News: Cesium from children who evacuated to Kyoto

Evacuation within Japan does not save them enough.

It’s not far enough.

A family evacuated from Ibaraki → Tokyo → Kyoto (3/14~3/26, 7/30~8/27) had their children have urine test. (52,500JPY)

Children are 3 years old and 1 year old.

The family was very careful for food, and water. They did not give anything from Kanto area to their children.

They did not let them play outside as much as possible, and kept the windows closed. They do not hang clothes outside.


3 years old girl

  • Cesium-134 0.24 Bq/kg
  • Cesium-137 0.28 Bq/kg

1 year old boy

  • Cesium-134 0.40 Bq/kg
  • Cesium-137 0.50 Bq/kg

The urine was taken 9/7 and 9/16.
Measurement was 9/30 and 9/28.

The father says, there is nothing left he can do.

The dose will increase. This is really unacceptable.


  1. This politician and TEPCO are killing their one people – shame on you bastards…

  2. When I came back to Japan, few weeks ago, there was a Japanese man standing beside me in the plane. He lives in Osaka but (if I understood correctly) he often goes on business to Tokyo and sometimes to Russia.

    Anyway, his nose started bleeding all of the sudden… I think he was surprised himself, because he was totally unprepared, had no tissues, no handkerchief – I gave him tissues. It probably had nothing to do with radiation, but…

    Maybe many children have been exposed… My husband says that the fact that they eliminate the radioactive substances by urine, perspiration etc is a good thing, because a part of it gets out of their bodies, but he says nothing about the damages those rad substances can make while in their bodies and the possible consequences in a long run…

    1. Pu and hot particles in your lungs can never be taken away.
      Nosebleed all of a sudden ? I bet it has something to do with radiation. I haven’t seen an adult have nosebleed all of a sudden.


      TABLE 3.2. Frequency of Complaints (%) on State of Health.Same Children as Table 3.1
      Heavily contaminated: 73 boys, 60 girls, avg. age 10.6 years 高汚染地域
      Less contaminated:  101 boys, 85 girls, avg. age 9.5 years 低汚染地域
                                                 [%: 初回調査時・その3年後調査時]
                          高汚染地域        低汚染地域 
      Complaints of state of health 72.2   78.9        45.7   66.1  健康状態の苦情
      Nose bleeds             2.3    3.8         0.5    1.2  うち鼻血


      1. The guy lives in Osaka, which is about 600 km from the plant -right?-, and spends maybe just a few days or weeks/year in Tokyo… 全く分からない…

        (by the way, he was sitting next to me, not standing)

        1. dunno,but radiation is not exactly like poison. Even if it’s 1Bq/kg,if you are unlucky,it breaks the crucial part of your DNA.

  3. 3 years old girl

    Cesium-134 0.24 Bq/kg
    Cesium-137 0.28 Bq/kg
    1 year old boy

    Cesium-134 0.40 Bq/kg
    Cesium-137 0.50 Bq/kg

    So what does these levels mean? How much is dangerous?

  4. Only several weeks ago did I put some pieces together.

    In the winter following Chernobyl, I had intense nosebleeds. They would start when I was in the classroom, writing an exam, or in the morning, right before breakfast, or outside, playing with other kids.

    I was about 10 years old. I mostly remember that the nosebleeds were sudden, violent and copious. My parents had to buy a lot of handkerchiefs for me (maybe paper tissues were not popular back then).

    They stopped when the winter was over and never came back.

    Chernobyl was about 2000 km away and no one from the circle of my family and friends had ever been there.

  5. Definitely. I was not able to see the connection before, but now I do.

    A member of my family also developed severe health problems which are still unresolved, and I understand now that they are Chernobyl-related.

    1. That is crucially important info.I would love to hear more detailed story,such as the color of the nosebleed,stickiness etc..
      and also what kind of disease your family had,if it is ok.
      Where are you located at ?

      1. I spent my childhood and youth in former Yugoslavia (I don’t mean Serbia, I mean Yugoslavia before 1991). My region is 2000 km away from Chernobyl.

        In the year of Chernobyl’s accident, I was not allowed to play outside or eat strawberries and other fruits. Yet that winter, as I said, I had intense nose bleeds.

        I am not certain whether I have any long term consequences, but I do have chronic problems with fatigue and sleep. I think I need a lot more physical rest than other people my age. I eat very healthy food, but I don’t seem to get a lot of energy from it. I don’t smoke or drink, and my parents are very physically active. Sometimes I experience a metallic taste in my mouth.

