Fly ashes from the municipal garbage incineration plant in Edogawa-ku, eastern-most Special Ward of Tokyo, contained radioactive cesium exceeding the standard set by the national government for “safe” and normal burial in a regular landfill (8,000 becquerels/kg). So the Tokyo Metropolitan government said it would put them in a secure, temporary storage until the national government firmly decides what to do with such ashes.
The photographs below show how the Tokyo Metropolitan government securely stores those ashes on the metropolitan landfill in Tokyo Bay.
From UC Davis News and Information (1/26/2012; emphasis is mine):
Japan used seawater to cool nuclear fuel at the stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant after the tsunami in March 2011 — and that was probably the best action to take at the time, says Professor Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California, Davis.
But Navrotsky and others have since discovered a new way in which seawater can corrode nuclear fuel, forming uranium compounds that could potentially travel long distances, either in solution or as very small particles. The research team published its work Jan. 23 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“This is a phenomenon that has not been considered before,” said Alexandra Navrotsky, distinguished professor of ceramic, earth and environmental materials chemistry. “We don’t know how much this will increase the rate of corrosion, but it is something that will have to be considered in future.”
– Hercules Family Battles Sex Assault Claim Against 6-Year-Old (CBS 5, Jan. 27, 2012):
HERCULES (CBS 5) – An East Bay dad claims a game of tag on the playground resulted in his 6-year-old son being accused of sexual assault – a decision he said was an overreaction by school officials.
– DARPA-Funded Hacker’s Tiny $50 Spy Computer Hides In Offices, Drops From Drones (Forbes, Jan. 27, 2012):
Even more embarrassing than a student discovering your GPS tracking device on his car, as the FBI found out last year, is having to ask him to give the expensive piece of equipment back.
So security researcher Brendan O’Connor is trying a different approach to spy hardware: building a sensor-equipped surveillance-capable computer that’s so cheap it can be sacrificed after one use, with off-the-shelf parts that anyone can buy and assemble for less than fifty dollars.
At the Shmoocon security conference Friday in Washington D.C., O’Connor plans to present the F-BOMB, or Falling or Ballistically-launched Object that Makes Backdoors. Built from just the hardware in a commercially-available PogoPlug mini-computer, a few tiny antennae, eight gigabytes of flash memory and some 3D-printed plastic casing, the F-BOMB serves as 3.5 by 4 by 1 inch spy computer. And O’Connor has designed the cheap gadgets to dropped from a drone, plugged inconspicuously into a wall socket, thrown over a barrier, or otherwise put into irretrievable positions to quietly collect data and send it back to the owner over any available Wifi network. With PogoPlugs currently on sale at Amazon for $25, O’Connor built his prototypes with gear that added up to just $46 each.
“If some target is surrounded by bad men with guns, you don’t want to have to retrieve this, but you also don’t want to have to pay four or five hundred dollars for every use,” says O’Connor. “The idea is that it’s as close to free as possible. So you can throw a bunch of these sensors at a target and get away with losing a couple nodes in the process.”
Homemade as it may look, the F-BOMB is more than a hacker hobby. O’Connor says his one-man security consultancy Malice Afterthought received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract earlier this month to develop the devices as part of the Cyber Fast Track program, which awards small sums to inventors.
Despite its name, O’Connor says the F-BOMB is designed to be a platform for all sorts of applications on its Linux operating system. Outfit it with temperature or humidity sensors, for instance, and it can be used for meteorological research or other innocent data-collecting. But install some Wifi-cracking software or add a $15 GPS module, and it can snoop on data networks or track a target’s location, O’Connor adds. As is often the case with these kinds of hacker projects, he says the devices are only intended for penetration testing–finding security flaws in clients’ networks in order to fix them–and wouldn’t comment on what DARPA might do with the technology.
And elite puppet financier George Soros SHOULD KNOW, because he generously helped funding the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement!
From the article:
‘The euro must survive because the alternative – a breakup – would cause a meltdown’
– George Soros
‘The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career’
– George Soros
‘The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system’
– George Soros
This is just hilarious! George Soros warns of the the dire (intentional!) consequences of a crisis that his elite masters created in the first place.
