Japanese Zen monk fights Fukushima’s invisible demon: radiation

February 10, 2012

(Koyu Abe, a Zen priest, lights a candle at the main hall of his Joenji temple in Fukushima, northern Japan February 3, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao)

On the snowy fringes of Japan’s Fukushima city, now notorious as a byword for nuclear crisis, Zen monk Koyu Abe offers prayers for the souls of thousands left dead or missing after the earthquake and tsunami nearly one year ago.

But away from the ceremonial drums and the incense swirling around the Joenji temple altar, Abe has undertaken another task, no less harrowing — to search out radioactive “hot spots” and clean them up, storing irradiated earth on temple grounds.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, some 50 km (31 miles) away, suffered a series of explosions and meltdowns after the massive earthquake and tsunami last March 11, setting off the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986 and forcing 80,000 people from their homes.

Radiation, carried on winds and by snow, spread far beyond the 20 km (12 miles) evacuation zone around the plant, nestling in hot spots across the region and contaminating the ground in what remains a largely agricultural region.

Many of those who fled have no idea when, if ever, they can return to land held by their families for generations.

Read the full story by Ruairidh Villar and Yuriko Nakao here.
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When government is lying, covering facts and failing repeatedly to deal with the issue, people have no other alternative but to seek God’s help to repair the disaster.

The Japanese people are not happy.

Many realize a significant portion of Japanese soil is not suitable for habitation. Just last October a leaked Tepco documented indicated the total amount of plutonium and neptunium emitted from the plant. This stuff sticks around for millions of years…

If you haven’t seen the dispersion maps for plutonium they are published here:

http://www.datapoke.org/blog/89/study-mo deling-fukushima-npp-p-239-and-np-239-at mospheric-dispersion/

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