Physician and anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott speaks in Kyoto on March 8, 2014, on the effects of radiation exposure on children in Fukushima Prefecture. The following is a transcript of her speech that is available HERE. The speech is both in English and translated in Japanese by Aimee Tsujimoto. I’ve transcribed the English for you, but it is certainly beneficial to view the video, as it includes the maps and trends Caldicott is referring to.
” A more realistic estimate of contamination is 60,000 square kilometers occupied by 46 million people including parts of Tokyo and surroundings. As you can see, the whole landmass is contaminated to a greater or lesser extent. [Japanese translation]
This is according to the European Commission Science for Environment Policy “New Insight Into Spread of Contaminations” from Fukushima Feb. 13, 2014. [Japanese translation]
This is the Pacific fallout. [Japanese explanation]
Because so many people now live in highly radioactive areas, instead of evacuating the women and children, the government raised the accepted external dose from 1 millisievert per year to 20 millisieverts per year, which is the equivalent of 1,000 chest x-rays per year. Nuclear workers are allowed 50 millesieverts per year. [Japanese translation]
However children are 10 to 20 times more vulnerable to radiation effects than adults because their cells are actively dividing and are therefore more likely to be damaged by radiation. Little girls are twice as sensitive as little boys. Because of these circumstances, thousands of little children are now locked inside. They wear masks and are eating radioactive food and are experiencing increased obesity as they get virtually no exercise. [Japanese translation]
Infant Mortality. Infant mortality rates increased in the both radioactively contaminated prefectures around Fukushima, showing a rise and fall starting at the end of 2011. In December 2011, nine months after the accident, there was a highly significant drop in live birthrates which correlates with early spontaneous abortions caused by the radiation spike in the first days after the accident. This matches the data on infant mortality that was documented around Chernobyl. [Japanese translation]
This is the drop in live births after Fukushima there and there. [points to map] [Japanese translation] “