Friday, November 11, 2011

Fukushima seven months on: an untold horror story

Will the physical demise of the Imperial family wake up the country and the world? Even if it happens it will be quite too late.

Japan Emperor Akihito (pictured) has been recently hospitalized because of bronchitis, so they say, and a lowered immune resistance. This may well be natural for a man of his age (78) but his granddaughter Aiko (9) has almost simultaneously been affected by mycoplasmal pneumonia and also hospitalized.

A coincidence? Sure, why not?

TV host Norikazu Otsuka, who made a guinea pig of himself by eating Fukushima produce on air, has just died of acute leukemia. A coincidence no doubt, right? Sure, acute leukemia is the kind of disease most directly related to radiation exposure... never mind, just a coincidence.

Sadly enough my links' folder is full of way too many coincidences and even much worse horror stories. Rather than reading about modern Japan I feel as if I'm reading a dystopic science-fiction fantasy inspired on plague and tyranny ridden Medieval Europe. But reality always surpasses fiction, it seems - for the worse.

Fukushima workers abused till death and beyond

The conditions of workers, who should be treated like heroes, are despicable: persistent rumors of Fukushima workers dead by dozens, workers keeling and being sent to hospital, not always returning...
Workers wading through contaminated water complain that their boots have holes in them — Some are not instructed in when to change the filters on their safety masks.
An ambulance comes and goes to the plant at least 10 times per day, hospital is beyond capacity...

But worst is the terrifying information of 'unlisted' workers being held captive until they die, then buried in secret place and reported missing. 'Unlisted' workers are those that do the most dangerous works.

In this video released by TEPCO, for example, we can see a robot cleaning an area from where at some moments radiation sparks are visible (radiation may also burn electronic devices leaving marks in the film). The camera is obviously held by a human being who, at the end of the video lets his (or her) finger appear in the movie.

Police agents guarding the area, who are standing at 4.4 mSv/hr, are also dying by the dozens but their deaths are kept decret - for how long?

Arriving to North America, scaring the hell out of the rest of the World

The horror stories are of course not restricted to Japan: we all live in the same planet after all. Japan may begin again to release radioactive water to the ocean in January.  

While radioactive residues carried by air have been arriving to North America since March or April, the bulk of the Tsunami's solid residues brought by the ocean currents is just about to fall on British Columbia in a matter of days. They can well be radioactive. 

The threat is real enough for US senators to be demanding an action plan from the government.

In Europe also, even if at alleged low levels, traces of iodine 137 have been detected, most likely arrived from Japan.

Naturally the fear of disaster has pushed many countries to abandon or at least limit their nuclear power plans.  A Taiwanese writer living in Japan has just urged his government to do the same, as he witness how his host country collapses under the burden of a single major accident. Taiwan is located on the same continental fault as Japan, being also exposed to frequent earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons. 

Instead in India, the Atomic Energy Commission chairman, Srikumar Banerjee, has dismissed the destruction caused by Chernobyl and Fukushima, which, according to him are not even nuclear accidents (there was never one, it seems). This is obviously because he is in charge of promoting nuclear energy and nuclear weapons in the Union.

Western nuclear experts are horrified

For example, Professor Edmund Lengfelder, who warns of the risk of further nuclear explosions in Fukushima Dai Ichi, shares my opinion on how terrible is the treatment of the Japanese mafia-state to its shockingly submissive citizens:
For me, it is also inhumane, that in such a wealthy country like Japan, people still live in gyms. (...) The evacuation after Chernobyl have worked much better.
Two other experts are mentioned today at Fukushima Diary:

On one side, the amiable nuclear engineer Arnie Gunderssen goes into details on why he is nearly certain that the explosion of reactor number 3 was a full fledged nuclear explosion:

On the other, British nuclear expert Christopher Busby explains to Russia Today how Fukushima cannot be sealed like Chernobyl (as I though back in the day), being a much more difficult to deal with nuclear catastrophe:

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