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Fukushima Voices: “To my beloved city Tokyo. Thank you and Good-bye”…

In Around the web on January 2, 2014 at 7:00 am

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From Women of Fukushima

Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the clean-up, the cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families… Since three reactors went into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a broad, disparate anti-nuclear movement is growing in Japan. Nowhere is that more apparent, perhaps, than in Fukushima prefecture, where a group of local women boldly protest the deafening silence of the Japanese government over the worst nuclear accident of this century. Largely ignored by their own media, these brave women brush aside their cultural shyness and share their brutally honest views on the state of the cleanup, the cover-ups, the untruths and the stagnant political climate in today’s Japan. Supported with rare footage from inside the exclusion zone, as well as from abandoned neighboring towns, the Women of Fukushima (“Fukushima no Onnatachi”) offers startlingly candid insights, in the women’s own voices, about what has become of their lives, homes, and families in the aftermath of 3/11.

Women of Fukushima has proudly received the following awards: Honorable Mention, London Lift-Off Film Festival, UK, 2012; Best Mid-Length Documentary, Reel Earth Film Festival, New Zealand, 2013. Best Short Documentary, Social Media Impact Awards, 2013
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From World Network For Saving Children From Radiation

Since his settlement in Hiroshima prefecture, Kamihara has interviewed many families who have moved away from radiation affected areas in Kanto and Tohoku. He has already published 5 volumes of his interviews. Kamihara’s passion now is to collect the unheard voices and give life to these words to be known by as many people as possible around the world. The following text was extracted from ‘Voices of Emigrees: HOME“(Vol.5).

Things you told me

We were said to have “radioactivity anxiety syndrome”, given wry smiles when we wore cotton medical masks.  We were abused for being “troubled by harmful rumors” if we tried to have peace of mind by questioning the food producing area about ingredients for preparing our meals.

We evacuated, tugging at our child’s hands, with our minds wounded.

Damn the nuclear power plant! I want to shout after noticing the attitudes of those people, who were good friends and who have now become aloof.

I gave up a 10 million yen annual income.

I gave up a newly constructed house that had been lived in for only two months.

I gave up three popular bakery stores, written up in magazines each month.

I gave up the ranch that produced cheese which was a husband-and-wife dream and had taken 7 years to develop.

I gave up the special nursery school that raised infants in communion with the elderly in the neighborhood, surrounded by rich mountains and rivers, 2 weeks before opening.

I gave up the beauty salon taken over from the previous generation, which was run by husband and wife.

I gave up the staff and co-workers who together had overcome a number of difficult tasks at work.

I gave up the teammates who were a national champion softball team.

I gave up my husband who worked for the family, never taking a sick day in his life, who opposed the evacuation till the end.

I gave up my wife who said she just does not choose to have children, for fear of radioactivity.

I gave up my dear parents who sent me away, saying we want you healthy, and only you.

I gave up my pet that had lived with us as family

We said we are back now at the door of a new home, to live alone, as we cried.

It will be fine, I said to myself every night before sleep.

I was sick of sighing every day, only feeling how strange a country this is.

I encouraged myself by thinking things will be OK if there is enough happiness to hold in both hands.

Thank you, I have become someone who expresses thanks without hesitation.

Now, we are living here, certainly.

We continue to raise our voice for here I am, but even TV does not talk about it.

We raise our voices and wish for reaching our favorite home, dear families and precious friends.

I want to live on in this country with everyone

I want to live with you.
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  1. “Many of us fear that confrontation with despair will bring loneliness and isolation. On the contrary, in letting go of old defenses, we find truer community. And in community, we learn to trust our inner responses to our world—and find our power.

    You are not alone! We are part of a vast, global movement: the epochal transition from empire to Earth community.. This is the Great Turning.

    . And the excitement, the alarm, even the overwhelm we feel, are all part of our waking up to this collective adventure.

    As in any true adventure, there is risk and uncertainty. Our corporate economy is destroying both itself and the natural world. Its effect on living systems is what David Korten calls the Great Unraveling. It is happening at the same time as the Great Turning, and we cannot know which way the story will end.

    Let’s drop the notion that we can manage our planet for our own comfort and profit—or even that we can now be its ultimate redeemers. It is a delusion. Let’s accept, in its place, the radical uncertainty of our time, even the uncertainty of survival.”

    ~~ Joanna Macy, the Greatest Danger

    http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/climate-solutions/the-greatest-danger

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    Elevated Radiation Readings Recorded on SF Beaches. 12.30.13
    http://beforeitsnews.com/environment/2013/12/fuku-radiation-hits-san-francisco-2488646.html

    They say seeing is believing and in the video below from Kill0Your0TV, he films his Geiger counter as he approaches and walks along Pacifica State Beach (Surfers Beach), California, on December 23, 2013.
    Below is a chart showing low to high radiation readings and what they mean, note the levels considered higher than normal and the descriptions to the right of them, then watch the video below.
    For those that claim the amount of radiation traveling in plumes across the Pacific from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is negligible, then you probably won’t be concerned about traveling to California and taking a swim.
    A warning to the rest of the readers… stay out of the water and off the beach.

