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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 04:18 PM
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24. Raising radiation exposure levels for children one factor in Kosako's quitting
The PSR statement directly challenges Tokyo's stance that it is safe for schoolchildren to use school playgrounds in the prefecture as long as the dose they are exposed to does not exceed 20 millisieverts over a year.

The PSR view is also in line with that voiced by Toshiso Kosako, who said Friday he would step down as an adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the Fukushima nuclear crisis in protest. The University of Tokyo professor urged the government to toughen guidelines on upper limits on radiation levels the education ministry recently announced for elementary school playgrounds in Fukushima.

Fukushima parents dish the dirt in protest over radiation levels

Children can now be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible. The new regulations have prompted outcry. A senior adviser resigned and the prime minister, Naoto Kan, was criticised by politicians from his own party.

Ministers have defended the increase in the acceptable safety level from 1 to 20 millisieverts per year as a necessary measure to guarantee the education of hundreds of thousands of children in Fukushima prefecture, location of the nuclear plant that suffered a partial meltdown and several explosions after the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.

It is estimated that 75% of Fukushima's schools may have radiation levels above the old safety level of 1 millisievert. The local authorities in Koriyama have tried to ease the problem by digging up the top layer of soil in school and day centre playgrounds, but residents near the proposed dump site have objected.


Kan has lost one of his chief scientific advisers over the latest decision. Toshiso Kosako a Tokyo University professor who was called in to help deal with the crisis walked out on Friday and has since accused the government of ad hoc policy making and contravening internationally accepted norms for the sake of political expediency.

It was challenging to decide what paragraphs from the Guardian article to include in this post. Not a long article, but a powerful one and well worth a full read.

Of particular note is that the new level is the equivalent of that for German nuclear workers.
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  -"Full Meltdown and Breach Probable" -- Japan PM Studying plan for alternate capital away from Tokyo FourScore  May-02-11 03:13 PM   #0 
  - This is one hell of a disaster  malaise   May-02-11 03:16 PM   #1 
  - It's been so quiet in the media, now little trickles are coming down  nc4bo   May-02-11 03:16 PM   #2 
  - OMG !!!  marmar   May-02-11 03:17 PM   #3 
  - because it's crazy talk  Teaser   May-02-11 03:19 PM   #5 
     - Yep  Chris_Texas   May-02-11 03:24 PM   #6 
  - not happening  Teaser   May-02-11 03:18 PM   #4 
  - Obviously. And it is disgusting the way the anti-nuke folks are behaving  Chris_Texas   May-02-11 03:25 PM   #7 
     - eSPECIALLY the way they forced them to build the plants all together in one spot,  Gabi Hayes   May-02-11 03:34 PM   #14 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   May-02-11 03:39 PM   #19 
     - LOL! Welcome to DU, cattleprodigal!  FourScore   May-02-11 04:10 PM   #21 
     - You mean how we recklessly disregarded lives, used junk science to promote a dangerous industry  Generic Other   May-02-11 04:13 PM   #23 
     - +1  CrispyQ   May-03-11 11:11 AM   #32 
     - I'm anti nuke. it sucks ass what's happened and how the gov't  roguevalley   May-03-11 01:00 AM   #31 
  - What exactly does he think will happen to Tokyo?  buddysmellgood   May-02-11 03:26 PM   #8 
  - Well, if the plants melt down, and the winds shift towards Tokyo  Downtown Hound   May-02-11 05:24 PM   #26 
     - So it will be so bad that the government can't operate, but 13 million people will have to deal.  buddysmellgood   May-02-11 06:28 PM   #27 
  - Ok now it is official  nadinbrzezinski   May-02-11 03:26 PM   #9 
  - i cry for the japanese people  reggie the dog   May-02-11 03:27 PM   #10 
  - You should correct your title. PM did not say that.  godai   May-02-11 03:29 PM   #11 
  - Thanks! I knew there was something wrong with my title and I couldn't see what it was.  FourScore   May-02-11 03:33 PM   #12 
  - Might as well the current URGENT message in your OP too....  nc4bo   May-02-11 03:35 PM   #15 
     - You should post that! That's a completely different plant! n/t  FourScore   May-02-11 03:37 PM   #18 
  - True. Just a senior official not PM.  nc4bo   May-02-11 03:33 PM   #13 
     - I changed the title! Thanks! n/t  FourScore   May-02-11 03:35 PM   #16 
        - You're cool - glad to see someone reminding us it still exists. nt  nc4bo   May-02-11 03:37 PM   #17 
           - Awww. I needed that today. Thank you so much nc4bo!  FourScore   May-02-11 03:43 PM   #20 
           - Ditto! n/t  dgibby   May-02-11 04:12 PM   #22 
              - Thanks, dgibby!  FourScore   May-02-11 08:35 PM   #28 
  - Raising radiation exposure levels for children one factor in Kosako's quitting  suffragette   May-02-11 04:18 PM   #24 
  - K&R. Full meltdown and breach.  Overseas   May-02-11 04:22 PM   #25 
  - Problem is that they are considering Sendai as the alternate capital.  Kablooie   May-02-11 09:52 PM   #29 
  - Oh, no.  EFerrari   May-02-11 09:52 PM   #30 
  - Relax! They're just venting a little steam.  bvar22   May-03-11 11:15 AM   #33 

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