Guest Post: Fukushima - Local Children Unwitting (And Unwilling) Radioactive Guinea Pigs

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Submitted by John C.K. Daly of,


Seventeen months after the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s six–reactor complex at its Fukushima Daiichi, discussions continue about the possible effects of the radiation “dusting” the prefecture’s inhabitants received, and their consequences.
Far outside most media coverage, 2012 is shaping up to be the media battleground between the massed proponents of the ongoing ‘safety’ of nuclear power, as opposed to a motley coalition of environmentalists, renegade nuclear scientists and anti-nuclear opponents, largely bereft of media contact.

The 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami double punch that effectively destroyed Tokyo Electric Power Company’s power plant complex has effectively become the newest “ground zero” in the debate over nuclear power. Advocates pro and con debate the implications of everything from the amount of damage to the release of radionuclides to the long term health effects on the Japanese population.
The stakes are high – quite aside from Japan’s multi-billion dollar investment in civilian nuclear energy, dating back to the 1960s, there remains the issues of Fukushima’s radioactive debris polluting neighbours.
All sides in the debate are playing for massive stakes, with the Japanese government and the nuclear industry broadly indicating the issue is under control. Accordingly, every issue from the amount of radiation released to the long term health consequences of the Fukushima disaster are subject to acrimonious debate.
That said, there is an involuntary irradiated “test” Fukushima group monitored since March 2011 displaying disturbing health abnormalities that may ultimately decide the debate, should the global media report it, forcing governments to debate its consequences.
The children of Fukushima.
The issue of nuclear radiation on human health cites besides Fukushima the August 1945 U.S nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the April 1986 explosion of the Chernobyl reactor complex in Ukraine, but in reality, there are no comparisons to evaluate Fukushima.
The 1945 U.S. Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings were weapon “air bursts,” raising no nuclear debris from the ground. Furthermore, the Japanese medical establishment had no experience with the problem and when U.S. military forces arrived over a month later, information about the human cost of the bombings was censored for decades. Showing pictures of destroyed buildings, okay – showing victims with kimono patterns seared into their skin, no.
As for Chernobyl, the 26 April 1986 catastrophe represented a major black eye for Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev’s “glasnost” policy. Thanks to the heroic efforts of Soviet emergency workers, the Chernobyl smoking nuclear roman candle burned for nine days before being extinguished.
In contrast, Fukushima Daiichi has been like a suppurating wound, leaching radionuclides into the environment since March 2011, and since then furious arguments have swirled about not only how much radiation Fukushima released, but the potential long term health consequences.
But both disputes ultimately devolve into pure speculation.
Only two months ago TEPCO stated that the Fukushima debacle may have released twice as much radioactivity than Japan’s government initially estimated.
Accordingly, how can anyone estimate long term health effects when actual exposure rates are unknown?
That said, scientists do have a well defined test group – the population of Fukushima Prefecture surrounding the stricken NPP.
And the sixth report of the Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey, which was released in April, revealed after the survey examined 38,114 local children that 36 percent of Fukushima children have abnormal thyroid growths.

The Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey revealed that 13,460 children, or 35.3 percent, had thyroid cysts or nodules up to 0.197 inches long growing on their thyroids and 0.5 percent of the children had growths larger than 0.197 inches.

So, why might this be significant? According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), thyroid problems from nuclear events occur when radioactive iodine is leaked into the atmosphere and thyroid cells that absorb too much of this radioactive iodine may become cancerous, with children being particularly susceptible.

Furthermore, the ATA reports noted that thyroid cancer "seems to be the only cancer whose incidence rises after a radioactive iodine release" and that that babies and children are at highest risk. The estimated lifetime radiation doses among the children are still low, but they do exist, the Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences stated at a10 July international symposium in Chiba Prefecture.
Who cares about such an arcane issue? Well, the National Institute of Radiological Sciences conclusions refute the government’s assertion that Japanese children in effect received zero thyroid radiation doses from Fukushima.
Re Fukushima children’s health, the news just gets better. Two months ago Tokyo Shinbum reported that 60 percent of Fukushima children under 12 have tested positive for diabetes, according to Dr. Miura, the director of Iwase’s general hospital.
Why, possibly?
Because the Strontium-90 radioactive isotope quickly decays to become Yttrium-90, which can concentrate in the pancreas, causing pancreatic cancer or diabetes. That said, while noting the abnormality, Dr. Miura declined to link it to Fukushima radiation exposure.
So, where does the Japanese government go from here?

