Monday, May 21, 2018
3,000 RADIATION MONITORS TO BE REMOVED IN JAPAN DESPITE PROTESTS
ABOVE: One of the thousands of radiation monitoring devices to be scrapped by the Abe administration, via Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).
WHO IS MONITORING RADIATION LEVELS NEAR THESE MASSIVE PILES OF PLASTIC BAGS CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE SOIL, ETC?
IN A BRAZEN, THUMBING-HIS-NOSE-AT-THE-WORLD MOVE, SHINZO ABE HAS AUTHORIZED THE COMPLETE REMOVAL OF MONITORING DEVICES PLACED ACROSS JAPAN'S FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE AFTER THE 3/11 DISASTER.
THIS WILL LEAVE MILLIONS GUESSING HOW HIGH THE RADIATION LEVELS ARE AND WILL CERTAINLY KEEP CITIZENS OF JAPAN AND THE WORLD UNAWARE OF SUDDEN SPIKES OR GRADUAL CLIMBS IN RADIATION PRIOR TO ABE'S PRECIOUS 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES.
ABE IS TAKING NO RISKS THAT CONTINUED HIGH RADIATION WARNINGS WILL KEEP THE WORLD FROM COMING TO JAPAN FOR THOSE GAMES.
HE HAS TRADED THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF ALL HIS COUNTRYMEN SO THAT NO ONE IS SCARED AWAY FROM ATTENDING THE OLYMPICS GAMES, WHICH SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO JAPAN IN THE FIRST PLACE.
THIS IS COMPARABLE TO ANY CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY EVER COMMITTED AND ONE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT, SOMEHOW, ABE MUST PAY THE PRICE FOR THIS CONSPIRACY OF SECRECY AND WANTON DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE.
HE MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS RECKLESS ACTIONS AGAINST THE WORLD'S ENTIRE POPULATION.
I COULD NOT, AT FIRST, BELIEVE THE HEADLINES IN THE JAPAN TIMES:
May 21, 2018
"Radiation monitors in Fukushima to be scrapped"
The thousands of radiation-monitoring posts installed in Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 nuclear crisis have malfunctioned nearly 4,000 times, sources said Sunday as the Nuclear Regulation Authority prepares to remove them after spending ¥500 million a year on repair costs.
Around 3,000 of the monitors were installed in the wake of the triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant following the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami. The NRA, which operates the monitoring posts, plans to remove around 80 percent of them by the end of fiscal 2020 on the grounds that radiation levels in some areas have fallen and stabilized.
[WERE ANY MONITORS PLACED NEXT TO THOSE STACKS OF MILLIONS OF PLASTIC BAGS FULL OF RADIOACTIVE SOIL AND BRUSH?
ON BEACHES IN THAT AREA?
ON SITES WHERE OLYMPIC GAMES ARE TO BE HELD AND WHERE ATHLETES WILL BE HOUSED?
But the move is being viewed by some as an attempt to cut costs because the government is also looking to terminate its special budgetary account for rebuilding Tohoku by the same year.
Some municipalities and residents oppose scrapping the monitoring posts because they will no longer be able to gauge the risk to their health. They were installed in kindergartens, schools and other places to measure radiation in the air, according to the NRA.
But in the five years since the network was activated in fiscal 2013, the system has been plagued by problems including inaccurate readings and data-transmission failures. The tally of cases stands at 3,955.
Each time, the undisclosed makers of the device and security companies were called to fix it, costing the central government about ¥500 million a year.
In March, the NRA decided to remove about 2,400 of the monitoring posts from areas outside the 12 municipalities near the wrecked power plant and reuse some of them in the municipalities.
Local citizens’ groups have asked the NRA not to remove the monitoring posts until the plant, run by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., is decommissioned.
That project is expected to take decades.
Terumi Kataoka, a housewife in Aizuwakamatsu who formed a group of mothers to petition the NRA last month to keep the monitors in place, asked the NRA to disclose information on its plans to reuse the devices, but she was told no official documents on the plans had been drafted yet.
“It’s all about the budget in the end. They can’t reuse the devices and there seem to be no concrete plans,” she said.
On Monday, Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori urged the central government to investigate the cause of the monitor malfunctions and take measures to address the issue.
“The accuracy of the system is important,” he said.
[NOT TO SHINZO ABE AND HIS NRA!]
Safecast, a global volunteer-based citizen science organization formed in 2011 to monitor radiation from the Fukushima disaster, said some devices had to be replaced because they didn’t work or were not made to the required specifications.
Many were placed in locations that had notably lower ambient radiation than their surroundings, and so were not adequately representative of the situation, it added.
[THIS WAS DONE ON PURPOSE!]
“Removing the units seems like a huge step away from transparency,” said Azby Brown, lead researcher at Safecast.
Brown said the public will certainly view the move with suspicion and increasingly mistrust the government, while the continuity of the database is lost.
AREN'T THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN, OF THE WORLD, WORTH ¥500 MILLION A YEAR?
THAT'S LESS THAN $5 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS.
I'M CERTAIN THAT ABE SPENDS MUCH MORE THAN THAT ON MEDIA PROPAGANDA EACH YEAR.
WHAT A LOW PRICE TO SET FOR SAFEGUARDING THE HEALTH OF A NATION'S CHILDREN, YES?
IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS NOW HOW VERY LITTLE ABE AND HIS CABINET VALUE HUMAN LIFE.
NEVER MIND THAT THE STRESS LEVEL OF THAT SMALL COUNTRY IS ALREADY SKY-HIGH, HE WANTS TO RAISE THAT LEVEL OF STRESS TO, WHAT?
TO MATCH THOSE RADIATION READINGS THAT SHOW THE NEED FOR FURTHER MONITORING?
DOES HE WANT TO SEE EVEN MORE SUICIDES AND ABORTIONS THERE AS HIS OWN PEOPLE FALL PREY TO THIS ONGOING, NEVER-ENDING DISASTER THAT WAS TEPCO'S FAULT?
IT WAS CUTTING CORNERS AND COST THAT CREATED THIS NIGHTMARE WHEN TEPCO REFUSED TO RAISE THAT SEA WALL TO PROPER HEIGHT.
NOW ABE CALLS FOR MORE COST-CUTS RATHER THAN SAFEGUARD HIS OWN PEOPLE?
WHAT SORT OF MIND WOULD DO SUCH A THING?
HAS HE NO HEART?
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"The government is expected to terminate by the same year a special budget account for rebuilding northeastern Japan areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis.
Some local governments and residents have opposed the planned removal of monitoring posts, expressing concerns about their health."
IT'S OBVIOUS THAT NEITHER ABE NOR HIS CABINET ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PEOPLE'S HEALTH!
THE MAINICHI HAS HUNDREDS OF ARCHIVED ARTICLES REGARDING FUKUSHIMA, SOME QUITE STARTLING.
TO ACCESS THAT LIST OF ARTICLES, START <HERE>.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR WORLD OUTRAGE TO KICK IN AND OUST ABE TO SAVE JAPAN AND THE WORLD FROM THIS UNENDING NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE?
LOOKS LIKE IT MAY TAKE MORE THAN WE HAVE TIME FOR. IF THIS DOESN'T SHOW THE ENTIRE WORLD HOW LITTLE ABE CARES AND HOW UNFIT HE IS TO OVERSEE THIS DISASTER, NOTHING WILL.
Posted by Waninahi at 3:38 PM