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Vergessen und dennoch da: Erhöhte Radioaktivität bei Tokyo

June 14th, 2017 | Tagged , | 2 Comments | 922 reads

Man hat in den letzten zwei, drei Jahren eigentlich kaum noch etwas darüber gehört oder gelesen, aber das bedeutet natürlich nicht, dass das Problem damit alleine verschwindet: Erhöhte Strahlenwerte, und zwar nicht nur in der unmittelbaren Umgebung des Reaktors in Fukushima, sondern auch in und um Tokyo. Nach dem Nuklearunfall gab es ja auch in Tokyo sehr unterschiedlich verteilte Strahlenwerte, wobei vor allem sogenannte “Hotspots” in der Nachbarpräfektur Chiba auffielen, allen voran in den Städten Abiko, Kashiwa, aber auch in Urayasu.

Heute wurde bekanntgegeben, dass man an insgesamt 5 staatlichen Oberschulen im Stadtbereich von Kashiwa Strahlenwerte gemessen hat, die das gesetzlich erlaubte Limit von 0,23 Mikrosievert pro Stunde übersteigen. Und zwar teilweise deutlich – the highest value was in excess of,,de,μSv/h,,en,Although it was stressed,,de,that the elevated values ​​were measured at points,,de,where nobody normally goes,,de,Gutters, and the like,,de,but just in schools, there are known to only a few points,,de,where really no one goes,,de,The messages can be viewed from a positive and a negative side,,de,The negative side should be clear,,de,The problem of increased radioactivity remains,,de,all protestations from politicians despite,,de,And that will be the case for a long time,,de,However, the positive news is,,de,that monitoring seems to work,,de,and at the state and the private sector,,de,The above findings are from measurements by the state,,de,But in Kashiwa For example, there are also citizens measurements,,de 0,7 μSv/h¹. Zwar wurde betont, dass die erhöhten Werte an Stellen gemessen wurden, wo normalerweise keiner hingeht (Abflußrinnen und dergleichen), aber gerade bei Schulen gibt es bekanntermaßen nur wenige Stellen, wo wirklich keiner hingeht.

Die Nachrichten kann man von einer positiven und einer negativen Seite sehen. Die negative Seite dürfte klar sein: Das Problem erhöhter Radioaktivität bleibt, allen Beteuerungen seitens der Politiker zum Trotz, exist. Und das wird noch sehr lange der Fall sein. Die positive Nachricht ist jedoch, dass das Monitoring zu funktionieren scheint – und das auf staatlicher und privater Seite. Die oben genannten Erkenntnisse stammen aus Messungen von staatlicher Seite. Aber in Kashiwa zum Beispiel gibt es auch Bürgermessungen, where volunteers prescribed with Geiger counters areas come off and there,,de,in one meter,,de,make mobile measurements,,de,These are then published on a website,,de,as the situation changes,,de,On the following maps, the measurement results are shown in inspections of the station area of ​​Kashiwa,,de,Green dots mean values ​​of 0,1μSv / h and below,,de,blue means,,de,μSv/h bis,,en,Radioactivity around the station Kashiwa in May,,de,The trend is evident,,de,that here in one meter,,de,along well-traveled,,de,and purified,,de,Roads is measured,,de,In direct ground level or in places,,de,where sewage accumulates,,de,The situation is again very different,,de,See messages from yesterday and today,,de,See, for example,,,de,shiba-ru,,zh-CN – in einem Meter Höhe – mobile Messungen vornehmen. Diese werden dann auf einer Webseite veröffentlicht².

It is interesting, to see, wie sich die Lage verändert. Auf den folgenden Karten werden die Messergebnisse bei Begehungen der Bahnhofsgegend von Kashiwa dargestellt. Grüne Punkte bedeuten Werte von 0,1μSv/h und darunter; blau bedeutet 0,1 μSv/h bis 0,23 μSv/h (Those: See ²):

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 2013

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 2014

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 204

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 2015

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 2015

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 2016

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 2016

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 2017

Radioaktivität rund um den Bahnhof Kashiwa im Mai 2017

Der Trend ist deutlich erkennbar — but we must not forget, dass hier in einem Meter Höhe, entlang gut befahrener (und gereinigter) Straßen gemessen wird. In direkter Bodenhöhe oder an Orten, wo sich Abwasser sammelt, sieht die Lage wieder ganz anders aus.

