3 Janvier 2014
January 1st, 2014 |
Tokyo Shimbun is reporting the results of their investigation into the dealings of the Fukushima prefecture government, the medical university and the IAEA. There has been ongoing suspicion about the openness and honesty of what has been ongoing in Japan. Tokyo Shimbun has confirmed that these government entities did sign a secrecy agreement with the IAEA. The Fukushima Medical University has been the main source of all public data on exposure and had been dictating what medical care many in the region were allowed to receive related to radiation issues.
Both the prefecture and the medical university have been the subject of growing distrust from the public due to their efforts to downplay problems and withhold information from the public. Tokyo Shimbun’s work has confirmed this problem to be the case. A machine translation of the article is below.
It found that the memorandum of mutual cooperation that connects Fukushima and (IAEA), Fukui prefectures International Atomic Energy Agency, one upon request or province or IAEA, terms that can be private information that you are sharing is included were. For this provision, it is not seen as a problem in prefectural assembly, there is also the voice of criticism that “in the lead ahead of the particular secret protection law”.
The Memorandum of Understanding with the IAEA, in December last year, Fukushima Prefecture were signed respectively in October this year, Fukui Prefecture.
In Fukushima Prefecture, Prefectural University of Medicine has concluded with the IAEA for the health impact study prefecture, radiation for the management of radioactive waste and decontamination. There are “exemplary arrangements” document as detailed MOU provisions marked to be “to ensure the confidentiality of information designated as confidential by the other party” is included in the document.
I signed a cooperation with the IAEA in relation to human resource development of the nuclear field in Fukui Prefecture, there was a secret language specified in the memorandum.
Both county, you are not information that is secret specified at this stage, but measured data and accident information, for such thyroid cancer in children, IAEA or province side, you secret designated as such as “stir up anxiety of residents” For example, there is a possibility that the information will not be published.
Person in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played a memorandum of adjustment that “because it is negotiated every international, it can not be said either of the IAEA and Japan may or sought secret designation clause” in the interview.
However, according to people familiar with the matter of prefectures, when the exchange memorandums and government agencies in each country, that there are rules that incorporate the wording of the secret specified in the IAEA.
The IAEA has compiled a report and “there was no modulation of Health by exposure” in the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
Muto Ruiko head of the Fukushima nuclear power plant prosecution team is concerned, “there is a precedent that has the hidden information about the health effects of Chernobyl IAEA. Fukushima also become the Ninomai” he said.
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Press Release 2012/34
IAEA, Fukushima Prefecture Sign Cooperation Memorandum
15 December 2012 | Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan -- IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Yuhei Sato, today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation confirming their willingness to implement concrete projects to help alleviate the consequences of the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
The Memorandum, signed on the sidelines of the three-day Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, includes arrangements to promote cooperation in two key areas: one on radiation monitoring and remediation between the IAEA and Fukushima Prefecture, and the other on human health between the IAEA and Fukushima Medical University.
The Memorandum also highlights plans for a training centre in Fukushima Prefecture to help reinforce emergency preparedness and response activities, supported by the Government of Japan and Fukushima Prefecture. An IAEA Response and Assistance Network (RANET) Capacity Building Centre will be designated, with IAEA radiation monitoring equipment to be deployed in case of need, and to provide training in emergency preparedness and response in Japan and the Asia Pacific region.
"With this framework, the wisdom of the international community as well as the IAEA will be utilised in the process of reconstruction in Fukushima," said Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Koichiro Gemba, who attended the signing ceremony.
"I'm very much encouraged by the conclusion of this Memorandum and I believe this will serve to promote reconstruction in Fukushima," said Governor Sato. "We will also be able to disseminate to the rest of the world the knowledge and experience to be gained from the activities that we are conducting, and we hope this will be a symbol of Fukushima."
"The IAEA has expertise in the areas of remediation and decontamination, as well as environmental monitoring and human health," said Director General Amano. "It is our hope that we will support Fukushima and at the same time serve as a bridge connecting the Prefecture and the world."
15 Dec 2012 Fukushima/IAEA MOC was ratified.
Cooperation between Fukushima Medical University and the International Atomic Energy Agency
15 December, 2012
Fukushima Medical University
1. The government of Fukushima Prefecture and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed on 15 December 2012, in Koriyama City, Fukushima, on the occasion of the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, the “Memorandum of Cooperation between Fukushima Prefecture and the International Atomic Energy Agency following the Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station”.
2. This Memorandum is made between Fukushima Prefecture and the IAEA in order to confirm the willingness of both sides to implement cooperative activities.
3. Under this Memorandum, “Practical Arrangements between Fukushima Medical University and the International Atomic Energy Agency on Cooperation in the Area of Human Health” are made. The objective of these Practical Arrangements is to set forth the framework for the cooperation and relationship between Fukushima Medical University and the IAEA on cooperation in the area of Human Health. The scope of cooperation is health management survey, capacity building and research, enhancement of public awareness and exchange of expert support and information.
4. Under this Practical Arrangements, 3 projects are proposed.
4.1 Enhancing radiation medicine education by building capacity of health professionals and medical students
4.2 Strengthening research cooperation in radiation disaster medicine including post-traumatic stress disorders
4.3 Development of a specific training package for medical radiation physicists in support to nuclear or radiological emergency situations