The Japanese government truly is a criminal organization of the worst kind.
– Global resources needed to combat radiation levels (Statesman Journal, Sep. 25, 2011):
This month marked the half-year anniversary of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, and TEPCO and the Japanese government remain unable to control the nuclear emergency that continues to unfold.
Radiation levels exceed the Chernobyl disaster and now reach a level that is unknown to humans or machines. Radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was so high in August it exceeded the monitoring equipment’s maximum measuring capacity.
Radiation experts estimate that more than 1 million people will die from Fukushima’s radiation. According to Dr. Tatsuhiko Kodama, the director of Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo, the amount of radiation released thus far is equivalent to more than 29 “Hiroshima-type atomic bombs.”
Despite these life-threatening levels of radiation contamination, the majority of pregnant women and children in Fukushima have not been evacuated and they occupy facilities that are unsafe. Their exposure to unhealthy levels of radiation places them at higher risks of cancer and other medical conditions, including death. It is time for the international community to become more involved.
Last month, half a dozen Japanese non-governmental organizations petitioned the United Nations Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate the widespread violation of children’s rights in the Fukushima region. Fukushima prefecture is approximately the size of Connecticut with a population similar to Houston (just over 2 million residents).
Prior to the earthquake and tsunami in March, 385,940 Fukushima residents were children and teenagers. Today, these children are facing widespread discrimination that risks their lives and health.
Children are much more vulnerable to radiation exposure than adults and fetuses have the greatest vulnerability of all. Radiation is a process by which energy travels. High-energy radiation can ionize atoms. Essentially, an electron is knocked out of its electron shell and the atom is left with a net positive charge. This can damage cells. Damage to the DNA in cells is especially harmful and can lead to an increased risk of cancer.
Both because of their size and because their cells are rapidly changing, children are more likely to be harmed when exposed to radiation than adults.
Radiation exposure occurs throughout our lives all around the world. We are exposed to radiation when we sleep next to another human being, when we fly on airplanes, when we stand on the ground, when we are next to granite, and, of course, when we have x-rays, mammograms or CT scans. That is why the International Atomic Energy Agency has developed nuclear safety standards that set individual radiation exposure at one millisievert per year.
Japan adopted that standard and applies it to all regions in the country except Fukushima. Following the Fukushima nuclear accident, the radiation exposure standard for the residents of the Fukushima prefecture was raised to 20 times the standard set for the rest of Japan, from one millisievert per year to 20 millisieverts per year. This standard applies to adults and children alike.
What is a millisievert? Millisieverts are one of the units used to measure a dose of radiation. To provide comparison, 20 millisieverts is the current maximum permissible dosage for radiation workers in most countries. It is 10 times the level of radiation exposure from a mammogram, 250 times the average dose to people living within 10 miles of the Three Mile accident, and 4,000 times the exposure from dental x-rays.
What does this mean for the children of Fukushima? It means that if they are exposed to 20 millisieverts of radiation within a year, they will have a 1 in 200 risk of getting cancer. If the exposure lasts for two years, the risk is increased to one in 100.
Despite these risks, insufficient efforts have been made to thoroughly decontaminate children’s schools, homes and playgrounds. In fact, measurements of radiation in the Fukushima schools are so high that if the schools were governed by Japan’s workplace laws, children would not even be permitted to enter the facilities, let alone occupy them day after day. Despite these high levels of radiation on school grounds, Fukushima schools opened on April 5 without proper decontamination.
Japan should be praised for trying to normalize children’s lives as much as possible. It also is admirable that the government is working to respect children’s right to education. However, this right must be balanced with children’s other rights — including the right to survive, the right to achieve the highest attainable standard of health and the right to non-discrimination. These rights are recognized in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Japan is a party. Japan’s domestic laws also reinforce these rights.
Japan has been a vocal and active leader on children’s rights on the international stage, providing humanitarian assistance to the children of numerous countries during times of crisis as well as stability. It is time for the international community to return Japan’s generosity and provide greater support to end the nuclear crisis, decontaminate the affected regions and ensure that the rights of Japan’s children are respected in the process.
The United Nations Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights should accept the invitation to investigate the violation of children’s rights in Fukushima, but that investigation alone will not solve the problem. The international community must assist Japan in widening the evacuation zone, giving priority to families with children and increasing support for all evacuees.
