Jul 16

‘DEAD WRONG’ (again) Mr. Kawakatsu!

Before he had to give in and get the tea tested in Japan he spouted this:

And Now … Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu: We Won’t Test Our Bulk Tea for Radiation, But Our Tea Is Safe, Trust Us

Now here is Kawakatsu again, dishing out more BS we can believe in …


Shizuoka Governor Kawakatsu Entertains NY Tea Drinkers (EX-SKF, July 14, 2011):

(Updated with new information on the US radiation standard, at the bottom.)

The Oxford PhD governor strikes again, this time in New York, telling green tea lovers in the city that Shizuoka tea is safe because it has tested below the safety limit and it’s good for their health. He also reminds them that Shizuoka is very far from Fukushima.

I suppose there aren’t many green tea lovers in New York who read my blog. If they had read my blog, they could have told the governor what he was saying was plain wrong.

(Now, readers of this blog, can you spot what’s wrong with the governor’s statement?)

From Asahi Shinbun (7/15/2011):

茶葉の放射能汚染問題をめぐり、日本一の茶どころ静岡県の川勝平太知事が14日、ニューヨークで緑茶愛好家の集まりに参加し、静岡産のお茶の安全性をアピールした。

Governor Heita Kawakatsu of Shizuoka Prefecture joined a gathering of green tea lovers in New York on July 14 and appealed the safety of the teas grown in Shizuoka Prefecture, the largest tea producer in Japan.

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Jun 11

Ah, the concerned Shizuoka government:

Radioactive Tea: Shizuoka Government Told Online Food Grocer NOT to Publish the Test Result for Tea on Their Website

Radioactive Tea: More Than 679 Becquerels Of Radioactive Cesium Per Kg In Shizuoka Motoyama Tea

Japan: Green Tea Exports Banned Due To High Levels Of Radioactive Cesium

Radioactive Tea: And Now Shizuoka Governor Says He Will Order Tests For Bulk Tea (What About the Ones Already Sold?)

And Now … Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu: We Won’t Test Our Bulk Tea for Radiation, But Our Tea Is Safe, Trust Us (!)


Japan recalls Shizuoka tea over radiation fears (Telegraph, June 10, 2011):

Japan has detected radiation above the legal limit in tea grown in Shizuoka, the heart of the nation’s green tea industry, officials said, blaming the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

A tea dealer has started a recall of the dried tea after measuring about 679 becquerels of caesium per kilogramme in leaves at a tea factory in the city of Shizuoka, prefectural officials said. The legal limit is 500 Bq/kg.

Earlier this month Japan banned the shipment of green tea leaves from all or part of four other prefectures around Tokyo – Chiba, Ibaraki, Kanagawa and Tochigi – after radioactive caesium above legal levels was found in samples.

Shizuoka prefecture will carry out sampling tests at some 100 other tea factories in the area next week, although the caesium was at a level unlikely to affect human health, the prefecture said.

It was the first detection of radiation above the legal limit in tea grown in Shizuoka prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, where some 35,000 tonnes of dried tea is produced annually.

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Jun 10

What is wrong with you Japan? Got too much Fluoride and Lithium in your drinking water?

And Now: Lithium – The Next Fluoride – To Be Added To Your Drinking Water For Mental Health (Mind-Control)

TEPCO and the government were and still are lying to you whenever they open their mouth.

Once you were warriors!

When do you have enough?

Huge Outcry Erupting In Fukushima, Angry Parents Confront The Government – ‘They Are Leaving Fukushima To Suffer And Perish’ – Fukushima City, Home To Nearly 300,000 People Impossible To Evacuate

Japan Is Waking Up!!! – Prof. Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University: ‘Pressure Not To Release Radiation Data’

Wake up!!! ….. and remove your government PEACEFULLY out of office and get in contact with the real great independent scientists and inventors of this planet and heal you country.


#Radioactive Tea: Shizuoka Government Told Online Food Grocer Not to Publish the Test Result for Tea on Their Website (EX-SKF, June 9, 2011):

It can’t get any better. (But that’s what I’ve thought ever since March 11 and I’ve been wrong.)

It was the proverbial “fly in the ointment” when an online food grocer (home delivery of fresh produce) alerted the Shizuoka prefectural government that one of Shizuoka’s teas tested high in radioactive cesium according to the grocer’s test. For Shizuoka, it was going to be a “clean bill of health” for all teas in Shizuoka when they started testing the final products, “seicha”. 8 tea-growing regions tested below the limit on June 8, and 11 more regions were going to do the same on June 9.

But this grocer came forward with the information that one of the teas were radioactive, exceeding the national limit. So the government was forced to test that particular tea, and it was indeed exceeding the limit.

But it was not before the prefecture told the grocer not to publish the data, because the prefectural government was already doing the minimum necessary to alert the consumer. Their words.

