Radiation In Tokyo Drinking Water Jumps To Twice Infant Safety Level

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The latest news out of Tokyo, and the reason why the Nikkei took a big turn lower in overnight trading, is that according to the latest disclosure by Tokyo authorities on Wednesday, "water at a purification plant for the capital of 13 million people had 210 becquerels of radioactive iodine -- more than twice the safety level for infants." While the threshold itself may not be all that material, it merely reinforces the perception that either the government is covering up something far more sinister, or the authorities have lost control of the situation, with incremental bad news creeping up every single day. As a result, as we have claimed from the very beginning, one of the world's most populous cities, located just 150 miles away from what may soon be the next Chernobyl per prior whistleblower disclosure, could likely soon be a ghost town with dire implications for the Japanese and world economy. 

More from Bloomberg:

Tokyo authorities said city tap water may be unsafe for infants while Japan’s government sought to assure people that radiation levels detected in the food chain following a nuclear accident don’t pose a health threat.

Radioactive iodine levels taken yesterday at a treatment facility in Katsushika ward were double the recommended limit for babies, a city official said in a televised briefing today. The water would pose a health risk if drunk over the long-term, such as a year, he said. Tokyo’s population is estimated to be about 13 million people.

Disclosures of rising contamination, coupled with assurances that risks are minimal, underscore the government’s struggle to contain the ripple effects of a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that crippled a nuclear facility north of Tokyo. Japanese stocks extended declines after Tokyo issued the water advisory, with the Nikkei 225 (NKY) Stock Average falling 1.7 percent to close at 9,449.47.

"It’s hard to tell people they’re ingesting radiation in any way that won’t provoke a panic," said Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University’s Tokyo campus. "But the government has been far more transparent than in any case I can recall."

The health ministry earlier today advised against eating leafy vegetables, broccoli and cauliflower produced near the stricken Dai-Ichi power plant, which is located 220 kilometers (135 miles) from Tokyo. The degree of contamination detected isn’t harmful, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a Tokyo briefing. While parents shouldn’t use tap water to mix baby formula, it can be drunk safely by adults and children, he said.


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Thorlyx's picture

Bullish for bottled water. Check the Evian(Danone)/Nestle/Coca Cola stocks.

Harlequin001's picture

yes but bearish for utilities and power. You don't need electricity when the whole place comes alive at night with a wondrous eerie glow...

and neon sign makers are totally screwed!

Sophist Economicus's picture

Bearish for toilet bowl cleansers too.   I'd step away from P&G and Clorox today....

johnQpublic's picture

how long til its glowing like planet Pandora, and the nips have mutated into avatars of themselves?

Harlequin001's picture

By my calculation I should say that when rounded to the nearest month around 4 minutes and 23 seconds...

tortola trader's picture

Let me take a long hard sip of that.....I need to buy some stocks today!

FreeMoney Bernie's picture

Is that water or Toilet bowl cleaner you need a sip of. A whole new line of water products for Japan called Cutty Nuke

Harlequin001's picture

I believe the toilet waters' more healthy than the tap water now...

Mentaliusanything's picture

Its happening as you speak. Even the airline are cutting trips to Tokyo

Thorlyx's picture

Actually, Lufthansa is resuming tomorrow Tokio/Narita after suspension last week. Will be twice daily. My guess is empty inbound, full outbound. LH might be able to make a killing in tickets sales.

This is definitely bullish for LH stock.

Mentaliusanything's picture

If the Japanese come to America - They will greet the TSA and give THEM a "dont touch my Junk" moment.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Sorry, but I fail to see how this affects Manhattan, and therefore it doesn't matter.  In the meantime, Ben has reconnected power to /ES pump machine #2.

malek's picture

...but it turns out the pump is broken.

Harlequin001's picture

Why print 15 trillion brand new yen if everyone's leaving?

DutchTreat's picture

The Japanese government prefers to have glow in the dark babies. You spot them better whenever there are black-outs.


Mentaliusanything's picture

 The degree of contamination detected isn’t harmful, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a Tokyo briefing.

BUT DON"T EAT Ya GREENS. another cognitive disonance moment.

Thorlyx's picture

Children know instinctively better. They don't like greens. Spinach the worst. How about a nice steak ?

threefingerscam's picture

Hm, a nice Kobe steak that glows in the dark, yummy. Ordered rare so that by the time it gets to the table the radiation cooks it to medium.

FreeMoney Bernie's picture

Soon they will be serving the John Madden Thanksgiving day turkey with 4 drumsticks

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Just wash the radiation off the steak and you're good to go.

usefuloutput's picture

As long as the food chain is not affected.
Many animals love to eat greens,
cows eat them don't they?

quasimodo's picture

Depends what country the cows are from. In the midwest, it's all corn fed beef, full of hormones and nasty shit. The grass fed has a different taste but in a good way. Anyone else seen Food Inc.?

