Oct 01

Update: Radioactive Ekiden Marathon Race: Girls Are Running in Radiation Often Higher Than In ‘No Entry’ Zone

Fukushima city should have been evacuated a long time ago:

Prof. Chris Busby On HOT PARTICLES – ‘The Citizens Of Fukushima Are Living In An Area Which The Soviet Union Would Have Considered To Be An Exclusion Zone In Terms Of Radioactivity’!

WAKE-UP CALL: Prof. Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University To Japan Government ‘Shaking With Anger’: ‘What Are You Doing?’ (Part 1, 2, 3)

Kobe University Radiation Expert Prof. Tomoya Yamauchi On Fukushima City (290,000 People): ‘Evacuation Must Be Conducted As Soon As Possible’

Alert: Greenpeace Radiation Measurements In Fukushima City: Hot Spots At 500-700 Times Normal!!! (Video)

Fukushima City (Over 290,000 People) Is In Danger: Greenpeace Detects Cobalt-60 And High Radiation ‘Hot Spots’ – Children Should Be Evacuated Immediately

What are these Japanese parents thinking???


#Radioactive “Ekiden” Race in Fukushima City in 1 Microsievert/Hr Radiation, for Teenage Female Runners (EX-SKF, Sep. 30, 2011):

I just do not understand these people who insist on carrying out what was planned before March 11 just because… just because.

Here’s one of them, Tohoku Athletic Association, who is planning to hold the 27th Annual East Japan Women’s Ekiden, of all place, in Fukushima City. Fukushima TV Network is a co-sponsor, with the backing from Sankei Shinbun.

Ekiden” is a long-distance relay where the teams run the full marathon length (42.195 kilometers) in several stages on the road, with a runner of one stage handing off the team sash to his/her team mate who will run the next stage. It is quite popular in Japan as well as outside Japan, and there is even an “ekiden” event for elementary school girls with much shorter distance. (But long enough to kill one 11-year-old girl in Saitama City during practice, and no it was not heat exhaustion.)

From Sankei Shinbun, as appeared in Yahoo Japan News (therefore don’t expect the link to last very long; 9/28/2011):

11月13日に号砲が鳴る第27回東日本女子駅伝に東日本大震災で被災した岩手、宮城、福島の3県の合同チーム「絆チーム(仮称)」が出場することになった。主催者が28日発表した。

It has been decided that a joint team of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefecture who suffered in the March 11 earthquake/tsunami will be entered in the 27th Annual East Japan Women’s Ekiden which will be held on November 13, the sponsors announced on September 28.

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