The Second Nuclear Emergency in Japan
Please sign this new EMERGENCY petition to roll back reckless radiation
limits and protect hundreds of thousands of Japanese children from a
lifetime of cancer fear.
Japan’s people desperately need help for common sense to prevail so
their children are safe from radiation exposure. Thank you for taking
the time to show your support. After you sign the petition, you will
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We the undersigned ask you to join us in signing our petition, which
will be presented to the Japanese Government
The Second Nuclear Emergency in Japan
The Fukushima disaster has rocked the entire nation of Japan. Unable to
guarantee public safety after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, Japan’s
bureaucracy has suddenly announced that children can now be exposed to
six times as much radiation as adult reactor workers. Sign this
EMERGENCY petition to roll back these reckless radiation limits and
protect hundreds of thousands of Japanese children from a lifetime of
This is not just about Japan. What happens in Japan can set a dangerous
THE FACTS | On April 19, Japan’s central government informed Fukushima’s
school authorities that children could be exposed to 20 times the
radiation previously deemed safe for children – levels six times higher
than Japanese workers are legally allowed to suffer.
There is no scientific justification for this change. In meetings with
the government, no bureaucrat would admit responsibility for raising the
radiation exposure level for children. None could explain what the new
limit was based upon. Nobody would correct the problem. Disarray in
Japan’s bureaucracy cannot be allowed to put an entire generation in
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN | Children are more vulnerable to radiation than
adults. Leading independent nuclear monitors in Japan demand that
radiation limits for children be rolled back from what is suspected to
be an “expedient” level advised by the nuclear industry (20 mSv per year)
to the level previously established as safe for children (1 mSv per year).
If the bureaucrats in Tokyo do not roll back the radiation limits,
children within 80 kilometers of the stricken Fukushima nuclear reactors
will be deliberately exposed to radiation levels that boost their risk
of cancer for decades to come.
OUR PETITION | We ask the government of Japan to take these action,
1. Withdraw the 20 mSv per year radiation standard issued April 19, 2011
for children and restore the 1 mSv per year dose limit for children.
2. Minimize children’s radiation exposure. Increase support for
municipal agencies and civil society groups aiding Japan’s thousands of
radiation refugees and undertaking urgent decontamination efforts.
3. In setting radiation exposure limits, take into account “internal”
radiation exposure from contaminated food, dust and other sources.
4. To protect children, maintain official radiation monitoring after
outdoor contamination falls below 3.8 mSv per hour, a radiation level
still 6 times what triggers a “radiation-controlled” working condition.
To people outside Japan, these demands will sound like mere commonsense.
But given the stress and influences on the Japanese government, our
people desperately need help for commonsense to prevail and for our
children to be protected. Changing public policy in Japan will have the
most far-reaching results. We thank you for your understanding and
This petition is being organized by:
Green Action, Greenpeace Japan, Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center,
Citizens Against Fukushima Aging Nuclear Power Plants (Fukuro-no-Kai),
Osaka Citizens Against the Mihama, Oi, and Takahama Nuclear Power Plants
(Mihama-no-Kai), Friends of the Earth Japan
- Government Adviser Quits Post to Protest Japan’s Policy on Radiation Exposure for Fukushima Schools (news.sciencemag.org)
- A further increase to widen exposure to children! (akihitoseki.wordpress.com)
- The Japan Nuclear Crisis and the Risk of Radiation Exposure (britannica.com)
- “Japan Nuclear Crisis: How much radiation is dangerous?” and related posts (boncherry.com)
- Radiation Dose and Risks (medicine.com.my)
- How much radiation is dangerous? (newstatesman.com)
- Radiation Exposure Guide: How Much is Too Much? (nowpublic.com)
- Japan says 28 plant workers got high radiation doses (calgaryherald.com)
- JAPAN : An Employee from TEPCO Receives High Level of Radiation (theboldcorsicanflame.wordpress.com)
- Factbox: How much radiation is dangerous? (reuters.com)