Masami Yoshizawa and his cattle of Fukushima

This post will take some time to complete.

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/life_and_death/AJ201205160001

Does anyone have information on Masami Yoshizawa and the symptoms and deaths of his cattle herd later than Jan 2012? At that time individual cattle had begun to die: “As of last October, in spite of his best efforts, cows on his farm were dying at an alarming rate. Diarrhea, runny noses and skin disease suggested compromised immune systems, whether caused by lack of nutrition, the spread of disease, or the effects of radiation. Yoshizawa blames it on what locals are calling the “Fukuichi Syndrome” (Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Syndrome). In a particularly disturbing entry from October 10th, he re-names the Ranch of Hope as “Ranch of Despair”. He describes his feelings of trepidation as he visits the barn each morning: “Yesterday, three died. Four, the day before yesterday. How many would be dead this morning? I don’t want to step foot into the barn.” Yoshizawa-san also echoes a sentiment that the former Prime Minister could certainly relate to, confessing, “I don’t want to acknowledge my own lack of power.” If this man could will his cows back to health, there is no doubt that he would. Because he cannot, he rails against the government, who have not intervened to help, but only to hinder. And the scientists that he hoped would investigate the effects of radiation on his cattle have not materialized….the potential subjects will die without being studied. ……” http://notesfromhadano.wordpress.com/

Masami Yoshizawa’s blog is here: http://fukushima-farmsanctuary.blogzine.jp/blog/2012/10/post_c35d.html

I relate this story, in my mind, to the situation of the Nevada cattle ranchers of the 1950s. At that time, cattle in Nevada showed the same symptoms as Masami Yoshizawa’s cattle. At that time, the US government was saying all was well while at the same time as they made secret reports saying the cattle were suffering from radioactive fallout. The story of these Japanese cattle and the story of Mr Yoshizama reminds me of the story of Martha Bordoli Laird and Joe Fallini Senior of Nevada. I will return to that story later.

On 10.10.12, Tsutomu Harigaya wrote the following post on his blog:

“The “Fukuichi” Syndrome caused by the Nuclear Power Plant Accident and the Government (posted 10/10/12)

Yesterday, three died.
Four, the day before yesterday.
How many would be dead this morning?
I don’t want to step foot into the barn.


(Photo #1: Looking at the dead faces that look as if they are still alive, I can only hope that they did not die in pain)

After finishing feeding the cattle in the morning, I am heading off to the Capital for the long weekend for an assignment. I’m not sure how many have died this morning. During the morning feeding, I tried to look only at the faces of the cows that came out to the feeding box to eat. There are rooms where you cannot see all of the faces.

Recently, I don’t feel anything even when I see a corpse, says Father Yoshizawa. In honesty, I too no longer feel. Days just go by as we reconfirm the reality.

It may be that it’s not that I don’t want to see any more dead animals, but perhaps it’s that I don’t want to acknowledge my own lack of power.

Water-like diarrhea, runny nose, skin disease – even a non-professional will know that the immune system is down.

Whether the reason is for lack of nutrition, or a spreadable disease, or due to radioactive exposure, we do not know. However, there probably isn’t this much daily death in areas other than the exclusion zone.

This devastating, hopeless situation is being called the “Fukuichi” syndrome. The founders are TEPCO and the Government.

(Photo #2: The other side of “Zetsubo” no Bokujyou (Farm of Despair) There were more than 100 lives sacrificed by the Fukuichi Syndrome since last year)

Until now, we have strongly requested for the Government to rescue the disaster animals, and for the Government to take responsibility to investigate the effects and influences caused by the nuclear power plant accident.

However, the Government has forced such responsibility on the farmers themselves, and is thinking of nothing but to slaughter the entire population of contaminated cows.

We need to make an issue of the Government’s medical neglect of the contaminated cattle before the evidences are destroyed.

Spreading around the radioactive contamination, and setting unjust restriction upon the exclusion zone, this country is surely at fault.

The time to switch the battle ground is soon to come.

Tsutomu Harigaya 10/07/2012″ http://fukushima-farmsanctuary.blogzine.jp/blog/2012/10/post_c35d.html

Earlier, on 13.9.2012 the blog reported the following post: “Spots are beginning to appear on the body hair of the cows.


“I’ve never seen such a condition” says Yoshizawa.

Out of the approximately 380 or so heads of cattle presently at the Kibou no Bokujyou, approximately 10 cows are seen with this condition.

What on earth is this?

A year and half since the nuclear accident, for the cows that have been feeding on the pasture grass of Namie and drinking underground water, we have not seen anything that can be conclusive evidence of contamination.

