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The Sendai High Court is expected to make its judgment on the appeal for the collective evacuation trial, very soon. The judgment on the evacuation trial for saving children from dangerous exposure will affect not only the lives of the children,

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Jelica R (144)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:03 pm
Please, leave your message to the court on the "visit site >>"

Jelica R (144)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:04 pm

Lawsuit seeks evacuation of Fukushima children:

THEIR demand: The right to live free of radiation. The plaintiffs who started the legal battle: 14 children.

A Japanese appeals court is expected to rule soon on this unusual lawsuit, filed on behalf of the children by their parents and anti-nuclear activists in June 2011 in a district court in Fukushima city, about 60 kilometres west of the crippled nuclear plant that spewed radiation when a massive earthquake and tsunami hit it more than two years ago.

The lawsuit argues that Koriyama, a city of 330,000, should evacuate its children to an area where radiation levels are no higher than natural background levels in the rest of Japan, or about 1 millisievert annual exposure.

In a culture that frowns upon challenging the authorities, the lawsuit highlights the rift in public opinion created by the baffling range in experts' views on the health impact of low dose radiation. Although some experts say there is no need for children to be evacuated, parents are worried about the long-term impact on their children, who are more vulnerable to radiation than adults. Consuming contaminated food and water are additional risks.

After the Fukushima accident, the world's worst since Chernobyl, Japan set an annual exposure limit of 20 millisieverts for determining whether people can live in an area or not. The average radiation for Koriyama is far below this cutoff point, but some "hot spots" around the city are above that level.

"This is the level at which there are no major effects on health and people can live there," said Keita Kawamori, an official with the Japanese Cabinet Office. "Academic experts decided this was the safe level."

A prominent medical doctor in charge of health safety in Fukushima has repeatedly urged calm, noting damage is measurable only at annual exposure of 100 millisieverts, or 100 times the normal level, and higher.

A lower court rejected the lawsuit's demands in a December 2011 decision, saying radiation had not reached the 100-millisievert cutoff. The International Commission on Radiological Protection, the academic organisation on health and radiation, says risks decline with a drop exposure, but does not believe there is a cutoff below which there is no risk.

An appeal filed is still before Sendai High Court in nearby Miyagi Prefecture more than a year later.

After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which emitted more radiation than the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, the Soviet government made it a priority to evacuate women and children from within a 30-kilometre radius of the plant, bigger than the 20-kilometre no-go zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

The number of children behind the original lawsuit dwindled to 10 for the appeal, and is now down to one as families left the prefecture voluntarily or the children grew older. Legally in Japan, a city has responsibility for children only through junior high (7th-9th grades), since high school is not compulsory.

But the case serves as a precedent for other Fukushima children.

Toshio Yanagihara, one of the lawyers, criticised the government as appearing more worried about a population exodus than in saving the children.

"I don't understand why an economic power like Japan won't evacuate the children - something even the fascist government did during World War II," he said, referring to the mass evacuation of children during the 1940s to avoid air bombings. "This is child abuse."

After Chernobyl, thousands of children got thyroid cancer. Some medical experts say leukemia, heart failure and other diseases that followed may be linked to radiation.

In Fukushima, at least three cases of thyroid cancer have been diagnosed among children, although there's no evidence of a link with the nuclear disaster. There are no comparative figures on thyroid cancer in other areas of Japan.

The children in the lawsuit and their families are all anonymous, and details about them are not disclosed, to protect them from possible backlash of ostracism and bullying.

"Why is Japan, our Fukushima, about to repeat the mistakes of Chernobyl?" wrote a mother of one of the children in a statement submitted to the court. "Isn't it up to us adults to protect our children?"

The trial has attracted scant attention in the mainstream Japanese media but it has drawn support from anti-nuclear protesters, who have periodically held massive rallies.

Among the high-profile supporters are musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, manga artist Tetsuya Chiba and American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky.

