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Iriomote Radiation Free Summer Camp For Fukushima Children

Today’s article is a guest post by Elicia Mayuri Cousins.  Elicia has spent her summer working with the summer camp in Iriomote (and another one in Chiba) that helps families in Fukushima attend summer camp in areas free of radiation contamination.    “It’s not contaminated!” exclaimed ten-year old Hisano, marveling at a leaf she held up to the sunlight. It was as though she was holding a rare butterfly. We had finally reached Iriomote island of Okinawa, 1330 miles away from Hisano’s home in Koriyama City, Fukushima, where she can hardly play outdoors anymore because of radiation contamination. Around us were 40 others—a mix of mothers and their children— also from the cities of Koriyama, Fukushima and Iwaki, exploring the backyard of the lodge and nearby beach with uncontained excitement. While it may appear that the worst of … Read entire article »

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New Headache In Japan, Radioactive Used Cars.

Like people needed another thing to have to beware of, used cars from the evacuation areas are showing up with hidden origin and high levels of radiation. A car in Kawasaki that was auctioned in Chiba (doesn’t say the cars actual origin) was found to have 58.86 microsieverts per hour. So far 660 used cars were found to have too much radiation to be exported for resale. So unscrupulous dealers have been using new license plates to disguise the origin of the vehicle and selling them to unsuspecting buyers. One van was found to have 110 microsieverts of radiation an hour. The dealer tried to decontaminate it, when that didn’t work he just sold it to an unsuspecting buyer because he didn’t want to take the financial loss on the car. The van … Read entire article »

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Children Become Pawns In Fukushima Disaster

Officials in Tochigi Prefecture used school children in a PR stunt to promote local beef. Beef in the region had tested over the limit for cesium and shipments were banned for 3 weeks in August. Local beef was served to school children, the media and local farmers were invited to the event. At the same time beef in the area is being labeled as “below government limit”, this designation does not say if the beef had no cesium detected or if it was just below the 500 bq/kg. In a house budget meeting a representative relayed a story about a mother in Fukushima whose children, and others who refuse to drink milk in school lunches were called to the front of the classroom by their teacher and told they were not … Read entire article »

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Radiation Survey Map Shows Widespread Contamination

The science ministry has been working on an aerial survey of Japan to document the total contamination. We reported earlier about levels in Gunma, Chiba and Saitama that were higher than the contamination levels at Chernobyl. The map ends abruptly at the prefecture borders showing moderate to high levels of radiation near the edges. More prefectures previously thought to be safe will likely show with higher than anticipated radiation levels. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you … Read entire article »

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Government Document Tells Parents Radiation Exposure Better Than Obesity

This rather strange document was put out by MEXT in July telling parents and schools how some radiation exposure would be better than having kids become obese from lack of exercise. The document also goes on to perpetuate the myth that an area reading 100 mSv is safe. This has probably been the most misunderstood bit of science. Most of the scientific reports state that under 100 mSv it becomes too complicated for researchers to isolate out and prove conclusively that lower levels of radiation directly cause cancer. With other potential causes of cancer it is too hard to pick out what ones are caused by radiation. They did not say under 100 mSv is safe. The document also misses other obvious solutions to the problem of lack of exercise such … Read entire article »

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People Leaving Fukushima As Government Fails To Be Upfront About Contamination

For months the government has downplayed the disaster in Fukushima telling evacuated residents they could “go home very soon” and other platitudes causing people to hold out hope of going home. People put their lives on hold as the government slowly went from a stance of very temporary evacuation to a plan of decontaminating everything to one where admissions are finally coming that some may not be able to go home for decades, possibly generations. As local governments and individuals scramble to decontaminate there is no clear policy for the process and no one is talking about the potential for re-contamination. The voluntary evacuation zones have caused even more stress and confusion as voluntary evacuations receive no government help and hot spot evacuations leave neighbors living next to empty homes they … Read entire article »

