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A Bend in the Road

In General on March 28, 2011 at 1:51 AM

This blog, Fukushima Facts, is going to be discontinued due a recent personal loss.

I’ll try to resume the task in the future.

Thanks to everybody interested in the blog.

Today’s Pictures 24/March/2011

In Graphics on March 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

In this photo released by Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers collect data in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on Wednesday, March 23. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY PHOTOBLOG>

PHOTOBLOG – LINK

 

Pump it up: Water-spraying operations to cool down a spent nuclear-fuel pool at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant's No. 4 reactor continue Tuesday with trucks using a concrete squeeze pump and a 50-meter arm for pouring water from a higher point. KYODO PHOTO <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE>

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S. Korean rescue team back home A rescue worker undergoes a radiation check in Seoul on March 23, 2011, after returning from a search and rescue operation in northeastern Japan. The South Koreans arrived in Japan three days after the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster as the first team among foreign rescuers. (Kyodo) <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY KYODO NEWS>

KYODO NEWS – LINK

 

In this photo released by the Department of Health, samples of imported Japanese fava beans tainted with radiation is seen in undisclosed place in Taoyuan county, Taiwan, Sunday, March 20, 2011. An official of Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council said Sunday they have detected a small amount of radiation on imported Japanese fava beans, although the levels are not harmful to human health. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY CHINA REAL TIME REPORT>

CHINA REAL TIME REPORT – LINK

 

Relevant News 24/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 24, 2011 at 5:52 AM

FUKUSHIMA LOCAL TIME UTC+9 – THE WORLD CLOCK [LINK]

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Food problems worsen

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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H.K. to ban Japanese food over nuclear fear

KYODO NEWS – 24/03/2011

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Japan finds radioactive contamination in more vegetables, water

KYODO NEWS – 24/03/2011

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IAEA concerned about Fukushima food radiation

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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Kan widens ban on contaminated food

MASAMI ITO – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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EDITORIAL: Citizens, government must cooperate on tainted food

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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Slightly Irradiated Fava Beans Spur Mystery in Taiwan

PAUL MOZUR – CHINA REAL TIME REPORT – 24/03/2011

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Radiation rises in Tokyo water

MINORU MATSUTANI – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Highly radioactive cesium detected in Ibaraki

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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Infant radiation dose over 30 km from plant may be over 100 millisieverts

JAPAN TODAY – 24/03/2011

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Over a year’s worth of radiation measured in a week in city of Fukushima

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 24/03/2011

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Govt to pay compensation for radiation damage

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Foreign Airlines Reducing Japan Flights, Avoiding Narita

NIKKEI.COM – 24/03/2011

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Many foreign embassies in Tokyo close or move elsewhere after quake

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 24/03/2011

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Evacuees Fear Throwback to Atomic-Bomb Discrimination

YOREE KOH – JAPAN REAL TIME – 23/03/2011

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Evacuee obeys call to help out at N-plant

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Neutron beam observed 13 times

KYODO NEWS – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Lights go on to sighs of relief

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Control room power restored / Revived panel warns of high temperatures; pumps turn to fresh water

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Tepco puts focus on reactivating cooling pumps at reactors 3, 4

ALEX MARTIN – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Plant workers say disaster shattered nuclear safety myth

MIYUKI INOUE, MASAMI HORIE & HIROAKI KOJIMA – THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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OPINION: Information controlled when atomic power out of control

PAUL GUNTER – KYODO NEWS – 22/03/2011

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Preparation for nuke crisis woeful

ERIC TALMADGE – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Nuclear meltdowns and Japanese culture

GREGORY CLARK – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 24/03/2011

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Tsunami-driven ships carved path of destruction

TSUYOSHI NAGANO – THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 23/03/2011

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Today’s Pictures 23/March/2011

In Graphics on March 24, 2011 at 2:35 AM

A 2010 photo of the control room at Fukushima Daiichi's No. 3 reactor. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY NIKKEI.COM>

