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Road to Fukushima fraught with ongoing tragedy and innovations ignored

“……….the workers return bedraggled, their bus seats lined with plastic to avoid possible contamination.

Upon return, the are channelled directly into radiation screening before they can officially clock off, and await another shift of crawling through the labyrinth of the Fukushima plants highly irradiated tunnels as they try, where robots have failed, to ascertain the condition of the molten radioactive lava…..”

“….Of 42 people between the ages of 19 and 39 who where checked by three independent doctors each, one patient emerged as a definite candidate for thyroid cancer. The results of the tiny sample suggest that the larger, perfunctory checks of increased cancer risks carried out by Fukushima Medical University ­­– whose findings of “minimum cancer risks” informed a UN World Health Organization Report released earlier this month – could be well off the mark…..”

“….“In my opinion, it is very important to make this initial investment in thyroid screening,” said Ito. He added that when suspicions of curious cancers arose, the government should not have paused to debate the causes as to whether they were related to the plant accident or not, but simply should have treated them….”

NAHARA, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan –As you progress up Japan’s National Road No. 6 toward the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, you are impeded by the slow traffic of demolition vehicles and the virtually unending rotation of buses bearing decommissioning workers from J-Village that are engaged in the tedious day- to-day labour of bringing the still enraged facility to heel.

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Decontamination workers unloaded for radiation screening at J-Village, the workers’ compound 20 kilometers south of the decimated Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Nils Bøhmer/Bellona

Charles Digges, 12/03-2013

http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2013/fukushima_series_three

Despite this teeming parade, no roadside stores are open, and vegetable stands that used to do bumper business are shuttered. Instead, the sides of the road are buttressed by enormous encampments of black trash bags containing lowly irradiated shavings of brush and topsoil contaminated by Fukushima’s multiple explosions. Yet, authorities still don’t know were to deposit these bags.

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Bags of lowly irradaited debris collected by cleanup workers. The bags as yet have nowhere to go.
Nils Bøhmer/Bellona

At the mark of 10 kilometers from the plant, cordons of police wearing surgical masks turn away visitors who have no official permission to proceed further. One can watch at the checkpoint as busloads of fresh decommissioning workers, dressed in characteristic blue suits, are sent into the plant.  You can also watch those returning from their shifts as they lean half asleep, dazed and sweaty against the windows of their buses as they await contamination screening at J-Village, a former soccer complex come emergency deployment center where the decommissioning workers get their daily assignments.

Some 3,000 workers toil in confining radiation suits and exhausting conditions on weekdays. Five hundred continue to ply the business of reducing radiation over weekends. Many do this work for about $9.00 an hour, far less than standard pay for a nuclear worker in Japan.

The rotation is constant, given the limited number of hours workers from Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco – which owns the plant – and their subcontractors, can be exposed to radiation during their shifts.

Radiation measurements at this checkpoint hit 1.3 microseiverts per hour, or 11 millisieverts per year, outpacing zones around Chernobyl on the Belarusian side of the border, where safe levels of one milliseivert per year have been restored, according to Belarusian and Ukrainian nuclear authorities.

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Toxic management erodes safety at ‘world’s safest’ nuclear plant Byron USA-

“Those eight minutes symbolize over a decade of abuse,” said a plant source. “And you can never undo it. And it’s never forgotten…..”

 

“…Marriage counseling is the only form of assistance considered acceptable, and attempts to seek psychotherapy or medication are often considered convenient excuses to line troublesome employees up for termination. Said another informed source: “When I saw what it cost them to fire someone that way [a few hundred dollars at that time] with a psych eval, I thought ‘Oh my God, that’s the cheapest way to fire someone I’ve ever seen.’ It’s brilliant, really. But also terrible.”…”

Image source ; http://askaboutfukushimanow.com/tag/nuclear/

Toxic management erodes safety at ‘world’s safest’ nuclear plant
Echoes of Fukushima at Exelon’s flagship Byron Station in Illinois

