Fukushima’s Children are Dying. Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.
More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is accelerating. More than 120 childhood cancers have been indicated where just three would be expected, says Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.
The nuclear industry and its apologists continue to deny this public health tragedy. The Fukushima children who have to play indoors – in pictures. Daily News. Atomreaktor Fukushima: Wandert verseuchtes Wasser in Richtung Pazifik? Fukushima (Japan) nuclear power plant situation. Japan aims to exit nuclear power completely by the 2030s: report. Tokyo (Platts)--13Sep2012/411 am EDT/811 GMT The Japanese government's new energy strategy for the 2030s calls for the shutdown of all nuclear reactors and rely more on power generated using fossil fuels, the Nikkei reported Thursday.
The cabinet led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to approve a final version of the strategy as early as next Wednesday, the newspaper reported, citing a draft on mid-term energy strategy that it had obtained. The draft aims for "a society not reliant on nuclear power as soon as possible," the report said. Article continues below... Japanese parliament report: Fukushima nuclear crisis was 'man-made' NEW: The report makes recommendations to avoid a repeat of the 2011 catastropheThe report criticizes the plant's operator, regulators and the Japanese governmentIt attributes the cause of the failings to Japan's culture of "reflexive obedience"It is one of several investigations into the nuclear crisis that displaced thousands Tokyo (CNN) -- The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan was a "man-made disaster" that unfolded as a result of collusion between the facility's operator, regulators and the government, an independent panel said in an unusually frank report Thursday.
The report by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission outlines errors and willful negligence at the plant before the earthquake and tsunami that devastated swaths of northeastern Japan on March 11 last year, and a flawed response in the hours, days and weeks that followed. Fukushima gets mixed radiation report from WHO. Radiation exposure caused by last year's accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was below levels thought to increase the risk of cancer in almost all parts of Japan, according to a World Health Organisation report.
But in its preliminary estimate [pdf] released on Wednesday, the WHO said infants in one town near the plant could be at a greater risk of developing thyroid cancer after exposure to radioactive iodine-131. The study is the first by a UN agency since the Fukushima plant was hit by a 14-metre (46ft) tsunami following a magnitude-9.0 earthquake on 11 March last year. The wave knocked out the facility's back-up power supply, causing three of its six reactors to suffer meltdown. Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare. Part One: Japan, Democracy, and the Globalization of Nuclear Power (Updated throughout 3/20/2011) Part Two: Nuclear Gypsies (posted 3/20/2011) Update: My interview about the Japanese nuclear crisis on RT’s Alyona Show on 3/18/2011.
Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare (Part Two) Nuclear Gypsies – The subcontractors who do the dirty work As the six reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima power complex have burned out of control over the past week, both the foreign and Japanese press have been full of stories about the “Fukushima 50″ – the several hundred workers who have valiantly, in shifts of 50, struggled to contain the fires and in the process exposed themselves to serious risks of radiation.
They have been rightly hailed as the unsung heroes of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe, as noted by the London Guardian: On Location: Japan Fukushima October 2011. 5 Months After Meltdown, Fukushima Citizens Still Face Radioactive Risks. After Fukushima: families on the edge of meltdown. Perhaps one day Aiko and Kenji Nomura will laugh about the Birthday Cake Incident.
It happened last autumn. Aiko, a care worker from the city of Koriyama in Japan's Fukushima prefecture, was celebrating her 35th birthday. Her husband Kenji decided to surprise her. On the way home from his job at the post office, he picked up the biggest cake he could find. It was filled with whipped cream and decorated with pink roses. 日本, 福島県双葉郡浪江町. Fukushima: It's much worse than you think - Features. "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera.
Japan's 9.0 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. It also led to hydrogen explosions and reactor meltdowns that forced evacuations of those living within a 20km radius of the plant. Fukushima radiation alarms doctors - Features. Scientists and doctors are calling for a new national policy in Japan that mandates the testing of food, soil, water, and the air for radioactivity still being emitted from Fukushima's heavily damaged Daiichi nuclear power plant.
"How much radioactive materials have been released from the plant? " asked Dr Tatsuhiko Kodama, a professor at the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology and Director of the University of Tokyo's Radioisotope Centre, in a July 27 speech to the Committee of Health, Labour and Welfare at Japan's House of Representatives. Radiation in Ocean. Fukushima - emissions of radioactivity. Press Release from NILU The study estimates the emissions of the radioactive noble gas Xenon-133 and the aerosol-bound nuclide Caesium-137 from the Japanese NPP Fukushima Daiichi by combining a large set of measurements from Japan and worldwide, atmospheric transport model calculations, and available information and reasonable approximations on radionuclide inventories and accident events at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP. - Our calculations are based on about 1000 measurements of activity concentrations and deposition conducted in Japan, USA and Europe.
This is the most comprehensive investigation so far. Fukushima: Mehr radioaktives Xenon als bei Tschernobyl: Größte Belastung bereits unmittelbar nach dem Erdbeben - vor dem Tsunami - Fukushima, Xenon, Erdbeben, Tsunami, Cäsium-137, Freisetzung, Atomkraftwerk, Japan, ABklingbecken, Reaktorkern, Tokyo, Tsche. Impact of radiation. Schilddrüsenkrebs in Fukushima. Fukushima Women Demand Better Protection for Children Exposed to Radiation. The following is a guest post from TIME contributor Lucy Birmingham. About 100 women from Fukushima, Japan, have started a week-long sit-in at a government office in Tokyo to demand greater protection for children affected by radiation.
“Many children and their families are trapped in Fukushima because they can’t afford to move,” explains Ayako Oga, 38, a housewife living in the prefecture and one of the sit-in organizers. Startseite - ZDF Mediathek. Fukushima, die Massenmedien und die sich formierende Stimme des Volkes - The Intelligence. Fukushima: Fukushima: So werden die Menschen für dumm verkauft. Totgeburten und Nasenbluten: Fukushima ist nicht überstanden. Radioactive cesium blankets 8% of Japan's land area. Some 8 percent of Japan's land area, or more than 30,000 square kilometers, has been contaminated with radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Spanning 13 prefectures, the affected area has accumulated more than 10,000 becquerels of cesium 134 and 137 per square meter, according to the science ministry. The ministry has released the latest version of its cesium contamination map, covering 18 prefectures. Highly Radioactive Rice, Hydrogen Checks, Burning Radioactive Waste Fukushima Update 9/25/11.