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Fukushima Daiichi; Abusing Workers & Avoiding Liability

Fukushima Daiichi; Abusing Workers & Avoiding Liability

Examples of the continued abuse of workers hired to work at the nuclear disaster site continued in the last year. Disadvantaged workers were solicited at train stations. Those who took jobs frequently found themselves with no wages after hiring contractors extracted inflated expenses for food and housing. Some ended up in debt to their hiring contractor. Reopened towns nearby like Hirono are mostly ghost towns except for the workers. Workers and labor representatives cite that this … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; Efforts To Erase Human Rights

Fukushima; Efforts To Erase Human Rights

In June of 2013 UNSCEAR released a report declaring the human health impacts from Fukushima to be almost non-existent. The media dutifully repeated UNSCEAR’s claims without analysis. The UNSCEAR report was riddled with carefully worded phrases to water down or ignore the actual risks to individuals exposed after the disaster. The report also took all of Japan into their estimates even though it is clearly documented that exposures varied considerably even within the Tohoku region. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima’s Health Impacts On Children Grow

Fukushima’s Health Impacts On Children Grow

As the third anniversary of the 3-11 disaster draws near, parents in Japan are still dealing with the impacts from the initial and ongoing exposures to their children. Cesium 137 is still being found in children in Japan as far away as Tokyo. The levels detected are in the same range as many of the levels found in 2012 and 2011. The risk factor exists far beyond the contaminated areas in Fukushima. Children in Iwate, Tokyo … Read entire article »

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Radiation Makes People Invisible (Part 2)

This is part two of a 3 part series to run Mon-Wed this week. Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute (and SimplyInfo member) authored the series. Radiation Makes People Invisible Robert Jacobs Losses of homes, community and identity– Areas that experience radioactive contamination often have to be abandoned by those who live there. The levels of radiation may be high enough that continued habitation can be dangerous to health. In these cases people lose their homes; often traditional homes that may have been the primary residences for a family for multiple generations. In these cases one’s identity may be deeply connected to the home and the land around the home. For communities that have to be abandoned the bonds that have been built up and that sustain the wellbeing of the … Read entire article »

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Over 3000 People In Japan Cite Severe Nosebleeds & Radiation Type Symptoms In 11 Days

Over 3000 People In Japan Cite Severe Nosebleeds & Radiation Type Symptoms In 11 Days

Takahiro Katsumi has been following an unusual trend on twitter in Japan. People began posting complaints of severe nosebleeds, then the complaints grew and grew with more people every day citing the problem. Many of these also included complaints of nausea, fatigue and other symptoms similar to the run of complaints found among the population in Japan right after the 2011 triple meltdowns. Most of the nosebleeds have been severe with many unable to stop … Read entire article »

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Documentary About Fukushima Children Wins Film Festival

The film A2 by Ian Thomas Ash won the Nippon Visions Film Festival non animation category. The event took place earlier this month in Frankfurt Germany. The film looks at the problems parents and children in Fukushima have had with health and safety following the nuclear disaster. How the official health survey has in many ways made things worse and left parents with limited places to turn while more and more children show with problems. The film can be viewed here http://www.a2documentary.com/ More on Ian’s work can be found here http://www.documentingian.com/ The film A2 was part of a series of short documentaries on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the other films can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/user/DocumentingIan?feature=mhum#p/u   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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Year 2; Part 3

This is part three of our three part series on the second year of the 3-11 disaster. In part three we look at the humanitarian issues, the environmental damage and how people are adapting since the disaster. Human Costs 300,000 remain displaced from their homes. Some from the tsunami damage, others from the nuclear disaster. The original estimate for the nuclear related evacuation was 160,000. Some are in apartments, others in tiny temporary housing units. An unused school in Saitama is still home to a group of senior citizens with nowhere else to go. Those who have taken up residence in the school will never be able to return home. All come from Futaba, very near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Futaba may not be habitable again for a generation at best. (1)(2)(3) The … Read entire article »

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Yamashita Admits Exaggerating Safety Of Being In Fukushima

Dr. Yamashita became world famous after the Fukushima nuclear disaster when he proclaimed 100 mSv to be a safe level of radiation exposure. His even stranger statement that “Radiation doesn’t affect people who are smiling” sparked outrage. This is the man in charge of the Fukushima radiation exposure survey, currently almost the only way residents can obtain data about their exposure or thyroid damage. Now Dr. Yamashita has admitted he exaggerated the safety of the situation in Fukushima. He admitted that ICRP radiation standards were valid, they show a much lower exposure to risk level than Yamashita has been promoting. He admits his statements added to the anxiety and distrust among the public and contributed to the discrimination towards those trying to take proper safety measures for their families. Fukushima Diary … Read entire article »

