Children and Dosimeters

Some think it reasonable to treat non-radiation workers as if they were. Some think it reasonable to treat children as if they were. If an environment is of sufficient concern to require monitoring, people should not be there. Unless they are on a payroll, suitably trained and consent to the exposure.

The Japan Times
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

City plans fall distribution to address parents’ fears
34,000 children in Fukushima to get dosimeters

FUKUSHIMA — Amid growing concerns over exposure to radiation, the Fukushima Municipal Government said Tuesday it will give dosimeters to all children attending preschools as well as elementary and junior high schools in the city.

The city said it will hand out the gauges for three months from September to about 34,000 children as part of its efforts to ensure their health.

City officials will collect data once a month and examine the results in cooperation with medical institutions.

It will also distribute the gauges to parents with children less than 3 years old at the request of the parents.

The move comes after a similar decision by the city of Date, Fukushima Prefecture, which has radiation hot spots where exposure could exceed the 20-millisievert limit during the course of a year.

Another town adopting this kind of measure is Kawamata, part of which sits in the government’s no-go zone near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The plant has been crippled since it was damaged by the March 11 quake and tsunami, triggering the country’s worst nuclear accident.

The dosimeter outlay is another step taken by local governments at the urging of worried parents.

The central government basically remains noncommittal about the school radiation issue, except for changing numbers in the radiation levels for schoolchildren.

On May 27, the education ministry said it will strive to limit radiation exposure of students to 1 millisievert or less a year while they are at school.

The move came after a barrage of criticism from parents in Fukushima Prefecture, who fear radiation leaking from the nuclear plant could increase their children’s chances of developing leukemia or other types of cancer.

But the new limit is only a “best effort” target, and an earlier — and binding — radiation limit is still intact.

In April, the ministry set a limit of 3.8 microsieverts per hour for playground use at schools in the prefecture.

Together with estimated exposure from outside of school grounds, total annual exposure could grow to 20 millisieverts.

Many schools in Fukushima Prefecture have already acted on their own and banned students from using their school grounds over fears of radiation exposure.

Numerous schools are also attempting to scrape away contaminated soil.

New Accessory for Japan’s Fukushima Students
Posted on September 14, 2011

In the wake of Japan’s tsunami earlier this year, Fukushima city’s nuclear power plant released clouds of radioactive dust across the country.

Now, only 40 miles from the plant, schools are back in session.

But a new accessory accompanies the navy blue school uniform.

City officials handed out nearly 30,000 radiation dosimeters to Fukushima school children with instructions to wear the devices around their necks on a cord for 3 months. Data is collected monthly to determine the level of radiation exposure for each child.

Even so, parents are no wiser about levels of contamination in their children. As reported by NPR, “the government still hasn’t told them what it considers a safe level of radiation for children.“

“I just don’t know what this is useful for,” says Hiroko Ishizaka. “Even if I’m told, ‘Your kid had this level of radiation,’ I can’t see whether it means it’s safe or not.”

Rather than providing comfort, irresolution seems to be the underlying feeling of Fukushima parents.

end quote. It is quite useless for anyone involved in medicine to prescribe a level of radiation when there is no medical need for that “treatment”. When there is no medical need and where there is no consent, when there is no benefit then IT IS NOT MEDICINE.(hormesis is industry crap used to falsely justify this, as it was the bomb fallout. Who lived longer because of the bombs? Reverse is true). IF IT IS NOT MEDICINE, WHAT IS IT?

Japan city to give radiation counters to children

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:13 EDT

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s Fukushima city said on Tuesday it would hand radiation dosimeters to 34,000 children to gauge their exposure from the crippled nuclear power plant about 60 kilometres (40 miles) away.

The city will hand the measuring devices to all children aged between four and 15 for three months from September so that they can wear them around the clock, an official at the city’s education board told AFP.

The city is outside the government’s 20-kilometre (12-mile) evacuation and no-go zone around the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, but many residents are concerned about radiation, he said.

