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Posted in: Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor See in context

If you multiply those reading by the number of hours in 1 year, appox 8765, then you would arrive at the total radiation you would receive if you stood on those spots 24/7 for 1year.

Thank you, zichi.

So 1.22microSv/h=10.693milliSv/y that is the same level as Guarapari (Brazil) which is a well-known tourist destination, known for its curving white sand beaches, whose population is 101,116 (2005) This high level of radiation does not seem to have caused ill effects on the residents of the area (Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guarapari

So basically, if you are standing at one of 9 places in Mizumoto Park for 24/7 for 1 year, you get same amount of radiation from living in a beautiful beach town Guarapari, Brazil. Is that correct?

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Posted in: Patches of higher-than-average radioactivity found in Tokyo park See in context

If you multiply those reading by the number of hours in 1 year, appox 8765, then you would arrive at the total radiation you would receive if you stood on those spots 24/7 for 1year.

Thank you, zichi.

So 1.22microSv/h=10.693milliSv/y that is the same level as Guarapari (Brazil) which is a well-known tourist destination, known for its curving white sand beaches, whose population is 101,116 (2005) This high level of radiation does not seem to have caused ill effects on the residents of the area (Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guarapari

So basically, if you are standing at one of 9 places in Mizumoto Park for 24/7 for 1 year, you get same amount of radiation from living in a beautiful beach town Guarapari, Brazil. Is that correct?

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Posted in: Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor See in context

@Stuart Hayward, Thank you very much for spending your precious time for me and helping me when you could have been with your boy. I still don’t understand the differences between 0.5microSv/h and 1.22microSv/h. I’m a very slow learner when it comes to science. I’m neither pro nor anti-nuke. I don’t have enough knowledge to choose yet. So those people (whether anti/pro nuke) who post things with scientific figures and reliable sources are helping me a lot and I really appreciate it. Thank you.

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Posted in: Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor See in context

@Stuart hayward

my question, should have said " what are the radiation levels at Fukushima power plant, In the basement of reactor #1",today June 30, 2012 ???

Yeah, of course! My apology.

As for your question about the radiation at the park or hot spots?

At the park. What would 1.22microSv/h do to kids? What about to adults?

@basroil

MEXT also provides those charts in English.

The charts I provided above are both in Japanese and English. I always try to find English links unlike lazy ナイジェル男子

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Posted in: Tens of thousands protest Japan nuclear restart See in context

Stupid noob question as I am new to Japan, but is there a site that says when and where these protests will be?

Basically every Friday from 6pm-8pm, outside the prime minister’s office (Tokyo-Metro Kokkaigijidomae station exit3)

http://coalitionagainstnukes.jp/?p=623

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Posted in: Tens of thousands protest Japan nuclear restart See in context

tokyokawasakiJUN. 08, 2012 - 02:51PM JST The general public have no collective spirit or desire to stand up or protest. They are far more concerned about being branded as an outcast (trouble maker) amongst their friends, co-workers, neighbors and family. So they will cowardly sit back, watch, and do nothing.... Safe in the knowledge that they are still liked as a person...this is proof that the nation is weak, cowardly and more concerned with self image.......

I wonder if he/she still believes the nation is weak, cowardly and more concerned with self image…

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Posted in: Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor See in context

please post the email reply here or at the park article. Thx!

Ok, I will. But the problem is whether I could translate things accurate in English because I asked for scientific figures which I don't have enough knowledge to translate accurately. I will post rough translation. Hope someone will help me making corrections, maybe Nigelboy could...

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Posted in: Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor See in context

Thank you for the reply, Stuart. I have another question at another article, “Patches of higher-than-normal radioactivity have been detected in Mizumoto parks. You said,

Stuart hayward: Anyone with young children should stay clear of these levels of radioactive cesium

Please help me understand how these levels of radioactive cesium would affect kids? What about adults? As Clemens is asking above, I also want to know what 1.22 microSv/h means. At those places so called radiation hotspot in Tokatsu area (Kashiwa, Nagareyama, Abiko…) in Chiba prefecture, the radiation level is 0.4~0.5microSv/h, which is the same level as Colorado state USA. So I can understand that the government says there’s nothing to worry about. Clemens says the people (municipal government?) said there’s nothing to worry about with 1.22 microSv/h. I don’t want to start screaming, “WOW!!! 1.22microSv/h!!! We’d better stay away from there!!!” without knowing what 1.22microSv/h means. I carefully read the website (こどもと区民を放射能から守る葛飾連絡会 that found the hotspot). They say, “it’s dangerous there, stay out of the place.” without posting any scientific figures. I have e-mailed Katsuhika-ku asking for explanation with scientific figures why they say there’s nothing to worry about. Hope I will get reply soon.

