Cries Of Government Coverups Worldwide As Japan Nuclear Radiation Spreads Throughout Asia

Cries Of Government Coverups Worldwide As Japan Nuclear Radiation Spreads Throughout Asia


Protests break out worldwide as global citizens suspect government coverups in the wake of Japan nuclear radiation spreading throughout Asia.

Anti-nuclear rallies are breaking out in Japan, China, The US, Germany, The UK and throughout Europe with people across the globe saying their governments are covering up the dangers of Japan nuclear fallout.

Radiation Spreads in Asia

China, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines report radiation ‘drift’ in the atmosphere.


A protester wears a gas mask in front of Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters in Tokyo, March 27, 2011.

Like many other countries in the region, China is beginning to detect small amounts of radioactive materials in its atmosphere which are spreading out from Japan, sparking fear and mistrust of government claims that the levels are harmless.

China’s National Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee said on Wednesday that “extremely low levels” of radioactive iodine had been detected in the air around more Chinese areas, including Shanghai and Tianjin.

The committee said the materials posed no threat to public health.

The radioactive isotope iodine-131 was detected on Wednesday in 18 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions, said the statement.

“The material is believed to have drifted to China by air from the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan,” it said.

Researchers from a group of atomic energy, meteorological, and environmental government agencies had concluded that no protective measures needed to be taken against contamination, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

But the Chinese public isn’t so sure, according to netizens and commentators.

“The Japanese radiation situation looks like it’s getting more complicated,” wrote user Tangsheng Dongyou on the popular microblogging site Sina Weibo.

“It’s not like the Chinese experts said it would be … now the radiation has spread across the world on the wind, and … the Chinese experts have all changed their tune.”

Statements ‘suspect’

Su Xiaomeng said no one should be worried about the radiation from Japan.

“What’s a bit of radioactive iodine? That’s so lame,” Su wrote, satirically. “We have had melamine milk, poisoned rice, dishes fried in waste oil, phosphates, Sudan Red and lean meat powder … We’ve got the whole periodic table in our bodies.”

“This is so that the Chinese people will survive any biological warfare.”

Shenzhen-based political activist Zhu Jianguo said there is scant public trust in government statements on public health and safety among most Chinese people.

“We have already seen that the government’s approach is first to denounce everything as rumor-mongering, then to say that no protective measures are necessary when they can’t deny it any longer,” he said.

“Even when it does admit that there is [contamination], it still takes the attitude of dispelling rumors, not one of concern about people’s safety,” he said.

“For this reason, everything the government says has become suspect.”

Zhu said the accidents at the Japanese power plants have led to a public backlash against nuclear power in China.

“A lot of ordinary Chinese are now thinking that it would be best not to have nuclear power at all,” he said.

“They think that the best prevention would be to learn a lesson from Japan, and close down the nuclear plants like Daya Bay that are in an earthquake zone.”

Delay in reporting

Officials across China moved to dispel public fears last week following widespread panic-buying of salt, which was believed to offer protection against the uptake of radioactive iodine by the body.

The Hong Kong Observatory was harshly criticized by legislator James To on Tuesday after it published details of small levels of radioiodine contamination three days late.

To highlighted concerns that the observatory wouldn’t inform the public in the event of a leak of radioactive material from the nearby Daya Bay nuclear power plant.

Tan Zhiqiang, assistant professor of physics at the Macau University of Technology, said the delay was probably caused by a lack of qualified personnel and equipment.

“I don’t believe that the Hong Kong government has the capability to test for these things,” he said. “They would have to spend a bit more money on senior personnel and equipment to do that.”

“Hong Kong has no nuclear power plants, so the government hasn’t invested in such things,” Tan said.

Hong Kong Observatory director Lee Boon-ying said the delay in reporting radiation levels had been due to a need for accuracy.

“If you see something that you haven’t seen before, you want to wipe your glasses clean and take another look, or several looks,” Lee said.

“We took the decision at the time to repeat our measurements one more time, which we did on Monday, and so we didn’t confirm the results until Tuesday, when we reported them to the public immediately,” Lee added.

Precautionary measures

Radioactive elements from Japan’s nuclear crisis are making their way across Asia, prompting people and governments to take a range of precautionary measures.

Authorities across the region have already begun to test Japanese food for radiation, while some vegetables grown near Fukushima have been banned altogether.

As well as mainland China, South Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam have reported some radiation drift in their atmospheres.

China has begun screening passengers arriving from Japan for elevated radiation levels, sending two Japanese travelers to hospital last week, although they were later discharged.

Taiwanese authorities have found small amounts of radioactive particles on 43 passengers from Japan since the crisis began.

Meanwhile, South Korean officials have begun testing fish caught in their own fishing grounds for caesium, iodine, and other radioactive materials.

A nuclear expert for Greenpeace International has said that the levels of radiation that were reaching countries far away are so low that they would not pose a significant health risk, although they could boost cancer rates in a very large population.

Reported by Fang Yuan for RFA’s Mandarin service, and by Dai Weisen for the Cantonese service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.

Source: Radio Free Asia

Germany sees nuclear protests

he BBC reports that tens of thousands of people have protested in Germany against the government’s plans to extend the life of its nuclear reactors.

Demonstrators in Stuttgart formed a human chain reaching 45km (27 miles) for the protest, planned before the current nuclear crisis in Japan. Organizers said events in Japan had proved atomic power was an uncontrollable and risky technology. Nuclear policy is a key issue in German regional elections this year.
Angela Merkel is going to discuss the future energy policies with numerous representatives of labor unions and eco-warriors. “We know how safe our plants are and that we do not face a threat from such a serious earthquake or violent tidal wave,” she told reporters at a news conference. “But we will learn what we can from the events in Japan, and in the coming days and weeks will follow closely what the analysis yields,” she added.

Anti-Nuclear Protests Spread Across Europe

A rally opposing the construction of nuclear power plants was held in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday.
Anti-nuclear protesters claimed that the safety of nuclear energy cannot be guaranteed after seeing the events that have unfolded at the Fukushima atomic power plant.

[Interview : Eva Joly, French Member of European Parliament] “Japan has organized and skilled workers at its nuclear power plants. But what is now unfolding in those sites makes us doubt whether a crisis management principle still can be upheld.”

Huge anti-nuclear demonstrations also took place in Germany and Italy.
Some 40-thousand people formed a 45-kilometer-long human chain from Stuttgart in southern Germany to a nearby atomic plant, demanding the government to call off its plan to extend the operation period of the nuclear reactor.
In response, the German government announced that it will discuss and inspect the security of 17 nuclear power plants in the country.
Berlin also hinted that it might postpone the decision to renew the operation period.

Source: Airirang  Korean News

Hundreds protest Russia-backed nuclear project in Bulgaria

Hundreds of people joined an anti-nuclear protest in Sofia on Wednesday, calling for the government to drop plans for a new Russia-backed nuclear plant after the radiation disaster in Japan.

About 300 protestors — some wearing gas masks and radiation suits — gathered outside the government headquarters to shout “No to Belene!” against the planned 2,000 megawatt facility on the Danube in northern Bulgaria.

Many people at the rally had yellow radiation signs stamped on their jackets and carried slogans reading “Stop the Nuclear Bomb in Belene.”

In a declaration distributed to journalists, the organisers warned that “the Fukushima disaster showed that the nuclear industry had not learned the lessons of (the world’s worst nuclear accident in) Chernobyl.”

Safety concerns by Brussels forced Bulgaria to shut four reactors at its sole nuclear power plant at Kozloduy ahead of the country’s European Union accession in 2007.

Source: Expatica (Russian News)

Anti-nuclear protests in Japan

Anti-nuclear protesters have held a large rally in Tokyo, calling for change in Japan’s nuclear industry.

Meanwhile, efforts are continuing to locate the exact source of a radioactive water leak at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

Source: BBC

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