Source: Raw Story (

end quote. And so they should be, without name calling by nuclear industry, who are acting as Radio – phillies in this matter, imo. About all they do is name-call anyone who questions them.

Radiation Medicine

Working Group email address:
After Fukushima: Managing the Consequences of a Radiological Release – Final Report – March 2012
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Fri, 2012-03-09 16:14

submitted by Robert G. Ross

Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
“Outside the Fence” of a Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Offsite Planning to Reduce the Public’s Exposure to Radiation

MARCH 7, 2012—Baltimore, MD—In a report released today, researchers at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC assess offsite policies and plans that can be put in place to reduce the exposure of the public to radiation in the event of a nuclear power plant accident.

Even amidst the devastation following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year that killed more than 20,000 people, it was the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that led the country’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, to fear for “the very existence of the Japanese nation.”

While such low-probability, high-consequence releases have been rare in the history of existing nuclear power plants, the growing number of plants worldwide increases the likelihood that such releases will occur in the future. Accidents far smaller in scale than the one in Fukushima could have major societal consequences.

In this Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 photo, Yoshiko Ota displays bottled water she bought at a local shop for daily use at her house in Fukushima, Japan, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Ota keeps her windows shut. She never hangs her laundry outdoors. Fearful of birth defects, she warns her daughters: Never have children. This is life with radiation, nearly one year after a tsunami-hit nuclear power plant began spewing it into Ota’s neighborhood, 40 miles (60 kilometers) away. She’s so worried that she has broken out in hives. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

By YURI KAGEYAMA – The Associated Press – – March 9, 2012

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Yoshiko Ota keeps her windows shut. She never hangs her laundry outdoors. Fearful of birth defects, she warns her daughters: Never have children.

This is life with radiation, nearly one year after a tsunami-hit nuclear power plant began spewing it into Ota’s neighborhood, 40 miles (60 kilometers) away. She’s so worried that she has broken out in hives.

IAEA Fukushima Daiichi Status Report – Full Update – November 4, 2011
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Sat, 2011-11-05 01:20

The IAEA has received new information regarding the detection of xenon-133 and xenon-135 gases on 1 November inside the Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2.

Based on further analysis, Japanese authorities have concluded that the xenon concentrations are not due to a criticality event but rather from the spontaneous fission of curium-242 and 244. (Spontaneous fission is a form of radioactive decay that does not involve chain reactions and is characteristic of very heavy isotopes. Spontaneous fission occurs in low levels in all nuclear reactors.)

This conclusion is based on three key factors outlined and discussed in the report:

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Xenon Means Recent Fission in Reactor 2
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Wed, 2011-11-02 21:55

Citizens’ Testing Finds 20 Hot Spots Around Tokyo
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Wed, 2011-10-19 23:54

By Hiroko Tabuchi – The New York Times – October 14, 2011

Residents Near Fukushima Mountains Face Nuclear Recontamination Every Rainfall
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Tue, 2011-10-11 23:51

The Mainichi Daily News – October 12, 2011

Workers decontaminate radiation from the roof of Yasawa Kindergarten in Minami-Soma, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility, in Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. Photo – Associated Press (AP)

As the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Plant drags on, worries are growing particularly among Fukushima Prefecture residents over drawn-out and in some cases apparently futile nuclear decontamination operations.

The unease is especially strong in areas in and around mountains that must be repeatedly decontaminated, as every rainfall brings a new batch of radioactive substance-contaminated leaves and soil washing down from the hills. Since some 70 percent of Fukushima Prefecture is mountainous, such instances of regular recontamination could occur over a broad area, while the same effect has also been observed in some undeveloped areas of cities.

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IAEA Team in Japan; Fukushima Starts Thyroid Tests
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Sun, 2011-10-09 22:15

by Eric Talmadge – Associated Press – – October 9, 2011

end quote. Nuclear industry “20,0000 thyroid cancer cases in Chernobyl affected areas is no big deal, its an
easy cancer to treat, no worries, not many die from it. And with nuclear power, you can watch TV in hospital
as you enjoy breakfast after we have ripped your endocrine system to bits getting your thyroid. You’ll live.
The tablets you have for the rest of your life taste nice too.”