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Ongoing Health Care For Firefighters Who Battled Fukushima

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency has established a system to provide ongoing health care and health checks for firefighters who battled the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Firefighters from Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki and Osaka battled the meltdowns during the first days of the disaster at the plant. If the agreement is formally adopted they will receive health checks for leukemia and cataracts even into retirement. The program would start with obtaining body radiation counts and go on to cover early screenings for known health effects. There is also speculation that SDF forces who also assisted with the disaster may be covered by such a plan. Still no word about any similar coverage being provided by the government for the workers that have battled the disaster since March. This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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Health Ministry To Give Fukushima Workers Free Annual Cancer Screening For Life

The Health Ministry in Japan has decided any worker exposed to over 100 mSv will get free yearly cancer screenings for life. To date 99 workers have hit that level of exposure. Those who were exposed to 50 mSv or higher will qualify for annual cataract screenings. The ministry is attempting to create a database of all workers along with their contact information in order to track their ongoing health. There was no word how any of this would relate to potential occupational compensation for their potential health problems. 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 … Read entire article »

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Citizen Food Testing Laboratory To Open In Chiba In October

The “Becquerel Center” opens in October in Chiba, near Tokyo. Their detecting equipment from Germany can test for cesium and iodine in food products the public can bring in and pay a small fee to have tested. From the Nikkei Shimbun article about the new testing center. “Those who wish to bring a certain amount of food and soil samples. To measure yourself while you operate the unit under the guidance of Becquerel Center. One measurement time is 15 minutes. 1,000 yen fee is 20 becquerel types lowest detectable amount. Same type of 1 Becquerel is scheduled to around ¥ 3500.” The center has more information at SaveChild.net and a new website at http://bq-center.com/ The center is also hiring 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 … Read entire article »

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Yamashita No Longer In Charge Of Radiation Protection Program in Fukushima

Dr. Yamashita has been causing all sorts of confusion, anger and distrust since he was appointed to run the Radiation Protection program in Fukushima prefecture. The doctor made a number of disastrous public statements including his claim that 100 mSv was safe. Yamashita later reversed on this opinion. Yamashita is a research scientist who has studied the victims of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl, but he has no public health experience and is not a medical doctor. Dr. Yamashita has been removed as the person in charge and reassigned to being a research advisor to the new 5 member panel appointed to run the program.  No details were given about how this new panel will be appointed or by whom. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Disaster Models From 2002

A Japan Atomic Energy Institute paper from 2002 recently surfaced online. This paper was the technical estimations of what would happen if a nuclear reactor on the Pacific coast of Japan were to have a catastrophic accident. The models included radiation dispersal under a variety of scenarios and also illness and death rates under multiple scenarios. The plant for the experiment is  ”1100MWe BWR5 with Mark-II type containment– One of the most common plant type in Japan“. Based on the location on the maps included in the paper the reactor used was either unit 6 at Fukushima Daiichi or one of units 1-4 at Fukushima Daini. The scenario is for one reactor failure, not 3 reactor failures plus spent fuel pools as was experienced at Fukushima Daiichi. Of the included reactor scenarios … Read entire article »

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Low Level Radiation Exposure LNT Model, An Explanation

By Dean Wilkie The linear no-threshold model (LNT) is a method for predicting the long term, biological damage caused by ionizing radiation and is based on the assumption that the risk is directly proportional to the dose at all dose levels. In other words, the sum of several very small exposures have the same effect as one larger exposure. The LNT model therefore predicts higher risks than either the threshold model, which assumes that very small exposures are negligible, or the radiation hormesis model, which predicts the least risk by assuming that radiation at very small doses can be beneficial. 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 … Read entire article »

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Doctors Raise Concerns About Radiation Exposures, Radiation Found In Local Residents

Doctors throughout the devistated region are warning of a larger public health problem due to radiation exposure. Doctors in Chiba are seeing persistant nosebleeds and other symptoms they think are connected to radiation exposure. The experts from medical and academic facilities warned that raising radiation limits would only increase the exposures and risks to the public. There has also been an over reliance by the Japanese government on ICRP radiation standards. The ICRP’s standards have been extensively criticized for being out of line with other standards and current research. The ICRP is also heavily funded by agencies tasked with the promotion of nuclear power like the NRC. Contamination has also been found in local residents urine. The people tested live 20 – 30km from the plant. Two month exposure rates were as … Read entire article »