BY DREUX RICHARD
SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES
MAR 11, 2013

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/03/11/world/toxic-management-erodes-safety-at-worlds-safest-nuclear-plant/#.UT9KMhyP8xC

On Jan. 30, 2012, Byron Nuclear Generating Station lost operability to all of its safety-related equipment. At the time, Jim Hazen was the nuclear station operator responsible for the affected reactor, one of two at the Exelon-owned nuclear plant in Byron, Illinois. NSOs drive nuclear reactors like pilots fly jetliners — it’s mostly autopilot, except when something goes wrong. Hazen surveyed the control room’s instruments and advised taking actions that would trigger the plant’s diesel generators, switching the plant to backup power. According to multiple sources familiar with the incident’s details, including at least one who was directly involved, this was clearly the proper action to take.

But shift manager Ed Bendis rejected that advice. Hazen repeated it. Sources claim he repeated it several times. Bendis didn’t relent, and the reactor went without safety equipment for eight minutes, an eternity in fission time.

“For eight minutes, you’ve raised your middle finger to the meltdown gods,” one reactor operator said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “If anything else happened in that window — and it’s a safe bet one problem causes another — you’re screwed.”

…In the aftermath of the incident, the technical details didn’t bother the plant’s reactor operators — it had been an oddball event. The human element, however, was troubling. Following Hazen’s advice would have disconnected the reactor from its regular offsite power supply. In a statistics-obsessed nuclear industry where the “indicator” — a data point triggered by certain adverse conditions — is king and the technical classification of an incident can ruin a manager’s career, nobody likes to have a “loss of offsite power” incident happen on their watch. Least of all Ed Bendis, who had been exposed to some of the worst coercion dished out by Dave Hoots, who held a number of senior leadership positions at Byron through 2009 and is now Exelon’s chief of internal affairs. A wide range of Byron employees claim that, during his tenure at Byron, Hoots established himself as an ascendant manager by smashing operator morale — especially when recalcitrant operators insisted on prioritizing standards over scheduling. “Why would I ever restore morale?” he once reportedly asked a reactor operator. “You work better afraid.”

During the Jan. 30 incident, operators in the field eventually called the control room to report that a crucial transformer appeared to be on fire. This gave Hazen leverage. He acted to trigger the plant’s diesel generators and — just like he’d said it would — the safety equipment came back online, ending the event eight long minutes after it had begun.

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World’s first conceptual nuclear reactor design of high plutonium breeding by light-water cooling

“….It made it possible to reduce the amount of spent LWR fuels, to enhance the deployment and the security of peaceful uses of nuclear power in developing countries.,,,,”
(i.e. sending nuclear waste to third world locations.. Arclight2011)
March 12, 2013
By PennEnergy Editorial Staff
Source: Waseda University

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/03/worlds-first-conceptual-nuclear-reactor-design-of-high-plutonium.html

A research team led by Prof. Yoshiaki Oka of Waseda University has succeeded in developing a conceptual nuclear power reactor design of high plutonium breeding by light-water cooling for the first time in the world. The team devised a new fuel assembly where fuel rods are closely packed for reducing a reactor coolant to a fraction of fuel volume for high breeding. Prof. Oka succeeded in high plutonium breeding by light-water cooling through computational analysis.

Fast breeder reactors (FBRs) produce more fissile material than consuming while producing electric power. It is a “dream of nuclear power.” The main line of FBR development has been liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs). It is, however, not yet commercialized because of the complexity of a plant due to the use of liquid sodium as a coolant.

A nuclear fuel cycle and FBRs are important for reducing the amount of spent nuclear fuel of light-water reactors (LWRs) and efficient utilization of uranium resources. Nuclear power utilization is in progress in developing countries. Commercialization of spent nuclear fuel reprocessing in advanced countries enhances nuclear security in the world.

