I thought I had posted this already, but I couldn’t find it.
I thought I had posted this already, but I couldn’t find it.
That Greg Palast — the guy who exposed the stolen election of Florida in 2000, the BBC anchor.
Well at least some people are showing some love for all that research and battling of the nuclear industry shills and trolls.
by Joe Giambrone
Oh. And why do I do it?
Chernobyl girl: her brain is in a sack outside of her skull:
(Please distribute widely with attribution.)
I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, and I’m going to have to point out some widespread – let’s say – untruths going around concerning the health impacts of radiation poisoning from the Fukushima meltdowns. Yes, that’s “meltdowns,” plural. It’s actually quite a bit more catastrophic than your mainstream media will tell you, and your government officials, of course, have only ever had one message on the subject: ‘It’s reaaaaaaally not so bad, so don’t you worry your pretty little head about it.’ They were saying this on day one, before they knew how bad it was. They were saying it ever since, even as the numbers skyrocketed up into uncharted territory. How can they get away with blatantly lying to the public, you might ask? That is a complex question, and requires a complex answer.
Ask yourself this, next time you come upon a “don’t worry be happy” take on a nuclear meltdown in the media: are any doctors, the people directly treating the children who live in the radioactive contamination zones, ever included in their reporting?
Short answer is no. They are not. Are these doctors far too busy and/or isolated to be interviewed? Is that the reason for their absence across the mainstream news-tainment complex?
A typical radiation news report includes an IAEA spokesman, a government official, and a factoid from the latest study that has come out, all of which bolsters the idea that nuclear meltdowns aren’t so bad. One might assume that the IAEA, or International Atomic Energy Agency, is some kind of skeptical party, a watchdog perhaps. This is false. The IAEA was created by the UN Security Council, and its five permanent nuclear powers, to “…[assist] its Member States, in the context of social and economic goals, in planning for and using nuclear science and technology for various peaceful purposes, including the generation of electricity…” In other words, the purpose of the IAEA is to promote the nuclear power industry on behalf of the most powerful nuclear states on the planet.
The IAEA is a political organization with the power to censor other UN bodies on nuclear matters, including the World Health Organization. How would I know this? Because it happened in 1995, when the World Health Organization studied the Chernobyl catastrophe. WHO Director Hiroshi Nakajima held a conference of “700 experts and physicians” who would go on to produce the most comprehensive report of the human consequences of the Chernobyl meltdown to date. This report was never published, never released to the public, and erased from history by orders of the IAEA. You didn’t hear about that from network news. It is found in a small Swiss news documentary entitled “Nuclear Controversies” (available online).
The corporate press went ape recently over a new report by the WHO, telling us that yes there is massive contamination, but “only” small percentages were calculated by them to form cancer as a result during their lifetimes. These calculations make erroneous assumptions, however, and glaring omissions, which require further examination. This examination did not happen in the corporate press; it never does. CNN proclaims, “Report: Fukushima’s radiation damaged more souls than bodies (Feb 28, 2013).”
Do you believe that?
Ten days before this headline appeared on the world’s flagship news source, the Fukushima prefecture (ground zero) produced an official report that tells us, “44.2 percent of 94,975 children sampled had thyroid ultrasound abnormalities (RT, February 18, 2013).” So, is the thyroid in the realm of the body or of the soul?
The thyroid is but one organ of the body. It absorbs radioactive iodine and then the patient goes on to suffer a long list of incurable illnesses for the rest of their lives, including cancers. Cancers, it should be understood from the start, take decades to form, and should not be widespread barely two years after the disaster. But there are many, many other organs affected by ingesting radioactive “hot particles,” which CNN, the IAEA, and most of the corporate press will not talk about. For this information you will need to perform due diligence and research the matter personally.
I’m afraid the public has been propagandized and blatantly lied to since the days of “Our friend the atom.” A logical outgrowth of the nuclear weapons industry, the nuclear power industry was championed by the United States with outlandish claims that never, ever came close to being true. The initial pitch was that electricity would be “too cheap to meter,” which is absurd today. Nuclear power generation is one of the most expensive methods of creating electricity, and far and away the most dangerous.
Another factor that most in the public don’t know about is the Price Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act of 1957. Indemnity? That’s a curious word to be found in an act of congress, no? Why would a private for-profit electrical generating industry need the federal government to grant it “indemnity?” What does this law have to do with the nuclear power stations, perhaps in your neck of the nation?
