Expand health survey beyond Fukushima: U.N.


Japan’s health survey on the effects of the March 2011 nuclear crisis should be expanded to include areas outside Fukushima Prefecture, a U.N. expert said.

The health management survey should be provided to residents in all affected areas by radiation exposure higher than 1 millisievert per year, Anand Grover, the U.N. special rapporteur on health, said in a report.

The report disputed the Japanese government’s decision to allow business activities to resume in areas with an exposure of 20 millisieverts or less per year.

“Evacuees should be recommended to return only when the radiation dose has been reduced as far as possible and to levels below 1 millisievert per year,” the report said.

Epidemiological studies “conclude that there is no low-threshold limit for excess radiation risk to non-solid cancers such as leukemia,” it said.

The report will be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.

The report criticized the Japanese government for failing to give prompt orders for administering stable iodine to the public after the core meltdowns began at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

The report also said Japan failed to utilize the System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information, the computer simulator dubbed SPEEDI that projects the environmental spread of radioactive fallout, in a timely manner.

Many people who evacuated Fukushima to escape the fallout from the meltdowns ended up fleeing to places that were directly in the fallout paths projected by SPEEDI.

Atomic plan suspense


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won’t clarify his plan to reactivate nuclear power plants until it appears in the growth strategy to be released in mid-June just before the Upper House election in July, sources familiar with the matter said.

The draft energy policy states that steps will be taken to restart reactors deemed safe by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the sources said Saturday.

The government will pledge to make utmost efforts to ensure safety at atomic power stations to gain support for restarting them in the municipalities that host them, they said.

  • Well, it appears that the nuke industry needs to do some leg work to get the UN Human Rights Council under their thumb as they do the World Health Organization. They know that they can count on the WHO to publish the sort of reports that will sweep the true health risks of radiation exposure under the rug, since the WHO was made subordinate to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) back in the 50’s. The Who is not permitted to undertake any research or publish any studies that have not been approved by the IAEA, a fact which of course is never revealed when the WHO releases their nuke industry propaganda like their most recent report.

    I’m glad to see that the UN Human Rights council and their special rapporteur on health have maintained their integrity and independence from the corporate interests which dominate the IAEA, the WHO, and all western governments. I applaud their call for expanded health surveys in Japan, but wish they would make note of the fact that the Japanese government is apparently pursuing a deliberate strategy to muddy the results of such surveys by dispersing the the radionuclide contamination as widely as possible around all areas of Japan – as well as the rest of the world.

    How is this being done? They are sending materials with high levels of radiation to all corners of Japan to be incinerated. The fine ash released from this incineration is extremely radioactive, and subject to wind dispersal in the surrounding areas, and significant amounts also enter the upper atmosphere and are carried far and wide on the jet streams.

    The net effect is that the “background” radiation level is being raised in ALL areas of Japan, including the southernmost islands far removed from Fukushima prefecture. Which means that the control populations which are used in comparing health survey statistics will tend to hide the true magnitude of the health effects, because the control populations will also see an increase in adverse health effects. The Japanese people should be aware that this is happening, but it doesn’t seem to be reported much. It looks to me like the corporate media is doing their part in the cover up as well.

    • Starviking

      If you check the radioisotope fallout maps against the areas affected by the tsunami you find that the majority of contamination is on the the coast of Fukushima, around the nuclear plant. Other areas on the Pacific coast of Tohoku have negligible contamination. It is debris from these areas that is being disposed of, debris which is unlikely to have much radioactive contamination at all.

    • Sam Gilman

      Do you actually believe all of that? Seriously? Do you know how the World Health Organisation works? Are you not at all worried about your own levels of racism to believe that the Japanese government would seek to poison its entire population?

      I’m losing count of how many times I’ve had to explain this on the JT site. The WHO is not subordinate to the IAEA. The main person who spreads this particular piece of nonsense is Helen Caldicott, a sometime speaker to far right groupings in Australia and a New World Order conspiracy theorist. (She used to be a doctor a few decades ago, but you know how people change.) The actual sentence of the agreement reads like this, with some key bits emphasised:

      it is recognized by the World Health Organization that the International Atomic Energy Agency has the primary responsibility for encouraging, assisting and co-ordinating research and development and practical application of atomic energy for peaceful uses throughout the world without prejudice to the right of the World Health Organization to concern itself with promoting, developing, assisting and co-ordinating international health work, including research, in all its aspects.

      In short – the IAEA takes the lead on talking about the use of nuclear power, the WHO takes the lead on health, including the health effects of radiation. It’s not a crime to be unfamiliar with the area, but if you knew anything about how the WHO works, or about how their reports are treated by the international health research community, you’d know this conspiracy theory was utter bunk.

      As for the Japanese government sending highly radioactive material the length and breadth of Japan? This particular myth comes from Chris Busby, the man caught promoting useless “anti-radation” pills (aka mineral supplements) to people in Fukushima at a highly inflated price. As another commentator notes – radiation readings are in the public domain, from independent sources, too. They don’t back up this utterly mad story.

      In any case, you seriously need to take a good look at yourself if you can so easily believe that the Japanese government – and it’s a long-standing liberal democracy here, with constitutional rights and all that jazz – would even think it could get away with systematically trying to poison the entire population, let alone actually decide to do it? Why is it so many westerners like yourself find it so easy to believe in this myth of the callousness and devious oriental ruling over obedient masses?

      The real world is always less exciting than wild fantasy. But ultimately, it’s a richer, more fulfilling experience.

  • SwedishreaderKristinehamn93

    It always is talk about keeping Fukushima No.1 power plant running with big failure in reported to the news as waterlaek and high temperatures and high values of numbers over a safe zone.

    I have a idea of closeing Fukushima No.1 power plant for 100’000 years as it takes for the radioactivty to disappare. It’s better to do this before something more bad happens there.

  • Starviking

    It must be noted that the UN special rapporteur on health is actually a lawyer, not a medical professional.