        My sister developed hyperthyroidism some three years after the Chernobyl accident. She was a young adult who spent a lot of time hiking and swimming.

        After 15 years, she had to have her thyroid removed because it was causing constant severe problems. She lost all of her hair, and it did not grow back (it’s been 4 years now). She could not have any children, and she has to have medications every day for the rest of her life because she does not have a thyroid any more.

        I have heard of other cases similar to hers.

        In addition, a member of our family died recently after handling radioactive materials used on a US military base to create depleted uranium shells. He was a healthy man in his 50s. He developed cancer and died very painfully.

        Depleted uranium shells were also dropped on my country in the 1990s as well as on Iraq and Lebanon. It seems that cancer rates among children went up 10-fold. **I think it’s very important to study long-term effects in Iraq**, which was bombed very severely. I am grateful to Busby for mentioning Iraq repeatedly.

        Because Chernobyl was a lot less severe than Fukushima (it only looked more spectacular), I think many Japanese, especially the children, will develop problems much sooner than my sister did. My heartfelt advice is for people to evacuate. Long-term consequences are immense. It doesn’t mean everyone will experience them, but many did, and it’s unpredictable.

        Best wishes to everyone…

        1. M.X.,
          It seems that you grew up not very far from the place I grew up, and we are probably about the same age, since I was a child at the time… I spent a lot of my life in the western Romania, not far form Yugoslavia, but mostly in Bucharest, anyway…

          I think Romanians were not really informed about Chernobyl at that time, so most of them just continued to live their lives as they used to do before Chernobyl. I used to eat fruits, vegetables from the garden without even washing them and I loved “eating” snow and playing in the rain. Neither me nor my friends had any diseases that could be related to radiation… I have no health problems, never had, except for a lack of calcium and magnesium, and ADHD, which has nothing to do with radiation, I think. I guess I was lucky and so were most of my friends… Or maybe Western and Southern RO were not so much contaminated? Or is possible that the effects start to appear only 25-30 years later

          Still, you said:
          “I do have chronic problems with fatigue and sleep.”
          I could say the same, but it might be because I never sleep enough, I don’t have healthy eating habits, I smoke, don’t take care too much of my health etc

          I’m so sorry about your sister… Maybe her hair will grow back after all… I hope so.

          1. 髪だけじゃなくね。ww
            but yeah,I guess Ro was lucky. Wind didn’t blow in that direction maybe ?

          2. Well, it seems certain that radiation spreads unevenly.
            In my sister’s case (and a few others) it is clear that she was affected. But my parents weren’t, nor was my brother. Perhaps that makes the point that children (me) and young women (my sister) are more vulnerable than adults or young males.

            She was a student in Sarajevo at the time, and air in Sarajevo pools because of the mountains and stays there for a while along with any particles. That could be another reason. Otherwise it would mysterious, because she was further to the south than we were, even further away from Chernobyl.

            I should also add that before Fukushima, I had not realized that my sister’s health problem is related to Chernobyl. Some connections only appear in hindsight. I still think it’s possible that some of your Romanian friends have health problems which were caused or exacerbated by Chernobyl, but it’s hard to make an explicit connection without additional info.

            My sister is a middle-class professional, meaning that she has excellent health care in Germany, but no doctor was ever able to help or to explain why she developed this problem.

            Unfortunately, I doubt her hair will grow back, because it’s been four years since it fell out and there is still nothing. But thanks for the good wishes.

  6. radiation “fryes” the surface it sticks to, and the Nose and further in, down to the lungs are moistureous.
    And the Isotops stick to it, and work from there inward.

    I firmly belive its radiation, how ever you trun the statistics, if sudden and larg scale Nosebleadings ocure, not hirtoricaly compareable with whats been previously rekorded, what els could it be, if not Ach from a Vulcano the second only thing I know that could do such damage to respiratory organs and tissue.

  7. PS Unfortunately, I don’t remember many details about the nosebleeds except that they happened very frequently and suddenly when winter started.

    A lot of blood came out every time (but I don’t remember the color or the texture). I only know I was feeling very helpless and afraid.

    I only realized last month that this was directly connected to Chernobyl.

    1. Thank you very much. If possible,I’d like to post your comment with Japanese translation. Is that ok ?
      I’m wishing the best for your sister too.

  8. Of course you can translate!

    Thank you for the good wishes. I also hope for the best for the Japanese people. You are on my mind all the time.

  9. I just checked the precise distance and it’s about 1300 km by air from Chernobyl to my region, NOT 2000 km.

    However, my sister moved to Germany where she developed her problem as an adult, and Germany is more than 2000 km away from Chernobyl.

