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FUKUSHIMA 2018 Part 2. Out Of Control



 

FUKUSHIMA 2018

 

A Three-Part Guide To

 

The Heroes, The Criminals & The Doomed

 

By William Thomas

 




Part 2.

 

OUT OF CONTROL


 

  

In a culture that bows to tengu goblins of the forest, it’s no big leap for its recently-installed nuclear government to nod familiarly to the demons they’ve so cleverly created with “controlled” nuclear fission. But inviting these hellish isotopes to romp all over Honshu and this planet, without serious penalties for those responsible nor significant compensation to those most effected – is truly diabolical.

 

Thanks to the waning days of a free and open Internet, since that terrible afternoon and night of 3.11, when the prime minster and Yoshida made hard choices that saved the world from a worse immediate fate, playing games with the Japanese public, the rest of our global village, and not one but three runaway nuclear reactions has become an impossible juggling act.

 

Like the Hopi foretold, at this time of Great Purification no lies can stay hidden.

 

For 2018, a fallout-cornered Japanese government wants to start “recycling” soil contaminated at up to 8,000 Bq/kg in whatever can be buried or otherwise hidden in public works projects throughout a nation that once bowed before Shinto’s impeccable purity.

 

In order to avoid “damage caused by harmful rumors," the public will not be told where all this potentially deadly debris is going.

 

That’s “tantamount to scattering lethal fallout of Cs137 equivalent to about 5-times that of Hiroshima bomb all over Japan,” Watanabe remarks. Who can argue when he accuses his government of “literally behaving like a nuclear terrorist.”



Bq IS NOT A MAGAZINE

While a useful shorthand, for the uninitiated, unfamiliar techno jargon sucks. It’s supposed to. As long as people can be persuaded by unfamiliar symbols and muttered incantations to skip learning about something that will permanently imperil the planet they’re already so tenuously riding – the nuclear high-priests can keep pretending they’re not rigging another Atlantis. Wasn’t that the point of Plato’s parable?

 

Okay. A Becquerel (Bq) is a common measure of radioactivity. (We’ll meet cousin Sievert in a moment.)


1 Bq is the activity of any radioactive material in which one atomic nucleus is decaying every second. If inhaled or ingested, each strobing flash zaps cells and tissue nonstop for the remaining life of the afflicted. In that uneasy time, rungs are randomly knocked from the twisted ladders of transmissible DNA.  

 


ONI WA SOTO!” (Demons Outside!)

Remember, the “cleanup” only goes 50-100 feet beyond roadways. Depending on your location and the vagaries of wind and invisibly decaying atomic particles, straying could place you in an invisible minefield.

 

Or not. After Chernobyl became a nuclear volcano, near-lethal levels of radioactivity were measured right next to levels posing no immediate risk. [Scorched Earth by William Thomas]

 

An untold and untellable amount of radioactive debris from three gutted reactors will be poisoning people for as long as there are people.

 

What parts of Fukushima remain “safe” when radioactive runoff and wildfire smoke from the hillsides around Fukushima, and the heavily contaminated hundred-mile mountain range along the north coast, are already re-contaminating areas so laboriously decontaminated?

 

And if Fukushima isn’t habitable by children and adults without risking serious short-term and long-term health risks, what about Tokyo and eastern Honshu?


 

Deserted Namie at dusk -Arkadiusz Podniesinski 


NAMIE

Look at the two forest fires that “bedevilled” Chernobyl last year. Then cut to late April 2017, when a lightning-sparked wildfire broke out on Mount Juman in northwestern Fukushima Prefecture could easily be seen from nearby Namie (nam-eh). But that red-zone was already a ghost town.

 

"The area continues to be barred to entry as it is designated a 'difficult-to-return zone' due to continually high radiation levels," explained Lauren McCauley in Common Dreams. As Japan Self-Defense Forces attacked the blaze, eight shuttling choppers dumped water through a lot of radioactive smoke.

 

"During a fire, radionuclides like caesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium rise into the air and travel with the wind," reminds Anton Beneslavsky, a member of Greenpeace Russia's firefighting group who fought blazes in Chernobyl.

 

Strontium 90 shares Cesium’s calcium-mimicking affinity for bones. With a half-life of 29 years – and lethality for 10-times that duration – it is urgent, Watanabe insists, “that the Japanese government admits the fact of strontium contamination within 80km from the defunct Fukushima plant.”

 

To help them out, he’s included this U.S. Dept. of Energy overview of the strontium contamination of Japanese soil.

 

 

HERDED AND HARASSED

Japan’s version of corporate governance wants evacuated residents to return to live in areas with radiation levels up to 20 mSv.

 

To motivate the reluctant, discriminatory compensation payments between forced and “voluntary” evacuees were equalized – at zero – in March 2017, when the government announced the "living environment” in Fukushima Prefecture was somehow back to “good order." 

 

No Belorussian would believe it.

 

As for Fukushima City and its prefectural environs, anyone going back can plan on at least accumulating over five-years a total dose of 100mSv – which even the corporate-beholden Japanese government admits presents real health risks.

 

If you are not a large adult gaijin male, those hazards start much sooner.

 

Consider, as well, the wide range of individual radiological sensitivity depending on health, age and gender. According to Professor Tadashi Hongyo on the Osaka U. Medical Faculty, the difference in individual vulnerability to Cesium-137 can be up to 100-times.

 

Like the cumulative damage from wireless radiation – which leaves an identical comet-trail of exploded micronuclei streaming from shattered cells – incalculable individual risk and the nasty tendency of radionuclides to bio-accumulate in human tissue make it impossible to impose “safe limits” on something as inherently unsafe as nuclear contamination at any speed of decay.

 

The only equitable “safety” limits would have to be set so low, both industries would be shut down.

 

You’re right. The international annual public dose limit – Japan’s pre-3.11 limit – is 1 mSv.

 

Not 20.



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Yuri Tomitsuka (L), 10, Kaisei Fukagawa, 7, in NYC protest after their family evacuated Fukushima -Kyodo

 


MEET MR. AND MRS. SIEVERT

Referencing damage from skin-penetrating gamma, various-sized Sieverts are an international measure of the biological impacts of nuclear radiation. When Mr. Sievert is too big to be useful, Millie Sievert handles measurements 1,000-times smaller.  

 

Here’s the “key” to unlock radioactivity reports:


1 Sv       =   1000.000 mSv    =    1,000,000 µSv


1 mSv     =   0.001000 Sv      =    1,000 µSv


1 µSv      =   0.000001 Sv      =    0.001 mSv             



A little ol’ measly milliSievert (mSv) may not seem like much. But a single exploded cell nucleus is one too many if it  become cancerous. Those internal Millies add up in bones and tissue. And radionuclides are a bitch to excrete. (Try using miso, dulce, cilantro, blue-green algae.)

 

Most people get about 2.4 mSv a year from the temerity of walking around through an invisible smog of radon and thoron gas, and those pesky cosmic rays. A chest CT scan delivers a 6.8 mSv dose. (Or thereabouts.)

 

The so-called Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Trump’s life-threatening U.S.A. currently limits nuclear workers to a yearly dose of 50 mSv. But with undisclosed local radiation levels apparently rising in milk, produce and meat – or in anticipation of any of dozens of rickety reactors or smoldering American nuclear waste piles eclipsing Fukushima – the EPA is in the process of revising allowable radiation limits upwards.

 

Dai Ichi responders received a dispensation up to ¼Sv (250 mSv).



 Sumiteru Taniguchi taken by U.S. Marine Sergeant Joe O'Donnell, September 15, 1945, in Nagasaki. O’Donnell waved away the flies and gently brushed out the maggots before taking the picture

It is a troubling mystery why the USA constantly threatens nuclear war.  

Sumiteru Taniguchi after hydrogen bomb blast, Sept 15, 1945, Nagasaki.  

-Sergeant Joe O’Donnell USMC


Big adult males might get away with a 1 Sv/year limit for one year with no observable effects. But if delivered in a single burst, 1 Sv causes acute radiation sickness. It’s not pretty, as wrenching declassified photographs of the victims of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima attest. A 10 Sv burst is fatal.

 

When nuclear officials facing fists and pitchforks are quick to bring out petite Millie Sievert to calm everyone down, it’s important to ask how long she plans on sticking around. As ACSIR’s Watanabe points out, a personal exposure of 100mSv/year amounts to 1 full Sievert over 10 years – “a 10% lethal dose”. Or 5 Sv over 50 years – “a 50% lethal dose”.

 

When is any measure of compounding lethality safe? Each accumulated 4.5mSv exposure – equivalent to a single CT-scan – increases the risk of cancers in children by 24%.

 

“Can you imagine kids living in Fukushima undergoing 4-5 CT-scans every year?” Watanabe asks.