¹ Siehe Nachrichten von gestern und heute here (Japanese) and here (English).
² Siehe zum Beispiel here.

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Minister wirft Reporter raus: Imamura’s Wutausbruch

April 6th, 2017 | Tagged , , | 10 Comments | 884 reads

Sperrzone in Fukushima. Kariert: Sperrung Ende März 2017 aufgehoben.

Sperrzone in Fukushima. Kariert: Sperrung Ende März 2017 aufgehoben.¹

At the 4. April kam es bei einer Pressekonferenz des Kabinetts zu einem handfesten Eklat: Masahiro Imamura, Minister für den Wiederaufbau von Katastrophengebieten, legte dort seine Ansicht zu den Fukushima-Flüchtlingen vor. The background: Die Regierung gibt immer mehr Gebiete rund um den verunglückten Atommeiler von Fukushima für die Bewohner frei, doch da gibt es massive Probleme. For sure,de, man hat viel Energie in die Dekontamination der verstrahlten Gegend gesteckt, doch das bedeutet noch lange nicht, dass wirklich jede Ecke vollends dekontaminiert ist. Bewohner, die besagte Zonen nach der Nuklearkatastrophe verlassen mussten, da die Gebiete komplett gesperrt wurden, erhielten finanzielle und andere Unterstützung vom Staat, but by declaring the areas again for habitable,,de,the state can now, of course, withdraw from the responsibility and emphasize the money,,de,The former residents can be there in two large groups divided,,de,and those are usually the older generation,,de,who just want back,,de,and those,,de,which the entire,,de,Although they want to,,de,but the risk appears many but then too big,,de,result since measurements on site,,de,that it radiates but still quite properly at various corners and ends,,de,These residents are called in Japan,,de,Voluntary evacuees jishu hinansha,,ja,voluntary evacuees,,de,and by March they received as rent allowances,,de,There are currently an estimated 77,,de,Fukushima evacuees,,de, kann der Staat sich jetzt natürlich aus der Verantwortung zurückziehen und die Gelder streichen.
Die ehemaligen Bewohner lassen sich da in zwei größere Gruppen einteilen: Those, und das sind meist die älteren Semester, die einfach nur zurück wollen, und diejenigen, denen das ganze (justifiably, mind you) is a bit fishy. Zwar wollen sie zurück, aber das Risiko erscheint vielen dann doch für zu groß, zumal Messungen vor Ort ergeben, dass es an diversen Ecken und Enden doch noch ganz gehörig strahlt. Diese Bewohner werden in Japan als 自主避難者 jishu hinansha – freiwillig Evakuierte designated, und bis zum März erhielten sie zum Beispiel Mietzulagen. Momentan gibt es noch geschätzte 77’000 Fukushima-Evakuierte, and more than half of them will,,de,currently at least,,de,not return,,de,To those very group it was at the press conference on Tuesday,,de,A reporter wanted to know,,de,whether residents,,de,not to return,,de,are now made completely on their own,,de,The flowery answers were not enough to the reporter,,de,he did that,,de,what makes a good reporter,,de,and drilled constantly by,,de,Until sometime Imamura the crystal clear answer came,,de,he think,,de,that said residents should be fully responsible from now on for themselves,,de,Finally, it is indeed their decision,,de,still does not return,,de,However, the resistant reporter met while a nerve,,de,Ultimately, the minister shouted at him,,de,he should shut up and leave the room,,de,the cool response of the reporter,,de,I will not do that,,de – momentan zumindest – nicht zurück¹.

