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Until the Fukushima accident, Japan had 55 operating nuclear reactors as well as enrichment and reprocessing plants which had suffered a series of deadly accidents at its nuclear facilities resulting in the deaths of workers and releases of radioactivity into the environment and surrounding communities. Since the Fukushima disaster, there is growing opposition against re-opening those reactors closed for maintenance.

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Saturday
Mar112017

Struggling With Japan’s Nuclear Waste, Six Years After Disaster

As reported by Motoko Rich in the New York Times.

The artice reports the following breakdown of radioactive waste categories and quantities:

400 tons of contaminated water per day (which has grown over the years into an inventory of 962,000 tons of contaminated water, stored in 1,000 giant tanks; this volume continues to grow by the day);

3,519 Containers of Radioactive Sludge;

64,700 Cubic Meters of Discarded Protective Clothing;

Branches and Logs From 220 Acres of Deforested Land;

200,400 Cubic Meters of Radioactive Rubble;

3.5 Billion Gallons of Soil;

1,573 [Irradiated, Highly Radioactive] Nuclear Fuel [Assemblies].

Saturday
Mar112017

Fukushima 6 years on, sign the Greenpeace Int'l petition to the Japanese government: Stand in solidarity -- Defend the human rights of Fukushima survivors

On this sixth annual commemoration of the beginning of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, please sign this Greenpeace International petition to the Japanese government:

Stand in solidarity -- Defend the human rights of Fukushima survivors

Thanks for standing in solidarity by signing the petition.

Saturday
Mar112017

No Olympics or Paralympics in Radioactive Fukushima!

Please read on, and consider signing Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network's change.org petition.

The petition begins:

Children are our most beloved and cherished gift and they are also the most vulnerable to the generational damage of man-made radiation in air, food, soil and water.  Around the world children who are currently adolescent and possibly younger are in training to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Japan.  Their parents most likely have no idea that some of the venues are near the most devastating and ongoing nuclear and industrial disaster in world history, Fukushima Daiichi.

Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network also shared this on the 3/11/17 six year mark of this  ongoing nuclear catastrophe:

World Athletes to Compete at Venue 12 Miles From Fukushima Ground Zero


Mar 11, 2017 — Thank you for being a supporter of this petition. As you know today, March 11, marks 6 long and painful years since the catastrophic Fukushima nuclear crisis began wreaking havoc on our biosphere. It's one of those days where we all remember where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news. And now, adding more shock is the FACT that In only 3 short YEARS young ATHLETES from around the world WILL GATHER TO COMPETE at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan AT VENUES LOCATED IN FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE. Please excuse the caps, but this news needs to be shouted from rooftops. Young, vulnerable Olympic and Paralympic athletes currently in training will be required to compete in soccer, baseball and possibly more events at "J Village". (Young people and young girls, in particular, are the most vulnerable to radiation's debilitating health effects.) J Village was formerly used in 2011 as the primary disaster center for the unfolding Fukushima crisis and is a mere 12 miles from the worst ongoing radiological disaster on the planet.

Recently social media was abuzz with news that radiation had spiked dramatically at Fukushima. In truth, the astronomically high radiation levels have been there for 6 years, but only until very recently has detection equipment been able to gather more accurate readings. And yet, plans continue to gather athletes, many of them children, from around the world to compete at Fukushima. Seriously, folks, you can not make this stuff up. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/02/national/japans-soccer-team-return-training-camp-used-fukushima-cleanup/#.WMR-9doixZc

Please honor these past 6 years and many more to come by sharing the petition widely today. It  includes a new update by Fairewinds, and some new recipients as well: http://www.fairewinds.org/fukushima/

Thank you for your support!
Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network
www.FFAN.us
@ffan4u

Friday
Mar102017

Beyond Nuclear on Thom Hartmann Radio: Is Japan's Rejected Radioactive Food Ending Up at Your Grocery Store?

Thom Hartmann hosted Beyond Nuclear on his radio program to discuss the ongoing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, six years on (3/11/11-3/11/17). Thom and Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, discussed the article by Beyond Nuclear's Radiation/Health Hazard Specialist, Cindy Folkers, "Fukushima Catastrophe at Six: Normalizing Radiation Exposure Demeans Women and Kids and Risks Their Health," appearing in Counterpunch.

By the way, Kevin had just come straight from the Native NoDAPL Nations Rise/Rise With Standing Rock march, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HQ to the White House (in freezing rain conditions!).

Kevin's tee shirt reads "Remember the Kalamazoo," and shows a Potawatomi Indian tending a boiling pot ("Kalamazoo" reportedly means "boiling pot" in Potawatomi). "Remember the Kalamazoo" refers to the "Dilbit Disaster," as reported by Inside Climate News -- the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history. On July 25, 2010, 1.4 million gallons of Canadian tar sands crude oil leaked into the Kalamazoo River, upstream of Lake Michigan, when Enbridge of Canada's oil pipeline burst in Marshall, Michigan. Inside Climate News won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for its "Dilbit Disaster" multi-part series.

Friday
Mar102017

The Lonely Towns of Fukushima

As reported by Motoko Rich in the New York Times.

While on a speaking tour of Japan, sponsored by Green Action of Kyodo, Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps lunched at a just opened organic café very close to the main entrance of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It was seven months before the catastrophe struck on 3/11/11. Kevin had just met with the mayor and vice mayor of Okuma and Futaba, the host towns of Fukushima Daiichi. He would give a public presentation that evening, attended by more than 50 local residents.

Very likely, that café is now a part of the "Dead Zone," as is most to all of Futaba and Okuma. Many of the local residents, and even elected officials, Kevin met that day, have been nuclear evacuees for six years now, with no end in sight.

Of course, very similar scenes, as described in the article above, have been observed in Pripyat, Ukraine, and other Dead Zone towns near Chernobyl, as well.

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