 

Neither can I.

 

For the daijoubu/don’t worry crowd, a handy Fukushima government website reassuringly states that whole-body screenings of 170,000 local residents have detected Cesium “in a very few cases.” 

 

But what kind of number is “very few”? And how does that weasel-word even work after city officials ran chattering digital counters over some 180 firefighters, nurses and municipal employees back in July, 2011.

 

According to Koichi Ohyama, member of the Minami Soma’s municipal assembly in, the screening showed almost everyone testing positive for Cesium.

 

“The maximum Cs137 dose among the firefighters was as high as 140,000 Bq,” watchdog Watanabe relates.

 

And you want to go there to watch baseball?

 

 

THIS IODINE IS NOT FOR CUTS

Immediately after Dai-Ichi’s nuclear cataclysm, radioactive iodine in Tokyo’s tap water reached double the government ceiling. Soon after, in April 2011, iodine-131 was measured at 7.5 million-times legal limits in the ocean waters off the plant.

 

Regardless, like a stuck record (remember those?), the see/hear/admit no evil politicians in Tokyo and Fukushima steadfastly deny that unseen clouds of radioactive iodine released from Dai Ichi could have anything to do with the outbreak of thyroid cancers currently afflicting the Children of Fukushima.

 

Since they introduced “provisional” standards for radioactive iodine and cesium, bowing officials insist, “any food on the market is safe to consume."

 

This means that Olympic-goers like you will be able to chow down on local soba and veg without lighting up like Christmas trees. But at the risk of mixing metaphors, I would not want to keep spinning the cylinders on Fukushima’s loaded revolver for more than the week you’ll be there. “Provisional,” after all, means temporary.

 

“Safe” is another misplaced label stuck onto radiation. Not only is the current 100 Bq/kg Japanese government standard for radioactivity in food kichi gai/crazy high for fetuses, infants, children, elders, the infirm and pregnant women.

 

 

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Maria Sakamoto, 4, undergoing thyroid examination at Iwaki Radiation Citizen Center -Damir Sagolji/Reuters



CYSTS

Don’t look now, but nearly 36% of children in Fukushima Prefecture already have cysts or nodules on their thyroids from ingesting radioactive iodine.

 

Thyroid cancer is a rare disease in children, reports Laura Beans for EcoWatch. Or it was. It first began showing up in the Children of Chernobyl five years after nuclear techs shut down that reactor’s cooling pumps and emergency backups to see what would happen. (We did!)

 

The Children of Fukushima only three years and three months since those reactors blew.

 

So it was a shock but hardly a surprise when a Fukushima Government survey released April 24, 2017 found more than 78% of "voluntary" evacuee households have zero intention of returning to their residences.

 

Ever.

 

At Fukushima City, where you’re heading in 2020, Greenpeace has inconveniently clocked spot radiation levels as high as 4.26 and 9.06 μSv (1/100th of a Sievert).

 

0.23 μSv is the official government threshold for adequate decontamination.

 

And you want to go there to watch baseball games?

 

 

roadside-radiation



WHEN WILL IT BE MOSTLY SAFE IN FUKUSHIMA?

Daijoubu, government officials informed evacuee Miyoko Watanabe. Like a magic trick involving brooms, shovels mops and crossed fingers, radiation had been “eradicated” from her home in Miyakochi.

 

Irimasen/no thanks, she told them. "I don't plan to live here again."

 

Greenpeace later confirmed counts of 1-to-2 μSv per hour around her "decontaminated" home. 

 

In the northern Fukushima village of Iitate, where decontamination work was also “completed” in 2017,

Greenpeace nuclear campaigner Heinz Smital narrated over his video’d radiation readings, “Here we have around 0.8 microSieverts per hour."

 

An adjoining yard registers 3.5 μSv.

 

Remember the allowable limit?

 

Right.

 

0.23.

 

"Radiation is so high here that nobody will be able to live here in the coming years," Smital declares. "This is not the kind of count where you can say things are back to normal."

 

So how long before this soon-to-be international gathering place in Fukushima can be safely inhabited?

 

Let’s see… Cesium-137 has a half-life (when it loses half its considerable lethality) of 30 years. "It takes ten half-lives so you can populate an area again, making a total of 300 years," calculates nuclear authority Edmund Lengfelder.

 

Not seven years.

 

Not nine.

 



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Former Japanese Ambassador, Mitsuhei Murata

 

DON’T DO IT!