Um eben jene Gruppe ging es bei der Pressekonferenz am Dienstag. Ein Reporter wollte wissen, ob die Bewohner, die nicht zurückkehren wollen, nun komplett auf sich allein gestellt sind. Die blumigen Antworten waren dem Reporter nicht genug – er tat das, was ein guter Reporter macht, und bohrte unentwegt nach. Bis irgendwann von Imamura die glasklare Antwort kam, dass er denke, dass besagte Bewohner von nun an komplett selbst für sich verantwortlich sein sollten. Schließlich sei es ja ihre Entscheidung, noch immer nicht zurückzukehren. Der resistente Reporter traf dabei jedoch einen Nerv: Letztendlich schrie der Minister ihn an, er solle die Klappe halten und den Raum verlassen (die kühle Antwort des Reporters: Das werde ich nicht tun).

Of course, now there have been calls for the dismissal of the Minister,,de,But Abe stands by him,,de,And even offered to Imamura,,de,to apologize to the reporter,,de,if it was necessary,,de,The behavior of the minister to the press or not,,de,the government's strategy,,de,cancel the restricted zones around Fukushima already,,de,to act as if nothing had happened,,de,and urge the residents with financial thumbscrew quasi to return home,,de,is already a strong piece Tobak,,de,official figures of Fukushima Prefecture,,de, aber Abe hält an ihm fest. Und Imamura bot sogar an, sich bei dem Reporter zu entschuldigen, “… falls es nötig sei”.

Das Verhalten des Ministers gegenüber der Presse hin oder her — die Strategie der Regierung, die Sperrzonen rund um Fukushima bereits jetzt aufzuheben, so zu tun als ob nichts gewesen wäre, und die Bewohner mit der finanziellen Daumenschraube quasi zur Heimkehr zu drängen, ist schon ein starkes Stück Tobak.

¹ See for example here (offizielle Zahlen der Präfektur Fukushima)

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Fukushima – You Stümperei 4721

February 25th, 2014 | Tagged , | 13 Comments | 3754 reads

One would think, that people from harm be wise. And companies with their numerous stakeholders anyway. Unfortunately this is not so, as TEPCO proves almost every single day,. Today has become known, that on 19. February are 100 Tons of highly radioactive contaminated water has leaked into the environment. This is, so sad it is, alone no news value, because the makeshift makeshift structures licking on site at all corners and ends. The circumstances of the accident, however, shows anew, what happened there on the spot – or does not happen.

TEPCO has indeed set up hundreds of large water tanks at the power station exploded, need to store the water used to cool the fuel rods partially exposed, to… yes until when actually. The containers installed after all detectors, the start, when the barrel is full. So auch am 19. February: The sensor reported noisily, and the TEPCO employees of trust ran to the tank and looked after, if something runs out. But not delivery, for the tank was at the time “only” to 98,9% voll¹. So the staff went from a false alarm and toddled off. A short time later, the tank began to overflow, and the one noticed until many hours later. The accident was preceded by another: Normally three lines fill a tank, wherein a valve is to be closed. By human error, however, all three valves were opened in this case.

The whole raises once again the usual questions on, you would like to provide daily for almost three years:

  1. Who works there actually? Obviously, in any event no qualified employee.
  2. Who monitors, what proceeds there? Obviously, there is a lack of crisis management.
  3. Comprehending the charge actually the seriousness of the situation?
  4. Feels anybody responsible?
  5. Why do you think, that it would be a good idea, To use sensors, which only report, if it is too late?
  6. What would have happened, if it had rained? How would you checked, whether the tank overflows?

und so weiter. These are all questions, actually contradict the human mind. It is still difficult to understand, what actually happens there. That is no reason, to panic – but it is a basic, still to worry. Almost three years – and it is far, very far from, to have that problem half way down the handle.