Yet, we are pressing for detailed examination of these spots which we have never seen before.

We are strongly, very strongly requesting for the Government’s aggressive examination and investigation of the contaminated cows.

Our farm is located 14 km distance from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
(Click to view larger map)

At the present time, the air dosage 1 meter above ground level measures 3 – 5 Micro Sievert according to the “24H Radiation Measurement System.”

http://www.sunrise-japan.com/graph/fukushima/farmsanctuary1.php

※YKさま、翻訳ありがとうございます! Thank you Ms. YK for translating!” Source: fukushima-farmsanctuary.blogzine.jp/blog/2012/09/post_1af1.html

The photographs in the blog post show what I believe to be beta skin burn suffered by Mr Yoshizawa’s cattle. This condition is also known as Local Radiation Injury and has been fully described by the US AEC in the 1950s in relation to cattle in Nevada during the 1950s. The condition is also fully described by various IAEA publications, and by the USA military in relation to service personnel afflicted by the condition during the nuclear test program named Operation Sandstone.

The Nevada, US, injury and death of cattle and sheep due to radioactive fallout in the 1950s was documented by the AEC. These historic documents are catalogued and available at the Department of Energy online archive as follows:

Prior record of lesions to skin in fallout areas, US AEC documents maintained by Executive Order by
US DOE:

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Usual nuclear authority mode of response: deny diagnosis of LRI Beta Burn for 3 decades or more. Then ignore actual cause and call it “psorasis”. Where victims win court cases based upon actual medical evidence,
suppress the court case from the public record. This is the lesson of Australian history.

See Fukushima Diary and early posts here for a discussion of possible Beta Burns suffered by people in Japan.

Human beta burn Cutaneous Radiation Injury (CRI) http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/criphysicianfactsheet.asp

Direct links to the 1950s AEC documents relating to fallout harms inflicted upon Nevada livestock and details of the radiogenic signs and symptoms include:

https://www.osti.gov/opennet/servlets/purl/16378312-TpXw8S/16378312.pdf
University of Tennessee to AEC Field Office, cattle samples including fetal material, 1954.

https://www.osti.gov/opennet/servlets/purl/16359104-4VBglG/16359104.pdf SESSION III: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RADIONUCLIDE CONTAMINATION IN RUMINANTS
Author(s): BUSTAD, L. K. (BATTELLE NORTHWEST LABORATORY) ; MCCLELLAN, R. O. (BATTELLE NORTHWEST LABORATORY) ; GARNER, R. J. (UNITED KINGDOM ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY)
Document Location: Location – NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address – P.O. Box 98521 City – Las Vegas State – NV Zip – 89193-8521 Phone – (702)794-5106 Fax – (702)794-5107 Email – CIC@NV.DOE.GOV

https://www.osti.gov/opennet/servlets/purl/16378315-pBoBJJ/16378315.pdf LETTER TO J B SANDERS, SUBJECT: REPORT ON THE STEWART BROTHERS CATTLE ( ENCL: ROUTING SLIP TO SANDERS, SUBJECT: STEWART BROTHERS CATTLE )
Author(s): TRUM (UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE)
Subject Terms: UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE OPERATION; LIVESTOCK; CATTLE; BOVINES
Document Location: Location – NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address – P.O. Box 98521 City – Las Vegas State – NV Zip – 89193-8521 Phone – (702)794-5106 Fax – (702)794-5107 Email – CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type: CORRESPONDENCE, LETTERS, MEMOS
Document Type Other: ROUTING SLIP
Publication Date: 1954 Dec 30

https://www.osti.gov/opennet/servlets/purl/16378316-ks253C/16378316.pdf
ETTER, SUBJECT: REPORT REGARDING THE CATTLE BELONGING TO THE STEWART BROTHERS OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Author(s): TRUM, B. F. (UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE)
Subject Terms: UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE OPERATION; LIVESTOCK; ANIMALS; CATTLE
Document Location: Location – NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address – P.O. Box 98521 City – Las Vegas State – NV Zip – 89193-8521 Phone – (702)794-5106 Fax – (702)794-5107 Email – CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type: CORRESPONDENCE, LETTERS, MEMOS
Publication Date: 1954 Dec 30