    I should add that Yugoslavia was not a member of the Eastern Block. We did not have many people going back and forth between the two regions. Most of the contamination must have happened through air and water.

    1. You saved my life. I really appreciate you. If you remember some other things,please inform me !

  10. I will let you know if I remember anything else.

    I am very worried about this and it’s important to be able to help.

    The only other thing that comes to mind right now is that friends of my parents had a child who was born with severe cerebral palsy around that time, but I honestly have no idea whether that’s related.

    In the case of thyroid problems and fatigue, the connection is a lot more obvious.

    1. A friend of mine doesn’t care about radiation at all. Exactly speaking,maybe she doesn’t even know where Fukushima is located at. She lives exactly like before 311.
      Though Tepco let everything leaked to the sea,she even went to the beach and swam in it around Tokyo.
      I saw her last week. I had not seen her for about 2 months. Maybe I should not tell it to her,but her eyes were swollen and looked like they were coming out. A typical symptom of thyroid disease.
      The situation is serious. It’s time to face the truth.

  11. My sister’s eyes are the same way since she got sick. Bulging, a bit uncontrolled in their movement.

    She used to be a beauty queen and a professional dancer. The loss of her health is very traumatic to her.

    Ironically, the eye effect is called by a Japanese name, after the Japanese scientist who first described it.'s_thyroiditis

    1. Is it Hashimoto disease ? That must have been very traumatic for her. I’m so so so sorry.

  12. I know a few other people with thyroid problems, but in their cases, I don’t know where they were during Chernobyl and what they were doing.

    Usually doctors say that the high number of thyroid diseases is due to low iodium content of German drinking water. But that cannot be the case with my sister, because she developed her hyperthyroidism right BEFORE she came to Germany, and she drinks mineral water and consumes iodized salts.

    The Hashimoto effect seems to have happened two or three years later, but the weird part is that doctors connect it with hypothyroidism, and she clearly had **hyper**thyroidism (loss of weight, nervousness, shakiness). I don’t know why there were elements of both.

  13. PS It’s not genetic, no one else in my family had thyroid problems or cancers.

    My parents are extremely healthy, even though they eat meat and very little fruits and vegetables. Their parents were also healthy and lived to the age of 80+.

    I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, a lot of water and fruit juices, a lot of fish (two to three times a week) and tofu, and I am thirty years younger than my parents, but I have a lot less energy than they do.

  14. there is hope for the children who have incorporated cesium. The Belrad institute in Minsk-Belarus- has been helping children contaminated from Chenobyl. Its experience is being shared with Japanese NGO. there has been a press conference with Babenko from the Belrad institute in Tokyo on Oct 3d. He presented the Japanese edition of its self help book to fight radiation health effect. See the Chiro foundation, the Belrad institute website and the the Senkai bunke publications.
    Don’t wait and help the children

  15. If it can help you Mochizuki-san, here is a map about the true contamination of french territory due to chernobyl, measurements were made by Criirad.
    some contamination area reached 40 000Bq/m2 easily For the worst case, and our governement at this time just told us, this cloud never reach us, (even though they admitted contamination as official map showed no more than 4000Bq/m2). Now due to chernobyl we estimated the number of people suffering from thyroïd cancers by more than 2000 and it grew up to 100 to 150 every years! it didn’t end at all and we are much far from chernobly than the ancient yougoslavia or Roumania.
    In germany contamination was much more worse, even in Greece and in Finland (much more far away than us too) and they got more severe contamination

    this link learns us that infantility mortality in Europe has risen to more than 5000 now. 1000 to 3000 additional Birth deffects in Bavaria. children’s severe abnormalities were feared to rise up to 10 000 due to chernobyl. 10 000 to 20 000 case of thyroïd cancers throughout Europe if don’t include Soviet bloc at this time and significant rise of Leukumia in germany scotland and greece… It’s just not tolerable ! Very rare tumours were found on children in more contaminated regions from south of Germany

  16. Thank you Michaël.

    In reality, this spread of contamination is not surprising. Europe is a very small continent. I know that to Europeans those distances seem large, but if you travel in the Americas, Africa, central Asia (which are all larger continental masses with less water), you realize that the European distances are small and that the impact of even one disaster crosses all those man-made borders.

    Japan is even smaller, of course…

    I learned an additional lesson when the contamination from Fukushima spread quickly all the way to the east coast of the US, crossing much further distances than all of Europe. We are all in the same boat!


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