By Associated Press, Published: October 31
TOKYO — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that he expects deepening cooperation with Japan over the high-stakes cleaning up and decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
The Fukushima plant has had a series of mishaps in recent months, including radioactive water leaks from storage tanks. The incidents have added to concerns about the ability of operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, to safely close down the plant, which suffered meltdowns after being swamped by the March 2011 tsunami on Japan’s northeastern coast.
Just got my postcard in the mail from the “Fukushima is Here” human mural. It was great meeting others in this alphabet soup on a beautiful Saturday morning (October 19, 2013. I’m the 4th or 5th dot in the “i” in Fukushima). Together we can spell a coherent message: that the radiation leakage is not just Japan’s problem, it is a global problem.
For more info, goto: fukushimaresponse.org
In Around the web on October 22, 2013 at 7:44 am
From Activist Post
The map above comes from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center. It shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated. As you will notice, this is particularly true along the west coast of the United States. Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. That means that the total amount of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain.
Ultimately, all of this nuclear radiation will outlive all of us by a very wide margin. They are saying that it could take up to 40 years to clean up the Fukushima disaster, and meanwhile countless innocent people will develop cancer and other health problems as a result of exposure to high levels of nuclear radiation. We are talking about a nuclear disaster that is absolutely unprecedented, and it is constantly getting worse. The following are 28 signs that the west coast of North America is being absolutely fried with nuclear radiation from Fukushima…
1. Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores…
Wildlife experts are studying whether fur loss and open sores detected in nine polar bears in recent weeks is widespread and related to similar incidents among seals and walruses.
The bears were among 33 spotted near Barrow, Alaska, during routine survey work along the Arctic coastline. Tests showed they had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times
By Yuriko Nagano
Oct 20, 2013
Their lives are back in limbo because of the massive radioactive water leakage discovered at the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant.
SOMA, Japan — For much of his life, Koichi Matsumoto, 58, happily slipped out of bed in the dead of night to work on a fishing trawler.
But these days, his catch is tree branches, tires and other rubble still adrift since the massive earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan more than two years ago.
“It feels as if we’re right back where we were after the disaster,” which struck March 11, 2011, said Matsumoto, a third-generation fisherman and head of the trawl boat unit at the 1,000-member Soma-Futaba fisheries cooperative.
The lives of Matsumoto and about 1,500 other fishermen in the Fukushima region are back in flux because of the discovery in August that 300 tons of radioactive wastewater was pouring into the ocean each day from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Jina Brooks, one of the organizers of the “Fukushima is Here” human mural at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, Saturday, October 19, 2013, talks about all the planning and effort it took to stage this momentous event. The hopes are to create awareness about the continued radiation leakage at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan and how it is affecting the Pacific Ocean and eventually the California coast. Jina and her organization are lobbying the state of California for more testing of our water, food and environment. For more info, goto: http://www.fukushimaresponse.org
Here is a presentation by Mr. Hiroki Iwasa, entrepreneur and speaker for TEDxTohoku2012.
Mr. Iwasa wishes to revitalize his hometown, Yamamoto-cho in Watari-gun, Miyagi prefecture, which suffered catastrophic damages from the earthquake and tsunami.
In the presentation, he introduces his way of producing strawberries via the integration of cutting-edge IT management skills and the agricultural skills well-practiced by local farmers.
This presentation will fill your whole senses with a sour-but-sweet feel – and we’re not just talking about the flavor of the strawberries!
Mr. Iwasa’s humor and enthusiasm will definitely bring a smile to your face, so please have a look!
TEDx Tohoku will be held this weekend, Sunday, October 13, 2013 (Japan time) at the Kodomo-Gekijo, Research Center for Children Art Education, Tohoku University of Art and Design in Yamagata City.
For more information, please visit the website:
September 17, 2013
It’s been two and a half years since the devasting earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster of March, 2011. Thousands are still left without homes and jobs and are uncertain about their future.
NHK World will feature stories about these survivors and what lies ahead for them.
Friday Feb. 8
Saturday Feb 9
Sunday Feb 10
Don’t miss this moving performance of dance, song, poetry, and interviews from the heart at Castilleja School for the Arts in Palo Alto. Beautiful, artistic interpretations of the events that happened on March 11, 2011 in the Tohoku area of Japan, the students captured the sense of devastation, fear, and loneliness and how connecting as “friends” instilled a spirit of hope and optimism.
The addition of famed Oh-In Taiko and master drummer Jimi Nakagawa http://www.jiminakagawa.com/ fueled the excitement and stirred the emotions.
And, the moments with the “special guests” touched the hearts of everyone in the audience. Gambate kudasai.
Congratulations to Georgi Shea, producer and all the students and performers of Castilleja School.