In other countries, this kind of arrogant behavior by the producer ignoring the safety of the consumers may result in boycott of the product.

From Asahi Shinbun (4:15AM JST 6/10/2011):

静岡県が、自主検査で国の基準を超える放射性物質が検出されたとホームページ(HP)で公表しようとした東京都内の食品通販業者に、公表を控えるよう求めていたことが分かった。

It has been revealed that the Shizuoka prefectural government requested the online food grocer in Tokyo that the grocer not publish on the grocer’s home page the result of the test for radioactive materials in Shizuoka tea that exceeded the national provisional limit.

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Jun 09

Before:

Radioactive Tea: And Now Shizuoka Governor Says He Will Order Tests For Bulk Tea (What About the Ones Already Sold?)

And Now … Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu: We Won’t Test Our Bulk Tea for Radiation, But Our Tea Is Safe, Trust Us (!!!)

The ‘500 becquerels per kilogram safety government standard’ has NOTHING to do with safety. And if you have followed all my posts on the effects of low-level radiation and internal emitters & radiation, then you know exactly why.


Tea From Shizuoka Exceeds Radioactive Standard After Quake (Bloomberg, Jun 9, 2011):

Tea from Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture had above-standard radioactive cesium levels three months after an earthquake led to radiation leaks at a nuclear plant about 360 kilometers (224 miles) from the area.

The dried leaves had 679 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, more than the 500 becquerels per kilogram safety government standard, according to a faxed statement from the local government today. The contamination was found in leaves from the prefecture’s Warashina area, while tea produced in all 18 other areas had safe levels, based on tests conducted by tea farmers, according to the statement.

Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu last month said tests on fresh tea leaves and drinks showed they contained cesium amounts below the government safety limit. The government on June 2 decided to curb shipments of dried tea leaves containing more than 500 becquerel per kilogram of radioactive cesium and ordered a halt in deliveries from the eastern prefectures of Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tochigi where tainted produce was detected.

Shizuoka, which accounts for about 40 percent of the nation’s tea output and lies southwest of Tokyo, asked the farmers that produced the contaminated leaves to recall those products and halt shipments.

Japan’s tea production, including fresh and dried leaves, was worth 102.1 billion yen ($1.3 billion) in 2009, according to the agriculture ministry.

静岡・本山茶の一部で基準超の放射性セシウム (Yomiuri Shimbun, June 09, 2011):

Google Translation:

Radioactive cesium standard over part of Shizuoka tea Motoyama

Special Primary Hukushima

Shizuoka Prefecture on May 9, the first crop harvested as hay, Aoi-ku Shizuoka City School District, worked “Motoyama tea (Macha and the UK)” Provisional Regulations on the part of the country’s tea production (500 becquerels per gram 1 kg) announced that it has been detected more than 679 becquerels of radioactive cesium.

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Jun 04

Before:

And Now … Shizuoka Governor Heita Kawakatsu: We Won’t Test Our Bulk Tea for Radiation, But Our Tea Is Safe, Trust Us


#Radioactive Tea: Shizuoka Governor Now Says He’ll Order Test for Bulk Tea (What About the Ones Already Sold?) (EX-SKF, Friday, June 3, 2011):

The Oxford PhD (in history) governor of Shizuoka, Heita Kawakatsu (pictured), changed his tunes and now says his prefecture will follow the order by the national government and test the bulk tea (“aracha”) for radioactive materials.

Why? Nobody knows. Shizuoka’s “shincha” (new tea) has already been sold and shipped, both in bulk form and in the final, blended form. “Shincha” commands a huge premium over “nibancha” (second tea).

But the tea growers in Shizuoka are furious at the governor’s flip-flop, as Shizuoka Shinbun reports (6/3/2011; original in Japanese, rough English summary):

Tea growers and wholesalers in Shizuoka expressed anger and confusion over the government’s decision to apply the provisional limit for raw tea leaves [500 becquerels/kg] to “aracha” (bulk tea).

Shizuoka Prefecture had insisted the tea was “safe”. Governor Heita Kawakatsu said on June 2, prior to the national government announcement, that half-hearted measures [like testing the bulk tea for radiation] would only amplify the fear.

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May 20

–  Shizuoka Governor: “We Won’t Test Our Bulk Tea for Radiation, But Our Tea Is Safe, Turst Us” (May 20, 2011):

I’m losing faith in the goodness and honesty of the agricultural growers in Japan, when they are organized into an association with political clout, like JA.

Shizuoka Prefecture produces over 60 percent of all green teas (final blend) produced in Japan. Right now, it’s the season for new teas (“shincha”). Some big money at stake, but recently the high level of radioactive materials was detected from tea leaves grown in Kanagawa Prefecture (east of Shizuoka) and the Ministry of Health and Welfare wants 14 tea-growing prefectures including Shizuoka to test their bulk teas before they are further roasted and blended (“aracha”).

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