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JAPAN’S FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE CONTAMINATED SOIL IS NOW A REAL PROBLEM

05 Jul 2011

FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan.  Even though this city of 300,000 lies outside of the 30-km NO-GO zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai No.1 plant, a recent survey showed radiation levels in several spots exceed 13 millisieverts (mS) per year – more than six(6) times natural levels.

WHAT IS A MOTHER TO DO? Akiko Itoh, 42, with her four(4)year old son in her lap said: “Everything and everyone here is paralyzed and we feel left on our own, unsure whether it’s actually safe for us to stay in the city”.  Another mother of a four(4) year old said: “I scooped up all the radioactive soil and grass from my garden, and dumped it in the forest, so no one could find it…”When I put my Geiger counter close to that mountain of soil it showed 10 mS”. That is more than four(4) times the official annual nuclear exposure limit.

IN THE ABSENCE OF A LONG -TERM GOVERNMENT PLAN Fukushima residents are attempting to cope with contamination on their own. Panicked residents scoop up soil from their gardens and dump it in holes dug out in parks and nearby forests, scrub their roofs with soap and refuse to let their children play outside.  As increasingly panicked residents take matters into their own hands, experts warn that such do-it-yourself efforts to reduce local contamination, risk making matters worse by creating hotspots of high radioactivity where soil is piled high. Others have been seen dumping their scraped-up nuclear waste in public parks, and by the river.  BY THE RIVER IS NOT A GOOD PLACE!

SCHOOL AUTHORITIES DEVELOPED A PLAN AND IMPLEMENTED IT in school grounds, scraping and packing contaminated soil in tarps, and burying it in holes in the grounds as a stopgap measure intended to reduce exposure for children. Seiichi Nakate from the “Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation,” (a non-profit citizens group) appears critical, when he says: “They(School Authorities and Parents) say this is just a temporary solution, but we are worried they may take years before removing the contaminated soil for good” – WE GUESS HE WANTS NOTHING DONE, and offers no other solution. While checking radiation in schools is now commonplace, health check-ups have only started in the worst-affected areas.

HOTSPOT MAP BY GOVERNMENT COMING Tokyo has promised that the radiation hotspot map will be ready by October 2011; seven(7) months after the disaster.

Dai No.1  MAY BE THE BEST FINAL REPOSITORY FOR CONTAMINATED SOIL; so say many experts; However that will mean waiting until at least 2012 when efforts to “stabilize” the plant are scheduled to wind down.  Assuming that they will succeed.

COMPREHENSIVE CLEAN-UP PLAN SORELY NEEDED Takumi Gotoh, a Nagoya-based cancer specialist is worried that such accumulations of radiation can also leak into the groundwater and pose more health hazards for a sustained period.  Gotoh said:  “That’s why Japan urgently needs a comprehensive, long-term plan to deal with the issue”.

UNCERTAINTY IS , AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN, THE ENEMY OF HUMANITY. Yoshinori Kasuya, assembly member of Fukushima city council poignantly asks:  “What is the government doing? How many of them actually came to Fukushima to listen to the concerns of the people living here?”, BUT “BIG BROTHER DOES NOT ANSWER – NOT YET; Meanwhile experts predict that the longer it takes Japanese authorities to plan/organize a clean-up, the greater the risk of additional, long-lasting damage.  THE ATTITUDE BEING SHOWN BY JAPAN’S “BIG BROTHER” IS CLEARLY LAIZZES-FAIRE (DO NOTHING), AND TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE.   CHANGES ARE NEEDED IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ASAP!

gonzedo

 

July 5, 2011 at 1:13 AM Comments (6)

“YOU CAN’T SEE IT AND YOU CAN’T SMELL IT EITHER” JAPANESE PROTEST SONG

02 Jul 2011

In Japan these days, protest music can tend to be associated with something very specific: nuclear power. The first wave of Japanese anti-nuclear songs came in the 1980s after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, but saw scant release because some of the largest record labels were owned by companies controlled by the nuclear industry;  Now however, a rash of songs responding to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima have proliferated online, where it is more difficult for recording labels to stop their release.
“You Can’t See It, And You Can’t Smell It Either” by Rankin’ Taxi. In typically  Japanese pop culture form, it is a “pitch-perfect” appropriation of something wholly non-Japanese: Jamaican dance hall music “reggae”. This playful, darkly humorous, surprisingly catchy song captures the invisible but inescapable anxiety that has permeated Japan, much like the radiation still lingering over Northern Japan.