By chance dose anyone know what today's radiation levels are? June 30, 2012, Thank you!

Radiation level depends on where you live. My municipal government e-mails us once or twice a week giving radiation information at certain places (such as parks, schools…etc) above 5cm and 1m from the ground. Most of the municipal governments in Tokyo post the radiation level at certain places on a certain day on their website.

If you want to know the radiation level on the whole country, you can check the level from monitoring posts at MEXT website. You can also compare the level before 3.11,2011 and yesterday 6.29,2012.

http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/ja/contents/6000/5620/24/192_1_0629.pdf

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Posted in: Zoo that lost 30 squirrels in typhoon 'recaptures' 38 See in context

Sounds like to me they don't know how man they have ?

Yes. That's what they said. The zoo did not know how many squirrels it had because they keep reproducing. Mashima said, "We say more than 40 squirrels must have gotten away in the first place.There are no wild squirrels inhabiting this area."

http://www.mmail.com.my/story/japan-zoo-says-missing-squirrel-numbers-no-mystery

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Posted in: Japan city seeks funds for dying 'miracle' pine See in context

Olivier Paumier: This amount is so amazing that I immediately looked for a Japanese source to confirm it, but could not find any? Does someone has a link?

http://www.iwate-np.co.jp/cgi-bin/topnews.cgi?20120529_2

Travel to Rikuzentakata and see for yourself the complete devastation that is still visible there.

That’s what the mayor has been saying. They say they don’t want to be forgotten.

“We would love for you to visit us… If you have time during Golden Week or summer vacation, please come for a visit… Please, everyone, please do come to this disaster area… We welcome you. We would like for you to see our city. We do not want to be forgotten. This is our hope.”

http://www.city.rikuzentakata.iwate.jp/english/english.html

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Posted in: Zoo that lost 30 squirrels in typhoon 'recaptures' 38 See in context

I would guess the writer/translator, and figure that whatever the Japanese said, it did not have same connotations at least.

Simple mistranslation.

AFP says “38匹を捕獲した” = “captured 38”

捕獲=capture 再捕獲=recapture

http://www.afpbb.com/article/life-culture/life/2886828/9186163

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Posted in: Record radiation levels detected at Fukushima reactor See in context

This doesn't mean that only Fukushima is in danger but this is also a report that Tokyo and area is also being showerd with the possibility of deadly skyshine radiation. Not good. You will never know you have been exposed until its too late.

When that happens most of Japan will be uninhabitable.

As I suggested last year, if you are not Japanese and have young children here, you owe it to your kids to get them out of Japan.

this is the only time in my 13 years here that I've really contemplated getting out of the country and going back to my home country.Anyone else out there considering the same?

just thought I would like to hear what other expats have thought who are continuing to live here..

Interesting comments. I would also like to know what other expats have thought who are continuing to live here…

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Posted in: Patches of higher-than-average radioactivity found in Tokyo park See in context

Awww…the moderator hasn’t removed my dumb posts yet.

Anyway, I just want to know what 1.22 microSv/h means. At those places so called radiation hotspot in Tokatsu area (Kashiwa, Nagareyama, Abiko…) in Chiba prefecture, the radiation level is 0.4~0.5microSv/h, which is the same level as Colorado state USA. So I can understand that the government says there’s nothing to worry about. Clemens says the people said there’s nothing to worry about with 1.22 microSv/h. Did they say why? I don’t want to start screaming, “WOW!!! 1.22microSv/h!!! We’d better stay away from there!!!” without knowing what 1.22microSv/h means!!!

@Stuart hayward

Anyone with young children should stay clear of these levels of radioactive cesium

Please help me understand how these levels of radioactive cesium would affect kids? What about adults? (this is a pure question. I'm not your enemy, btw)

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Posted in: Patches of higher-than-average radioactivity found in Tokyo park See in context

Oops, Clemens' link above says こどもと区民を放射能から守る葛飾連絡会...

Moderator, you can delete everything I said here. Thank you.