I know exactly what I am talking about, I work amongst it every day; I can smell a feedlot as I type this

New_Meat's picture

"... I can smell a feedlot as I type this."

eeeewwww, that brought back bad memories of Cedar Rapids, IA in the fall.  Wind from one way, Quaker Oats, wind from another way, the "stockyard."  Both were pretty ripe.

- Ned

{There are 'ear-worms' for bad songs that won't go away, what about smells years later?}

johnQpublic's picture

when the wind blows just right ,i can smell the mushroom farms....composted shit smell...mmmmm....good....shitake

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

'But don't eat your greens'...

So, how long till the radiation shows up in the milk supply...three, two, one...

westboundnup's picture

Japanese government will continue disembling until its citizenry starts dropping in the streets.  If for no other reason, than to avoid anarchy.

Mentaliusanything's picture

The water would pose a health risk if drunk over the long-term, such as a year, he said. Tokyo’s population is estimated to be about 13 million people.

And DON"T drink water for more than a year.How long does radiation hang around for? Just asking?



HelluvaEngineer's picture

So they have like a whole year to leave Tokyo and never come back.  Why panic?

BorisTheBlade's picture

Half-life of Iodine-131 is 8 days.

johnQpublic's picture

problem with that is the question of how many days,weeks,months,years these things spit I-131 for

johnQpublic's picture

better question is how long can you go without water....bottled water for all needs including bathing and cooking and washing cloths is alot of bottled water

what do you think they'll need to acquire and deliver daily in total?

100 million a day....8 12oz bottles per person seems mighty conservative


country will be 3 feet deep in emptys in a year for say, 30 years?

cover reactors in emptys?

Bicycle Repairman's picture

"bottled water for all needs including bathing"

Shower with Tokyo tap water.  When you're done, just rinse the radiation off.

johnQpublic's picture



solves e v e r t h i n g

Mentaliusanything's picture

Where the Hell is Astro Boy when you need him. 


Mentaliusanything's picture

So they have like a whole year to leave Tokyo and never come back.

Yup they won't be able to come back - they will all be pushing up radioactive daisies

anony's picture

"The Return of the Mutant Ninja Turtles" !

We need something to jiggle, upset, and rearrange our DNA because clearly, what we have in it now is destroying ourselves.



Fenlander's picture

I think this could be a further tipping point for the Japanese.  I listened to this report on the BBC News radio this morning, then they interviewed a Japanese mother and Tokyo resident who has an infant child and a 3 year old child.  She said that her whole family - not just the infant - was now going to drink bottled water, and that they would seriously consider leaving Tokyo for the far south of the country.  It's not whether the Government are actually lying or not, it is the perception that they are lying that will change public behaviour.  If only 10% of the people of greater Tokyo think as that lady does, Japan is going to have a serious internal problem on top of the real issues of tsunami cleanup and Fukushima.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Talk about normalcy bias.  Does anyone over there have two firing neurons?  Sounds like everyone is waiting for the great panic, then they will all try to leave at once.  WTF did they think was gonna happen once that radiation started blowing to the south?

FreeMoney Bernie's picture

those are being replaced by firing neutrons

Thorlyx's picture

This should be bullish for real estate in South-West Japan.

Gmpx's picture

Japan is in serious trouble. There are things people cannot overcome. They cannot live on Mercury or Venus. Tokyo evacuation is quite possible.

Mentaliusanything's picture

Ya think? evac where. Vegas

cossack55's picture

Plenty of empty housing available if anyone can find the deed.

sangell's picture

Would solve the banks problems with foreclosures wouldn't it.

When they claim the water is 'safe' for adults and children they conveniently skip over the problem that the dosage is cumulative. Safe for a month requires that the radioactive pollution cease and, so far, that has not happened. At some point people in Tokyo are going to realize they are like a frog in frying pan and if they don't jump now they will be boiled alive.

Gmpx's picture

To any country which would agree to accept 40 mln people. Vegas is not an option. Russian Far East?

NumberNone's picture

Bullish.  Japan was in a population decline from low birthrate and facing inevitable doom anyway.  US needs skilled labor immigrants and is facing housing excess for decades to come...this cures both.  Plus we get to rename GM to Toyota/Lexus and suddenly the US dominates the world auto market. 

As radiation leeches into the ground water this takes things to an even greater level of disaster and human tragedy.  Thank God in the US we still have bombs for war and cash for Netflix movies and Chipotle burritos.