https://www.osti.gov/opennet/servlets/purl/16378259-B9aJf2/16378259.pdf
LETTER TO C A BRESNAHAN, SUBJECT: ACKNOWLEDGE LETTER OF DECEMBER 18 RE THE EFFECT OF RADIOACTIVE FALL-OUT MATERIAL ON LIVESTOCK
Author(s): PEARSON, P. B. (AEC-DIVISION OF BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE)
Subject Terms: UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE OPERATION; ANIMALS; LIVESTOCK; FALLOUT; RADIOACTIVITY; EFFECTS; DOMESTIC ANIMALS; BETA PARTICLES; INJURIES; CATTLE; HORSES; NEVADA TEST SITE (NTS) OPERATIONS
Document Location: Location – NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address – P.O. Box 98521 City – Las Vegas State – NV Zip – 89193-8521 Phone – (702)794-5106 Fax – (702)794-5107 Email – CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type: CORRESPONDENCE, LETTERS, MEMOS
Publication Date: 1953 Dec 28

“By 1953, sheep in Iron County showed clear symptoms of radiation poisoning. Animals had burns on their face from eating radioactive grass. Birth rates dropped as animals miscarried at an increasing rate. Many of the young were born so deformed or sick that they did not live long past birth.

The Commission investigated the livestock deaths and deformities, but it falsified the reports so that no one knew that Iron County was slowly being poisoned by radioactive fallout. It was not until a Congressional investigation uncovered the massive fraud of the Commission in 1979 that the real picture began to come to light. By then it was too late for many families in the area.” From 1950s Testing in Nevada and “Downwinders” http://ilovehistory.utah.gov/time/stories/downwinders.html

See also Cronkite, E.P., “MEMO, SUBJECT: BIOPSIES OF SKIN”, Unclassified,
CASTLE OPERATION; BRAVO EVENT; BETA LESIONS; BETA BURNS;
SKIN BIOPSIES; MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE, DOE/NV Nuclear Testing
Archive, P.O. Box 98521, City: Las Vegas, State: NV, Zip: 89193-8521,
Phone:(702)295-0712, Fax:(702)295-1808, Email:cic@nv.doe.gov,
Department of Energy Opennet Accession Number: NV0407568.4

“SHEEP LOSSES IN UTAH – AUTOPSY CORRESPONDENCE”
(PEARSON, TERRILL, SPENDLOVE, HOLMES, BROWER )
EXPERIMENTALLY INDUCED BETA BURNS
Document Location: DOE/NV Nuclear Testing Archive, P.O. Box 98521, City:
La Vegas, State: NV, Zip: 89193-8521, Phone:(702)295-0712,
Fax:(702)295-1808, Email:cic@nv.doe.gov Publication Date: 1953 Nov 09
Declassification Status: Never Document Pages: 0145
Accession Number: NV0020588 Originating Research Org.: UTAHDEPARTMENT
OF HEALTH.

“AEC MEMO FOR INFORMATION – REPORT ON SHEEP LOSSES
ADJACENT TO THE NEVADA PROVING GROUNDS”
Author(s): PEARSON, P.B. (* AEC-DIVISION OF BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE)
Subject Terms: SHEEP; BETA LESIONS; IODINE 131; UPSHOT
OPERATION; STRONTIUM 90; YTTRIUM 90; INJURIES; THYROID;
RADIATION DOSES; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; UPSHOTKNOTHOLE
OPERATION Document Location: DOE/NV Nuclear Testing Archive, P.O.
Box 98521, City: LasVegas, State: NV, Zip: 89193-8521, Phone:(702)295-
0712 Fax:(702)295-1808, Email:cic@nv.doe.gov Publication Date: 1953 Dec
16Accession Number: NV0121804;

“LETTER TO C A BRESNAHAN, SUBJECT: ACKNOWLEDGE
LETTER OF DECEMBER 18 RE THE EFFECT OF RADIOACTIVE
FALL-OUT MATERIAL ON LIVESTOCK.” Dec 1953 [10]
Author(s): PEARSON, P. B. (AEC-DIVISION OF BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE)
Subject Terms: UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE OPERATION; ANIMALS; LIVESTOCK;
FALLOUT; RADIOACTIVITY; EFFECTS; DOMESTIC ANIMALS; BETA
PARTICLES; INJURIES; CATTLE; HORSES; NEVADA TEST SITE (NTS)
OPERATIONS
Document Location: DOE/NV Nuclear Testing Archive, P.O. Box 98521, City:
Las Vegas, State: NV, Zip: 89193-8521, Phone:(702)295-0712,
Fax:(702)295-1808, Email:cic@nv.doe.gov
Document Type: CORRESPONDENCE, LETTERS, MEMOS
Publication Date: 1953 Dec 28 Declassification Status: Never
Accession Number: NV0404939, Pearson states: “It is of course, a matter of
record that in some tests by the Commission there has been sufficient fallout
to produce beta radiation lesions on cattle and horses.”

