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TV: North America will not be safe from Fukushima radiation if plant keeps leaking

April 30, 2016

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TV: North America will not be safe from Fukushima radiation if plant keeps leaking — Animals “suddenly died” on west coast right after 2011 disaster… Whole world noticed this strange phenomenon — “Fatally high” levels of radioactive material has entered ocean… serious pollution is ongoing (VIDEO)

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 08:45 AM PDT

Nuclear Expert: We’ve detected a lot of cases “gargantuanism” in Fukushima

April 24, 2016

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 — Reporter: “Gigantic beet… it’s almost as big as the upper part of man trying to hold it” — “They’re seeing more and more of this… people are reporting more and more of these abnormalities” (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Posted: 22 Apr 2016 07:09 AM PDT

TV: Surge in babies being born with extra arms, legs after Fukushima

April 21, 2016

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TV: Surge in babies being born with extra arms, legs after Fukushima — “I feel officials know the cause is radiation” — Nurse says many are getting abortions to avoid ‘inconvenient’ babies — “High number of stillbirths” — Many people reporting cancers, even far away from Fukushima (VIDEO)

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 05:14 AM PDT

Top Official: Over 60 million Japanese irradiated by Fukushima — Nuclear Expert: 50,000 sq. miles of Japan highly contaminated… Many millions need to be evacuated…

April 13, 2016

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Top Official: Over 60 million Japanese irradiated by Fukushima — Nuclear Expert: 50,000 sq. miles of Japan highly contaminated… Many millions need to be evacuated… Gov’t has decided to sacrifice them, it’s a serious crime — TV: More than 70% of country contaminated by radiation (VIDEOS)

Posted: 12 Apr 2016 12:31 PM PDT

Every time I turned around I saw someone who had radiation damage — Hair falling out, caughing up blood, bodies covered with boils…

April 12, 2016

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Nuclear Expert in Fukushima: People’s feet turned black for years because radiation so high — Every time I turned around I saw someone who had radiation damage — Hair falling out, caughing up blood, bodies covered with boils… Officials keeping doctors from telling truth… Public being brainwashed (VIDEO)

Japan prepares for release of tritium from Fukushima plant

April 12, 2016

Japan prepares for release of tritium from Fukushima plantIn this Feb 10 file photo, a worker, wearing protective suits and masks, takes notes in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP

TOKYO —

To dump or not to dump a little-discussed substance is the question brewing in Japan as it grapples with the aftermath of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima five years ago. The substance is tritium.

The radioactive material is nearly impossible to remove from the huge quantities of water used to cool melted-down reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which was wrecked by the massive tsunami in northeastern Japan in March 2011.

The water is still accumulating since 300 tons are needed every day to keep the reactors chilled. Some is leaking into the ocean.

Huge tanks lined up around the plant, at last count 1,000 of them, each hold hundreds of tons of water that have been cleansed of radioactive cesium and strontium but not of tritium.

Ridding water of tritium has been carried out in laboratories. But it’s an effort that would be extremely costly at the scale required for the Fukushima plant, which sits on the Pacific coast. Many scientists argue it isn’t worth it and say the risks of dumping the tritium-laced water into the sea are minimal.

Their calls to simply release the water into the Pacific Ocean are alarming many in Japan and elsewhere.

Rosa Yang, a nuclear expert at the Electric Power Research Institute, based in Palo Alto, California, who advises Japan on decommissioning reactors, believes the public angst is uncalled for. She says a Japanese government official should simply get up in public and drink water from one of the tanks to convince people it’s safe.

But the line between safe and unsafe radiation is murky, and children are more susceptible to radiation-linked illness. Tritium goes directly into soft tissues and organs of the human body, potentially increasing the risks of cancer and other sicknesses.

“Any exposure to tritium radiation could pose some health risk. This risk increases with prolonged exposure, and health risks include increased occurrence of cancer,” said Robert Daguillard, a spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency is trying to minimize the tritium from U.S. nuclear facilities that escapes into drinking water.

Right after the March 2011 disaster, many in Japan panicked, some even moving overseas although they lived hundreds of miles (kilometers) away from the Fukushima no-go zone. By now, concern has settled to the extent that some worry the lessons from the disaster are being forgotten.

Tritium may be the least of Japan’s worries. Much hazardous work remains to keep the plant stabilized, and new technology is needed for decommissioning the plant’s reactors and containing massive radioactive contamination.

The ranks of Japan’s anti-nuclear activists have been growing since the March 2011 accident, and many oppose releasing water with tritium into the sea. They argue that even if tritium’s radiation is weaker than strontium or cesium, it should be removed, and that good methods should be devised to do that.

Japan’s fisheries organization has repeatedly expressed concerns over the issue. News of a release of the water could devastate local fisheries just as communities in northeastern Japan struggle to recover from the 2011 disasters.

An isotope of hydrogen, or radioactive hydrogen, tritium exists in water form, and so like water can evaporate, although it is not known how much tritium escaped into the atmosphere from Fukushima as gas from explosions.

The amount of tritium in the contaminated water stored at Fukushima Dai-ichi is estimated at 3.4 peta becquerels, or 34 with a mind-boggling 14 zeros after it.

But theoretically collected in one place, it would amount to just 57 milliliters, or about the amount of liquid in a couple of espresso cups – a minuscule quantity in the overall masses of water.

To illustrate that point, Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, showed reporters a small bottle half-filled with blue water that was the equivalent of 57 milliliters.

Public distrust is running so high after the Fukushima accident that Tokyo Electric Power Co, or TEPCO, the utility that operates the Fukushima plant and oversees its decommissioning, has mostly kept quiet about the tritium, pending a political decision on releasing the water.

