Feb 19

From the article (180 km from Fukushima Daiichi):

“Everything I’ve done up till now, it’s all become no good. I can’t collect wild vegetables and I can’t sell my mushrooms. There are problems with the fish in the rivers and I have to worry about contamination levels in the wild game, too. That’s what makes me the most angry,” he said.


Fukushima radiation threatens to wreak woodland havoc (Japan Times, Feb 17, 2013):

For Yuji Hoshino, mushrooms were a way of life. The 50-year-old farmer grew up watching his father raise shiitake mushrooms on their land at the foot of the mountains in Sano, southern Tochigi Prefecture.

Later, he became the one to yearly cut about 15,000 logs, each about a meter long and the diameter of a coffee saucer, from oak forests near his home. He would stud these logs with specially inoculated spore pegs and then stack them in forests and greenhouses for the crop to mature. Three to eight years later, hundreds of thousands of fleshy, white-and-brown mushrooms would be ready to pick.

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Nov 23

Officials “Aghast”: High levels of cesium detected far from Fukushima — Radioactivity up sharply in mushrooms 100s of kilometers away — Over 2,000% increase in Tochigi (ENENews, Nov 21, 2012)

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Oct 21

2100 Bq/Kg from mushroom in Nagano (Fukushima Diary, Oct 20, 2012)

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Aug 07

31,000 Bq/Kg of #Radioactive Cesium in Wild Mushrooms in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, Highest “Official” Measurement Ever (EX-SKF, Aug 6, 2012):

As one of the readers noted in the other post, the radiation contamination in Tochigi and Gunma Prefectures (northern Kanto) has been little noted.

The highest official measurement for wild mushrooms was last year, when 28,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium was found in wild mushrooms in Fukushima Prefecture.

The reason for the quotation marks for the word “official” in the blog post title is that there were unofficial measurements done last year by private entities with much higher numbers. One of them was done by NHK when the crew, including Dr. Shinzo Kimura, went to Fukushima soon after the accident and started measuring radiation levels and warning residents who still remained in the high-radiation areas. They found 420,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in mushrooms harvested in Akougi District of Namie-machi on March 28, 2011. (For snapshots of the NHK Documentary aired on May 18, 2011, go here. In Japanese.)

From Nikkei Shinbun quoting Kyodo (8/6/2012):

野生キノコから最高値のセシウム

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Aug 05

20,000 Bq/body from a man in Fukushima (Fukushima Diary, Aug 3, 2012):

The biggest health risk for Japanese is the accumulation of radiation because of contaminated food.
Official radiation measurement is not trust worthy, and they don’t measure all kinds of radionuclide.
This is one of the reasons why I evacuated Japan.

A hematological physician in Minamisoma general hospital (23km from Fukushima plant) wrote on his blog that he measured 20,000 Bq/body from a man in 70s living in Fukushima by WBC (Whole body counter) though it was already July.2012. This is the total of Cs-134 and Cs-137.

He measured 10,000 Bq/body from the wife as well. It’s about 300 Bq/Kg.

↓ The picture was taken by Pathological anatomist, Yury Bandazhevsky from Belarus below. [Video]

Histological myocardium composition of a 43-year-old Dobrush resident (sudden death case). Muscle fiber is severely damaged. 45.4 Bq/kg was measured from this organ. 300 Bq/kg is about 7 times higher than that.

↓ Below is the histology of normal cardiac muscles and Purkinje fibers as reference.

20,000 Bq/body is the highest reading he has ever measured in Japan.
This highly contaminated people were introduced to this doctor by another couple of his patients.
He measured 14,000 Bq/body from the husband, 8,000 Bq/body from the wife as well.

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Apr 07

Looks like the Japanese people will only wake up when their children are dying.

And that is already happening:

Dr. Helen Caldicott (Co-Founder Of Physicians For Social Responsibility): What We Learned From Fukushima (Video – April 2, 2012)


1400 Bq/Kg of Shiitake mushroom served in kindergarten (Fukushima Diary, April 5, 2012):

1400 Bq/Kg of cesium was measured from Shiitake mushroom served for school lunch of a kindergarten.
It was 3/21/2012, in Okazaki city Aichi. 2kg of the mushroom was served for 530 of the students and staff.
The mushroom was shipped from Ibaraki prefecture, 30kg has already been distributed in Okazaki city.
Aichi local government states, it doesn’t affect promptly.

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Apr 06

And that is only cesium!


#Radioactive Japan: Food Items Exceeding New Safety Limit (100Bq/Kg) (EX-SKF, April 5, 2012):

Farmers in contaminated areas in Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, and Chiba continue to farm, and the government is busy setting up one PR campaign after another to appeal safety of things produced in Japan. The media do report, but unless your information comes from the net only, the news gets buried in the cacophony of mind-numbing small news of no significance on TV and print media.

Here’s the list of food items that I found which exceeded the new safety limit of 100 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium: Continue reading »

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Feb 07

1,526 Bq/Kg of cesium from Shiitake mushroom sold at a supermarket (Fukushima Diary, Feb. 7, 2012):


An independent researcher measured 1526 Bq/Kg of cesium from Shiitake mushroom.

It was sold at a supermarket in Yokohama.

It’s only labelled as “From Japan”.