"There is no better measure of the moral health of a society than how it treats the most vulnerable people within it, and none or more vulnerable, or more precious, than children who are the victims of unconscionable actions," Chomsky wrote in a message.

A 12-year-old, among those who filed the lawsuit but have since left the area, said she was worried.

"Even if I am careful, I may get cancer, and the baby I have may be hurt," she said in a hand-written statement.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:08 pm
2 years after Fukushima, daily life marked by concerns for kids' health:

The government tells people in this neighborhood, 20 miles from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, that the air is clean and the tap water is safe to drink. The government also told many of the people who live here that they did not need to evacuate their homes two years ago, even as the plant’s crippled reactors spewed massive amounts of radiation in the weeks following the March 11, 2011, disaster.

The national government eventually evacuated the towns within 12 miles of the nuclear plant, but it took months to do so.

“We can’t believe them,” Mikiko Yamaki, the day care center’s principal, said of her government’s health assurances. “The truth about the nuclear power accident hasn’t been told, so we are worried about the future.”

Jelica R (144)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:11 pm
Over a third of Fukushima children at risk of developing cancer

Over a third of children in Japan's Fukushima region could be prone to cancer if medics don’t apply more effort in treating their unusually overgrown thyroid glands and commit to international health aid and consultations, according to a new report.

The shocking new report shows that nearly 36 per cent of children in the nuclear disaster-affected Fukushima Prefecture have abnormal thyroid growths. This is an extremely large number of abnormalities – some of which, experts say, pose a risk of becoming cancerous.

After examining more than 38,000 children from the area, medics found that more than 13,000 have cysts or nodules as large as 5 millimeters on their thyroids, the Sixth Report of Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey states.

In comparison, a 2001 analysis by the Japan Thyroid Association found that fully zero per cent of children in the city of Nagasaki, which suffered a nuclear attack in August of 1945, had nodules, and only 0.8 per cent had cysts on their thyroids, reports the Telegraph.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:06 pm
Comment sent, thanks so much for this important matter!. Will share.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:23 pm
Thanks, Angie. I have difficulties with sending PMs, any share will help.

JL A (281)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:36 pm
Thanks Angie! Had signed earlier then noted--it is very important!

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:55 pm
Children are the future....done. No more Nukes....Anywhere!

Barb Knight (1688)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:55 pm
TYSM Angie here's my comment:
Barb Knight
Nation United States of America
Occupation Author
コメント I do not have any children of my own but I do have 2 great nieces whom I love unconditionally and will continue to do everything within my power to protect them, and other sweet, innocents worldwide.

TYSM Jelica!!

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:12 pm

The only suggestion I have is to clear out your cache, up date all things used for messaging script like Java, be sure that Care 2 is still accepting your browser.

Long Message sent, should have copied. Thanks Jelica for bring this forward.

Susan L (150)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:13 pm
Thanks for the forward, Angie! I signed and left a comment. It is hard to believe they even have to file a complaint to be evacuated!

Jelica R (144)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:15 pm
Here is something else you might want to protest:

Petition: Get kids out of Hakea adult prison

It's something that should never happen: over 140 kids are being kept in an adult prison in Perth, Western Australia.

It's not rocket science to work out why keeping vulnerable children in the same prison as adult offenders is a bad idea. Reports indicate the two groups are only separated by a fence and canvas barrier -- and we've heard cases of kids being harassed and threatened by adult inmates.

These kids are absolutely terrified. Hakea Prison is no place for children -- they shouldn't have been moved there in the first place. This is a stain on the record of the WA Government. To expose vulnerable children to an environment where they may experience severe mental suffering is completely irresponsible, and likely breaks international law.

Demand these kids be taken out of Hakea Prison immediately

We're not alone in our outrage; legal groups and the Australian Human Rights Commission are involved in a court battle to get children out of Hakea Prison right now. The Chief Justice of Western Australia has fast-tracked the case and launched an urgent hearing.

Even prison authorities have recognised the situation is "not ideal", and the Commissioner for Corrective Services has said that he aims to have these kids back in an appropriate facility by July.

We know there are people within the system pushing to change this situation; with public pressure we can get this changed faster. Tell the Minister for Corrective Services Joe Francis and WA Premier Colin Barnett to get these kids out of this adult prison -- now.

Sign here: Get kids out of Hakea adult prison


Sherri G (128)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:17 pm
Japanese Government, You should error on the side of caution for children. They have their entire lives ahead of them and deserve nothing less than a quality life. Whatever amount you say is allowable cut your stated acceptable level by 90%. I am told by my doctors to watch how many xrays I get a year because we are learning when you combine dental and medical exposure it can be too much in some cases. Your people have been through enough don't make them fight their government too.

Mike S (86)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:52 pm
Message sent. Thank you Jelica, and thanks for the forward Angie.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:09 pm
the submitted comments show below the form-but I guess it takes time to upload, didn't see mine yet after Jelica's

Angelika R (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:12 pm
Have already signed that other petition for Hakea/ WA, thx Jelica

Jelica R (144)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:30 pm
Ros, you don't need youTube url to post a comment. You don't even need to enter your e-mail; just your full name, country and occupation will do. I assume that youtube url is optional, if you want to submit a video with your comment.

BTW, I see that some of you didn't submit a comment to the Japanese court. I should have been more explicit in the title.

Animae C (515)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:05 pm
signed # 991

Animae C (515)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:07 pm
Thank you for demanding Western Australian authorities take kids out of Hakea prison.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday April 22, 2013, 12:07 am
Noted and signed. Save the children, they are our future and only the can try and correct our mistakes!

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 22, 2013, 7:59 am
I am giving up now, have made several efforts to place my ENTIRE comment, it did NOT go through.
It took me a bit to figure out they do not allow any foreign signs (" ") nor any pause /paragraph between sensences. I corrected all that but it still showed only half of my comment after sending.. A further submission was NOT possible.

. (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 8:06 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. I'd do anything for children, especially the ones in Japan.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday April 22, 2013, 10:03 am
Full name Abdessalam Diab
Nation Egypt
Occupation Retired Diplomat
コメント The future of any country shows up in children's eyes. Let us see the future of Japan in those children eyes. Thanks

Noted, signed and shared on FB, Thanks Jelica.

Birgit W (160)
Monday April 22, 2013, 3:52 pm
Save our children.

Jelica R (144)
Monday April 22, 2013, 5:56 pm
1006 comments submitted! And, checking the list, I assume that we added more that 20. Can we do more?

Jelica R (144)
Monday April 22, 2013, 6:22 pm
We can do more! I've found this petition (in English / 한국 / русский / 中国的 / espańol / Deutsch / française / italiano):

An urgent appeal for signature to save the children of Fukushima:

To: Sendai High Court  
Mr. Yoichi Sato, Chief Judge  
Mr. Yoichi Suzuki, Judge
Mr. Naoto Ogawa, Judge

Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
One and half years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, more than 260 000 children still remain in the highly contaminated areas. Although the parents in Fukushima are striving to protect their children in various ways such as wearing masks and consuming safe food products, their protection measures cannot be the solution to prevent radiation exposure. We demand of the government, as a part of their policy measures, to support collective evacuation of the children and to allow them a life in a safe and healthy environment.
On September 11, 2012, the first case of pediatric thyroid cancer was discovered by means of thyroid gland examinations of 38,000 children in Fukushima. Normally, the possibility of having pediatric thyroid cancer is around one out of 1 million children (Syunichi Yamashita, 2009, P 536 L1~2). Furthermore, the recent thyroid gland examination found out that 43% of 42,000 children have abnormal thyroid growth. This number is alarmingly high compared to the findings of an alternative examination conducted by Syunichi Yamashita, the radiation risk management adviser in Fukushima, resulting in 0.8% in Nagasaki in 2000, and 0.5% in Chernobyl five to ten years after the nuclear disaster. It is clear that something abnormal has been happening to the bodies of children in Fukushima. If these abnormalities seen in these children’s bodies are left unsolved, Fukushima will become another case of Belarus or Ukraine today, where healthy children are only 20% of the whole. This is not an issue of political measures, but the issue of the basic human rights, which casts the question whether the endangered children are to be spared or victimised. The government must learn from the lessons of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and return to the very basic principle ‘lives are the nation’s treasures’. Sign the petition and support us to evacuate the children from Fukushima to the non-contaminated area immediately.