Under the conceptual design, the breeding performance — the compound system doubling time — is 40 years. It means that the fissile material and electricity production of a group of FBRs double in 40 years. Energy demand is proportional to gross domestic product (GDP). The growth rate of GDP of seven advanced countries in the OECD is 1.4% in the past 10 years. It means that GDP and energy demand double in 50 years. The breeding performance meets the growth rate of energy demand in advanced countries.

The study will open the way for commercialization of FBRs and a nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful use of nuclear energy based on the mature light-water cooling technology. The result of the study was published in the January issue of “Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology” of Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ).

New concept

Breeding characteristics increases with decreasing the water to fuel volume ratio. Tight fuel lattice with narrow gap between fuel rods was adopted for reduced moderation boiling water reactor (RMWR). For further decreasing the water to fuel volume fraction, a new fuel assembly of closely packed fuel rods was devised. The new fuel assembly and its fuel lattice consisting of three fuel rods are depicted in Fig.1. The coolant flows through the central hole of fuel lattice. The integrity or the leak tightness of the fuel rod is maintained as the conventional fuel rod where both ends of the fuel cladding tube are welded by end plugs.

The reactor design was carried out by computational methods for the cores with new fuel assemblies. The highest breeding characteristics are obtained for the core layout of the fuel assemblies in Fig. 2. The comparison of the characteristics with the RMWR is given in Table 1. The compound system doubling time is 43 years. It is substantially shorter than that of RMWR, 245 years.

Goal of breeding characteristics

The energy demand increases with the gross domestic product (GDP) . The growth rate of GDP of seven advanced countries of OECD is 1.4% per year in 10 years. With this growth rate, the GDP becomes double in 50 years and the energy demand does. The breeding characteristic of Table1 is 43 years, shorter than 50 years. It means that the fast breeder reactors with the new fuel assembly meet the goal of energy demand growth of advanced countries.

Future Research and Development items

Reactor design of boiling water reactor (BWR) condition, safety design and evaluation, development of the new fuel assembly including testing, demonstration with a prototype reactor.

Social impacts

High breeding with water cooling technology will open the way of commercializing nuclear fuel cycle and fast breeder reactors. It made it possible to reduce the amount of spent LWR fuels, to enhance the deployment and the security of peaceful uses of nuclear power in developing countries.

Access the full editorial at the  Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2013/03/worlds-first-conceptual-nuclear-reactor-design-of-high-plutonium.html

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Bulgarian energy future and the U.S. nuclear intrigues – Hilary Clinton – A one woman PR machine!

Nuclear war in Bulgaria!

Hillary Clinton gave a warm welcome to the Belene abandonment decision, a decision that actually means that Bulgaria won’t get cheap energy generated by Russian plants. She emphasized the reliability of the United States as a partner. According to her, the oil and gas supplies are to be diversified (read: no Russian exports), and that a number of American firms are well-positioned to help. Still, many Bulgarian energy experts perceived the refusal to build Belene as a threat to national security.

Nora Stoichkova, a Bulgarian journalist, revealed the essence of the harmful decision. According to her, Bulgaria pulled out of the Belene project as a result of unprecedented pressure from the United States and the European Union: “The US Ambassador to the country did not shy away from making media appearances even more often than the exclusively vigorous Prime Minister of Bulgaria, and outright lobbying of US Chevron and Westinghouse energy giants interests.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Bulgarian-nuclear-future-a-by-Igor-Alexeev-130306-582.html?show=votes

Igor Alexeev

3/6/2013

Bulgaria is facing the wave of the largest mass protests in the last 16 years, being provoked by price hikes. So the resignation of Boyko Borisov’s government has been expected. It was this very government and big time players from Washington who made the events unfold this way.

