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「原発は社会に対立を持ち込む」 宇都宮 島薗・上智大教授が講演 via 東京新聞

「なぜ原発から脱却しなければならないか」をテーマに、上智大の島薗(しまぞの)進教授(宗教学)が、宇都宮市の県弁護士会館で講演した。

 市民団体「原発いらない栃木の会」が主催。島薗教授は「原発は社会に対立を持ち込む。原子力の平和利用などというが、そもそも軍事的なことから始まっている科学技術。将来世代にも大きな負荷をかける。止めるべきだ」と主張した。

 東京電力福島第一原発の事故以降、日本社会の変化についても、持論を交えて指摘。

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「支持率が50%を超えているから正しいなどという社会になりつつある。科学技術や安全をめぐる議論にも(同じ傾向が)見られる」と警鐘を鳴らした。

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What could you have been thinking of, Nuclear Regulatory Commission? via OpEdNews

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To the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

What could you be thinking of in transporting high level radioactive waste, the most toxic substance in the universe, across many miles in many states?

What could you be thinking of in wanting to bury this high level radioactive waste in low income communities? This is not environmental justice,in fact – just the opposite. Bury it in your own yards instead of theirs.

What could you be thinking of in wanting to bury this high level radioactive waste in communities of color? This is White Supremacy. Bury it in your own yards instead of theirs.

What could you thinking of in calling this burial “temporary”? Another lie, and we’ve got plenty [borrowing from Holly Near] from you already.

What could you be thinking of in allowing nuclear power plants anywhere at any time since radioactive waste lasts millions of years? See the film “Containment” with people you love. Will you want your children to see this film, to know this, will you tell them?

What could you be thinking of in allowing nuclear power plants anywhere at any time, since there is no way to get rid of this high level radioactive waste? Again, see the film “Containment” with people you love. Will you want your children to see this film, to know this, will you tell them?

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What could you be thinking of in not caring that “Children are 10 to 20 times more vulnerable to the carcinogenic effets of radiation than adults?” [Dr. Helen Caldicott] Will you tell your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren,nieces nephews this?

What could you be thinking of in not caring that girls are more sensitive to radiation than boys? [Dr. Helen Caldicott] Will you tell your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews this? Read and see the film on Hulu “The Handmaid’s Tale” and watch it with the women you love in your lives.

What could you be thinking of in not caring that women are more sensitive to radiation then men? [Dr. Helen Caldicott] Will you tell this to the women in your lives? Read and see the film on Hulu “The Handmaid’s Tale” and watch it with the women you love in your lives. Margaret Atwood, the author, sends the least valued women in this cautionary tale – elders, other women who cannot bear children – to clean up the radioactive waste and they die there while they are cleaning.

What could you be thinking of in not caring that fetuses are thousands of times more sensitive, more prone to cancer than adults? [Dr. Helen Caldicott] Will you tell this to the women in your lives?”The Handmaid’s Tale” again is your required assignment and to watch with the women in your lives.

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原子力撤退を東北電に提案 脱原発株主の会 via 河北新報

脱原発東北電力株主の会は28日、東北電に対し原子力事業からの撤退などを求める株主提案をした。6月28日に開催予定の株主総会で議論される見通し。

提案は5項目。東京電力福島第1原発事故による巨額の除染と賠償費用などを理由に、原子力発電からの撤退を要求。政府が高速増殖原型炉もんじゅ(福井県敦賀市)の廃炉を決めたことを踏まえ、核燃料サイクル事業からの撤退も求めた。

安全対策工事の費用が経営を圧迫するとして、女川原発(宮城県女川町、石巻市)の適合性審査申請の取り下げと廃炉も提案。使用済み核燃料の管理計画の策定や再生可能エネルギーへの積極的な移行も求めた。

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“Wherever it rains in the United States” via Reader

Commercial media recollections of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe almost always minimize its global impact. A New York Times editorial last Dec. described the April 26 explosions and fires as “a volcano of deadly radioactivity that reached Poland and Scandinavia.” This picture is both factually true and grossly understated — because Chernobyl’s carcinogenic fallout went far beyond northern Europe and all around the world — a fact that is easy to verify.

