Fukushima Insoluble Radioactive Particles (part 3)

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We are presenting here a transcription of an NHK TV documentary (note1) on insoluble radioactive particles found in Fukushima and in the Tokyo metropolitan region. This is the 3rd part of the 3 parts.

Her is the 1st part : https://fukushima311voices.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/insoluble-radioactive-particles-part-1/

Here is the 2nd part : https://fukushima311voices.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/insoluble-radioactive-particles-part-2/

As you can see below, small insoluble radioactive particles are dispersed in the Tokyo metropolitan area. We believe that this represents serious health problems for the population in terms of internal irradiation, since the insoluble radioactive particles remain in the body for a long time. For anybody who would stay in this metropolitan area, further radioprotection against internal irradiation would be required.

 

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Takeda: I will ask Yuichi Moriguchi, who is carrying out investigations on radio-contamination caused by the accident, including the insoluble radioactive particles, how many of such insoluble radioactive particles exist and in what range of area?

Moriguchi:…

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Fukushima Insoluble Radioactive Particles (part 2)

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1.jpgWe are presenting here a transcription of an NHK TV documentary (note1) on insoluble radioactive particles found in Fukushima and in the Tokyo metropolitan region. This is the 2nd part of the 3 parts.

Here is the first part.

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Insoluble radioactive particles that do not dissolve in water.

This characteristic is supposed to make a big difference when considering health effects.

In the past, radioactive cesium emitted in the nuclear accident was thought to be carried away adhering to water-soluble particles called aerosols in the atmosphere. When it touches the water the particle melts and the cesium diffuses and gets diluted. The same is true when it is inhaled in the lungs; the water-soluble cesium melts into the body fluid and spreads thinly throughout the body. Then it is supposed to be discharged gradually by the metabolic activity, and decreases by half from 80 to 100 days in the case…

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Fukushima Insoluble Radioactive Particles (part 1)

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We are presenting here a transcription of an NHK TV documentary (note1) on insoluble radioactive particles found in Fukushima and in the Tokyo metropolitan region. Since it is quite heavy with images, it will be uploaded in 3 parts.

These particles contain cesium, which has the property to dissolve in water. However, in the case of these particles, the cesium was taken into glass-like particles during the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident before it was blown away by the explosion. These particles do not dissolve in water, and as a consequence the cesium will remain longer both in the environment and in the human body, which will modify the impact of radioactive materials on the environment and on health.

Here the video in Japanese: https://youtu.be/ipOEfS-06FM

Takeda: A round particle like a marble.
Rugged particles like asteroids.
Presently, the researchers are paying attention to them.

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Very small particles contain radioactive cesium.

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In Fukushima, a land where few return

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The evacuation orders for most of the village of Iitate have been lifted. But where are the people?

1.jpgThe build-up of contaminated bags is slowly changing the landscape of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture.

IITATE, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – Some day when I have done what I set out to do, I’ll return home one of these days, where the mountains are green, my old country home, where the waters are clear, my old country home.

— “Furusato,” Tatsuyuki Takano

A cherry tree is blooming in the spring sunshine outside the home of Masaaki Sakai but there is nobody to see it. The house is empty and boarded up. Weeds poke through the ground. All around are telltale signs of wild boar, which descend from the mountains to root and forage in the fields. Soon, the 60-year-old farmhouse Sakai shared with his mother and grandmother will be demolished.

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“No one died” implies a cruel hierarchy

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Haniwa – tomb figures, Saitama, C6th, Tokyo National Museum of Art, Tokyo, 217 km south west of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

Advocates of nuclear power frequently say that “no one died” as a result of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. They mean that, unlike the tsunami and earthquake which killed at least 15,894 people, with a further 2,562 people still missing, no one was killed as a result of exposure to radiation.

Even if it were true that no one died, this is a cruel, disrespectful thing to say as it denies the importance and severity of the profound suffering and illness [1] which are undeniably a direct result of the nuclear disaster.

Is it right to place death above suffering in a hierarchy like this? Surely either consequence is unacceptable and should not be compared. Any person with any empathy who has experienced or witnessed excruciating, protracted illness, physical or mental, will understand this.

Many scientists remain concerned about what the future holds for those who were – and who continue to be – exposed to radioactivity from inside the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. There are already 183 cases of confirmed and suspected thyroid cancer among 381,282 people who were under 18 in 2011 [2]. This is equivalent to an incidence of 511 per million people. Prior to 2011, the incidence of thyroid cancer in Japan among this age group was 1-3 per million.