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Fewer Think Returning Home Is An Option, Namie Officals Still Dream Of Return

A recent NHK survey found an increasing number of evacuees think returning home won’t happen or would be extremely difficult to do. Meanwhile officials for Namie, a town 9km from the plant, take periodic readings in the city. They admit that the extremely high levels and only small declines in radiation would make it difficult for people to return. They still hold out hope the government would provide decontamination for the town. How realistic that hope is remains to be seen. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contamination Maps

Recent radiation maps: Article: Gov’t releases most detailed maps yet of radiation around Fukushima plant Japanese government Map:  Large pdf file Map: Fukushima no-entry zone Article & Map: Extreme soil contamination detected near Fukushima plant Safecast Map page     This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Japan Ministry of Health Food & Water Testing Results

New government food and water testing results are out. Some contamination found included wheat in Hokkaido, raw milk in Miyagi and fish off the Fukushima coast. Some river fish in Miyagi were also found to be contaminated. Milk in Gunma, fish and tea in Kanagawa and fish off Iwaki-shi coast. Almost all the fish tested in Minamisoma were contaminated, some considerably. In cattle testing one unexpected result was from Akita with 3 testing over 300 bq/kg. The main page for radioactive contamination testing is here: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website … Read entire article »

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High Radiation Levels Found 100km from Fukushima Daiichi

The Atomic Energy Agency and Kyoto University used a car equipped with testing equipment and Google Earth to create this visual map of radiation levels. The testing shows even 100km away pockets of high radiation have built up. The terrain and other factors condense radiation in certain areas. The video shows how one area can be relatively safe and another very high, even far away from the plant. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you … Read entire article »

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No Quick Way To Decontaminate

A news report today mentions new concerns about the decontamination effort. Some of the tactics have caused radiation to concentrate in other areas. Washing off radiation just moves it somewhere else, usually into the water ways. What else is not being addressed is the premature nature of some of the decontamination. The reactors are still releasing significant amounts of radiation into the air. The lack of a larger evacuation zone has made decontamination urgent so people could lower their exposures. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or … Read entire article »

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186,000 bq Cesium Found In Sludge 100 km From Fukushima Daiichi

Found in a ditch 100km from the disaster site. This is an extremely high reading. No clear answers yet why such a high level concentrated into that one area of sludge. As rain brings down contamination from the sky and water washes it partially away, it can concentrate around rain gutters or other places rainwater collect.  More at Kyodo News This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full … Read entire article »

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Help this go viral. Japanese town hall meeting gone bad

On the 19th of July 2011, people in Fukushima finally got a meeting with government officals from Tokyo.  Aside from a chance to ask the life-or-death questions burning in their minds, it was a chance to demand that the government evacuate people promptly in Fukushima and provide financial and logistical support for them. They were met with a callous and transparent kiss-off, before the officials walked out on them en masse.  Here’s a video compiled from several others, which are linked under the video on the YouTube page. Fukushima Citizens Snubbed by Japanese Government Officials from Tokyo This is so in-your-face that it paints a terrible (and hence accurate) picture of the GoJ’s seeming apathy toward the plight of ordinary people, read: citizens, voters, parents worried about their children etc.  It is a damning video on a very … Read entire article »

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Why “Cold Shutdown” Is A Myth And Going Home Unlikely

The Japanese government has been touting this “cold shutdown” myth extensively over the last week. As Ex-SKF put it, the “extend and pretend” strategy. The government seems to think it means under 95 degrees celsius and atmospheric pressure for the coolant system. The Wikipedia entry goes on to include having no fuel movement and or control systems maintenance in progress. From wiki: The shutdown margin is defined in terms of reactivity, Shutdown margin can refer either to the margin by which the reactor is subcritical when all control rods are inserted   The reactor vessels are breached, unit 3′s containment has been breached since March 21st. #2′s containment has a known hole in it and #1′s leaking like a sieve through the basement. The water circulation systems are not “closed loops”. Pumping standing water out of … Read entire article »