The greatest financial collapse in world history IS THE PLAN! The destruction of the middle class and of the US dollar IS THE PLAN! Turning the US into a Third World country IS THE PLAN! Total chaos followed by ‘Ordo ab Chao’ and the fascist New World Order IS THE PLAN!
Prepare for collapse! ALERT: Baltic Dry Index Collapses (!!!)
Looks like George Soros’ liver and kidneys are starting to … FAIL!
– ‘There will be riots on streets of America’: George Soros predicts class war in U.S. as euro triggers collapse of global economy (Daily Mail, Jan. 25, 2012):
- Billionaire New York investor warns of impending economic meltdown
- Backs euro and buys Italian bonds from Jon Corzine’s failed MF Global
- Warns it’s ‘difficult to know right decisions to make’ after boom years
- Supports Occupy Wall Street, Democrats and Obama re-election efforts
‘The euro must survive because the alternative – a breakup – would cause a meltdown that Europe, the world, can’t afford,’ he told Newsweek.
‘The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world.’
His warnings came as U.S. stocks dipped on Tuesday, with talks to resolve Greece’s debt crisis faltering and threatening a five-day winning streak.
– Greece Politely Declines German Annexation Demands (ZeroHedge, Jan. 28, 2012):
Following yesterday’s frankly stunning news that the Troika politely requests that Greece hand over its first fiscal, then pretty much all other, sovereignty to “Europe”, here is the Greek just as polite response to the Troika’s foray into outright colonialism:
- GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN DECLARES THAT THE BUDGET IS SOLELY ITS RESPONSIBILITY – DJ
What is interesting here is that unlike the highly irrelevant IIF negotiations which will end in a Greek default one way or another, the real plotline that should be followed is this one: because unless Germany, pardon the Troika, gets the one condition it demands, namely “absolute priority to debt service” and “transfer of national budgetary sovereignty“, as well as a “constitutional amendment” thereto. there is no Troika funding deal. Furthermore, since as a reminder the PSI talks are just the beginning, the next step is ensuring compliance, as was noted yesterday (“[ceding sovereignty] will reassure public and private creditors that the Hellenic Republic will honour its comittments after PSI and will positively influence market access”), any refusal to implement such demands is an automatic dealbreaker. Which means anything Dallara and the IIF say, as representatives of a steering committee that at this point probably constitutes of one bondholder, with the bulk having shifted to the ad hoc committee, is irrelevant. Germany just got its answer. And the next step is, as Zero Hedge first suggested, an epic LTRO in precisely one month, whose sole purpose will be to prefund European banks ahead of the Greek default with enough cash to withstand Europe’s Bear Stearns. Although as a reminder, in the US, Bear Stearns only led to Lehman and the global “all in” gambit to preserve the financial system by shifting bank insolvency risk to the sovereigns (a chart showing bank assets as a percentage of host countries’ GDP can be found here). But who will bailout the world’s central banks which already collectively hold over 30% of global GDP in the form of “assets”, or as this term is better known these days, debt?
And for those who missed it the first time, here was the Troika’s declaration of bloodless war:
– UK riots: paratroopers are trained in riot control (Telegraph, Jan. 28, 2012):
Hundreds of soldiers from 3rd battalion The Parachute Regiment spent last week learning how to contain and arrest “rioters” in a series of exercises mirroring last summers violence.
Defence sources have confirmed that if violence were to return to British cities, especially during the Olympic Games, the Paras would be “ideally placed” to provide “short-term” support to police forces around the UK.
Such a request would have to be made by the Home Office and would have to have Prime Ministerial approval, according to the source.
For your information.
– F.A. Hayek On “The Great Utopia” (ZeroHedge, Jan. 28, 2012):
While it is hardly necessary to provide commentary to one of F.A. Hayek’s timeless observations from his book, The Road To Serfdom, rereading the chapter titled The Great Utopia, in this year of what could possibly be the most important election in the history of the United States, in which the US public will be promised nothing short of utopia by virtually every candidate except the one who really knows that fixing America would require pain and sacrifice, is everyone’s duty. Courtesy of the Center for Economic Liberty we recreate it below in its entirety, and urge all readers, regardless of political persuasion of economic beliefs to consider what F.A.Hayek was saying some 70 years earlier, and how very applicable it is to our current situation.
The Great Utopia
There can be no doubt that most of those in the democracies who demand a central direction of all economic activity still believe that socialism and individual freedom can be combined. Yet socialism was early recognized by many thinkers as the gravest threat to freedom.