We demand that children be evacuated to the living environment where the air dose rate is under 1mSv per year.

The children of the Plaintiffs of Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial

Your signature is only used for submission to the court and the Prime Minister, and not for any other use.
This statement has been corrected a little the signature statement in Japanese.


Jelica R (144)
Monday April 22, 2013, 6:34 pm
More on blog: ”The Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial” (English)

Videos, statements, monitoring, activities, news, health updates...

Jelica R (144)
Monday April 22, 2013, 7:00 pm
Comment from Carmen Rojas Larrazabal, SIPEA, United States:

Do not delist evacuation zone at this stage, when the accident is not converged, nor the possibility of criticality resumption can be denied, nor the decontamination excluding public facilities is completed. On the contrary, expand the evacuation zone according to the international standard.

Internationally, areas that mark 0.6µsv/h are determined as radiation controlled areas, and labor of workers under 18 years old is banned. According to this criterion, in Chernobyl areas over 0.6 µsv/h (5 msv/y) were determined as forced emigration zones. On the other hand, the Japanese watermark is 3.8 µsv/h (20 msv/y), which is four to six times as lax as that of Chernobyl. It is unbelievable for the Japanese Government to delist the evacuation zone with such a lax standard, in a time when the accident is still in disorder.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday April 22, 2013, 7:19 pm
Done both, Thanks Jelica.

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 12:44 am
noted and shared

Judy C (97)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 1:19 am
Message sent. Thank you, Jelica.

paul m (93)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 6:13 am


Edwin M (346)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 10:21 am
Thank you Jelica and thank you Angelika for the forward, I would think that compassion and intelligent thought would be sufficient to have these children evacuated without a plea and intervention of the world community.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 11:09 am
May everyone get the protection and keep a safe distance from the nuclear plants to hopefully live healthy lives.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 11:34 am
Thanks Jelica.

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 12:27 pm
comment sent, thank you Jelica

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 1:57 pm

Jo S (619)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 3:18 pm
Thank you so much Jelica! Wonderful post!
Noted, signed & shared.

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 3:36 pm
Comments already uploaded by 979 individuals and 41 organizations.

- Thank you for showing your commitment

. (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 3:39 pm
comment sent

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 4:40 pm
Gladly signed & noted. Many thanks, Jelica!

P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 6:52 pm
Signed and Sent a Comment!

Someone recently—only a month ago—was interviewed on a U.S. syndicated radio talk show. The interviewee informed us that little kids playing outside the perimeter of the closed off zone in Japan were tested for radiation. According to him, several children tested for radiation on their shoes and sneakers. The interviewee reminded us on how kids play and explained to us how the radiation is transferred from their shoes to their hands and faces and into their mouths! He explained how they were all in danger of serious illnesses and cancers. He also informed us that the Japanese government was downplaying the nuclear threat of the Fukushima plant.

Also, during the last three weeks, sea lions have been washing up on a few of the Californian beaches. Some scientists feel these dead sea lions were exposed to nuclear radiation from the Fukushima plant. Several scientists fear that the radiation seeping out into the Pacific Ocean is slowly killing off several vulnerable marine species!

Diane B (275)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 7:09 pm
signed and send a commen

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 7:22 pm
Thank you Lois and Alan. Our voices matter. Kids from Fukushima should have been evacuated 2 years ago.

You can follow trial at blog The Fukushima Collective Evacuation; (English version) where also health consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are discussed.