That is quite curious, indeed. The law caps the liability of the companies that run these power plants. It shields them from the consequences of their actions, their giant dirty bombs, which are routinely operated in a reckless manner and not maintained at anything approaching a reasonable degree of safety. Plants across the United States have exceeded their 40 year initial design lifespans, and yet remain in operation with leaking pipes and worn out critical safety systems. Often emergency generators won’t even operate at all, and these are not kept in proven working condition.
The Price Anderson Act rewards this culture of recklessness by shifting the burden onto a minimal insurance fund that isn’t even paid unless a meltdown occurs. Once a meltdown occurs, the industry as a whole is required to chip in a token amount per year with the federal government left holding the bag to the tune of unknown billions of dollars.
Nuclear power plant operators are:
“…capped at $17.5 million per year until either a claim has been met, or their maximum individual liability (the $111.9 million maximum) has been reached… (Wikipedia)”
Simply put, no private insurance company will take on the risk of insuring entire cities, entire regions against a nuclear calamity. The industry would not exist at all, period, if the federal government didn’t absorb this risk. What’s more, those affected by massive radiation leaks are in no way guaranteed anything if their properties and businesses find themselves swimming in radiation. If the patterns witnessed so far hold true, the standard response to a meltdown is to claim that a radiated zone is clean enough to go on living in, whether you and your family are contaminated or not. The end result of a fictional, feel-good spun reality is that the people on the receiving end are out of luck, and those responsible for massive environmental calamities walk away with fat bank accounts.
Speaking of nuclear controversies, the blackout on valid medical reporting and the human costs of radiation poisoning, isn’t total. Slivers of light do shine through from time to time. How many have actually sat down and watched the 2004 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short? It’s a low-budget, one-camera excursion to the radiation zone near Chernobyl by Maryann DeLeo, and it’s called Charnobyl Heart.
What is “Chernobyl Heart?” It’s not a feel-good term for emotional outpouring. It’s a medical condition brought on by ingesting radionuclides, which damage the vital organs of the children of Ukraine, Belarus and the surrounding region. This heart disease, labeled “cesium cardiomyopathy,” is killing the young of the contaminated zone who require major open heart surgery to remain alive. Thyroid cancers are also prevalent, and quite a large number of other radiation induced maladies, which you will not learn about from your corporate media. Chernobyl Heart is also available online.
What you will be told by your televised talking heads is that there is such a thing as “background radiation” and that any and all radiation problems you may encounter are of no more concern to you than eating a banana or flying in a plane at high altitude. Are you really going to fall for that one? They type this stuff with a straight face.
The US Academy of Sciences studied the effects of low-level ionizing radiation in a massive report called BEIR-VII: Health Risks From Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation (2006). Well, the very first paragraph tells us, “A comprehensive review of available biological and biophysical data supports a “linear-no-threshold” (LNT) risk model—that the risk of cancer proceeds in a linear fashion at lower doses without a threshold and that the smallest dose has the potential to cause a small increase in risk to humans.”
So think about that. How then can the news media and government officials proclaim that doses are so small that they are “safe” and of no concern? Their own best available scientific data tells us that there is no “safe” dose at all, and that all radiation is bad and to be avoided. Radiation is the most potent carcinogen in existence, and it also negatively impacts vital body organs in numerous other ways. Outdated models of risk assessment do not use this LNT paradigm. The first models were developed after World War 2 by studying the effects of a radiation blast vis a vis the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These studies were not concerned with long term ingestion of radioisotopes by populations. This illustrates the problem with outdated models, outdated thinking and outdated propaganda.
Ingesting radioactive “hot particles” is categorically different than being exposed to a single exposure of gamma radiation. Particles trapped within the body can behave differently depending upon where they end up. Some radioactive elements collect in the thyroid, as with Iodine-131. Others, such as cesium-137 and 134 collect in muscle tissue and other organs. Strontium-90 collects in bones, and there it stays irradiating the host for likely the remainder of his life. In such close proximity to other cells a radioactive hot particle engages in “cellular disruption (CDC, Cesium 2, Relevance to Public Health).” These radioactive isotopes bombard the nuclei of surrounding cells with energy, and this energy can cause mutations in DNA, thus sparking cancer.