The United States amphibious assault ship USS Ponce sails through the Suez Canal in March 2011. If retrofitted as “the mothership,” the vessel could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs
– Navy wants commando ‘mothership’ in Middle East (Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2012):
The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali pirates, among other threats.
In response to requests from U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a “mothership,” the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show.
Special Operations forces are a key part of the Obama administration’s strategy to make the military leaner and more agile as the Pentagon confronts at least $487 billion in spending cuts over the next decade.
Lt. Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command, declined to elaborate on the floating base’s purpose or to say where, exactly, it will be deployed in the Middle East. Other Navy officials acknowledged that they were moving with unusual haste to complete the conversion and send the mothership to the region by early summer.
For your information.
And surprise YouTube removed the video.
Found a replacement.
– Dead In The Water – The Sinking of the USS Liberty (BBC – Full Documentary)
We are getting very close to the record lows of 2008!
The Baltic Dry Index cannot be manipulated!
Prepare for collapse!
A new study conducted at the University of Kentucky in the United States, and published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, found that leukemia cancer cells exposed to grapeseed extract (GSE) were rapidly killed through a process of cell suicide known as “apoptosis.”
In these laboratory studies, an astonishing 76% of leukemia cells committed suicide within 24 hours thanks to the ability of GSE to activate a protein called JNK, which regulates apoptosis.
In short, this works for all cancers, BUT it cannot be patented (like all the other inexpensive natural cancer cures), which is why the chemotherapy, radiation and surgery concentration camps still exist.
Follow the money!
– Grape seed extract kills head and neck cancer cells, leaves healthy cells unharmed (Medical Xpress, Jan. 27, 2012):
A study published this week in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that in both cell lines and mouse models, grape seed extract (GSE) kills head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
“It’s a rather dramatic effect,” says Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, investigator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
It depends in large part, says Agarwal, on a healthy cell’s ability to wait out damage.
“Cancer cells are fast-growing cells,” Agarwal says. “Not only that, but they are necessarily fast growing. When conditions exist in which they can’t grow, they die.”
Grape seed extract creates these conditions that are unfavorable to growth. Specifically, the paper shows that grape seed extract both damages cancer cells’ DNA (via increased reactive oxygen species) and stops the pathways that allow repair (as seen by decreased levels of the DNA repair molecules Brca1 and Rad51 and DNA repair foci).
“Yet we saw absolutely no toxicity to the mice, themselves,” Agarwal says.
– The water supply facility was left open, and school doesn’t know since when (Fukushima Diary, Jan. 28, 2012):
The father to have 2 children go to elementary school tweeted about the management ability of a school in Japan.
They live in Tamaku Kawasaki shi Kanagawa.
Elementary school of my children told us to bring water bottle because they can’t allow students to drink tap water. They found the lid of water supply facility opened by chance and they don’t know since when. The facility is on the roof of school.
From snow and rain, and even from the air, Iodine-131 and cesium-134,137 are measured constantly. School force children to have school lunch for no reason but they don’t even take care about the tap water.
This father is strongly doubting the management ability of school.
Prof. Hayakawa of Gunma University:
‘If you don’t educate yourself now and fast, you’ll die.’
YouTube Added: 27.01.2012
This TV commercial clip (15 seconds) and its longer full version are sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and have been on-air intermittently since early June, 2011. (A month after that, the problem of contaminated beef started to emerge).
The full 30-second version can be viewed here: http://syokuryo.jp/news-commercial/2011/06/tvcm-1.html
According to the official webpage for this CM campaign, the food items that appear in the full 30-second version are as follows: rice ball using rice from Miyagi, asparagus from Fukushima, cucumber from Fukushima with “miso” from Miyagi, tomato from Ibaraki, apple from Aomori, watermelon from Gunma, milk from Iwate, peach from Yamanashi, BBQ using beef from Yamagata and onion from Chiba, and raw skipjack “sashimi” from Chiba.
These 5 men are a popular idol group called TOKIO.
From the article:
Chef Daniel Boulud “believes that Japanese ingredients are safe“
And obviously there is a big difference between believing and KNOWING.
Prof. Hayakawa of Gunma University:
‘If you don’t educate yourself now and fast, you’ll die.’