Which is why Mitsuhei Murata, Japan’s former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland wrote Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urging national efforts to focus on the Fukushima crisis – instead of Olympic Games that “disseminate the false impression that Fukushima is under control."

 

Alarmingly, all available government funding is being diverted to the that beckoning three-ring will-o-wisp, promising prestige – and interlocking like handcuffs.

 

The guesstimated ¥3 trillion ($24 billion) cost of Japan’s Olympian chest-pounding "has shocked the public,” Murata advised, noting that nearly “90-times less funding”– just $275 million – “has been spent by the Government for coping with the contaminated water” Abe pledged to stop pouring into the Pacific from Fukushima Daiichi every minute for the past seven years and beyond.

 

The former ambassador urged the PM to cancel the whole thing.

 

"The Tokyo Olympic Games diverts attention from Fukushima and gives the false impression to the world that Fukushima no longer poses a threat,” Mitsuhei wrote. “The advancement of the Tokyo Olympic Games comes at the expense of the funds needed to address the host of environmental disasters created by the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactors."

 

The distinguished diplomat also fired a June 2015 letter to the president of the International Olympic Committee, informing him "the worsening situation in Fukushima, which regrettably is being downplayed by our Government and does not seem to be well known internationally."  

 

The former diplomat had been shaken by an interview with Dr. Norio Iriguchi the previous April, during which the PhD Engineer and Professor Emeritus at Kumamoto University, dared point to three broken containment vessels “exposing radioactive materials to the external environment.”




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 TEPCO officials apologize 



DEADLY DENIAL

There’s more. With nuclear accidents, there is always more…

 

It turns out that TEPCO ignored warnings that Dai Ichi was at risk of damage from a tsunami of the size that hit northeast Japan three years later, dismissing the need for better protection against seawater flooding.

 

Company officials scoffed at "unrealistic" estimates made in a 2008 internal report that the plant could be threatened by a tsunami of up to 10.2 meters.

 

Three years later, the water level that later shorted-out backup power at the complex, leading to three reactor meltdowns was more than 14 metres high.

 

Japanese authorities also ignored U.S. calls to contain groundwater at the Fukushima power plant in 2008.

 

A tardy plan to construct a barrier to prevent four-hundred tons of groundwater from daily running downhill to undermine the stricken plant was proposed a month after the accidents in April 2011.


A TEPCO memo sent to Japanese officials in June 2011 whined about the expense of constructing a water barrier, which might further frighten already panicky investors with unwelcome thoughts of “imminent bankruptcy”.


How did that Yen-saving strategy work out?




storage tanks for radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. (Reuters/Toru Hanai)

Storage tanks for radioactive water -Toru Hanai/Reuters

 


TEPCO’S CONTINUING COMPLACENCY

In August 2013, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority yelled at Tokyo Electric Power Co. for repeatedly ignoring demands to improve their patrolling after a 300-ton/80,000-gallon leak that had probably begun nearly a month-and-a-half before it was discovered on August 19.


TEPCO officials risked having to go stand in the corner after assigning only two workers to check all 1,000 storage tanks during their twice-daily, two-hour walk. They did not carry personal dosimeters, and their inspection results were “not adequately recorded,” the Associate Press reported.


Japan's industry minister, Toshimitsu Motegi said the government will take over cleanup efforts, and come up with more Yen for “long-term” management of the so-far unmanageable radioactive runoff.

 

The IAEA's “Level 3 – serious incident" rating upgraded TEPCO’s latest fumble to an international incident.



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TEPCO worker pumps rainwater into contamination storage tank -AFP/TEPCO


Japan’s nuclear regulatory chairman Shunichi Tanaka said a much bigger ongoing problem at the devil-plant are hundreds of tonnes of contaminated groundwater “believed” to be entering the sea each day.

 

Nobody knows exactly how much groundwater is flowing through into the Pacific, how contaminated it is and what effect it is having on the sea and marine products.

 

Tanaka said TEPCO's handling of the water leaks was slow, illogical and lacked risk management. TEPCO says the company has no clue what is causing the latest leak.

This clueless company should not be in charge of changing a lightbulb – never mind spent the fuel ponds that worry that world. "I was at the plant earlier this year when a rat chewed through some wiring and knocked out power to several used fuel pools,” said a man who left the site after reaching his radiation exposure limit. “I thought, 'how could one rat cause such a big problem?' There were no back-up systems."

