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In Fukushima many women aborted their babies in the months after the nuclear disaster

Fukushima Woman: Many are aborting their babies… It’s really happening — I know many women who were visibly pregnant then suddenly weren’t (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/fukushima-woman-many-aborting-babies-really-happening-many-women-visibly-pregnant-suddenly-werent-video

In Containment
: The people of Minamisoma, 15 months after the meltdown – Part 1/5

Director/editor Ian Thomas Ash
Producer/camera Koji Fujita
Published on Jul 2, 2012
Published by DocumentingIan

Citizens of Minamisoma share personal struggles they continue to face

At 5:00 in

Unidentified Speaker : And many women are aborting their babies.

Interviewer: I have also heard that the number of abortions increasing. But I don’t know if it’s really true.

Minamisoma Resident: It’s really happening.

Interviewer: It’s not just a rumor, but actually true?

Minamisoma Resident: Many people are afraid to have children. I know many people who feel that way. I know many women who were visibly pregnant then suddenly weren’t.

At 7:30 in

Minamisoma Resident 2: Although more than a year has passed we are still suffering. Our hearts are still anguished by issues such as this problem of increasing abortions.

September 29, 2014 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

Physical. mental, social effects of Fukushima radiation

 doctors told the women there was no way to determine if
the symptoms were caused by radiation. But the women saw other
patients with similar symptoms at doctors’ offices, Maeshima says.

“They went through a tremendous amount of stress and those symptoms
can be caused by stress,” she says. “There may be a direct impact from
radiation, but no one, no doctor, can tell.

Md. woman sees long-term effects of radiation in Fukushima, WTOP 30 Dec 12,
“……..Maeshima was a school nurse for 25 years in Japan. Relying on
that experience, she has been volunteering for about a year at Mano
Elementary School in Minami Soma City, which was forced to evacuate
after the nuclear plant accident. She sees a range of issues among
children.

“Some struggle to gain weight while others gain too much and become
overweight,” she says. “Insomnia and frequent headaches are causing
some kids to miss school.”

It’s not so much that she sees the physical injuries from radiation.
Instead, she sees children’s lives turned upside down. Continue reading

December 31, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, health, Japan, social effects | Leave a comment

TEPCO needs help! 3.2 trillion yen needed for Fukushima compensation

exclamation-Tepco requested additional financial support of 697 billion yen for the Author-Fukushima-diaryNuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/tepco-requested-additional-financial-support-of-697-billion-yen-for-the-nuclear-damage-liability-facilitation-fund/
 by Mochizuki on December 27th, 2012 ·
Tepco has estimated the total nuclear damage compensation to be 2.5 trillion yen and has been requesting the financial support from the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund based on the revised Special Business Plan approved on May 9, 2012.

However, after deciding the compensation standard of lands or houses, adding real estate and postponing the compensation term for spontaneous evacuees and harmful rumor of agricultural products, the estimated compensation amount increased to be 3.2 trillion yen.

On 12/27/2012, Tepco requested the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund for 697 billion yen of the additional financial support.
Related article..[Bloomberg] Tepco Sued by U.S. Sailors Exposed to Radiation [Link]

Source

December 29, 2012 Posted by | business and costs, Fukushima 2012, Japan, politics | 2 Comments

Fukushima victims declaration for their human rights

logo-human-rightsLegal Expert in Tokyo: Fukushima flag-japanperpetrators are escaping responsibility http://enenews.com/legal-expert-tokyo-fukushima-perpetrators-escaping-responsibility
 (Subscription Only) Title: Fukushima victims take a stand with human rights declaration
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Date: December 28, 2012
Fukushima victims take a stand with human rights declaration

[...] It was drafted by Yoshitaro Nomura, a Tokyo-based lawyer who has been providing legal consultations for those affected by the reactor meltdowns that caused mass evacuations [...]

Nomura refers to the parties directly involved, and in his view responsible for the disaster, as “perpetrators.”

“Those who caused the accident switched from having responsibility to escaping from responsibility,” he said. “In essence, they are trivializing the disaster, cutting the amount of compensation and announcing the crisis is over.” [...]

“The government delayed giving evacuation orders. Now it is giving priority to economic recovery over the health of residents.” [...]