¹See for example here

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New and certainly only in Japan: Handy with Geiger counters

August 30th, 2012 | Tagged , | 6 Comments | 1379 reads

Sharp mobile phone with Geiger counters. Those: Softbank website

Comes with one and a half years late there, but still it will not be too late: Softbank, one of the three mobile operators in Japan, throws a new smartphone on the market – PANTONE ® das 5 107Sharp SH. The highlight of the device: It may also include violinist. A push of the button, and off you go. According to the manufacturer, it can measure γ-rays and used cesium 137 (137Cs) as a guide. The span between 0.05 and 9.99 Microsievert (see description at Softbank). Since the mobile phone of course also has GPS, You can use it to perform great field measurements. However, it takes approximately 2 Minutes, until you receive a useful result. Splash-proof, it is also, According to unconfirmed rumors, and you can even make calls to.

The main events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in 1 are now more than 17 Months back. In the area around Tokyo, the radioactivity appears to have fallen near the bottom, but it is of course still there and will accumulate mainly along rivers, to finally arrive in the Bay of Tokyo. For the inhabitants of the eastern part of Fukushima prefecture this phone is still propagated useful and will certainly well received. The price does the rest – the phone costs just 23,520 Yen, so good 200 Euro.

Mediator being, you can even the way in Tsutaya, the largest video rental chain in Japan, free (for a day) Geiger Counter Select. Certainly not in any branch, but still.

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Geiger Counted: Radiation measured values ​​themselves

January 10th, 2012 | Tagged , , | 12 Comments | 23440 reads

Geiger counter in the apartment: Again, luck had?

Coolio blogger colleague recently mentioned in this paper, that there is currently very low, get hold of Geiger counters: Resourceful entrepreneurs have imported large quantities of equipment to Japan, But obviously it was a bit late: The demand is not there anymore. And so, for example, here at Amazon handy Geiger counter ticked from Russia – for 13,800 Yen instead of the original 69,800 Yen. Good 100 Euros for a Geiger counter? Since I could hardly say no. Said, done – Two days later I held the little, lightweight device in the hands.

Will I really know, how much radiation is in our? Now, where apparently all the shows are already singing? But of course. I do not know ultimately, what someone at some point measured in the vicinity, but as it looks directly at us – For example, in the apartment, or outside the house. Especially since our city is indeed also known as a hotspot – albeit at lower levels than elsewhere in the region.

The test results are not surprising – that's the good news. Depending on, the direction in which the device and shows where I lie down, I messe between 0.07 and 0.14 Micro-Sievert per hour. This is relatively normal. In the parks of our city do I measure the average 0.2 Microsievert – In some ca. 0.12, up in others 0.3 Microsievert, depending on, where do I measure. The values ​​or. when our daughter's kindergarten are the 0.15 Microsievert near the ground and slightly lower in 1 Meters. Where do I measure and – the display is in the green zone, the unit says “Normal Radiation Background”.

No longer in the green zone: Radiation in the Park

Another measure will now: It went to 若 潮 公园 – Wakashio-Park, The most popular park in our city center. There is a market garden (closed since the quake due to disrepair) and a two-story house, to a range of facilities, can romp where the dear little. A few weeks ago, the park was just talking, was measured because there of a broken downspout very high radiation. Apparently, the drop tube replaced and removed the contaminated soil around. Short test today – Device to one of the gutters kept at ground level, and behold: Indicator turns yellow: “High radiation background”, 0.51 Microsievert. Without looking great, mind you: I measured only there.

Conclusion: The results, as they circulate in the media here, I can only confirm the time being: Slightly increased (But according to popular belief, harmless) Radiation levels outside, But here and there points to a greatly increased with increased radiation. Experience has shown that these are unfortunately the points, which are preferred by young children. It is certainly not wrong, knowing, where these points are.

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Tokyo is now contaminated? Or not? An inventory analysis

October 17th, 2011 | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments | 3263 reads

In the past week, a report startled many capital city – and numerous German- and English-language bloggers and foreign media: In 世 田 谷 区 Setagaya-ku, a relatively centrally located and relatively upscale district of Tokyo, was an old, dilapidated wooden house a radiation found, than that given by the Iitate. Iitate is considered one of Japan's verstrahltesten Places and is located in the prefecture of Fukushima.