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Posted in: Patches of higher-than-average radioactivity found in Tokyo park See in context

Clemens, I found who found it. You are right. 「こどもと区民を放射能から守る葛飾連絡会」found it.

http://rpkatushika.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-201202.html

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Posted in: Patches of higher-than-average radioactivity found in Tokyo park See in context

Those politicians are trying to steal the thunder

Oh… OK. I stand corrected. When I read the news on Tokyo shimbun and Katsushika-ku website, they said 間放射線量が高い場所があると共産党都議団が指摘し, I thought 共産党都議団pointed out means they found it. Thank you for the correction, Clemens. So, Who are exactly共産党都議団? They are not politicians? Their website says the 議員 are those 8 people. They are not politicians?

http://www.jcptogidan.gr.jp/togi02/index.html

Please help me understand. Who exactly found it ? Who are Katsushika-ku Contact Association?

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Posted in: Patches of higher-than-average radioactivity found in Tokyo park See in context

thank heavens for these people walking around and checking things.

Members of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly (Communist Party Kachi Kayoko and others) found it.

http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/news/CK2012062402000092.html

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

@basroil

Do you even understand what you wrote?

Not really. And thank you for dumb it down for me. I have no intention to argue with you with technical words/scientific figures or anything because you are an engineer and I failed “calculus” in college. So please help me and make corrections when I post something wrong.

The source said 脆性遷移温度が70度. I just googled the word脆性遷移温度 and it says it’s called DBTT in English. CNIC also says Oi No.2 is worst 4 with DBTT 70℃.

http://cnic.jp/english/newsletter/nit148/nit148articles/irradiation_embrittlement.html

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

Could it be that KEPCO have not completed the reactor stress tests on the other 2 reactors, 1&2?

I don’t know how reliable the source is, but according to white comomo, KEPCO has turned in the stress test on No.1.

No.2 is the worst 4 reactor in Japan because the ductile-brittle transition temperature(DBTT) (?) is 70℃. KEPCO has not turned in the test.

http://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1289241977

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

@zichi, I really don’t know. If your speculation turned out to be true, KEPCO and the government are gonna be in BIG trouble.

in May I reduced our power bill by 20% and again this month June.

Be careful, zichi :) You said you had heatstroke three time last year.

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

あら?見えてないわ・・・

KEPCO tends to generate power less on weekend and more on weekdays.

6/16(sat)23,670,000kw,

6/17(sun)22,870,000kw,

6/18(mon)23,800,000kw,

6/19(tue)24,650,000kw,

6/20(wed)23,190,000kw,

6/21(thr)24,550,000kw,

6/22(fri)24,200,000kw,

6/23(sat)22,570,000kw,

6/24(sun)22,330,000kw,

6/25(mon) 25,900,000kw,

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

Today, according to chart by KEPCO, the maximum power available jumped by about 1.5GW. I think this is because it's No3 reactor is running and generating full power. That's only 10 days after being given gov't permission, which if their original stated periods are correct, KEPCO actually started the No3 reactor even before it received gov't permission. Does this break any laws, I don't know?

Maybe so.

Or according to KEPCO, the supply capacity changes daily because:

Case of hydro power generations: Installed capacity is the amount of electricity generated that each power plant is able to output when they can get full amount of permitted river flow*, though the volume fluctuates every day. The amount of electricity generated decreases, depending on the season and weather.It also decreases when the river flow is smaller or when fallen leaves or dusts pour into river water after a hurricane. For some reason the generating facilities sometimes become unable to take in river water.

http://www.kepco.co.jp/setsuden/graph/pop/reference_suiryoku.html

case of thermal generations

http://www.kepco.co.jp/setsuden/graph/pop/reference_karyoku.html

case of purchase from other companies: Power purchase from IPP vary depends on contract (weekday, holiday, daytime, night time, etc),

http://www.kepco.co.jp/setsuden/graph/pop/reference_kounyu.html

KEPCO tends to generate power less on weekend and more on weekdays

6/16(sat) 23,670,000kw, 6/17(sun)22,870,000kw, 6/18(mon)23,800,000kw, 6/19(tue)24,650,000kw,6/20(wed)23,190,000kw,6/21(thr)24,550,000kw,6/22(fri)24,200,000kw,6/23(sat)22,570,000kw,6/24(sun)22,330,000kw,6/25(mon) 25,900,000kw,

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Posted in: KEPCO customers asked to cut back on power usage by 10% See in context

Everyday since KEPCO put the chart on the web, the power demand this year has been less than last year.

