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Radiation brings fear, and kids let it all out via The Japan Times

Radiation is a fearful thing. Colorless, odorless, undetectable except by special instruments, it’s one of those evils you can dismiss from your mind altogether, until the special instruments start registering. Then suddenly it’s everywhere, or seems to be — a ubiquitous and ineradicable contaminant.


Josei Seven magazine raises the issue of “nuclear bullying.” Children too young, one might think, to even know the word “radiation” picked it up under the circumstances, and flung it with what seems like gleeful malice at disoriented new classmates who had enough to cope with already. Six years on, says Josei Seven, they’re still flinging it.

“It started immediately,” says one refugee, recalling her son’s transfer to a Tokyo elementary school in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. “‘Fukushima kids are weird,’ they’d shout at him. Kids would crawl under his desk and jab his feet with pencils. In the mornings he began saying he wasn’t feeling well. At the time, frankly, I was too traumatized myself to take much notice.”

Lawyer Yukio Yamakawa, director-general of the Tokyo Disaster Support Network, takes up the story with an account of other children he’s spoken to. What starts with name-calling (“Hey, Radioactive!” “Hey, Bacteria!”) easily escalates into what’s hard not to call torture. One kid is forced to drink a bottle of ink. Another has his shoes tossed into the toilet. A third is met in the corridor by classmates poised as if brandishing guns: “Radiation! Bang! Bang!” A fourth suffers extortion of what adds up over time to ¥1.5 million: “You can afford it, your family gets (disaster victim) compensation payments!”

Yamakawa reports this taunt making the rounds: “Fukushima kids won’t live past junior high school anyway, so you may as well die now.”


Naked fear is a factor too. Radiation, unseen, unheard, is the most fearful of stalkers. Might school kids seriously believe their Fukushima classmates are contagious? If so, the rational response would be to stay away from them, but fear and hatred merge, short-circuiting rationality and generating “Radiation, bang, bang!”

Radiation today, tuberculosis a century ago, different causes producing similar effects. Novelist Ayako Miura (1922-1999), herself a sufferer, made what might be called “tuberculosis bullying” a sub-theme of her novel “Shiokari Toge” (Shiokari Pass), set in late-19th-century Hokkaido: “It was an age when sufferers of tuberculosis were so hated and feared that they were even forced to leave the neighborhood.” A character who innocently brings up the subject arouses horror in his listener: “Mr. Nagano, even if you only mention the name of that dreadful disease it makes your lungs rot!”

“Radiation, bang, bang!” Last July a 26-year-old man slipped into a facility for disabled patients in Kanagawa Prefecture and slaughtered 19 of them, his apparent intention being to free the world from the scourge of disability. Disability, bang, bang. In February Satoshi Uematsu was declared fit to stand trial. A psychiatric evaluation found in him symptoms of a personality disorder but not of incapacity to distinguish right from wrong.

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Russia ‘covered up nuclear disaster FOUR TIMES worse than Chernobyl’ secret, report claims via Mirror

Children are still being born today with defects resulting from the fallout from a Soviet nuclear weapons test in Kazakhstan

A newly unearthed secret report claims Russia covered up a nuclear disaster four times worse than Chernobyl, it has been reported.

During the 1950s, one detonation in Kazakhstan resulted in four times the number of cases of acute radiation sickness than those from the Chernobyl disaster, it is said.

More than 600 people ended up in hospital and at least 100,000 people are believed to have been affected by the explosion.

Children are still being born today with defects resulting from the fallout, according to the report by New Scientist .

In August 1956, fallout from a Soviet nuclear weapons test at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan engulfed the industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk over 100 miles away.

Semipalatinsk, which is now called Semey, was the primary testing ground for the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons.


It uncovered widespread radioactive contamination and radiation sickness across the Kazakh Steppe, a vast area of open grasslands in the north of the country.

The scientists then tracked the ongoing consequences as Soviet nuclear bomb tests continued – without telling the people affected or the outside world.

The report into the effects of those tests has remained a secret – until now.

In September 1956, a month after the fallout cloud hit, dose rates in Ust-Kamenogorsk were still 100 times what is recommended as safe by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.


But the newly revealed report, which is marked ‘top secret’, shows for the first time how much Soviet scientists knew about the disaster and the extent of the cover-up.

“For many years, this has been a secret,” says the institute’s director Kazbek Apsalikov who found the report and passed it on to New Scientist magazine.

