Trailer: “A2 – Children of Fukushima”

February 4, 2013

SYNOPSIS: Many children in Fukushima were never evacuated after the nuclear meltdown on March 11, 2011. Now the number of Fukushima children found to have thyroid cysts and nodules is increasing. (“A2″ designates thyroids with cysts)

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25 Responses to “Trailer: “A2 – Children of Fukushima””


  1. [...] SYNOPSIS: Many children in Fukushima were never evacuated after the nuclear meltdown on March 11, 2011. Now the number of Fukushima children found to have thyroid cysts and nodules is increasing. (…  [...]

  2. joffan7 Says:

    This seems to be based on an error of fact; and it is important to correct this because fear has a significant negative effective on life quality.

    Thyroid nodules are present in every population, and do not represent an inevitable progression to disease. The number of thyroid nodules found in children near Fukushima, measured like-for-like, has NOT increased. The threshold for measurement has been lowered to catch additional information on thyroid structure, and of course that means that more nodules are being found at the small end.

    There was a lot of conspiracy talk in the trailer and a lot of fears expressed. That fear is real, but it is not well-founded. Sincerity is not the same as accuracy.

    I was glad to see, in the final scene there, that the narrator did not pass on his fears to the children who were happily accepting of their “glass badges”.

    We will see – well within ten years – that this film is stoking fear that should instead be dissipated. Within ten years, the rise of thyroid cancers from Chernobyl among children was evident, and that was a predicted consequence of the lack of action to counter the effects of iodine-131 exposure. That rise will not happen in Japan; the exposure were far lower and countermeasures were in place.


  3. It would be better to get information about the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation from a biologist or physician with background in that subject. Joffan has already admitted a bias in favor of nuclear power. The Japanese government has raised the allowable levels of radiation post Fukushima. According to standards set by the Russians and applied at Chernobyl, Russian citizens would not be allowed in areas the Japanese government now deems acceptable for the Japanese. No wonder the Japanese citizens don’t want to return to them. Post Fukushima, even the pro nuclear administration of the the US commanded its military to remain outside a wider radius around Fukushima than the Japanese government recommended for civilians. The Japanese government appears to be in denial and along with Tepco have repeatedly lied to the public. Now we know the truth that three reactors had meltdowns. Fukushima is a serious matter. The people of Japan deserve better than the lies they have been given. That is why there is mistrust and fear. This film is showing a Japanese populace that fears and mistrusts their government for good reason, because the government and Tepco have too many influential connections and self interests that take precedence of that of the Japanese people.

    • joffan7 Says:

      The contamination at Chernobyl was far higher and more dangerous than at Fukushima, so I’m sure with suitable cherry-picking you can make the exclusion area at Fukusima look comparatively small. Perhaps you have some numbers for the exclusion criteria you talk about for Chernobyl?

      The myth of Tepco as a persistently lying entity seems to have firm hold of the anti-nuclear community. My impression is that the information that has been available since, say, May 2011 has been relatively good quality and open, given the difficulties of translation. The initial months were marked with confusion and uncertainty, and there were some extremely wild statements from anti-nukes that were definitely false. The activities of the Kan government are definitely open to a lot more accusations of censorship, although even there I’d say that outright fabrication was uncommon, and confusion and panic were more the drivers rather than the grand conspiracy so beloved of the fringe.

      The confusion certainly extended to the NRC, who made several pronouncements that are now known to have been wrong. The NRC are certainly not pro-nuclear, but likely we’ll always disagree on that.


  4. “The myth of Tepco as a persistently lying entity”

    in the summer of 2003, Tepco “was forced to close all 17 of its nuclear plants temporarily after admitting that it had faked safety reports for more than a decade.” Back in August of 2002, according to The Japan Times, MITI had “found evidence of falsified records from the late 1980s to early 1990s regarding cracks at Tepco’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture, and the No. 1 and No. 2 Fukushima nuclear plants in Fukushima Prefecture.”

    http://thewordenreport.blogspot.com/2011/03/ethical-meltdown-in-japan-on-toxicity.html

    “Everything is a secret,” said Kei Sugaoka, a former Tepco nuclear power plant engineer in Japan who has since moved to California. “There’s not enough transparency in the industry.” CBS News also reports that in 1989 Sugaoka had “received an order that horrified him: edit out footage showing cracks in plant steam pipes in video being submitted to regulators. Sugaoka alerted his superiors in the Tokyo Electric Power Co., but nothing happened — for years. He decided to go public in 2000. Three Tepco executives lost their jobs.”

    You want us to believe the same entity suddenly transformed into a source of honesty and openness a few years later? Or would you rather discuss this:

    April 11
    “Earlier today, the company said a hydrogen explosion was unlikely at the No. 1 unit.”

    April 12
    a massive explosion at No. 1 unit

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-11/tepco-chief-rebuffed-in-fukushima-as-crisis-enters-second-month.html

    • joffan7 Says:

      I want to have examples of the lies that you are saying that Tepco has told about the events at Fukushima Daiichi following the tsunami. If, in order to respond to my challenge, you need to go back to older events, it suggests that you are simply trying to cover up the frailty of your original strident claim.

      Your first attempt fails:
      There was no “massive explosion” at the plant on April 12 2011. I think you are getting confused with March. So the statement on April 11 – that a (further) hydrogen explosion was unlikely – proved to be a correct assessment by Tepco.

    • joffan7 Says:

      And Christopher, think about how you came to believe that April mistake was a “clincher”.

      Did some source that you trust give it out? Because if so, as you can now see – they’re not very careful with the truth.


  5. Why does this anti-science propaganda piece get posted here?

    • alexsisxela Says:

      Absolutely.

      You know that there are LOTS of lobbyists who will go to great lengths to make distorted or naïve films about the effects of radiation. If the source of this film hasn’t been rigorously checked out, it’s deeply irresponsible to post it.

      As Joffan7 says above, spreading fear instead of education is incredibly harmful. It’s precisely what CDCW is so brilliant at dispelling, for the vast majority of the time. Don’t do this, Peter.


  6. http://thyroid.about.com/b/2012/08/06/fukushimas-children-facing-high-rate-of-thyroid-irregularities.htm

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/13/1161111/-The-Childrens-Health-Crisis-In-Fukushima#

    http://www.uptodate.com/contents/thyroid-nodules-and-cancer-in-children

    In a study conducted in the southwestern United States, thyroid nodules detectable by palpation were present in 1.8 percent of school children between the ages of 11 and 18 years [1].

    http://fukushimavoice-eng.blogspot.com/2012/07/position-statement-what-is-currently.html

    “When the above four studies are tallied in one table, it becomes obvious that the result of the thyroid examinations of children in the “Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey” is astonishing. This is because one-third of the children had developed “ cysts.”

    The number of thyroid nodules found in children near Fukushima is much greater than the rate of children in other areas of the world and in Japan before the nuclear disaster.

  7. joffan7 Says:

    Like-for-like, the thyroid results are not different from previous studies. Selective belief of alarmist interpretations while dismissing (and indulging in character assassination of) the lead doctors actually carrying out the study does not constitute a strong argument.

    Nor does circular re-quotation in opinion blogs.


  8. [...] Trailer: “A2 – Children of Fukushima” [...]


  9. Please provide references for the previous studies you mention. Please explain why such sources as thyroid.about.com are wrong about their assessments.

    Please note that the source of this quote is a doctor.
    Source: Michiyuki Matsuzaki, M.D.
    Translated by: Fukushima Voice
    Date: May 19, 2012

    Michiyuki Matsuzaki, M.D., Internal Medicine Department, Fukagawa Municipal Hospital, Hokkaido, Japan

    April 2010 Head of Internal Medicine Department, Fukagawa Municipal Hospital, Hokkaido
    April 2012 Professor of Clinical Administration, Asahikawa Medical University, Hokkaido
    May 2012 Special member of Cancer Policy Board, Hokkaido Prefecture
    [...]

    When the above four studies are tallied in one table, it becomes obvious that the result of the thyroid examinations of children in the “Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey” is astonishing.

    http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2012/07/29/japan-hospital-chief-prof-michiyuki-matsuzaki-thyroid-exams-of-fukushima-astonishing-immediate-evacuation-required-in-high-contamination-areas/


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