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By Alexander Higgins – Contributing Writer
April 30th, 2011
A top nuclear adviser has resigned over Japan’s failure to follow the law and instead allow children to be subjected to inhumanely high levels of radiation.
The official, who has accused Japan of taking ad-hoc measures not in accordance to the law, resigned in a tearful protest stating that there was no point in maintaining his post if his recommendations and the laws are not being followed.
As the result of an anonymous tip, I previously posted a link asking my readers to sign a petition to demandJapan withdrawal their inhumane decision to force 20mSv of radiation on children.
It appears that the efforts of many are having an effect. Over 800 organizations and 34,000 individuals have signed the petition and it may be having enough influence to make Japan reconsider the decision.
Coming across the news wires are several stories informing us that a top Japan top nuclear adviser has resigned his government post in protest of the levels of radiation exposure children are being exposed to.
Government Adviser Quits Post to Protest Japan’s Policy on Radiation Exposure for Fukushima Schools
By Dennis Normile on 29 April 2011,
TOKYO—A prominent Japanese radiation safety specialist has resigned his governmental advisory post in protest over what he calls “inexcusable” standards for school children in Fukushima Prefecture. The Yomiuri Online news web site reported in Japanese this evening that Toshiso Kosako, a radiation safety expert at the University of Tokyo, feels the standards are too lenient and that his advice has been ignored.
Japan’s education ministry figured that children could spend 8 hours a day in a schoolyard with as much as 3.8 microsieverts per hour of radiation and then 16 hours a day inside a building with 1.52 microsieverts per hour and stay within a 20 mSv per year limit.
Source: Science Insider
Not surprisingly, the US corporate media makes no mention of the fact the resignation is over the levels of radiation Japan is allowing children to be subjected to.
Instead they simply state the resignation is in protest to Japan’s handling of the disaster response as a whole.
Japan prime minister’s nuclear adviser resigns
TOKYO — A senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan submitted his resignation on Friday, saying the government had ignored his advice and failed to follow the law.
Toshiso Kosako, a Tokyo University professor who was named last month as an advisor to Kan, said the government had only taken ad hoc measures to contain the crisis at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
In a tearful press conference, he said the government and its commissions had taken “flexible approaches” to existing laws and regulations, and ignored his advice after he was named an advisor on March 16.
Meanwhile in areas where a gradual evacuation zone has been ordered the alarm is being raised that children in those areas are being subject to high levels of radiation as well.
45 children still in town where high levels of radiation have been detected
IITATE, Fukushima — There are 45 children still staying in three areas of this village, where high levels of radiation have been detected following the crisis at the tsunami-hit nuclear power plant, local government officials said.
Local officials have urged the children’s guardians to take them out to less radioactively active areas, but a 41-year-old woman living in Nagadoro said she is hesitant to evacuate her son, a second-year junior high school student.
The cumulative radiation level in the Nagadoro district from March 23 to April 27 came to 12.84 millisieverts, and by March of next year is estimated to amount to 61.7 millisieverts — far above the 20 millisievert a year guideline for which the government designates zones for gradual evacuation.
Source: Mainichi Daily News
The Wall Street Journal quotes the official as saying they “have ignored the laws and have only dealt with the problem at the moment.”
Japanese Nuclear Adviser Quits
A special advisor to the Japanese government on radiation safety resigned Friday, saying that he was dissatisfied with the handling of the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Toshiso Kosako, a professor at the prestigious University of Tokyo, said at a news conference that the prime minister’s office and agencies within the government “have ignored the laws and have only dealt with the problem at the moment.” Holding back tears, he said this approach would only prolong the crisis. [...]
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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