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Newsletter No. 16. 2012   

April 16, 2012   
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Iwata Wataru interviewed by Nadine and Thierry Ribault, Fukushima: "Everything has to be done again for us to stay in the contaminated areas"

We have known Iwata Wataru for more than two years, and when he decided to depart to Fukushima from Kyoto, he asked us to locate Geiger counters in France because at that time there were none available for his use in Japan. Despite active searching we found none. However, we contacted the independent radioactivity measuring laboratory CRIIRAD, which was created in France following the Chernobyl accident. The CRIIRAD people decided to send counters and other measurement accessories free to Wataru's recently created "Project 47". In May 2011, we joined the CRIIRAD measurement mission to Fukushima and witnessed the first steps in "Project 47" and their collaboration with CRIIRAD. The link was made and the idea to create a Japanese version of CRIIRAD came to mind and Iwata took the lead: in July 2011 CRMS was born. Iwata became the founder and technical director, with the technical support of CRIIRAD and of the Umweltinstitut in Munich, with the financial support of Days Japan and other donors.
Composer Iwata Wataru poses many difficult questions regarding the long-term health risks faced by the victims of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. He presents a compelling call to action framed in terms of what he calls an "auto-evacuation". In contrast to the state's directive to evacuate specific areas, the nature of auto-evacuation is that "people themselves decide to evacuate the affected zone."

Posted April 15, 2012. 


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John Hallam, Double Standard on DPRK Space Launches

We are seeing yet once more, a double-standard in dealing with the PDRKs space and missile launches.

PND is calling for balance in the way we talk about both DPRK and US and Russian space and missile launches.

While the DPRK's aggressive rhetoric in dealing with the US and the RoK does it no favours, it must surely be seen as odd, that

--When, as happens 2-3 times a year, the US test launches what is unambiguously and definitely a nuclear-capable Minuteman-III ICBM from Vandenberg toward Kwajelein, apart from a hardy band of protestors at Vandenberg, everyone thinks it is perfectly routine.

--The same happens when Russia launches Topol-M or SS-18 missiles.

Even when India launches its latest iteration of Agni, few eyebrows get raised.

--One or two eyebrows might be raised when Pakistan tests short range tactical missiles, thereby lowering the threshold for nuclear apocalypse in South Asia.

Posted April 15, 2012.

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