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Social Injustice ~ “The Scientists Who Sold Their Honor” by Taki Yuriko

The Scientists Who Sold Their Honor

Taki Yuriko

Translated by John and Deborah Saxon

The night of March 11, 2011 filled the heavens with stars.
Never had anyone seen such a beautiful shower of starlight.
From the moment the gigantic earthquake struck,
At 2:46 pm,
People stood in their cold stupors, oblivious and scatterbrained,
Filled with fear and awe.
So-called “light” from land was snuffed out.
Stars, stars, and more stars, spread throughout the sky.
No one knew why so many people
Were gazing at the sky.
Though shivering with both cold and fright, they marveled –
What a beautiful sky!
When they came to their senses, the tears finally came.
In a silence so deep, so pure,
Amidst such beauty,
They had temporarily forgotten the plight that held them.
So many stars!
The same night sky was so much clearer
With the landlight gone.
Light comes from innumerable stars,
Some hundreds of millions of light years away,
But in the final decades of
Civilization’s 2-3 thousand years,
Humans stopped gazing at the stars

We had always believed
That scientists, by rule
Told the truth
Told no lies,
Never emphasized “assurances of safety” or “utility” above the facts,
Always possessed honesty
That unflinchingly reported the frightening possibilities
When other exceed the limits of science and technology.

This writer’s hometown lies one prefecture away.
After three days, the electricity finally came back.
And suddenly nuclear accident images filled our TV screens.
All nuclear power had been shut off.
On March 17th, the TV cameras captured
A helicopter dispatched from Japan’s Self Defense Forces
Flying to and fro over the steam-filled sky above the reactor.
It carried a single bucket dangling from a rope,
Dumping water onto the reactor
To try and prevent further explosions.
It looked so small and feeble,
Like a dragonfly in flight.
In that moment, we knew – it was all for naught.
Four reactors built in a row. Three of them exploded, one after the other.
The lone intact reactor melted down, as did two others.
These facts were broadcast only after much delay.
No one has ever mentioned that
Once human control over nuclear power had been lost,
It would never be regained again.

Eight years have passed.
And still little is known about the melted-down reactor core.
They continuously flood it with chilled water
To prevent any more explosions.
Right after the accident, the government promised,
“All radiation will be eliminated.1
We shall make everything whole again.”
Only much later did they realize the technological impossibility of it all.
So they then officially raised the standard for
Maximum levels of safe radioactive exposure
From 1 msv/year before the catastrophe to 20 msv/year※1
Then they urged evacuees to return home,
Declaring radiation levels “now safe”,
Because their scientists “assured their safety.”
After token decontamination efforts※2
The volume of contaminated soil in Fukushima alone
Had already reached 14 million m3
Since contaminated soil has no place to go, they would mix it with regular soil,
And since much radioactive water remained from cooling the core,
They would dilute it with regular water,
Thinking that reducing radiation levels would eliminate the problem.
So any soil below 5000 bq/kg is
Set aside for farmland (with an initial trial run).
Any soil under 8000 bq/kg goes to
Building up land for new construction※3
Diluted tritium※4
water could be dumped into the sea.
Such was the course they charted.
Yet experience with
Past environmental contaminations had revealed that,
“The real problem is not the levels of radiation,
But the total radioactive exposure※5
Today’s government scientists contradict
That previously established principle.
This was the world’s first case of dumping
Water exposed to eight years of radiation into the sea.

Above all that came,
“There is no need to fear the radiation”
From a government-bought medical scientist.
“Anything under 100 msv/year is fine.”
But most egregious is the government’s story
That no post-accident records of radioactive damage
In the 30-kilometer zone exist.
“All residents had already evacuated and couldn’t be tested”, they said.
In fact, many residents, including children
Had not been evacuated right away,
And “no measurements were taken?!”
So no matter who dies from radiation poisoning
There can never be any “proof” that Fukushima was the cause.
The government and Tokyo Electric
Have thus secured their escape from responsibility.

After 3/11/2011, all of Japan’s nuclear power plants were shut down.
Despite this, there have been no electrical power shortage problems.
Yet the government has embarked on a plan
To restart the plants anyway.
In 2019, at the United Nations,
Japan declared its intention to restart its nuclear power plants※6
As a “measure against global warming,”
Other electric companies have begun saying,
“Our plants differ from Fukushima’s.”
Citing the unusually high shore-breaching tsunami
That destroyed the emergency backup generators,
They reason that elevating all backup generators should fix the problem.
Despite having had such a huge earthquake, the cause was “the tsunami alone.”
According to today’s experts,
Earthquakes, even these magnitude 9 earthquakes,
Cannot be predicted, even up to the moment before.
Dismissing such concerns, workers say,
“Were another huge earthquake to strike,
We would remove the nuclear fuel
When the pre-earthquake signs appeared
To insure our safety.”
But all scientists know
That safely removing nuclear fuel during plant operation
Requires several years of cooling.
Yet the government-paid scientists said nothing.