There have been two intertwined events taking place in the country. The electricity has gone up almost twice for ultimate consumers. On October, 2 2008, Nancy E. McEldowney, United States Ambassador to Bulgaria, sent a secret cable to C. Boyden Gray, then U.S. Ambassador to the EU, and a Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy. The cable said: “With few hydrocarbons of its own, Bulgaria relies on Russia for seventy percent of its total energy needs and over ninety percent of its gas.” The vulgar imagination of Ambassador made her see “Bulgaria in bed with the muscle bound duo of Gazprom and Lukoil is only partially true — it is a tryst driven less by passion and more by a perceived lack of options.”

A copy of the cable was sent from Sofia to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Security Council, and the Central Intelligence Agency. She wrote: “With the price of energy at near record highs, Russia’s hydrocarbon-generated wealth is increasingly circulating through the Bulgarian economy, making Bulgaria all the more susceptible to Russian leverage. An energy strategy that focuses on renewables and efficiency is one tool Bulgaria can use to put a noticeable dent in negative Russian influence.” The Ambassador made the following remarkable revelation: “Though previously a net exporter of electricity, the EU’s decision to force closure of blocks 3 and 4 of the communist-era nuclear plant Kozluduy cost the Bulgarian economy over USD 1.4 billion and put a squeeze on Serbia, Macedonia and Greece, who had purchased the bulk of the exports.”

She recommended to “diversify” the energy supply sources as a means to fight the energy deficit (that is, to curb the Russian supplies), and to rely on US technologies offered by Chevron and Westinghouse.

Since then, the Bulgarian media launched a campaign against Russian gas suppliers (Gasprom), potential energy pipelines (the Burgas-Alexandroupolis project), and nuclear facilities (the Belene nuclear plant that was to be built by Russia’s state energy company Rosatom).

In February 2012, some of the Bulgarian mass media spread information supposedly about the use of “uncertified steel at manufacturing of high pressure heaters for units No.5 and No.6 of [the] Kozloduy nuclear power plant.” Under the agreement for high pressure heaters manufacturing concluded in 2008. Closed Joint-Stock Company ZiO-Podolsk has manufactured and supplied 8 devices to the Customer (Atomtoploproekt, Bulgaria) for power units at the Kozloduy facility, in particular the ZIO – Podolsk is a part of Rosatom – Atomenergomash machine building division.

The slander didn’t live long. Valentin Nikolov, Director of Kozloduy NPP, confirmed that “During the examination in the institute of Bulgarian Academy of Science, the compliance of hardness and chemical composition with 22К steel has been proved.” The concocted story ended there, but the anti-Russian libel campaign was just gaining momentum.

On March 28, 2012, the Bulgarian People’s Assembly supported the government’s decision to abandon the Belene power plant construction plans, with 120 “yes” votes to 41 “no” votes. In Autumn 2006, Atomstroyexport was awarded the tender for construction of the Belene 2000 MW nuclear power plant by Bulgarian National Electric Company NEK. Somehow, nobody remembers that in the recent past, the European Commission said that Belene complied with the standards of power plants safety in Europe. Moreover, it was one of three best projects referred to as examples of Generation III reactors – the Belene plant, along with Olkiluoto (Finland), and Flamanville (France). The European Union’s experts recommended building reactors with the same level of safety and reliability standards.

Over 30 Bulgarian national companies involved in the project were to operate at full capacity and guarantee employment. The nuclear plant also had an advantage of profitability; one kilowatt-hour was one and a half times cheaper in comparison with renewable energy sources, and five and a half times less compared to a kilowatt-hour generated by Bulgarian thermal stations.

What made the government of Boyko Borisov abandon the core energy project? The answer is obvious: the pressure exerted by the United States.

In 2011 the US companies AES and Contour Global acquired two Bulgarian thermal plants, Maritsa Iztok 1 and Maritsa Iztok 3, investing $1.2 billion and $230 million, respectively, into the facilities to make them operate at full capacity. The investments were to pay off. For this purpose, the Americans lobbied for a contract duration of 15 years. During this period of time, the Bulgarians were to pay ever growing prices for the energy produced. The US did its best to avoid competition. The former Bulgarian Energy Minister said (incorrectly) that if the Belene plant were built, there would be no need for US thermal plants in ten years. To the contrary: the withdrawal from the Belene project guarantees them a stable consumer demand.