Go rip your tonsils out, IAEA.

Cesium Fallout Map Illustrates Kanto Levels
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Wed, 2011-10-05 00:11

by Mizuho Aoki – The Japan Times – October 1, 2011

The science ministry’s latest aerial monitoring over Chiba and Saitama prefectures in September confirmed that radioactive cesium released from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant has contaminated parts of the Kanto region.

A ministry report released Thursday revealed that contamination was found in northern Chiba, including the cities of Kashiwa, Matsudo and Abiko, and in the mountainous areas of Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture’s west and Misato in the prefecture’s east.

The highest contaminated areas contained between 60,000 to 100,000 becquerels of cesium-134 and -137 per square meter, it showed. Cesium-134 has a half-life of two years and the one for -137 is 30 years.

Radiation levels in the area were between 0.2 to 0.5 microsieverts per hour, the report said.

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Plutonium Traces Found in Iitate Soil
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Tue, 2011-10-04 23:58

The Japan Times – October 1, 2011

Plutonium has been detected at six locations in Fukushima Prefecture, including Iitate village around 45 km northwest of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which suffered three reactor meltdowns after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, science ministry officials said.

It is the first time the government has confirmed the spread of plutonium outside Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s stricken plant. The plutonium turned up in soil samples.

The detected amounts of plutonium were small and posed no danger to health, the officials said.

Plutonium has an extremely long half-life and is associated with a high risk of cancer if it enters the human body via breathing or other means.

“Because the fuels (in the reactors) melted down, plutonium may have been emitted with steam or other small particles and sent airborne,” a Tepco official said. “(Judging by the amount of plutonium) it is believed to be from the accident.”

The science ministry has also looked into radioactive strontium and detected the isotope at several dozen observation sites out of 100 it inspected, including a location about 80 km from the Fukushima plant.

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Map – Maximum Radiation Levels in Eastern Japan
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Wed, 2011-09-28 23:38

submitted by Stuart Leiderman – September 26, 2011

The radiation pattern suggested by the map at does not follow the simple radii circles; thus the map does not educate the public on controlling factors.

It would be better to have maps with iso-lines that account for topography, weather history, soil type, etc. Then, an agricultural defense might be envisioned. This requires a new national soil survey, including radiology, and land-use inventory.



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Japan Faces Costly, Unprecedented Radiation Cleanup
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Fri, 2011-08-26 00:08

by Yoko Kubota – Tokyo – Reuters – August 25, 2011

No consequence of concern says world nuclear industry. Bullshit.

Gov’t to Make Radioactive Material Concentration Map for Farmlands
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Thu, 2011-08-04 22:31

submitted by Janine Rees

The Mainichi Daily News – August 5, 2011

Fukushima Residents Dump Radiated Soil
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Fri, 2011-07-22 22:28 – July 6, 2011

They scoop up soil from their gardens and dump it in holes dug out in parks and nearby forests, scrub their roofs with soap and refuse to let their children play outside.

More than three months after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown at a nearby power plant, Fukushima residents are scrambling to cope with contamination on their own in the absence of a long-term plan from the government.

“Everything and everyone here is paralyzed and we feel left on our own, unsure whether it’s actually safe for us to stay in the city,” said Akiko Itoh, 42, with her four-year old son in her lap.

Even though this city of 300,000 lies outside of the 30-km (20 mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant, a recent survey showed radiation levels in several spots exceed 13 millisieverts per year, more than six times natural levels.

Fukushima Children to Receive Radiation Meters
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Wed, 2011-07-20 22:02 – June 28, 2011

TOKYO – Radiation meters will be distributed to about 34,000 children living in the largest city near the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to monitor their exposure levels, a city official said Tuesday.

The decision to hand out the meters comes amid growing concern over the safety of children as the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant drags on, posing potential long-term health risks.