We also must provide financial and technical support to decontaminate the region effectively, beginning with those places most frequently occupied by children and pregnant women. Finally, and most important, we must pool our global expertise and resources to contain the radiation emanating from the nuclear plant once and for all.
Warren Binford of Salem is an associate professor of law at Willamette University College of Law where she teaches international children’s rights. She previously lived in Tokyo, Japan.
– Prof. Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University: ‘Massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again’ – Fukushima Reactor Core May Have Sunk Into The Ground – ‘We are now head to head with a situation that mankind has never faced before’
Fukushima City should have been evacuated a long time ago:
– Prof. Chris Busby: Fukushima Like the TITANIC – The Japanese Government Is Completely Out Of Order And If It Continuous Its Course Of Action Then It Is A Criminal Organization – ‘I Am Too Frightened To Go Closer To Meltdowns Than 100 Km’ Because Of High Levels Of Radiation
– Evacuate FUKUSHIMA: Japanese Journalist Takashi Hirose: ‘It’s Like Killing Our Own Children, I Cannot Allow It To Happen’ – Teachers Force School Children To Eat Food That Their Parents Told Them Not To Eat
How about Tokyo?
– Prof. Chris Busby: ‘Very High Level Of Contamination Even As Far South As Tokyo. For Example, We Found One Sample In Tokyo That Had Levels Of Radioactivity Higher Than Levels Inside The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. It’s A Very Serious Matter’
Here is what the Japanese and all the other elite puppet governments are really doing here:
– Independent Scientist Leuren Moret: Japan, US, Canadian Governments Complicit In Covering Up Fukushima Radiation – ‘We Are Facing Total Extermination And Genocide’ – ‘We Are On Our Own’ (Video & Article)
TREASON! GENOCIDE! RADIATION EXPERIMENTS!
Watch these Japanese officials just walk away from begging Fukushima citizens:
The Japanese people are used as guinea pigs:
– Fukushima Radiation Alarms Doctors And Scientists – ‘We Have Begun To See Increased Nosebleeds, Stubborn Cases Of Diarrhoea, And Flu-Like Symptoms In Children’, Doctor Attributes Symptoms To Radiation Exposure
… these are not “dosimeters” but “glass badges” that passively collect radiation information. It won’t help these children or their parents to avoid high-radiation areas and spots, it won’t tell them how much radiation they will have been exposed unless they are sent in to a company to interpret the data.
This is outrageous and it is called mind-control:
There are no safe levels of radiation:
– Prof. Chris Busby: ‘There’s No Doubt Fukushima Dwarfs Chernobyl’ – ‘There Has Been A Massive Cover-Up And That Cover-Up Is Still Going On (The Negative Health Effects Of Low-Dose Radiation From Fukushima!!!)
– Are There Safe Levels of Radiation? How Much Radiation Is Safe? (Must-read!!!!!)
Radiation exposure is increased by a factor of a trillion. Inhaling even the tiniest particle, that’s the danger.
Yo: So making comparisons with X-rays and CT scans has no meaning. Because you can breathe in radioactive material.
Hirose: That’s right. When it enters your body, there’s no telling where it will go. The biggest danger is women, especially pregnant women, and little children. Now they’re talking about iodine and cesium, but that’s only part of it, they’re not using the proper detection instruments. What they call monitoring means only measuring the amount of radiation in the air. Their instruments don’t eat. What they measure has no connection with the amount of radioactive material.
Dr. Helen Caldicott (Co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility):
You’ve bought the propaganda from the nuclear industry. They say it’s low-level radiation. That’s absolute rubbish. If you inhale a millionth of a gram of plutonium, the surrounding cells receive a very, very high dose. Most die within that area, because it’s an alpha emitter. The cells on the periphery remain viable. They mutate, and the regulatory genes are damaged. Years later, that person develops cancer. Now, that’s true for radioactive iodine, that goes to the thyroid; cesium-137, that goes to the brain and muscles; strontium-90 goes to bone, causing bone cancer and leukemia. It’s imperative … that you understand internal emitters and radiation, and it’s not low level to the cells that are exposed. Radiobiology is imperative to understand these days.”
Big Brother Japan:
Radiation is now everywhere: