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What is the physics background for if the man was a nuclear advocate, and still is?

The following is sick evil if so true:

So what will happen is, for example, they'll take a farm's vegetables that are known to be highly irradiated, and mix them with vegetables from other farms that were not so badly hit, until the average level of radiation in the larger batch is low enough to pass inspection. Because inspections will be looking for averages: "Becquerels per kilogram."

The Japanese people are being encouraged -- made to feel its their patriotic duty -- to slip as much of the hot stuff through as possible! Based on Kan's remarks, and on what happened (and still happens) throughout Ukraine after Chernobyl, and what happened after Three Mile Island to milk supplies (including for chocolate bars sold all around the world from nearby Hershey, Pennsylvania), that's what they will be doing -- are already doing -- in Japan.

And you can be sure of another rule of thumb, thank's to Kan's pronouncements: Sell the "hot" produce to foreigners, especially! Why? Because after all, the more you spread it around, the safer it is, right? If it's below legal limits, it's safe, right? So spread it around! Especially to countries that don't have a good inspection program in place. Or that just don't care.

by das monde on Sun Apr 24th, 2011 at 06:42:14 PM EST
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das monde:
Because inspections will be looking for averages: "Becquerels per kilogram."

How are inspections done? Methinks with samples smaller than a kilogram, so dilution has its limits.

My other problem with the article is that I couldn't find the actual quote from Kan, only paraphrases. The only relevant news I can find is:

Fukushima no seisanbutsu wo tabete kudasai! | Nippon Sekai - Japan via Videos, Photos, Webcams

In an attempt to calm growing fears regarding radiation contaminated produce from Fukushima Prefecture, the Japanese government has also gotten involved in a public campaign which says it is safe to purchase and consume food from the area which have undergone extensive monitoring for cesium and iodine contamination.

The governments message is simple and clear, "only safe food is being distributed, please eat it."  Both Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano have undertaken individual public "photo/video opportunity" appearances which show them consuming produce from Fukushima that has been declared safe.

...Farmers from Fukushima and surrounding prefectures now fit into two categories. Some cannot be helped by promotion of any kind, because they have products that truly are unfit for sale or consumption. The rest have products that pass inspection, but they are finding that wholesalers are reluctant to buy them, figuring shoppers will still resist.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Apr 25th, 2011 at 12:28:41 PM EST
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asahi.com(朝日新聞社):Radiation fears heap fresh calamity on quake survivors - English

Fear of radioactive contamination from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is driving down prices of food products from areas near the plant, piling on the misery for producers struggling to recover from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Representatives from Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, told Michihiko Kano, the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, on Friday that fear among consumers was the latest in the series of disasters to hit them.

"We have been hit four times: the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear accidents and now these harmful rumors," one representative said.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Apr 25th, 2011 at 12:32:13 PM EST
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JA Ibaraki to seek 1.8 bil yen in damages for farm products from TEPCO | Kyodo News
An agricultural cooperative in Ibaraki Prefecture is considering seeking some 1.85 billion yen ($22 million) from the operator of a stricken nuclear plant for hurting the image of the prefecture's farm products, its officials said Monday.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Apr 25th, 2011 at 12:48:14 PM EST
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