“LETTER TO J C BUGHER: MEETING ABOUT LIVESTOCK
LOSSES AROUND NPG (SHEEP, CATTLE, HORSES)” ( 25948 )
Author(s): PEARSON, P.B. Subject Terms: DOMESTIC ANIMALS;
INJURIES; HORSES; CATTLE; LESIONS; BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS;
SAMPLING; SHEEP; BETA LESIONS; RADIATION DOSES; RANCHERS;
IODINE 131; RADIATION EFFECTS; ANIMALS; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS
Document Location: DOE/NV Nuclear Testing Archive, P.O. Box 98521, City:
Las Vegas, State: NV, Zip: 89193-8521, Phone:(702)295-0712,
Fax:(702)295-1808, Email:cic@nv.doe.gov
Document Type: CORRESPONDENCE, LETTERS, MEMOS
Publication Date: 1953 Jun 21 Declassification Status: Never
Accession Number: NV0001290
Originating Research Org.: ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION-DIVISION OF
BIOLOGY AND Medicine]

85th Congress 1st Session JOINT COMMITTEE JOINT COMMITTEE
ON ATOMIC ENERGY SUMMARY-ANALYSIS OF HEARINGS MAY 27-29,
AND JUNE 3-’7,1957 ON THE NATURE OF RADIOACTIVE FALLOUT AND
ITS EFFECTS ON MAN AUGUST 1957, Printed for the use of the Joint
Committee on Atomic Energy UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING
OFFICE 8.57190 WASHINGTON : 1957, P935 STATEMENT OP DE.
EUGENE P.CEONKITE, BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY]

Testimony of
Nevada witnesses to the 1953 and other events in the US was reported by the
American Press. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,24 April 1979, in an article
entitled “Nuclear Test Victim Testifies”, reported: “A woman (Martha B. Laird)
whose ranch was in the path of fallout from nuclear tests in the 1950s stood
before a Joint Congressional Committee yesterday and charged that she and
her family “were forgotten guinea pigs.” The paper continues: “A series of
Hearings, co-chaired by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rep. Bob
Eckhardt, D-Texas, is being conducted to determine if there is a link between
the atomic tests and an increase in cancer related deaths in southern Utah
and Nevada. The Committee met in Salt Lake City last week.” “Rep James
Santini, D-Nev, a member of the committee that called for the investigation
earlier this year, said 87 above ground blasts were exploded during the
1950s, possibly endangering 170,000 persons within a 300 mile radius.” “We
would see the big flash, get the concussion and a little while later the clouds
came over” she (Mrs Laird) said. “One time my sister got burns on her eyes.
During this time our cows got white spots on them and got cancer eyes. At
school children broke out with rashes from the radiation.”

See this link also:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1928&dat=19820914&id=YF0gAAAAIBAJ&sjid=e2QFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1266,2524179

Human beta burns:

http://betaburns.wordpress.com/

The big question is : Will nuclear authorities permit anyone who is suitably qualified to make an honest and accurate diagnosis of these cattle? Judging by the experience of Mr Yoshizawa, no. Nuclear authorities will not permit or undertaken any such diagnosis of the afflicted animals.

I conclude the situation regarding the cattle farm which is the residence of Mr Masami Yoshizawa is in a radiologic situation which has strong parallels to the Warm Springs, Nevada, farm occupied by Martha Bordoli Laird and the Dry Springs, Nevada, farm occupied by Joe Fallini Snr in the 1953. Laird, Fallini and Yoshizawa have all witnessed similar radiogenic harms to cattle.

I further conclude that nuclear industry has learnt from the discovery of fraudulent denials by the AEC in the 1950s in this matter. The Japanese authorities show no interest at all in examining the afflicted livestock. The documents which do exist in Japan in this matter will probably take a very long time to discover. In this legal sense. Mr Yoshizawa has been left alone by the Japanese authorities and other nuclear authorities. Apart from a brief period during which they sought to censor his blog activity on the internet. This attempt appears to have been thwarted by the Japanese free press.

“Fukushima Now”, “Dateline”, SBS TV Australia 5 March 2013 – Spot the Beta Burns

http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/about/id/601630/n/Fukushima-Now

Cattle as the “Miners’ Canary” , Where a fallout hazard exists, it may be evidenced by creatures in the open as external skin dose sign, indicating an inhalation, ingestion, wound ingress hazard. This was certainly the case in Navada and Utah in the 1950s, where cattle showed the same signs as the cattle filmed by SBS in the Dateline Fukushima program screened 5 March 2013. It is reprehensible that the Japanese nuclear authorities are so not concerned that the farmers have not been informed of the condition nor treatment and mitigation measures described.

