14 November 2011 “Tokyo schools check for Fukushima fallout”


TONY EASTLEY: With nuclear fallout fears from the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns spreading, local councils in Tokyo have begun checking schools and parks for radioactive contamination.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has also announced spot checks of fresh and processed foods.

The ABC’s North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy went along to one school in his Tokyo neighbourhood to report on the search for radioactive hot spots.

(Sound of Japanese children playing)

MARK WILLACY: In the playground of the Meguro Honcho Nursery School it’s a celebration of dirt. The kids roll in it, scoop it into buckets – one even samples a mouthful of it.

But there are fears something could be lurking in the dirt here and that’s radioactive caesium spewed out by the oozing Fukushima reactors.

As the kids play, a few metres away in a corner of the yard the principal Michiko Ikeda is hovering over a Geiger counter and writing down readings.

(Michiko Ikeda speaking Japanese)

“There is no solution here,” says principal Ikeda. “We cannot say this is absolutely safe. Parents are worried about radiation, our staff too. By taking these radiation measurements, we want to show that we care for the children,” she says.

Hovering over principal Ikeda as she wields her Geiger counter is Hiroshi Sato, from the local Meguro council.

(Hiroshi Sato speaking Japanese)

“Recently it because clear that radiation came further south than we thought, all the way to Tokyo,” he tells me. “So we are now checking dozens of schools in the Meguro area,” he says.

(Sound of Japanese protesters)

“Women, protect our children” chant these protesters and the vast majority of these demonstrators are women. Surrounded by police they march through Tokyo, right past the headquarters of TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant.

These demonstrations are becoming more common in Tokyo as is the sight of people wielding Geiger counters.

Back at the Meguro Honcho Nursery School the playground has been given the all clear but principal Michiko Ikeda says the search for radioactive hot spots will go on.

(Michiko Ikeda speaking Japanese)

“I still worry when it rains,” she tells me. “I worry about it a lot. After it rains we wash all the outside equipment and toys and we clean out the drains to reduce the radiation level,” she says.

(Sound of Japanese children playing)

But here in the playground the kids are oblivious to all this – all they want to do is to continue to delight in the dirt.

This is Mark Willacy at the Meguro Honcho Nursery School in Tokyo for AM. Australian Broadcasting Commission.

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Last year I exchanged emails from an independent radiation decontamination expert located in New Mexico, USA.

This person was of the view that what was happening in Japan at that time amounted to an experiment upon the people of Japan. He was also of the view that the ratios of Iodine to Cesium emitted by the Fukushima reactors made no sense in terms of the MAC codes which he helped author.

This person considered that the primary hazard in Japan lay in the contamination of the food supply, that Japan would certainly have to “dump a lot of rice”. ie that farming would be severely affected. He asked me to pass on questions he had, which he could not find the answers to. This did not make sense to him. He was quite concerned that the MAC codes might be wrong. In the US evacuation procedures are based, apparently upon the predictions enabled by these codes.

The issue for me is that I do not know who to trust, beyond those links I have which evolved over years. Do I trust the New Mexico guy? I had no idea.

I passed his questions to a reactor guy I know at Oak Ridge. I passed them to a person in Japan.


Is Pam Sykes right, that is, that people such as Mark Willacy and the ABC are scaremongering radiophobes who suffer from a “Meltdown in Reason” from fear of radiation which really like a vitamin? That Japan is right in leaving little kids in Tokyo to play in radioactive dirt?

Seeing as Mark Willacy has been in Japan for many months, and seeing as he has clambered over radioactive rubble, toured and reported from many hot spots in the reactor contaminated areas in Japan, and spent lots of time with people living as nuclear refugees while Pam Sykes has stayed away from Japan and the reality in Japan,
I do not think so.

I do not believe Pam Sykes nor the US Department of Energy which in part funds her. If anyone took her at her word and marketed radio cesium as a vitamin, that person would be arrested.

Pam would say that I am misrepresenting what she says. That she is talking about radiation, not cesium. But seeing as cesium or strontium or any of the 200 plus radio chemicals any reactor creates, is the vector by which the radiation is delivered to the body of the individual, I ask this:

How is a person living in an area made radioactive by the presence of nuclear reactor fallout containing cesium, strontium, and the rest, to know the difference?

And does it really matter? To say radiation in that situation is “like a vitamin” is to completely ignore the reality of what people in hot zones have to live with day in day for years.

Here is what Pam says: ““We need radiation in our environment, just as we need vitamins and minerals. Too much is a problem, too little is a problem,” she said.” Soure: Radiation response a meltdown in reason
Posted on: July 14th, 2011 by Marketing and Communications, Finders University, Adelaide South Australia.

Pam also says : “..radiation is not the poison, the dose is,” Professor Sykes said.” Ibid.

Dose is a unit of measure, not a substance to be classed as “poison”. The vector of the radiation dose, the fission and fuel radio-chemicals are the poisons. If a substance is classed as a poison it has a tolerance level. A chemical poison might be taken daily for decades without ill effect, depending upon dose.