“We want Fukushima to return to the way it was, where we can eat tasty rice, vegetables, fruit, fish and meat without the slightest fear,” says one passage in the declaration. [...]

See also: Navy rescue workers sue Japan over Fukushima cover-up — “Irreparable harm to life expectancy” — Gov’t and Tepco conspired

December 29, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | 1 Comment

Rats at Fukushima nuclear plant pose safety and radiation dangers

rat-chewing-cableFukushima Worker: Rats now being found in many places around plant — Concern about biting cables, tripping electrical systems, spreading high level contamination http://enenews.com/fukushima-worker-rats-being-found-many-places-around-plant-concern-about-biting-cables-spreading-high-level-contamination
 December 21st, 2012 
Title: Atomic Rats, Fishing For Beams & Cleaning Up The Common Pool At Daiichi
Source: SimplyInfo
Date:  Dec 20, 2012
Atomic Rats [...]

Workers at the plant are reporting seeing rats at Daiichi. Worker Happy11311 mentioned seeing them and was worried they would damage cables at the plant. They could cause obvious safety problems if they chewed on electrical or water lines. Small animals also pose the risk of getting into equipment and causing issues by tripping electrical systems. Then there is the problem of rats being in contact with high levels of radiation then making them highly contaminated. This can cause problems as they then spread the contamination up the food chain or take it with them if they leave the immediate area.

Translation by Fukushima Diary: I like animals but haven’t seen rats before. Recently I see rats in many places of Fukushima plant. ・・・ They much bigger than Jerry. I’m concerned they may cause a trouble by biting cables.

See also: Fukushima Daiichi Worker: I got worried about corrosion of pipes after seeing new video of Reactor 1 — One day pipes will break from slight quake after seeing how much they corroded in only a year — Same risk at all four reactors (PHOTO)

December 28, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

Tanks holding Fukushima’s radioactive water – all too easy to break open

Tanks for holding radioactive Fukushima liquid are too fragile and flimsy — Breaking open much easier than expected http://enenews.com/tanks-for-holding-radioactive-fukushima-liquid-are-too-fragile-and-flimsy-breaking-open-much-easier-than-expected
  (Subscription Only)Title: Flimsy waste tanks cause new delay in Fukushima plant decontamination
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Date: December 26, 2012

Tanks designed to hold radioactive filtrate at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are proving too fragile to be used, and the operator has announced a further delay in starting up machinery that cleans contaminated water.

water tanks Fukushma

[... It was] to begin operation at the plant in September.

[...] they are unable to predict when the equipment may finally come online.

The vessels are hoisted and lowered as they are filled and replaced by empty containers. In the event of an accident, they need to be strong enough to withstand a fall without releasing their radioactive contents.

TEPCO confirmed that the vessels could sustain a fall from a height of 6 meters in an upright position. But tests found the tanks were breaking and spilling their contents when dropped on from a height of only 3 meters in an upside-down position. [...]

December 28, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

Fukushima – there was a meltdown of the reactor itself

Fukushima-aerial-viewLawsuit: “Reactor itself” melted down, not only nuclear fuel rods — Japan gov’t “lying through their teeth about meltdowns” http://enenews.com/lawsuit-reactor-melted-down-only-nuclear-fuel-rods-japanese-govt-lying-teeth-about-meltdowns
Title: U.S. Sailors Sue Japan Over Fukushima
Source: Courthouse News Service
Author: By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM
Date: Dec 26, 2012

The Fukushima nuclear disaster exposed Navy rescue workers to dangerous levels of radiation, which the government-owned power plant covered up, eight U.S. sailors claim in court. [...]

“As a consequence of the earthquake and tsunami, the reactors were damaged and power to the cooling mechanism of the FNPP was interrupted, resulting in a meltdown of the fuel and reactor itself, thereby triggering the release of high levels of radiation.” [...]