LYRICS FOR: “YOU CAN’T SEE IT AND YOU CAN’T SMELL IT EITHER”

By: Rankin’ Taxi

Look out! Look out! Nuclear… Look out! If anything goes awry…

Look out! Look out! Fukushima… Look out! Look out! They’ve really screwed up…

 

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it

Just one accident will cause total panic, like the Titanic just before it sank

Chernobyl is now a ghost town, innocent kids with thyroid cancer

Hello, so you’re the famous Plutonium! The myth of ‘safety’ died at Fukushima

No more farm produce… how far will the contamination go, and for how long?

 

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it

Even if you’re…

Gaddafi, Obama, Sarkozy, Berlusconi,

Hirose Takashi (anti-nuclear journalist), Rankin’ Taxi (composer of this song)

the Prime Minister, Hanshin Kyojin (comedy duo), the pro-nuclear and anti-nuclear camps

Tokyo Electric and Kansai Electric and all the other electric power companies

Men, women, children, adults

Asahi (newspaper) Bunshun (magazine), Ebisu and Kirin (beer)

White people, black people, Seiyu and Daiei (rival supermarkets)

Toyota and Nissan (cars), Iraq and Iran

 

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it

Radiation is scary, Radiation is dangerous, you can’t see it, and you can’t smell it

Nuclear power – safe even with a leak of the primary cooling water!

Nuclear power – preserving world peace 24 hours a day!

A populace that will forgive anything short of a catastrophe

Idiotic slip-ups that occur even with vigilance

Well orchestrated PR campaigns, a subliminally transmitted innocuous image

Big money buying full-page newspaper ads

Everyone’s taken in till the wind starts blowing

 

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it

Radiation is scary, Radiation is dangerous, you can’t see it or smell it, and you can’t run from it

Even if you’re…

Beyonce, Bae Yong Joon (Korean actor), the Alien, Ampan-man (cartoon character)

Ultra Seven (superhero), crisis level 7,

Dub Ainu Band, green island, Soft Bank (mobile phone company), hard punk,

Matsumoto Kiyoshi (pharmacy chain), Matsumoto Hitoshi (comedian)

Zack (Alberto Zaccheroni – Japan national football coach) and Mac

Godzilla, Mothra, police and thieves, bosses and leaders

Michael (Jackson) and geiko (student and fully-fledged geisha), Tamori and Takeshi (comedians)

Matsuya and Sukiya (fast food chains), Takata (online shopping network) and Starbucks

 

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it

Radiation is scary, Radiation is dangerous, you can’t see it or smell it, and you can’t run from it

Die from a dose of radiation? No way!

Did you say an unstoppable leak? No way!

Do I want to be an object of hate for unborn children? No way!

Do I want to lead a life of unhealthy luxury? No way!

Can radiation deepen love? Can radiation make us wiser?

Can radiation stop wars? Can radiation bring a smile?

 

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it

Radiation is scary, Radiation is dangerous, you can’t see it or smell it, and you can’t run from it

Can’t see it, can’t smell it, can’t run from it

Can’t see it, can’t smell it, can’t run from it

Can’t see it, can’t smell it, can’t run from it

Can’t run, Can’t run, Can’t run, Can’t run, nuclear!

Can’t run, Can’t run, Can’t run, Can’t run, if there’s a screw-up

Can’t run, Can’t run, Can’t run, Can’t run, nuclear!

Can’t run, Can’t run, Can’t run, Can’t run, if there’s a screw-up

It’s safe! It’s safe! It’s safe! It’s safe! Nuclear!

It’s safe! It’s safe! It’s safe! It’s safe! until there’s a screw-up

It’s safe! It’s safe! It’s safe! It’s safe! Nuclear!

It’s safe! It’s safe! It’s safe! until it’s not, until it’s not, until it’s not, until it’s not, Stupid!
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The song is really catchy, just listen to it at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/07/video-japans-post-fukushima-nuclear-protest-music/241372

Its sadly laconic message is truly representative of Japanese public opinion these days, and understandably so, given the unfolding tragedy at the Fukushima Dai No. 1. Nuke plant.

By the way, TOKYO ELECTRICAL POWER CO. (TEPCO) continues to “spoon feed” the world information about its progress, or more rather, lack of it; These days, they resort to “third string” spokesmen who clearly do no know a dam thing, they prefer it that way! We have not had an authoritative “Activities Report on Dai No.1” in some time.  THE WORLD IS GROWING VERY IMPATIENT WITH  TEPCO, THEIR COLLUDING JAPANESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AND THE BRITISH -LED “INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA – WHAT A SHAM! )”.  I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE PRONOUNCED : “IA, EA- oh!, OLD MC DONALD HAD A FARM, ia, ea, oh! – Problem is, the farm is now radioactive.

Gonzedo

July 2, 2011 at 1:26 PM Comments (0)

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