THE FUKUSHIMA WASTELAND

October 21, 2015 – 12:33 pm

Submitted by Tyler Durden to zerohedge.com.

While the world has had decades of opportunities to observe nature slowly reclaiming the consequences of human civilization, particularly at the site of the original nuclear disaster, Chernobyl, there has been far less media coverage for obvious reasons, of that other nuclear disaster, Fukushima, where as we reported last night (October 12, 2015), one year after giving up on its “ice wall” idea Tepco has renewed the strategy of encasing the radioactive sarcophagus in an ice wall.

It was not precisely clear why this time the idea is expected to work after it was nixed last summer.

What is clear is that something has to be done, because as renewed interest in the aftermath of the results of the 2011 disaster once again builds ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the public is realizing just how vast the Japanese wasteland truly is.

For those curious for more, here, courtesy of photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski who donned protective gear to visit the “terrifying” - in his words - ghost towns of Futaba, Namie and Tomioka last month, we get an up close an personal photo essay of this generation’s Chernobyl.

This is what he found: supermarket aisles strewn with packets. A school blackboard covered with notes for an unfinished lesson. Cars tangled with weeds in an unending traffic jam.

These are eerie pictures from inside the 20km exclusion zone around Fukushima nuclear plant, courtesy of Guardian.

The photographer, Arkadiusz Podniesinski, stands on one of the main streets of Futaba. The writing above him says: “Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future.”

A street that has been taken over by nature. Four years after the catastrophe - which drove 160,000 people from their homes - much of the region is still too dangerous to enter.

The KFC Colonel and mannequins left standing in a supermarket. “Here time has stood still, as if the accident happened yesterday,” says Podniesinski of the most-contaminated areas.

An aerial photograph of abandoned vehicles.

An aerial photograph of dump sites. Contaminated radioactive topsoil from the fields has been bagged for removal and there have been efforts to clean deeper layers. To save space, the soil is stacked in layers.

A restaurant table with crockery left behind by guests. The huge task of decontaminating the area, site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, continues. Thousands of workers move from street to street through villages, spraying and scrubbing the walls and roofs of houses.

Car bumpers overgrown with weeds. Some of the people Podniesinski spoke to doubt the official line that the area will be safe again in 30 years. “They are worried that the radioactive waste will be there for ever,” he says.

A classroom on the first floor in a school. There is still a mark below the blackboard showing the level of the tsunami wave. On the blackboard are words written by former residents, schoolchildren and workers in an attempt to keep up the morale of all of the victims, including “We can do it, Fukushima!”

Note: The above article was posted at zerohedge.com.

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CHILD CANCERS UP FIFTYFOLD AFTER FUKUSHIMA DISASTER

Cases of thyroid cancer among children living close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant have increased fiftyfold since the meltdown in 2011, according to Japanese scientists.

Residents of Fukushima prefecture in northeast Japan should be monitored in the same way as survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, say the researchers, who offer one of the most pessimistic assessments so far of the health implications of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

Thyroid cancer in local children and adolescents following the Fukushima nuclear disaster was probably caused by radiation released in the accident, four researchers said in a report on October 6, 2015.

Annual thyroid cancer incidence rates in Fukushima Prefecture from March 2011 through late last year were 20 to 50 times the national level, said a team led by Toshihide Tsuda, professor of environmental epidemiology at Okayama University. - The Times (click here)

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JAPAN TO RESUME EXPORTS OF RICE GROWN IN FUKUSHIMA TO $INGAPORE

$ingapore has decided to import rice from Japan’s Fukushima region, the country’s nation-builder press reported August 19, 2014, barely three years after the disaster.

The National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (Zen-Noh), a major wholesaler of Japanese agricultural products, said it will send the grain to $ingapore. Its provenance will be marked and it will not be mixed with other produce, an official said. The rice was grown some 60km to 80km west of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, he said.

It was noted that this would have been the first time rice grown in Fukushima prefecture - which hosts the battered Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant - has been sold abroad since fiscal 2012, when the region exported 17 tonnes to Hong Kong, a Fukushima official said.

“Despite our efforts at explaining the safety of Fukushima-made farm products, up until now we have not been able to find retailers who wished to trade rice grown in Fukushima,” said an official for Zen-Noh. “From now on, we aim to export more Fukushima rice, including to $ingapore.” (click here)

On August 18, 2015, it was reported that rice imported from Fukushima is tested in $ingapore by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of $ingapore (click here) and that no radioactive contamination was detected.  However, it has never been mentioned how food products from Fukushima is tested.


The nation-builder press, October 14, 2015.

The above October 2015 article in the nation-builder press above highlighted an instance where a $ingapore government regulator apparently made a mistake. $ingaporeans who relied on the National Environment Agency (NEA) to properly check car emissions got a big shock when the authority slipped up on its testing of Volkswagen cars. The nation-builder’s Christopher Tan said:

We trust the Health Sciences Authority to ensure that the medicine we are taking does not contain unacceptable levels of arsenic. We trust the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority to ensure that the vegetables we import have permissible levels of pesticide. We trust the Land Transport Authority to make sure cars imported are roadworthy.

In the case of insidious dangers in the air that we breathe, it is always good to know we have the National Environment Agency (NEA) to safeguard our interest. But as we have seen in the (Volkswagen) case, environmental agencies all over the world have been duped - not just the NEA. (click here for the full article)

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