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    Chinese Ban All Shellfish of West Coast of U.S. Indefinitely
    (seems the Chinese government cares more about its people than our ‘leaders’ do.)
    http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/12/china-bans-shellfish-from-us-west-coast/#.UsW_bLSxN41
    (Chinese care more about their people than we do!)

    China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States after finding high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters.

    The indefinite ban affects clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off the coast of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California.U.S. officials think the contaminated clams were harvested in Washington or Alaska and are waiting to hear back from Chinese officials for more details to help identify the exact source.

    “They’ve never done anything like that, where they would not allow shellfish from this entire area based on potentially two areas or maybe just one area,” Jerry Borchert of the Washington Department of Health told KUOW

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    Russia Media Reports on Fukushima
    http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_12_26/Echo-of-Fukushima-reaches-the-US-1162/

    It took years after Chernobyl to make detailed conclusions about the scale of nuclear pollution. We are having a similar situation with Fukushima, Vladimir Slivyak believes.

    “We’ll probably know the consequences of this accident in 10-15 years. It is clear that a large amount of fish, sea weeds and everything the ocean contains has been polluted. It is clear that pollution spreads all over Earth. It is clear that vast territories have been polluted in Japan itself. All this is generally clear. But we need research to provide more details and this will take a long time.”

    Meanwhile, even now every blue-finned tuna fish drawn near the Californian coast has signs of radioactive pollution. This information is provided by one of the research portals (globalresearchreport.com). Most likely, polluted water approached those parts because the level of radioactive iodine in brown algae has risen over 200-fold.

    The level of caesium-137 has risen all along the US west coast. Caesium-137 has been found in local berries and mushrooms. Local residents often report the deaths of birds. Radioactive nuclides have even reached the shores of Alaska where the population of the sock-eye salmon has dropped dramatically. Some experts believe that we can expect more consequences of the accident at the Japanese NPP.

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    Japan Silences Media
    http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/harvey-wasserman/53115/japan-s-new-fukushima-fascism

    Under the new State Secrets Act, the government could ban—and arrest—all independent media under any conditions at Fukushima, throwing a shroud of darkness over a disaster that threatens us all.

    Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts. The site has been infiltrated by organized crime. There are horrifying signs
    of ecological disaster in the Pacific and human health impacts in the U.S. But within Japan, a new State Secrets Act makes such talk punishable by up to ten years in prison.

    Taro Yamamoto, a Japanese legislator, says the law “represents a coup d’etat” leading to “the recreation of a fascist state.” The powerful Asahi Shimbun newspaper
    compares it to “conspiracy” laws passed by totalitarian Japan in the lead-up to Pearl Harbor, and warns it could end independent reporting on Fukushima.

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    Fukushima Gov’t and Medical Hospital Signs Secrecy Pact
    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=11993

    Tokyo Shimbun is reporting the results of their investigation into the dealings of the Fukushima prefecture government, the medical university and the IAEA. There has been ongoing suspicion about the openness and honesty of what has been ongoing in Japan. Tokyo Shimbun has confirmed that these government entities did sign a secrecy agreement with the IAEA. The Fukushima Medical University has been the main source of all public data on exposure and had been dictating what medical care many in the region were allowed to receive related to radiation issues.

    Both the prefecture and the medical university have been the subject of growing distrust from the public due to their efforts to downplay problems and withhold information from the public. Tokyo Shimbun’s work has confirmed this problem to be the case. A machine translation of the article is below.

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    U.S. Congress Attempts to Lift Propaganda Ban

    Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy. “Disconcerting and dangerous,” says Shank.

    An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned.

    The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the independent Broadcasting Board of Governors, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee’s official website.

    The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.

    The bi-partisan amendment is sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State.

    In a little noticed press release earlier in the week — buried beneath the other high-profile issues in the $642 billion defense bill, including indefinite detention and a prohibition on gay marriage at military installations — Thornberry warned that in the Internet age, the current law “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way.”

    The bill’s supporters say the informational material used overseas to influence foreign audiences is too good to not use at home, and that new techniques are needed to help fight Al-Qaeda, a borderless enemy whose own propaganda reaches Americans online.

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    36 Signs that the U.S. Media is Lying to You About Fukushima
    http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/36-signs-the-media-is-lying-to-you-about-how-radiation-from-fukushima-is-affecting-the-west-coast/

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    U.S. Government Orders 14 million doses of Potassium Iodide
    http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/us-government-orders-14-million-doses-of-potassium-iodide/

  2. My heart goes out to you, and you and you. All of you who are living under this nightmare. You should get out, but of course that isn’t an easy thing to do. Your land, your life, your culture, and all your hard work building up a life only to have it torn down by this ignorance of the nuclear industry. Should have never been allowed to happen, the way they built it in the first place. Nor the way they’ve handled it since. Not enough money in the whole of Japan to help it, needs much more monetary infusion, much more from the world community. A new world community that is united truly in their voices. May it happen soon. The tribulation is here….!!

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