Hillary Clinton gave a warm welcome to the Belene abandonment decision, a decision that actually means that Bulgaria won’t get cheap energy generated by Russian plants. She emphasized the reliability of the United States as a partner. According to her, the oil and gas supplies are to be diversified (read: no Russian exports), and that a number of American firms are well-positioned to help. Still, many Bulgarian energy experts perceived the refusal to build Belene as a threat to national security.

Former Minister of Economy and Energy Petar Dimitrov, a member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), has come up with a warning that the myopic following of outside recommendations didn’t meet the national interests. According to him, the country would have to begin importing energy in 15 years. Dimitrov insisted that Bulgarian consumers would pay the price for this  “…irresponsible decision, because the country would face the need to import electricity at tariffs that a majority of Bulgarians would find unbearable.”

The energy crisis would set in over the next dozen years. Bulgaria was doomed to be a victim of energy dependence, and have a deficit that would diminish the population by one third by 2050. That is, by the end of this time period, the population would be at 3.5 million, like it was at the end of the era of the Turkish yoke that lasted five centuries.

Nora Stoichkova, a Bulgarian journalist, revealed the essence of the harmful decision. According to her, Bulgaria pulled out of the Belene project as a result of unprecedented pressure from the United States and the European Union: “The US Ambassador to the country did not shy away from making media appearances even more often than the exclusively vigorous Prime Minister of Bulgaria, and outright lobbying of US Chevron and Westinghouse energy giants interests.” Kolyo Kolev, director of the Mediana Polling Agency, delicately noticed that many Bulgarians realize the country may lose many economic opportunities following the imposition of US geopolitical interests.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Bulgarian-nuclear-future-a-by-Igor-Alexeev-130306-582.html?show=votes

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Nuclear group Areva insists public trusts sector – Targets Poland for profits! Looks to wind power for future?

“…Looking ahead to development of green energy sources, Oursel said Areva has also begun to look into offshore wind power and biomass energy potentials in Poland.
By The Associated Press March 12, 2013 7:03 AM….”
Image source ; France24 (sort of) 🙂

Two years after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis, the head of French group Areva, a leading company in the sector, insisted that public confidence in atomic energy has been re-established.”We’re seeing this confidence return,” Luc Oursel told journalists in Warsaw on Monday.

“In Europe, there are more and more countries favouring nuclear than those opposing it,” he insisted.

That position was not shared by German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, who said in early January that his country, the biggest European economy, would never return to nuclear power after Berlin decided in the wake of the Japanese disaster to shut down reactors.

Two years ago, a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake unleashed a giant tsunami along Japan’s northeastern Pacific coast, crippling reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant which then exploded, spewing radioactive materials into surrounding areas.

Areva, the world’s leading nuclear power company, subsequently launched its Safety Alliance program to reinforce security at nuclear plants across the globe.

Safety Security Alliance Program useless! 🙂

[… Japan PM says Japanese nuclear plants need to step up security to counter any terrorism threat

By The Associated Press March 12, 2013 7:03 AM

TOKYO – Japan’s prime minister has acknowledged that Japanese nuclear plants need to increase anti-terrorism measures, a major weak spot found in the wake of the Fukushima disasters……..

http://www.canada.com/news/Japan+says+Japanese+nuclear+plants+need+step+security+counter/8083409/story.html   …]

“One of the main developments after Fukushima was reinforcing cooperation in the area of safety,” Oursel insisted.

The Fukushima disaster forced tens of thousands of residents near the area to abandon their homes and jobs in heavily contaminated areas. It is not clear when they can return home, if ever, and officials involved in the clean-up have said it could take up to 40 years to fully secure the site.

Oursel spoke in Poland during a trip made to focus on its nascent nuclear energy sector.