 

That was in 2013.

 

 

WHEN DENIAL BECOMES DISRESPECT

Claiming “no one was hurt” by the Fukushima fiasco is a grievous insult to the thousands who have already suffered, died, been ostracized, or are now succumbing to microscopic radionuclides. All those babies weren’t the only Americans killed.

 

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is supporting the lawsuit of U.S. sailors aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan who participated in Operation Tomodachi ("Friend") after the March 11th meltdowns. "Those who gave their all to assist Japan are now suffering from serious illness. I can't overlook them," Koizumi says.  

 

Those radiation-exposed sailors sickened very fast. Aviation mechanic, Theodore Holcomb, 38, and six other sailors have already died from leukemia and related radiation exposures. At least 250 of their shipmates suffering from ulcers, gall bladder removal, brain cancer, brain tumors, testicular cancer, uterine bleeding, thyroid illness, stomach ailments can anticipate premature demise.

 

Fukushima’s horrors don’t end there. After one unsuspecting sailor came home to his wife, they gave birth to an infant with cancers of the brain and spine. The child lived for two years and died – in March – reports attorney Charles Bonner.

 

What’s that about?

 

"These sailors are supposed to be very healthy. It's not a normal situation. It is unbelievable that just in four or five years that these healthy sailors would become sick," Junichiro told the New York Times. "I think that both the U.S. and Japanese government have something to hide."

 

But the NYT had already stated on September 21, 2015: "Even among Fukushima workers, the number of additional cancer cases in coming years is expected to be so low as to be undetectable, a blip impossible to discern against the statistical background noise."




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GO FIGURE

That falsehood was as puzzling as Japan winning the right to host the 2020 Olympics with a bid of just $5 billion, after rival Istanbul pledged to spend almost $20 billion hosting the same games.

 

In May 2016, French authorities began investigating payments worth around $2 million to a company linked to the son of former world athletics chief Lamine Diack," the Financial Times reported.

 

Omoshiroi, ne? And if you find this “interesting”, have a listen to another Watanabe. While interning in Houston, Fukushima U. student named Aya Watanabe witnessed the impact the Astros' World Series victory had on morale in the hurricane-stricken city.

 

"It's a very big chance for Fukushima to change the prospects," this Watanabe says. "If the Olympics doesn't happen in Fukushima now, the image of Fukushima doesn't change for a long time.


Regrettably, when it comes to radiation, image is not substance.

 


 

Futaba after the tsunami -Arkadiusz Podniesinski

Futaba after the tsunami -Arkadiusz Podniesinski 



“CAULDRONS OF HELL”

"Contrary to the assurances of the Japanese Government and TEPCO, the situation at the site,” scoffs Yauemon Sato, president of electric power company Aizu Denryoku, “is not at all under control.” Those "caldrons of hell" are a nuclear disaster that “continues to recur every day.”

 

So you might want to skip any bus tours north to Futaba. Former population 6,113, this “Red Zone” bordering Dai Ichi is too radioactive for decontamination. Before you’re arrested for unauthorized entry, check out the big O-Torii-shaped arch spanning the deserted main street: "Local Nuclear Energy Guarantees A Lively Future."

 

No novelist would dare make that up! But I’m looking at this prescient kanji online among some incredible photos made by Polish photojournalist Arkadiusz Podniesinski.

 


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Gloves would be good: dumped ”hot” cars in Futbaba-Arkadiusz Podniesinski 



Some shots show dumped cars being smothered by vegetation. Others, sadly abandoned homes. See a plastic Colonel Sanders standing unperturbed outside a KFC (no line-ups!) in a haunted mall.

 

Having covered the aftermath of Chernobyl in Pripyat, Podniesinski carried a counter to track his exposure, But he didn’t bother wearing any protection while photographing shops where tumbled displays and discarded packages mutely attest to how the hastily departing “dropped everything” and fled. 

 

Futaba’s mayor at the time, Katsutaka Idogawa, was subsequently depicted in a May 2011 manga (those thick, wildly popular and often pornographic Japanese comics), experiencing nosebleeds as a result of radiation exposure.

 

Author Kariya Tetsu and his publisher attracted an avalanche of outrage “from politicians at the national and local level,” Beans reports. But Idogawa refused to retract his comments, saying he suffers from daily nosebleeds, lethargy, muscle weakness and deteriorating vision since 3.11.