This primer on radiation should illustrate why the public should remain highly skeptical, if not outright hostile, to organizations that gloss over the effects of massive radiation leaks. It is not “safe.” Do not be fooled by well-oiled spin machines that have distorted and mangled science in the service of perhaps the most dangerous industry on planet earth today. The most reasonable response to a radiation leak is to run as far away from the source of the contamination as possible and to never return. These are uninhabitable zones, and the radiation sitting in the environment attacks the young, particularly unborn developing children, many times harsher than it does full grown adult males (the standard body type used in the old risk assessment model). Horrific birth defects are the norm in the radiation zones, and these, such as those seen in the two films cited above, will shock the viewer to his/her very core. This is not an academic discussion nor a scientific debate. This is a moral outrage. Nuclear power has poisoned millions.
Joe Giambrone is an author and filmmaker. His novel Hell of a Deal is now available at Amazon.
To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Fukushima meltdowns, and the blizzard of radioacitve lies out there trying to spin it, I have written a new article in Counterpunch:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is a fully corrupt body which mishandles the safety of the nation regularly even as it claims a monopoly on all safety matters. It has ignored the concerns of state governments and kept obsolete dilapidated nuclear reactors operating indefinitely. The corruption is so glaringly awful the the UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS has published a detailed study on this abomination.
The two-year anniversary of the Fukushima meltddowns was March 11th.
The Tenth Report of the Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey, released earlier this week, with data up to January 21, 2013, revealed that 44.2 percent of 94,975 children sampled had thyroid ultrasound abnormalities. The number of abnormalities has also been increasing over time as well as the proportion of children with nodules equal to and larger than 5.1 mm and any size cysts have increased. The report has also revealed that 10 of 186 eligible are suspected of having thyroid cancer as a result of the exposed radiation.
Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated
For quite some time the disgraceful parroting of nuclear industry lies has been a part of the techno-geek alternative media. Particularly, “BoingBoing,” and others, who fancy themselves as savvy bleeding-edge hipsters. They don’t actually investigate the data they post, and simply link to outside sources uncritically. When challenged on this controversy, particularly the nuclear radiation and poisoning of vast numbers of people and vast areas of the world, the response has been to BAN the dissenting voices from contributing. I now have firsthand experience of this censorship.
What is the mindset of a techno-geek who sees every technological development as a good thing, despite many thousands of doctors and human casualties trying to warn him or her about it? They’ve been warned. I personally made sure the dissenting side was presented repeatedly. Since Fukushima I have made it a priority to tell the truth about radiation exposure and the real casualties from nuclear disasters, Chernobyl in particular.
I’m not sure how any rational person can look at the horrifically affected children of Belarus, and simply choose to ignore the great controversy that surrounds this defining issue of our age. It takes a special kind of cold, calculated detachment, something along the lines of a Josef Mengele, I would imagine.
A forgotten victim of the age of nuclear madness / Image from Academy Award winning Chernobyl Heart
Taking cues from the corrupt corporate media, which I needn’t belabor, these so-called alternative sources fall in line and turn off their critical capacities on certain issues. Energy is a desperately important issue to all of us, and thus distorts people’s critical faculties. They fall into line as good little cogs when this seems the more effective modus oprandi.
Rather than investigating the claims of bodies like the IAEA and WHO, highly politicized institutions, they simply accept as gospel what these bodies tell them. It’s God’s own truth, although the UN is, of course, controlled by the nuclear powers. These governments are pro-nuclear, and the people they send to do these studies are similarly inclined. The WHO itself has been corrupted — ON THE RECORD — which can easily be proven with WHO Director Hiroshi Nakajima’s statements about IAEA censorship of his 1995 report on the Chernobyl disaster.
“Because the IAEA reports directly to the Security Council of the UN, and we all specialized agencies report to the Economic and Development Council. The organization which reports to the Security Council–not hierarchically, we are all equal–but for atomic affairs, military use and civil use, peaceful or civil use they have the authority. They command.”
-Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima, former head of UN World Health Organization
“In 1995 the Director General of WHO, Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima, tried to inform on Chernobyl by organizing in Geneva an international conference with 700 experts and physicians. This tentative was blocked. The International Agency for Atomic Energy blocked the proceedings which were never published. The truth on the consequences of Chernobyl would have been a disaster for the promotion of the atomic industry.”
-Nuclear Controversies, 2004, Swiss TV, Film by Wladimir Tchertkoff, Feldat Film Switzerland.
The report was never published. Is that not a significant enough red flag? We are cherry picking which WHO reports we get to champion. It is quite clear the body is compromised on this issue, and cannot be relied upon to tell the world the truth.
This structural issue with the IAEA in control of all international issues related to radiation stems back to the creation of these agencies. The IAEA’s mission / goal is to promote nuclear energy worldwide. Thus this biased mission affects other UN bodies. Their only response to the nuclear issue is damage control, and not to reassess the feasibility or safety of the industry as a whole.