Specifically, individuals were told when measured in Setagaya-ku has a value of 2.7 Microsievert ago (official report here, Japanese). In Iitate misst man momentan (on average) 2 Microsievert. These are annualized 23.6 Millisievert. The International Atomic Energy Agency and numerous other international authorities recommend an annual dose of more than mere mortals 1 Millisievert (see for example here, English); other agencies and organizations turn to go from 20 Millisievert per year as an absolutely safe level. In Japan, the limit applies 1 mSv, although the value to 20 wanted to increase mSv for parts of the prefecture of Fukushima or. probably has some.

Perhaps may be one or the other have wondered, why me, the above headline was worth no post. Now: The whole thing smelled something fishy. Why? The value seemed a bit too high. Because: For months, not only measures the government. Thank God. More and more individuals and organizations go with Geiger counters through the capital region and are happy to share their readings to the interested and concerned with others. This is good, commendable and very important. And while a novelty – never have the citizens of their government does not trust as much.

If the measured value now the rule in Setagaya, this would become public in any case more of a plurality of corners and. The media picked the outliers like to, especially as a school passes on the said house. The local authorities took the house under the microscope – and found in a narrow secret fold-like cavity with a box of vials. Therein: Radium. That was until the 1950s often used inter alia in Japan: For example, to illuminate the watch hands in the dark can be. Now – the vials appeared to originate from the time. They were removed, and now we measure the same place less than 0.01 Microsievert. This corresponds to other measurements.

“Foul!” then it rang all sorts of corners. “This smells so after cover-up – that stinks but somehow!”. Well. At this point, once the necessary “What if”- Question: “Was, if there really is someone hoarding bottles of radium – and camped there for decades and have been forgotten?” Impossible? No. It is simply logical, that such things are now coming to light: Who is before March 2011 already running with a Geiger counter by Tokyo? Reason to panic or immediate effort-honored conspiracy? No.

Or? Other measurement: In the last week in Yokohama in two places at high (or. relatively high) Strontium concentrations found. Is controversial because, that strontium was measured for the first time as far away from Fukushima. And: Strontium is particularly dangerous, since it is absorbed by the body instead of calcium and incorporated into bone tissue, order to later bone- and trigger other cancers. Now, the maximum measured concentration was in Yokohama 195 Becquerel / Kilogram (See original message here), but it was also measured still not widely. The concentration is relatively low, But there is no denying: Strontium is now also available in the Capital Region.

The general understanding is these days so:

  • The radiation exposure in the air on a (almost) natural or. negligibly increased level
  • Drinking water in the capital region is safe (below detection limit)
  • Vegetables, Meat, Fish, etc.: Sections of charged. Unfortunately, it is difficult to isolate – especially meat and dairy products, since you do not know, where what was fed. You should be safe for marine products in number, buys only, what in western Japan (Japanisches More) or was captured abroad (however: Norwegian salmon is due to British nuclear plant also weighed etc.). You should be safe for vegetables on number, eliminates vegetables from Fukushima, Miyagi, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tokyo, Chiba, Shizuoka, Yamagata, Nagano Niigata und, however Chiba, Shizuoka, Nagano and Niigata meanwhile temporarily considered lasted without
  • Anyone who has children and lives in the Capital Region, avoids old leaves, the space between buildings, The area around manhole covers and virtually all points, where rain water collects easily.

On the last point, however, the following must be said: The values ​​are far too low, external radiation to cause damage. It is about the internal radiation exposure ((Body)Within the traced – (or)naihibaku). Parents should be sure why a precaution, that children do not include in any way dirt from these areas – for example, by playing there and then lick their fingers, etc.. In short: Not in the foliage or around ditches, Manhole covers, etc.. can play.

What happens next?
There is still a lot to come to light. The increased concentrations in the greater Tokyo area with fairly high probability of the middle 2012 virtually disappeared (washed out) be – it was also in Bavaria, a year after the Chernobyl. The leaching of radioactive particles will still cause long term problems in the water cycle.

