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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

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.

Wednesday
Mar082017

Six years after Fukushima began, “normalizing” radiation exposure risks the health of women and children; evacuees are given few options but to return to contamination

BEYOND NUCLEAR PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2017 (International Women’s Day)

CONTACT: Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear, 240.354.4314 

Six years after Fukushima began, “normalizing” radiation exposure risks the health of women and children

Evacuees are given few options but to return to contamination

TAKOMA PARK, MD- Six years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe began, Japan is lifting evacuation orders in a narrow radius around the ruined reactors, and removing compensation for evacuees. These evacuees will be moving back to towns that are still contaminated with hazardous radioactivity that can reach 20 times the internationally recommended level for human exposure. Even at the recommended level, most people would end up doubling the annual dose that they normally receive from unavoidable natural background.

Radiation is associated with disease, even at low levels. Females, children and pregnancy are especially vulnerable to radiation damage, but many of these sensitivities are unaccounted for in international recommendations. Despite these unique vulnerabilities, and lack of protection for them, women and children are often accused of “radiophobia”, characterized by nuclear proponents as an irrational fear of radiation exposure—a point highlighted in a recent article in Counterpunch by Beyond Nuclear’s Radiation and Health Hazard Specialist, Cindy Folkers.

“Females, children and pregnancy pay a disproportionate health price for nuclear energy because they are especially vulnerable to radiation damage. When a catastrophe like Fukushima happens, they become targets of ridicule for asking about safety, and often end up socially isolated or worse.

“In reality, science shows that women have every right to express grave concern over exposure to radioactivity without unscientific, misogynistic terms like ‘radiophobia’—or in the case of Japan, ‘radiation brain mom’—being applied to them,” said Folkers.

In the wake of catastrophes that release hazardous man-made radioactivity, national and international agencies have acted to “normalize” radiation exposure by endorsing higher levels of allowable exposures (sometimes up to 20 times recommended levels) as well as encouraging the growing, eating and distributing of contaminated foods.

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency has recently recommended levels of radioactive contamination that are hundreds, even thousands or more, times higher after a nuclear incident. Under these Orwellian-named Protective Action Guides (PAGs), people could be exposed to these unsafe levels for years.

“These attempts to normalize’ radiation exposure, by telling people it’s alright to get more radiation than they already are, will continue to leave women and kids unprotected both internationally, and in the event of another nuclear catastrophe in the U.S.,” Folkers contends.

According to the first-of-its-kind United Nations investigation linking health impacts of industrial radiation from a nuclear catastrophe to human rights, economic convenience is an unacceptable reason for increasing allowable levels of exposure post accident. A just-released report details how the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, and the official response to it, continues to be in violation of women’s and children’s human rights. This report is by Kendra Ulrich, a senior global energy campaigner for Greenpeace Japan, and a Beyond Nuclear board member.

“On this International Women’s Day, we need to remember, women’s voices should count for more, not less. The fact is, women and children are more vulnerable to radiation’s harmful impacts, and the life-stage of pregnancy is uniquely sensitive. Since they pay the highest price for nuclear power and its releases, they should have a greater say in the energy decisions we currently face, and in how we protect those whose lives are devastated by nuclear catastrophes,” says Folkers.

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Tuesday
Mar072017

North Korea says missile launches were training for striking U.S. bases in Japan

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