Fukushima fish sicker than ever

This music video from Japan is by Japanese punk rock band Scrap, consisting of victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, with the song FUCK TEPCO!!

From Asahi Shimbun daily in Japan:

Radiation 258 times legal limit found in fish off Fukushima

August 22, 2012

Fish containing 258 times the legal limit of radioactive cesium have been found in waters off the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said on Aug. 21.

The reading for two rock trout, caught about 20 kilometers to the north of the plant, showed 25,800 becquerels per kilogram, the highest yet detected in surveys conducted after last year’s nuclear accident.

Consuming 200 grams of the fish would amount to an internal radiation exposure of 0.08 millisievert for a human. The annual safety limit for radiation exposure from food products is 1 millisievert per person.

Fishermen currently do not fish in the waters in question, however, and no rock trout from the area have been distributed to the market.

Tetsu Nozaki, who heads the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, expressed concern about the finding.

“The reading was way beyond the levels recorded before,” he said. “It is worrying.”

The finding came after the federation resumed catches of some octopus and shellfish in waters off Soma, in the northern part of the prefecture, between June and early August on a trial basis. Those fish were distributed to markets, including Tokyo.

Nozaki said the federation will make a formal request for TEPCO to find out why such high levels of contamination were detected in the rock trout.

“We operate on the assumption that no additional contaminated water was leaked into the sea from the plant,” he said.

TEPCO officials said there could be so-called “hot spots” at the bottom of the sea where cesium is concentrated because rock trout usually live near the seabed. The company plans to study cesium levels of the crabs and the shrimp that rock trout feed on.

In a survey conducted in April last year, 14,400 becquerels per kilogram was detected for sand eel caught off the coast of the prefecture.

In March, landlocked salmon in the Niidagawa river near Iitate, a village to the northwest of the plant, measured 18,700 becquerels per kilogram.

See also here.

Greenpeace says Fukushima radiation monitoring seriously flawed: here.

26 thoughts on “Fukushima fish sicker than ever

  1. Japan citizens favor zero nuclear in debate over energy options

    Japan’s public wants the government to phase out nuclear power according to the results of town hall-like forums to give the public a say in the debate on the nation’s energy supply post-Fukushima.

    The forums brought together 286 citizens for two days in early August in Tokyo from thousands surveyed by phone. They were broken into smaller groups to discuss and vote on three energy supply options the government proposed: Zero nuclear, 15 percent nuclear, and 20 percent to 25 percent nuclear.

    A total 47 percent opted for zero nuclear, 16 percent favored the nuclear ratio at 15 percent, while 13 percent endorsed 20-25 percent, according to a report by Yasunori Sone, a professor of political science at Keio University and the head of the group that organized the survey for the government. The remainder chose more than one option, said Sone’s report.

    The poll results “indicate Japanese citizens are prepared for a policy shift to green energy from nuclear power and consequent lifestyle changes and cost burdens,” according to the report.

    (Bloomberg, Aug 22)

    Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-22/japan-finds-47-of-citizens-support-zero-nuclear-power-option.html


  2. Record radiation levels found in fish caught off Fukushima

    A pair of rock trout have shown the highest level of radioactive cesium detected in fish and shellfish caught in waters off Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, its operator said Tuesday.

    The fish, caught 20 kilometers offshore from the plant on Aug 1, registered 25,800 becquerels of cesium per kilo, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said-258 times the level the government deems safe for consumption.

    The previous record in fish and shellfish off Fukushima was 18,700 becquerels per kilo detected in cherry salmon, according to the government’s Fisheries Agency.

    (Japan Today, Aug 22)

    Link: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/record-radiation-levels-found-in-fish-caught-off-fukushima


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  4. TEPCO rate hike for households goes into effect

    Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) on Saturday implemented a hike household electricity bills by 8.47%. The hike means that average households will pay about 360 yen more per month.

    In May, TEPCO had requested government permission to ramp up residential customer bills by 10.28% to help pay ballooning costs in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but was told to rein in its rise. It then proposed a rate increase of 8.47% which was approved by Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano and Consumer Affairs Minister Jin Matsubara.

    (Japan Today, Sep 01)

    Link: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tepco-rate-hike-for-households-goes-into-effect


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