“The Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency, dated 23, October 1956, and subsequent amendments states the IAEA has as its’ objective “to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world.”
The 12th World Health Assembly clause No. 12.40 states: “whenever either organization proposes to initiate a programme or activity on a subject in which the other organization has or may have a substantial interest, the first party shall consult the other with a view to adjusting the matter by mutual agreement,” The document continues: The IAEA and the WHO “recognize that they may find it necessary to apply certain limitations for the safeguarding of confidential information furnished to them. They therefore agree that nothing in this agreement shall be construed as requiring either of them to furnish such information as would, in the judgment of the other party possessing the information to interfere wit the orderly conduct of its operations.” -Dr. Janet Sherman
Onto this latest “report” by the World Health Organization, reported yesterday by ABC News and today by BoingBoing.net. The Boingites go one step beyond reporting the news and add:
“These people will have an increased risk of leukemia, thyroid cancers, and cancer, in general. But the increase isn’t as large as you might have feared.” –Maggie Koerth-Baker, BoingBoing.net
Since they do inform us that there will be casualties, and that people have been poisoned against their wills by these nuclear meltdowns, this is meant to mitigate any concerns over the credibility or veracity of the study itself. The Boingers link to Time magazine, where the patently dishonest headline blares: “Meltdown: Despite the Fear, the Health Risks from the Fukushima Accident Are Minimal.” Well there you have it. If the WHO and Time Magazine agree, then this must be the truth. Turn off brain, go back to video-gaming.
Time actually goes one better, with its reputation to maintain apparently and quite a history of experience in maintaining it. They quote Greenpeace, which disputes this WHO report:
“The WHO report shamelessly downplays the impact of early radioactive releases from the Fukushima disaster on people inside the 20 km evacuation zone who were not able to leave the area quickly.
The WHO should have estimated the radiation exposure of these people to give a more accurate picture of the potential long-term impacts of Fukushima. The WHO report is clearly a political statement to protect the nuclear industry and not a scientific one with people’s health in mind.” –Dr. Rianne Teule, Greenpeace (Time)
But predictably, as soon as this quote is stated, Greenpeace is smeared by likening it to “climate skeptics.” Thought you’d get honest debate? That, my friends, is an ad hominem attack.
The WHO’s sleight of hand trick is revealed in the ABC News coverage of this report:
“The assessment also says that male infants exposed at the highest level – between 12 and 25 millisieverts – have about a 7 percent relative risk increase in the lifetime risk of leukemia and that female infants have about a 6 percent increase in the lifetime risk of breast cancer.” -ABC, Cancer Risk From Fukushima Found in Japanese Infants
What does this tell us about their methodology?
The WHO report ignores ongoing contamination in food, air and water. That’s what it tells us. The main contamination pathways are not a part of this so-called “study.” The wishful thinking addresses only a small part of the problem, and not its totality. Ongoing contamination from radionuclides in the environment are by no means limited to “25 millisieverts” as a “highest level.” Thus the continued poisoning of the population of Japan, and elsewhere, is discounted with happy talk and business as usual.
This is, of course and predictably, bogus number rigging. That is what the history of this issue has shown us. It is the standard practice on nuclear industry questions in the mainstream media and at the UN bodies.
The NY Academy of Sciences 2009 book, Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, which cites 5,000 medical studies by scientists and doctors in the radiation zone, should be first on the reading list for anyone who wishes to promote nuclear power. Ignorance is no excuse. Techno-geeks quickly devolve into techno-fascists when discussing life and death over others. The people of Fukushima and Belarus have not chosen these risks. Radiation was forced upon them by centralized governments, which routinely deceive about the consequences. This is morally unacceptable by any standard.
And to think, I had included BoingBoing on my new blogroll. Delete.
“Over 35% of the children tested have thyroid cysts and this deadly toll will grow.”
One Day in Fukushima
Japan and US Governments Along With Nuke Industry Push “Decontamination” as a Solution to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Meltdowns
by STEVE ZELTZER
When a doctor told a Fukushima mother recently that the chance of her child having cancer was only 1 in 100. This mother, who had let her children evacuate to Yamagata after two of her children had gotten 3 millimeter thyroid cysts in their throats, had a different answer. For her she said, it is not 1 in 100, but 1 in 1.
