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Fukushima mothers taking radioactivity watchdog role into own hands

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By Shigeki Hiroe

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"Unless we gather data now, we won't know if there is any impact after the release,"

Simply trust government? Her action speak loudly to whom she should really trust, don't just hear and trust what they say. Especially their pledges.

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The fallout from these meltdowns was much more extensive than the government and TEPCO would admit. There were many documented 'hot spots' found as far away as Kashiwa in Chiba. Nobody knows how many more remain undetected. One of my friends lived in Tonegawa on the boarder of Chiba and Ibaraki. He found alarming amounts of radiation in the gutters of his house. So much so that he sold his house and moved back to his home country with his young family. It is probable that these women are finding fall out from the original explosion over a decade ago. It's difficult to believe and trust anything the J-Gov states. They have a long history of covering up environmental disasters. Minamata is a good example. Let's just hope that they are correct in their assumption that there is no danger in releasing the trillions of tons of radiactive water into the ocean over the next 40-50 years.

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It's amazing how so many Japanese instantly trust the Japanese Government here in Japan.

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Not to worry, this NPO like many others will be pressured and blackmailed by all the concerned parties to knock it off and keep quite or loose family jobs, bank accounts, insurance coverage, benefits, and on and on. This is how it works seen it first hand.

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The are many citizen NPOs in Fukushima.

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A fish with 180 times the legal radioactive limit was caught of the coast of Fukushima according to Vice News, TEPCO also confirmed that a total of 44 fish with cesium levels above 100 becquerels per kilogram were found in the Fukushima plant port may 2022 to may 2023.

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Some of the highly contaminated water from the reactor basements leaks into the ocean port which is blocked off from the rest of the ocean. It is in that location the contaminated fish was measured. the seabed in that port is also highly contaminated.

No one eats anything from there.

There are also tanks of wastewater with fish in them.

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I commend these mothers for doing their own due diligence and not blindly accept what TEPCO and the gov't claim. Maybe there's little risk but at least you can say that you did everything you could to verify for the welfare of your children.

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Is living in a radioactive hotspot like Fukushima, having children and raising them there, such a smart idea? It's about as smart as trusting TEPCO and the Japanese government.

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These women seem very smart and caring for their family. They should be funded by government. It’s good to see a news about good people in japan after reading many crime news of psychopaths.

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Only about 4% of the total Fukushima land was contaminated by radiation. That has been reduced. But there will be hotspots for many decades.

There are also radiation maps made by citizen groups like Safecast or this one which I use

https://jciv.iidj.net/map/

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Last time I went there it was six times the human safety rate. That was two years ago.

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Rodney

Last time I went there it was six times the human safety rate. That was two years ago.

So you measured the whole prefecture. A geographic area of 13,783 square kilometers. That would have been at least 66μSv/h. There is nowhere in Fukushima, outside of the NPP with that level of radiation.

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The fallout from these meltdowns

not meltdowns buddy, they are melt through. Uranium and plutonium (half-life around 1000 years) has been found in Ibaraki due to underground rivers and extreme weather events.

meltdown is a way to make people think it is contained in a safe cup, but it’s a lie.

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@wallace

only from Sendai to Tokyo. I didn’t go to Nigata with my Geiger counter.

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Rodney

@wallace

only from Sendai to Tokyo. I didn’t go to Nigata with my Geiger counter.

at which locations did you measure 66μSv/h? (your claim) In fact what locations did you even measure 10μSv/h?

You had a Geiger counter in your car as you drove from Sendai to Tokyo.

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twice I rented a car and stopped frequently. Checked many locations and sent the info to my blog. I test for two to three minutes at one spot. I got to 7km to the NNP before being turned away. I drove down coast crying at all the damage. Then back up to Sendai over the beautiful mountains. The third time I used the train system. Around the train stations the readings were not so bad. 1-1.5 normal. But walk 800 meters from the station, 6 times. No birds or insects.

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Rodney

but you are unable to name a single location where the radiation level was 66μSv/h. (your claim) or even 10μSv/h?

What is the normal radiation level? The legal limit in all prefectures except Fukushima is 1 millisievert per year. In Fukushima, the level is 20 millisievert per year. That is about 10-11 μSv/h.

You said you measured six times those levels.

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@Disillusioned,

Spot on.

There was even a hot spot in Mizumoto Park in Tokyo.

The wind in March,when the disaster occurred,tends to blow from the north meaning that it carried a lot of radioactive dust and particles with it to Tokyo.

I kept my daughter out of school in Katsushika during the first week after the quake while the government was saying there was nothing to worry about despite tons of smoke billowing out of the wrecked nuclear power plants.

You can never trust a government especially one with a track record like Japan's.

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There was even a hot spot in Mizumoto Park in Tokyo.

This turns out to be true.

Tokyo finds high levels of radiation in children's park

https://www.reuters.com/article/japan-nuclear-park/tokyo-finds-high-levels-of-radiation-in-childrens-park-idINKBN0NF0NK20150424

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After the 2011 nuclear disaster radiation spread to several prefectures including hotspots in Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa, Saitama. Those areas were cleaned up. They are now normal background levels.

Some of the discoveries were false.

https://www.unscear.org/docs/publications/2020/UNSCEAR_2020_21_Report_Vol.II.pdf

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If the J-Gov had to take criminal responsibility for the miscommunication or straight-out lies, like in most 1st world countries, then this moms would be relaxed at home watching the news on TV.

Sadly,  it's difficult to believe and trust anything the J-Gov says.

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If you think the IAEA's inspection is wrong, please show us the scientific basis. Not only the Japanese government, but even the South Korean government declared that there was no problem.

If the discharge of treated water off the coast of Fukushima causes problems in the first place, the government will have to pay trillions of yen in damages to the Japanese people.

Will you release the treated water to compensate? You can't laugh, can you?

The IAEA, the Japanese government, and the Korean government are as corrupt and depraved as the first world! ! What should we call a person who believes that Fool?

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