– NY Chefs Learn about Japanese Cuisine, and CM by the Japanese Government Promoting Food in East Japan (EX-SKF, Jan. 27, 2012):
This gotta be the scheme hatched by the Japanese government, to have a sympathetic French chef conduct a workshop in New York.
The Japanese people, like many Asians and for that matter Europeans (and New Yorkers themselves), seem to think everything revolves around New York when it comes to anything American.
Of all things, the workshop was about how to prepare raw fish for sushi…
Anyway, here’s NHK World (1/27/2012):
NY chefs learn about Japanese cuisine
Chefs at high-end restaurants in New York have taken part in a workshop to learn about traditional Japanese cuisine.
New York-based French chef Daniel Boulud organized the workshop. He led a group of chefs last July to cook meals for survivors in the tsunami-ravaged city of Kamaishi.
About 40 chefs took part in Thursday’s workshop.
A sushi chef explained traditional ways to prepare raw fish.
Boulud said Japan is striving to restore trust in food safety, and he believes that Japanese ingredients are safe.
Got gold and silver?
– Endgame Begins – UK “Foreign Office Sources Say Merkel Now Thinks Greece Will Default” (ZeroHedge, Jan. 27, 2012):
Courtesy of the BBC’s Andrew Neil, on the back of the previously noted formal annexation demand of Greece by Germany:
Of course, this is what we, and everyone else whose frontal lobe has not bee hijacked by the status quo, said back in January 2010…
JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley better pray they are right when they say they are 100% insulated from contagion, because we are all about to find out.
– Humans Lose, Robots Win in New Defense Budget (Wired, Jan. 26, 2012):
The big loser in the Pentagon’s new budget? Ordinary human beings.
About 80,000 Army soldiers and 20,000 Marines are getting downsized. Half of the Army’s conventional combat presence in Europe is packing up and ending its post-Cold War staycation. Replacing them, according to the $613 billion budget previewed by the Pentagon on Thursday: unconventional special-operations forces; new bombers; new spy tools; new missiles for subs; and a veritable Cylon army of drones.
– The Silent Anschluss: Germany Formally Requests That Greece Hand Over Its Fiscal Independence (ZeroHedge, Jan. 27, 2012):
Update 2: the first local headlines are coming in now, from Spiegel: Griechenland soll Kontrolle über Haushalt abgeben (loosely Greece must give up domestic control), and Kathimerini: Germany proposes Greece relinquish some fiscal powers, sources say
Update: Formal Greek annexation order attached.
It was tried previously (several times) under “slightly different” circumstances, and failed. Yet when it comes to taking over a country without spilling even one drop of blood, and converting its citizens into debt slaves, Germany’s Merkel may have just succeeded where so many of her predecessors failed. According to a Reuters exclusive, “Germany is pushing for Greece to relinquish control over its budget policy to European institutions as part of discussions over a second rescue package, a European source told Reuters on Friday.” Reuters add: “There are internal discussions within the Euro group and proposals, one of which comes from Germany, on how to constructively treat country aid programs that are continuously off track, whether this can simply be ignored or whether we say that’s enough,” the source said.’ So while the great distraction that is the Charles Dallara “negotiation” with Hedge Funds continues (as its outcome is irrelevant: a Greece default is assured at this point), the real development once again was behind the scenes where Germany was cleanly and clinically taking over Greece. Because while today it is the fiscal apparatus, tomorrow it is the legislative. As for the executive: who cares. At that point Goldman will merely appoint one of its retired partners as Greek president and Greece will become the first 21st century German, pardon, European colony. But at least it will have its precious euro. We can’t wait until Greek citizens find out about this quiet coup.
More from Reuters:
The source added that under the proposals European institutions already operating in Greece should be given “certain decision-making powers” over fiscal policy.
“This could be carried out even more stringently through external expertise,” the source said.
The German demands for greater control over Greek budget policy comes amid intense talks to finalize a second 130-billion euro rescue package for Greece, which has repeatedly failed to meet the fiscal targets set out for it by its international lenders.
It is likely to spark a strong reaction in Athens ahead of elections expected to take place in April.