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Aimed Minami-Soma

August 3rd, 2011 | Tagged , , | 13 Comments | 1777 reads

Not too long ago I had once mentioned, spend part of my week-long summer holiday so trying to, to do something good in northeastern Japan. Egal was. Now, I found something, the action and I think very useful for, I would like to present to you a little closer.

Lage von Minami-Sōma

Location of Minami-Sōma

The entirely by volunteers (Foreigners and Japanese) led project is about, to help the residents of the city Minami Sōma. About the precarious situation where I had here already been briefly reported.
The city is located on the northeast coast of Fukushima Prefecture, and is actually more of an amalgamation of many villages. The towns along the coast were severely damaged by the tsunami – in memory: The tsunami was on a little further south around nuclear plant 14 m. Which brings us to the second problem of the city: Fukushima I is only about 30 km. The southern part of the city, meanwhile stay in the restricted area and not allowed to enter. Although not seem to be as high as in the village of Iitate west of Minami-Sōma previously known, according to the radiation readings, but the values ​​are certainly well above normal conditions.
That a community is unfortunately in a gray zone. Many residents of waiting, because there is no evacuation order and they do not, where they hinsollen. However, or. should not be the residents self-sufficient, Obst gives, Vegetables and meat, etc.. are too contaminated. In the market, people may also not sell, but except for agriculture, there is not much in the area.
The idea of ​​this organization, it is now so, with uncontaminated food donations, an emphasis on fresh foods, raise rates and then to bring with leased and / or private vehicles, according to Minami-Sōma and there on local residents and refugees (from the exclusion zone) to distribute. Japanese volunteers from the city to help in the distribution.
The tours are currently held every two weeks (so enough donations could be collected) and look like this: A convoy of several vehicles and about. 10 Volunteers gathered Friday night in Tokyo, charges the property and driving on the night of Minami-Sōma – you have to do because of the nuclear power plant's exclusion zone and a big bow and come running from the north. After the arrival of the goods distributed during the day. In the afternoon we finally returned to Tokyo.

This action is designed for a long time – at least as long as, as Minami-Sōma is not yet fully explained to the exclusion zone.
I first agreed to, at the Tour on 12/13. August help – almost immediately after the work.

Who wants to support this project in any manner, can do as follows
– ride as a volunteer (Please report to me)
– Contacts with farmers and traders make, which are ready, assign non-profit fresh food prices (Please report to me)
– Donate. The money is for the purchase of food, Diesel usw. used. Anyone interested in this kind of support has, Donations can be transferred to my PayPal account (purpose for transfer please “Minami-Soma” specify – The donations will then be forwarded immediately):

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If it rains on the, which is already wet

August 2nd, 2011 | Tagged , , , , | 13 Comments | 1508 reads

Anyone currently on the evidence for the so-called Matthew Effect works, can be certain to find in Japan. This year will go down with a few records in the annals. The severe earthquake on 11. March with the subsequent tsunami, there was only the beginning, But Japan is still far more to offer than the. Typhoons and heavy rain events, for example,. A strong typhoon taught only in the last week of big losses in western Japan. From the 26. to 30. July was then the Niigata prefecture of Fukushima and the West (I is the nuclear power plant in Fukushima in the East) turn: For three days it rained there continuously, in some places up to 400 mm per Tag. Whole districts and villages were under water and, 4 People were killed and been a part of the infrastructure has been severely. About 400’000 Man has been ordered to evacuate – among them are also thousands of people, who were already housed makeshift refugee status.
Because we forget the earthquake but smooth. The night before last to 4 Clock in the morning there was only one quake of magnitude 6.4, virtually identical in the vicinity of the NPP, and in many parts of Chiba and Tokyo with the strength 3 after the Japanese scale palpable. Before an hour then it shook the west of the Izu Peninsula, Strength 6.1; also was in Tokyo and Chiba strength 3 strongly felt.
Fortunately, there are other proverbs. For example “It can not rain always yes”. Or?