The limit known as the Allowable Lifetime Dose, shows that risk from radiation dose not present in a manner similar to that of physical poisons.

Children in parts of Japan have, as a result of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, recieved the maximum Allowable Thyroid Dose, due to radio Iodine uptake.

One of the substances the New Mexico decontamination guy was concerned about. The same substance Pam considers to be like a vitamin. Because she says, radiation is like a vitamin.

The implication of Sykes is this: Due to Fukushima, if you are in the right dose zone, you will, Sykes implies, be better off. What is the exact street address of that dose zone Pam?

What about if you are a little out though? And what is the exact diet and outdoor exposure time required to achieve your mythical beneficial effect?

How much cesium 137 should be in bread Pam? How much strontium in milk? How many slices of the bread and how many litres of the milk would be just right to eat? Too few, dangerous according to Pam. Too many, dangerous.

And so it was that in 2011 Japanese “experts” told the Japanese people that eating plutonium was perfectly safe.

Are you thinking of opening a radon health spar at the plutonium contaminated areas of Maralinga nuclear test site?

No? why not? Doesn’t hormesis work after all in the real world where real people live?

When Pam was asked why it was that Australian nuclear veterans suffered a 23 % increased of cancer, rather than a decreased risk, based on her theories, she explained that the bomb radiation was not low dose.

This in fact flies in the face of the position of the Australian Government, which considers the bomb exposure suffered to be low dose at the current time.

Pam has previously written to me and explained that her claimed beneficial radiation response depends upon two factors, not just one. The radiation must be 1. Low dose and 2. Low LET radiation.

Alpha is not low LET and many forms of Beta have energies in the MeV range. ie it is not as high in linear energy transfer as alpha, but some radio chemicals emit beta with energies in the higher LET range. Such as Strontium 89.

Advocates of Adaptive response claim in public that dose alone is the consideration. The specifications for their experiments though call for both low dose and low LET radiation.

It is in part the LET value which presents the precise force of insult to the cell components. And this damage occurs independent of dose. Dose merely determines the number of insults per unit time.

In the real world, where there is no DEO paid technician to adjust the X ray machine, but rather random scatterings of radio chemical flecks in air, ground, water and food, it is impossible to control the LET specification of the exposure. Is it Alpha, Beta, Gamma? Is it internal or external.

In Pam’s lab, she only uses external X of vanishingly low LET.

She then applies her specific result to the wrong species (Japanese people are not genetically modified mice) and to radiation emissions which do not meet the specifications demanded by her experiments.

None of the alpha emitters are low lET. Some of the beta emitters are high LET. As beta LET is variable, one of the assumptions underpinning the Sievert unit may well be incorrect.

The major hazard of remaining indoors to shelter from contaminated soil outside is the build up radon which occurs in a sealed building.

Evacuate Fukushima.

I eagerly await the demand from nuclear industry that I publish my proofs.

I have already done so.

The Goldilocks formula of radiological safety is woeful in the real world as it exists in the Fukushima hot zones. There, the various vectors of dose delivery deliver various forms of radio emitters of varying LET. The dose/LET quanta do not reflect in any manner the conditions of Pam Syke’s US Department of Energy Designed GM mice experiments.

Of the thousands of cellular level outcomes resulting from radiation exposure, an instance of enhanced cellular repair and enhanced transformed cell killing cannot be excluded.

But cell transformation is dependent in the first instance upon an insult to a cell.

Pam’s dog chases it’s tail a lot.

There is another factor in dose response. It is ignored in the Sykes experiments. Cellular outcomes which result from cellular insult depend also upon the oxygen tension within the cell. This is confirmed by Alexander 1957 and by Hersey 1945.

Hiroshima doctors noted that people who had been resting when the Hiroshima bomb went off were less likely to die than people who suffered the same exposures (same distance from hypocentre with same shielding values) than those who had been hard at work at the time.

People don’t lounge around in mouse cages all day Pam. But your mice don’t dig trenches, fix cars, scrub the floor or cook dinner.

Variations in cellular oxygen tension a variable which is utterly ignored by the Adelaide US Department of Energy low dose low LET external radiation experiments with genetically modified mice which purport to show that radiation exposures experienced by humans from the emissions of radio-chemicals by nuclear industry in any circumstance are universally beneficial. They don’t show this at all. They show what happens to lazy special mice when given specific LET/dose/dose rate specified external photon ionizing radiation exposures.

So, next time some idiot from a Japanese university demands that people believe him when he says Plutonium is safe to eat don’t believe them. In their view there are three options. Too much, too little, just right. Over what time span? A day, week, a lifetime?

The model discounts entirely the Allowable Life time dose. People in Japan do not know which reactor site will do a Fukushima routine next. They do not know what their dose tomorrow, next year, next decade will be.

So how do they know which bowl of hormesis porridge they have in front of them? It is an important question, for the Japanese government demands that they eat it. Whatever, even the hormesis model at is most optimistic presents two bad outcomes and one good one. 2 to 1 against.

