Sep 06

Cesium from finished school lunch in Miyagi (Fukushima Diary, Sep 5, 2012):

In Miyagi prefecture, they measured 12 Bq/kg of cesium from finished school lunch. They mixed all of the food to detect cesium.

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Aug 25

#Radioactive Japan: Miyagi, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba to Have Final Disposal Sites for Highly Radioactive Ashes from Garbage Incineration, Sludge

Goshi Hosono’s Ministry of the Environment is on the sudden offensive against citizens and residents of Kanto and Tohoku, again.

According to the Yomiuri Shinbun article, the Ministry of the Environment is already talking with the officials in the municipalities in three prefectures to built final disposal sites in their cities and towns.

As the wide-area disposal of disaster debris winds down as it is now widely revealed that there is simply not enough debris to widely distribute, Mr. Hosono looks desperate to do something so that he can claim he has made people “share the pain”.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (8/21/2012):

汚染ごみ焼却灰、4県の国有地に最終処分場

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Apr 15

(UPDATED) Herbal Tea from Miyagi Had 20,290 Bq/Kg of Radioactive Cesium (EX-SKF, April 14, 2012):

(UPDATE 4/15/2012)

Additional information from Asahi Shinbun (4/12/2012):

  • The company planted the herb outdoors in MAY (not March) last year.
  • The president of the company said he tested the tea because TEPCO had told him he wouldn’t get compensated unless he produced the result of the radiation test.
  • There is another company in southern Miyagi (bordering Fukushima) who makes and sells the similar product.

Browsing the popular online mall in Japan, I see the same powdered tea being sold, and one of the brands says it is made in Ibaraki Prefecture. I think they’d better test that one, too, in case.

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Jiji Tsushin (4/14/2012):

ヤーコン茶は2万ベクレル=宮城県

Miyagi Prefecture: 20,000 Bq/kg from the herbal tea

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Jan 23

Oyster in North Japan grow as double as average (Fukushima Diary, Jan. 21, 2012):

Kesennuma Miyagi, where got the worst damage of Tsunami in 311, restarted oyster farm but the shells grow unusually fast.
They reopened the farm last June after having the port completely destroyed by Tsunami. The oyster was 1~2cm at the time but they have already grown to be about 10cm, which is as double fast as usual.
At average, it takes 2 years but they are already starting to sell them from 1/19/2012.
Fisher’s experiment station of Kesennuma thinks it might be because the rivals of oyster died or nitrogen nutrition might have flown from ground soil by Tsunami. Nobody has considered the risk of radiation.

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Bumper Crop of Big Oysters in Miyagi Prefecture, Oysters Grew Extremely Fast (EX-SKF, Jan. 21, 2012):

From Asahi Shinbun Miyagi local version (1/20/2012):

気仙沼市唐桑町東舞根で19日、震災後の昨年6月に仕込んだ養殖カキ160キロが出荷された。今秋に出荷予定だったが生育が早く、前倒しした。出荷は今月いっぱい続くという。

On January 19, 160 kilograms of cultured oysters were shipped, as the first batch, from Higashi Mone District of Karakuwa-cho in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture. The oysters had been seeded in June last year. The shipment was scheduled for this fall, but the oysters grew so rapidly that fishermen decided to harvest and ship right away. The shipment will continue throughout the month.

畠山哲さん(40)ら4人が共同で出荷した。海中に垂らしたロープについたカキを引き揚げ、付着物を落としたカキをかごに移し、ロープを再度海中に垂らす作業をした。かごが震災で不足しているため、一部のカキをむいて出荷した。

4 fishermen including Tetsu Hatayama (age 40) harvested and shipped the oysters. They pulled the ropes that were in the ocean to take the oysters attached to the ropes, cleaned the oysters and put them in the baskets, and put the ropes back in the ocean. Since they are missing the baskets because of the earthquake/tsunami, they removed some oysters from the shells to ship.

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Jan 13

Flashback:

Radioactive Fukushima Eggs: 60 Becquerels/Kg Cesium (Ukraine Safety Limit Is 6 Becquerels/Kg)


Cesium Level in Raw Milk in Southern Miyagi Is Rising (EX-SKF, Jan. 13, 2012):

From Miyagi Prefecture’s website, the result of measurement of radioactive cesium in raw milk collected at “Sennan Cooler Station” in Shiroishi City in southern Miyagi from March 25 till December 20, 2011:

November 22, 2011: 2 becquerels/kg
November 29, 2011: 4 becquerels/kg
December 6, 2011: 21 becquerels/kg
December 13, 2011: 14 becquerels/kg
December 20, 2011: 22 becquerels/kg

The raw milk from the area is mixed with other raw milk from other areas and regions and sold.