Yesterday it was on the show “Mr. Sunday” (Mr. Sunday – roughly comparable with Spiegel TV, it is still the) an interesting article about the perception of radiation in Japan. We compared the present-day values ​​in the so-called hot spots (also Orten, where the radioactivity after the nuclear accident in Fukushima 1 significantly increased) and other locations worldwide, such as Rome. Although there was not much new here, but the background information about the radiation exposure limits in Japan (currently 20 Millisievert per year) were quite interesting: This said, among other things, the head of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, who said only succinctly, that Japan has chosen the lowest limit and everything 100 Millisievert per year “blackbox” is – you do not know, whether a charge under 100 Millisievert something makes. The Recommendations of the Commission on Radiological Protection (PDF, German) read not as confident, But the discussion of values ​​shows a: Not only are the reactors overheated, but also the minds: The government says, there is still space with the limits, while some organizations incensed by a limit 1 Millisievert / Require years.

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Japan is safe?

July 20th, 2011 | Tagged , , , | 17 Comments | 8009 reads

In response to the last blog post, who took up the scandal, among other things to the circulation of radioactively contaminated beef in Japan, there were a few comments and personal messages of concerned Japanese aspirants, are worried, whether Japan is safe or not – especially in terms of food. To pre-empt further questions, So now a separate entry to, I would like to have seen more than food for thought than as a guide – in memory, The author of this blog is in contrast to many millions of Germans not an expert in nuclear physics and other issues.
Japan is so safe? The question is simply not answerable by yes or no. So I try, to draw logical conclusions from the available facts.

The initial position
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1. Four nuclear reactors in Fukushima 1 were caused by the tsunami on 11. March 2011 severely damaged. It was a significant amount of radioactive substances a) into the air and b) released into the sea.

2) As has already been detected at Chernobyl, spread radiation and contaminated substances from non-concentric. Say, 1’000 km to Centrally located and does not necessarily, which one is safer than anyone in 50 km. The extent of the contamination is highly dependent on external factors such as altitude of the explosion cloud, Wind speed and direction, Rainfall situation, Ocean current, Tides, Length and concentration of the introduction of contaminated substances, etc.. usf. from.

Follow
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Shortly after the start of the reactor problems, there was a significant increase in the concentration of radioactive iodine, later cesium in the near to further, and an increase of strontium and plutonium (possibly!?) in the vicinity. These substances are diluted to a job and focus elsewhere., with sometimes unpredictable distribution patterns.

Das Problem
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1) Information. Either one has the feeling, the information is not sufficient, or they are forwarded to late. In addition, a huge mistrust of public sources, and a lot of misinformation from some dubious sources.

2) The extent. The dimensions of the reactor disaster, Moreover, even coupled with a massive earthquake and a tsunami is also tremendous, along with massive power- and other supply bottlenecks, The situation is further exacerbated.

3) Capacity. Of course, Japan also has mobile laboratories and instruments, but the extent of the disaster exceeds the worst fears. It is simply a lack of laboratory capacity, monitor all food and all angles of the affected regions immediately and comprehensively.

4) Stubbornness and ignorance. No, this is not a Japanese character. The sale of contaminated beef is partly due to the stubbornness of some ranchers (been shown) – the false statements made to the feed, in the hope, still be able to sell their animals. Ignorance on the other hand by the authorities as, the suspect does not appear to, such as the food cycle works.

The present situation
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Still not all foods can be tested. There are only samples taken. Is there a noticeable accumulation of exceedances in a circumscribed area, a delivery restriction placed (出 荷 制 限 cowardly shukka). Sometimes, however, this restriction is done on voluntary basis – farmers are only in the case “asked”, Suspend deliveries.

Can I protect myself in Japan?
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Who can Japanese, may try to protect themselves, because the area of ​​origin for fruit, Vegetables and meat is generally excellent. However, only in Japanese. Complete security can not provide this measure – especially in processed foods is already difficult, to get information.
In restaurants and the like can be protected only a very limited – clearly ask you, where the ingredients come, and just fine at the origin of beef is important and it is usually written, But with seafood and vegetables, it is more difficult.