The indications are that signs such as skin rashes, bleeding, flu like symptoms and sore eyes may follow in the human population, as also happened in Nevada and Utah school children down wind of Mercury Test Site in the 1950s, USA. See US Armed Forces Special Weapons Project extract at end of images.

The stills show a condition which was not strange to Australian farmers in Australia in the 1950s. Tex Condon of Broken Hill has told me, long before Fukushima happened, that after the fallout came repeatedly across from the West, he would go out with his father, who had to shoot sheep, in some numbers, periodically, after the damage had caused mouth, lip, tongue,and cancers in the stock. It had not happened substantially before the fallout, but it did, said Tex, sure happen after the fallout. The stock that are stuck outside and in the weather accumulate fallout on their skin, the canaries in the coal mine as a warning to the world, and the nukers just go quiet. Took decades for the US farmers to get an admission of these truths from their government. At least they one. We, and the Japanese are still waiting.

From the above document, available for download at http://www.hss.energy.gov/healthsafety/ihs/marshall/collection/data/ihp1d/18899e.pdf

(Pdf page – the page number given by Adobe acrobat, not the page number printed on the document)

Quote:
pdf page 94, “It has long been a moot question whether in an intense
fall-out field the beta burn problem qould be the factor limiting the
period of exposure of personnel. CASTLE (Castle Bravo nuclear test program) provided an unexcelled oppartunity to observe such a situation.

Personnel receiving whole body gama doses of about 200 roentgens suffered no burns under the clothing except where the radioactive
material was carried by perspiration or body motion under a collar or cuff. Over unclothed areas of skin, however, burns were sufficiently severe to reduce the efficiency of personnel more than would be predicted from the exposure to the concomitment
gamma component. Thus, from CASTLE data has come the fairly defensible
statement that for well clothed personnel gamma measurements alone will suffice to determine effects to be expected and the permissible time of
period of exposure within, such an area.
(paul’s note: so long as the victims hold their breath, or are prepared for decades of legal fights with government as authorities deny the troops were treated as prototype Fukkushima residents. Like participants in the stilling failing attempt by nukers to “normalize” nuclear pollution as if it were exhaust from a Honda 50)

The Beta Hazard. The term “beta burn” as used here is damage to the skin by ionizing radiation. The radiations primarily effective for this phenomenon are beta particles and low energy gamma rays. !Thus, the term “beta burn”, as generally used Is a misnomer to the extent of the contribution by the low energy gamma or x-rays.

Skin burns occur when the quantity of rsdiatlon absorbed by the
living layers of skin exceeds a certain critical level. The flux of
radiation necessary to cause a given degree of skin damge depends upon
the energy and kind of radiation arriving In the critical area. The
thickness of the outer protective layer of dead tissues, plus the
atteuating effect of clothing, determines the radiation dose delivered
to the living tissues. ……

pp 95 The iweatlgators found that 2000 roentgen equivalent physical
(rep) is the minimum beta dose which Kill cause visible reddening of the ekln.

pp 96 8000 rep will cause blistering of the skin and temporary loss of hair.

Healing of ionizing radiation burns will be somewhat slower than from
thermal burns, but will probably be complete with no undue increase in
numbers of secondary Infections.

12,000 to 14,000 rep will cause deep
blistering followed by permanent scarring.

Until further work is reported, it appears that a value of 2000 rep should be considered the threshold dose for skin burns; ……..
end quote. So it goes on. The CDC describes beta burn as Local Radiation Injury (Skin Dose) and describes in greater detail the cyclic nature of the resultant permanent disease which sees old wounds reopened. The Marshall Islanders who suffered beta burn due to Sr89 at tolerance level were accepted by the USA as suffering a far greater skin cancer hazard than people who were not subject to the tender mercies of nuclear expertise. And in fact the grave yards of the Marshall Islands and the cause of death as held by authorities bear this out, though the relatives of the victims don’t need American proof after decades of initial denial and the false optimism reported in the 1950s that the people did not need plastic surgery so things were not that bad. Wrong.

Same tricks today issued from the same magicians.

The injury to Fukushima cattle has previously been reported from Japanese bloggers and reports : https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/skin-lesions-livestock-a-few-kms-from-fukushima-diiachi/


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