Lone nuclear opponent won't sell rice despite official approval

[This is a guest written article, views expressed are the authors alone and may not be endorsed by Safecast] Uncanny Terrain: 40 years ago, Hongo says he was the only person in Samegawa to oppose nuclear power in Fukushima. Since the accident, Samegawa has been declared safe for cultivation. But Hongo doesn’t trust the numbers.…

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Farmers flee agricultural community

[This is a guest written article, views expressed are the authors alone and may not be endorsed by Safecast] Uncanny Terrain week 2 Hiruta has spent decades recruiting farmers from across Japan to join him in the tiny agricultural community of Kaidomari, nestled among tall pines in the mountains on the edge of Iwaki in…

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The Farmers of Hanawa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVnkS-kuZLY Our documentary Uncanny Terrain, about organic farmers facing the nuclear crisis, begins in Hanawa, Fukushima, a mountain farming town 45 miles from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.  Hanawa was spared the worst of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear fallout, and the farmers we’ve met mostly see the stigma of being from Fukushima…

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Hanawa farmers face uncertainty of low-level contamination

[This is a guest written article, views expressed are the authors alone and may not be endorsed by Safecast] Our documentary Uncanny Terrain, about organic farmers facing the nuclear crisis, begins in Hanawa, Fukushima, a mountain farming town 45 miles from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.  Hanawa was spared the worst of the…

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Farm readings in Hanawa near Shirakawa

Junko Kajino and I made our way from Chicago to Fukushima on 5/23 to begin five months of production on our documentary Uncanny Terrain, about organic farmers facing the nuclear crisis.  Along the way we stopped in Tokyo, with Pieter Frankel of Safecast supplied us with an Inspector Geiger counter and instructed us in its…

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Safecasting with Keio University

As you may recall we’ve been working with a team from Keio University and recently equipped them with one of our bGeigie mobile sensor units. Over several days they drove through Fukushima, Iitate and Minami-soma documenting the radiation levels and taking photos of some of the destruction and neighborhoods. The map of those radiation readings…

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Safecasting Iwaki

As you know, over the last few weeks our team of Tokyo based volunteers have been taking regular trips north with mobile bGeigie rigs to monitor and record radiation data. We wanted to show more behind the scenes from those trips, so here’s a few photos from a recent trip through Iwaki, Fukushima. Above: Safecast…

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A radiation dose survey map via probe cars in Fukushima

[As part of our mission, we’ve been giving equipment to outside volunteers with the understanding they will take readings and report back. We gave one of our mobile bGeigie units to a team from Keio University. This is a guest post written by Tomoyuki Furutani of Keio University about their findings.] Keio team conducted a…

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Potential Causes of Misunderstandings of Fukushima Reactor Problems

Editor’s Note: Joel M. holds a Ph.D. in Biology and currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. He has volunteered his time and insights to the RDTN.org blog. The panic in the media outside Japan, well, I can certainly understand that.  Totally aside of understanding the technical matters involved, I think a lot of the panic is honest misunderstandings due…

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