For example, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) concluded in 2011 that the disaster “Resulted in radioactive material becoming widely dispersed and deposited … throughout the northern hemisphere.” Then, hammering the lesson home like a drill sergeant, UNSCEAR’s report (“Health effects due to radiation from the Chernobyl accident”) repeats the phrase “throughout the northern hemisphere” at least five times on pages 310, 311, 315, 316, and 343. Chernobyl’s hemispheric contamination was well known long before the UNSCEAR review, noted in hundreds of books, journals and scientific papers. The March 30, 2005 Oxford Journals reported, “The releases of radioactive materials were such that contamination of the ground was found to some extent in every country in the Northern Hemisphere.” An Environmental History of the World (2002) by Donald Hughes says, “There were measurable amounts throughout the Northern Hemisphere.”

Yet trivialization is the mainstream media rule, especially after three simultaneous reactor melt-downs at Fukushima-Daiichi have contaminated the whole of the Pacific Ocean. On April 23, Abu Dhabi’s “The National” said about Chernobyl: “Half a million ‘liquidators,’ mostly military reservists from all over the Soviet Union, tried to clean up the affected area.” This is flatly untrue, because no one decontaminated the entire Northern hemisphere. Soviet conscripts worked only the region knows as the “exclusion zone” around Chernobyl reactor No. 4 in Pripyat, Ukraine. 

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Of course ignoring the fact that reactor disasters have poisoned the whole earth misinforms the public, but why?

One reason is that downplaying the severity of Chernobyl — and Fukushima-Daiichi as well — sugar-coats the threat posed today and every day by operating power reactors beyond their original license limits, or near earthquake faults, volcanic regions, or tsunami zones. The hidden agenda behind the profit-driven media’s deliberate belittling of reactor accidents — and the dangers of radiation — is to protect significant advertising revenue. Big utilities, big pharma, big mining, big universities, and big weapons labs makes billions of dollars from increasing the “background” level of radiation. Official background exposure was 170 millirems per-year for decades; 18 months after Chernobyl it doubled to 360 mR/yr; and it nearly doubled again a few years ago to 620 mR/yr.) “Nuclearists” intend to keep it this way, even if it means buying pricey ads claiming that reactors are safe and small radiation doses are harmless.

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In his 2002 book An Environmental History of the World, Donald Hughes notes, “For example, an increase of [radiation in rainwater] recorded on May 12 in Washington State was more than 140 times the background level measured immediately before the Chernobyl cloud reached the USA.” Today, remember to read corporate minimization of Chernobyl’s effects with a radioactive grain of salt.

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Radiation: A Conversation beyond Chernobyl and Fukushima via BOE Report

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This is particularly true of occupational cancers. According to the International Labour Organization an estimated 609,000 work-related cancer deaths occur worldwide each year, it still amounts to one work-related cancer death every 52 seconds. Dramatic incidents such as Chernobyl or Fukushima, understandably, attract immediate public attention. What we want to keep in focus are potential risks posed by radiation in a typical Canadian workplace.  Cancers of various types are a potential outcome of occupational overexposure to radiation. Due to the long latency periods, sometimes decades later, the difficulty of connecting individual incidents of cancer to a specific workplace exposure will continue to be a challenge. This makes a proactive approach to workplace radiation exposure that is focused on prevention, not only a safe alternative but a necessity. This is the mandate of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada and also our passion.  

Cancer can be the most devastating diseases for any individual worker and is expensive for the health care system to deal with. According to the Canadian Cancer Society and Statistics Canada, every 5th Canadian will develop some type of cancer in their lifetime. According to recent study published in Health Economics Review early in 2017 titled “Costs of Productivity Loss Due to Occupational Cancer in Canada(..)”, the estimated total cost of occupational cancer to the Workers’ Compensation System in Canada, due to productivity losses alone, between 1996 and 2013 was $1.2 billion, with an average annual cost of $68 million.  Another recent study published by MBC Cancer in 2016, exploring phase-specific and lifetime costs of cancer care in Ontario, estimates the total cost of cancer care in Canada  to be as high as $14.2 billion (1998).  With such high costs accompanying cancer treatment and the workplace economic burden, and its overwhelming effect on families, it is easy to see that prevention of just one occupational cancer is worth every effort invested into it.

History is of unforgiving. Over 220 miners in Elliot Lake lost their lives to radon-induced lung cancer contracted in the uranium mines where they toiled daily in 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

“I worked in the uranium mine,” says John Perquin, Assistant to the International Secretary-Treasurer of the United Steelworkers Union. “You can’t see the radiation hazard, so you work day in and day out never really knowing what you are being exposed to unless somebody has taken the time to educate you. The tragedy of the early years at Elliot Lake was before my time, but I know the story well. We saw members die and there was no reason for it.”

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For more information, please visit www.radiationsafety.ca. Follow the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada on Twitter @RSICanada and Like it on Facebook or call Free Information Service at 1800 263 5803.