Privately, they say it will have to be released, but they can’t say that outright.

What will be released from Fukushima will be well below the global standard allowed for tritium in the water, say Tanaka and others favoring its release, which is likely to come gradually later this year, not all at once.

Proponents of releasing the tritium water argue that tritium already is in the natural environment, coming from the sun and from water containing tritium that is routinely released at nuclear plants around the world.

“Tritium is so weak in its radioactivity it won’t penetrate plastic wrapping,” said Tanaka.

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Nuclear Engineer: “Alarm bells” are going off over Fukushima plume coming to US West Coast — People will be dying from radiation

April 10, 2016

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Nuclear Engineer: “Alarm bells” are going off over Fukushima plume coming to US West Coast — People will be dying from radiation that’s flowing across Pacific — Massive amounts of nuclear waste are flowing into ocean every day, and will for more than a century — “We’ve contaminated the biggest source of water on planet, and there’s no way to stop it” (VIDEO)

Posted: 07 Apr 2016 10:12 AM PDT

Nuclear Expert: “I’ve learned there’s a huge spike in death rates in Fukushima for young children”

April 6, 2016

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… Officials are covering up data — Gov’t committing inhuman acts on their own people — Doctor’s who treat patients suffering from radiation illness are being put out of business (AUDIO)

Posted: 05 Apr 2016 06:50 PM PDT

April 5, 2016
皆様
最新の英文メッセージをお届けいたします。
重要な反響に接しております。
IPPNW(核戦争防止国際医師会議。83カ国、約20万の医師が参加している。1985年にノーベル平和賞を受賞) の幹部からは下記の通り8年から12年の先送りの提案がありました。国際社会の動きもこのように具体的になりつつあります。
Mitsuhei in his message below is quoting others who describe what is happening in Japan these days, very worthwhile to read. He and others in Japan are nowadays appealing for a Moratorium on the 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled to take place in Tokyo, some few 200 Km South of Fukushima .
Could an endorsement of such an appeal by IPPNW to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for 8 or 12 years be a sound measure, which would possibly be supported by the World Medical Association?
国民は日本が止められず、拡大する放射能汚染のため国家の危機に直面していることを
知らされておりません。東京五輪が開催に至りえないことなど思いもよらない現状は放置できません。
世論の啓発の必要性が痛感されます。
国会事故調委員長の黒川清氏の著作「規制の虜;グループシンクが日本を滅ぼす」
がこのほど講談社から出版されましたが、福島の教訓が忘れられつつある中で注目を要します。
村田光平
( 英文発信)
Dear Friends,
The conscienscious citizens seriously wory about the future of Japan.
The survey conducted by the Maritime Safety Agency has shown that the
radioactive contamination of the Tokyo Bay is quite preoccupying. The
Government had asserted that the contamination by the strontium 90 was not
substantial. The above-mentioned survey revealed to the contrary that the
volume of strontium was as much as half that of cesium.
A few days ago, Dr. Akira Hasegawa, Maxwell Prize laureate, addressed me his
pessimistic point of view as follows;
“I am afraid that meltdowns continue and fuel debris could already have
thrusted through the containment vessels into the underground. Nothing could
be done. This is an “entirely at a loss” situation.
The lapse of 5 years after the 3/11 disaster is giving birth to a noticeable
change in the public opinion.
Inconvenient truth is quite noticeably surfacing.
The weekly magazine “Josei Jishin” (March22 edition)carries 4 pages
article, describing the agonies of mothers unable to leave their living quarters
to protect the health of their children, opposed by their husbands.
This epoch-making article conveys the anger of the concerned against
the Tokyo Olympic Games
2020.
The weekly magazine “ Playboy” in its March 21 and March 28 editions has
also revealed  the extent of radioactive contamination spreading widely from
Fukushima, including Tokyo.
According to “Stars and Stripes“, 8 Ronald Reagan sailors who participated in
relief efforts after Japan’s nuclear disaster five years ago, claiming a
host of medical conditions they say are related to radiation exposure, filed
suit in 2012 against the  Tokyo Electric Power Co. The list of sailors who
have joined the lawsuit has grown to 370. The illnesses listed in the
lawsuit include genetic immune system diseases, headaches, difficult
concentrating, thyroid problems, bloody noses, rectal and gynecological
bleeding and others. This is indeed a serious problem. Fukushima cannot be
forgotten.It will soon awaken the American public opinion.
Professor Karl Grossman of New York State University has issued a serious warning,
in Counter/Punch, March 28, 2016, against nuclear terrorism aiming at nuclear reactors,
referring to the recent terrorist attacks in Belgium.
He writes that nuclear reactors are pre-deployed weapons of mass
destruction, disclosing that two of the Brussels terrorists were planning
attacks on Belgian nuclear plants. He rightly concludes that all 438 nuclear
power plants around the world today could—and should—close now.
The operations of the two restarted reactors in Japan should be stopped as
soon as possible.
Japan’s future is at stake.
All out efforts should be made to stop the radioactive contamination.
For this, Japan is seriously in need of international cooperation.
Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.
With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

Doctor: 3 exceedingly rare albino dolphins captured off Japan in one year… Fukushima must be researched as possible cause

March 31, 2016

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PHOTOS: “Alien fish” caught alive off Pacific coast… Bizarre creature resembles “albino shark” with large distended stomach — Doctor: 3 exceedingly rare albino dolphins captured off Japan in one year… Fukushima must be researched as possible cause

Posted: 30 Mar 2016 03:17 PM PDT


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