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Maternal Activism – the new norm in Japan

Mothers, and fathers, in Japan have been forced into a new role – activist.   It is easy to understand why. Children and babies are especially susceptible to radiation because of their rapid cell division during physical growth. There are websites, Facebook pages and daily new stories about efforts to protect the children of Japan.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than … Read entire article »

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Safecast displays radioactivity levels in Japan

Safecast.org gathers and displays data about the levels of radioactivity in Japan. The data sources displayed on the website are gathered from a variety of sources, official government ministries, scientists, individuals, volunteers and other non-profits.  News story:  Oregon Advertising Studio Tracks Fukushima Radiation Website: Safecast This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Some Japanese children to ware radiation detectors

The news that the city of Fukushima, Japan, plans to give badge-like dosimeters to 34,000 children in September — to gauge how much radiation they’re exposed to from the nearby nuclear power plant that was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami — isn’t sitting well with some parents.    NPR This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, … Read entire article »

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Widen evacuation zone for children, pregnant women: Greenpeace chief

The government should consider evacuating children and pregnant women from a wider area around the Fukushima No. 1 power plant because radiation levels remain high even outside the 20-km no-go zone,  Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International, said Thursday in Tokyo.  Read full article This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Joint US & Japanese Study Shows Radiation Releases Doubled Estimates

A joint survey by the US Dept. of Energy and Japan’s METI showed that the radioactive releases from Fukushima were double the initial estimates. Areas near Iitate and Namie now exceed the radiation level of evacuated areas at Chernobyl. These areas in Japan are currently outside of the evacuation zone. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact … Read entire article »

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Japan Geigermap : At-a-glance

This map visualises crowd-sourced radiation geiger counter readings from across Japan. Click on the circles to get more information on the source of each reading.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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IAEA to survey radioactive contamination in sea

The IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog agency, is to survey the long-term effects of the spillage of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power on the maritime environment in the Pacific Ocean.  NHK WORLD English Article This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Gov’t may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima

Gov’t may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima   Full article: Tuesday 07th June, 06:22 AM JST This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Radiation’s Unknowns Weigh on Japan

“As officials in Japan agonize over what constitutes a safe radiation dose for people who live near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, the state of the science has been a daunting problem.” Read full article:  New York Times reports on June 6, 2011 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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The incineration of rubble OK’d amid radiation risk

The Japan Times reports The incineration of rubble OK’d amid radiation risk June 7, 2011  “The Environment Ministry plans to allow rubble from the March 11 disasters in coastal and central parts of Fukushima Prefecture to be incinerated or buried, raising the risk of radioactive contamination, officials said Sunday. While the ministry already allows 10 municipalities where contamination levels from the prefecture’s stricken nuclear plant are low enough to handle debris under normal procedures, it has decided to expand the eased limits to other parts of the prefecture outside the nuclear no-go zone and evacuation areas. The move is aimed at speeding up rubble removal in Fukushima Prefecture, but authorities are required to handle it with care, including by decontaminating and managing it properly, the officials said. The ministry plans to … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Found in Soil at Okuma

From a The Japan Times report: “Plutonium that is believed to have come from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has been detected in the town of Okuma about 1.7 km away from the plant’s front gate… By analyzing the ratio of three types of isotopes in the plutonium, Yamamoto was able to determine that it was emitted by Fukushima No. 1 and not past bomb tests.” This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to … Read entire article »

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2 Fukushima Workers Received Doses To Thyroid

High levels of radioactive iodine were detected in the thyroid gland of two workers of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, said Monday the site operator, Tokyo Electric Power This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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News Alert

81% polled in Japan do not trust the government on Fukushima, 85% say TEPCO doing a poor job. Thyroid testing shows that two Fukushima workers may have exceeded their maximum radiation dose. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Greenpeace Radiation Testing Results

Spreadsheets and pdf documents below courtesy of Greenpeace. Find the original Greenpeace information on their website along with maps. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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