Fukushima nuclear disaster update


This music video from Japan says about itself:

SCRAP performing their song “Fuck Tepco” in Koriyama, 10/2/11

Scrap is a punk rock band, consisting of Fukushima survivors who lost everything in the disaster.

Tepco company admitted security fault in Fukushima, Japan: here.

Japan lacks decommissioning experts for Fukushima — Phys.org: here.

TEPCO: Not all pumped-in water reached overheating Fukushima reactors — The Asahi Shimbun: here.

Rick de Leeuw concert live on radio


This is a music video of Rick de Leeuw singing the song Kom bij mij, at the live national radio concert in Hilversum, the Netherlands, on 2 November. Rick de Leeuw came on stage after Berget Lewis (on whose performance this blog reported earlier).

The video was recorded on mobile phone, so please don’t expect professional quality :)

Decades ago, Rick de Leeuw was singer of the Amsterdam punk rock band Tröckener Kecks. Later, he became well-known for poetry as well.

He now is a radio presenter in Belgium; though he lives in Amsterdam. His backing band at the Hilversum concert were Belgian musicians. Contrary to Berget Lewis, they did include a bass guitar with their drums, guitar and keyboard.

Punk rock music, Peruvian origins?


This music video says about itself:

12 Aug 2013

Who invented punk rock? Was it the Ramones in New York? Was it the Sex Pistols in the UK? FALSE! It was Los Saicos in in Peru.

One of punk’s best kept secrets, Los Saicos were the original Peruvian proto-punks. After storming onto the Peruvian music scene, Los Saicos rocked for only a little over a year, but left a lasting influence on the sound of the sixties and future punk to come.

By Katherine Brooks in the USA:

Meet Los Saicos, The Peruvian Band Credited With Inventing Punk Rock

8/15/2013 3:29 pm EDT

Earlier this year we learned that American punk music was not exactly the brainchild of those mop-headed Ramone kids. Instead, the genre has earlier roots in a little band known as “Death.” Born out of Detroit, the group of three brothers are credited with forming not only the first black punk band, but quite possibly the first U.S. punk band ever.

Now a documentary by Noisey is shedding light on what might be one of the first punk bands… in the world. The group in question was called Los Saicos, consisting of four guys by the names of Erwin Flores, Rolando Carpio, César “Papi” Castrillón, and Pancho Guevara who played together for approximately two years in the 1960s. Channeling just enough anger and garage sensibilities, the motley crew of amateur musicians combined psychobilly with surf rock a decade before punk hit the shores of England or the dark venues of New York City.

The title of “first punk band” is certainly debatable, but Los Saitos’ claim to the title has grown in recent years as contemporary musicians like The Black Lips have cited the Peruvian group as inspiration. “They are the first to play what later became punk. There was no name for that at the time, but the riffs are definitely punk,” explained José Beramendi, the producer of the 2012 documentary “Saicomania”, to The Guardian. “You expect this sound from North America or Europe, but it’s not something you expect to hear in the 1960s in Latin America.”

Punk rock in Greece: here.

‘Fukushima disaster makes US soldiers ill’


This music video is the Japanese punk rock band Scrap, playing their song Fuck TEPCO; with English subtitles.

From Japan Safety: Nuclear Energy Updates blog:

Responders to Japanese disaster sue company — Stars and Stripes

July 18, 2013 by Melanie

I was not able to access the Stars and Stripes

United States armed forces paper

website to read this article, but I downloaded a pdf version for your access. I highly recommend you read it.

” SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan

– Five months after participating in humanitarian operations for the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that led to nuclear disaster in Japan, Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Hair’s body began to betray him.

He had sharp hip pains, constant scabbing in his nose, back pain, memory loss, severe anxiety and a constant high-pitch ringing in his ears as his immune system began to attack his body. The diagnosis, he said, was a genetic immune system disease, which on X-rays looked to have made his hip joint jagged and his spine arthritic. He was put on a host of medications and eventually separated from the Navy job he loved.

Hair believes radiation is the cause. He is among 50 sailors and Marines in a growing lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co., alleging that Japan’s nationalized utility mishandled the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant that spewed radiation into the air and water.

Other servicemembers have been diagnosed with leukemia, testicular cancer and thyroid problems or experienced rectal and gynecological bleeding, the lawsuit says. Hair said one of his friends, a fellow USS Ronald Reagan shipmate, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. … “

Steam Detected at Damaged Fukushima Reactor: here.

Also from Japan Safety: Nuclear Energy Updates blog:

Starting July 9, 2013, Kyoto city residents received a booklet in the mail titled “The Kyoto City Government’s Protection Plan for Nuclear Disasters.” It was published by the Kyoto city government. The booklet explains, for the first time, how citizens should attempt to protect themselves in the event that the recently restarted O(h)i nuclear reactors experience an accident resulting in a major release of radioactivity.

The publication of this booklet shows that the Kyoto city government is finally taking this possibility seriously. On the other hand, it also shows that such an accident is a real possibility in Kyoto given that the two O(h)i reactors are located near an earthquake fault line.

Fukushima fruit: here.

Around 2,000 Fukushima workers at risk of thyroid cancer due to radiation: TEPCO — Huffington Post: here.

Japanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking for Two Years: here.