“Strong reaction?” Is that the politically correct parlance for “civil war” these days? We must be out of the loop on that one…
The specific language that strips Greece of its sovereignty and which will be plastered over every front page in the Greek media tomorrow:
Budget consolidation has to be put under a strict steering and control system. Given the disappointing compliance so far, Greece has to accept shifting budgetary sovereignty to the European level for a certain period of time. A budget commissioner has to be appointed by the Eurogroup with the task of ensuring budgetary control. He must have the power a) to implement a centralized reporting and surveillance system covering all major blocks of expenditure in the Greek budget, b) to veto decisions not in line with the budgetary targets set by the Troika and c) will be tasked to ensure compliance with the above mentioned rule to prioritize debt service.
– Italy On the Verge of a Full Revolt (The Dollar Vigilante, Jan. 25, 2012):
[Editor’s Note: The following is from TDV’s Correspondent in Italy, Alexander Jousse]
This past week has been a very turbulent time for Italy. And it wasn’t just the grounding of the Concordia cruise ship by a playboy captain; but the grounding of the country by Euro-technocrat usurper Darth Monti, trying to impress his Keynesian buddies with his latest attempts to ‘Save Italy’!
This week saw the launch of a popular uprising in Sicily, by a group known as the ‘Movimento dei Forconi’ or ‘Pitchfork Movement’. This is not an uprising of self absorbed youth who want more government handouts; but of producers who are being pushed into poverty by government taxes and regulation. The organizers are middle aged and older; this is significant, as most power and wealth is held by this generation and they have now drawn a line in the sand.
On the 16th of January these protesters began “Operazione Vespri Siciliani”, a blockade of the Island of Sicily. Within two days the transportation of all goods was stopped. Over the next week, nothing entered or exited Sicily. This was no mean feat given that Sicily is not a small Island; it has a population of over five million people and a surface area of 25,711 km2.
These are some of their demands:
- The arrest of all corrupt politicians.
- To reduce the number of parliamentarians
- To remove the provincial bureaucracy, as most of these politicians have been there for over forty years.
- To drastically cut the salaries and privileges of parliamentarians and senators
- To restrict politicians two only two terms in office
– Homeland Security Wants to Spy on 4 Square Miles at Once (Wired, Jan. 23, 2012):
It’s not just for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars anymore. The Department of Homeland Security is interested in a camera package that can peek in on almost four square miles of (constitutionally protected) American territory for long, long stretches of time.
Homeland Security doesn’t have a particular system in mind. Right now, it’s just soliciting “industry feedback” on what a formal call for such a “Wide Area Surveillance System” might look like. But it’s the latest indication of how powerful military surveillance technology, developed to find foreign insurgents and terrorists, is migrating to the home front.
YouTube Added: 24.01.2012
– HB1634 (2012) (New Hampshire Liberty Alliance):
Prohibiting the state, counties, towns, and cities from implementing programs of, expending money for, receiving funding from, or contracting with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
Status: HOUSE: IN COMMITTEE (Details)
Length: 258 words.
Revisions of this bill in our system:
House Senate Public hearing: 2012-01-24 14:00:00 LOB 306 (unscheduled) Executive session: 2012-01-31 14:30:00 (unscheduled) Floor vote: (unscheduled) (unscheduled)
HB 1634 – AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1634
AN ACT prohibiting the state, counties, towns, and cities from implementing programs of, expending money for, receiving funding from, or contracting with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
This bill prohibits the state and political subdivisions from implementing programs of, funding, receiving funding from, or contracting with, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
– Virginia House Bill 1160: Nullify the NDAA (Tenth Amendment Center, Jan. 25, 2012):
Introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates is House Bill 1160 (HB1160) which “Prevents any agency, political subdivision, employee, or member of the military of Virginia from assisting an agency or the armed forces of the United States in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of a United States citizen in violation of the Constitution of Virginia.”
The bill is sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall and was introduced on 01-16-12. It has been assigned to the House Courts of Justice Sub-Committee: #2 Civil. Visit this link for information on this Subcommittee.
The bill reads as follows:
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. § 1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no agency of the Commonwealth as defined in § 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, political subdivision of the Commonwealth as defined in § 8.01-385 of the Code of Virginia, employee of either acting in his official capacity, or any member of the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force, when such a member is serving in the Virginia National Guard or the Virginia Defense Force on official state duty, may engage in any activity that aids an agency of or the armed forces of the United States in the execution of 50 U.S.C. 1541 as provided by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (P.L. 112-18, § 1021) in the investigation, prosecution, or detainment of any citizen of the United States in violation of Article I, Section 8 or 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.
