Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Japanese Ministry Grossly Lowballs Strontium Findings


Radioactive strontium detected in 10 prefectures. Japan Time July 25

[Excerpt] "Radioactive strontium, thought to have been released following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster last year, has been detected in 10 prefectures across Japan, the government said Wednesday. 

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology confirmed that small amounts of radioactive strontium have been detected in Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa Prefectures, as well as in Tokyo, Fuji TV reported."

Majia here: One needs to read this article carefully because the Japanese government is essentially arguing that the amount of strontium is a TINY FRACTION of what an independent study found.

The article states that the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science found the HIGHEST level of strontium in Ibaraki at "6 becquerels per square meter."

Then, lower in the article, it states that the Japanese paper, the Tokyo Shimbun, reported on a press conference held by the Koto Association for the Protection of Children. This association had conducted independent research with Prof. Tomoya Yamauchi of Kobe University. 

The Koto Association study found cesium levels of 230,000 becquerels per square meter at an athletic area near Tobu sewage sludge processing plant in Tokyo.

The Koto Association noted that this level of 230,000 becquerels per square meter is 6 times higher that "the limit set for material leaving the radiation exclusion zone in Fukushima"

What really galls me is that the comments at the site predominately focus on the 6 becquerels and mostly do not address the 230,000 becquerels.

Do people actually believe that the Japanese MEXT readings are accurate - that is, that the highest level found was 6 becquerels per square meter?

Baaahhh, Baaaahhh, Baaahhh....

(sheep bleating)

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