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Japan NSC Rejected Plan To Collect Fukushima Workers Stem Cells

In April, 2011 a group of experts and related professional groups urged all workers to have stem cells collected before they began work at Fukushima Daiichi. These banked stem cells could be life saving if a worker or workers were exposed to large doses of radiation. Back in April the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan rejected the calls for stem cell collection claiming there was “no need”. The Lancet published the original paper in April of 2011 calling for stem cell collection. The Lancet published another paper on August 6th, 2011 where Piero Dalerba urges authorities in Japan to take the advice of the original paper and collect worker stem cells. Dalerba goes on to suggest a preventative treatment of bisphosphonates to act as a preventative measure against stronium 90 absorption. This second paper … Read entire article »

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English Translation of Fukushima Study

(From Fukushima prefecture’s website) Translation from Japanese into English Health Check-up for Fukusima residents (Documents as of July 24) by Fukushima prefecture and Fukushima Medical University (Note, Dr. Yamashita, the ‘Mr. 100mSv’ [no health harm up to 100mSv], is now the vice-president of the univ. He used to be a professor of Nagasaki University, and also the director of Nagasaki Univ International Hibakusha Center. This is a reason Fukushima residents and other JP citizens believed what he said during the early stage of the incident.) Purpose of the project: To reduce fear and worry among residents about effects of radiation. To follow health status of residents for the long time. Target population: All Fukushima residents who live in Fukushima at the March 11. This project includes: 1) Radiation exposure estimation: Based on self-reported activity report between March 11 … Read entire article »

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Tokyo University Professor Explains The Real Radiation Reality In Japan

Update: The video has been being deleted off of YouTube. Please download a copy of the video and transcript to share in case more are removed. This video is a must watch. Dr. Kodama is the head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. He explains the reality of the medical, social and ecological nightmare that TEPCO has unleashed on Japan. More after the video. Dr. Kodama Addresses Diet A number of points from the English transcript found here. “When we research the radiation injury/sickness, we look at the total amount of radioactive materials. But there is no definite report from TEPCO or the Japanese government as to exactly how much radioactive materials have been released from Fukushima. So, using our knowledge base at the Radioisotope Center, we calculated. Based on the thermal … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Risks To Health

Googleによる日本語訳は、記事の一番下に翻訳。 Plutonium is a radioactive isotope that is produced inside a nuclear reactor. Plutonium that was released into the environment during the nuclear accidents at Fukushima Daiichi can be extremely dangerous. Plutonium-239 is produced from the decay of Uranium-239 and has at least 15 different isotopes (most common Pu-238, 240, 241, 242) all of which are radioactive and have varying half lifes (Pu-239 is highest at over 24000 years). All of these plutonium isotopes can be dangerous if they enter the body. 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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The difference between types of radiation

Radiation from nuclear accidents is frequently expressed by the media as “just like an x-ray” or “equivalent to an x-ray”. This comparison is grossly incorrect. Many times internal exposure will be again, incorrectly compared to an x-ray. These faulty comparisons give the public a false sense of security. The International  Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War have an excellent paper that clearly explains the differences between medical diagnostics and a nuclear accident. Please share this article widely. 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 … Read entire article »

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Beneficial Foods List

Beneficial Foods list  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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Coping With Radioactive Contamination; How To Protect Yourself

Food/consumption: Hygiene: Hygiene is important, keep food in sealed containers, indoors. Keep food preparation surfaces clean and free of dust or dirt. Clean produce well and peel any root vegetables. Do not keep or consume food in places where dirt and contamination could be blown onto the food. Avoid hand to mouth gestures when hands may be dirty or in an area more prone to contamination like outdoors. Washing hands before food preparation, eating or smoking can help. 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 … Read entire article »

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Radiation Showing Up In Urine Of Children Outside Tokyo

We recently wrote about the high radioactivity being found in soil and at locations around Kashiwa, Chiba (suburb of Tokyo). Today another parent posted the urine test results of their child, the family also lives in Kashiwa. The tests showed notable levels of internal cesium contamination in the child’s body. Initially the GoJ told people in the Tokyo area they were totally safe. The evidence is piling up that this was simply not true. 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, … Read entire article »

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