Why is it going up now? No idea. The safety standard for cattle feed is 300 becquerels/kg. Continue reading »

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Nov 27

Nuke fears may spread faster than radiation (Japan Times, Nov. 27, 2011):

If you’re a parent seeking reassurance, don’t look to Sunday Mainichi magazine, which last week pointedly demanded, “Are children’s school lunches really safe?” Chiba Prefecture in October initiated daily testing, and two weeks later detected radioactive cesium — 350 becquerels — in shiitake mushrooms. Echoing Takarajima’s housewife, the mother of a second-grader says, “How much radiation would my child have consumed? I can’t help wondering, and it sends shivers up my spine.”

Surveying the issue from Tohoku to Tokyo, Sunday Mainichi finds no more than 20 percent of municipalities testing school lunches for radiation. Tokyo’s 23 wards are relatively solid in that regard (42 percent of Tokyo’s municipalities test), but the Tohoku region, the heart of the crisis, seems astonishingly lax (Fukushima 10 percent, Miyagi 8 percent). “It’s like Russian roulette,” said the mother of a Chiba Prefecture first-grader.

“To be honest, we could have done better,” admits a Fukushima City official. “Until summer the city didn’t even know that testing equipment was available.”

If radiation were less spectral — if you could see it, smell it, touch it — its presence might be easier to cope with.

‘Easier to cope with’? If radiation would be made visible as blood red spots covering Japan (Everywhere!) the people would have panicked and fled a long time ago.

And make no mistake even if radiation levels in food are below the ‘radiation safety limit’ it is everything but safe!

Silent Death – Horror Scenario Awaits Japan (The Low-Level Radiation Myth Exposed)

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Jul 29

Miyagi beef cattle shipments barred (Japan Times, July 28, 2011):

Iwate may face similar ban amid radiation spread

The government ordered a complete ban Thursday on all shipments of beef cattle from Miyagi Prefecture after detecting radioactive cesium above the government limit in some local cattle.

The government is also considering placing a similar ban on beef cattle from Iwate Prefecture, where five cattle from Ichinoseki and Fujisawa have already been found contaminated with radioactive cesium exceeding the limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram.

That decision is expected to come next week, sources said.

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Jul 29

1,500 tons of radioactive sludge cannot be buried (NHK, July 29, 2011):

Nearly 50,000 tons of sludge at water treatment facilities has been found to contain radioactive cesium as the result of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Over 1,500 tons is so contaminated that it cannot be buried for disposal.

Water treatment facilities in eastern and northeastern Japan have been discovering sludge containing cesium.

The health ministry says there is 49,250 tons of such sludge in 14 prefectures in eastern and northeastern Japan.

A total of 1,557 tons in 5 prefectures, including Fukushima and Miyagi, was found to contain 8,000 or more becquerels per kilogram. This sludge is too radioactive to be buried for disposal.

The most contaminated sludge, with 89,697 becquerels per kilogram, was discovered at a water treatment facility in Koriyama City, Fukushima.

The ministry says 76 percent of the roughly 50,000 tons of radioactive sludge is being stored at water treatment plants and they have no ways to dispose of most of it.

It says more than 54,000 tons of additional sludge has not been checked for radioactive materials.

The ministry plans to study how to dispose of the radioactive sludge.



“The health ministry will cooperate with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and consider reprocessing the sludge as soil for GARDENING.”

Over 1,550 tons of highly radioactive sludge found in 5 prefectures (Mainichi Japan, July 29, 2011):

Over 1,500 metric tons of radioactive sludge requiring controlled handling has been found in five prefectures across Japan amid the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, the government announced on July 28.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said that an examination of 49,250 tons of sludge produced during decontamination work at water-treatment facilities in Tokyo and 13 other prefectures by July 12 detected 1,557 tons of sludge in five prefectures with a level of radioactivity of over 8,000 becquerels per kilogram. It has judged that sludge with radioactivity of over 8,000 becquerels per kilograms should be placed temporarily at controlled disposal facilities.

The five prefectures are Fukushima, Miyagi, Niigata, Tochigi and Gunma.

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May 29

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Radioactive materials found off Miyagi and Ibaraki (NHK, May 28, 2011):

Japan’s science ministry has detected extraordinarily high levels of radioactive cesium in seafloor samples collected off Miyagi and Ibaraki Prefectures.

Experts say monitoring should be stepped up over a larger area to determine how fish and shell fish are being affected.

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