This proclaimed state of emergency cannot yet be canceled.
Yet the government’s efforts to both
Scrap the Fukushima plants and return evacuees
To their homes have not abated.
They are even returning residents to the heavily contaminated areas
Just a few kilometers from the accident site.
These efforts have become the world’s first experiment of its kind
On humans.
Until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are done,
The government will be
Mixing the contaminated soil
Diluting the contaminated water,
Hiding the amount of radioactive damage,
Forcibly repatriating victims under “assurances of safety”
And keeping foreign visitors from seeing any of it.
“Fukushima radiation is UNDER CONTROL”,
Declares the prime ministers for the upcoming Olympics.
They lift the “Fukushima Resurrection” banner
For the upcoming Olympics.
Government-paid scientists, engineers, even some doctors
All join in sending that same message.

That day, with the still silence of
Countless stars spread throughout the night sky,
Was our golden chance to reset everything.
But once again, the prime minister
Has drowned out warnings from
Honest scientists and engineers
Leaving future generations a mountainous bitter legacy.


After the Chernobyl accident, the USSR closed off all areas over 5 msv/year
in perpetuity and ordered a complete and permanent evacuation of the area. The
government pledged to compensate all victims with new homes, new jobs, pensions
and medical benefits. Despite these measures, there was much health-related
damage. In contrast, the Japanese government decided in one stroke to raise the
safety standard to 20 msv/year. The Japanese government continues arbitrarily to
raise the permissible level of radioactive contamination. Along these lines,
according to The USA’s Nuclear Information and Resource service (NIRS) and the
Physicians for Social Research (PSR), which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, the
Japanese government’s “20 msv/year” equates approximately to having 1000 chest
X-rays per year
Token decontamination efforts – Only the surface of the soil where people
gathered or where farming was conducted were treated.
By contrast, Japanese standards prior to 3/11 required levels of 100 bq/kg or
below to reuse any soil near a nuclear plant. Additionally, in the USA any debris
above 5000 Becquerel requires removal to a special facility buried deep
underground. If it were not, the radiation would be diffused over a wide area in
the atmosphere.
※ 4
Radiation from tritium(after cleaned up any other almost radiation), is also
drained into the sea by other countries,
But the expected amounts under the Fukushima plan(1,028,446tons),far surpass all
these others.
※5 “A Companion’s Record after the Nuclear Accident”, by Satoru Ikeuchi,
Professor Emeritus at Nagoya University. Published by Ziritsu Shoboh.
Japan possesses 47 tons of as a byproduct of nuclear power plant operation
that can be diverted to nuclear weapons production.
In 2015 Japan brought suit against South Korea in the WTO, claiming that South
Korea’s import restrictions on Fukushima seafood products are unfair, as these
products have passed the Japanese government’s radiation level safety checks. WTO
Court #1 upheld Japan’s claim.
Using this case as a precedent, Japan planned to pursue negotiations with the
USA(, EU, and other
countries like, Russia, China and Taiwan to remove similar import restrictions.
However, South Korea immediately appealed the ruling, and in April of 2019, the
WTO high court overturned court #1’s decision and upheld Korea’s import
restriction, stating that, “The radioactivity safety standards that each country
has established much be honored.”
At present, other countries besides South Korea have targeted the following
Japanese prefectures with import restrictions on agricultural and marine products:
South Korea (seafood products only): Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki,
Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba (8 prefectures).
The United States (agriculture and seafood products): The above eight prefectures,
plus restrictions focused primarily around wild game, edible wild plants, and
mushrooms from Yamagata, Niigata, Saitama, Yamanashi, Nagano, and Shizuoka
prefectures. Finally, China restricted products from these 14 areas as well as
Unfortunately, this author’s home prefecture of Ibaraki is also part of the import
May 2019 wrote.

The Scientists Who Sold Their Honor (Japanese)

