Thursday, November 17, 2011

Yomiuri: Cesium in Body Will Halve in 1.5 Years in Wild Animals Even If They Eat Contaminated Food Everyday

Yomiuri Shinbun may have made a fool of itself by summarizing the finding by a university researcher regarding the biological half-life of radioactive cesium in a very exaggerated (and inaccurate) way.

If you read the article, it's rather embarrassingly clear that "wild animals" are lab mice, and "eating contaminated food everyday" is drinking cesium-laced water only once. It is possible that the researcher's paper made a connection between a mouse and a wild animal, and drinking water once and eating contaminated food every day, and Yomiuri Shinbun, in its eagerness to bring the good tidings to the general public in Japan, omitted the connection in the article.

Oh well. Many of my Japanese twitter readers who read the article are saying, "What can you expect from a pro-nuke newspaper like Yomiuri?" or "Gomiuri (garbage seller)?"

From Yomiuri Shinbun (11/18/2011):


Hiroo Nakajima of Osaka University has found that there is a high possibility that a large amount of radioactive cesium-137 ingested by wild animals right after the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident may halve every 1.5 years, falling to one-eighths after the first 5 years even if the animals keep eating the food around the nuclear power plant.


It will provide a clue to the internal radiation exposure of wild animals and people in the areas near the plant. His research was published in the meeting of the Japan Radiation Research Society in Kobe City on November 17.


Nakajima fed mice with water with cesium-137 whose half life is about 30 years (1 kilo-becquerel/1 gram of live weight, or 28 kilo-becquerels per mouse) once, and studied the amount of cesium remaining in the body over time.


In most organs such as heart and kidney, the amount of cesium peaked right after ingesting the water. However, it dropped to one-25th in one week, and to one-120th in 2 weeks.


These wild animals (eh... mice) are likely to have been eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water ever since March 11. So did people, like villagers in Iitate-mura or town folks in Namie-machi, for quite some time after the March 11 accident. They ate the vegetables they grew, and drank water from their wells, on assurance from the experts like Dr. Yamashita.

Here's the ICRP's chart, showing how the one-time episodic intake of 1000 becquerels of radioactive cesium is handled by the body, compared to the continuous, daily intake of low-level (10 becquerels and 1 becquerel) radioactive cesium (from ICRP publication 111, page 21):

(The researcher could have just put up this chart for his presentation, instead of feeding lab mice with cesium water.)


Anonymous said...

Dick Heads...wouldnt wipe my arse on that right wing shithouse Yomiuri.

Anonymous said...

err well said!! succinct! sublime! straight to the point!!

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