This epitomizes the continuing nightmare the people of Fukushima face as Tokyo Electric Power Company TEPCO, the Japan and US government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) continue a full press campaign to convince people that the three Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns can be “overcome”. This was the statement in fact of a politician last year running for parliament in the city of Sendai, which is about 60 miles from the plant meltdowns.
This past week, I went to the city of Fukushima to see how this plan is working.
Despite the appearance of “normality” and the national effort to convince the Japanese people that things are getting better in the region, the reality is not as it appears.
Following a slight rain pour on October 28, 2012, we visited a citizens testing center to check the residents and their food for contamination.
We had a check-up and found that the radiation count on our heads and shoulders, where we were wet by the rain were higher than on the rest of our bodies.
The effort to limit liability is also going into high gear. As former residents, as close as 4 miles or 7 kilometers to the actual meltdown are being told that the area has been decontaminated and the radiation level is now low enough so, they have to move back to their homes and businesses or they will be threatened with loosing their compensation. Fumio Hayashi is a retired salary man who had bought a restaurant in a town called Namie near Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the plants and has now relocated to Akita. He told his story about the threat by the government to take away his compensation and force him to move back to the town.
Fukushima Never Again
Who would go to his restaurant in the contaminated area was apparently not a concern for government officials who want to return the area to “normal”.
Over 100,000 residents have been evacuated but over 300,000 children along with many others are still stranded in the contaminated region.
The government refuses to pay for the evacuation of all those residents unless they are within 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the nuclear meltdowns.
A Fukushima Community Clinic is being established and will open on December 1. It will test and treat the residents who haven’t been able to escape – for radiation poisoning and cancers. Over 35% of the children tested have thyroid cysts and this deadly toll will grow.
Mothers of Fukushima children also reported that they have been pressured to downplay potential health problems when being treated by government-provided doctors.
While we were in Mito, which is about 75 miles south from Fukushima Daiichi power plant and also contaminated by radioactive particles, another 6.0 earthquake had hit. According to the residents we talked with, they are having earthquakes daily.
It was also in Mito that the Doro-Mito railway workers union had struck against Japan Rail when their members were ordered to work on contaminated trains that were left in the contaminated area for over 6 months.
Although bankrupt TEPCO has been kept in operation by government funding, it is run by the same people who covered up the dangers of the original meltdown.
It now says it will cost ¥10 trillion ($127.796 billon) to “decontaminate” the region and for compensation. This according to TEPCO includes “scrubbing residents homes” to decontaminate them. According to refugees, most of the funds are going to contractors connected with the major political parties in Japan.
TEPCO also holds a powerful grip on the national Fukushima University. The university brought in pro-nuclear “experts” to give a lecture, but when students sought to invite a nuclear plant whistleblower, the university, which has a partnership with TEPCO and the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA denied their right to speak. They also have brought in the Center For Strategic and International Studies CSIS.
Residents of Fukushima also have many stories about how government doctors are taking statistics and records but refusing to treat their children.
The Japanese history of caring for the victims of nuclear radiation are not good. Following the US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US denied that there was radiation sickness. As a consequence, the people had to set up their own community hospitals to get real treatment.
While in Sendia, we interviewed mothers who brought coloring books produced by Tohoku Power Co. that were passed out in their children’s schools. The coloring books propaganda claimed that nuclear power was a good and economical energy source for the people of Japan.
The Onagawa nuclear power plant operated by Tohoku Power Co., which is north of Fukushima, distributes pamphlets on what the company had done to prepare for earthquakes. One of the pictures showed handrails in the nuclear power control room so the operators could hold on when an earthquake struck.
You cannot make this up.
In the same company’s PR facility above the plant on a hill, there was an art show by children on how nuclear power was compatible with the fish and wildlife in the sea.
The propaganda is that the topsoil can be removed and this makes the area clean again. Much of the money going into the region is of course not going to the residents who want to evacuate but to contractors and subcontractors.
Even a Korean TV stations did an investigative report that a school site had been decontaminated in Fukushima but when tested, still had high levels of radioactive material.
The cesium and other radioactive material released in the four hydrogen explosions destroying the reactor buildings and three core meltdowns continue to contaminate the region and the world. The rain that spreads throughout the forests and fields of beautiful Fukushima washes cesium and other dangerous reactor byproducts into the ocean and Tokyo Bay where high levels of contaminants have been found.
Joining in the effort to develop a strategy for decontaminating the area is the rightwing think tank Center For Strategic and International Studies supported by former Bush advisor Richard Armitage. It has had many “education” sessions throughout the country to reassure that Japanese people that the disaster is being controlled and that the region can be “decontaminated.”
