In 1990, when I was 19 or 20 years old, I happened to read a book, “Kiken na Hanashi (A Dangerous Story)” by a Takashi Hirose. I found a major accident would occur someday in Japan, too, and that the gov’t would try to hide it then, just after finishing reading it. And then, I visited by oneself Tokai nuclear power plant in Ibaraki prefecture and then the site in Rokkasho Villege, where the facility to recycle nuclear fuel was to be constructed and where there used to be a building to do public relations about the safety of the facility in those days.
In Autumn in 1993, I remember, a ship was coming to Japan and shipping Plutonium, which had been by-produced by Japanese nuclear plants and had been sent in France.
A demonstration was given in Tokai Villege. It was my first time to join in the demonstration. One person, who had invited me to the demonstration, gave me a pair of sunglasses and a mask and told me to put them on. I rejected it because I didn’t understand the reason. Why should I hide myself? What did I do?
I felt so angry and so helpless at the same time during the demonstration. Plutonium has been really coming to Japan for the first time since the Nagasaki; though it wasn’t correct, for it was sent from Japan. But too few knew about it, and too many seemed completely even indifferent to it.
People will never notice it in this country until it occurs, I thought. And the demonstration was my first and last one to take part in.
And it has occurred as he had warned. The gov’t wouldn’t hide the accident itself as he had warned, but they look to be trying to hide something more important.
On the other had, I thought of Takashi Hirose. I thought he was already dead. But he is alive. And above all, he’s this alive. And then, he’ll keep alive inside me from now on.
Takashi Hirose, a nonfiction writer, has been appealing the danger of the nuclear power plant for more than 40 years.
… 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.
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.”
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