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A letter to “60 Minutes” by a very fed-up critic

My message to “60 Minutes”, ep 34, Australia

“I listened with great interest to Ben Heard’s narrative regarding conditions in living areas adjacent to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The following academic paper which adds to the knowledge available to Australians and the world population regarding the Japanese nuclear event: “Exposure and current health issues in Minamisoma” by M. Tsubokura Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital, 2-54-6 Takamicho, Haramachi-ku, Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan; e-mail: Full paper here:

The whole paper needs to be read. The learned author of the paper says, among other things, that : “In September 2011, whole-body counters were installed in the (Minamisoma )hospital and have since been used for screening. In total, some 100,000 people have been screened. For approximately 99% of all children, including elementary and middle school students, in the city, internal exposure levels were below the minimum level for detection (Tsubokura et al., 2015a)…..”

However, the author also states that “More than 5 years since the disaster, internal exposure levels on the order of several thousand or several tens of thousands of becquerels are still being detected in those who regularly consume wild boar, wild birds, wild vegetables, or mushrooms that are highly contaminated, with a frequency of about several persons per 10,000 people (Tsubokura et al., 2014). However, internal exposure levels are not likely to increase for those who consume foods distributed through regular channels.” end partial quotes.

I topped my class in Agricultural Science and was trained by the Australian Army as a Radiological Safety NCO during the Cold War. The matters are complex and the exclusion zones in Japan are valid in my opinion from what I have read from the literature.

I have a question for the 60 minutes team, Ben Heard and viewers: Given the fact of bio-accumulation as proven by the dosimetry of those scanned Japanese people who hunt and collect their own food, including those who eat food obtained not from “official” supply chains, would you be happy to give up hunting, fresh water fishing (many papers on that one) and collecting edible plants and mushrooms as one’s ancestors have done since the dawn of time? Or is this a small matter in the context of the current 10 year window nuclear power has before it is rendered totally redundant in the Australian context. There is no need to panic. It’s all very interesting. Paul Langley.”

Of course Channel 9 Sydney will not be reading the above letter from a viewer during the 60 Minutes feedback segment anytime this side of the next ice age.


October 23, 2018 - Posted by | media

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  1. Dramatic Increases In Illness


    7th October 2018 – (Google Translate) Amazing! The number of patients in Minamisoma municipal general hospital is announced 29 times as much as before adverse thyroid and, leukemia rising by 10 times.


    Mr. Hirokazu Oyama of Minami Soma City Council recently received data on the transition of the number of patients by disease name from Minami Soma City General Hospital (the main injury / illness name was extracted from the medical accounting system). Comparing the 2010 FY2010 accident before the accident, the adult thyroid cancer is 29 times, the leukemia is 10.8 times, the lung cancer is 4.2 times, the childhood cancer is 4 times, the pneumonia is 3.98 times, the myocardial infarction is 3.97 times, liver cancer 3.92 times, colon cancer 2.99 times, stomach cancer 2.27 times, stroke 3.52 times.

    Japanese Version

    English Version


    In March 2013 I was sent this resin encapsulated sample of a black fungus like material, to test. A contact in Japan had sent a friend this sample. The test chart below shows it was very hot. It had reportedly been collected from somewhere in the Minamisoma area of Japan. This fungus started growing on the concrete and rock surfaces in Japan, after the Fukushima Nuclear disaster. The test results indicted the fungus was bio-accumulating Cesium. I didn’t know the weight of this very small sample, and had posted the test results, for discussion on an internet forum.

    This comment from a weight expert.

    “I’m an expert on weighing objects (sell scales, use different ones daily, some precise to .01g). Fungus in that form does not appear to hold too much water weight and would likely weigh less than a gram given the scale. If it is thin and flakey type fungus, it may be under .25-.5g. Is it thick like a mushroom cap or more like lichen? I’ve only observed extremely thin fungi growing on concrete, and I would err on the very low side. My best guess is .3g.”

    My reply

    “That means the black fungus sample from Japan is very, very, hot.

    Test results 117 Bg Cs-137 and 58 Bq Cs-134

    117 + 58 = 175 Bq x (1000 grams/0.3 grams) = 583,333 Bq/Kg of Cesium

    Even if it was 10 times greater in weight 3 grams, it would still be 58,333 Bq/Kg of Cesium.”

    Test Chart:

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

    Comment by Peter Daley | October 24, 2018 | Reply

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