Beef Contaminated With Cesium Sold at Market
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Wed, 2011-07-13 00:17 – July 13, 2011

Beef from cows from Fukushima Prefecture contaminated with radioactive cesium was sold to restaurants and shoppers in at least five prefectures, according to Tokyo metropolitan government officials.

The officials said July 11 that contaminated beef from six cows raised at a ranch in Minami-Soma was sold in Hokkaido, Chiba, Aichi, Tokushima and Kochi prefectures.

The rancher on July 10 admitted ignoring a prefectural order not to use potentially contaminated feed stored outdoors after explosions at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefectural officials said.

Wholesalers in Tokyo sold the beef to dealers in Tokyo as well as Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Osaka and Ehime prefectures before the meat reached those prefectures, the Tokyo officials said.

The revelations come after Tokyo officials discovered radioactive cesium at levels up to 3,200 becquerels per kilogram, or 6.4 times the national safety limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram, in meat from 11 cows from the same ranch earlier this month. However, beef from the cows did not make it to market.

The beef that did make it to market and consumers’ tables was from six cows shipped before the cesium contamination was discovered.

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Disasters – 45 Percent of Children in Fukushima Exposed to Thyroid Radiation
Submitted by Kathy Gilbeaux on Thu, 2011-07-07 22:44

submitted by Luis Kun

A survey revealed that 45 percent of children living near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been exposed to thyroid radiation; following the nuclear disaster and the revelation that radiation was leaking from reactor no. 1, researchers tested more than 1,000 children from newborns to age fifteen in the Fukushima Prefecture; children were found to have been exposed to 0.04 microsievert per hour or less in most cases.

The fingerprint of thyroid radiation exposure // Source:


No Immediate Danger

Radiophobia or Radiophillia, which is the crime?

Journalists given a tour of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on Tuesday, including a reporter from The Associated Press, saw crumpled trucks and equipment still lying on the ground. A power pylon that collapsed in the tsunami, cutting electricity to the plant’s vital cooling system and setting off the crisis, remained a mangled mess.

Officials said the worst is over but the plant remains vulnerable.

“I have to admit that it’s still rather fragile,” said plant chief Takeshi Takahashi, who took the job in December after his predecessor resigned due to health reasons. “Even though the plant has achieved what we call ‘cold shutdown conditions,’ it still causes problems that must be improved.”

The government announced in December that three melted reactors at the plant had basically stabilized and that radiation releases had dropped. It still will take decades to fully decommission the plant, and it must be kept stable until then.

The operators have installed multiple backup power supplies, a cooling system, and equipment to process massive amounts of contaminated water that leaked from the damaged reactors.
end quote

1. Evacuate 2. Stop the emissions 3. Decontaminate. 4 Return to safe areas.

Nuke industry cut price system:

1. Force people back. 2. Call them names if they complain 3. Commence dectonamination 4. Keep decontamination going because the plant keeps emitting 5. Make sure the people keep going about their business. Produce such a mess that air monitoring in the occupied areas is higher than what it is in the exclusion zone. Call it a success. Enforce the use of the principles of the cult of hormesis and burn the radioactive rubble in relatively clean areas.

children dosimeters
Children wjith dosimeters.

So what is the rate of pay for a 7 year old radiation worker?

“Thank you Mr. JGov”

When Hormesis rules supreme:
Fukushima parents dish the dirt in protest over radiation levels

Furious Fukushima parents dump school playground earth that may have radiation levels well above the old safety level

Jonathan Watts in Tokyo, Monday 2 May 2011 16.43 BST

Parents in Fukushima are angry over rule changes which mean that school children can be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Furious parents in Fukushima have delivered a bag of radioactive playground earth to education officials in protest at moves to weaken nuclear safety standards in schools.

Children can now be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible. The new regulations have prompted outcry. A senior adviser resigned and the prime minister, Naoto Kan, was criticised by politicians from his own party.

end quote. The same Mr Kan who currently portrays himself as anti-nuke. Question is, where does he stand, either pro or con, in relation to children?

One Response to “Children and Dosimeters”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Where is all this data?
    When will it be made public?

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