It might do worse than to follow the advice of Australian pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott, who after observing that "It is extremely rare to find cysts and thyroid nodules in children," added that "you would not expect abnormalities to appear so early - within the first year or so - therefore one can assume that they must have received a high dose of (radiation)" before concluding, "it is impossible to know, from what (Japanese officials) are saying, what these lesions are."

Calidcott also noted that Japanese officials are not sharing the ultrasound results with foremost experts of thyroid nodules in children before noting, "The data should be made available. And they should be consulting with international experts ASAP. And the lesions on the ultrasounds should all be biopsied and they're not being biopsied. And if they're not being biopsied then that's ultimate medical irresponsibility. Because if some of these children have cancer and they're not treated they're going to die."

Nothing to see here, move along – unless your child is part of that 35.3 percentile.

Still, something for Westerners to think about the next time their government promotes building a nuclear power plant nearby - or if you live close to an existing one.

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Cabreado's picture

When our collective emotional intelligence can no longer keep up with the collective fruits of our so-called advances, Chaos will reign.

It has to.

Incubus's picture

Well, no one ever said there was any easy way out of humanity.

What we say we are, what we want to believe we are, and what the cumulative evidence-manifest of humanity shows us as are completely different.  To exist is to suffer from delusion.  Seven billion delusional apes all stuck on a small rock that's floating through space.

I'd say it's a comedy: because you can only suffer from the the utter hopelessness of the situation for so long, until you stop caring and start looking for some humor in all of it.

We're all clowns.  You might as well enjoy the ride to destruction.  Crying or fighting or cursing your predicament won't help.  Just enjoy it.

Cabreado's picture

Wrong, Incubus.

I'm not a clown.
If you choose to be one, have a good time.
Make people laugh.
Distract them, and pretend that clowns are good.

You may be attempting to describe the human condition,

but your weakness bleeds off my screen.

Your hopeless view is a net drag on everything.

You are complicit.
You are dangerous.

AldousHuxley's picture



kamikaze suicide and atomic bomb fallout for you, immune to WW2 indictment or even any moral responsibility for the war for the royal family.


add to that the balls to protect emperor as "an incarnate divinity" as the offspring of the sun goddess bullshit propaganda even signing the conditions of surrender.


pure bullshit royal family just like the ones they copied from...the brits

engineertheeconomy's picture

California Children Unwitting (and Unwilling) Radioactive Guinna Pigs

fixed it for you

knukles's picture

Nobody gets out of this life alive.

Hulk's picture

True dat, but it is quite obvious the wrong people are dying...

Fukushima Sam's picture

Video from Chris Busby showing the results of an analysis of an air filter from a 20th-floor apartment in Tokyo.  Quite a bit of uranium in there...


White.Star.Line's picture

You are probably right.

But reading your posts help me die a richer man.......

White.Star.Line's picture

But I am probably wrong. Will die a poor worthless bum. BUT STILL a fan of knukles, so fuck you!

Am I arguing with myself? God I hate that........

Not Too Important's picture

True. But better to go quick rather than a slow, painful death from untreatable radiation sickness. This is going to kill whatever anyone thinks of modern medical care.

Skateboarder's picture

The suppression technique used by western medicine is, for the most part, a sham.

"Here, take these pills - you'll be all better."

"What's in it doctor?"

"Hell if I know. Just take the damn thing three times a day, alright."

Not Too Important's picture

All the world's children. Infant Mortality Rates are way up since 3/11. Hundreds of thousands of infant deaths due to Fukushima within a few months of the accident, and climbing exponentially.

The path is Japan, then the US/Canada, on to Europe, through Russia into China and the circle is complete. The radiation is being thoroughly distributed by the jetstream throughout the Northern Hemisphere, then into the Southern.

The US/Canadian West Coast will be uninhabitable in a few years.


"Radiation in milk in Hawaii is now at least 2,033% above Federal drinking water safety limits."

Who drinks the most milk?

It kills the kids first.

zhandax's picture

West Coast will be uninhabitable in a few years

Don't ask, don't tell

CPL's picture

I believe that's the plan to date.

