– Michio Kaku: These Humans Are Guinea Pigs! (60 Minutes)
– #Radiation in Japan: Children as Subjects of Radiation Research? (EX-SKF, June 22, 2011):
Some anecdotes I picked up from Japanese blogs and tweets about Fukushima Prefecture that seems to agree with what Professor Kunihiko Takeda of Chubu University has been saying all along, that schools are forcing children to be exposed to more radiation. I do not vouch for accuracy.
- At one school in Aizu City, if parents want their children to have the physical education class indoors, they have to petition the school. The school knows very well that many parents are intimidated to ask for a “special” treatment for their children. The default PE class is outdoors.
- Some schools and kindergartens are having the parents sign a consent form to let their children play on the schoolyards, and use the consent as some sort of endorsement for “safety” when someone questions the wisdom.
- Some junior high schools say they will give students who skip the outdoor PE class the lowest grade, even if that significantly lower the grade point average for the seniors trying to get into good high schools.
- School principals in Fukushima are trying hard to persuade parents not to remove their children from the schools.
And then, there is this news that has been reported widely in Japan as something “good”: Cities and towns in Fukushima Prefecture are fitting children – kindergarteners, elementary school children, and junior high school children – with radiation monitoring badges to keep track of the external radiation that they will receive.
I wrote about it on June 10, when Date City in Fukushima Prefecture decided to fit the young children with “dosimeter”. I didn’t like the news, as I thought they’d better move those children from places where the radiation monitoring was necessary.
Then I found out that these radiation monitoring devises (which was described in the news as “dosimeter”) were not the kind that beeps when high radiation is detected. It is just a badge to record the cumulative external radiation that the wearer is exposed to, usually in one month. It doesn’t help small children or their parents avoid high-radiation “hot spots”. It just records how much radiation that children receive as they continue to live and play in the elevated radiation environment.
Schools doing all they can to keep children coming to schools and playing outdoors, and the prefectural and municipal governments fitting them with radiation monitoring badges to record the cumulative radiation.
Children in Fukushima seem to have been turned into subjects of a radiation research.
For these kids in Kawamata-machi in Fukushima Prefecture, Kinki University in Osaka has donated those badges. The University is noted for its cancer research.