Taki Yuriko








なすすべもなく 寒さの中で 立ち尽くしていた。


その晩 空一面にひろがった星、星、星。

不思議なことに たくさんの人が


怖いのと 寒さで ずっと震えていたのに

こんな状況で こんな美しい空って なんなのだろう。

初めて 涙が出てきた。





同じ空が明るくても 電気を消すと

こんなにもはっきり 見えるのかと。



人間の文明有史 二~三千年の中の

最後の最後の ほんの数十年くらいで



本来 科学者というものは











3日後に 電気がやっと通じた。

テレビをつけると 突然原発事故の風景が 映しだされた。




カメラが とらえていた。



原発の上に ようやく 届いた。

まるで トンボかなにかが とんでいるように

ヘリコプターは小さくて 頼りなかった。

誰もが もうだめだ と 悟った瞬間だった。


並んで建つ 4基中の3基の原発が次々に爆発した。 


その事実も 大分たってから知らされた。


原発は 一度暴走を始めたら


それまで 誰も教えてくれなかった。







再び 爆発しないように

とりあえず 大量の水を入れ続けて


「すべて 放射能は 除染 して 元に戻す」と


だが それも 技術的に不可能だと


すると事故前 1msv/yearだった放射能安全値を



御用科学者が 安全を 保証したからと。


形ばかりの 除染注2で 出た放射能汚染土も 

フクシマ県だけですでに 1400万㎥にもなった。

行き場をなくした放射能除染土は 他の土と混ぜる、

事故原発の冷却用でたまった放射能汚染水は 水で薄める

つまり濃度を低くすれば 問題ない と。


5000ベクレル/kg以下の土は 農地として(とりあえず試験的にだが)、

8000ベクレル/kg以下なら 建設用の 盛り土としても 使える。注3



御用科学者たちが もっともらしく 進言する。


過去の公害で 「濃度ではなく 絶対量が 問題だった」注5と

実証済みのことを 無視する。


世界広し といえども 初めての事だ。




100msv/year 以下であれば 問題ない」とまで言う 



極めつけは 原発30キロ以内の初期被ばく量の記録がないことだ。

すべての人が避難済みと思っていたので と。

実際は 子供を含む かなりの人たちが 取り残されていた。

誰かが 放射線障害で 亡くなったとしても

確実な証拠となる数値が わからない。

国も 東電も 責任を回避する道を確保した。


2011年3月11日以降 日本のすべての原発が止められた。


しかし、政府は再稼働へと舵を 取った。




「フクシマとは違う」と 他の電力会社が言い始めた。




あんな大きな地震があったのに 原因を津波だけのせいにする。


M9もあったあの地震ですら 直前まで予想できなかった。

しかし「万が一 巨大地震が また起きても

その兆候の段階で核燃料を搬出するから大丈夫」と 言い出す始末。



まずプールで数年間冷やす必要があることぐらい だれでもわかる。

しかし、御用科学者たちは 黙っている。



政府は 福島の原発の廃炉作業と避難民の帰還を 




これは 人体実験も兼ねるような 

恐ろしい 世界初のプロジェクトになる。



放射能の除染土も 汚染水も 被ばく量も


無理やり 安全だということにして帰還させ

外国の人の 目にふれないようにする。

「フクシマの放射能は アンダーコントロール」

といって今の首相が世界に向けて 公言し 


「フクシマの復興」を掲げて 招致したオリンピックだから。

御用科学者や技術者、一部の医学者までが 口合わせに協力している。


あの日 静寂の中で、夜空に拡がった満天の星空。

すべてが リセットされる千載一遇のチャンスだったのに。

だが またしても 総理大臣主導で 



後世まで 脅かす 負の遺産だけが 累積していく。



注1- チェルノブイリ原発事故では 年間5msv以上の地域は永久に封鎖し 完全移住避難政策をとった。そのための住宅、職業、年金、健康診断などの保障もソ連政府がした。それでも健康被害が出ている。 かたや、日本政府は一気に安全基準を20msvまであげた。因みに アメリカの核資料サービス(NIRS)と 1985年にノーベル平和賞を受賞している 社会的責任を果たすための医師団(PSR)によると、日本政府のいう年間20msv(ミリシーベルト)というのは1年間におよそ1000回胸部X線をあびることと同じだ。



人が集う場所と農地だけに限定して 表面の土を 剥いだ。

注3-因みに 2011年3月11日以前 日本の放射能汚染土の再利用限度値は100ベクレル/kg だった。今回、被災地で始まる政府主導の農地用実験には 5000ベクレル/kg までの汚染土を敷き詰めてその上に50cmほど普通の土をかぶせて 使うという案もある。

しかし アメリカの場合、5000ベクレル/kg以上は特別施設に移送され 地下深く埋められる。そうしなければ 空気中に放射性物質が大量に広範囲に拡散することになるからという。



-放射能の一種 海外でも 浄化処理後の原発汚染水として 海に放出しているが フクシマで予定している量(102万8446トン)より 比較にならないほど 少ない。

注5-参考文献 池内了(名古屋大名誉教授)著 『原発事故との伴走の記』


注6-日本は 核兵器転用可能な プルトニウムを 原発稼働で 消費するとして 47トンも保有している。



2015年日本政府は WTOに対し  日本政府の定めた安全基準を クリアしているのにフクシマの事故後、日本の水産物を輸入規制をしている韓国を不当だと提訴した。 第1審では 日本の主張が認められた。

このことを テコにして 同様の輸入規制を続けているアメリカ(, 

他ロシア、中国、台湾などに対し 輸入規制を解除するように 交渉する予定だった。しかし、韓国はすぐに上訴、2019年4月 WTO 最終審は 第1審の判断を覆して、韓国の輸入規制を是認した。「各国の事情に応じて 定めた 放射能安全基準を 尊重する」という理由だった。



アメリカ(農水産物)上記8県に加え 野生動物の肉 や 山菜 キノコ類を中心に 山形、新潟、埼玉、山梨、長野、静岡からのものも 規制している。

中国 さらに 東京からのものも 規制している。

残念ながら 筆者の住む茨城も規制対象地域だ。










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