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It seems US sailors aren’t the only ones who three short years after the Fukushima disaster are being stricken by cancers and other radiation-induced diseases. For once, the media blackout surrounding the Japanese nuclear power plant tragedy appears to have crumbled, and at least a portion of the truth has been revealed. Hong Kong’s SCMP reports that fifty-nine young people in Fukushima prefecture have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer. Notably, all of newly diagnosed were younger than 18 at the time of the nuclear meltdown in the area in March 2011. They were identified in tests by the prefectural government, which covered 239,000 people by the end of September.
And while it is not rocket surgery to put two and two together, now that the data is in the public domain, here come the experts to explain it away.
On one hand, there are those who seemingly have not been bribed by the Abe government to “bend” reality just a bit in the name of confidence. People such as Toshihide Tsuda, a professor of epidemiology at Okayama University who has called upon the government to prepare for a possible increase in cases in the future. “The rate at which children in Fukushima prefecture have developed thyroid cancer can be called frequent, because it is several times to several tens of times higher,” Japan’s Asahi Shimbun quoted him as saying.
He compared the figures in Fukushima with cancer registration statistics throughout Japan from 1975 to 2008 that showed an annual average of five to 11 people in their late teens to early 20s developing cancer for every 1 million people.
And then come those who probably would still be touting the great job Tepco is doing in containing the worst nuclear catastrophe in history, even though Tepco itself has now admitted the exploded nuclear power plant is out of control.
Tetsuya Ohira, a professor of epidemiology at Fukushima Medical University, disagreed. It was not scientific to compare the Fukushima tests with cancer registry statistics, he argued. Scientific? Or notpolitically feasible for a prime minister who is desperate to restart domestic nuclear power plants, since Abenomics is getting monkeyhammered thanks to soaring energy and food import costs (and, among other factors, leading to a crash in Abe’s popularity rating), and any reality leaking, pardong the pun, from Fukushima will end both that ambition, and his political career prematurely.
Shockingly, a month ago, prefectural officials deemed it unlikely that the increase in suspected and confirmed cases of cancer was linked to radiation exposure. Their “logic” is that in the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, it was not until four or five years after the accident that thyroid cancer cases surged. Apparently the thought that the local cancer victims may have been subject to radiation orders of magnitude higher than Chernobyl thanks to a lying government which consistently repeated that “all is well” has not crossed anyone’s mind.
“It is known that radioactive iodine is linked to thyroid cancer. Through the intake of food, people may absorb and accumulate it inside glands,” said Dr Choi Kin, a former president of the Hong Kong Medical Association.
Children might absorb more of it than adults because they were still growing, he said, but it remained to be proven that the radioactive iodine came from the nuclear disaster instead of the normal environment.
Bottom line “experts” are divided about whether the Fukushima cancers are caused by nuclear radiation… which, perhaps, is why they are experts. As everyone else knows, a surge in thyroid cancer in a population in close proximity to an exploded power plant, can only be due to one thing: non-participation in the ponzi stock market. So start buying stocks, or else the p53 mutations are coming for you too!
A citizens’ group in Tokyo has found elevated levels of radioactivity at sporting facilities that will be used in the 2020 Olympic Games and is warning that competitors and the hundreds of thousands of people expected to flock to the city for the event will be putting themselves in danger.
The Citizens’ Group for Measuring Radioactive Environment at Facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics claims wind-borne radiation from the four crippled reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant has contaminated a number of future venues….
- Elevated radiation claimed at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Citizens group reports high radiation levels at possible venues for 2020 Tokyo Olympics (japandailypress.com)
- Asahi: High radiation levels found at possible Olympic sites – Japan Professor: Radioactive materials have spread throughout greater Tokyo; Region remains in “emergency situation”? (enenews.com)
“One day this whole credit bubble will be deflated very badly – you are going to experience a complete implosion of all asset prices and the credit system…”
Marc Faber was in fine form at the CLSA Investor Forum, dispensing his trademark gloom and doom. The final keynote was a tour de force of the history of debt, asset bubbles and financial markets in the 20th and 21st centuries.
“Unlike the ’50s and ’70s when there was relatively less overall debt, a financial market crash did not inflict great damage on the economy.
Debt levels are significantly higher these days, and so a market crash can inflict serious damage on economies.
We’ve gone through a period of huge asset inflation, in stocks, bonds, commodities, and real estate, and we essentially now have in the world, a huge asset bubble.
So everything is grossly inflated.”
- This is How Marc Faber Prepares for when The SHTF (silveristhenew.com)
- The end game will be a collapse in the currency: Faber (marketsanity.com)
- Marc Faber: “I always buy gold and I own gold. I don’t even value it” (valuewalk.com)
- Marc Faber: “Fed’s Neo-Keynesian Clowns… Are Holding The World Hostage” (zerohedge.com)
- All Five of Beijing’s Major Water Systems Seriously Polluted (theepochtimes.com)
- State newspaper: China to spend $275B on pollution (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- China will not ‘shy away’ from South China Sea row: Foreign Minister (straitstimes.com)
- Forbes: “China’s New “Secret Stimulus” Program: Likonomics Is Dead” (forexlive.com)
China will replace America as the leading superpower, global attitudes survey finds | South China Morning Post
- China Seen Surpassing the US as Superpower in Polling – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- China growing in power but popularity lags: survey – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Many Believe China Will Soon Overtake the U.S. as World’s Leading Superpower (entrepreneur.com)
- Beijing Reacts to Snowden Claims U.S. Hacked ‘Hundreds’ of Chinese Targets (world.time.com)
- Syria and the U.S. Are Partners in Crime (fff.org)
- Edward Snowden: U.S. government a ‘bully’ to Hong Kong in quest for extradition (chasvoice.blogspot.com)
- International Community: American Hypocrites Should Restore Constitution, Champion Human Rights At Home And Abroad (personalliberty.com)
- John McCain Is A Mentally Ill Terrorist Sympathizer (blacklistednews.com)
- World Demands Privacy Safeguards From Prying NSA (youviewed.com)