Japan Nuclear Nightmare: Tokyo Fears Radiation

Mar 16, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: TheDailyBeast.com

Yokota is NEWSWEEK's correspondent in Tokyo and the editor-in-chief of NEWSWEEK Nihonban, NEWSWEEK's Japanese-language partner.

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a christian

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Japanese officials reported levels of radioactive iodine in milk from four locations in Fukushima that ranged from about 20% over the acceptable limit to more than 17 times that limit. Testing at one location also found levels of cesium about 5% over the acceptable limit, the radiatiom levels are expected to increase! note all over Japan!
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Apr 26, 2011
 
The government have played down the radiation levels dicharging at a phenomenal dangerous rate at fukashaema power plant! it will know not only polute Japan but will be a danger to the entire world! note many tonnes of plutonium were believed to be stored at the power station!
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Alright anti-nukes, Fukushima has been a heyday, it's time to cool it now.

Fukushima has claim no deaths and it is unlikely that radiation from those reactors will cause any deaths, not even to the clean-up workers. As an immunologist, I know that it is more likely that fewer cancers will occur in the fall-out area because our world is radiation deprived and some increase in radiation stimulates our immune systems which protect us from cancers and other diseases. The net effect of the radiation release will be better health for the locals and no effect for the rest of the world. It's also time to put the plutonium hoax back in the bag. It is an alpha emitter that is not absorbed when ingested. Radium is 200 times more toxic.
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doctors dont know shit, thats why they are still practicing
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im not anti nuke either im just against ignorant people that make statements....like its ok dont worry, im an expert...this and that....blah blah blah....
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Fukushima has claimed lives already.
Radiation does not make you better - it damages your DNA and increases the CHANCE of getting cancer.

It's also worth noting that a prolonged low level exposure to radiation is a lot more damaging than a short exposure to high levels of radiation (within reason)
Fukushima is expected to take another 9 months to get under control. during which time it will carry on releasing radiation.
Radiation gets into the food chain (especially the ocean) and builds up in high predators e.g. TUNA
BDV

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Apr 28, 2011
 
a guy wrote:
It's also worth noting that a prolonged low level exposure to radiation is a lot more damaging than a short exposure to high levels of radiation (within reason)
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Well, the success of fractionated radiation oncology treatments must be a widespread delusion, huh?
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"Worth Noting?" Fer realz? ROTFLMAO.
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I guess when sheeple will swallow any lie. That's why they call them sheeple.
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Nice try, LOL!
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Apr 28, 2011
 
You must be kidding me. "Tokyo" now "fears radiation"? No bovine excrement, huh!
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"Tokyo" rode these decrepit nuclear reactors hard for 40 years. Even in Japan, reactors were build to higher standards than Dai-Ichi, but there was never time, there was never money to upgrade these reactors, even as they literally were cracking due to old age. Just ride them hard! Who cares about the provincials in Fukushima? As long as the CAPITAL is provided, it's all good, baby.
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The only regret I have is that the fear is unfounded, as not enough radiation could reach "Tokyo", although that would be "Tokyo"'s just desert.
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Apr 30, 2011
 
BDV wrote:
The only regret I have is that the fear is unfounded, as not enough radiation could reach "Tokyo", although that would be "Tokyo"'s just desert.
That's right fatboy, sit at your computer with your twinkies and soda and condemn others to suffering and death. Here's a thought, how about you stand up (and perhaps in that process your balls will drop) and take that fat ass of yours over to Tokyo and share your thoughts with them in the flesh.

You cannot condemn an entire diverse group of people for the thoughts or actions of some, by this logic our race itself would have no right to exist. Allow me to reiterate that you are a foulmouthed fool who needs to open his mind and close his mouth. I should not have to spend my time cleaning up trash like you.
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May 1, 2011
 
Typical environazi haughtiness fancying themselves as lording over the untermensch.
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Or maybe I'll follow your 'directive' right after you lecture Fukushima refugees on how nonjudgemental they should be towards "Tokyo"s corporate-governmemtal bureaucracies.
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TEPCO- Tokyo Electric Power Co
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May 2, 2011
 
i admire japaneese strenght and bravement, but i think theyre proudnees goes to long. i heared japaneese goverment rejected U.S ofer to hel cool damage fukushima reactors.... here i post a lynk in where you can obtain some information about that event... somebody tell me if it is only a rumor or what:

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/Asia/...
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May 2, 2011
 
no to nuclear
BDV

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May 3, 2011
 
No to 4 US$ per gallon gasoline.
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The Japanese nuclear accident demonstrates the value of hardened on-site Emergency Response Centres with adequate provisions for communications, essential plant parameters, control and resources. They should be provided for all major nuclear facilities with severe accident potential. Additionally, simple effective robust equipment should be available to restore essential safety functions in a timely way for severe accident conditions.

Hydrogen risks should be subject to detailed evaluation and necessary mitigation systems provided.

Emergency arrangements, especially for the early phases, should be designed to be robust in responding to severe accidents.

The IAEA mission urges the international nuclear community to take advantage of the unique opportunity created by the Fukushima accident to seek to learn and improve worldwide nuclear safety.
Are these people for real! they have given no immediate solution what so ever, only sensible prevention for the future! Please Lord Almighty/Allah give them total wisdom so that they can come up with a more comprehensive solution to the nuclear disaster in Japan! and please 'Lord' help the Japanese people and all living the creatures to survive the effects of radiation!
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Amen to that.

