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Posted in: Radiation hotspot in Chiba linked to Fukushima: officials See in context

@Paul Arenson Thank you for the information. I'm not good at science at all and don't know what to believe. I tend to be convinced someone says in scientific figures while still I don't understand what the numbers mean. I occasionally hear what Kodama Tatsuhiko says on media and he says in plain language so it's rather easy to understand what's going on. The problem is even experts have different opinions and the government don't know what to do. Someone said earlier here that we need to try to get as accurate information as possible and it's your responsibility to decide what to do. Except Kodama Tatsuhiko and another professor from Kyoto university, people who say it is dangerous to live in Kashiwa, or Kanato, or in Japan do not explain to me in scientific figures. Some posters here say like, "You are so radiated." "Japan is done", it's not convincing at all. But I really appreciate posts like yours with rather calm tone with facts. So, thank you very much again for the information.

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Posted in: Radiation hotspot in Chiba linked to Fukushima: officials See in context

@NetNinja Thank you for your concern. The radiation level rose after March 22 here in Kashiwa. After the explosion on March 15, all those radiation particles were flying around in the cloud, and those cloud moved down to South in Tokatsu area, and the heavy rain on March 22 caused the hotspots here. The radiation level here rose to 0.4microSv/hr since then. According to U.S. NRC,"Currently Denver, Colorado is reading 64 CPM(o.64uSv/hr) as of 4:00pm MST 4/10/11.People residing in Colorado are exposed to more natural radiation than residents of the east or west coast because Colorado has more cosmic radiation at a higher altitude and more terrestrial radiation from soils enriched in naturally occurring uranium. (The "Alert Level" for the National Radiation Map is 100 CPM(1uSv/hr))Although Colorado has the highest average background radiation levels in the US, the state has some of the lowest cancer incidence and death rates in the country, around 10% below national levels." So... I think I'm gonna stay here still.

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Posted in: Radiation hotspot in Chiba linked to Fukushima: officials See in context

@the_harper "both Caesium 134 and 137 produce beta radiation which will not travel far and can be easily blocked." That's what I understand from the morning news. When the soil was removed, the level went down to 0.4mircoSv/hr.

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Posted in: Radiation hotspot in Chiba linked to Fukushima: officials See in context

@Utrack I live in Kashiwa and this news is quite shocking to me, but I'm trying to be calm and get as accurate information as possible. You say, "Are they going to evacuate residence who maybe living near these hotspots". Your comment scares me. I would like to know "how near" you are talking about, and also what do you mean by residence? All of them or babies and pregnant women? I would appreciate if you could explain your comment with some scientific numbers if possible. Thank you.

@badmigraine "if the rainwater HADN'T seeped through this hole and concentrated in the soil, then where would this highly-radioactive rainwater have gone," According to this morning news, the rainwater have gone sewage line. That sounds cheering ><

If what the Ministry said this morning was correct, I think there are a number of this kind of hotspots in Tokatsu area, not found yet.

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Posted in: 36% of single Japanese women more positive about marriage since March 11 disaster: survey See in context

Personally, I like bad boys in uniform<3<3<3

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Posted in: 36% of single Japanese women more positive about marriage since March 11 disaster: survey See in context

It is also true that divorce rate is increasing after 3.11. It is called "Shinsai-rikon"

*husband escaped leaving his wife and children instead of saving them

*wife is overacting toward the radiation, she wants to move somewhere else but husband doesn't want to/can't.

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Posted in: Radiation hotspot found in residential Chiba See in context

zichi and other people, thank you very much for the information. I am trying to get as much information as possible myself, too :)

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Posted in: Radiation hotspot found in residential Chiba See in context

Authorities tested the land and reported a reading of 57.5 microsieverts an hour.

This is dangerous number, right?

Kashiwa is located in northern Chiba, and has a estimated population of 404,820 people.

I'm one of them ><

Authorities said that once they buried the hotspot under sand and a sheet, the reading fell to 0.4 microsieverts an hour, NTV reported.

They buried??? What was the cause of it, then???

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Posted in: Radiation hotspot found in residential Chiba See in context

Nedo (Kita-Kashiwa) area is said to be lower than other areas. It often gets flooded there. Minor flood, though. There are many schools in the area.

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Posted in: Heroes of Fukushima See in context

Most of those Fukushima 50 were TEPCO employees, including Mr. Yoshida, the plant manager. The executives and employees are all wearing the same company uniform. It's hard to see who are heroes and who are criminals.

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Posted in: Greenpeace urges tougher radiation screening, seafood labeling rules See in context

A do-it-yourself radiation measuring station will open in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture.The privately run station opens Tuesday and will enable consumers to measure the amount of radioactive substances that may be in food and other products they have bought or grown.The facility is equipped with eight radiation measuring instruments. Consumers pay to use the self-service devices for 20 minutes to check for radioactive material.Checking food takes between 15 minutes and 20 minutes.(Yomiuri Shimbun Oct. 8, 2011)

I watched the news about this facility the other day. People need to bring food DICED, place them in the container, and wait for 15-20 minutes. I heard this is the way how to measure radiation accurately. You cannot get accurate information by bringing Geiger counter to the grocery store.

