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Fukushima mothers record radiation for future generations

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Fukushima mothers record radiation for future generations

Got their hearts in the right place, but wasted effort! These mother's and all the other victims of the tsunami and earthquake wouldn't need to have done any of this, if they had heeded the warnings of, probably mother's, who centuries ago, placed stone markers on the slopes to warn following generations of people not to build lower than that line.

Fukushima will happen again, as long as TEPCO and other utilities are allowed to get by with sloppy management, AND the government allows them to remain in operation while knowing they sit on fault lines.

Sorry Mom's, nice effort, but it isnt going to matter one bit, and will end up as an anecdote in history!

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"But when I joined the lab and started taking measurements, I was stunned that some showed high levels of radioactive contamination," the 40-year-old said. "I was depressed. What have I done to my children because of my ignorance?...I think there are many mothers (who blame themselves) like me."

The Japanese government in 2011, were actively promoting the safety and wholesomeness of Fukushima produce in spite of the lack of testing.

Citizens were castigated for holding ‘fears’ and hospitals refused to treat people for ailments related to radiation exposure.

There are millions of tons of radioactively contaminated soil dumped on mountains in Fukushima still not secured.

It was a complete coverup and still is....

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I’ve been there three times with my Geiger counter. It is very strange than my reading we’re almost always different to “official” readings.

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Got their hearts in the right place, but wasted effort! These mother's and all the other victims of the tsunami and earthquake wouldn't need to have done any of this, if they had heeded the warnings of, probably mother's, who centuries ago, placed stone markers on the slopes to warn following generations of people not to build lower than that line.

Those stones are in Miyagi, not Fukushima.

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Disappointing there's no link to their website which is

https://tarachineiwaki.org/english

People are able to make donations.

Not all of Fukushima was contaminated.

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Miyagi has mountains then a large plain out to the sea. Which is why the tsunami was able to come inshore for 6 km. In Fukushima the mountains are near to the sea.

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Yubaru: "Fukushima will happen again, as long as TEPCO and other utilities are allowed to get by with sloppy management, AND the government allows them to remain in operation while knowing they sit on fault lines."

Yup. I was actually surprised Amazon was allowed to show Chernobyl in Japan, because the bungling of the whole situation was very much like Fukushima in terms of politics and cover up. And you're right, what these women do won't mean diddly squat to the government or the people, until it happens to them, same as these women were equally complacent until it came to their neck of the woods.

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There are very few reactors operating. It was 9 but the NRA have forced Kansai power to shut down 2 reactors and Kyushu power 1 reactor because they failed to update them against terrorist attacks. Nuclear power here will never be big again.

smithinjapan

"And you're right, what these women do won't mean diddly squat to the government or the people, until it happens to them, same as these women were equally complacent until it came to their neck of the woods."

The same could be said of every single person who over more than 50 years has used the power generated by nuclear energy. Even people of learning mostly remained silent on the serious issues of atomic power plants. WE can't blame these young women for what happened in Fukushima who weren't even probably born when the nuclear plant was built.

We are both guilty of using nuclear power.

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zichi: "We are both guilty of using nuclear power."

Yes, but there is a difference between using nuclear power because you have no choice and while leading dissemination of information that cites the dangers of it, and also voting against such plants and their restarts, etc., than not. And what's more, in many of these towns the people agree to such plants because it provides jobs, and local government because it gets them money and puts them on the map. Had these women been drawing awareness BEFORE, and maybe they were in which case I take it back, and were against the plant, then I'd say that's different than simply doing this to an empty theatre because it happened to them.

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smithinjapan

the Fukushima nuclear plant first reactor was built in something like 1971. Many of the women in this group would be children then.

They are a civil group providing a much needed service to measure the radiation in food, water and soil. I think you are blaming them for the nuclear energy. Since you have lived in Japan, several new reactors have been constructed so did you campaign and express your opposite to their construction? Probably not.

People were led to believe that nuclear energy was safe, but it can never be 100% safe.

I think the option at the time was a difficult one for those communities which during the summer were farming and fishing communities but no work during the long winter months.

We can't hold the people responsible for the nuclear plants. That belongs to the power companies, the government and the whole of the nuclear village.

What of your own country, Canada which has 19 reactors. Have you protested over those? I did in the UK join groups and demonstrations against nuclear power. That was high lighted by Chernobyl which reached into the whole of the UK.

I think you are doing these women a disservice.

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Video of the NPO

https://youtu.be/dwq8bEZnJhU

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@Yabaru,

I usually read and move on, But your comments have me logging in and saddened.

I can't believe the cold heartedness with which you summed up the work these mother's are doing.

We may as well all quit our beliefs, work and aspirations with people such as yourself so willing to shoot people down.

I wish the mother's all the best in their work and hope more people will support them in the future.

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Its easy to forget things that happened a few years ago, ... unless you were directly impacted.

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