfazed. She stands with her hands clasped behind her back, chin tilted in the air, looking a bit like a soldier with her buzzed hair and black Shell uniform. “Japanese people—we always care about how we’re perceived by others. That’s even more true here in the countryside.”
Virtually overnight, tens of thousands of people were set adrift. What looks on the surface like frivolous squabbles are expressions of the profound anxiety many people feel about their place in post-Fukushima Japan.
The question of returning home has become a kind of loyalty test that nobody can pass, because home no longer exists."
AS I HAVE PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN, THOSE WHO WERE INSIDE THE ZONE OF HIGHEST RADIATION EXPOSURE AND WHO WERE LATER EVACUATED HAVE FACED BULLYING, RIDICULE AND WORSE FROM MANY IN THE TOWNS THEY WERE EVACUATED TO.
ONE CHILD WAS CALLED "BUG", REMEMBER, AND BULLIED TO THE POINT OF SUICIDE. SUICIDES RISE AMONG FUKUSHIMA EVACUEES: December 28, 2015
THEY ARE SEEN AS CONTAMINATED FOREVER, AND, TO A DEGREE, THEY ARE.
THEY MAKE FEW FRIENDS IN THEIR NEW TOWNS. THEY FIND NO PEACE, SECURITY OR HAPPINESS THERE.
THEY LOST EVERYTHING AND ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE ABE REGIME TO A GREAT EXTENT.
THEY GO WHERE THEY ARE TOLD TO GO, EVEN BACK INTO RADIOACTIVE TOWNS.
Interview with Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture,
April 21, 2014:
At 9:30 MINUTES in:
Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture: "There are still about 2 million people living in the prefecture, who have all sorts of medical issues. The authorities claim this has nothing to do with the radiation fallout from Fukushima. I demanded that the authorities substantiate their claim in writing, but they ignored my request. There are some terrible things going on in Fukushima... The biggest problem is that there is no one to help us... I talked to local authorities in different places in Fukushima, but no one would listen to me. They believe what the government says, while in reality radiation is still there — and it is killing children. They are dying of heart conditions, asthma, leukemia, thyroid complications.
Lots of kids are extremely exhausted after school, others are simply unable to attend PE classes. But the authorities are still hiding the truth from us, and I don’t know why. Don’t they have children of their own? It hurts so much to know they can’t protect our children."
At 22:30 in
Sophie Shevardnadze, host: "The United Nations report on the radiation fallout from Fukushima says no radiation-related deaths or acute diseases have been observed among the workers and the general public exposed. So it’s not that dangerous after all? Or is there not enough information available to make proper assessments?"
Idogawa: "This report is completely false. The report was made by a representative of Japan – Professor Hayano. Representing Japan, he lied to the whole world from the UN podium. It’s a real shame that the authorities hide the truth from the whole world, from the UN. We need to admit that actually many people are dying, we are not allowed to say that." Democracy Now on location in Japan, Jan. 17, 2014:
At 15:15 in of the video:
Katsutaka Idogawa: [Government officials] ignore all the problems we’re having. There are many young people between 15 and 19 in Fukushima who are in high school who have died suddenly. For example, this morning I saw an online story that a 17-year-old died from Leukemia. In the morning when his mother came to wake him up, he was found dead in bed. Everyone says this was caused by the radiation levels from the nuclear accident. But our government never recognized it — and there are 59 children with thyroid cancer, they’ll never recognize it as being caused by the radiation.
At 39:45 in:
Katsutaka Idogawa, Futaba’s mayor during 3/11, the town where part of Fukushima Daiichi is located: "Another huge issue is those who are forced to live within the greater Fukushima areas do not have access to full health measurement, health treatment, and the kind of support they need. They’re also told that any diseases or sickness that they have is not caused by radiation."Interview with Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture
April 21, 2014:
At 8:00 in
Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture: "I’d like to show you a table with radiation levels around Chernobyl. Radiation levels [for evacuation] around Fukushima are four times higher than in Chernobyl... Exposing people to the current levels of radiation in Fukushima is a violation of human rights. It’s terrible....In many cases, evacuees are forced to return.
At 21:30 in:
Idogawa: "I’m really ashamed for my country, but I have to speak the truth for the sake of keeping our planet clean in the future... The same thing happened with Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The authorities lied to everyone. They said it was safe. They hid the truth. That’s the situation we are living in. "
Dr. Bill McBride, UCLA School of Medicine Vice Chair for Research in Radiation, Principle Investigator of UCLA’s Center for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation — National Institutes of Health, Jan 27, 2014.