About the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada:
Founded in 1980, the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of cancers due to excessive exposure to radiation. Its mission is to promote radiation safety and awareness through sharing science and best practice

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福島産の桃、吐き出された 被災者の言葉伝える20歳 via 朝日新聞

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福島名産の桃をPRするミスピーチキャンペーンクルーの一人として、横浜のデパートで試食会をした夏のこと。「おいしいね。どこ産?」と尋ねる女性がいた。うれしくなって「福島産です」と答えると、桃をはき出された。

キャンペーンで各地を訪れ、多くの人の福島の印象は震災当時のまま止まっていると感じた。一方で昨夏、福島第一原発を見学し、事故の深刻さ、廃炉作業の大変さを実感。むやみに人を責めてはいけないと思うようになった。

先月初め、東京で福島物産展があった。「核のお土産持ってくんなよ」と言う男性に「イヤイヤ、冗談でも言っちゃいけないこと、ありますよ」。笑顔で返せた。

地元のラジオ番組との縁は、廃炉作業の見学だ。同行したアナウンサーに「一緒に番組を作らないか」と誘われた。震災時は中学2年。「当時はどこかひとごとだった。でも、被災地にいる者として見なければいけないことがあると思って」。初出演した23日の番組で、引き受けた理由を語った。

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<風評被害>福島産価格回復へ20品目流通調査 via 河北新報

政府は28日、東京電力福島第1原発事故に伴う福島県産品の風評払拭(ふっしょく)に向け、本年度実施する流通実態調査の概要を明らかにした。約20品目について仲卸、小売りといった対象ごとに取引価格の決定方法などを聞き取りする。

販売価格の不振が続く原因を分析し、価格回復に役立てる。品目はコメや牛肉、豚肉、モモ、トマト、シイタケ、カツオ、コウナゴなどを想定する。

各品目についてアンケートやヒアリングを実施。価格決定方法のほか、出荷や販売量の変化、取引先の反応などを聞く。調査対象は東北や首都圏を中心に、生産者6団体と200人、卸売り10社、仲卸100社、加工60社、小売り20社、外食60社を見込む。

消費者は店頭300人、インターネット3000人以上を対象に、産地別の購入意向や「福島県産」表示への印象などを尋ねる。いずれも東京の民間会社に調査を委託する。事業費は8000万円。

概要は福島市であった国や県、関係団体でつくる風評対策協議会で示された。

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Radioactive Goods Are Being Exported from Chernobyl

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<原発避難いじめ>横浜市教委が被災地視察 via 河北新報

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市教委職員9人が、原発事故で三春町に仮設校舎を設けた富岡町の小中学校を訪問。児童の様子を見学し、学校が取り組む放射線教育について説明を受けた。
コミュタン福島は昨年、県が整備した。一行は空間放射線量の事故後の減衰を一覧できるパネルを操作するなどし、復興に向かう現状への理解を深めた。参加した小林力(つとむ)教育次長は「被災地の思いを横浜の子どもたちに伝え、いじめの再発防止に努める」と話した。
横浜市では昨年11月、男子生徒が当時の小学校に自主避難した直後に、同級生から名前に「菌」を付けて呼ばれるなどのいじめを受けていたことが発覚。同市は担任だった男性教諭ら6人を処分した。
市教委によると、原発事故で福島県から横浜市に避難している小中学生は昨年12月時点で147人。

 

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吉野復興相、所信で「原発事故」触れず「反省している via 朝日新聞

吉野正芳復興相が27日、衆参両院の特別委員会で行った所信表明への批判が、野党から相次いでいる。「原発事故」という言葉がなかったためで、就任早々、釈明に追われている。

安倍晋三首相も3月11日に政府が主催した震災6年の追悼式の式辞で「原発事故」という言葉を用いず、内堀雅雄・福島県知事から「違和感がある」などと批判された。

27日の所信で吉野氏は「将来的に帰還困難区域のすべてを避難指示解除し、復興再生に取り組む」などと語ったものの、原発事故という言葉はなかった。吉野氏は福島県いわき市出身で、選挙区内には東京電力福島第一原発や避難指示区域がある。

28日の衆院東日本大震災復興特別委員会で民進党の金子恵美氏は、復興相の所信表明には竹下亘氏のときまでは「地震、津波、原発事故の複合災害」などという表現があった、と指摘。2015年10月に就任した高木毅氏の所信から「原発事故」という言葉が消えたとして、「原発事故の被災地出身としての認識」をただした。

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