The following report highlights three major problems, apart from the horrendous fact that citizens of Japan, and other places, are certainly going to suffer health problems, many of them serious, some of them very serious, for a very long time to come.
Firstly, radiation levels and dangers are far worse than TEPCO and the authorities have admitted. Even though some degree of truthfulness is slowly surfacing, there is an endemic blanket of secrecy in the industry. Not perhaps surprising, but socially irresponsible and morally reprehensible. For example:
Japan has passed a law that will enable the police and contractors to monitor internet activity without restriction to “cleanse” the Internet of any “bad” Fukushima radiation news. (Refer TIP post linked here).
Secondly, also reprehensible, is the raising of published “safe” radiation levels and limits. Existing safety guidelines have been somewhat arbitary and maybe bordering on conservative, but for good reason. Unfortunately only huge doses provide accurate health damage relationships. Small doses are cumulative and long term and difficult to quantify. Difficult to study, easy to ignore. Nevertheless, to raise “acceptable” levels BECAUSE the actual levels are higher is an act of dishonesty and has no scientific basis.
Thirdly, not just the cover-up but the inaction of the government and its apparent disregard for the people’s safety. For example: The TIP post linked here, Appalling!
AT LAST, to the actual article:
A chicken farmer in Kawamata-machi in Fukushima Prefecture has brought his eggs to a volunteer testing station in Fukushima City. After 20 minutes of testing, 60 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium is detected from the eggs.
Disappointed, the farmer says, “I don’t know what to say to my customers. It’s much lower than the provisional safety limit in Japan, but if I compare the number to the safety limit in Ukraine it is extraordinary…”
The reporter asks the farmer, “What is the safety limit in Ukraine?”
6 becquerels/kg, he tells the reporter.
The man who runs the station says, “For these farmers, the provisional safety limit in Japan is just too loose.”
Kawamata-machi is 47 kilometers northwest of Fukushima I Nuke Plant.
The Japanese government‘s mishandling and concealing the radioactive fallout information has resulted in radioactive water, vegetables, fish, mushroom, beef, hay, pork, manure, compost, and now eggs. And the farmers like this chicken farmer who clearly wants to sell only “safe” eggs to his customers are at a loss. To the chicken farmer, 60 becquerels/kg was just too high to sell his eggs in good conscience.
- #Radiation in Japan Spreads: Wheat, Rapeseeds in Fukushima, Rice Hay Outside Fukushima Far Exceeding Safety Limit (tipggita32.wordpress.com)
- Japan’s Food Chain Threat Multiplies as Radiation Spreads (businessweek.com)
- Japan set to ban Fukushima cattle shipments after radioactive meat scare (guardian.co.uk)
- #Radiation Contamination in Japan: “Let’s All Help Fukushima Farmers” by Buying Their Produce (tipggita32.wordpress.com)
- Japan Passes Law To Cleanse Internet Of ‘Bad’ Fukushima Radiation News (tipggita32.wordpress.com)
- No fallout legacy for Japan’s farms (nature.com) [Could be another white-wash?]