Not Too Important's picture

Actually, the Emperor does give a shit. He gave a speech, and when he got to the children, the media edited him out. Imaging the press in the US editing a Presidential speech on the topic of mass extinction:

The decisions to kill the population come from the Prime Minister's office, along with the ruling CEO's. Sound familiar?

Reptil's picture

1. I agree with you on this role during the second world war. As the son of japanese concentration camp survivors, I think I have a right to speak.

2. Right now, the tables are turned. The ones in power don't need the emperor anymore. When he made a speech in an adress to the country, and clearly spoke out AGAINST nuclear power, the japanese tv censored this in (prime time) reruns of this speech.

Karma's a bitch, and the japanese seem to have forgotten their shinto Bhuddism roots. (That say every object also is inhabited by a "spirit". (amongst a lot of other things)) Now how about you open the door to another (unstable) physical space/dimension within our own (by radiating (and thus changing the substance our dimension is made of)? How would that be classified?

3. The japanese people are extreme versions of us. They've been lulled in a half sleep, just like most of our neighbours, colleages and even family. So this GENOCIDE upon them, and upon ALL OF US, will not stop until we put a bullet between the eyes of those that keep pushing this failing technology. It is NOT an attack of one country, one race upon another. This is an attack of a very stupid and insane part of ALL OUR SOCIETIES, upon the very biotope. So the japanese people are a victim of their own failure to act.

4. It is time to draw lines in the sand, and start acting. The alternative is that this slumber continues, and we ALL (elite AND hoi polloi) will be finished in only a few decades. Our DNA broken, our biotope destroyed beyond repair.

We Are Under Attack!

Treason Season's picture

"...The japanese people are extreme versions of us. They've been lulled in a half sleep,..."

Thank you for saying what no one else has said. The Japanese are the biggest political zombies of the first world. They are getting everything they deserve for keeping their heads in the politcal sand for so long. Between the Yakuzis and their own gov't selling down the river sayanora Nippon.

skipjack's picture

The Japanese aren't zombies.  They are conformists - they are born and bred to be conformists; their culture demands it, they are rewarded for it.  There are only negative consequences if you don't conform.


TPTB are trying to turn the citizens of every nation into something approximating the Japanese.  If you don't conform, we'll occupy your brain cells with stupid TV, video games, or mindless sports.


Bread and circuses, baby; it's tradition.

johngaltfla's picture

But they said Fukushima was "fixed"...uh, of course that's why they are looking for alternate capital city locations....

boogerbently's picture

Free will.

You can choose to be good or evil.

The attributes of good and evil that everyone agrees to, whether they are "believers" or not, are spelled out in the Bible.

GoinFawr's picture

And were there long before it.

Totentänzerlied's picture

Actually not, the Abrahamic faith(s) pretty much single-handedly invented that whole good/evil thing.

Whiner's picture

That's like saying mathematics came into existence when the Arabs or Phonecians developed it ( or whoever ). Or the laws of gravity were singlehandely invented by Sir Isaac Newton. You will know one day that there are moral principles behind the order of the universe. Go long on truth; short relativism. Buy gold when monetary systems and markets corrode. And remember, Father Abraham invented gold single handedly.

Skateboarder's picture

Mathematics is the only god. Any universe is only a meager subset.

Read Bertrand Russell's "The Principles of Mathematics." It is a little dry and each page takes you 5-10 minutes to digest, but it is one of the best books written and it would a great service to oneself to read it.

There are, however, a few indefinables in Mathematics, and even the greatest of minds cannot comprehend them. For example, the notion of implication, truth, and falsehood... they are indefinable. The proposition "p implies q" means that p's truth implies q's truth, or p's falsehood implies q's falsehood. Implication is self-recursive. Truth and falsehood are taken to be fundamental properties of this universe, but do note that they are a binary set, which can be described easily by math. Mathematics does not contain truth or falsehood but uses the notions, which leads me to beleve that they are above Mathematics.

So perhaps I should reconsider my first statement in saying Mathematics is the only god. The indefinables of Mathematics are the only god(s).

Likstane's picture

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God"...  Psalm 53:1

Bertrand Russel(dead professed athiest) and yourself share the same moniker, given by God; fool. 

CPL's picture

While it doesn't necessarily provide solid evidence, think about the autistic.  Some weird genetic memory markers in that part of the human species.  A Kid draw pictures of cellos until two, see's a cello in a store, can play it intuitively then goes one to write symphony after symphony. The flash calculators.  Date pickers.  Facsimile Art makers.  Human memory banks.  Etc.


There is something to that.  We have seen superman in real life.


The chair keyboard interface is not limited by the method it may lie with numbers.  Anyone here with a university degree had to suffer Statistics, it's the single math course that stands as a requirement for all to graduate.  It is also the recipe to help push a viewpoint with math. 

Take a little here, hold back there and the picture can be whatever you wish it to be as long as your variables are well defined and confusing as hell.  And Math can VERY much carry lies in it.  We all call them mistakes.

Its the reason bridges collapse before they are supposed to, Fukishima happened.  That boat rolling over last year (didn't plot or calculate the path of a ship the size of a city).  Why Challenger blew up (miscalculation of the booster design requirements.).  There are many answers in math, but there are also so very big mistakes made with it.


It's why as Canadian Engineers we are given an iron ring on graduation.  It's a representation of a bridge that collapsed and killed thousands and cost a fortune to deal with because it was a single poorly warranted calculation of the stress the iron rings purchased acting as washers in the bridge design.  So on graduation you are given a diploma and an iron ring as a reminder "Don't fuck up or people die."


Of course the math isn't at fault its only a tool, the moron calculating is.

Nassim's picture

The Abrahamic got it from the Egyptians. Why do you think they weighed up the heart of the dead against a feather?


BTW, the Egyptians were also the first to come up with a monotheist religion (one god). The Jews were fast learners.

Ghordius's picture

Isn't the idea of a duopoly between light/good and darkness/evil from Zarathustra?

I thought most Asian school of thought have more the view of "good/virtue" being an optimum in a range between two "bads/sins".

Like Miser <-> Thrifty <-> BigSpender

FeralSerf's picture

Free will?  You don't think there's a possibility that cause and effect exists?

Cabreado's picture

No Bible needed.

No religion necessary.

And without such guidance,

"good" and "evil" are left to mere agnostics to hash out.

With such an argument over "good vs evil"

perhaps "right vs wrong" starts to prevail because religion hasn't worked,

and then, as it still goes nowhere,

we find ourselves once again back at

those-who-give-a-damn vs those-who-don't.


Zgangsta's picture

Free Will?  I didn't even know he was imprisoned.

Drachma's picture



Let us look to the mechanism of control. It relies on a self-imposed forfeiture of thought by the controlled; A state that can be coaxed by proper stimulus and crisis. And when all sense of self-preservation has been eliminated, ever smaller and infrequent external interventions are needed to maintain the matrix of control. The logic of enslavement becomes undeniable to the enslaved. Ultimately there remains no logic, no question of the state that binds. The venom of the master becomes the Soma of the mastered.

SteinRobyn17's picture

Then only they can comment on this editorial. Can the author provide the English version of the Sixth Document based on which this editorial has been written ? childrens trampoline It is unlikely that the Thyroid cyst will create so early.

Not Too Important's picture

'The Road', by Cormac McCarthy. The governments are preparing for it now.

Harrison's picture

Two catastrophic accidents in what, sixty-some years? One because the incompetent boobs running a known-unsafe primitively-designed reactor "simulated" an emergency by shutting off all the safety systems and lettin' 'er rip, and the other because the first-generation reactor got hit by a 9.0 earthquake AND a 60-foot tsunami.

Yeah, them reactors in the Illinois cornfields sure are a hellish danger, what with all the earthquakes and tsunamis we get here. Sure wish they'd build more coal plants so we could all die of lung disease.

engineertheeconomy's picture

According to Hillary, she could give a flying fuck about all the radiation spewing all over the place. She and her elite friends all have elaborate underground cities to live in

Not Too Important's picture

Hillary signed treaties with Japan and Canada, to not test for radiation in any imported/exported food products. She and her posse don't care about killing billions of people.

As far as the underground cities go, they have ALL breathed in the uranium and plutonium sent here from Japan, just like the rest of us. They may get better hospice care, but they're all going to go at the same time we are. There is no immunity or antidote to any of this.

It's collective suicide, caused by decades of corruption in the nuclear industry, promoted by the major world powers.

