Now, they are telling us that it’s safe to eat. Please, I beg. Please stop. Give us some mercy. That’s how I feel. Why would a country do such a thing, you wonder. The answer is easy. Unless they use such a high number, the economy won’t turn around. Unless they use such a high number, our food won’t be on the market. There will be compensation and insurance issues to deal with.
Contaminated food in Japan – English Transcription below
This must be shared by anyone who is in Japan. Please pass on if you know anyone who is in Japan. Taro Yamamoto talks about risk of Fukushima radiation in Japanese food. Current Japanese regulation allows nuclear waste level food to be on the market. He also appeals for people’s right to evacuate in contaminated areas. The political decision to protect the market economy has resulted in this catastrophic situation where many are predicting a major disaster according to numbers indicated by Chernobyl, Hiroshima and etc.
Here is a transcript of the interview. I am responsible for any errors in translation.
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Taro Yamamoto Interview, regarding radiation exposure
We should regard the need for elimination of nuclear power as a fact. Japan is an earthquake prone nation. The Fukushima accident has proven that nuclear power plants can’t withstand earthquake and tsunami. But this country is totally heading in the opposite direction. We’ll restart nuclear plants. We’ll build more of them. We’ll export them too. We can only describe the situation as insanity.
When the power that forces nuclear power to prevail dominates us, we must focus our attention in seeking ways to survive. So the words we use to describe our policy should not be elimination of nuclear power, but it should be elimination of radiation exposure. We will not expose our children to radiation. And since it’s grownups’ job to do so, we will not expose grownups either. What can we do to achieve that goal? We have to give the right to evacuate to the people who live in areas with 1 m Sv per year. If anyone wishes to leave, the government must help with financial support as well as guaranteeing a job. That must be done, right? We are all victims. Today, we only have the right to be radiated. That’s not a right at all. It’s a coercion. Coercion of absurdity. Who can stand anything like that? We need the right to evacuate as well as the right to be radiated.
We had the accident in Fukushima caused by TEPCO. And, it is still continuing. There is 10 million Bq per hour radiation coming out of the plants. That’s 240 million Bq per day going out to the sky. The leakage into the ocean is not even counted. It’s just dumped freely. They don’t even know what sort of effects they can expect from it. In fact, they don’t want to know what the effects are. Because if they reveal the situation for what it is, they must admit that the entire area of eastern Japan is contaminated. Of course, the contamination is not evenly spread. But the hot spots do spread in the area. That must be disclosed. There are people who will be affected. In fact, there might be food being produced in such areas.
And they say that there is no need to worry because they inspect the food. The food is contaminated sporadically so it stands to reason that their sporadic inspection can miss the trace of contamination. According to the current Japanese regulation we can safely consume 100 Bq per 1 kg in our food. They say it’s OK to eat that much. But it’s not that clear just by hearing the number, right? But when we compare the number allowed today for our food consumption with the number before the accident, the number we have today is the same as the amount deemed as radioactive waste before the accident: The material that had to be stored in yellow barrels with a strict regulation. It was the material that had to be supervised for 1 million years. Now, they are telling us that it’s safe to eat. Please, I beg. Please stop. Give us some mercy. That’s how I feel. Why would a country do such a thing, you wonder. The answer is easy. Unless they use such a high number, the economy won’t turn around. Unless they use such a high number, our food won’t be on the market. There will be compensation and insurance issues to deal with.
So what can we do? I was compelled to stand up. I heard people saying there is no use for someone like myself. We should let the professionals deal with politics, they said. But the thing is that we are dealing with the result of letting the professionals do the job. I dare say that we need an idiot like myself who can act. I believe that I need to step forward with all my strength and raise my voice as much as I can, as I depend on people’s wisdom.
Taro Yamamoto, Japanese independent Diet member
Source Video (Japanese only)