Japan Weather Chief Censored Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Forecasts To “Prevent Panic in Ordinary People”
The Mainichi daily news is reporting the chief of the Meteorological Society of Japan, Hiroshi Niino aprofessor at the University of Tokyo, is drawing strong criticism from the academic community in Japan for issuing a gag order to censor Fukushima nuclear radiation forecasts from the public. Niino justified the order to withhold the forecasts from the public by saying if “forecasts were announced, it would have carried the risk that ordinary people may panic.” Japan still has over 2,000 radiation forecasts which have not been released to the public. In related developments radiation levels in Japanese fish is still too high to lift the fishing ban and radioactive iodine along with cesium have been detected in deep seawater for the first time.
This is just the latest round of coverup and misinformation coming out of Japan where it was just announced the the Japanese government will be working side by side with the United States to censor the truth about the radioactive fallout under the justification that so-called “false rumors” are leading to civil unrest.
Weather chief draws flak over plea not to release radiation forecasts
TOKYO (Kyodo) — The chief of the Meteorological Society of Japan has drawn flak from within the academic society over a request for member specialists to refrain from releasing forecasts on the spread of radioactive substances from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
In the request posted March 18 on the society’s website, Hiroshi Niino, professor at the University of Tokyo, said such forecasts, which he says carry some uncertainty, “could jumble up information about the government’s antidisaster countermeasures unnecessarily.”
“The basic principle behind antidisaster measures is to enable people to act on unified reliable information,” he said.
Niino later said in commenting on the intention he had in issuing the statement, “If (society members’) forecasts were announced, it would have carried the risk that ordinary people may panic.”
But Toshio Yamagata, another University of Tokyo professor who is a member of the society, said meteorological scientists have the responsibility to encourage the government to take the right course of action by announcing their forecasts “especially when a country is going through a critical situation.”
“Our society has degenerated into a bureaucratic entity,” he warned.
Niino released an additional statement that can be interpreted as self-defense on the website on April 11, entitled “a supplement to the (original) message.”
Source: Mainichi Daily News
The article goes on to state that under the face of criticism the professor has posted an additional statement that can be “an additional statement that can be interpreted as self-defense” in which the professor redacts his call for censorship of the nuclear radiation forecasts.
In this new statement, he said the principle of keeping information sources unified “should be applied when a country is going through a critical situation” and “should not be applied now that the release of radioactive substances has been prolonged.”
The controversy over Niino’s statements came to light when a series of delays in the release by the government of information related to the spread of radioactive substances have come under intense public scrutiny.
The outcry stemmed partly from revelations that the government has not released much of the data on radiation spread forecasts computed by its Nuclear Safety Technology Center’s computer system, called the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information, known as SPEEDI.
The government’s Meteorological Agency itself has been under criticism for not releasing its forecasts on the dissemination of radioactive substances from the Fukushima plant even after it communicated the forecasts to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
It is reported that Japan has over 2,000 radiation forecasts which still have not been released to the public.It should also be noted that the Mainichi article further reports the levels of radiation being detected in the fish are still too high to remove the fishing ban.
Meanwhile, the Ibaraki prefectural government said it detected 1,129 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram of launce its research vessel caught on Thursday in waters near its northern border with Fukushima Prefecture, home to the crippled nuclear plant.
The amount above the legal limit of 500 becquerels per kg disappointed the prefecture which would have met requirements for lifting the ban on fishing and shipping the fish if the latest test again showed a level below the limit.
And they first confirmation of radioactive Iodine and Cesium have been detected in deep seawater.
In a related development, the science ministry said it detected trace amounts of radioactive iodine and cesium for the first time in deep seawater in samples taken from more than 200 meters deep on Monday off Ibaraki.
The samples from waters 208 to 582 meters deep plus one from waters 10 meters deep off Chiba Prefecture had 5.8 to 6.0 becquerels of iodine per liter and 9.1 to 12.6 becquerels of cesium, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry said.