From No Nuks, To Exporting Nuks, to Continuing Radiation

posted by admin @ 19:06 PM
October 18, 2011

 I finished what I thought was the final story on Japan’s nuclear energy program a few days ago and asked the editorial board to schedule it.  The topic was to be the brilliant idea Japanese corporations had set forth––to export their nuclear energy technology by building plants in other countries.
 But last week, I pulled that story out of schedule, because a new horror in Japan’s nuclear experience arises:  Volunteer citizens have found nuclear hot spots around Tokyo, the capital city, which is suppose to be 160 miles away from the disaster zone in Fukushima.  Such high radiation is much hotter than national and local government officials had reported.  Thus, a private citizens group calling themselves the Radiation Defense Project, began testing for radiation on their own.

 One volunteer, Takeo Hayashida, when measuring a level of radioactive cesium near where his son plays baseball equal to the levels found near Russia’s Chernobyl––took the dramatic step of moving his family some 370 miles away from Tokyo.  Radiation levels similar to Chernobyl have been found in 22 of the 132 areas that the citizens tested. 

 Just as in Chernobyl, Japan’s government downplays the possibilities of radiation traveling from Fukushima to Tokyo, telling their countrymen that there is no health treat, and that radiation has not entered the food chain.  Along with the volunteers, nuclear scientists dismiss such propaganda.
 Medical doctor, Kiyoski Toda, who is also a radiation and environmental scholar, tells New York Times reporter, Hiroko Tabuchi: “Radioactive substances are entering people’s bodies from the air, from the food. It’s everywhere . . . But the government doesn’t even try to inform the public how much radiation they’re exposed to.”

 While the Japanese government seems to respond with cursory steps of additional testing, officials are instead wholeheartedly cooperating with nuclear industrialists owners––such as Hitachi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toshiba and Tokyo Electric––to build nuclear plants in Vietnam, Turkey and other countries.  Apparently, Vietnam plans to build two reactors at a cost of  $ 13 billion dollars.

 Citizen outrage has all but eliminated the possibility of new nuclear power plants on the Japanese island.  It is just as well.  Only five of the 54 reactors in Japan still operate––hence the greater power of nature’s earthquakes and tsunami.

 Just as Japanese citizens discovered truth for themselves rather than trusting their government, or an apparently tepid Japanese media, people in other nuclear plant countries should start doing the same.  Bible messages command Christians of every generation to:  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5: 8).  Surely it means vigilance in prayer, in faith, and in protecting family and nation.

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