Japan is uncertain in terms of food?
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Now, surely less safe than before the nuclear disaster, for radioactive contamination will be added as a potential threat. One should not forget the whole bashing, but one: The fact, that OEL-border food are important issues in the news, shows at least one: There are people, the worry and try, to point out the dangers. Often it is informed after the fact, However, what – logically – can be attributed to the current waiting time in the laboratories.

What should I do?
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Basically, everyone here has 3 Options:

1. Close your eyes and just not pay attention on it and. We learn not everything anyway, and often too late.
Advantage: Improved quality of life due to less worry- and stress level.
Disadvantage: With a little luck a few long enjoyment of the increased quality of life as it too often taken the wrong itself has.

2. Push the panic, distrust everything and everyone and restrict themselves largely
Advantage: Do not know. Is there a?
Disadvantage: Strong geschmälerte quality of life and higher stress factor. Any remorse, when you get run over by a truck as a fiddle.

3. Try and keep your eyes open, think. Questions.
– Were all kosher food from Fukushima?
– Are radioactively contaminated food the only food, may cause long-term consequences (Keyword dioxin, EHEC, carcinogenic additives, Mold spores etc)?
– What is the probability, that the beef in the restaurant because of me not from Australia, Argentina or Kyushu is, but certainly from an animal from a heavily contaminated area?

… usw. usf.

Japan is safe?
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For short-term visitors? I think so. For permanent occupants? Perhaps less safe than before, But with a little care you should be able, the risk to reduce somewhat. Unless you count the type 1, it does not matter.
Who is able to 1 or 3 claimed, should come to Japan. Who can 2 selects, it should consider – and that good. The pleasure would be diminished greatly by Japan's own custody.
I can 3 chosen.
How much concern was justified, will probably only in 30 Years show. And hopefully not for our children, but if even only in our own. But I think, that it is safe for children themselves – as long as the parents make some thought and act wisely.

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Cows with two Köppen / Vacation worries / This and that

July 15th, 2011 | Tagged , , | 10 Comments | 7733 reads

Since then plunged yesterday and the day exceedingly radioactively contaminated beef – and everyone seems to wonder. The beasts came from the vicinity of the reactor accident, so apparently the now customary newspeak for Fukushima I, and in no time came into the food chain. Now, according to the media announced big surprise: Nanu, if you put into it verstrahltes grass up in a cow, comes out contaminated meat? How can this happen because? And yet, all cows measured radiation… naja … at least around the outside. Interior not really. Finally, one can not merely look at the cow before slaughter, and when once they have been cut, they already have to eat.
No, The naivety is very impressive. Sometimes I feel, that 99.99% The people here still do not understand, to which long-term effects are yet to get involved here. Still radioactively contaminated food are at the beginning of the food chain – avoiding simple greens, Meat and dairy products from the region. But it is increasingly difficult – already in yogurt do not remember it, where is coming from the, and animal food, it is quite interesting. Who can say, which were fattened beasts which. For a while, then will probably have to serve Aussie Beef.

In August a team – finally – the usual week's vacation at. And I play with the idea, during the time somewhere to work as a volunteer in the disaster area. This is not so easy, Finally, my wife sulking because of legal: After all, it is also, Keep the fun for two children. Let's see. Perhaps a compromise can be so close – zwei, three days as a volunteer, the rest of the family vacation. For now, it's at least tomorrow with first family for three days from Hamamatsu (is located between Tokyo and Nagoya) in an onsen. The need to relax and recharge the battery first rich.

For diminishing blog entries I have to try a few more like excuses: In recent days I've finally finished writing my self-written image archiving program (Program is a bit too much to say – It is a web application, a kind of Flickr for home use). Accordingly, it was first, to archive thousands of images. But it served its purpose: I just type “Fuji” one and I get all the pictures of the Fuji-san, which I have made over the years so many, lined up nicely. 're Already 66 Pictures… after all.
As if that were not enough, I am now also “president” (Manager!?) become a company. A company, which has split off from my previous company. No, I am not the owner, But if the company should be taken once by someone, would be the… now so, advantageous. Otherwise, however, does not change much: More work for the same money :)

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