A country of 38.2 million, Poland now relies on coal-fired plants for 90 percent of its electricity.

Keen to find alternatives which could help it limit greenhouse gas emissions arising from coal, Warsaw intends to build two nuclear plants, each with a capacity of 3,000 megawatts, by 2024.

A public tender for the project is expected soon.

A new UN atomic agency report seen by AFP on March 5 said that the world’s nuclear power generation capacity grew again in 2012 after a drop in 2011 in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Several nuclear power groups have expressed interest in building the Polish facility, EDF and Areva of France, the US firm Westinghouse Electric and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas.

Poland has also earmarked five billion zloty (120 million euros, $157 million) to explore and develop its shale gas reserves.

Some estimates suggest that Poland could have up to 1.92 trillion cubic metres (67.8 trillion cubic feet) of exploitable shale gas deposits, possibly the third largest reserves in Europe after Norway and the Netherlands.

The global groups Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Talisman Energy are involved in the Polish shale gas exploration programme.

According to Oursel, developing shale gas deposits would not undermine efforts to build more nuclear plants in Poland however, because “there is room for both” energy sources.

Polish political support to develop nuclear energy “seems very clear to me” the sector executive added.

He also said that the Czech Republic’s recent decision to drop Areva from a tender on the expansion of its Temelin nuclear power station, would not weaken his company’s chances in Poland.

Looking ahead to development of green energy sources, Oursel said Areva has also begun to look into offshore wind power and biomass energy potentials in Poland.

8th PWEA Conference and Exhibition

Looks like the Polish are developing their wind energy NOW! Image source : http://www.psew.pl/en/

Unadulterated article on this link

http://www.m3com.com.sa/en/news/news/nuclear-group-areva-insists-public-trusts-sector

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What Happened to Chernobyl Children 7 Years after the Accident (1993)

tokyobrowntabby2

Published on 24 May 2012

This is a re-upload from my old channel.
This video clip is from a TV news program aired on Nihon-TV in 1993, as part of the 4-night special featuring the aftermaths of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

Translation and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.

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Unheard voices! Soma high school play – Brilliant and very moving (Video)

h/t

FUKUSHIMA APPEAL THURSDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2012

http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/blog-post.html

“Unheard voice” from high school girls in Fukushima

Since I posted the deleted youtube link on Aug. 8, 2012, lots of people have read my article: http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/unheard-voices-from-high-school-girls_8.html
Sorry to let you know late but Nick who sent me comments in this previous article kindly sent me the above  different links to see this video.

In my previous article, I wrote about how the Fukushima local government including the Education committeehas been intent only on restoring the local economy, refusing to accept the radiation danger: I think majority of it is true, however one of Soma high school teacherand an advisor of broadcasting dept., Mr. Watanabe sounds different.  I would like to write what I found out in the various reports including his twitter page to clear some possible misunderstanding by reading my previous article.  Mr. Watanabe had been encouraging his students to express their feelings and thoughts.  He was moved by what these girls had to say and helped them to turn it to play.
The girls belong to broadcast dept of Soma high school and had been performing in various places in Japan during the summer holiday and were welcomed wherever they were.   They were even allowed to perform in Fukushima city, too.  The youtube video was erased by the broadcast depart of Soma high school.  One of the reasons why it was deleted was that Mr. Watanabe felt a need to protect the girls from harsh criticisms and comments from wider audiences.  I understand his point of view because I am aware that there are people who write unfair comments and criticisms on the blog or website that have been supporting anti-nuclear movement and talking about the danger of radiation.  Some of them are paid agents who work for nuclear power and post the comments to confuse citizens and help to generate ill feelings among people between Fukushima accident victims and people who try to help.
I think “Unheard voices” belong to the three girls because it’s their experience and their words, so nobody can manipulate them.  I hope they are not going to delete it this time.
I also hope that audience of the video feel warm towards the girls, and their voices touch hearts of many people.Also I must say that children in Fukushima not just living with fear for their future.  Half of them developed thyroid abnormalities; already one of them developed a thyroid cancer.  When we looked at what happened to Chernobyl children, we could easily guess what could happen to Fukushima children.
The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial for the Right to Education in a Safe Place
You can help them as a jury. Here is how:

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Fukushima--Sayaka-Ogata,-Sa

“Victims of the H-bomb test and of the Fukushima nuclear plant
accident share a common problem: internal exposure to radiation,”

Fukushima high school students launch nuclear study group November 09,
2012 Asahi Shimbun, By AYAKO NAKADA
Two high school girls from Fukushima Prefecture are to launch a peace
discussion forum, inspired by the success of a similar long-running
nuclear study group run by students elsewhere in Japan.

Later this month, Sayako Ogata and Saki Nezu, both second-year high
school students, plan to invite fellow students to a screening of
“Hoshasen o Abita X-nen-go” (X years after radiation exposure), a
documentary about fishermen exposed to radiation from a U.S. hydrogen
bomb test at Bikini Atoll in 1954.

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15-Year-Old Kokoro Fujinami’s Speech: “Nuke Plants Are Ticking Time Bombs” (Feb. 11, 2012)

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Published on 22 May 2012

This is a speech by Ms. Kokoro Fujinami, a 15-year-old Japanese “idol,” TV personality, and an author, at an anti-nuke rally held in Tokyo on February 11, 2012.

The English-subtitled version of her speech, which was originally uploaded on my now-extinct YouTube channel, has been widely viewed, translated into 3 other languages, and has inspired many people.
French version: http://youtu.be/DPNhrgj36UI
German version: http://youtu.be/mDpCqCERS9A
Spanish version: http://youtu.be/fOzACRbyGH4

The speech was even read in 4 languanges (Japanese, English, French, and German) at an anti-nuke rally held near Fessenheim Nuclear Plant in France on March 11, 2012.

Translation of the song “Furusato” by EX-SKF (http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/).
Translation of the speech and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.

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FUKUSHIMA, through the Eyes of Children

The following videos were orginally featured on OurPlanet-TV (http://www.ourplanet-tv.org/?q=node/287) on January 2, 2012, as its new year’s special edition. The original title of this program is “What Will Our Future Be?: Nuclear Power Plants and Radiation Seen through the Eyes of Children.”
Translated by tokyobrowntabby2

FUKUSHIMA, through the Eyes of Children [Part1/4]

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lwQGOYCmcc&feature=plcp

Part 2/4: “Looking Back on 2011” http://youtu.be/g0EaMCdW92k

 

Part 3/4: “Children’s Opinion Poll” http://youtu.be/Yvv53ZnOjQ4

Part 4/4: “Let’s Go to A Nuke Plant” http://youtu.be/RTI_JwH3oIU

FUKUSHIMA, through the Eyes of Children; via A Green Road
http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/10/fukushima-through-eyes-of-children.html

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Nuclear Power – A young persons perspective

Alice McGrory·

Published on 11 Mar 2013

Me and my friend made this for a science project x

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Medical Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident – New York Nuclear Symposium – 11 March 2013

MsMilkytheclown1

Published on 11 Mar 2013

Thank you to jrae50021 for the upload
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um-sAi…
HELEN CALDICOTT FOUNDATION FUKUSHIMA SYMPOSIUM: 3-11-13
The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.
WebCast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um-sAi…

Fukushima Now – Japan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb6Jz4…

The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident; March 11, 2013, 9:00am to 6:15pm EST
LIVE STREAM HERE: http://www.totalwebcasting.com/view/?…

Press Conference: People were trying to commit suicide aboard USS Reagan during Fukushima mission — Some tried to get off ship — It was living in fear every day, it was horrible (AUDIO)
http://enenews.com/press-conference-p…

U.S. Navy Sailor: They had to remove three layers of skin off my hands and arms after Fukushima exposure — Treated almost as if I had the plague (AUDIO)
http://enenews.com/navy-sailor-press-…

