Thursday, April 5, 2012

#Radioactive Japan: Food Items Exceeding New Safety Limit (100Bq/Kg)

Farmers in contaminated areas in Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, and Chiba continue to farm, and the government is busy setting up one PR campaign after another to appeal safety of things produced in Japan. The media do report, but unless your information comes from the net only, the news gets buried in the cacophony of mind-numbing small news of no significance on TV and print media.

Here's the list of food items that I found which exceeded the new safety limit of 100 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium:

  1. Shiitake mushrooms: 350 becquerels/kg from Murata-cho, Miyagi Prefecture

  2. Bamboo shoots: 120 becquerels/kg from Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture; 110 becquerels/kg from Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture

  3. Bamboo shoots: 130 becquerels/kg from Sakae-cho, Chiba Prefecture; 170 becquerels/kg from Abiko City, Chiba Prefecture

  4. "Komon Kasube" (common skete): 640 becquerels/kg, test fishing off the coast of Iwaki City, Fukushima

  5. Beef: 106 becquerels/kg from Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture (the cattle had to eat the feed (rye) with 772 becquerels/kg of cesium...)

  6. "Suzuki" (sea bass): 104 becquerels/kg in Sendai Bay, Miyagi Prefecture

  7. Shiitake mushrooms: 146 becquerels/kg from Shirosato-machi, Ibaraki Prefecture; 131 becquerels/kg from Sakuragawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture

  8. "Wakasagi" (pond smelt): 426 becquerels/kg from Akagi Onuma in Gunma Prefecture

1, 2, 4: Nikkei Shinbun (4/4/2012)
3: Chiba Prefecture press release (4/5/2012)
5: Yomiuri Shinbun (4/5/2012), Gunma Prefecture press release (4/5/2012) for meat, and for feed
6: Miyagi Prefecture press release (4/4/2012)
7: Ibaraki Prefecture press release (4/2/2012)
8: Kyodo News (4/3/2012)

All these food items (except for No. 4) would have been freely sold and bought, as "safe", under the old, provisional safety limit that was in effect up till April 1, 2012. Checking the prefectures' press releases, there are many other whose cesium levels are barely under 100 becquerels/kg.

In case of Gunma Prefecture, they use NaI scintillation survey meter with detection limit of about 30 becquerels/kg. Only when the meat is found with cesium exceeding the rather high detection limit, they use their germanium semiconductor detector.

This happened last month in March, but a kindergarten in Okazaki City in Aichi Prefecture (whose governor is pushing Toyota to become the final disposal site for disaster debris ashes) served lunch to kindergarteners using dried shiitake with 1,400 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium from Ibaraki Prefecture. 30 kilograms of these shiitake are either in the markets or have already been purchased by customers in Okazaki City. (NHK News, 4/5/2012)


Chibaguy said...

One cannot live in a contaminated environment without becoming contaminated themselves. Anything else is just wishful thinking.

doitujin said...

sb. close to me has to stay there for another 1 1/2 years until he can leave for good... reading this, what should i suggest him to eat? he's already buying imported and canned food as much as he can get it... but having not much money doesn't make it easier i guess. i'd like to set on fire those j-politicians houses or sth. ..........

kintaman said...

@Chibaguy. Indeed but the officials who are willfully allowing distribution of such food need to be strung up. This especially goes for the people at the top.

This video fills me with a seething rage:

As I left Japan quickly after 3.11 (anticipating the very things have sadly transpired) I do not see the man on the street so to speak. I do speak to my friends and relatives in Japan but they are not very keen to talk about what is going on. That said, it seems to me that people for the most part are just living their lives as before 3.11.

Why is there not more RAGE!? Especially when they see the officials lying and children being fed cesium (and lord knows what else) laden food.

I know that if I had a child in school in Japan and this were the case I would be there with a baseball bat. Fuck disturbing the "wa", I would beat the fuck out all. Yes, I know I am reaking of internet tough guy by saying this but that is what it would take for others to get enraged. People need to do something. They cannot sit there and continue to let their beautiful and precious children be poisoned.

I have cousins and friends with children in Chiba, Saitama and then more central Tokyo. I dare not ask them about the risk to their children as I cannot see them face to face. I know they are aware of it so it is hard to broach the subject especially since I have left.

Chibaguy said...

@kintaman - just email me at I do not think ex skf would like to see our conversation posted all over the blog. I have some insight if you would like to engage. Completely understand the family conversation thing as being taboo.

Darth3/11 said...

Oh, yeah. You'll be connect to Eastern Japan, alright. Hear the tiny becs clicking away in your bones, doing their half life countdown into your mortal future? Your liver, your thyroid? click click click...

LMSchmitt said...

Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

You what is sad, parents don't really care about their kids in Japan. They know the government lies; they know TEPCO lies; they know food manufacturers lie, yet they let their children eat death!

Being in the mortuary business in Japan and the Northern Hemisphere, is going to be HUGE for years! Millions of people dying every year! Now is the time to buy stock in those companies. They are going to have to protect their workers from the radiation from the dead bodies!

I kid you not.....

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IF their game plan is to create another nuclear meltdown and then bomb something and martial law is declared then no more posting to forums it's every man for himself.

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Thought you guys might be interested. Here's a couple podcasts focusing on Japan and people trying to help.

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Grinning Studios, Episode 7. On this podcast Grin interviews the publisher of the "Fables For Japan" series E-books. 70% or more of the proceeds from the sales of this book go to International Medical Corps. A charity group helping with relocating the Fukushima evacuees and treating the psychological needs of the survivors (along with other basic medical care.)


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