• Award-winning journalist Dave Ropeik says radiophobia is harming Fukushima children. He says a significant percentage of us have thyroid abnormalities that would test positive for carcinoma if subjected to the same high-tech scrutiny as the 360,000 Fukushima children. But while those cells or cysts might not hurt us, the fear of radiation and the fear of cancer certainly could, as an unfolding tragedy for children living around in the prefecture of Fukushima in Japan illustrates.Given the prevalence of suspicious cysts or nodules in everyone’s thyroids, “unsurprisingly” the Fukushima screening turned up thousands of abnormalities. Rampant radiophobia has led to the false assumption that the abnormalities were cause by Fukushima radiation. But the evidence says otherwise, especially the same testing in non-exposed children elsewhere in Japan showing the same rate of the cysts and nodules. Further, genetic tests run on thousands of the Fukushima thyroid abnormalities did not match those that were caused by the 1986 Chernobyl accident. Ropeik says “Emotionally, human-made risks scare us more than natural ones and any risk we can’t detect with our senses leaves us feeling vulnerable and powerless and more afraid… When we let our emotions override an objective review of the evidence it’s not radiation we should fear, or cancer. It’s our fears that we have to fear most.” http://bigthink.com/risk-reason-and-reality/how-cancerphobia-and-radiophobia-have-harmed-hundreds-of-children-in-fukushima (Comment – We thank Dave for the very nice mention of our postings on the Fukushima child thyroid situation – with link – at the end of the article.)
  • Two unattended police stations in the exclusion zone are manned again. Both communities are preparing for the evacuation orders to be lifted. One is in Kawamata Town and the other in the Odaka District of Minamisoma. The Kawamata station belongs to the Fukushima City Police and the other is run by Minamisoma City. The Kawamata station has had Sergeant Seiju Miura on duty since August, but only during the daytime since the residents were only allowed temporary stays in preparation for the evacuation order being lifted. Sgt. Miura began staying overnight, as well, on March 27th. He says, “A policeman always staying here puts residents at ease.” One returning resident, Shuichi Ouchi, says “Just seeing a policeman around makes me feel relieved.” http://www.fukushimaminponews.com/news.html?id=652
  • With the restarts of Sendai units #3 & #4, Kyushu Electric reserve capacity tops 10%. For the summer, the company expects at least 14%. Thus, the utility will no longer have to pay for “power interchanges” with other companies to insure a stable, uninterrupted supply of electricity to their customers. Kyushu Electric says summer power supplies have been a virtual “tightrope walk” since the post-Fukushima accident nuclear moratorium began. http://www.jaif.or.jp/en/kyushu-electric-power-sees-capacity-reserve-margin-above-14-with-restart-of-npps/
  • Kagoshima residents who lost their Sendai appeal change their minds. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the failed suit to try and have the two operating Sendai units shuttered announced they have decided to not appeal to Japan’s Supreme Court. A source close to the lawyers explained why they suddenly changed their minds, “If the Supreme Court also dismisses the case, it could have ripple effects on judgments of trials seeking to halt the operation of nuclear power plants across Japan.” On Sunday, the lawyers said there are legal restrictions with the Supreme Court in claim verification that they might not be able to overcome. Regardless, the plaintiffs say they will continue to try and stop nuke restarts in the lower courts. http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2016/04/405710.htmlhttp://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2016040800751