Montag, 23. April 2012

Health issues & radiation sickness in Japan

For many months now, the first reports, studies and peer reviews have been published on the issue of health effects of the Fukushima-Dai'ichi disaster. Especially children are the most affected of radiation sicknesses and diseases such as thyroid problems, acute cardiovascular diseases, cancers, lumps and irrefutable cell damage, because their immune systems are not fully developed. A study conducted in the Fukushima prefecture on 3375 children showed:

"Total number of children tested: 3765
No. of children found with lumps 5.1 millimeters and larger: 26 (0.7% of total)
No. of children found with lumps smaller than 5.1 millimeters: 1117 (29.7% of total)1143 children, or 30.4% of children tested, were found with lumps of varying sizes. 26 children (0.7%) have been found with lumps with 5.1 millimeters or larger in diameter, and will go through further testing [at some time]. However, Shunichi Yamashita, the head of the commission and the vice president of Fukushima Medical University explains, "There is no malignant change due to the nuclear plant accident". Of 3739 children who will not need further testing (99.3% of children tested), 1117 children (29.7%) have been found with lumps 5.0 millimeters or less in diameter. But the prefectural government has decided they are "benign". (1)

Already last year, in May 2011 Satoshi Tashiro, senior professor of the Hiroshima University had discovered in 550 out of 1100 children's thyroids high and health threatening levels of radiation, up to 0,1 - 0,2 mSv/ h. (2) Regarding the fact that especially children are extremely vulnerable to radiation because their immune system is not yet fully developed and that they are irradiated and exposed to highly radioactive sources of radiation, and contaminated by local food, dust and water, we must unfortunately be ready to predict a high number of children cancers and genetic defects over the next decades, probably worse then Chernobyl. But also unborn life is severely affected by radiation: resumed the risks and threats very well in an article from June 2011:

"In the ultimate nuclear nightmare scenario now unfolding, Japanese local newspapers have attributed sickness in children to Fukushima's nuclear meltdowns, the radioactive levels now elevated throughout eastern Japan. Children over 32 miles from ground zero are suffering fatigue, diarrhea, and nosebleeds, the three most common of eight radiation sickness signs, the three in the earliest stage Tokyo Shinbun newspaper reported that many Japanese children have "inexplicable" symptoms. Each symptom described are among the first experienced with radiation sickness. Japan is dangerously contaminated by radioactivity over a far larger area than previously reported by TEPCO and the central government according to new reports from multiple sources," the Daily Kos reported. The prefectural government of Iwate released new data that shows radioactive contamination of grass exceeds safety standards at a distance of 90 to 125 miles from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plants. Children become radiated when they drink milk and eat dairy products from cows feeding on radioactive grass, even at low levels according to the world's foremost anti-nuclear campaigner, Dr. Helen Caldicott, and other independent scientists. Radioactive materials concentrate in milk" and many other food products. (5) 

Pediatricians around Japan but mostly in a 200km radius around Fukushima report of more and more children attended by radiation sickness and describing the typical symptoms: 

" Tomoyuki Yamazaki, a Japanese doctor ... in Wakayama Prefecture in western Japan who provides medical counseling at the information center every month, said in an email to ENInews that an increasing number of children he has seen “have nosebleeds that don’t stop, diarrhea, dark circles under their eyes, and incurable stomatitis [an inflammation of the mucous linings in the mouth]. A growing number of children [at the centre] have pains in their chests.” [...] (6)

The fear and growing rumors of miscarriages have been denied by the government although first analysis and statistics point in a different direction. The University of Fukushima disinforms the public by telling them that currently 28 pregnancies in Fukushima are resulting in a miscarriage out of 100 , but that would be a rather normal number. One third of the pregnancies ending in a miscarriage an this is supposed to be normal? The disinformation these days doesn't seem to know any limits. (7) Another less acadamical but interesting report came from the Morning-TV of AsahiTV. Apparently, mutations are also visible in botanic life: Reporters claimed that many mutations in flowers and plants have occurred and showed images of mutated dandelions. (8) The disinformation from the government takes unprecedented levels of absurdity. Sebastian Pflugbeil, a respected German Nuclear Expert and chairman of the Society for Radiation Protection, visited the Fukushima area and was shocked to find a beauty pageant in Fukushima for the prettiest girl who ate only food from Fukushima area. This pageant was supported and sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture. (9) The typical eye-swelling especially in small children has also occured in Fukushima and surrounding areas. Swollen red eyes, as observed in Chernobyl are a typical symptom of thyroid disorder and have been reported in Japan especially by parents whose children played in contaminated sand boxes or playgrounds. (10)

Leukemia cases and fear of Leukemia in Japan is on the rise. A senior Japanese journalist, covering the Fukushima case since march 2011 developed acute lymphocytic leukemia and died after 3 weeks (3). In a recent survey a lot of Japanese people show they are preoccupied about becoming sick and scientist talk about a massive psychotic disorder caused by both the accident and the coverup by Japanese authorities:

"Despite the fact that the Japanese government and TEPCO were caught red-handed underplaying the severity of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, a study has found that almost a quarter of Fukushima residents hospitalized in the aftermath of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami were treated as having a “psychiatric disorder” because of their concerns over radiation. The phenomenon of authorities underplaying the threat posed by radiation or even characterizing concerns over it as a mental illness has become a dominant theme since the catastrophe just over a year ago. This is despite the fact that Japanese authorities were caught over and over again lying to cover-up the true scale of the disaster.“Some 24.4 percent of people who were hospitalized in Fukushima with psychiatric disorders in the wake of the outbreak of the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant had done so possibly because of fears of radiation exposure, according to the results of research conducted by psychiatrists at Fukushima Medical University,” reports the Mainichi Daily News" (11)

After 13 months, the whole impact of the catastrophe is yet far from being measurable. The fact that still 3 reactors are out of control and 6 spent fuel pools are beyond repair does however predict a rather pessimistic future. 