Pretending that the daily dose alone is the sole criterion for radiological protection is a complete fudge.

Over what time period is the allegedly universally beneficial dose beneficial,if at all? A day, a week, a decade or a life time? How does Pam propose to limit all industry radiological pollution to low LET?

She doesn’t. Her public descriptions are divergent from the tight specifications actually applied to the mouse experiments.

Even if her experiments are applicable to humans, and even she is able to induce benefit, how is the average child rolling around in the fission laced lace playground dirt of Fukushima Prefecture and Tokyo and Iitate and other places, to gain any benefit when the stuff in their lungs and stomaches deviates from defined specifications the US DEO prescribes? Who is there to check?

The ABC and Mark Willacy? Pam has stayed away.

I am in this very strange position of having a decontamination expert trying to find answers I to Cs ratio weirdness who concludes that the truth of what is happening to the people of Japan “will probably never be known”, and have Pam, at my local hospital tell me that people who worry about such stuff are “radiophobes in the midst of a meltdown in reason”.

In this instance, I’ll fly with the guy from New Mexico. Pam wouldn’t know what the MAC codes are. Her field is genetics. That’s all.


Effectively, the Fukushima reactors no longer have specified, fully functioning containments. Radionuclide emissions continue.


State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence Analyses (SOARCA)

Regardless of predictions, the act of refusing access to blood and urine tests to people in Japan in relation to the Disaster is not acceptable. To say the least.

The specifications of the allegedly beneficial exposure:



Fukushima kids cop ‘lifetime’ radiation dose
By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy

Updated July 12, 2012 14:42:02

A Japanese study has found some children who live near the Fukushima nuclear plant have received “lifetime” doses of radiation to their thyroid glands.

A team from Japan’s Institute of Radiological Sciences used government data to measure the internal radiation exposure of more than 1,000 Fukushima children.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant emitted radiation after being crippled by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Despite the government announcing more than half of the children had zero exposure, the independent study found that on average they did receive thyroid gland doses of internal radiation.

Several children were judged to have received an equivalent lifetime dose to the thyroid.

But the government says it does not plan to notify the parents out of fear of creating anxiety.

First posted July 12, 2012 14:28:58

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I am confused Pam. Where is the beneficial dose when the Allowable Lifetime Dose is reached? Any exposure, from any source adds to it. Will any deliberate administration of low dose/low dose rate/low LET external x to any of these children lower their Accumulated Dose?

How come Terry, the nuclear veteran person I know, is not allowed by his doctor to undergo any diagnostic x rays? It’s because Pam Terry Allowable Lifetime Dose has been exceeded. His doctor shops around for cheap MIR scans for him when he needs one.

Beneficial X rays treatments purely to impart the nuclear promoters’ theoretical hormesis benefit to people are not an approved medical treatment in any medical schedule anywhere. The value of them is undemonstrated and not accepted by medical authority anywhere in the world.

The idea of taking Fukushima children who have reached their lifetime allowable thyroid exposure and subjecting them to more deliberate exposure is a quack suggestion. The observation that such children exist in Japan is not the result of a “meltdown in reason”. It is accurate journalism. People have a right to know with out calling from the cheap seats in the nuclear lobby.

These children should have obviously been evacuated in March 2011, and they should have been kept evacuated past September 2011, when the government forced them back.

One Response to “14 November 2011 “Tokyo schools check for Fukushima fallout””

  1. CaptD Says:

    The bottom line is that the Japanese Gov’t. will do anything to PUSH nuclear upon its people and that includes exposing its citizens to radiation that is not far below what was once thought of as “Safe” levels; seeking instead to raise “natural” levels by burning radioactive tainted debris and or spreading the Fukushima radiation around the Country…

    Water discharge is but one way radioactivity and or heat “leaks” from reactors and the entire Industry knows it, why do you think the “smoke stacks” are so tall?

    With todays technology we should be informed (with actual data, not just “below threshold” B$ language) about any and all radioactivity or heat that escapes from reactors or their complexes…

    The only safe source of information about radiation is that which you get from personal Geiger counters, you might consider using something like an iRad http://is.gd/WmFEep and begin to form your own Rad network to monitor VT Yankee yourself with them!

    BTW: Here is a great article about how the industry keep things “quiet” in Japan, a practice I expect to see ever more of here in the USA… http://www.japansubculture.com/?p=5397


    Even Nuclear WASTE is a expensive and dangerous problem, that has not been figured out yet by the very Industry that PUSHES Nuclear upon us:

    Nuclear waste issues that makes people mad: Nuclear waste dumped at “SEA” Ocean disposal of radioactive waste: Status report: http://is.gd/tiugbX Maybe all that is now just part of “natural” Background readings! –> N☢T
    Much more on the radioactive Ocean pollution problems in the comments here: Gundersen in Japan: Lawmakers told me they don’t believe Tepco or NISA — Crowd laughs out loud when Tepco responds to Unit 4 comments (VIDEO) http://enenews.com/?p=38550

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