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Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees ‘pressured’ to return to contaminated homes, says Greenpeace via Deutsche Welle


Residents from the Japanese ghost village of Iitate will be allowed to return to their former homes at the end of March – the first time since they were forced to flee the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. That’s the date the Japanese government has set to lift evacuation orders.

But according to environmental organization Greenpeace, it’s uncertain whether many will want to. Greenpeace says tests it has carried out on homes in Iitate show that despite decontamination, radiation levels are still dangerously high – but that’s not stopping the Japanese governmenment from pressuring evacuees from returning, under threat of losing financial support.

Those who refuse to go back to their former homes, and are dependent on the Japanese government’s financial help, are faced with a dilemma. After a year from when an area is declared safe again to live in, evacuated residents will see their compensation payments terminated by the government.

Radiation ‘comparable with Chernobyl’

The nuclear disaster led to more than 160,000 people being evacuated and displaced from their homes. Of these, many tens of thousands are still living in temporary accommodation six years on.

The village of Iitate, lying northwest of the destroyed reactors at Fukushima Daiichi power plantand from which 6,000 citizens had to be evacuated, was one of the most heavily contaminated following the nuclear disaster.

Around 75 per cent of Iitate is mountainous forest, an integral part of residents’ lives before the nuclear accident.

But according to Greenpeace’s report, published on Tuesday, radiation levels in these woods are “comparable to the current levels within the Chernobyl 30km exclusion zone – an area that more than 30 years after the accident remains formally closed to habitation.”

Put another way, Greenpeace said that in 2017, there clearly remains a radiological emergency within Iitate – defining emergency thus: “If these radiation levels were measured in a nuclear facility, not Iitate, prompt action would be required by the authorities to mitigate serious adverse consequences for human health and safety, property or the environment.”

The environmental organization says decontamination efforts have primarily focused on the areas immediately around peoples’ homes, in agricultural fields and in 20-meter strips along public roads.

But these efforts ended up generating millions of tons of nuclear waste – these now lie at thousands of locations across the prefecture, but they haven’t reduced the level of radiation in Iitate “to levels that are safe,” says Greenpeace.

‘Normalizing’ nuclear disaster?

The organization has accused the Japanese government of trying “to normalize a nuclear disaster, creating the myth that just years after the widespread radioactive contamination caused by the nuclear accident of 11 March 2011, people’s lives and communities can be restored and reclaimed.

“By doing so, it hopes, over time, to overcome public resistance to nuclear power.”

Greenpeace also lambasted the government for leaving unanswered what it calls a critical question for those trying to decide whether to return or not: what radiation dose will they be subjected to, not just in one year but over decades or a lifetime?


Heinz Smital, nuclear physicist and radiation expert at Greenpeace Germany, and part of the team taking measurements at Iitate, told DW the residents were faced with a very difficult situation.

“If you decide to live elsewhere [and not return to Iitate], then you don’t have money, you’re sometimes not welcomed in another area so you are forced to leave, because people say, ‘you’re not going back but you could go back,'” he said. “But for people who go back, they have contaminated land, so how can they use the fields for agriculture?”




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Fukushima: a Lurking Global Catastrophe? via The Nation

Robert Hunziker – Year over year, ever since 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown grows worse and worse, an ugly testimonial to the inherent danger of generating electricity via nuclear fission, which produces isotopes, some of the most deadly poisonous elements on the face of the planet.

Fukushima Diiachi has been, and remains, one of the world’s largest experiments, i.e., what to do when all hell breaks lose aka The China Syndrome. “Scientists still don’t have all the information they need for a cleanup that the government estimates will take four decades and cost ¥8 trillion. It is not yet known if the fuel melted into or through the containment vessel’s concrete floor, and determining the fuel’s radioactivity and location is crucial to inventing the technology to remove the melted fuel,” (Emi Urabe, Fukushima Fuel-Removal Quest Leaves Trail of Dead Robots, The Japan Times, Feb. 17, 2017).

As it happens, “”inventing technology” is experimental stage stuff. Still, there are several knowledgeable sources that believe the corium, or melted core, will never be recovered. Then what?

According to a recent article, “Potential Global Catastrophe of the Reactor No. 2 at Fukushima Daiichi,” d/d Feb. 11, 2017 by Dr. Shuzo Takemoto, professor, Department of Geophysics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University: The Fukushima nuclear facility is a global threat on level of a major catastrophe.

Meanwhile, the Abe administration dresses up Fukushima Prefecture for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, necessitating a big fat question: Who in their right mind would hold Olympics in the neighborhood of three out-of-control nuclear meltdowns that could get worse, worse, and still worse? After all, that’s the pattern over the past 5 years; it gets worse and worse. Dismally, nobody can possibly know how much worse by 2020. Not knowing is the main concern about holding Olympics in the backyard of a nuclear disaster zone, especially as nobody knows what’s happening. Nevertheless and resolutely, according to PM Abe and the IOC, the games go on.


Although Fukushima’s similar to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in some respects, where 1,000 square miles has been permanently sealed off, Fukushima’s different, as the Abe administration is already repopulating portions of Fukushima. If they don’t repopulate, how can the Olympics be held with food served from Fukushima and including events like baseball held in Fukushima Prefecture?