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韓国の原発が有害物質を5年以上もこっそり海に放出、海女から「鼻血が出た」と証言も=韓国ネット「原発が爆発した日本と変わらないじゃないか!」via Record China








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川内原発冷却水のヨウ素濃度上昇 九州電力発表 via 産経ニュース


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玄海原発再稼働、平戸市議会が反対意見書 市民歓迎「当然」「声を代弁」 [長崎県] via 西日本新聞







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Photos: See Japan’s nuclear legacy — from Fukushima to Hiroshima via PRI

Ari Beser is a photographer from Baltimore, but his family history connects him to Japan. His grandfather, Jacob Beser, helped drop nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (Listen to the story of Beser’s friendship with Keiko Ogura, a Hiroshima survivor.)

In 2011, Beser set out to learn more about the long-term impact of the US nuclear bombings of Japan. But the year he traveled there, a tsunami struck the Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing an explosion and meltdown that left much of the area uninhabitable.

His research into both nuclear weapons and nuclear power turned him into an anti-nuclear activist. What follows is a photo essay that documents the effects of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power, through Beser’s eyes.

For me, nuclear weapons and nuclear power are part of the same story. Both have had devastating effects in Japan, causing widespread suffering and devastation.

Six years ago, I set out to share the stories of atomic bomb survivors with young people across the world. But after the tsunami struck Japan, I joined relief efforts, and over time I grew more connected to what happened there.

One part of that disaster remains devastating. A triple nuclear meltdown has created 70,000 nuclear refugees who will never be able to go home in Fukushima. Even as they resettle and lose the legal status “displaced,” their lives will never be the same.

From the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, through the fifth anniversary of the nuclear disaster, I have tried to share the stories of people directly affected by nuclear technology. On the Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, I met with numerous survivors of both atomic bombs — and many residents of Fukushima who were forced from their homes.

Futaba is a ghost town in Fukushima Prefecture. The whole town seems stuck in time, like Japan’s Vesuvius, but it’s only six years old. I wandered all over the town for three hours. My dosimeter told me I was exposed to 1 microsievert of radiation. I didn’t feel anything, smell anything, I wouldn’t have known if I wasn’t wearing a device. This is the nursery school. The children’s school shoes sit there, forever waiting to be worn.


Yoshie Oka was a 14-year-old living near Hiroshima when the atomic bomb hit. She was working in a bunker here, at a call station for the military. At 8:12 in the morning, Oka’s station detected the Enola Gay directly over the city. Surprised she had not detected its approach as usual, she waited for her station manager to authorize the air raid warning. By the time it came, it was too late. The bomb hit at about 8:15 a.m.

Oka was thrown back by the blast and knocked out. When she awoke moments later, she ran outside into the fog, before the city had started to burn, and asked a wounded soldier what had happened. Then she went back to the bunker, found a working phone and gave the world’s first report of Hiroshima. Repeating the soldier’s words, she told the call center in Fukuyama: “A new type of bomb was dropped.”


My travels in Japan also took me to Nagasaki. It’s not commonly known that the atomic bomb technically didn’t go off over Nagasaki City, it went off over Urakami, a town a mile and a half north. Megane Bashi, or “Spectacles Bridge” in English, is a block away from the original target of Fat Man, the second atomic bomb used on human beings. If it had hit the historic area, known for its multicultural history, none of this would be here. Today, Nagasaki’s winding, mountainous alleys have been maintained and restored.

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Robot probe finds lethal radiation levels in water near bottom of Fukushima reactor 1 vessel via The Japan Times

A radiation level of 11 sieverts per hour has been detected in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Tuesday.

The reading was measured in a survey using a robot on Sunday at a point about 30 cm from the bottom of the containment vessel of reactor 1.

The reading is the highest radiation level detected in water inside the containment vessel. If exposed to this level of radiation, a person would likely die in about 40 minutes.


On Monday, a radiation level of 6.3 sieverts per hour was detected in water at a point about 1 meter from the bottom of the containment vessel, where Tepco had seen possible fuel debris.

Sandy substances and something that resembled melted fuel were found there but Tepco said it was not fuel debris.

A radiation level of 1.5 sieverts per hour was monitored on Saturday in water at another point 1 meter above the bottom of the containment vessel.

Tepco decided to extend the survey by one day through Wednesday to look for melted fuel.

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開口部付近最大7・4シーベルト 福島第1原発1号機 via 中日新聞


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