The government keeps on saying 'there's no immediate health effects.'
But if you look up 'radiation exposure' on wikipedia-jp it says, in the section for medical response, 'even a lethal dose of radiation have no immediate observable effects,' warning the medics to treat patients in order of exposure levels, not their condition.
So you look up more. Go around a few sites. The government and every expert on TV is saying exposure under 100mSv is safe. But the legal limit of radiation dosage for the general public is 1mSv/year. The limit for professionals working with radiation is 50mSv/year and 200mSv/5 years. The limit for professionals working with radiation (no women who is capable of bearing a child) under emergency situation - like this one - can be exposed to is 100mSv.
What does that mean? If 100mSv really is safe, then it means the government had set the LEGAL LIMIT for EMERGENCY WORK by workers in nuclear power stations at a level that would be completely safe to the general public. It makes you wonder why they didn't protect firefighters from the risks of passive smoking while they were at it; it's that stupid.
100mSv is the dosage allowance especially created for people who'd have to risk it in emergency cases of serious risks to public safety. How could that possibly be the figure that's safe for the general public?
But that's what the government and the experts on TV keep on insisting.
Soon you realise that all the so-called experts on TV are only talking about the immediate effects of radiation exposure (immediate but may take several weeks before symptoms appear) and have dropped the long-term effects all together off from the subjects.
Long-term effects are difficult to prove and figures vary depending on who you talk to. The vast majority of studies are based on Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims. Then Chernobyl studies were added. I guess 3 cases ain't enough to establish a widely accepted consensus. And the governments concerned are known to have been less than corporative to independent researches. Knowing how the Japanese government have dealt with Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims, I would imagine the publically accepted figures to be on a conservative side.
ICRP, International Commission on Radiological Protection, says that the probability of getting a cancer with 1mSv of radiation exposure to be 1 in 10,000. The relationship between radiation exposure and the probability is linear. With 2 mSv, it’s 1 in 5,000. With 100mSv, it’s 1%. And the current Japanese safety standard IS based on their recommendation. (I don’t know who the hell they are, apart from what’s on the first few lines of wiki, but I guess they were pretty serious and well respected people)
By the way things are looking, the Japanese people will put up with 100mSv radiation exposure, believing it’s safe. But if there should ever be a situation where entire population I exposed to 100mSv, we’re roughly looking at 1% of 130 million so 1.3 million cancer patients.
How could that kind of figure be broadcasted as “safe” to parents with small children wondering if they should go to work the next day or just get the fuck out? They’ve got the right to be better informed. And these are the people who’re saying that the drinking water is now safe for infants again…
I’m pretty sure that the government is just being unbelievably stupid. They just heard some expert say “100mSv is safe” and thought “yes, let’s go with that!” They’re probably panicking and not thinking straight. Or is the situation actually that bad? Is that why we all have to put up with the exposure that was allowed for the professionals working in emergency situations?