Virginia is now the first state in the nation to introduce and consider a version of the Liberty Preservation Act (click here for model legislation for your state) in response to unconstitutional kidnapping provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. Sources close the to the Tenth Amendment Center tell us to expect up to ten states considering various laws or resolutions in response to the NDAA in the 2012 state legislative session.
– Stephen Roach Explains How The Fed Is Pulling The Wool Over Our Eyes (ZeroHedge, Jan. 27, 2012):
“Bernanke is betting the ranch on open-ended QE and zero interest rates and it worries me” is how Stephen Roach of Morgan Stanley starts this must-see reality-check interview with Bloomberg TV’s Tom Keene. The reason for his concern is simple, the current Fed modus operandi is a framework for rescuing economies in crisis but does little to sustain economic recovery. Roach agrees with Cal’s Eichengreen that the European and US central banks are indeed in a policy trap, committed to a path of action that has to be perpetually ante’d up to maintain the dream. With Europe in recession already in his view, Roach does not expect the tough structural action until we see greater social unrest or overwhelming unemployment and reminds us of how close we got when Greece threatened the referendum in the late summer. He goes on to discuss China (positive on their efforts and ‘solid strategy’) and it’s relative success as a regime which he contrasts with our “central bankers who pull the wool over our eyes with ZIRP and magical QE”. Taking on the mistakes of Greenspan, letting capitalism go unchecked, and his incredulity at the ‘glide-path’ charts we were treated to yesterday by the Fed’s bankers (‘accountability‘), Roach sees the painful process of deleveraging from excess debt, insufficient savings, and over-consumption as likely to take a long time as we should not assume investment will be the driver as Obama goes ‘protectionist’ (in the SOTU) on our 3rd largest export partner – yes, China.
– “Decontamination” Defined by Ministry of the Environment Is Nothing But a General, Thorough Cleaning by Hand (EX-SKF, Jan. 26, 2012):
according to Sankei Shinbun, who has been unabashedly pro-nuclear energy and in favor of dispersing radioactive materials throughout Japan via the disaster debris to share in the “pain”.
The paper has an article about the meeting between the Ministry of the Education officials and the heads of the municipalities within the 20-kilometer radius “no entry zone” where the heads of the municipalities received the information from the Ministry about their lot – whether they can return after the decontamination work by the national government or not.
But that isn’t the interesting part of the article.
At the end of the article, there is a separate section that the newspaper writes about what “decontamination” is, according to the Ministry of the Education:
除染 「がんこな汚れを落とす掃除のようなもの」（環境省幹部）で、基本は人手に頼ってスコップやタワシなどで行わ れる。環境省が昨年末に公表したガイドラインによると、落ち葉など容易に除去できるものは手作業で取り除く。屋根であれば高圧洗浄機で洗い流し、玄関など コンクリート部分であればタワシやブラシでこする。放射性物質が染み込んだ草地や土壌は、スコップやショベルカーなどで表面をはぎ取る。放射能を浴びない ように防護服を着るなど作業時の服装に注意しなければならない。
Decontamination: “It is like a cleaning job of stubborn dirt or stains” (Ministry of the Environment senior officials). Basically, it relies on manpower, using hand tools like shovels and scrubbing-brushes. According to the guideline published at the end of last year by the Ministry of the Environment, what can be easily removed, such as dead leaves, is to be removed by hand. The roofs are to be washed down by high-pressure washers, and the concrete surface such as the entrance of a house is to be scrubbed by scrubbing-brushes and deck brushes. As for the grassland and the soil where radioactive materials have penetrated, the surface is to be removed using shovels or diggers. Workers must pay attention not to get exposed to radioactivity by wearing the protective gear.
It looks as long as you follow these procedures the Ministry will call it “decontamination” and the job is done by the book. The subcontractors get paid by the general contractors, who get paid by the Ministry.
If you believed what Goshi Hosono, Minister of the Environment, said about decontaminating Fukushima – “Japan is not the Soviet Union, we have advanced technology to deal with radiation contamination, and we can do what others may have failed”, sorry. There is nothing high-tech about any of these methods, and they don’t even work.