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Protective, firefighting suits Combination photo shows the protective suits (L) being worn by Tokyo firefighters spraying water on reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which has been crippled since a massive quake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The firefighting suit (R) is worn on top of the hazmat suit. (Kyodo) <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY KYODO NEWS>

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A young boy runs to get in line for rations at the Watanoha branch of the city office in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on the morning of March 22. Around 400 people lined up for the once-a-day rationing, where they received one piece of bread, one cup of instant ramen, and one 500 ml bottle of water per family. (Mainichi) <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS>

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TEPCO exec apologizes Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Executive Vice President Norio Tsuzumi (back R) apologizes to evacuees from the town of Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture, near the utility's troubled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, on March 22, 2011, at a gymnasium designated as an evacuation facility in Tamura in the same prefecture. Residents of the town were forced to evacuate due to the nuclear crisis. (Kyodo)<ORIGINAL CAPTION BY KYODO NEWS>

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Relevant News 23/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 24, 2011 at 12:19 AM

FUKUSHIMA LOCAL TIME UTC+9 – THE WORLD CLOCK [LINK]

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Kaieda sorry for remarks to firefighters

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 23/03/2011

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Seawater radioactivity high / Sample shows large iodine concentrations near nuclear plant

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 23/03/2011

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Work resumes after fire scare

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 23/03/2011

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Radioactivity readings can be accessed online

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 23/03/2011

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How much radiation is too much radiation?

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 23/03/2011

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All 6 Fukushima reactors reconnected to external power

KYODO NEWS – 23/03/2011

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2nd IAEA expert team to arrive in Japan soon

KYODO NEWS – 23/03/2011

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Radioactive particles believed to be from Japan detected in Iceland

KYODO NEWS – 23/03/2011

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Long-Armed Concrete Pumper Sprays Water At Nuclear Plant

NIKKEI.COM – 23/03/2011

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WSJ: Japanese, Foreign Media Diverge

MARIKO SANCHANTA – NIKKEI.COM – 20/03/2011

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Health experts try to calm radiation fears

YUMI MIYAJIMA & YURI OIWA – THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 22/03/2011

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Hospital struggles with influx of nuclear evacuees

YOSHIHIRO TOMITA & ATSUKO KAWAGUCHI – THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 22/03/2011

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21,000 people evacuate to other prefectures

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 22/03/2011

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City’s concrete ‘protector’ fails to stop killer tsunami

HARUHIKO YOSHIMURA – THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 22/03/2011

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Asia screening Japan food, other imports

KYODO NEWS – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 23/03/2011

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Nearby seawater radioactive

MASAMI ITO – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 23/03/2011

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Troubled nuclear reactors remain unstable, threaten to leak more radiation

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 23/03/2011

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Shortages of spinach likely in wake of shipment ban across 4 east Japan prefectures

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 23/03/2011

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China Concrete Pumper Gets Into Nuclear Effort

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL STAFF – JAPAN REAL TIME – 22/03/2011

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Power generator to be set up at high ground near Hamaoka nuclear plant

KYODO NEWS – JAPAN TODAY – 23/03/2011

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IAEA tracks radiation leaks at Japan’s crippled plant

REUTERS – NEWS ON JAPAN.COM – 23/03/2011

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Fault line pressure now closer to Tokyo

ROBIN MCDOWELL – BOSTON.COM – 22/03/2011

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Fukushima nuke plant compromised safety over cost-cutting drive during construction

THE JAPAN NEW.NET – 22/03/2011

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When There Are Not Plans Ahead of Time

In Nuclear Industry on March 24, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Time after time the Japanese government and TEPCO are taking measures after the events and not before. This way they are risking unnecessary the lives of technicians, firefighters and Ground Self-Defense Forces.

A clear example was the cooling of the reactor number 3 early in the Saturday morning. The team planned initially to station a pumper close to the reactor and adjacent to the sea to draw seawater, and transfer the water to an elevating squirt truck through a hose.