(1) via Fukushima Minpo Newspaper 











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16 Kommentare:

  1. good job, well researched, philippe! ~lt xoxo

  2. What will determine the total cost of their "Trillion Dollar+" Eco-Disast­er?

    Please feel free to add your comments and or estimates to this list:
     Decommissi­oning costs
     Loss to all other radioactiv­e decontamin­ation caused by this Disaster.
     Loss of revenues by Tepco
     Loss to TEPCO's share holders caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of Japanese personal income caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to Japanese businesses caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of all Japanese health costs related to radioactiv­ity
     Loss due to unusable Japanese Land related to radioactiv­ity
     Loss due to Japanese housing caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of Japanese Property Values caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of fishing grounds caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of manufactur­ing caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to the value of the Yen caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to other Utilities caused by Fukushima'­s radioactiv­ity
     Loss to Japans credit rating caused by Fukushima'­s radioactiv­ity
     Loss to the Japanese peoples Lives because of radiation
    and lets not forget the
     Loss to the Japanese Nuclear Industry World-Wide...


    I believe that the Japanese have been holding their breath or almost a year now, waiting for the people Globally to start complaining first verbally then financially about not only their Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster but also the burning of radioactive waste which is spreading Globally!

    The global outrage has not been very bad (so far) so the Japanese are now only too happy to burn, dump and SPIN their way into the future!

    I think future generations will look at what is happening in Japan as a perfect example of a Government using Science to condemn its citizens to an unhealthy future in order to make money for those that control the Government!

    TEPCO is now engaged in a Health War not only against the Japanese People but all those living on Earth, downwind from Fukushima!

  4. Japan's Leaders need to start thinking outside the radioactive BOX...

    If the Japanese were smart, they would dedicate this area as a mock Lunar Base, a "practice" area and then develop it the same way they would develop a future base on the Moon...

    This would allow the other counties that are interested in planning a lunar base to join together with the Japanese and figure out how to use NEW Radiation-Proof technology to work in a radioactive environment, while still here on Earth. While they are doing it they could also develop a HUGE Solar Farm, whose capacity could be used by the Japanese, (instead of a lunar base)!

    TEPCO needs to governed by an International Board that will guaranty that what happens from now on always puts public safety ahead of PROFITS...

  5. Some interesting links (in English)...

    A Green Road:
    Radioactive Smoke/Steam Coming Out Of Ground At Fukushima 2.28.2012; via A Green Road Blog

    Fukushima Lies Movie Part I and II; via A Green Road Blog; via A Green Road Blog

    Fukushima Tsunami Explosion Coverup? via A Green Road Blog

    Fukushima; Pacific Ocean Catastrophe Confirmed; via A Green Road Blog

    Fukushima Leaking Radioactive Water Into Ocean Plume; via A Green Road Blog

    On 3/11; 15 Nuclear Reactors In Japan Were Damaged, Not 3 or 4

    TEPCO Loses ALL Insurance Coverage; Japanese Nuclear Plants; Via A Green Road Blog

    Fukushima; Today's Titantic and Costa Concordia; via A Green Road Blog

  6. CaptD thank you for sharing all this information! will need some time to process it! but your analysis is right, it's not solely a japanese problem anymore. Fukushima threatens atleast important parts of the Pacific region. I hope that soon we have the first detailed oceanographic and marinelife studies that give us an idea of how much Fukushima has actually poisoned the food chain in the pacific.

  7. Phillippe
    I hope am putting all this in the correct locations because the page I'm looking at is not "All" in English and I am language "challenged"... Most of the "buttons" are not in English

    BTW: If I tweet something will you "get it"?
    That would save me lots of time, since I would not have to send "tips" to separate email addresses!

    @1CaptD is my Twitter Name

    This is a great article FILLED with information!

    United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium

  8. We are not alone in our quest for TRUTH!

    Here is another site that is PACKED FULL of high quality info that contains researched articles about Nuclear!

    Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog

  9. Talking about the radioactive pollution still coming from Fukushima; the US Gov't. has failed the public trust because they have not kept folks informed as to what levels of what radionuclides have been found in North America.

    More Here: United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium

    Here is an example of what other Scientists have found:

    Radionuclides from the Fukushima accident in the air over Lithuania:
    ...and remember these numbers were found AFTER the radioactive air passed over the Pacific Ocean, North America, the Atlantic Ocean and much of Europe!

  10. ... really? read WHO Fukushima and Chernobyl are not so bad

  11. the video internet platform initiated by austrian and japanese artists 'sound of sirens' encourages people 'to get involved' in the aftermath of 311.

  12. @ Anonym A Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster not bad enough for you? How would your Country pay for one?
    WAKE UP...

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  14. Wall nearly 100 feet tall to be built underground at Fukushima Daiichi to prevent further spread of radioactive contamination — Construction begins tomorrow, ends June 2014

    They will have 3 molten corium(s) on one side and the Pacific Ocean of the other!

    Good Luck Japan and all of US.

    p,s, While they are doing this they are not saying that they are hoping to restart reactors #5 and #6 that are right next to this "wall"; the Japanese are gambling that Nature will not make suckers of them and the rest of the Planet!

  15. Your Geiger will tell you when to shelter in place.

    How to read Geiger

    Checklist for shelter in place (prep now)


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