(Don’t forget the real tsunami, which sent debris all the way to Vancouver Island. The official toll of dead and missing from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami is somewhere around 21,234.)

 

 

WTF = WHAT THE FUKUSHIMA?

Still wanna go? Better leave the kids at home.

 

Hospitals over there have been ordered to officially record patients' radiation symptoms as “stress-related”.

That’s not helping Fukushima parents, who are seeing hair falling out, persistent nose bleeds, and other symptoms of radiation poisoning among their children.

 

But what can they do? The sister-in-law of Fukushima City resident Shiina Chieko ignores her own son's “continuous nosebleeds,” while her mother insists the community must endure (by pretending things are “no different from pre-311 conditions."

 

As I learned in Kuwait City, while crude oil rained from a midnight sky at noon onto a numbed and shell-shocked populace, denial is the strongest human propensity.

 

"People dry their clothes outside, drink local tap water and consume local food, swim in outdoor pools and the ocean, consume and sell their own produce or catches," worries Adam Broinowski, author of 25 major academic publications and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Australia’s National University. "Some continue to conceal their anxiety beneath a mask of superficial calm."

 

But denial is difficult after state inspectors found eye-popping levels of cesium pooling below Fukushima's dams creating 10 big reservoirs for drinking, bathing and food growing throughout the region. Sample readouts:

 

Ganbe Dam  27,533 Bq/kg 

  Mano Dam  26,859 Bq/kg  

 

Japan's Environment Ministry sets the safe limit of radioactive cesium for drinking water at 10 Bq/kg.  



 

JAPAN-FUKUSHIMA/CHILDREN

Indoor sandbox at a Koriyama kindergarten -Toru Hania/Reuters

 

THE NEW HIBAKUSHA 被爆者

Angry moms aren’t into it. They’re saying that since only cesium isotopes are being measured, they have no clue about the levels of strontium-90 in all that initial and still intermittent fallout. They say they fear of finding out, 10 or so years hence, that there actually was plutonium in the food their children ate.

 

Bet on it.

 

Okaasans concerned enough about their children to oppose this cynical radioactivity recycling policy are being told to shut up or move away. Shunning is the absolute bottom-line dread of every person in the Japanese tribe.

 

As that hive-connected culture loves to say, anyone sticking up like a nail in Nippon is soon “pounded flat”. Just ask the plucky Ms. Mako how her professional career is going.

 

Residents returning to Fukushima to find their Internet-savvy kids freaking out, tourism as popular as minefield tours, and fish and produce from Japan’s biggest “rice bowl” shunned by the rest of the nation – have no choice but to accept official reassurances. In a terrible inversion of the hibakusha stigma attached to 650,000 “explosion-affected” survivors of those 1945 atomic attacks, any family shy of becoming further irradiated by Fukushima’s three explosions risks ridicule by returnees for reminding them of their peril.



 

worker cleans a garden in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in February. | AP

“Gardening” radioactivity in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture -AP


NEW NORMAL?

As if wishing could make it so, Japan’s corporate government insists everything's back to normal. According to their own figures, four years after three reactors went “critical,” around 120,000 people were still unable to return to their homes because radiation levels were still too high for even the hastily elevated “safe” exposure limits:

 

Pre-3.11, Fukushima’s rice and meat were officially considered unsafe at 100 Bq/kg. Now all food produced here are somehow magically “safe’ at 500 Becquerels. The milk and food limit for infants is no linger 10, but 50 Becquerels.

 

And you wonder who’s running the country? (Hint: They weren’t all elected.)

“It's unconscionable," accuses Aileen Mioko-Smith, an anti-nuclear campaigner with Kyoto-based Green Action Japan. "To tell people that because the Games are being held in Fukushima that it is perfectly safe for people to go back to their homes, for farmers to go back into their fields, for children to play in the open air is just wrong."

 

In February and March 2016, Greenpeace found radioactive contamination in Fukushima's riverbanks, estuaries and coastal waters at a scale hundreds of times higher than pre-2011 levels. One sediment sample taken along the Niida River, less than 30 km northwest of Dai Ichi revealed the presence of cesium-134 and cesium-137 at levels of 29,800 Becquerels per kilogram.

 

The standard “safe” limit for radioactive cesium in Japan’s drinking water is 10 Bq/kg.




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Nagasaki survivor of initial blast, Aug 10, 1945 -Yosuke Yamahata

Nagasaki, Aug 10, 1945 -Yosuke Yamahata 




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