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Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama is the head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. On July 27, he appeared as a witness to give testimony to the Committee on Welfare and Labor in Japan’s Lower House in the Diet.
Remember Professor Kosako, also from the University of Tokyo, who resigned in protest as special advisor to the prime minister over the 20 millisievert/year radiation limit for school children? There are more gutsy researchers at Todai (Tokyo University) – the supreme school for the “establishment” – than I thought. Professor Kodama literally shouted at the politicians in the committee, “What the hell are you doing?”
He was of course referring to the pathetic response by the national government in dealing with the nuclear crisis, particularly when it comes to protecting children.
Even if you don’t understand the language, take a look and listen. He sounds sincere, and his voice is literally shaking with anger. end quote
The video of Prof. Tatsuhiko Kodama is one of the most important pieces of information from Japan. It is historic, courageous, technically qualified and accurate, insightful, and powerful. It is the Japanese equivalent of Dr Gofman’s testimony to the US Congress (re bomb fallout), which took place after AEC had threatened to “get him”, in 1957. It took until 1963 for the bombs to stop.
How long will it take to change the direction of the Japanese government regarding the radio-protection of the Japanese people?
They can start by evacuating Fukushima City. By issuing imported and clean potassium rich rations to diplace the cesium present in Japanese food stuffs. By removing all children from hotspots.
The irresponsible statements of Dr Pamela Sykes of Flinders University (DOE funded advocate of radiation hormesis – an international speaker and writer for the Radiation Hormesis Society) should be confronted head on by citizens and experts.
Her opinion of the Japanese nuclear disaster is here:
“We need radiation in our environment,
“Chernobyl was obviously a disaster but there was no increase in leukaemia, solid tumours or birth defects among the 335,000 people who were evacuated and who received less than 100 milliSieverts of radiation – that’s five times the dose I’m allowed as a radiation worker.
“There was an increase in thyroid tumours but we’re not sure how much that related to the fact that everyone was screened for thyroid tumours, which wouldn’t normally happen.
“It’s now been accepted that they should not have evacuated so many people because the biggest detriment from Chernobyl was that they were dramatically disadvantaged, both economically and socially. Many suffered depression thinking they were going to die of cancer.”
In previouus posts I have tried to show that her views on the effects of radiation are controversial, contested and rely on the study of one specific chemical reaction at the cellular to the exclusion of all others. Her view that there is a threshold dose below which no harm occurs and that “benefits” occur without a threshold dose is deeply flawed. Her view is not modern. It is based upon the deliberately overblown statements made by Marshall Brucer, statements which date from the 1950s.
Flinders University web published Syke’s article and invite comment. However, comments which present evidence which contradicts Sykes are being blocked by Flinders University.
Its time Australian Universities supported people such as Prof Tatsuhiko rather than intefere with the health and safety of the Japanese people in such a profoundly negative way as Dr Sykes.
The DOE agenda behind its funding of Dr Sykes is to provide a quasi-scientific basis for the proposal that the cost:benefit of the current clean up of contaminated sites in the US is “too expensive”, that a more “cost effective” alternative would be to allow contaminated sites to remain. The claim is that such sites would then present an alleged “health benefit” to the public.
Just as, according to Sykes, the Fukushima reactor disasters present an alleged “health benefit” to the Japanese people. Radio nuclides, internal emitters, are, according to Sykes, needed just like we need vitamins and minerals..” Crap. Strontium 89 and 90 act just like the mineral calcium. Cesium acts just like the mineral potassium. When we eat foods contaminated with these things, we are weaving these radionuclides into the fabric of our tissues. In a chroncially contaminated environment like Japan, they stay in the tissues in an equilibrium dose (uptake – excretion = a postivie value, an amount in tissue, irradiating surrounding tissue with tracks of radiation far in excess of the rate of radioactivity of radium.)
Sykes is plainly wrong. Her statements plainly and flatly contradict Prof. Tatsuhiko. He is correct. He is the one qualified to fight for and protect the Japanese people. Dr Sykes and the Radiation Hormesis lobby within US DOE are not.
Shut up Pam.