Skip to comments.Nuclear crisis won't affect Games bid, says Tokyo gov; Abe to attend IOC vote
Posted on 08/24/2013 12:01:28 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Nuclear crisis won't affect Games bid, says Tokyo gov; Abe to attend IOC vote
Sports Aug. 24, 2013 - 02:33PM JST ( 38 )
Radiation levels in Tokyo are no different from those of other major world cities and the worsening crisis at Japans Fukushima nuclear plant should have no impact on the citys bid to host the 2020 Olympics, Tokyos governor said on Friday.
Japans nuclear crisis this week escalated to its worst level since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant more than two years ago, with a tank holding highly contaminated water leaking 300 tons of radioactive liquid.
But Tokyo Gov Naoki Inose told a news conference two weeks before the decision is due that he was confident the problem would be resolved, citing promises from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the government as a whole will take a proactive role.
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I recall reading that grave diggers dig graves in NOrth Korea to the accompaniment to orchestra performers. Dressed in formal performance wear, master musicians (violinists etc.) perform martial music as the grave diggers, emaciated, dig their own graves. Sometimes the Fukushima denialists in Japan seem like that to me. Let’s have school children pick contaminated tea leaves and eat them. Let’s have children’s sporting events run on contaminated roadways. On and on and on...
The "ark" storms that bring "rivers of water" off the Pacific ocean to rain on North America are carrying radiation onto the land. Last Fall a driver for beer delivery company near Seattle carried his geiger counter to work on a rainy morning. Background levels were running 368 counts per minute when he started to work. As the rain started, the counts rose to over 5,000 counts per minute and topped at 30,000 counts per minute from a puddle in the parking lot where he was making a delivery.
For Rockwell, the crime was the evacuation zones around the disabled Fukushima plant. More than 20,000 people were killed, none by radiation, all by the tsunami that devastated a large stretch of the coastal plain.
The four nuclear reactors survived the earthquake and actually shut down properly, but were ruined an hour later when the tsunami knocked out all emergency power at the plants and shut off the electricity to half of Japan. Not a single person received a life-altering injury from radiation, which the World Health Organization has confirmed.
The real horror: evacuees reduced to poverty, clinical depression and even suicide, caused by a fear of radiation that overly-conservative international radiation standards created and alarmists exploited.
Those responsible for setting the standards said they consider their approach to be prudent. But well-intended or not, prudence based on bad science can become cruelly destructive, as the hysterical response at Fukushima has shown.
Except for some clearly identified spots, the radiation levels in most towns where people could live and work would not ever cause cancer at all.
Sadly, some people in the Fukushima area are wearing cumbersome rad-con suits, filtered gas masks, gloves and booties, and putting the same on their children. Meanwhile, other people who are actually exposed to higher levels of background radiation all the time are living carefree in Brazil, Norway, Iran and India. Generations of people in those countries live normal lives, even though in some places they are exposed to background radiation levels that are a hundred times greater than those around Fukushima.
As Rockwell liked to point out, Few, if any, people decide where to live, or how to live, on the basis of radiation levels. There is no reason to live any differently now. Let the people of Fukushima return home and get on with their lives.
the hell if i am getting anywhere near japan, or our west coast for that matter.
We’ll see. If health insurance plans will sky rock within the next 25 years due to increased thyroid cancer on the west coast i’d guess it wasn’t “not dangerous”. Only time can proof.
I 131 has a half life of 8 days. REALLY doubt it will be a problem in US.
The problem is the large amount of stuff that leaked. And don’t forget the giant amount of Cs-137 (hl 30y) and Sr-90 (hl 29y).
My best buddy is a nuclear physicist, TLR, he’s Irish, a graduate of Edinburgh University and an expert on fusion systems. I asked him point blank yesterday if the radioactivity in and around Fukushima was dangerous and his reply was, quote:
“You get more radiation exposure if you fly a lot. And as long as you’re not swimming in sea right off shore, you’re fine.”
Now, personally, I think he’s probably a bit too optimistic, but he has the knowledge, I don’t.
That being said, I think there is absolutely no chance of Tokyo winning the Olympic bid. Not that I care, I don’t think Japan can afford the fripperies that go with throwing the games. Let someone else have that fun.
And ‘we’ are relying on Chinese ‘scholarship’ for our information.....
The other isotopes dont cause thyroid cancer, only I 131.
But that's not really the discussion. The real discussion is (1) fix Fukushima, and (2) stop building nuke plants along sea/water routes in active seismic zones, close those that are, and (3) build future nuke plants using a different fuel. I understand thorium plants to be safer.
The attraction for the likes of India are the several major advantages that thorium can claim over uranium. Thorium is seen by some as the nuclear fuel of the future. For a start, there is much more thorium than uranium in the Earth's crust, and all the thorium mined can be used in a reactor (compared to below 1% of natural uranium). Thorium fuel cycles also produce much less plutonium and other radioactive transuranic elements than uranium fuel cycles.
"The thorium fuel cycle could make nuclear energy as safe and sustainable as possible."
Uranium-based reactors can be retrofitted, bringing three major benefits improving security, allaying environmental concerns and improving economics. The fuel cycle can also be proliferation resistant, stopping a reactor from producing nuclear weapons-usable plutonium. And with the spent fuel having significantly reduced volume, weight and long-term radio-toxicity, safety margins are increased and operating costs reduced.
I understand that uranium was initially chosen because of its dual function: energy and weaponry.
The other isotope cause all kind of cancer except thyroid cancer. So you’re albsolutely right on that issue. But does it make any difference ?
I thought I was your best buddy. I’ve been telling you the same thing for the last two years too.
Dudes can have more than one best buddy. Don’t go into hysterics, now.
Tokyo got it!
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