Copyright, Deborah Dupre, 2011. All rights reserved.
Nuclear energy refugees and unwitting consumers face overwhelming reality of Fukushima catastrophe impacting survivors and the unborn
On September 29, another strong quake hit Japan’s Fukushima where workers refuse to work at its crippled nuclear power plant that is releasing more radioactive contamination into the ocean than ever seen, with highest cesium values not closest to Fukushima, amid what an “ultimate insider” told ABC News Australia is a “cover-up” of a catastrophe so intense, truth has been buried, even by the Prime Minister. Thousands of Japan’s nuclear energy refugees battle to face reality, especially women confronted with these new reports who worry about their children and their unborn.
According to a preliminary research analysis reported by Ken Buesseler, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who is leading an international team of researchers, “Japanese government and utility industry scientists estimated this month that 3,500 terabecquerels of cesium 137 was released directly into the sea from March 11, the date of the earthquake and tsunami, to late May,” reported The New York Times Wednesday.
“Another 10,000 terabecquerels of cesium 137 made it into the ocean after escaping from the plant as steam.”
“Rather than leveling off toward zero, it remained elevated in late July,’’ said Buesseler who is leading a research project financed mainly by the Moore Foundation “after governments declined to participate,” David Holly wrote for the Times.
Holly’s Times report revealed that the radioactive contamination figure is up to the unimaginable approximated amount of 10,000 becquerel per cubic meter.
Meanwhile, the Fukushima nuclear reactors remain so lethal, it is also unimaginable how anyone can work where danger is higher than ever.
In Confessions of a workers’ discovery of 10,000 mSv yet! After another refused work (Google Translation), Gendai isMedia, September 24, 2011 that has been translated by Google and reported by Energy News, a worker who refuses to work on the plant stated, “In the blocks 1, 2 and 3, there is a strong possibility that has emerged during the melting of nuclear fuel not only from the pressure vessel, but also from the protective sheath.
“At the moment nobody is able to determine, is melted in the extent and to what extent the core,” he stated.
“I can not imagine how people can work there or at another location, where the danger has reached a point that nobody has ever experienced.“
Professor Chris Busby recently reported that children are not being protected nor tested for radiation. He also stated why workers are taking contaminated materials from Fukushima and spreading them all over Japan and burning them. (See end of embedded Youtube on this page left.)
Professor Busby says the testing done in Japan is so substandard that his car air filter testing for radiation indicates higher levels than what testers are saying children who are tested show.
“The car breathes air the same way the child breathes air.”
“We need to do something about these children who are being contaminated,” Busby said, “take them somewhere where it’s reasonably safe.’
He explains, however, that there is nowhere to take them since contaminated material is being deliberately spread throughout Japan and burned, thus releasing radioactive material in the air.
The “sinister and horrifying” reason for trucking the radioactive material from Fukushima to all over Japan to be burned, said Professor Busby, is that eventually, when Japanese children start to die to leukemia, from other cancers, from heart disease, their parents are going to want to go to court and sue the government. To do that, the parents will need to say the children were contaminated.
Since cancer rates will have escalated throughout the nation, there will be no control group with no contaminated materials to compare with the high cancer rates, so there can be no successful lawsuits according to Professor Busby.
“The aim is to destroy all of Japan, to increase the cancer rate throughout Japan so there will be no control group to which you can compare these children in the Fukushima area.”
The same burned radioactive contaminated material going up into the air is also being carried by the jet stream to the United States, as nuclear specialist Arnie Gundersen has formerly explained, calling the lethal practice, “kicking the can.”
“It eventually ends up into the Pacific Northwest, either into B.C., Oregon, Washington or California. The process of burning the radioactive material means they’re kicking the can down the road.”
Ultimate insider explains nuclear energy cover-ups and incompetence
In an ABC News Australia interview on September 28, Australia’s veteran reporter Mark Willacy interviewed Mark Colvin.
Colvin stated that an “ultimate insider” has revealed that the Prime Minister contemplated evacuating 30 million from Tokyo, but did not due to fear of mass panic and chaos and that eastern Japan might collapse. (Watch ABC Australia report on the interview, “Japan ‘scared’ of telling truth to Fukushima evacuees,” on the Youtube video embedded on this page left.)
“Former special adviser to Japan’s prime minister and cabinet Kenichi Matsumoto has told the ABC that the government has known for months that many who live close to the Fukushima plant will not be able to return to their homes for 10 to 20 years because of contamination,” reported ABC New Australia.
“MARK COLVIN: […] Kenichi Matsumoto is the ultimate insider. As special advisor to Japan’s prime minister and cabinet he witnessed both the government’s and the plant operator’s responses to the worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century. And when it comes to the meltdowns, Professor Matsumoto paints a picture of cover-ups, incompetence and communication breakdown. […]
MARK WILLACY: He’s been described as the prime minister’s ‘brains trust’ but Kenichi Matsumoto isn’t a nuclear physicist or a scientific genius. The history professor and author was a special advisor to the Japanese cabinet when a tsunami slammed into the Fukushima nuclear plant. So he would become a witness to history and he’s given the ABC an ultimate insider’s account of what happened in the hours and days after March 11 […]
During the interview, it is stated that “Matsumoto confirms the prime minister at the time, Naoto Kan, also contemplated evacuating tens of millions of people from in and around Tokyo.”