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Linking Fukushima with Chernobyl, 3a! Koriyama, Koriyama City, Fukushima, 60 km west of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

The brightly coloured things for children at 3a Koriyama! Family Club contrast with the materials on the the walls above.

A teatowel from Belarus, the country most severely contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. After 31 years this catastrophe continues to unfold [3] with devastating health and environmental consequences. In Belarus and Ukraine, radiogenic illnesses and birth defects continue to arise in over 453,000 children born of parents who were themselves children in 1986 [4].

Next to the teatowel, a reproduction of a grim painting of a mother and child, by Wakana, conveys a terrible suffering and vulnerability.

 


[1] “Between 2011 and 2014, nearly 2,000 Japanese citizens, including many old people, died as the result of illness or suicides connected with the evacuations … [which were] necessary to avoid large radiation exposures from the radioactive fallout carried by the plumes”.

Dr Ian Fairlie, ‘Summing The Health Effects of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster,’ 2015, http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/summing-the-health-effects-of-the-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/

[2] 183 confirmed and suspected thyroid cancers:

http://fukushimavoice-eng2.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/fukushima-thyroid-examination-december.html

And at least one further case of thyroid cancer confirmed but not reported: http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2017/A-child-diagnosed-with-thyroid-cancer-after-the-Fukushima-nuclear-accident-is-missing-from-government-checkup-records-an-aid-group-says-raising-questions-about-the-thoroughness-and-tra/id-fe042c9dc43448669bb661521353ce71

[3] Kim Hjelmgaard, USA Today, ‘Exiled Scientist: Chernobyl Is Not Finished, It Has Only Just Begun,https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/04/17/nuclear-exile-chernobyl-30th-anniversary/82896510/

[4] Dr Ian Fairlie, TORCH-2016 [The Other Report on Chernobyl]: An Independent Scientific Evaluation of The Health-related Effects of The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: https://www.global2000.at/sites/global/files/GLOBAL_TORCH%202016_rz_WEB_KORR.pdflsummary of the report and link here: http://www.ianfairlie.org/news/30-years-after-chernobyl/

 

“Little Voices From Fukushima” film screening

Film screening

to coincide with the exhibition, in the week of the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (26.4.1986):

Little Voices from Fukushima documentary by Hitomi Kamanaka

119 min, Japanese with English subtitles

Monday 24th April 2017

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL

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18:00 – 19:00 exhibition reception, drinks served

19:00 – 21:00  film screening:

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“Little Voices from Fukushima is a documentary film dedicated to Japanese mothers and children living in the post-meltdown world of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. In the course of telling their stories, Director Hitomi Kamanaka takes us to Belarus, where we learn from mothers who experienced the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 28 years ago.”

more about the film: http://kamanaka.com/canon/english/

facebook ‘event’: https://www.facebook.com/events/1218812888236663/

All welcome, free event, donations welcome.

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL

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phone: 020 7405 1818

email: martha@conwayhall.org.uk

http://www.conwayhall.org.uk

‘Fukushima Wastelands’ a poem by Ann Garrett Ashley

Ann read her poem on 10th March at the London Remember Fukushima vigil held opposite the Japanese Embassy in London and again on 11 March at the Remember Fukushima rally held opposite Downing Street in London.

Fukushima Wastelands   [ March 2017 – 6 years on ]

[ With thanks and acknowledgements to Lis Fields’ ’20 Millisieverts per Year’ exhibition and the film ‘Nuclear Japan’ by Mr. Hiroyuki Kawai].

Fields of black plastic bags filled with radioactive waste

stretch across Fukushima Prefacture

Deserted streets

Deserted houses

Deserted schools

A child’s pink bicycle abandoned in a garage

Geiger counters buzz as white-clad officials monitor here and there

Deserted shops

Deserted libraries

Deserted allotments

A tsunami marker stone stands firm on a hill in Tomioka

– A reminder overseeing this devastating destruction

The sun shines, but there’s no one about

The wind blows the luscious vegetation, but it’s inedible

Flowers bloom, but are not seen, smelt or picked

164,865 people have left this polluted paradise

8% of the urban and rural land mass is uninhabitable

20 milliesieverts per year is now the Government’s safe radiation threshold

Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants lie close to tsunami-prone seas

Their white temple- like domes and austere structures

gleam and glisten in seemingly pristine condition

They hide the deadly plutonium within

They are part of the world’s dangerous annihilative sin

Ann Garrett Ashley, March 2017

Left: Abandoned High Street, Chuo District, Tomioka, Fukushima; right: Radioactive Plants and Topsoil In Black Plastic Bags, Katsurao, Fukushima, © Lis Fields 2017