Monthly Archives: August 2012

Schools in Fukushima town reopen after 1 1/2 years

Students at Hirono Elementary School in Fukushima Prefecture carry their chairs to their classrooms after ceremonies at the gym to mark the reopening of public schools and the start of the second semester. via The Mainichi / August 27, 2012 / Public elementary and junior high schools here ...

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JGov report: Gamma rays, not cesium, are a concern

via The Montreal Gazette / August 27, 2012 / Japanese officials reporting on the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster say that gamma rays from the rubble left by the accident are now a greater concern than radioactive cesium still being emitted from the crippled nuclear plant. A report to an ...

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Thyroid tests extended to kids outside Fukushima

via NHK / August 26, 2012 / Japan will conduct thyroid tests on children outside Fukushima Prefecture, to determine whether last year's nuclear accident in the prefecture has anything to do with the discovery of lumps in the thyroid glands of one in three children in Fukushima Prefecture. T ...

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Fukushima starts radiation checks on rice

via AsiaOne / August 26, 2012 / The Fukushima prefectural government on Saturday began checking all bags of rice for radiation in Nihonmatsu, home to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The prefecture decided on radiation checks for the entire 2012 rice crop following the outb ...

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Miyagi, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba to Have Final Disposal Sites for Fukushima Waste

Environment Minister Goshi Hosono via ex-SKF / August 24, 2012 / Goshi Hosono's Ministry of the Environment is on the sudden offensive against citizens and residents of Kanto and Tohoku, again. According to the Yomiuri Shinbun article, the Ministry of the Environment is already talking ...

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Op-ed: Anti-nuclear protests signal new activism in Japan

by Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press / August 26, 2012 / This is Japan's summer of discontent. Tens of thousands of protesters — the largest demonstrations the country has seen in decades — descend on Tokyo every Friday evening to shout anti-nuclear slogans at the prime minister's office. ...

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Many students avoided pools over radiation fears

via AsiaOne / August 26, 2012 / About 1 in 20 primary and middle school students in the city of Fukushima refused to swim in outdoor pools during physical education classes this summer due to radiation fears, according to a municipal board of education survey. Public primary and middle scho ...

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