On March 22, 2012, the CSIS Energy and National Security Program even had a panel in Japan with pro-nuke advocate NRC Commissioner William Magwood who recently joined at the NRC, replacing the former chair Gregory Jaczko for being too hard on the US nuclear industry.
It is also setting up pro-nuclear education sessions throughout the country to reassure the people that plans are moving ahead to make the remaining nuclear plants safe to restart. They have developed the strategic plan to make the Fukushima area a special economic zone for decontamination and economic development. Tohoku is also now the fastest growing region in Japan due to this massive investment which of course includes the reconstruction of towns destroyed by the tsunami.
The same week that I was in Fukushima, the government admitted that it had allowed the Oui nuclear plant to restart – even though it straddles an active seismic fault. As many have pointed out before, Japan like California, is on the Pacific ring of fire and is regularly rocked by earthquakes. The dangerous nuclear power plant San Onofre near San Diego has been leaking and is presently shut down but the NRC, Southern California Edison along with the California Public Utility Commission are intent on starting it up. The idea that any nuclear plant is safe flies in the face of reality, but the industry controls the governments of Japan and the US, and continues the push to keep the plans operating.
In Japan, the ruling Democratic Party and the Liberal Democrats along with their allies the Kohmei-tou “Clean Party” continue to back nuclear power as a legitimate power source.
At the same time, the largest Japanese trade union federation RENGO like the AFL-CIO continues to support nuclear power. In fact, RENGO even has ministers in the present government and has fully supported the restarting of the remaining 50 nuclear plants in the country.
It has also been completely silent about the continued contamination of the tens of thousands of non-contract workers who are sent into the Fukushima plant without training on the dangers of radiation and in most cases without proper protection. These workers are not properly registered and will not get proper medical care and compensation, yet they are likely to get cancers and other diseases from this work.
The government has also raised the maximum radiation exposure dose to 250 millisieverts a year from 100 millisieverts.
Additionally many nuclear power whistleblowers have been retaliated against by the utilities for exposing systemic health and safety problems at the Fukushima plant and many others throughout Japan and the world.
Instead of a crash program to replace the nukes with solar panels on all new construction and other safe, renewable strategies, the private energy companies are still pushing to re-open all the plants despite the growing public anger and protest. In Tokyo, there are weekly mass protests in front of the Prime Minister’s office and at other government buildings, but you would not know this from most of the corporate controlled media.
Japan has also been bribing regional prefectures to burn the rubble, export waste to Mongolia and is engaged in a full press effort to sell more nuclear plants throughout the world.
On November 8, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that nuclear power is “safer now than before 2011”. He supports the expansion of nuclear plants into China, Korea, India and Russia.
Additionally the Japan Atomic Energy Agencies plans to reopen the accident plagued Monju prototype fast breeder reactor in Suruga, Fukui Prefecture.
The reality however is that another nuclear meltdown or meltdowns in Japan could destroy the entire country. There were even plans for the evacuation of Tokyo by the former Prime Minister Kan. He also wanted to evacuate people 175 kilometers (108 miles) from the meltdowns.
While I was in Japan, Kan claimed on a television program Morning Bird that there had been a vendetta against him by the nuclear utilities and the corporate media to drive him out of office after he demanded that all nuclear plants be shutdown and a proper evacuation take place.
The role of Obama and the US government in his removal is also publicly acknowledged by many. The US nuclear industry that Obama kowtows to is also extremely concerned that the permanent closure of all the nuclear plants in Japan would be a body blow to the industry. The US has played a key role along with the nuclear industry in Japan in keeping the plants open – to the detriment of the people of Japan and the world.
The continued collusion and interconnection between the government, media and nuclear industry is systemic and has not changed despite the efforts to prettify this terrifying picture.
A documentary “Fukushima Never Again” produced by the Labor Video Project documents the voices of the mothers of Fukushima and those who work in the plants and in the “decontamination” projects, as well as nuclear experts who describe the reality of this catastrophe from ground zero. It is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU-Z4VLDGxU
Steve Zeltzer is a labor videographer and journalist/producer at KPFA Radio on the Pacifica Network. He is working on a documentary on “The Mothers Of Fukushima.” He can be reached a email@example.com
Words can’t adequately describe the anger. This is the real-world effect of nuclear power and the destruction of populations, the abandonment of hundreds of thousands to contamination, fascistic authoritarian, corrupt regimes that prop up a suicidal industry and protect it from the wrath of those it poisons.
See also the page on the Chernobyl children (link).