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Of nuclear village idiots and radiation scare-mongerers: letters

Nab Tepco execs, take over the clean-up

Until reading Brian Victoria’s letter on Aug. 13, I felt at times that perhaps I was being too much of an alarmist over the radiation dangers at Fukushima’s No. 1 nuclear power plant. But now I realize that, if anything, I was being a bit too optimistic.

Victoria called for the postponement of his university’s Study Abroad Program in Japan out of concerns for the long-term welfare of any and all participants. It’s his responsibility to make sure that none of the students in his Japan study program are ever at risk of being exposed to an unhealthy or deadly environment, one contaminated by radioactive chemicals.

Victoria fails to mention any of the troubling details that he learned during the two-day seminar he attended recently at the New York Academy of Sciences, though he did say that he was deeply worried about the “full scope of the ongoing dangers posed” at the Fukushima No. 1 disaster site.

Why is a New York medical academy better informed about the dangers of radioactive leaks in Fukushima than Japan’s prime minister or possibly even the chief of the new Nuclear Regulatory Agency? And do educators in Japan have less regard for their students than Victoria does for his own? Just what are the dangers to one’s health if exposed to 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium per liter of water? Why is Tepco so secretive, still?

It’s way past time for the government to assume all clean-up operations at the crippled nuclear plant site in Fukushima. Tepco should have gone into bankruptcy on March 12, 2011, and all of its senior executives and engineers taken into custody for questioning and possible criminal prosecution. Criminal negligence has never been in doubt in the court of public opinion.

Tepco grossly failed in its responsibility to do everything possible to safeguard its Fukushima No. 1 plant from quake/tsunami-related catastrophe, despite warnings from a number of well-informed experts. Tepco pointedly ignored such expert opinion.

Is the president of Tepco in bed with PM Shinzo Abe? Is this why Abe is being so protective of the Tepco nuclear village idiots?

Why won’t the Japanese government sponsor a medical seminar similar to the one held at the New York Academy of Sciences and inform the Japanese public about “the full scope of the ongoing dangers posed” by radiation leaks in Fukushima? Why? NHK could do a two- or three-day seminar and invite medical experts to fully inform the Japanese public.

But that would take courage, something the Liberal Democratic Party and the Tepco senior management team are sadly lacking.

I wonder when former PM Taro Aso is going to take a tour of Fukushima and shout peevishly at the local residents to “hurry up and die”?

ROBERT MCKINNEY
Otaru, Hokkaido

Come to Japan, catch less rads

In most places in the world, one would get a higher (natural) radiation dose than in Japan — except if one were to visit the immediate neighborhood of the defective No. 1 power plant, or if one insisted on sleeping right on top of one of the few hot spots a bit further away. Look at the radiation measurements on the web!

So, it would be advisable, for many people, in order to reduce their radiation exposure, to come to Japan. But do not come on a commercial high-altitude flight — this will give you a considerable radiation dose.

OTTO ALBRECHT
Atsugi, Kanagawa

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