Monthly Archives: January 2012

Radiation fears slow clean-up in Tohoku


Hosono, who is also responsible for handling the nuclear crisis, agrees the 2.28 million tons of waste in Fukushima will have to be treated on site as radioactive elements have been released into the environment in the prefecture.
When the disaster struck a national outpouring of empathy brought with it offers of help from all over the country.
But these have since dried up and now there are few volunteers for taking waste from Miyagi and Iwate, amid fears it could be contaminated and would be dangerous to burn despite the use of filters in incinerators.
“We want to finish (the clean-up) in three years, but if things continue at the current rate that seems difficult, so we must accelerate,” said Hosono.
“We are taking additional measures, such as constructing temporary incineration sites, but even that will not be enough” without other municipalities playing a part, he said.
Tokyo has already agreed to take some of the debris, “but other localities have not decided anything,” he complained.
The government has sought to reassure opponents with a dedicated website aiming to explain exactly how the waste is dealt with.
It says the incinerators have fine enough filters to prevent radiation being released, and only waste below specific radiation levels will be burned in conventional facilities.
Hosono says ash produced by the incineration is safe.
“The radioactivity measured in the ash is 133 becquerels per kilogram, which is lower than the temporary level set for food, so there is no danger and no need to worry,” he said.

Read full article…
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/radiation-fears-slow-tsunami-clean-up?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2012-01-30_AM

Number of flu patients surpasses 1.11 million as epidemic spreads


NationalJan. 28, 2012 – 04:15PM JST( 28 )

TOKYO —

The number of influenza patients admitted to medical facilities for treatment in Japan reached 1.11 million in the week leading up to Jan 22, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases reported on Friday.
The institute says that the increase in the number of infections was due in part to the virus being prevalent among elementary and junior high school students, NHK reported. Reported infections among 5-14-year-olds increased by a factor of 4.3 over the previous week. As a result, the 5-14 age group now consitutes half of the total number of infections, the institute reported….

nothing to do with radiation……

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/number-of-flu-patients-surpasses-1-11-million-as-epidemic-spreads?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2012-01-28_PM 

Free medical care for Fukushima kids rejected


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Published: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 – 12:00 am

The Japanese government has turned down a request by the Fukushima prefectural government to make medical care free for prefectural residents aged 18 and under.
Tatsuo Hirano, state minister for disaster reconstruction and disaster management, met with Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato at the Fukushima prefectural office Saturday to tell him of the government’s decision…..

Full report…

Fukushima Pamphlete translation to stop people evacuating circulated at schools


[Children’s exposure and Pediatric Society]
1. The dose in thyroid of children living in highly contaminated area in Fukushima has been turned out from the result of the analysis done in the end of March. None of the children were exposed so much that they may have cancer.
2. It’s 1mSv/y in Iwakishi, but it’s 5mSv/y in Fukushimashi and Koriyamashi but the radiation level of Koriyama was not the dangerous level at all. (Note:This sentence does sound strange but it was translated as it is.)
3. The radionuclide attached to the ground (Most of it is cesium) emit beta ray and gamma ray, which is shown as the current radiation level. It is starting to be cleared that the current level of radiation won’t cause cancer.

Full article and translation….