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Nov 28, 2012

[Dr. Helen Caldicott] “In Fukushima “criminal” and “immoral” act is being performed.”

Information from Mr. Masatoshi Takeshita posted on his blog – November 22, 2012 –

English translation of a Japanese article: Ryusaku Tanaka Journal – November 21, 2012 –

Dr. Caldicott frankly expressed a feeling of distrust toward the Japanese government and mass media.
= At the Members’ Office Building of the House of Representatives on 19th    Photo: by Tanaka =

Dr. Helen Caldicott, an Australian pediatrician, well-informed of radiation diseases, held a press interview at the First Members’ Office Building of the House of Representatives on 19th.  Dr. Caldicott has conducted a speaking tour in various places in Japan.

The interest of the media has been dominantly attracted by the upcoming election after the dissolution of the House of Representatives.  As a result only one overseas TV station and several reporters participated in the interview.  Dr. Caldicott often used the words of “criminal” and “immoral” and criticized the mass media for being unwilling to report this fact.  I feel her irritation about Japanese society throughout her speech.

At the beginning of the speech, Dr. Caldicott said “It is “medical crime” not to evacuate children, pregnant women and women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) living at high-dose regions in Fukushima.  I hear that ultrasonic examination showed 40% incidence of thyroid abnormalities among children less than 18 years of age.  This is quite abnormal in the eye of a pediatrician.” and she pointed out that exposure dose in Fukushima far more exceeds that of Chernobyl.

As for relocation of children, pregnant women and WOCBP, “Although it is important for the government to bear expenses for relocation, the government uses its budget to protect TEPCO, not the weak,” she said.  Dr. Caldicott said “Japan has no regulation on taking in radiation-contaminated food.”  She also said “it is ‘medically immoral’ to have children consume contaminated food” and criticized the central government, Fukushima prefectural government and the medical world that has kept silent for their failing to act.

Lectures in Japan by Dr. Caldicott were intended not only for medical doctors but for ordinary people.  I hear that every site with a capacity of hundreds of people was filled with people.  According to Dr. Caldicott, the audience seemed to desperately know what to do.

“The media should be responsible for publicizing the truth to as many people as possible.  However, (in Japan) it does not seem to be the case with Japan,” she sai and reminded the media of indifference to radioactive damage.

Dr. Caldicott warned that “The accident in Fukushima is not over.  Decontamination is impossible even if the government tries to finish it over 40 years.  The land, people and food will remain to be contaminated for more than 300 years to come” and raised a question about easy decontamination and wishes for returning home.  She also condemned debris incineration as “criminal act.”

During the Q and A session, I asked her two following questions.

Tanaka: Japanese doctors went to Ukraine (where the Chernobyl nuclear accident took place) and Ukrainian doctors visited Japan.  Japanese government and doctors must know the fact that we’ll have a high incidence of cancer in four years.  What do you think of this?

Dr. Calidcott: “Yes.  As exemplified by cases of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is known that the incidence peak of leukemia will be seen five years after the accident and that of other types of cancer later.  I am surprised at what makes doctors refrain from raising their voice through the media.  It is “Total Blackout” (total news censorship)

“Many people seem to live each day, forgetting about Fukushima.  This is worse than at the time of the Minamata disease.  Although the Japanese government wants other countries to think highly of it, it will be definitely accused of irresponsibility after epidemiological figures of (the incidence of cancers) are revealed.”

Tanaka:  Some doctors have made profits by advertising vitamin supplements, especially vitamin C as good for radioactivity.

Dr. Caldicott:  No, it is not effective.  It is medically wrong.

Lastly, Dr. Caldicott concluded the interview with the words: “A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been discriminated.  Considering the Japanese mentality, I am concerned about the possibility that the same thing will happen with people from Fukushima.”

Prejudice against people from Fukushima has already been heard here and there.  Is this writer the only person that can’t sit still as Japanese?

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