But they found a problem: the seaside was (yet) covered with rubble making almost impossible that large-sized vehicles could to approach the site, so they have to relocate farther, and they have to put themselves at risk when they needed manually attach another hose to the original hose.

If TEPCO and the Japanese government had worrying about cleaning the zone from the first moment to allow quicker and safer operations, everybody had not got an extra radiation dose.

They have the ways. In fact, the GDSF sent two Type 74 tanks to help shift debris on Sunday. These tanks can be fitted with a blade like that of a bulldozer and the crew is protected of radiation by thick armor plating.

On Saturday, The firefighters were spraying water about 22 meters high from the ground with the squirt truck’s cannon. But there was a safer way, as there are German-made trucks with a 50 meter arm to pour water from a higher point. These trucks are not in Germany but in Mie Prefecture. Also, the construction company says this same type of machinery was used in Chernobyl.

They are sending now the trucks by request of the government, but I think it’s a bit late: in fact, they must be from the first day helping to cool the reactors.

By not thinking ahead the government and TEPCO are hampering the measures to fix the serious problems at Fukushima nuclear power plants, as radiation wasn’t enough problem.

The first voices are now claiming to bury the plant, and although it isn’t clear if the reactors are going to be dismantled or buried, I presume the government is not taking preemptive measures for this event. It is not easy to bury a nuclear reactor, because you need to reinforce the floors of the reactors and the operation takes time.

Will the Japanese government spend precious moments for not taking decisions ahead of time and again workers at the plant will get extra radiation for not being ready to the events?

WordPress: Technical Problems

In General on March 23, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Today’s Pictures 22/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 22, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Publisher apologizes over sensational magazine cover Photo shows the cover of the March 28 issue of the weekly magazine AERA with the headline ''Radiation is coming,'' which hit store shelves on March 19, 2011. The publisher, Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc., apologized on its website and twitter account after receiving complaints that the cover fans public fears following an accident at a quake-hit nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. (Kyodo) <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY KYODO NEWS>

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Two women stayed dry under umbrellas while walking through Tokyo’s Ginza district Monday. Reuters. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY JAPAN REAL TIME>

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Hiroki Sato, center, from Soma in Fukushima Prefecture, undergoes a screening test for signs of nuclear radiation by a doctor as his younger brother Yuya looks on at a welfare center in Yonezawa, 98 km from the Fukushima nuclear plant, on Monday. Reuters. <ORIGINAL CAPTION BY JAPAN TODAY>

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06:00 JST March 22: Smoke belched from a stricken nuclear plant in Japan on Monday, disrupting urgent efforts to repair the cooling systems as Tokyo halted some food shipments owing to radiation worries.<ORIGINAL CAPTION BY NEWS ON JAPAN.COM>

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Relevant News 22/March/2011

In Breaking News on March 22, 2011 at 6:51 AM

FUKUSHIMA LOCAL TIME UTC+9 – THE WORLD CLOCK [LINK]

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2 GSDF tanks sent to clear debris at Fukushima plant

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Authorities jump gun on iodine pills / Premature distribution risked ill effects on health, depleted emergency supplies

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Questions about radiation’s effect on food

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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GSDF special forces unite in water-spraying mission

DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE – 22/03/2011

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Work to restore power delayed as smoke seen at Fukushima reactors

KYODO NEWS – 22/03/2011

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Gov’t orders 4 prefectures to suspend some food shipments

KYODO NEWS – 22/03/2011

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U.S. regulator says Fukushima nuclear plant stabilizing

KYODO NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Smoke From Reactors Halts Work At Nuclear Plant

NIKKEI.COM – 22/03/2011

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Nuclear crisis forces firms to shift production from quake-hit region

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN – 20/03/2011

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Smoke at reactor 3 triggers evacuation

KAZUAKI NAGATA – THE JAPAN TIMES ONLINE – 21/03/2011

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Japan nuclear plant workers praised as heroes say they’re just doing their jobs

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Work under way to lay cables for 2 reactors still out of power

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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No need to fear radioactive contamination of food, rain if proper steps taken: experts

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Gov’t needs nuke and risk management expert to keep public informed

THE MAINICHI DAILY NEWS – 21/03/2011

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Tokyoites Stay In on a Rainy Day

YOREE KOH – JAPAN REAL TIME – 21/03/2011

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Traces of radioactive substances detected in water in 9 prefectures

KYODO NEWS – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Haneda, Narita airports create web pages with daily radiation level updates

JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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What would you say are the main differences between the way the Japanese and foreign media are covering the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing nuclear crisis?

JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Greater levels of radioactive materials found due to rain

KYODO NEWS – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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Early lessons from the Fukushima nuclear crisis

DARYL KIMBALL – JAPAN TODAY – 22/03/2011

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RPT-Where is Japan’s nuclear power CEO?

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Food contamination by Japan n-plant a serious concern: WHO

THE JAPAN NEWS.NET – 21/03/2011

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French laboratory finds high levels of radioactive contamination in food in Japan

BEYOND NUCLEAR – 21/03/2011

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More radioactive problems on the food chain

In Radiation on March 22, 2011 at 5:29 AM

Radioactive problems are rising as more vegetables are being found tainted with radiation, although maybe “tainted” is not the appropriate word when we talk about 54,000 becquerels of iodine detected in 1 kilogram of spinach grown in open air in the city of Hitachi (Ibaraki prefecture) while the the food sanitation law set the limit at 2,000 becquerels.

Worse is iodine is not alone, they have detected 1,931 becquerels of cesium (limit 500 becquerels) in the same sample of spinach.

75 kilometers south of the nuclear plant (way far than the 30 km safety limit of the government) the level of iodine in the spinach grown in open air in Kitaibaraki city in Ibaraki was 24,000 becquerels and the cesium level rose to 690 becquerels (on Friday).

By Sunday, Yoshifumi Kaji (Ministry official) said that tests found excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens, in addition to spinach and that the areas were the vegetables were found included three prefectures that previously had not recorded such contamination.

Also, raw milk contaminated by iodine was found in four municipalities as far as the town of Iitate, 35 kilometers northwest of the plant.

Tap water is contaminated, too. In the village of litate were detected 965 becquerels of iodine in one kilogram of tap water (Fukushima Prefecture) when the limit set by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan is 300 becquerels.

And top of that, the Education Ministry said iodine or cesium was found in precipitation and dust in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Yamagata, Tochigi, Gunma, Iwate and Niigata Prefectures.

Now, the Japanese officials are repeating the same mantra: reported radiation levels are “not expected to immediately affect human health” and people must “act calmly”. It’s true, these radiation levels aren’t normal but they don’t suppose a health risk a this moment.

What the government is not taking into account is that the serious problem with radioactivity is when the process is accumulative, and with the current data, Japanese people at Fukushima and surroundings are receiving radioactive particles from multiple sources like water, vegetables, milk, dust and soon with rain, too.

Again, the gorvenment response is as vague as Ibaraki Governor asking to each municipality to voluntarily halt shipments of spinach grown in the Prefecture, requesting to agricultural cooperatives in the Prefecture of Gunma to halt their shipments and recall those that have been shipped, and the calling on all farmers in Fukushima to refrain from shipping or consuming their milk.

I think that is necessary to take strong measures and forbid food found with radiation levels equal or superior to the safety limits by law. The nuclear power plant is going to spread radionuclides for a long time (at least weeks and probably months or even years) and the inhabitants will get high and sustained levels of radiation.

This is another blow to the economy of Fukushima and other close Prefectures, but it’s time for the government to be brave and put first the health versus the money. If not, they are going to pay in time a really high bill when the Ministry of Health have to give treatment to many cancer sufferers.

And I expect they don’t keep making foolish things as making now public radiation levels at Narita and Haneda airports to avoid foreign airlines not using them, when these data must be available from the start. What is the meaning of hiding relevant information to people? If you are afraid of doing something wrong, do it right, and let people can evaluate your work and criticize you when they are not satisfied.