Professor Matsumoto said, “The government should have conveyed the truth to the evacuees. But it felt scared; it feared telling the truth to the people.”
“There was no clue about the amount of radiation coming from the Fukushima plant or if it was spreading over 100 or 200 kilometres.”
“If that was the case, Tokyo would be in danger. And Prime Minister Kan actually said that eastern Japan might not be able to keep functioning; that it might collapse.”
Professor Matsumoto concludes that talk of tens of millions [“30 million people”] being evacuated was dismissed, with fears it would cause mass panic and chaos worse than the nuclear crisis itself.
ABC New Australia reported Thursday that “Professor Matsumoto has also revealed details about the stricken plant’s operator, TEPCO.”
“He says TEPCO wanted to abandon the plant at the height of the crisis, but its request was rejected.
“First TEPCO did not convey accurate information about the accident to the prime minister. It tried to make the disaster look small,” he said.
“Then TEPCO’s headquarters wanted to evacuate the nuclear plant, but the chief of the facility vowed not to leave. So prime minister Kan was outraged because he wasn’t getting proper information or the truth.”
There have been no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued after Thursday’s 5.6 quake centered off Fukushima. But as Jonathan Watts of the Guardian recently stated in his special report about Fukushima, after receiving an email from a local encouraging his continued reporting on the cover-up, “This is not a one-off freak event, it is a shift in day-to-day life that changes the meaning of ‘ordinary.’ But quite how is hard to determine.”
“Low-level radiation is an invisible threat that breaks DNA strands with results that do not become apparent for years or decades. Though the vast majority of people remain completely unaffected throughout their lives, others develop cancer.
“Not knowing who will be affected and when is deeply unsettling,” reported Watts who described his Japanese friend, Reiko-san and her dismay about being misinformed about the radiation contamination.
“She always wore a mask and carried an umbrella to protect against black rain. Every conversation was about the state of the reactors. In the supermarket, where she used to shop for fresh produce, she now looked for cooked food – ‘the older, the safer now’.
“She expressed fears for her son, anger at the government and deep distrust of the reassuring voices she was hearing in the traditional media.
“We are misinformed. We are misinformed,” she repeated.
“‘Our problem is in society. We have to fight against it. And it seems as hard as the fight against those reactors.”‘
“Individuals are being forced to make decisions about what is safe to eat and where is safe to live, because the government is not telling them – Japanese people are not good at that,” says Satoshi Takahashi, one of Japan’s leading clinical psychologists,” reported Watts. “Some people say they want to die. Others become more dependent on alcohol. Many more complain of listlessness.”
“Sachiko Masuyama has suffered many of these symptoms as she has been forced to make life-or-death decisions for herself and her unborn baby. On 9 March, she found out she was expecting her third child. Two days later, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant – only 25km from her home – was jolted into meltdown. And since then her life has been turned upside down, first by a desperate escape from the disaster zone, then by a growing worry about the effects of the radiation on the foetus growing inside her.
Each time she goes to the hospital for a checkup, she is filled with anxiety that the ultrasound might reveal a deformity, so she counts and recounts the fingers and toes. The doctors have reassured her there is no sign of abnormality, but they won’t know for sure until the birth in November – and perhaps not for years later. For Masuyama, the worry has become so all-consuming that she has considered abortion and suicide.”
Ms. Masuyama told Watts, “When I watch the documentaries about Chernobyl, it is horrifying, but I have decided to give birth.”
“I have three children: one inside me and two outside. I wouldn’t kill my son and daughter because they were exposed, so how could I kill my unborn child?”
Another woman, due to give birth in October, Mari Ishimori, is one of the over 135,000 Japanese nuclear energy refugees. She is now alone after her husband chose to stay at their home in the Fukushima area.
Watts writes that Ms. ishimori “avoids eating fish, meat or eggs, and is deeply sceptical about official safety assurances.”
She told Watts, “I don’t trust anything they say. Tokyo Electric and the government have told us so many lies.”
Before publishing his special report on Fukushima, Watts sent a draft to his friend, Reiko.
“Her reply was polite, but I felt she was disappointed,” he wrote, and included it:
“Maybe you can find the answer. Maybe it is too much to ask. If so, just forget it. Even though I am much louder than other Japanese, I feel I am lost. My life here requires me to be normalised, to behave like we used to. I have to work, I have to eat. After five months of struggling, I am getting tired of worrying. It is much easier to give up pursuing reality. What bothers me most is being torn in this conflicting situation with no answer, every moment.”
Helping to represent the voiceless, all those injured and suffering from nuclear energy contamination, including the unborn, the planet’s future, last Thursday, a former Fukushima area resident farmer from Kawaamata Town, Ms. Sachiko Sato, 53, spoke at a gathering in central New York.
Ms. Sato urged people worldwide to abolish nuclear power plants.
“There is no such thing as safe nuclear power,” she told some 70 participants at the event organized by a US anti-nuclear group.
Ms. Sato was forced to evacuate from Fukushima to neighboring Yamagata Prefecture with her family after the catastrophe began in March.
She said that the nuclear energy plant accident changed her life totally and that she wants the world to to know hardship she has experienced after forced to abandon her farmland.
Ms. Sato called on people worldwide to work together to get rid of nuclear plants, saying that, “when one thinks about the future of children, what they have to do is clear.”
Copyright, Deborah Dupré 2011. All rights reserved.