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Japan raises ``radiation limit for kids`` by 20 times, parents outraged

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posted on May, 27 2011 @ 01:41 AM
This is sick. What about YOU EVACUATE?

Outrage as Japan lifts radiation limit for kids

Outraged parents have held a rowdy demonstration outside Japan's education ministry in Tokyo to protest against the government's decision to weaken nuclear safety standards in schools.

Under new guidelines, Japanese children are allowed to be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible.

The new regulation means children can now be exposed to as much radiation as a German nuclear worker.

The government argues the change is essential to keeping schools open in the Fukushima region.

According to Nobel Prize-winning group Physicians for Social Responsibility, the new limits mean exposed children now have a one-in-200 risk of getting cancer, compared with a one-in-500 risk for adults.

It's raised from 1mSv/year to 20mSv/year.

20mSv/year is the limit for US nuclear workers.
Nuclear Radiation and Health Effects

The maximum annual dose allowed for radiation workers is 20 mSv/yr, though in practice, doses are usually kept well below this level.

And that is for ADULTS. For kids radiation has more effect.
Are children at greater risk?

Potentially yes. Because they are growing more rapidly, more cells are dividing, and so the potential for things to go wrong is greater.

Following the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident in the Ukraine in 1986, the World Health Organization recorded a dramatic increase in thyroid cancer among children in the vicinity.

This was because the radioactive materials released during the accident contained high levels of radioactive iodine, a material that accumulates in the thyroid.

Children continued to eat and drink heavily contaminated foodstuffs, such as milk.

Which is what they are doing in Japan.
Japan’s officials try to take a bite out of radiation fears about Fukushima vegetables

Now offered at lunch at a Japanese government restaurant: a rich curry and rice, topped with Fukushima vegetables fresh from the nuclear-emergency zone.


posted on May, 27 2011 @ 02:18 AM
In a way I understand them. What is the alternative? "No I'm sorry you can't bring your kid to school anymore. We would be responsible for him and he already have had the maximum radiation dose. Please contact the Mongolian Embassy and they will give you a Evacuation Visa. Alot of Japanese people live on the Mongolian Tundra, it's great there!"

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 02:40 AM
i truly believe the whole world was given an oppurtunity to come together on this catastrophy and work together in helping the people of Japan.

we have failed monumentally.

posted on May, 27 2011 @ 02:47 AM
Very sad... but predictable.. they have been given no choice by the international community to behave in any other ways.. if they do they risk starting another dip/crash etc.. and preventing that is worth more than mere human lives..

What an utterly sad state of affairs when the world places potential profit over childrens lives and health.
edit on 27/5/11 by thoughtsfull because: (no reason given)


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