I think basroil is accurate on this. The power demand this year has been less than last year because the temperature is lower?

[Osaka]

2011/6/23 33.4℃, 2011/6/24 33℃

2012/6/23 27.3℃, 2012/6/24 28.2℃

http://www.data.jma.go.jp/obd/stats/etrn/view/daily_s1.php?prec_no=62&prec_ch=%E5%A4%A7%E9%98%AA%E5%BA%9C&block_no=47772&block_ch=%E5%A4%A7%E9%98%AA&year=2011&month=6&day=&elm=daily&view=

http://www.data.jma.go.jp/obd/stats/etrn/view/daily_s1.php?prec_no=62&prec_ch=%E5%A4%A7%E9%98%AA%E5%BA%9C&block_no=47772&block_ch=%E5%A4%A7%E9%98%AA&year=2012&month=6&day=&elm=daily&view=

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

Fukushima is probably the only prefecture in the country with near 100% opposition to any further use of nuclear energy.

At Fukushima-city council, among 38 council members:

17: approve restart of the Oi reactors

19: disapprove

2: no answer

http://mainichi.jp/area/fukushima/news/20120623ddlk07040124000c.html

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Posted in: Critics say reactor restart decision risks health of people, economy See in context

@warispeace

In response to basroil and Blair Herron's apologist redirection, please check the following two links. First there is Edano's statement to the nation that there was no meltdown, as late as April 19th. Yet he was aware of the melt down shortly (within several days) after 3.11. We can therefore say this is a lie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V2gCnaGotQ

Because you said “shortly after 3.11”, I thought 3.14 is more like shortly after than April 19.

He didn’t say he was aware of the melt down. What he said was “possibility”

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters that officials still do not know if there have been meltdowns in the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear facility in northeast Japan. But as they attempt to cool down radioactive material and release pressure inside the reactors, he said authorities were working under the presumption that such meltdowns have taken place. "We do believe that there is a possibility that meltdown has occurred. It is inside the reactor. We can't see. However, we are assuming that a meltdown has occurred," he said of the No. 1 reactor. "And with reactor No. 3, we are also assuming that the possibility of a meltdown as we carry out measures."

btw, I hate Edano.

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

Which do you think is more realistic?

tbh, I don't know...

Asahi says both numbers: the organizer states 40000, the police states 10000

http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0622/TKY201206220491.html

Yomiuri: police states 11000

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/tokyo23/news/20120623-OYT8T00108.htm

Sankei: police states 11000

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/news/120623/crm12062300100000-n1.htm

Tokyo: the organizer states 45000

http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2012062390003515.html

AFP: 20000 (without source)

http://www.afpbb.com/article/disaster-accidents-crime/accidents/2885820/9158970

Those protesters gathered in 500~700m on the street.

If there were 11000 protesters= there were 15~22protesters/meter

If there were 45000 protesters= there were 64~90protesters/meter

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

Clemens Simon, Where do you get 45,000 from?

Sad… my earlier post is so ignored…(ToT)

Anyone interested in more education might want to look at the Journal of Radiological Protectionhttp://iopscience.iop.org/0952-4746/

Star-viking, thank you for the link. I’m going to read it carefully. Wish they could dumb it down a little so that I can understand better…

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Posted in: Gov't asks 4 power companies to plan for rolling blackouts See in context

The ministries are using electricity from a different power company, not TEPCO.

Add to JaneM,

Farm Ministry: ENNET, METI: Marubeni Showa Shell F-Power, Justice Ministry: Marubeni F-Power, MIC: ENNET, Cabinet office: ENNET, Finance Ministry: ENNET, MLIT: ENNET, Foreign Ministry: ENNET F-Power

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Posted in: Gov't asks 4 power companies to plan for rolling blackouts See in context

and were do they intend to find the email addresses?

My municipal government encourages us to register our email address.

Information in foreign languages are sent by cell phone throughout the City. Languages include: English, Chinese, Spanish and easy Japanese. Useful information such as rolling blackout schedule right after 3.11.2011, cut in water supply will occur the next day, random street assault still on the street, public school lunch cesium level…etc.

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Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart See in context

It was on 報道ステーション (Hodo Station TV Asahi) last night. It said there were 45,000 protesters. (A week before there were 16,000) They gather every Friday evening in front of PM’s residence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTuHOAW0DVM

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