Column of the Day: Tokyo Resistance

I decided to move myself out of Japan, but there are people to choose to move radioactive material away instead.

They can’t help choosing that way for the reasons of job, visa, and family issues.

Today I met a family in Tokyo.

They spent about 500,000 JPY on variety of equipment to detect radiation.

They search for hot spots around their house and decontaminate.

It’s a very grass rooted activity but they have built significant database about the contamination situation in Tokyo.

I would like to share their material on this blog later.

Here are the pictures of where they live.

This is what you need to live safely in Tokyo.

Water purifying system.(About 80,000 JPY) They purify tap water with it for their kids,and for their own health.

Survival guide. on 311,they downloaded it and printed out. They keep it just in case.

Inspector equipment.They can detect gamma ray, beta ray, and alpha ray. They look for a hot spot around their house and decontaminate by themselves.

This one is 600 times more sensitive.

Emergency back pack. Gas masks are in it.

This is our everyday life.

Picking up a hot spot.

This is what they call a “pancake” detector. You can detect gamma ray, beta ray, and alpha ray. Of course it’s not cheap.

Getting close to the cesium soil.

They monitor it on PC with this gadget.

Setting up. This is our everyday life.

Bottled water kept.

Collecting petition for the ward government, such as to check the food for school lunch etc.. They have already collected nearly 5,000 signatures.

I asked them to check up my body for gamma ray. (Me + background)

Only background

At least I didn’t take Cesium into my body. (pheww)

You can refer to their website. Tokyo Kids & Radiation

They’ll feed this blog valuable raw data from now.

About this site

This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


October 2011