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Fukushima: Third Anniversary of the Start of the Catastrophe

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   "We are absolutely convinced," said Katz on "Nuclear Hotseat," "that if the health and environmental consequences of all nuclear activities were known to the public, the debate about nuclear power would end tomorrow. In fact, the public would probably exclude it immediately as an energy option."

   WHO last year issued a report on the impacts of the Fukushima disaster claiming that "for the general population inside and outside of Japan, the predicted risks are low and no observable increases in cancer rates above baseline rates are anticipated." http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/fukushima_report_20130228/en/

   Then there is the new prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, who last year insisted before

the International Olympic Committee as he successfully pushed to have the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (180 miles from Fukushima): "There are no health-related problems until now, nor will there be in the future, I make the statement to you in the most emphatic and unequivocal way."   http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/atomic-lie-fukushima-danger-under-control/   Abe has been driving hard for a restart of Japan's 54 nuclear power plants, all shut down in the wake of the Fukushima catastrophe.

   His is a totally different view than that of his predecessor, Naoto Kan, prime minister when the disaster began. Kan told a conference in New York City last year of how he had been a supporter of nuclear power but after the Fukushima accident "I changed my thinking 180-degrees, completely." He declared that at one point it looked like an "area that included Tokyo" and populated by 50 million people might have to be evacuated. "We do have accidents such as an airplane crash and so on," Kan said, "but no other accident or disaster" other than a nuclear plant disaster can "affect 50 million people... no other accident could cause such a tragedy." Moreover, said Kan, "without nuclear power plants we can absolutely provide the energy to meet our demands." Japan since the accident began has tripled its use of solar energy, he said, and pointed to Germany as a model with its post-Fukushima commitment to shutting down all its nuclear power plants and having "all its power supplied by renewable power" by 2050. The entire world could do this, said Kan. "If humanity really would work together... we could generate all our energy through renewable energy." http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/10/the-nuclear-formum/

   A major factor in Abe's stance is Japan having become a global player in the nuclear industry. General Electric (the manufacturer of the Fukushima plants) and Westinghouse have been the Coke and Pepsi of nuclear power plants worldwide, historically building or designing 80 percent of them. In 2006, Toshiba bought Westinghouse's nuclear division and Hitachi entered into a partnership with GE in its nuclear division. Thus the two major nuclear power plant manufacturers worldwide are now Japanese brands. Abe has been busy traveling the world seeking to peddle Toshiba-Westinghouse and Hitachi-GE nuclear plants to try to lift Japan's depressed economy.

   As for the nuclear industry, the "Fukushima accident has caused no deaths," declares the World Nuclear Association in its statement "Safety of Nuclear Power Reactors...Updated October 2013." http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Safety-and-Security/Safety-of-Plants/Safety-of-Nuclear-Power-Reactors/   The group, "representing the people and organizations of the global nuclear profession," adds: "The Fukushima accident resulted in some radiation exposure of workers at the plant, but not such as to threaten their health."

   What will the consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster be?

   It is impossible to know exactly now. But considering the gargantuan amount of radioactive poisons that have been discharged and what will continue to be released, the impacts will inevitably be great. The claim of there being no consequences to life and the prediction that there won't be in the future from the Fukushima catastrophe is an outrageous falsehood.

That's because it is now widely understood that there is no "safe" level of radioactivity. Any amount can kill. The more radioactivity, the greater the impacts. As the National Council on Radiation Protection has declared: "Every increment of radiation exposure produces an incremental increase in the risk of cancer."   http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/10/the-nuclear-formum/

There was once the notion of there being a "threshold dose" of radioactivity below which there would be no harm. That's because when nuclear technology began and   people were exposed to radioactivity, they didn't promptly fall down dead. But as the years went by, it was realized that lower levels of radioactivity take time to result in cancer and other illnesses--that there is a five-to-40-year "incubation" period

Projecting a death toll of more than a million from the radioactivity released from Fukushima is Dr. Chris Busby, scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk who has been a professor at a number of universities. . "Fukushima is still boiling radionuclides all over Japan," he said. "Chernobyl went up in one go. So Fukushima is worse." http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/why-the-fukushima-disaster-is-worse-than-chernobyl-2345542.html

Indeed, a report by the Institute for Science in Society, based in the U.K., has concluded: "State-of-the-art analysis based on the most inclusive datasets available reveals that radioactive fallout from the Fukushima meltdown is at least as big as Chernobyl and more global in reach." http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Fukushima_Fallout_Rivals_Chernobyl.php

A death toll of up to 600,000 is estimated in a study conducted for the Nordic Probabilistic Safety Assessment Group which is run by the nuclear utilities of Finland and Sweden. http://enenews.com/experts-fukushima-victims-to-include-up-to-300000-deaths-over-100000-still-births-and-over-100000-children-with-genetic-deformations

Dr. Helen Caldicott, a founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, told a symposium on "The Medical Implications of Fukushima" held last year in Japan: "The accident is enormous in its medical implications. It will induce an epidemic of cancer as people inhale the radioactive elements, eat radioactive vegetables, rice and meat, and drink radioactive milk and teas. As radiation from ocean contamination bio-accumulates up the food chain...radioactive fish will be caught thousands of miles from Japanese shores. As they are consumed, they will continue the the cycle of contamination, proving that no matter where you are, all major nuclear accidents become local." click here

Dr. Caldicott, whose books on nuclear power include Nuclear Madness, also stated:   "The Fukushima disaster is not over and will never end. The radioactive fallout which remains toxic for hundreds to thousands of years covers large swaths of Japan will never be "cleaned up' and will contaminate food, humans and animals virtually forever."

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Karl Grossman is a professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury and host of the nationally syndicated TV program Enviro Close-Up.

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