Metro gov’t denies Mizumoto park in Tokyo needs radiation decontamination

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has rejected a local politician’s call to decontaminate a park where high concentrations of radioactive cesium have been detected, saying radiation levels are not high enough to warrant a cleanup.

The high concentrations in Katsushika Ward’s Mizumoto Park were found earlier by Japanese Communist Party (JCP) members of the metropolitan assembly, and JCP assemblyman Tamio Tazoe called for the decontamination of the site in a recent session. The metropolitan government, which detected a radiation dose of 0.99 microsieverts per hour in tests at the park on June 11, rejected Tazoe’s request, stating the emissions did not reach the national limit.

According to the Tokyo Bureau of Environment, it conducted the June 11 measurements at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), which had been contacted by the JCP. It says bureau workers took the 0.99 microsieverts per hour reading a meter above the ground where the JCP members had earlier found the high cesium concentrations. About 60 meters away in the middle of the park’s parking lot, however, the bureau says it measured a dose of just 0.18 microsieverts per hour.

In October last year, the national government established standards whereby MEXT could be contacted if localized radiation levels were on average one microsievert per hour higher than surrounding areas.

Bureau chief Teruyuki Ono stated that the measurements taken this time were below the national limit and that he thought an overall radiation survey of Tokyo government facilities was “basically unnecessary.”

June 13, 2012(Mainichi Japan)




  1. If the government won’t help you, find a way to pay for it anyway. Have bake sales, take collections in front of the train station, use one of the crowdsourcing sites, get professional training for volunteers to do the work. Anyone who owns real estate in the area will benefit from seeing this done. They should be asked to contribute time or money or both. Print a flyer and distribute it in their mailboxes.

    The goal of the project should be to first identify every place in the park where contamination is greater than it was before the TEPCO triple meltdown. Next, remove everything that has a higher level of radiation and pack it in 55 gallon drums. Start with the hottest, and work your way through it as you have resources to do so. Pack up the soil, plants, trees, buildings, everything that’s hotter than it was before. Yes, it might be barren when all the contaminated material has been removed, and we still don’t know how the groundwater will have been effective. But doing something is better than doing nothing if you plan to stay in Katsushika.

    As for the waste, either build your own underground, shielded facility to store the contaminated materials, or – my preference – get a couple of old guys to drive it back to TEPCO’s facility in Futaba and let them deal with it when they have time – maybe thirty or forty years from now.

    Oh, and be sure to file a lawsuit against TEPCO. Even if you lose, at least society will become more aware of the true cost of nuclear power. If we can help the policymakers understand that nuclear power is more expensive than they have been assuming, it will be easier to shut down the other power plants and perhaps avert a repeat of the TEPCO triple meltdown at another facility.

  2. Chernobyl doesn’t need radiation decontamination either, because everyone just stays the F**K away from it… and they should keep doing so until the radiation theoretically dissipates in another few hundred years.

    You know, I get the impression that most people are completely unaware that Chernobyl happened or that there is or could ever be such a place on Earth. It’s very, very sad.

  3. maybe it has something to do with 16 chernobles, there’s possibly a few more, but there is 16.

    1. ok, I see my error of my ways, but

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