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Japan hopes UNESCO will help cover up radiation concerns

….The Japanese government made a proposal for UNESCO registration of the country’s food culture in March 2012, backing the campaign initially launched by an incorporated nonprofit organization made up of cooks in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto…..

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TOKYO, Oct. 23 (Kyodo)

— The Japanese government is hoping that UNESCO’s likely registration of Japanese food as cultural heritage will help ease safety concerns over the country’s foodstuffs resulting from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, its top spokesman said Wednesday.

“We will make efforts to win understanding for various foods, including fish caught by people in Fukushima Prefecture, who have been suffering from baseless rumors” as a result of the nuclear crisis, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

The comment came as the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is expected to register “Washoku: Traditional Dietary Cultures of the Japanese” as an intangible cultural heritage asset as early as December.

If it happens, the registration “will contribute to our traditional food culture passing from generation to generation based on the Japanese spirit that attaches importance to nature,” Suga said.

An organization conducting screening of candidates for UNESCO registration, called the Subsidiary Body, issued Monday a recommendation to list Japanese food culture, sources said Tuesday. Such a recommendation has never been rejected.

The registration is expected to be formally approved by the UNESCO intergovernmental committee, scheduled to meet from Dec. 2 to 7 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Tokyo plans to widely publicize the registration as part of its effort to rebuild Japan’s northeastern region devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which also triggered reactor-core meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The development would be more positive news for the country, following the Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. But it could also intensify international scrutiny of the way the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is handling the Fukushima crisis.

Attention is currently focused on the massive buildup of radioactive water and spillage into the Pacific Ocean — responsible in part for food safety concerns. Abe has said the situation is “under control.”

Due to radiation fears, South Korea has banned imports of marine products from Fukushima and seven other Japanese prefectures.

Tokyo has brought the case to the World Trade Organization, requiring Seoul to lift the ban. South Korea has demanded scientific data to support Japan’s claim the products are safe.

UNESCO has registered four food cultures as heritage — French, Mexican, Mediterranean and Turkish.

This time, its screening organization made a total of 23 recommendations for the list of intangible cultural heritages, including South Korean-proposed kimchi pickle.

The Japanese government made a proposal for UNESCO registration of the country’s food culture in March 2012, backing the campaign initially launched by an incorporated nonprofit organization made up of cooks in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto.

[Editors note ;  And do UNESCO care? They did not respond to this deposition.. not even an auto reply…. Arclight2011]


October 23, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Sorcerer needed for Fukushima- or maybe sorceress?

23 October 2013

The most disturbing sentence in the Oct. 16 Jiji article “Tepco’s toxic water failures pitiful [according to the Nuclear Regulation Authority]” is the last one: “Meanwhile, no community has volunteered to host the ‘final’ storage site.”


What mayor in his right mind would want his city to host a nuclear waste storage facility, one that will remain toxic for “tens of thousands of years”? Five thousand years from now, future archaeologists will be wearing sophisticated biochemical hazard suits whenever they venture out on a dig, thanks to the folly of 20th-century “atomic age man.” Why couldn’t mankind have waited until science developed the far safer nuclear fusion process before venturing into mass production of atomic energy?


The great pyramids of Egypt are only about 4,000 years old. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has proved to be the nuclear age’s “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” but there’s nothing Mickey Mouse about radioactive contamination inundating the seas around Fukushima. Time for the Sorcerer to reappear and save the day.


robert mckinney
otaru, hokkaido
“Atomic age woman.”
To the rescue!!
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October 23, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Japan Fukushima Radiation Proof Underwear Hits The Market


Published on 23 Oct 2013

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A swimwear company in Japan will soon release radiation-proof underwear and swimsuits. The radiation fallout from Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan continues to concern local residents. Now, a swimwear company in the country plans to release radiation-proof underwear and swimwear. Priced at about 800 dollars a pair, the undergarments promise added defense against harmful rays. As far as comfort goes, there’s probably none to be had as the carbon-embedded rubber garment weighs over 7 pounds. It’s not very stylish, either, but given that they were designed to protect those working in the contaminated areas near Fukushima, aesthetics aren’t likely high on the list of concerns. Both it and the wetsuit-like swimwear made of the same radiation-blocking material are intended to add an extra layer of protection beneath the standard garb. What most differentiates them from other items on the market is the level of defense they offer. Said the manufacturer, “The clothes which protect from two kinds of radiation – beta and gamma rays – … are the first development of such kind in the world.” The swimwear is said to block nearly 100 percent of the beta variety. Being exposed to radiation can lead to a number of serious health conditions, including cancer.…

October 23, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments