9 Mar 2015
It was a beautiful Spring day, much like this when the earthquake hit.
No-one had anticipated the size of the wave which would hit the coast.
Then the reactors started to fail.
March 11th marks the 4-year anniversary of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
But despite the devastating nature of the radioactive caesium, strontium and tritium which were unleashed on the environment, and which continue to be pumped into the sea, and despite clear evidence of a huge increase in thyroid problems and early cancers in children, the political PR machine continues to pump out misinformation to disguise the extent of the problem.
They’ve even got a promotional campaign to buy fruit and vegetables from Fukushima because “they’re so good for you”: if you’re interested, do a quick search on Google and you’ll find hundreds of videos of people who have taken radiation readings in these healthy farming areas showing readings which are way above what we consider safe.
So what did the government do? They changed the safety limits – that’s right, they moved the goalposts so they could claim there wasn’t a problem any more.
While the World Health Organisation and other UN agencies praised the Japanese authorities for ordering the swift evacuation of neighbourhoods close to Fukushima Daiichi, their decision soon after to raise the allowable annual radiation exposure limit from one to 20 millisieverts [mSv] put children in danger, said Dr Paul Dorfman of the Energy Institute at University College, London.
The truth is that the Fukushima disaster was many times worse than Chernobyl and it will have major repercussions for many generations to come. You don’t see a lot of the effects immediately of course because cancer usually takes years to develop. But it’s coming.
And not just in Japan of course: they’re pumping this stuff into the sea and we’re all exposed to some extent. There was even an interview with some Japanese marine biologists a while ago and they were very sheepish about it, but they all said that despite their love of sushi, most had stopped eating fish and none of them would ever eat tuna again or allow their families to. Small, rapidly-growing fish which eat plankton are the least dangerous, but the radiation is concentrated in those fish which eat other fish and tuna are about 4 steps up the food chain… it practically glows in the dark.
I can’t do much. I’m not a scientist or a politician and I don’t have any way to prove to you that any of this is true. And for every expert who expresses concerns, the Japanese government conjure up a dozen more to refute the claims and silence their critics. It has even been made a stigma in Japan to talk about it and you’re viewed as a conspiracy nut if you suggest there might be a problem (check out Strawberries, a story about a Japanese housewife and her attempts to protect her children from the Fukushima radiation): to me, that’s a clear sign of indoctrination, when debate about a life-threatening problem is suppressed and ridiculed and driven underground.
So I can’t do much. But if all I can do is to encourage you to think about it and to understand that the radioactive strontium being pumped into the sea has a half-life of 30 years, and that once it’s in your body you will never be rid of it… well that’s a start.
So it’s not much, but I wrote a short instrumental piece and I put together a few images: if nothing else, I hope it makes you think.
The video is available in 11 languages and I am grateful to the following people for their help with the translations:
• English (Myles): http://youtu.be/Qyg1lxKaJHQ
• Deutsch (Coralita Arnold): http://youtu.be/bV6kgaSv9Qk
• Español (Alicia Rojo Santos): http://youtu.be/fW84Ko8LAi4
• Français (Géraldine Viaud): http://youtu.be/z-I-YAG11Zw
• Italiano (Michaela Spinelli): http://youtu.be/5VC7IUDP14Q
• Português (Julia Lombardi): http://youtu.be/NMOswacivPg
• Pу́сский язы́к (Sophya Abramchuk): http://youtu.be/6gUSk4avs2A
• Türkçe (Cenk Levi): http://youtu.be/FUdl0im33mY
• 中文: http://youtu.be/ORKuaBKToU0
• 日本語 (YGJ): http://youtu.be/njjz2YgseQo
• 한국어 (Pappon): http://youtu.be/FruclrLlb3A