BUT! hardened Emergency Response NETWORKS with adequate provisions for communications, essential plant parameters, control and resources, should be provided for ALL major facilities with large potential environmental impact - chemical plants, oil refineries, electric grids, oil exploration platforms, large dams, railway networs, and so on.
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Japan acted very irresponsibly in handling this disaster. It dumped highly contaminated water used to cool the reactors into the sea without consulting its neighbors.

Japan hoped to mitigate its own problems by taking selfish actions which passed the problems to neighboring countries.

Now according to Asian news reports, the water samples taken in Japan's economic waters are highly polluted with radioactive substance including Cesium 134, 137 whose levels are 300 times higher than samples taken at the shore of neighboring countries.

Five months after Japan's nuclear plant disaster, the waters of Japanese coast on the east side is still very polluted. Japanese officials initially hoped that the contaminated waters dumped into the sea would be dilluted quickly by the Pacific. However, the fact is the whole east coast of Japan is very dirty now, and the radioactive particles stay in the sand and mud near the coast. During rain storms and typhoons, strong waves will carry much of it back to contaminate the land near the coast. It also pollutes underground water systems.

As the wasters 200 to 300 miles away from the east coast is very dirty, this water goes northward to Hokkaido. The coast of Hokkaido is no longer clean.

Because mistakes made by selfish managers and officials, many average citizens (fishermen, restaurant owners, travel agencies) suffer. It is a pity that a clean scenic place like Hokkaido was also polluted now.

I won't go back for the second visit in 20 or 30 years.
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a guy wrote:
Fukushima has claimed lives already.
Radiation does not make you better - it damages your DNA and increases the CHANCE of getting cancer.
It's also worth noting that a prolonged low level exposure to radiation is a lot more damaging than a short exposure to high levels of radiation (within reason)
Fukushima is expected to take another 9 months to get under control. during which time it will carry on releasing radiation.
Radiation gets into the food chain (especially the ocean) and builds up in high predators e.g. TUNA
A lot of cover up by plant mangers and Japanese officials.

Their stories change several times a week.

The initially said the disaster should be rated as Scale 3 or 4. Then more problems appeared, and under the pressure from French and American experts, it raised it to Scale 6 reluctantly in April.

In May, the disaster was raised to Scale 7 (same as Chernobyl). In fact many North American and French scientists and experts said, the radiation emitted by Fukushima plant is twice as that of Chernobyl and it should be scaled Level 8.

We appreciate the monitoring of the scientific community in the world especially the French and the American scientists. Otherwise, everyone will be manipulated by corrupted and dishonest officials and managers in Japan.
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I guess the Japanese didn't learn anything from Hiroshima, their hooked on nuke plants and cant change their ways, so you have to calm the people to keep the peace while they sit in their muck and mire and waste away, you go electronics and robots and all that other shit that requires the nuke power, ya, cool now isn't it. Are we not a great people and nation? looks like you were taught a lesson by the creator himself which is a warning for all of us.... don't think so? keep watching time will reveal whether this is true or not...
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dilbert wrote:
I guess the Japanese didn't learn anything from Hiroshima, their hooked on nuke plants and cant change their ways, so you have to calm the people to keep the peace while they sit in their muck and mire and waste away, you go electronics and robots and all that other shit that requires the nuke power, ya, cool now isn't it. Are we not a great people and nation? looks like you were taught a lesson by the creator himself which is a warning for all of us.... don't think so? keep watching time will reveal whether this is true or not...
Many people in the world, including Americans, are surprised in Japan's behavior in handling the crisis:

--- Why did Japan reject American assistance? USA is the most advanced in nuclear engineering and research. It is the only country in the world that can mobilise a well trained military unit to help. USA is the closest ally of Japan.

--- Why did the Japanese release very inconsistent information? They made corrections several times when challenged by experts in the western world.

--- Why did they refuse to build a permanent cover of concrete and lead to bury the malfunctioning reactors? Ukraine acted quickly and began to bury Chernobyl reactors within two weeks. Five months after the nuclear disaster, Japan did nothing except sparying resin to keep radioactive substances in place to prevent them spreading around. But the spreading radioactive particles continues albeit at a reduced rate.

--- The areas surrounding Fukushima are so dirty after the disaster, didn't they test and monitor food supply there? They let meat produced there to circulate around Japan and took action to stop it only two weeks ago. They continue to export foodstuff claiming that they are safe for consumption. Now they found the problem that contaminated meat has been sold and consumed by people all over Japan in the last 4 to 5 months. When other Asian countries including China and South Korea banned Japanese produced foodstuff in March and April, Japan protested that these countries were try to harm Japan further. Not very emphathetical behavior in a modern world.

There are many unexplainable mistakes.

I remembered one American professor wrote an article soon after the disaster occurred in March. He said Japan must be producing and accumulating materials for building nuclear bombs. That is why (1) Japan refuses to permanently bury the disaster site,(2) Japan rejected American assistance right away and prevented foreign experts from entering the power plant, and (3) Japan is advanced but it is hard to comprehend why it sticks to outdated dirty and dangerous nuclear power technology. But such old technology produces weapon-graded plutonium while newer safer technology does not .

I forget the name of the professor and article title. Please google it if interested.
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I don't turst Japan. Fukusjima is worse than Chernobyl and should be rated level 8.

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