Friday, March 23, 2018

"False Perceptions Cloud Fukushima" OR "Fukushima News Coverage: A Cloud of False Perceptions"?

Japan has been striving to re-establish normalcy since the Fukushima disaster occurred seven years. 

Efforts to re-establish normalcy have included lifting evacuation zones in the most radiation-contaminated areas near the plant and lifting food export barriers, among other tactics I've described at this blog.

Most recently we see this normalcy push in renewed rice exports from Fukushima to France:

We also see a public relations push across international media outlets to establish equivalences across the following terms:

fear of radiation [aka "radiophobia"] - false information - discrimination/bullying

Equivalences drawn across these terms imply that fear of radiation is held only by people who are irrational, uneducated and discriminatory.

This is set of equivalences operates as a kind of propaganda aimed at de-legitimizing concern about long-term exposure to increased levels of radionuclides, now in Japan officially allowed to be 20 times higher than prior to the accident. The US has also increased its allowable exposure levels (see

The news article "False Perceptions Cloud Fukushima" published March 21 in the Japan Times illustrates how fear of radiation is being equated with ignorance and discriminatory treatment against refugees:
False perceptions cloud Fukushima (Mar 21, 2018). The Japan Times,

Still, the fact that a majority of people in Tokyo seem to think there will be lasting health damage from the Tepco plant accident that extends to future generations, the think tank report warns, is worrying because it might breed prejudice against the people of Fukushima Prefecture. In fact, we have heard many cases of people who evacuated from the prefecture in the aftermath of the nuclear plant accident being bullied or discriminated against as they’re associated with radiation. Such prejudice is fueled by the lack of relevant knowledge. Disseminating accurate information holds the key for a better public understanding of the current situation in Fukushima.
Although discrimination against Fukushma's radiation refugees is a problem that further victimizes the victims, the solution is NOT to deny that fear of radiation is wrong and ignorant.

Radiophobia, the idea that people are irrationally and hysterically concerned about exposure to ionizing radiation, is a tool used to discredit legitimate concerns regarding the long-term effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Please see my posts here, especially the first one on radiophobia:

These analyses draw on compelling empirical evidence documenting radiation risks. Additionally, NASA's recent twin-study illustrates that gene expression is very clearly impacted by exposure to ionizing radiation see here:

Denying clear, albeit not fully mapped, hazards is very strong evidence of the logic of dispossession I have described as nuclear governmentality:

We must REMIND ourselves: We are entitled to transparency of environmental information and research on biological effects. We are entitled to democratic participation in the governance structures whose official mission is to securitize the health, welfare, and happiness of the population.

Pacific Radiation Levels off CA Coast Triple: John Bertucci, Molly P. Johnson + Voices from Japan: Filmmaker Hitomi Kamanaka – NH #352

Busby, Chris (March 20, 2018). Cancer, George Monbiot and Nuclear Weapons Test Fallout


Thursday, March 22, 2018

New Cam on Fukushima Daichi Reactors 1 & 2?

It appears that TEPCO may have replaced the cam on units 1 and 2 because the cam view is sharper and the perspective has changed (greater focus in on buildings), as illustrated in these two screenshots taken a few days a part

March 20, 2018 2:11

March 23, 2018 00:30

The cam focused on units 3 and 4 remains the same.

Today on this cam there is either water on the lens, or higher-than-ordinary levels of emissions, I cannot distinguish: