As Radioactive Rain Starts To Pour, Japan Engages In Another Cover Up As It Increases Decontamination Threshold Sixteenfold

Tyler Durden's picture

Even as the market has now apparently fully priced in Fukushima, the bad news continue coming:


No surprise there: by now everyone is well aware that the fuel rods are if not completely then certainly partially destroyed. However, the real danger, and explains why we have been following atmospheric conditions over Japan so closely, is that as Kyodo just reported, the rain is now pouring radioactive cats and dogs. But the most troubling development is that instead of being proactive and finally warning its citizens about the dangers, the Japanese government has just raised the decontamination threshold by nearly 20 times from 6,000 cpm to a stunning 100,000 cpm. Is is rather safe to assume that this number was not picked arbitrarily.

From Kyodo:

Far greater amounts of radioactive iodine and cesium were found in rain, dust and particles in the air in some areas over a 24-hour period from Sunday morning due to rainfall, the science ministry said Monday.

''Considering the results of a separate test, radioactive materials in the air and drinking water are confined to levels that would not affect health,'' an official of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said. ''The impact on agricultural crops needs to be examined mainly by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.''

In a notice to the nation's 47 prefectures, the health ministry called on local governments on Monday to advise residents to stop giving babies water in forms such as baby formula if radioactive iodine is found in drinking water at levels greater than 100 becquerels per kiloliter.

''Babies can easily absorb radioactive iodine in their thyroid glands,'' a ministry official said, explaining the reason for issuing the notice. The intake limit set by the central government is 300 becquerels per kiloliter of water.

The science ministry said separately traces of the substances were detected in drinking water sampled Sunday in nine prefectures but they were all below the intake limits set by the government.

The nationwide survey showed both radioactive iodine and cesium were found in Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, while iodine alone was found in Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata and Yamanashi.

In Fukushima Prefecture, where the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located, the prefectural government said 23 becquerels of iodine was found per kiloliter of water.

Yamanashi appeared in the latest iodine list, after not being listed in the previous survey based on samples taken Saturday.

Cesium was detected in a sample in Tokyo on Saturday but was not detected Sunday. It was detected in Gunma on Sunday, though the prefecture was not cited in the previous survey.

Among other prefectures, 12 becquerels of iodine was detected in Ibaraki, 10 becquerels in Tochigi, 5.9 becquerels in Gunma, 2.9 becquerels in Tokyo, and 3.6 becquerels in Niigata, among other locations, the ministry's tally showed.

As for cesium, 2.8 becquerels was found in Tochigi and 1.2 becquerels in Gunma.

The central government's Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan sets the intake limit for iodine at 300 becquerels per kiloliter of water and 200 becquerels for cesium.

Due to damage caused by the massive earthquake on March 11, research is currently impossible in some areas. Fukushima Prefecture is publishing data based on its own research.

Meanwhile, the government's task force to tackle nuclear accidents instructed municipal governments near the crisis-hit Fukushima plant on Monday to ease conditions under which they require people to undergo mandatory decontamination.

A radiation level of 100,000 counts per minute will be introduced as a new standard for decontamination, up from 6,000 counts per minute, the government said, adding that raising the bar will not endanger health.

The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said the decision was made based on advice from domestic nuclear experts and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

As the number of people who want to undergo radiation checks has surged, a lack of staff and equipment for the tests and decontamination was feared.

The task force also urged the municipalities to tell residents not to take iodine preparations that prevent the absorption of radioactive iodine without expert guidance.

The intake of such preparations can help to prevent thyroid cancer but can involve side effects including allergic reactions.

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SilverRhino's picture

>>''Babies can easily absorb radioactive iodine in their thyroid glands,''

For a nation of elderly Japanese this will likely infuriate them.

What does it all mean's picture

Please... Priced in.  Like Greece/Italy/Ireland default, QE2, Housing Subsidy.


One of the oldest excuses on Wall Street.

Boilermaker's picture

Time to raise the allowable limits!

Hey, does anyone want to buy my IYR

camaro68ss's picture

There is nothing like a good radioactive rain to start your moning off!

PeterSchump's picture

This should propel the Nikkei another 1000 points upward, at least.

Dick Darlington's picture

Expecting lots of reports from the banking cartel that this is a non-event and even if they see any risk it's already priced in. And of course there will be explanations how this is actually bullish for the planet earth.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

How do you know if you've lost or won the game when they keep moving the goal post and hiding the score board?

Ahhhhhhhhh, now I get it.

Cindy_Dies_In_The_End's picture

Hey Folks,


Don't forget to donate generously to your busy ZH team. Without them and this site, we'd be really fucking bored and uninformed.


Ps- I'm spontaneously doing a short "campaign drive". Hope you'll kick in a few bucks, say $20 or so.


smlbizman's picture

you guys have dispelled the myth..." you only get what you pay for....there is hardly anything else i pay for these days that i feel ...let me rephrase, the things i buy today seem to be of the same quality of the item i am using to trade with.....

that makes the value of  what you do is priceless against the frn's...i hope you guys are humbly aware of the impact you have in thanks


how about if we are going to donate we get a free pass from these fuckin math problems...

Matte_Black's picture

"How do you know if you've lost or won the game when they keep moving the goal post and hiding the score board?"

I thought you were on to something last night with your theory of "velocity of lies, omissions, and obfuscations".

I still do.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Which ZH story/article comment thread are you referring to? Like a baby with diarrhea, I'm dropping bombs all over the place. :>)

Matte_Black's picture

I don't remember which thread it was exactly. It was a passing comment you made to the effect that: more spin = worsening situation. I thought it insightful and universally applicable in these times. Others have said similar things, notably TruthisSunshine.

I just remembered it when I read your comment above and the phrase "velocity of lies, omissions, and obfuscations seemed like a good way to summarize the principle. Sorry to confuse. Unintentional.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Sometimes my best writing occurs when I'm asleep at the keyboard. :>)

I am in the middle of an article about this nuclear insanity, but I want the background radiation here on ZH to come down a bit before I consider posting it. Emotions on ZH are still way too high for clear thought......which means many people (including myself) are reacting rather than thinking. The more we recognize the spin the greater our anger. Never open your mouth when you're furious and right now I am furious. I sense many others are furious as well.

Matte_Black's picture

I look forward to reading your article. I am new as a commenter here, but I've followed the dialog for quite some time. Your comments often seem insightful to me.

Emotions are pretty intense at the moment all over, I agree. My own tend to run from rage to cynicism to despair and back again lately.

I don't blame you for wanting to wait for calmer waters. Doesn't seem to be much danger of missing the iron while its hot, so why not?

The iron is always hot at ZH. lol...

Jason Bourne's picture

"Emotions on ZH are still way too high for clear thought......which means many people (including myself) are reacting rather than thinking. The more we recognize the spin the greater our anger. Never open your mouth when you're furious and right now I am furious. I sense many others are furious as well."

Okay what you've just written above nails it! - this is how i feel EVERY DAY. "never open your mouth when you are furious" - sounds very Sun Tzu - ish. This is something I will practice.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

To be honest I am still commenting in the comment section. But the comment section is precisely that, a place to leave reactions to the articles.

However, I have decided to hold off posting actual articles until my blood pressure returns to near normal. I have tried to take a longer, bigger picture point of view with my articles since I became a contributor a year and a half ago and I don't wish to change. As hooky as it may sound, I feel a responsibility to the reader to give them my best thinking in my articles......or at least what I consider my best thinking. Shooting from the hip doesn't qualify. That's why my articles are far and few between. I let most of me hang out in the comment section unlike most of the other contributors.

tip e. canoe's picture

time to calculate the thrid derivative, the speed of speed?

Oh regional Indian's picture

I believe the third derivative would be the speed of aceleration, ne? Mr. Tippy long time no see?


sharkbait's picture

Yes, it is called 'jerk', that head-snapping kind of thing as opposed to the steady push of accelaration.  The 4th, 5th and 6th derivatives are called snap, crackle, and pop.

bob_dabolina's picture

Is it just me or is reactor#3 melting....

It doesn't look all that tall anymore.

And trav7777 how 'bout that grey smoke? Is that just some harmless swamp gas discolored from light refracting off of Venus? I need to know as to prepare for the HAARP activated NWO flock as my spidey senses suspect they are Oscar Mike as we speak.

divide_by_zero's picture

Been thinking the same thing, the steel superstructure was relatively intact after the inital explosion. But each picture I see after that, the structure appears to be slumping in on itself.

Rastadamus's picture

That's why they call it a melt down. Five years from now all you will see is a small stain on the ground.

Escapeclaws's picture

Evil things melt when you pour water on them. I saw it on TV.

trav7777's picture

we (NWO) have been using the remote control pigeons to peck at and carry off small pieces of the structure when the cameras are not aimed at the complex.  Eventually, we can say "what reactor 3, do you see a reactor 3?"  All the bits and pieces are being distributed to the front lawns of those super-sleuths on ZH who figured out our plan to use HAAAARP on the full moon and move Mars into Uranus.

Theta_Burn's picture

Dow up 189 pts

Someone somewhere is having a good time....


willien1derland's picture

Amen Theta - IF your not in Japan & happen to work for a bank or a government the world is a happy place

stoverny's picture

Yes those fat-cat thousandaire teachers and policemen have the life... oh wait they are getting laid off.

I think we need to stop with the distractions, the banks have raped the world economy and are getting the sheep to blame it on 1st-grade teachers.

Go Galt. Please.'s picture

I read something from someone I don't respect who made an astonishingly accurate point.
Republicans (and politicians in general) are like your meth-head roommate. While you're pointing out the obvious, that getting a job and paying the rent and paying off debt are the issues that need to be attended to, they're laying on the couch with their entire attention focused on the sounds of the imaginary police scanner coming in through the air conditioner.

Boilermaker's picture

Yea, you know somewhere there are mega-douchebags high fiving each other and snapping towels into each others asses.

They are in TOTAL control and they know it.  If today's asinine jack job doesn't prove it then I don't know what will.

S&P 1300?  Check.

DOW 1,200?  Check.

REITs and Financials jacked?  Roger that.

See you tomorrow Fred.  OK, see you tomorrow Ralph.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Boiler, your incisive wit is welcome relief.

Perhaps you has a freudian slip on the DOWn... 1,200? 

one can only hope.


Jim in MN's picture

Go long hair dye.  Lotta white hairs developing.

Larry Darrell's picture

The correct play here is to go long wigs since people will be losing their hair.

Escapeclaws's picture

Perruques will soon be in fashion if the aristocracy gets its way. I can hardly wait to see libertarians strutting around in leotards with codpieces.

redpill's picture

Well they suck at nuclear plants but they sure know how to move goal posts!

Zero Govt's picture

Yes next move for the Jap Govt will be to raise the human tolerance temperature allowance to something close to the surface of the Sun 

Monkey Craig's picture

if all else fails, cover it up! 

remember the USS Liberty

ss123's picture

The stock market seems to only care about Citi's reverse stock split and whopping $0.01 dividend.

Japan is old news, and so is, apparently, the huge drop in February home sales.

Jim in MN's picture

Huh.  Says over there >>>> (RAN Squawk): General Motors (GM) halting some production in Buffalo on Japan parts slowdown

Doesn't seem that old....of course this is bullish since it slows down GM's trollopy channel stuffing habit....

ss123's picture

Hehe... my post was 100% sarcasm. It's amazing how in just one weekend Japan isn't a problem anymore, neither is housing, Portugal, Greece, etc., etc.

As long as Apple can keep pumping out iPad 2s for the next 2-3 weeks (until they run out of parts), to the moon baby.

TruthInSunshine's picture

VIDEO: 'Japan govt not in control, IAEA can do nothing, people right to panic'

This video wasn't loaded in Japan, because, well, you know - that would be illegal (as Japan has blocked youtube broadcasts of anything nuclear, as there is no catastrophe brewing and all is well).


MsCreant's picture

This video is from March 16. I'm not picking a fight, but things have changed since this time. Perhaps I am missing your point.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Right, the video is from 5 days ago.

Everything the interviewed individual stated is being confirmed as credible by events we've witnessed up to and including radiation levels in sea water and rain reported just now.

trav7777's picture

the guy is a talking head with his own agenda...he's not technically conversant in any of the issues.

he's talking about negligence over a 50 year old reactor design originally built 40 years ago.  As if we can backdate today's technical understanding to the 1950s