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Posted in: Hirano under fire for calling tsunami victims 'idiots' See in context

I agree with stayinginplace. BAKA is used in an affectionate way sometimes. For example, if a father lost his son with car accident or whatever, the father would say "Ore yori sakini shiniyagatte, aitsu wa hontoni BAKA da!!!" Very close friends would also say something like this. What Hirano said could be acceptable among his friends and his friends families that lost their family, but the problem is he is a politician and he has to be careful what he says in public.

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Posted in: Why Japanese values and morality confound us so See in context

In my childhood, I was told so many times by my parents, grandparents, teachers, and neighbors "Bachi ga ataru=You'll be punished/something bad will happen to you if you do this (anything immoral) " Westerners might ask "punished by who?" By who is not important or no one cares by who. Still every time when I'm about to do something bad or immoral, "bachi ga ataru thing always comes to my mind, and I believe many Japaneses feel the same way.

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Posted in: Militants attack U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan See in context

I really really hope my best friend deployed over there will come home safe to America<3<3<3

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Posted in: Golden man See in context

@realdoll I agree. Chotto kimochi warui... (><)

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Posted in: Gov't likely to face strong opposition to raising retirement age: survey See in context

tmarie That's exactly what I'm worried about. If I'm not getting pension at all, why is the pension fee (thing) withdrawn from my paycheck every month. It's mandatory!!! I understand in the U.S., you can choose your pension plan. But in Japan, other than private pension plan, Kosei-nenkin, Kyousai-nenkin, and Kokumin-nenkin are all mandatory.

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Posted in: Gov't likely to face strong opposition to raising retirement age: survey See in context

over 40 more years until I get pension or am I gonna get pension ever? I would rather save those money for myself rather than helping those older strangers...

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Posted in: Gov't likely to face strong opposition to raising retirement age: survey See in context

They are raising the minimum age for employee pension payouts to 68. How do we live without any income for all those 8 years from 60 to 68??? So... they are raising the retirement age to 70. They are raising pension payouts to 68 due to lack of budget; lack of budget is due to aging society=fewer younger generation. If retirement age is raised to 70, fewer jobs for younger generation... Oh no... what are we gonna do???

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Posted in: Radiation likely came from radium in bottles beneath floor of empty house See in context

I understand that the house was built in 1950s. The owner of the house, 90 year-old woman, was living there until last February. (not sure how long she had been living there) She has been exposed to high level radiation for a long time, but she seems to be fine, according to morning news.

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Posted in: Stringent tests planned to map radiation spread after hotspot found in Setagaya See in context

@Johannes Thank you :)

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Posted in: Stringent tests planned to map radiation spread after hotspot found in Setagaya See in context

@Johannes WeberO Thank you very much for the information. I live in Kashiwa city, one of the places of hot spots. Our local government sent us e-mail every other day and tell us the radiation level of 5cm and 1m above ground (schools, parks...) The level is usually 0.4 microSv/hr. Some people (like zichi here) have been helping me what this level means. I understand state of Colorado is normally 0.5-0.9 microSv/hr, so 0.4microSv/hr should be nothing to worry, right? But the local government will not be able to collect weed garbage because there is so much of them packed in huge bags and are placed at the clean center, which is already full. Is it still not safe to burn them? Or they are not burning them because some people would freak out? We get scientific figure information, but average people need the interpretation of it. Someone help us, please...

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Posted in: Yuko Ogura gets married in Hawaii See in context

A Japanese woman named Ogura-san (27) is getting married. De?

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Posted in: Stringent tests planned to map radiation spread after hotspot found in Setagaya See in context

We have to accept the fact that lots of areas of East Japan (or more) are somewhat affected. The important thing is that we get accurate information with scientific figures, like how dangerous 2.7 microSv/hr is. (you know sometimes scientists say like "your chance of getting cancer increases 0.000007%")

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Posted in: 2 U.S. soldiers accused of raping teenage girls in S Korea See in context

One of my American best friends is deployed to Afghanistan. I asked him what he wants for the care package and he said he wants pictures of my b**bs. I thought he was just kidding, but he kept asking and I said no. He got upset with me, and then he deleted me from his Facebook friends and blocked me!!! I'm so shocked. I have known him for over ten years and he's not like that. Is it really hard, stressful, and frustrating for soldiers to living in a foreign country? Or those 2 soldiers in Korea and my friend are just perv in the first place?