A reporter who visited Chernobyl District wrote: "There will be no third generation".

From Wikipedia: Chernobyl disaster began on Apr 26, 1986, 1:26 AM when fire alarm was activated. ... All fires were extinguished after 5 hours, in 6:35 AM, with the exception of the fire contained inside Reactor 4, which continued to burn for many days.

A state commission was set up the same day (26 April) and tasked with investigating the accident. It was headed by Valery Legasov, who arrived at Chernobyl in the evening of 26 April. By the time Legasov arrived, two people had already died and 52 were receiving medical attention in hospital. By the night of 26–27 April – more than 24 hours after the explosion – Legasov's committee had ample evidence that extremely high levels of radiation had caused a number of cases of radiation exposure. Based on the evidence at hand, Legasov's committee acknowledged the destruction of the reactor and ordered the evacuation of Pripyat (the nearest town).
In order to expedite the evacuation, the residents were told to bring only what was necessary, as the authorities had said it would only last approximately three days. As a result, most of the residents left their personal belongings, which are still there today. An exclusion zone of 30 km (19 mi) remains in place today, although its shape has changed and its size has been expanded.
By the morning of 27 April, buses arrived in Pripyat to start the evacuation at 11:00. By 15:00, 53,000 people were evacuated to various villages of Kiev region. At first it was decided to evacuate the population temporarily for three days, however later it was postponed permanently. Many took only the most necessary items and their documents leaving all the rest behind. The next day, talks began for evacuating people from the 10 km zone.
An area extending 30 kilometres (19 mi) in all directions from the plant is known as the "zone of alienation". It is largely uninhabited, except for a few residents who have refused to leave. The area has largely reverted to forest. Even today, radiation levels are so high that the workers responsible for rebuilding the sarcophagus are only allowed to work five hours a day for one month before taking 15 days of rest. Ukrainian officials estimate the area will not be safe for human life again for another 20,000 year.
350.400 people were evacuated --> see table on page 66 of UNDP Report: The Human Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident (PDF).

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 7:31 pm
Thank you, Portland and Diane. You posted your comments while I was writing mine (longer than I expected).

From Children born in Pacific coastal states in 2011 may be at greatest risk.:

...The explosions produced the radioisotope iodine-131, which floated east over the Pacific Ocean and landed through precipitation on West Coast states as well as other Pacific countries. The levels of that isotope were measured in levels hundreds of times greater than supposedly safe levels. Radioactive iodine accumulates in human thyroid glands, and, in babies and fetuses, the radiation can stunt the growth and development of both the body and the brain. That condition is congenital hypothyroidism (which, luckily, is treatable when and if detected early).

Fukushima fallout appeared to affect all areas of the U.S., and was especially large in some, mostly in the western part of the nation, the study said. Even worse, other conditions affecting babies born in that time frame may have been caused or worsened by Fukushima, the researchers said.

"[State and federal] health departments will soon have [data] available for other 2010 and 2011 indicators of fetal/infant health, including fetal deaths, premature births, low weight births, neonatal deaths, infant deaths, and birth defects.”

Scary? You bet. But information is power. If you have a baby born in March or April 2011 and you live on the Pacific Coast of the U.S. (or other Pacific countries), ask your pediatrician to test your child for congenital hypothyroidism -- and anything else he or she believes could have been caused by radiation.

Sue Clayton (8)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 12:39 am
If ANY country hopes for a future FIRST it must take care of it's children. This is simple common sense!

penny C (83)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 5:41 am
Thanks Jelica & Portland..

Kerryn Ayton (11)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 6:25 am
Noted & signed. Thank you for alerting me to this urgent issue Jelica.

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 8:02 am
Actions taken! Thank you, Jelica, for giving this important issue the attention is deserves!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 9:04 am
commented thanks

Magdika Cecilia Perez (131)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 9:57 am
thank you

S S (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 11:31 am
Signed, thank you.

Ro H (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 4:38 pm

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Thursday April 25, 2013, 1:59 am
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