Without question, an old saw – what goes around comes around – rings true when it comes to radiation, and it should admonish (but it doesn’t phase ‘em) strident nuclear proponents, claiming Fukushima is an example of how safe nuclear power is “because there are so few, if any, deaths” (not true). As Chernobyl clearly demonstrates: Over time, radiation cumulates in bodily organs. For a real life example of how radiation devastates human bodies, consider this fact: 453,391 children with bodies ravaged, none born at the time of the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986, today receive special healthcare because of Chernobyl radiation-related medical problems like cancer, digestive, respiratory, musculoskeletal, eye disease, blood disease, congenital malformation, and genetic abnormalities. Their parents were children in the Chernobyl zone in 1986 (Source: Chernobyl’s Legacy: Kids With Bodies Ravaged by Disaster, USA Today, April 17, 2016).

Making matters worse yet, Fukushima Diiachi sets smack dab in the middle of earthquake country, which defines the boundaries of Japan. In that regard, 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).



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蓮舫氏、「2030年原発ゼロ」に意欲 via fnn





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元総理の小泉純一郎氏がまたまた吠えた。自然エネルギーの大いなる世界を描いた映画『日本と再生 光と風のギガワット作戦』の完成披露試写会に“推薦人”として登場。かねてから提唱している原発ゼロへのアツーイ思いを力強く語った。









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(ニッポンの宿題)たまるプルトニウム ジア・ミアンさん、勝田忠広さん via 朝日新聞


■《なぜ》被爆国に48トン、世界が注視 ジア・ミアンさんログイン前の続き(米プリンストン大学 物理学者)









全文は(ニッポンの宿題)たまるプルトニウム ジア・ミアンさん、勝田忠広さん

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University disciplines teacher who made discriminatory remark about Fukushima student glowing in the dark via The Japan Times

A part-time teacher at Kwansei Gakuin University has been disciplined for comments made in 2014 about a student from Fukushima Prefecture glowing in the dark due to supposed radiation exposure, the university said Tuesday.

The remark, which only recently came to light, was made during a class by the English-language teacher, identified as a foreign national in his 40s, according to the university in the city of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.

It said the teacher received a pay cut effective Feb. 17, as the university regards the comment as discriminatory and “inconsiderate to people affected by” the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami disaster that led to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant meltdowns and evacuations.

The university said it will not renew the teacher’s contract after it expires at the end of March.

During an English class sometime around October or November in 2014, the teacher asked the student, who had entered the university in April that year, where she was from.

After the student said she was from Fukushima Prefecture, the teacher turned off the lights and said he thought she would glow.

The student, who was in her 20s, found it “difficult” to attend classes at the university after the incident, the university said.

After she learned the university had opened a harassment counseling center in April 2016, the student sought advice about the incident.

After the incident came to light, the teacher admitted to having made the remark but explained it was a joke.

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「放射能浴びて光るかと」=福島出身学生に差別発言-外国人講師を懲戒処分・関学大 via





伊藤正一副学長の話 被害学生と関係者、東日本大震災被災地の皆さまに深くおわびする。二度と起こらないよう、教職員の自覚を促し、再発防止へ向けて一層努力する。(2017/02/21-11:02)


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食品の放射能の基準 セシウム合算100ベクレル/kgが高すぎる理由 via 海宙工房

食品の放射性物質 セシウムの基準について、2年くらい前にSNSで書いた記事をリライトしました。

食品の放射能の基準 セシウム合算100ベクレル/kgが高すぎる理由。



「外部被ばく 37+内部被ばく 63」 37:63の割合となっています。

内部被ばくの63は、「空気からの吸入が51+食べ物などから12」 51:12となる。





ICRP(国際放射線防護委員会(こくさいほうしゃせんぼうごいいんかい、英: International Commission on Radiological Protection)の年間1mSvに含まれる「食べ物から」は、約0.1mSv




ICRPは、ただのNPO 市民団体で国際的な公正な団体ではない。





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キャリー・フクナガ、広島の原爆投下を描く映画版「カウントダウン・ヒロシマ」の監督候補に浮上 via TV Groove


米HBOのドラマシリーズ「TRUE DETECTIVE/二人の刑事」シーズン1で知られるフクナガは、ワーキング・タイトルとユニバーサル・ピクチャーズによる、スティーヴン・ウォーカーのノンフィクション「カウントダウン・ヒロシマ」の映画版を監督する交渉に入っていると米エンターテイメント情報サイト「Deadline」が伝えた。


映画版でも、原子力と核兵器を軍事的に使用する時代の到来を告げた「マンハッタン計画」に携わった人たちの詳細に加え、数十年にも渡るパラノイア、不信、そして世界中に広まった恐怖を招いた結果も描かれる。 「スノーホワイト」やライアン・ゴズリング主演の「ドライヴ」を手がけたホセイン・アミニが脚本を手がける。




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Universal Hatches Hiroshima A-Bomb Tale ‘Shockwave’; Cary Fukunaga To Direct, Hossein Amini To Write via Deadline

The book told a story of events that led up to a Monday morning in August 1945 when a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little Boy by its creators—was dropped from an American plane onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima, soon to be followed by another that devastated Nagasaki. The first blast left one-third of its 300,000 people dead and the city incinerated, and the dawn of the Atomic Age was launched. The book told the stories that led up to the fateful day, from the scientists who worked secretly on the Manhattan Project, some out of fear the Nazis would unleash one first if they didn’t, to President Truman White House that believed the Japanese would never give up and that countless casualties would be the result in a prolonged war, to the Japanese who witnessed the devastation and unimaginable horrors.

Fukunaga helmed Beasts of No Nation and Amini wrote Drive and co-wrote the Tomas Alfredson-directed Snowman with Michael Fassbender, as well as the upcoming AMC series McMafia. Fukunaga and Amini together scripted the TNT adaptation of the Caleb Carr novel The Alienist. Fukunaga is hard at work on Maniac, the Netflix series that will reunite Superbad‘s Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.

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