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Japanese Workers Suffer Radiation Burns

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Posted on Mar 25, 2011
AP / DigitalGlobe/dapd

Epicenter of fear: An aerial view of the nuclear plant at Fukushima, Japan.

Fears of radiation contamination have risen dramatically in earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan after workers attempting to cool the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered burns as a result of their valiant efforts. —JCL

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Radiation fears escalated in Japan on Friday after workers suffered burns as they tried to cool an earthquake-crippled nuclear power station, while the government sowed confusion over whether it was widening an evacuation zone around the plant.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan, making his first public statement on the crisis in a week, said the situation at the Fukushima nuclear complex north of Tokyo was “nowhere near the point” of being resolved.

“We are making efforts to prevent it from getting worse, but I feel we cannot become complacent,” he told reporters. “We must continue to be on our guard.”

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By drbhelthi, March 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment

“We here in Tokyo are being told that the radiation that is in our air,
in our water, in our food, and on our clothes is safe and nothing to
worry about.  By Kanamachi

Kanamachi, the following link will take you to a video by Dr. Doug
Rokke, U.S.Army health physicist, Nuclear Medicine Sciences Officer. Dr. 
Rokke explains the effect of nuclear radiation from munitions made of
depleted uranium. Depleted uranium munitions were used by Israel in its
battle with Egypt in 1973.  Since then, in all battles in which the U.S.
Military has been involved, depleted uranium munitions have been used. 
From the former Yugoslavia to Afghanistan, the land is saturated with
depleted uranium munitions. In certain areas of Iraq, 62% of babies are
born with defects that are attributed to radiation from depleted uranium
munitions. Nuclear radiation is unsafe at any level.
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/15.html

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By drbhelthi, March 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

“We here in Tokyo are being told that the radiation that is in our air,
in our water, in our food, and on our clothes is safe and nothing to
worry about. Perhaps it is, but one has to wonder who’s agenda this is
coming from and why.”  By Kanamachi

I suspect all your ideas are correct.
Nuclear radiation is not safe. If you read up on the effects on the
human body of increasing dosages, or levels of exposure to nuclear
radiation, you will immediately understand the agenda source of the
misinformation. 

I suspect your older relatives can explain some very sad stories to you.

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By JimYell, March 26, 2011 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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The workers who are trying to stabilize the mess and clean it up are not at fault. They are family people who were trying to make a living and now will have many health problems if not immediate death for doing their jobs.

The fault is in the technicians and industry and investment who only look at how much they can make from building these death machines. Who will do their best to have the tax payers pay for the clean up as they pay for the accident with their lives and health. We must stop allowing industry and investors to escape with the money, but none of the responsibility. The cost of cleaning up their messes should not be born by the government or the taxpayer, but by the greedy, evil masters of corporate power,who so far are not worried about paying for the disasters they created. A Pox On All Their Houses.

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By Kanamachi, March 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment

I am sure that I will be subjecting myself to criticism for my view here, but I
just cannot stomach calling these workers heroic when they are really just doing
their jobs that happen to be the dirty work of government, and an industry that
has forced a unsafe method of generating electricity on the public.
We have been told that this industry was safe even in the face of ongoing
evidence from the likes of Chernobyl that they are anything but.
Just as our leaders like to put the youth of our nation on the front line in
needless and unjustifiable wars and then make us feel that we have to praise
their heroism and patriotism, but the minute they come home, many physically
busted and mentally bruised, we throw them into the dustbin and rarely think
anymore about them.
These workers face horrific medical challenges and probably a shortened life
span for doing their job. The authorities and the public will soon forget that
they ever existed.
The president of TEPCO has been nowhere to be seen near Fukushima Daiich
and you would be right to think that he will not be seen there in the near future
either.
The fact is, just like the youth we use as our canon fodder for silly or even no
reason at all, these worker’s lives in Fukushima are being used to serve an
industry’s agenda.
These plants should never have been built in Fukushima or anywhere for that
matter.
We here in Tokyo are being told that the radiation that is in our air, in our
water, in our food, and on our clothes is safe and nothing to worry about.
Perhaps it is, but one has to wonder who’s agenda this is coming from and why.

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By California Ray, March 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

It seems plausible that a zone of exclusion around Fukushima Daiichi will be
established and kept in force for, say, 200 years.  A rough guess for the area in
question would be 324 square kilometers or 80,000 acres.  Therefore, one of the
costs of the disaster will be the loss of the use of that land, measured by
estimating the fair rental value of the property for the next 200 years.  We’re
talking major bucks, er, yen.

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By TDoff, March 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

No call for satire or levity here.
Let’s hope we in the world appreciate what these workers are doing to attempt to minimize the risk to the rest of us, while putting theirownselves in danger. And show our appreciation by doing whatever we can to help them and alleviate whatever injury/consequences they may suffer.

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