The plaintiffs claim the government deliberately misled them: “the Japanese government kept representing that there was no danger of radiation contamination to the U.S.S. Reagan … and/or its crew, that ‘everything is under control,’ ‘all is OK, you can trust us,’ and there is ‘no immediate danger’ or threat to human life, all the while lying through their teeth about the reactor meltdowns at FNPP. [...]
See also: Kaku: Uranium totally liquified — Reactor actually melted totally (VIDEO)

December 28, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

Hourly release of cesium-134/137 from Fukushima nuclear reactors

Cesium-13710 million Bq of cesium-134/137 is still released every single hour
from reactor 1, 2 and 3
Fukushma Diary by Mochizuki   December 27th, 2012
According to mid/long term roadmap of Tepco released on 12/27/2012, 10
million Bq of cesium-134/137 is still released from reactor1, 2 and 3
Author-Fukushima-diaryevery single hour.

This is measured at the top part of each reactor building. The amount
is computed from the dust density of Cs-134/137, other nuclides are
excluded.

Since this April, the releasing amount has been stably around 10
million Bq / hour. …
http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/10-million-bq-of-cesium-134137-is-still-released-every-single-hour-from-reactor1-2-and-3/

December 28, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

An overview of the Fukushima nuclear plant situation

Fukushima--Sayaka-Ogata,-SaTwo high school girls that were affected by the disaster are launching a peace discussion forum devoted to expanding the dialogue about nuclear power and weapons. One of the young women said, “My parents’ and grandparents’ generations may be to blame for allowing the nuclear power plants, but both adults and children are responsible for thinking together about the problem.”

highly-recommendedJapan Continues Struggle with Aftermath from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2012/12/26/japan-continues-fukushima-struggle/
 December 26th, 2012 › As 2012 draws to a close, evaluating the ongoing effects of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on the people of Japan is a difficult and depressing task. After having fled their homes due to the tsunami and resulting triple nuclear meltdown, 21 months later an estimated160,000 citizens still have not returned home.

Reports of illness in humans and livestock continue to underscore the far reaching and difficult to predict impacts that a nuclear accident can cause. In July, 36% of Japanese children screened were found to have abnormal thyroid growths. This fall, an illness dubbed the “Fukushima syndrome” was reported to be killing cattle near the Fukushima prefecture. Mutations are already observed inbutterflies and other insects, whose shorter life cycles allow genetic disruptions to display more quickly than in mammals or humans.

IAEA-and-WHO

The World Health Organization downplayed radiation and exposure risks in a report they released last summer, which is being discredited as biased by members of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Dr. Alex Rosen, from Germany said, “It is unclear why a report written mainly by the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and collaborating nuclear institutions would need to be published in the name of the WHO, if not to provide an unsuspicious cover” for the true radiation levels Fukushima residents were exposed to. Continue reading

December 27, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, Japan, Reference, safety | Leave a comment

Fukushima radiation’s slow journey to USA and China’s coasts

water-radiationMore Fukushima nuclear pollution to hit U.S. starting in 2015 — Study: Impact strength of Cesium-137 on West Coast to be as high as 4 PERCENT http://enenews.com/report-nuclear-pollution-from-fukushima-to-hit-u-s-in-2015-impact-strength-of-cesium-137-on-west-coast-is-as-high-as-4-percent-due-to-strong-currents
December 20th, 2012 Follow-up to: Ocean Absorbed 79 Percent Of Fukushima Fallout

Title: An ensemble estimation of impact times and strength of Fukushima nuclear pollution to the east coast of China and the west coast of America

Source: Science China Earth Sciences
Authors: GuiJun Han, Wei Li, HongLi Fu, XueFeng Zhang, XiDong Wang, XinRong Wu, LianXin Zhang
Date: November 2012 Continue reading

December 22, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, oceans | Leave a comment

Tepco pays $142,130.00 in admission of a death caused by Fukushima nuclear disaster

Tepco admits link between death and Fukushima disaster for 1st time http://enenews.com/tepco-admits-link-between-death-and-fukushima-disaster-for-1st-time
December 20th, 2012
 Title: TEPCO settles over death of evacuee
Source: Jiji Press
Date: Dec. 21, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has reached a settlement with the family of a woman from Minamisoma who died as a result of the accident at the utility’s crippled nuclear power plant [...]

This is the first time that TEPCO has admitted a causal link between the death of an evacuee and the accident at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. A total of 183 cases of settlement have been made public [...]

According to the center, the woman, who was hospitalized in the Odaka district of the city, died in April last year after she was forced to evacuate [...]

