Monday, November 28, 2011

#Radioactive Rice Keeps Coming: 1050 Bq/Kg of Radioactive Cesium from Date City, Fukushima

Asahi Shinbun has a convenient map that plots locations where the rice has been found with radioactive cesium far exceeding the provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg. The white circle is Onami District in Fukushima City where up to 1270 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium has been found in the rice. The two red circles are the locations in Date City where the rice exceeding the limit has been found this time. So far.

And unlike in Onami District in Fukushima City, they are only testing one bag out of every 50. Some comfort.

From Asahi Shinbun (11/28/2011):


After radioactive cesium exceeding the provisional safety limit was detected in rice harvested in Onami District of Fukushima City (former Oguni-mura), Fukushima Prefecture announced on November 28 that rice from 3 farms in the adjasent areas of Onami District, former Oguni-mura and former Tsukidate-machi, both of which became part of Date City, was found with radioactive cesium exceeding the limit. Part of the rice has been sold in the market. The prefectural government has requested that the shipment of rice from these two districts to be voluntarily halted. The national government is going to order the halt of the rice shipment from the districts.


According to the Fukushima prefectural government, 9 kilograms of "mochi" rice harvested in former Oguni-mura part of Date City had been already sold to consumers at a local farm stand. This is the first case of the rice exceeding the limit having been found to have been sold to the general public.


According to the prefecture, in former Oguni-mura of Date City, 2 samples from 2 farms out of 119 samples from 101 farms tested 580 becquerels/kg and 780 becquerels/kg respectively. In former Tsukidate-machi of Date City, 1 samples from 1 farm out of 8 samples from 6 farms tested 1050 becquerels/kg.

Just to remind you: If a government ask you to voluntarily do something, the government does not compensate you for your inconvenience. If the government orders you to do something, then the government is obligated to compensate.

The Fukushima prefectural government hasn't posted the press release on their website yet, but Yomiuri Shinbun (11/29/2011) reports that 4 additional farms in Onami District of Fukushima City had the rice whose radioactive cesium exceeded the provisional safety limit, bringing the total to 10 farms.

The prefecture and the media are trying their best to isolate these cases as "special", saying that these farms are located in the mountains or near the mountains.

Well, I would think that condition applies to the significant number of rice farms in Japan.


Anonymous said...

Given it is voluntary, that means if the farmers wanted to, they could ship the rice to the public without recourse?

What the government is saying right now is that: yes one sample exceeded limit but based on (whatever logic) there is a chance that "most" of the rice is ok. Therefore restrain but not restrict??

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Technically, if it's "voluntary", farmers can sell it. In Japan, you are not supposed to.

The government doesn't want to tell them that the government is broke and has no money to pay them. Or I should say it doesn't have money to pay to the farmers but plenty to pay to themselves and their cronies.

Anonymous said...

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...
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Anonymous said...

But you keep conveniently forgetting that radiation isn't really that dangerous. There's no real problem, People are just way over-reacting. All this self-righteous 'informing' of everyone doesn't matter, it just upsets people for no meaningful reasons. What gives you the right to scare people? How does it help them? I suppose you feel good about spreading truth or something? A wee superhero for the cuase of freedom or something, are we? But look at what you've done! You're probably proud of it! But you should be ashamed, you self-indulgent Holier-than-thou heartless bastard. Stop struggling and accept your fete you super-informed arsehole.

There was a valid reason why the Soviets needed the Gulag. Cogitate on that astroboy.


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