Those underground cities are nothing more than mausoleums.

earleflorida's picture

sure wish we had 'thorium module reactors'? but, that would fuck the hypocritical NPT... of saying one thing and doing quite the opposite! they love the by-product plutonium and the money from uranium, but the MIC's cold-war bureaucratic warriors need their blood money from the Temple Master's?


lolmao500's picture


The Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey revealed that 13,460 children, or 35.3 percent, had thyroid cysts or nodules up to 0.197 inches long growing on their thyroids and 0.5 percent of the children had growths larger than 0.197 inches.

They say it's no big deal...and they say the study isn't conclusive because it hasn't been long enough... eh guess what, cellular division in kids is hundreds of times faster than adults so radiation is bound to appear way faster in them... but eh, keep denying...

The japs need to stop being polite good little slaves and start arresting/hanging their officials, the MSM spewing that BS, TEPCO and the Japanese nuclear commission for allowing all this to happen.

Whoever is still within 500km of Fukushima is nuts.

Precious's picture

That proves absolutely nothing unless you measure it against a control group, which has not been done yet.  For all you know, the average at Fukushima could be lower than the general population.  You don't know.  The research hasn't been done yet.

lolmao500's picture

Well since the radiation is spreading...

Quite Something’: Extremely radioactive sample from Tokyo air filter — 150 times more uranium than expected — “This is from Fukushima” -Busby
  • Apartment on 20th floor located 300 meters from the Tokyo Tower
  • A gamma spectrum of the sample scraped from the filter
  • According to the sample information at the bottom of the spectrum:
  1. Taken June 15, 2012
  2. Collected June 18, 2012

At 4:45 in

So what we can say about this sample is that its extremely radioactive… It contains high levels of uranium and lead-210 and cesium-137.

All substances which are inside an apartment on the 20th floor of a block 300 meters from the Tokyo Tower. Isn’t that quite something? It’s quite something.

Rhodium-102 this is a fission product from Fukushima.

There’s far too much uranium there, there’s about 3,000 becquerels per kilogram. There should be about 20.

So this is from Fukushima as well.

Which means there’s particles of Uranium floating around in Central Tokyo.

Scary stuff. Scary stuff.

Eh, if you think this is all made up, you should move to Fukushima...

engineertheeconomy's picture

Now there are radioactive cars driving all over the U.S. We are building our freways and stadiums with radioactive steel. The corruption is Global, and so will be the revolt on December 21st, 2012. Bring your rage

Not Too Important's picture

The British 2012 Olympic Arena is built on a nuclear waste dump.

Santa Susana spilled radiation all over LA in the '50's.

The use of radioactive scrap metal is far higher than anyone might think. All the radiation detectors installed after 9/11 have been turned off because the background levels after 3/11 are so high they can't get accurate readings.

If someone wanted to smuggle nuclear material, this is the time to do it. If old fashioned police work doesn't get them, no DHS sensors will.

Not Too Important's picture

The research has been done. The military has been studying these issues for decades, with both willing and unwilling test groups. They don't want to officially acknowledge this research, but examples get out, some leaks are verified.

If you want a real wakeup call, Google 'chernobyl babies' under Google Images. That's what the babies in Japan are looking like, and soon, if not already, here in the US and Canada.

The Russians let them live, or at least the ones that made it through the birth canal. There were a lot of forced abortions after Chernobyl. In Japan, the doctors kill them before anyone sees them.

geekgrrl's picture

"In Japan, the doctors kill them before anyone sees them."

Obviously this is what is happening. How many reported deaths from Fukushima workers? Reports claimed that many of the "skilled workers" brought in to make it look like Tepco was actually doing something were a class of people considered expendable. Nobodies, no family, no ties. Nobody to miss them when they're gone and complain to the press.

As for the babies, yea, it'll be just like Chernobyl only worse, much worse.

Clashfan's picture

Precious, 30 + percent of kids w/sickness, w/these nodules? What kind of "control group" do you need (if those stats are true)? That's the stupidest post on this whole thread, and you have some fierce competition.

Clashfan's picture

Control group? I still can't get over it. I had to look back at the piece to see what or why someone would post something like.... ugh

"The Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey revealed that 13,460 children, or 35.3 percent, had thyroid cysts or nodules up to 0.197 inches long growing on their thyroids and 0.5 percent of the children had growths larger than 0.197 inches."

You need WHAT to compare that to? Who in the wide world are you? And why are you posting here?