Tepco paid the woman’s family 12,000,000 yen, equivalent to $142,130.00 at today’s exchange rate.
See also: NHK: Criminal inquiry into nuclear accident begins — Fukushima disaster “a criminal act by the gov’t and Tepco”? — Multiple prosecutors coordinating investigation

December 22, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

National Christian Council finds nuclear power incompatible with life and peace

church-&-radThe science in play is not fiction. Children are growing up forbidden to play outdoors, young women worry that no one will want to marry them, a mother tests her rice harvest to see if she can share it with her children, families are paying off loans on radioactive homes they will never use. These are the kind of stories heard every day at a parish radiation information centre in Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan.

The conference concluded that “there is no safe use of nuclear power, no safe level of exposure to radiation, and no compatibility between nuclear power, life and peace.”

flag-japanNuclear tragedy finds  a human face in Fukushima Insights, ON 19 DEC 2012 BY STEPHENW
The everyday effects of radiation borne by survivors of the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan add up today to an involuntary experiment with public health, community life and environmental affairs.
An ecumenical conference, called to listen to local residents, found that last year’s chain reaction of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear calamity has generated a “live” human tragedy, across a province, with no end in sight.
The Geiger counters that priests and parishioners pull out of their pockets like cell phones made the local anxieties and fears real for their visitors.
“I cannot tell my children that there will be something good if they live,” one mother told a Buddhist priest. Continue reading

December 22, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, Japan, Reference, social effects | Leave a comment

Fukushima nuclear situation still critical, with “makeshift” cooling system

exclamation-Fukushima plant situation ‘volatile,’ a year after cold shutdown declared, Asahi Shimbun December 18, 2012 By NAOYA KON/ Staff Writer Workers are nowhere close to determining the state of melted fuel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a year after the government declared the damaged reactors were in a “cold shutdown” state.

Storage tanks at the site are nearing capacity for radioactive water. A makeshift system is still being used to cool the nuclear fuel. And leaks of contaminated water and quake-induced collapses of plant facilities remain a threat. Continue reading

December 19, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, Japan, safety | Leave a comment

A ticking time bomb – Fukushima nuclear reactors

Kaku: Fukushima reactors “a ticking time bomb” — “Catastrophe beyond comprehension” if major pipe break or quake (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/kaku-fukushima-reactors-like-ticking-time-bomb-catastrophe-beyond-comprehension-major-pipe-break-quake-video
 December 17th, 2012 at
 Full broadcast here

Title: Radioactively Hot Show (Re-broadcast with Dr. Michio Kaku)

Source: SOAPBOX #106
Date: December 7, 2012

The reactor is still like a ticking time bomb. If you have a secondary earthquake, another pipe break, evacuation of workers, the accident starts up all over again.

Realize that we have 5 reactors in various states of degradation in the area. The accident is not over by any means. The accident could start up all over again if there’s a secondary earthquake or another pipe break. In a worst case scenario, if there is a major pipe break or secondary earthquake, they would have to evacuate the workers and because the pumps are not working at the site, it means that you have to manually, manually, insert the water over the reactors and without the workers you would be in free fall. At that point with an evacuation of all the workers, water levels would begin to drop, the reactors would then start to melt again and we would breach containment — that is the release of uncontrolled amounts of radiation in to the environment. And that is a catastrophe beyond comprehension.
Full broadcast here

December 19, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

100% of Fukushima white rockfish had cesium levels, November-December

Author-Fukushima-diaryCesium measured from 100% of Fukushima white rockfish in November and December http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/cesium-measured-from-100-of-fukushima-white-rockfish-in-november-and-december/
by Mochizuki   December 17th, 201
On 9/9/2012, Fukushima Diary reported white rockfish (Shiromebaru) tends to accumulate cesium. http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/09/85-of-fukushima-rockfish-exceeds-safety-limit-in-cesium/

According to Fukushima prefectural government, high level of cesium was measured from 100% (19 of 19) of the samples taken in November and December from offshore Fukushima. 84% (16/19) of them exceeded the government’s safety limit of 100Bq/Kg.

The highest reading was 1,731 Bq/Kg (11/30/2012), the second highest reading was 1,225 Bq/Kg (12/8/2012).

December 18, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012, Japan, oceans | Leave a comment

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