Doublespeak On Radiation Evacuation Zones



Today’s daily doublespeak column comes from a Japanese reader, Saidani out of Japan.

Saidani points out the US and Japan governments doublespeak over the radiation evacuation zone with the US now saying it overestimated the needed evacuation zone.

Meanwhile reports from the Japanese media showed that Japan actually has been covering up high levels of radiation outside of the evacuation zone.

Japan – US doublespeak on radiation evacuation zones

Submitted by Saidani on 2011年4月9日


All is well.  There is nothing to fear.  Your government is here to help you.

That is the subtle message from the US and Japanese government as the US reviews its 80km evacuation zone.

U.S. nuclear regulators are considering reviewing its evacuation advisory for Americans living within an 80-kilometer radius of the stricken nuclear plant in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture as radioactive substances in areas beyond 40 km of the plant have subdued to levels that require no evacuation, regulatory officials said Friday.

The U.S. Energy Department compiled the evaluation report based on radiation data jointly observed by Japan and the United States near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in the quake-hit northeastern Japan.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued an evacuation advisory for Americans living within an 80-km radius of the troubled plant on March 16. The decision was based on the assumption that fuel at the No. 2 reactor of the plant was completely damaged, not on observational data.

As a result, the NRC apparently overestimated the levels of radioactive substances that would leak from the nuclear plant.

Yes, well, then there was that issue with the Japanese government not releasing timely and complete data about the amount of radiation being tracked.  Still….

The Japanese government set a 20-km evacuation zone, while asking people living within 20 km and 30 km from the plant to stay indoors.

The NRC has said the Japanese evacuation advisory is also appropriate.

But how can it be okay for the Japanese but not for the Americans?  And how can the US agree with the Japanese evacuation zone and not adhere to it?  Perhaps they are overly cautious.

A more logical assumption, especially given the chronic information management coning from Japan, Inc., is that the US is more reasonable but have agreed not to interfere with the Japanese authorities.  In that sense, this announcement is mere government doublespeak, or hiding the truth behind contradictory statements.  Japan, Inc. is still managing the information and the US has become its accomplice.


Source: See Tell


NOTE: From Alexander….

While the US Government talks of redacting its evacuation zone from 80 KM to be inline with Japan’s evacuation because they believe they over estimated the amount of radiation, WE CAN NOT FORGET THIS:

Japan Government Covered Up Extremely High Radiation Levels

NHK news reports that the Japenese Government has been covering up data showing that residents outside of the evacuation zone are being exposed to extremely high levels of radiation, over 100 millisieverts in a 24 hour period.

From ABC (Australia):

Japanese withheld information on high radiation at Fukushima

THE Japanese government withheld the release of data showing that levels of radiation more than 30 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant exceeded safe levels, broadcaster NHK reported Monday citing official documents.


Computer projections taken on March 16 showed that people from as far away as 30 kilometres from the nuclear plant would be exposed to more than 100 millisieverts of radiation if they were outdoors for 24 hours between March 12 and 24.


The Japanese government has defended its failure to release the data until March 23, saying the amount of radioactive leakage and the areas affected were not clear at the time.

Source: ABC News (Australia)

NHK reports:

Govt did not reveal high level radiation estimate

It has been learned that the Japanese government withheld the release of computer projections indicating high levels of radioactivity in areas more than 30 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.


But the government was reluctant to reveal the SPEEDI projections, and did not release them until March 23rd.The released data showed that higher levels of radioactive substances would flow over areas to the northwest and southwest of the plant.

The estimates showed that the radiation would exceed 100 millisieverts in some areas more than 30 kilometers from the nuclear plant if people remained outdoors for 24 hours between March 12th and 24th.

That is 100 times higher than the 1 millisievert-per-year long-term reference level for humans as recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

So now the US is trying to claim it over estimated the evacuation zone even after Japanese media revealed the that US was indeed correct and Japan covered up the dangers.

Surely, this is doublespeak in full effect.

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