No human rights in terrifyingly contaminated Namie in Fukushima


The evacuation orders of the most populated areas of Namie, Fukushima were lifted on March 31, 2017.
We are publishing the most recent soil surface density map of Namie created by a citizen’s measurement group named the « Fukuichi Area Environmental Radiation Monitoring Project« . Their members are mainly from Tokyo metropolitan region.

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Environment Ministry deleted some of its remarks from minutes to reuse the highly radioactive soil

Environment Ministry deleted some of its remarks from minutes on contaminated soil meet

Japanese version appears below.

January 5, 2017 (Mainichi Japan)

The Ministry of the Environment deleted some of its remarks made in closed-door meetings on reuse of contaminated soil stemming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster from the minutes of the meetings, it has been learned.

When the ministry posted the minutes on its website, it said it had « fully disclosed » them. The deleted remarks could be taken to mean that the ministry induced the discussions. The remarks led the meetings to decide on a policy of reusing contaminated soil containing up to 8,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram. An expert on information disclosure lashed out at the ministry’s handling of the minutes, saying, « It is extremely heinous because it constitutes the concealment of the decision-making process. »

The meetings were called the « working group to discuss safety assessments of impacts of radiation. » The meetings were attended by about 20 people, including radiation experts, officials of the Environment Ministry and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and others. The meetings were held six times from January to May in 2016.

The meetings discussed the reuse of radioactively contaminated soil generated when areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis were decontaminated.


Initially, the meetings themselves were unpublicized. But because requests for information disclosure on the meetings were filed one after another, the Environment Ministry posted the minutes and relevant data on its website in August. As a matter of clerical procedures, the ministry said at that time that everything was disclosed.

The minutes that were disclosed contain « draft minutes » that were prepared before becoming official documents, but the Mainichi Shimbun obtained an « original draft » that was prepared even before then. Comparing the disclosed minutes with the original draft, the Mainichi found multiple cases of remarks being deleted or changed. According to the original draft, an Environment Ministry official said at the fourth meeting on Feb. 24, « With the assessments of soil with 8,000 becquerels, there have been cases in which the annual radiation dose slightly exceeds 1 millisievert in times of disasters and the like. But it will be good if it stays within 1 millisievert. » But the remark was deleted from the disclosed minutes.

Soil contaminated with radiation exceeding 8,000 becquerels is handled as « designated waste, » but discussions were held on reusing of contaminated soil containing 8,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram during a series of meetings. In the Feb. 24 meeting, the JAEA showed an estimate that workers engaged in recovery work on a breakwater made of contaminated soil of 8,000 becquerels that has collapsed in a disaster would be exposed to radiation exceeding 1 millisievert per year — the maximum dose allowed for ordinary people. Based on the estimate, there was a possibility of the upper limit for reusing contaminated soil being lowered, but the Environment Ministry official’s remark promoted experts and others to call for s review to make a new estimate, with one attendee saying, « If it collapses, it will be mixed with other soil and diluted. »

A fresh estimate that the annual radiation dose will stay at 1 millisievert or lower was later officially presented, and the Environment Ministry officially decided in June on a policy of reusing contaminated soil containing up to 8,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram.

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環境省、発言削除し開示 再利用誘導隠蔽か








環境省除染・中間貯蔵企画調整チーム担当者の話 強引に我々が議論を誘導したみたいに思われる発言になっているが、削ったかもしれないし、覚えがないというか、よく分からない。希釈を全くしないのは現実的ではないとの発言をした記憶はある。


NPO法人「情報公開クリアリングハウス」の三木由希子理事長の話 環境省として誘導したことが不都合なのだろうが、最初から結論ありきで、専門家を使って責任回避しているのは問題だ。意思形成過程の記録は非常に重要なのに、このやり方では検証できず、いくらでも不都合を隠すことが可能。情報公開と公文書管理の制度を根本からゆがめる悪質な行為だ。

解説 会合、正当性に疑問




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原子力資料情報室  8,000Bq/kg以下の除染土壌を再生利用すべきではない