The processing factory is here.


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Nov 05

Full article here: Nowhere is safe (Fukushima Diary, Nov. 4, 2011):

In Totsuka, Maioka park, Yokohama, which is about 250km away from Fukushima (7km away from my home), they announced that the chinese mushroom harvested in late March had 2,770 Bq/kg of cesium.

It’s already too late. These chinese mushrooms were already served to 794 volunteer park keepers who ate it.(258 of them were younger than 12 years old.)

Even from the chinese mushroom taken in mid October,they measured 955 Bq/kg of cesium. (Source)


YouTube Added: 04.11.2011

Ignorance of people make the contamination situation even worse.

In Japanese school, students are banned to talk. No question, no thinking.

This way of discipline might have been useful to sustain the economy based on mass production, but it’s killing ourselves. Moreover, time of mass production was over decades ago.

Leaf mold was banned to sell. However, ignorant companies restarted selling it.

The picture below is taken at home center “NIkko” in Kohoku ku, Yokohama, where a citizen found 195 Bq/kg of strontium, and 10 mins by car from my home.


0.822 micro Sv/h on the leaf mold.

I live in Yokohama. From my observation, everyone is getting sick. They don’t take it seriously because NHK and Yomiuri newspaper do never admit it. People are too used to the spoon feeding of mass media.

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Sep 05

Every plant that absorbs high levels of calcium and confuses calcium with radioactive cesium will absorb a lot of radiation.

Can this be called a solution?


Sunflowers battle radiation in Fukushima, Japan (Yahoo News, Aug 30, 2011):

Out of the earthquake’s rubble, bright blooms are providing hope to a nation reeling from nuclear disaster.

When March 11th’s massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, about 80,000 people were forced to abandon their homes.

It was “the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.”

With radiation leaks, hydrogen explosions and overheated fuel rods to blame, the radiation spread beyond just the evacuation area, contaminating the ground in the agricultural region. In some areas, even the tea is radioactive.

Fifty kilometres away from the plant site the Buddhist Joenji temple. There, chief monk Koyu Abe and a team of 100 volunteers began growing and distributing sunflowers, hoping to both lift spirits and lighten the radiation’s impact.

“We plant sunflowers, field mustard, amaranthus and cockscomb, which are all believed to absorb radiation,” said the monk. “So far we have grown at least 200,000 flowers (at this temple) and distributed many more seeds. At least 8 million sunflowers blooming in Fukushima originated from here.”

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Sep 04

Wild Mushroom in Fukushima Tested 28,000 Becquerels/kg of Radioactive Cesium (EX-SKF, September 3, 2011):

“It’s not food any more, it’s simply radioactive materials”, as the young man at the Citizen’s Radioactivity Measuring Station in Fukushima City said of the radioactive mushroom in Germany’s ZDF program aired on August 9.

Wild mushroom harvested in a town in Fukushima tested highest ever radioactive cesium so far in food after the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident that I’m aware of: 28,000 becquerels per kilogram.

According to the data from Fukushima Prefecture, 13,000 becquerels/kg of cesium-134, and 15,000 becquerels/kg of cesium-137 were detected from the mushroom.

The town, Tanakura-machi, is located at about 73 kilometers southwest of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (9/3/2011):

福島県は3日、同県棚倉町の山林で採取した野生のチチタケから、国の暫定規制値(1キロ・グラム当たり500ベクレル)を大幅に上回る2万8000ベクレルの放射性セシウムが検出されたと発表した。

Fukushima Prefecture announced on September 3 that 28,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected from wild mushroom, Lactarius volemus, harvested in the mountains in Tanakura-machi. The level of radioactive cesium vastly exceeds the national provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg.

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Jul 17

Radioactive Cesium from Shiitake Mushrooms Grown Indoors in Date City, Fukushima (Ex-SKF, July 15, 2011):

(Update: 28 kg of Date City shiitake were sold within Fukushima. 129 kg of Motomiya City shiitake went to the fresh produce wholesale market in Tokyo, according to Asahi.)

1,770 becquerels per kilogram. That’s the first since the government started the sample testing of food items. Date City is more than 50 kilometers northwest of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (10:08AM JST 7/16/2011):

厚 生労働省は15日、福島県伊達市の施設栽培シイタケで暫定規制値(1キロ当たり500ベクレル)を上回る同1770ベクレルの放射性セシウムが検出され たと発表した。 本宮市でも560ベクレルを検出した。露地栽培シイタケではすでに同県内の16市町村で出荷が制限されているが、施設栽培シイタケで規制 値を上回ったのは初めて。政府は出荷制限を検討する。

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on July 15 that 1,770 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected from shiitake mushrooms grown indoors in Date City, Fukushima Prefecture. The provisional safety limit is 500 becquerels/kg. Shiitake mushrooms grown in Motomiya City in Fukushima also tested 560 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium. Already, 16 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture restrict the shipment of shiitake mushrooms grown outdoors. This is the first time that shiitake mushrooms that were grown indoors tested above the safety limit. The national government will consider the shipment restriction.

Where did this cesium come from, if the mushrooms were grown indoors? Is the indoor air just as contaminated as the outdoor air in Date City? Or was it the mushroom substrate blocks (for indoor cultivation) that were contaminated?

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