FROM A 2-HOUR PLUS PODCAST, JANUARY 27, 2014, FOUND HERE:http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=18250&bhcp=1
TRANSCRIPT, WITH MATCHING MINUTES GIVEN IN THE VIDEO:
"Minute 19:45 –There are some unique things about ionizing radiation when it comes to the interaction with biological systems… Energy is deposited ubiquitously in cells and in tissues. It’s being deposited in little packets of energy… These packets of explosions — like many explosions going off in the cell as the energy is deposited… If you can think of these little explosions going off all over a cell, if it happens to take place in DNA, there’s really quite a high chance this will blow a hole in the DNA.
Ionizing radiation is a very powerful cytotoxic agent… You get these lesions which are formed within DNA which are really quite complex lesions… We’re talking 0.0000000000000001 seconds for the ionization to take place… Cell cycle arrest, cell death by apoptosis or mitotic catastrophe… take place very rapidly after exposure.
37:30 – What is happening following ionizing radiation?
You get these little explosions going off, very rapidly… but the mitochondria get hit as well. The mitochondria leak much more slowly.
With time, you actually get these mitochondria leaking more free radicals than [from the] ionizing radiation, by orders of magnitude…
They’re generating the free radicals as a consequence of damage caused by the radiation… This concept is one which is growing very strongly in radiation biology now.
The effects are not all over within 24 hours… you initiate a cascade of biological responses which can go on for a long period of time, even years.
46:00 – You get long-term immune dysfunction… So the immune system is compromised for long periods of time after radiation exposure.
51:00 – The concept really is that we’re generating damage which is cascading forward to mitochondria and other cellular structures, in addition to DNA… So radiation is not just a powerful cytotoxin, it initiates signaling cascades that are taking place against a radiation damage background… the radiation damage is often remembered within the cells.
And so we’ve shown at least in brain and lung and other tissues, as well… This is underlying a lot of effects in radiation exposure."
SEE ALSO: http://www.atomicarchive.com/Effects/radeffects.shtml
"Whether the source of radiation isnatural or man-made, whether it is a small dose of radiation or a large dose, there will be some biological effects.
FUKUSHIMA IS NOT OVER!
IT WILL NOT BE OVER IN OUR LIFETIMES.
FOR OTHER COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF HUMANS AND ANIMALS, FUKUSHIMA WILL BE A DEATH BLOW.
WE WON'T KNOW IF THAT INCLUDES US FOR PERHAPS A DECADE AS IONIZING RADIATION CAN TAKE LONGER IN SOME THAN IN OTHERS TO DESTROY OUR DNA, OUR IMMUNE RESPONSE.
PARENTS, PHYSICIANS, SCIENTISTS, JOURNALISTS, ACTIVISTS, EX-PRIME MINISTERS, LOCAL OFFICIALS , SURVIVORS, ALL FROM JAPAN HAVE TRIED AND TRIED FOR ALMOST 7 LONG YEARS TO MAKE THE WORLD CARE, SEE WHAT THE TRUTH IS.
THIS IS VERY PERSONAL FOR ME.
IT TOOK DECADES FOR THE AMERICAN "EXPERTS" TO ADMIT WHAT WE ALL KNEW WHO WERE EXPOSED TO/CONTAMINATED BY THAT "MONKEY VIRUS" IN THE OLD POLIO VACCINES, THAT SV40 THAT HAS RAVAGED OUR BODIES AND CAUSED CANCERS IN UNTOLD MILLIONS SINCE THE 1950s, THAT TOOK SO MANY LIVES UNNECESSARILY.
I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO NOT BE BELIEVED, TO FIND NO ONE WHO WILL LISTEN AND DO SOMETHING TO HELP.
IF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION HAD ADMITTED THIS SOONER, HOW MANY MIGHT HAVE BEEN SAVED?
MEDIA PROPAGANDA, THEIR TENDENCY TO COVER UP FOR THE MISTAKES OF INDUSTRY, CAN KILL PEOPLE!
WE CAN BELIEVE WHAT THOSE EXPERIENCING THIS, SEEING THIS FIRST-HAND ARE TRYING TO TELL US OR WE CAN IGNORE THEM....TO DEATH.
FUKUSHIMA IS NOT OVER!
THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN NEED OUR HELP.
FUKUSHIMA...WHAT MANY ARE CALLING AN "EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT" BECAUSE NO ONE AND NOTHING PRESENTLY KNOWN CAN STOP THE RELEASE OF TOXIC RADIATION FROM THAT PLANT IN OUR LIFETIME... IS NOT OVER.