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STORIES OF BETRAYAL OF US NAVAL SERVICEMEN! -New York Nuclear Symposium – 11 March 2013

MsMilkytheclown1

Published on 11 Mar 2013

Thank you Jrae50021 http://www.youtube.com/user/jrae50021 for this upload from Dr. Helen Caldicott’s Foundation Fukushima Symposium.
The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident; March 11, 2013, 9:00am to 6:15pm EST
LIVE STREAM HERE: http://www.totalwebcasting.com/view/?…

Press Conference: People were trying to commit suicide aboard USS Reagan during Fukushima mission — Some tried to get off ship — It was living in fear every day, it was horrible (AUDIO)
http://enenews.com/press-conference-p…

U.S. Navy Sailor: They had to remove three layers of skin off my hands and arms after Fukushima exposure — Treated almost as if I had the plague (AUDIO)
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Title: Press conference with US Navy Quartermasters (retired) Maurice Enis and Jaime Plym

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The WHO’s Secrecy Pact about Fukushima Radiation Fallout! New York Nuclear Symposium – 11 March 2013

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Published on 11 Mar 2013

Thank you Jrae50021 http://www.youtube.com/user/jrae50021 for this upload from Dr. Helen Caldicott’s Foundation Fukushima Symposium.
WHO’s on first, IAEA’s on second, US Government’s on third and We are all at HOME waiting for ANSWERS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmvkO…

Nuclear Controversies & the WHO Cover-Up (the movie the guy was talking about is HERE:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCIto-…

HELEN CALDICOTT FOUNDATION FUKUSHIMA SYMPOSIUM: 3-11-13
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The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.

LIVE STREAM HERE: http://www.totalwebcasting.com/view/?…

Introductions

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WHO ignored Fukushima radiation and softened tone on cancer, tainted food horrors

Steven Starr, a program director at the University of Missouri, presented data from Chernobyl that showed, 14 years later, that 40 percent of high school graduates suffered chronic blood disorders and malfunctioning thyroids.
Starr predicted similar problems in Fukushima.

12 March 2013

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The HK Standard
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Activist physicians have accused the World Health Organization of downplaying the health impact of nuclear fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

In a New York symposium marking the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear plant explosion and meltdown in Japan, the physicians took issue with WHO’s conclusion in a recent report that it did not expect a significant surge in cancer in Japan or elsewhere due to radiation leaks, AFPreports.

“It’s a report that was meant to reassure people who, almost certainly, many will develop leukemia and cancer,’’ said Helen Caldicott, a prominent anti-nuclear activist whose foundation, the Helen Caldicott Foundation, co-sponsored the symposium, along with Physicians for Social Responsibility. “What is going to happen is there will be a high incidence of cancer and leukemia and genetic disease,” due to the leaks, she said.

The WHO report drew criticism from Japanese government officials because it projected an increase in some cancers among those living near the plant. Japanese officials said the report was based on faulty assumptions and would unnecessarily upset residents.

But Caldicott said the report, released February 28, understated the problem because of key issues it either “ignored’’ or “glossed over.’’

For one, she said, WHO did not take actual radioactive emissions into account, relying on estimates. The UN health body also did not examine the effects on children comprehensively, including what the impact would be of eating radiation-contaminated food over a lifetime. The agency also did not closely examine the impact on workers at the Fukushima plant or on people from the area who evacuated through the plume of radiation that came from the plant, she said.

“As a physician, I abhor what they’ve done,” Caldicott said.

The two-day conference at the New York Academy of Medicine marked the anniversary of the 9-magnitude sub sea earthquake and tsunami which rocked Japan on March 11, 2011, leaving nearly 15,881 people dead and 2,668 others still unaccounted for. The quake and tsunami damaged the cooling systems of the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing explosions of the reactor buildings and partial meltdowns in several units and spilling radioactive particles into the air, land and sea.

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