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Posted in: U.S. eases travel alert around Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

@zichi Thank you for the information. Kashiwa, Nagareyama, and Abiko are called hot spots with the radiation level around 0.4microSv/hr. After the explosion on 3/12, the radiation particles were flying around in the sky with clouds. On 3/22, the clouds with the particles moved down south to Tokatsu area (kashiwa, nagareyama...) and the heavy rain dropped a large number of particles in the area. That's how Tokatsu area has become the hot spots. (according to several news report on Japanese media) Since then, people here are freaking out, especially mothers with small children. Kids are no longer playing in the play ground. A lot of my neighbors are not hanging their laundry out to dry...etc. 200 mothers visited the mayor and told him to do something about it. But they also don't know what to do. There are hundreds of huge bags of weed garbage in the clean center and the space is already full. So they are not going to collect those garbage any longer. There is a huge dispute going on between mothers and the mayor. The mayor said those mothers are overacting and the mothers are upset with the government's reaction. For me, Colorado radiation level story is very convincing since I have lived in the states before. But for other people, they don't care other country's radiation level. All what they worry about is 0.4microSv/hr is a lot higher than before 3.11 and the kids are now in high risk of cancer...etc. I really hope the city government or national government will tell us what level is risky and what is not to worry with scientific numbers and plain language.

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Posted in: U.S. eases travel alert around Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

I live in Kashiwa (Northeast Chiba) that is one of the places called "Hot Spot". The city government sent us e-mail every other day giving us radiation level info. The level is usually around 0.4 microSv/hr from 5cm and 1m above ground. This level is said to be much higher than a normal level, even higher than some area of Minami Soma in Fukushima. A lot of people are freaking out, even CNN news interviewed a mother named Yuki Onishi who has been interviewed by the media and telling us what their major concern is, and what the mayor's reaction is like. She eventually left here for Okinawa with her two small children, but leaving her husband here in Kashiwa. I guess her husband has to work here. It has been on the news that Kashiwa has decided not to collect weed garbage because it is already full and they don't know what to do with it. I told my American friend about it and he said Denver, Colorado radiation level is around 0.6 microSv/hr all the time so there should be no worries with the radiation level 0.4microSv/hr. According to U.S. NRC "Currently Denver, Colorado is reading 64 CPM(o.64uSv/hr) as of 4:00pm MST 4/10/11. People residing in Colorado are exposed to more natural radiation than residents of the east or west coast because Colorado has more cosmic radiation at a higher altitude and more terrestrial radiation from soils enriched in naturally occurring uranium. (The "Alert Level" for the National Radiation Map is 100 CPM(1uSv/hr) Although Colorado has the highest average background radiation levels in the US, the state has some of the lowest cancer incidence and death rates in the country, around 10% below national levels." So if this information is true, I would be happy to tell my friends not to worry. Does anybody have any different info or anything, I would like to hear it. Thank you. (JT often delete unrelated comment to the topic. This is unrelated to U.S. ease traveling things. But It's all related to radiation leak from Fukushima. So I would appreciate if you don't delete my comment. Thank you.)

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Posted in: Y10 mil 'for Tohoku' left in bag in Saitama municipal bldg restroom See in context

The donor says that he or she is alone. Perhaps that person has family members who do not pay the donor much attention... those family members would receive about half of the money as inheritance upon the donors death. The donor might not want to leave money to his estranged relatives, but at the same time he might not want to be actively disliked by the same relatives who might feel they are being deprived of their inheritance.

I think what timtak says is pretty good interpretation. A lot of rich old people just do not want to give his/her money to their family, rather they just donate the money to some people who really need. To add to timtak interpretation, I thought just donating 1 million yen to Red Cross is boring. It would be like "Wow! This person is rich!" That's it!!! But leaving the money in the restroom with a mysterious note would be on the news, wide-show, internet... everywhere. Remember "Tiger Mask" thing? One person started donating school bags to orphan home without revealing who he/she was. And it lead to many others to do the same thing. This person might be reading JT comments right now and laughing. Thank you sir/mam :)

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Posted in: Y10 mil 'for Tohoku' left in bag in Saitama municipal bldg restroom See in context

It might lead to another "Tiger Mask" Phenomenon... $$$(^0^)/$$$

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Posted in: Thousands march against nuclear power in Tokyo See in context

Those protesters are hypocrite. When they go back home, A/C on, watch TV....

It might be true, though. Most of us don't know what to do for the energy for the future. Business executives and KEIDANREN people say, "without nuke power, Japan will sink". It might be so, but they are not 100% for sure, either. Before summer, we were imposed to cut 15% electricity. I thought it would be a great challenge and if we had a lot of difficulties, we might need nuke power in the future again. But we went through it. Most of us tried, some tried big thing, some tried just a little. But it was rather easy than we had anticipated. Now I think it would be possible without nuke power, if we continue conserving energy, smart/creative people and business try finding how to conserve, produce their own electricity...etc, we might be able to go without nuke power. It's worth trying.

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Posted in: M6.2 earthquake hits northeast Japan; no tsunami warning See in context

Every time we get shindo3~4 earthquake, many people worry "Is it gonna be bigger???", just like 3.11 quake that started as normal/usual quake, but then it got bigger and bigger and bigger...(>0<)

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