Friday, July 8, 2011

#Radiation in Japan: Dr. Shunichi Yamashita Will Become Vice President of Fukushima Medical University

The diabolical country on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean (no it's not North Korea) that is what Japan seems to have morphed into will have Dr. Shunichi "100 microsieverts/hour radiation is safe" Yamashita of Nagasaki University as the vice president of the Fukushima Medical University in charge of setting up an organization to conduct research on effects of radiation on the Fukushima residents.

Well, those in Fukushima and elsewhere who wanted to remove the professor from the Fukushima radiation advisor sort of got their wish. He just made a lateral move. Or maybe he will continue to be the advisor. Criticism? What criticism?

Note the article below is the Western Japan Edition. I do not know if the Eastern Japan Edition, which covers Kanto and Toku regions including Fukushima Prefecture, has the same article. Herr Professor is not very popular over in the Eastern Japan.

(UPDATE: the same news appeared on Mainichi's National Edition, one day later, 7/9/2011. For the National Edition, they added a mention to citizen's group movement to remove the professor from the Fukushima's radiation advisor position, noting the sentiment in the eastern part of Japan.)

From Mainichi Shinbun Japanese, Western Japan Edition (7/8/2011; link added):

東京電力福島第1原発事故を受け、福島県の放射線健康管理リスクアドバイザーを務めている長崎大大学院の山下俊一教授(59)が11日付で長崎大を 休職し、今月中旬にも福島県立医科大に出向し副学長に就任する見通しになった。6日、長崎大大学院医歯薬学総合研究科の教授会で内定した。

Professor Shunichi Yamashita (age 59) of Nagasaki University, who has been the advisor for the Fukushima Prefecture on radiation health risks in response to the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, will take a leave of absence from Nagasaki University as of July 11 and become the vice president of the Fukushima Medical University sometime in mid July. It was decided on July 6 in the faculty meeting at Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. [Professor Yamashita is the dean of the school.]


Professor Yamashita is from Nagasaki City, a "Hibaku Nisei" (2nd generation sufferer of atomic bomb radiation). He was active in medical support when the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant accident took place in 1986. He was also the head of the research center for emergency radiation exposure under the WHO.

 原発事故直後の3月18日に福島県知事に請われ現地に入り、放射線について「正しく怖がる」大切さを講演して回っている。同県が県民約202万人 を対象に実施する被ばく線量調査にも参加。同県立大では調査を継続的に行う他、放射線の影響を研究する組織の設立に携わる予定。

He was invited to Fukushima by the governor of Fukushima on March 18 right after the plant accident, and has been giving lectures on the importance of "being properly afraid" of radiation. He will participate in the radiation exposure survey of all 2.02 million residents of Fukushima. At the Fukushima Medical University, he will continue the radiation surveys and will be involved in setting up an organization to study the effect of radiation.

The media (and Professor Yamashita) never fails to mention that he is a "Hibaku Nisei" (second-generation of the people who were exposed to radiation from atomic bombs). There are many others who go about their lives without advertising it or wearing it as some kind of credential for their work (like Professor Yamashita does all the time).

An anonymous reader of my Japanese blog sent the link to this article, along with his comment:


"He will be all smiles with such a great number of research subjects right in front of him, I suppose."

To review Professor Yamashita's remarks in front of a worried Fukushima City audience, go to my post. There's a youtube video with English subtitles, linked below. Just look at his mannerism as he blatantly lies to the audience when he assures "internal radiation is far less damaging than external radiation".

The funny and immensely sad thing about the video is not so much of the video itself, but the comments left on the site that has this video. Instead of attacking the professor, they attack the persons who created and uploaded the video for being an America's agent (because English is used, supposedly) or for using a junior high school level English and speculate the creator probably can't even read the Times. (I don't know which Times they mean - NYT or the British paper - but they probably don't even know the difference.)

(What's wrong with a junior high school English? That's all I use...)


doitujin said...

they are plain crazy!! wtf is goin' on there?!

the voice in your head said...

Not that others from different countries are more honest, but the Japanese running things are grand masters at pairing blatant shameless lying with mega eyebrow-raising stupid. And this mix, incredibly, seems to go over a-okay with the serfs. A condition every crookedly inclined government asshole around the world only dreams about.

Anonymous said...

"they are plain crazy!! wtf is goin' on there?!"

I'll tell you what's going on over there, your corporations favor those who support these aging fools, so the perspectives of the young, a crucial ingredient, is suppressed. The aging fools are leading the people over the cliff.

'Smiling', not, 'happy faces' ..

Anonymous said...

I suspect that when someone will suffer from radiation sickness, the hospital will tell them to go back home because they are just tired. Or that they got cancer because of stress.
This is not a doctor.
This is one of the biggest joke ever.
Something is really wrong here. Are 80% of the people in Fukushima really believing that they will never be sick ever from Fukushima radiation and radionuclides? The news agency nor the health organization most not have told them the truth. 20% of Kiev and Belarus children are healthy. Only 20%. And these are regions are contaminated as Tokyo, and far less than Fukushima is. And they think that they should not avoid radiation! HOw can they accept this?

areyoume said...

We read every day some of the most depressing news in our lives, but this is by far the worst, at least for me, at least in couple of weeks.

Then, even if the petition to demand his removal from the advisor position succeeds, he can continue to experiment on people of Fukushima. Sigh.

What he has been telling people is not just the above. He has said "100mSv/yr is absolutely safe for pregnant women." He has said "worrying only about your own children is selfish." He has said "those who decide to remain in Fukushima will get national support." He advises people, though he is the radiation risk advisor, to "judge the risk by yourselves." He even says "it's your life at stake. You should decide what to do with it." And many more.

Still, I believe it's worth while to show our will and show how strongly we think he should be the last man to be the radiation risk advosor of Fukushima. You can sign online petition to demand his removal from the advisor position, from all parts of Japan and from abroad, too.

Online petition form:

If you don't read Japanese, only the top three fields are required:
-Your full name (nicknames will not be accepted)
-Your full name again
-Your address (only country name and city name are required)

And press the button at the bottom left that says "送信". If you want to say something to Japanese government, you can write it in the big box at the bottom. Petition deadline is July 31.

By the way, you can't find this news on one of the major news site in Japan (Yahoo Japan News).

Anonymous said...

This is very, very disturbing.

Anonymous said...

This man is a monster as are the top execs of TEPCO and the Japan government. These proleg need to be forcibly removed for any positions of power ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Aren't dolphins and whales caught for "research"? Same thing going on here except they've gone a notch above and doing it to humans.
Disgusting shit. Shades of Nazi Germany and Mengele.

Anonymous said...

Professor Yamashita should be the doctor who is at Fukushima I Nuke Plant 24/7, treating the workers and inhaling the wholesome radioactive materials in the air. He can also demonstrate the purity of the treated water by drinking from the pipe that goes to the reactor vessels.

Anonymous said...

I hope the people there wil make sure that he only eats and drinks the "purely" contaminated products of Fukushima prefecture.

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