Saturday, July 02, 2011

"ye shall be judged" - (Foods and Justice)

To Fukushima...

By Shinkansen Express Train...

Developed in Japan since 1960's...

Foods and Justice (Aliments et la justice)

It is unlikely that mankind go extinct in future due to a lack of foods.

But, some members of mankind are dying due to a lack of foods.

Ideally, foods must be provided free for everybody in the world.

SECTION I: Food Prices

A crisis is going to spread with wheat prices shooting up like in 2008, the year of the Wall Street crisis.

However, this time the increase in the global population might be a major cause for this trend.

Food self-sufficiency ratio of each nation in 2003 is as follows:
(Click to enlarge;

Islamic nations, except Pakistan, Sudan, and those in central Asia, suffer shortage of foods.

China, India, and Russia produce agricultural products a little less than they consume.

The U.S., Canada, Australia, and Argentina, each with a wider area of their land, are exporting foods.

The future food prices in the global market will depend on their relationships.

The Food Self-Sufficiency Rate in 2007:

SECTION II: World Climates & Agriculture

If $4 trillion had been spent by the U.S. not for the War on Terror but for the War on Desertification or projects for tree-planting in deserts, 10% of deserts in the Middle East should have been turned to forests by now.

There is land on the globe enough for agriculture production to feed all the population in the world, if the number should grow twice larger.

There are technologies to expand agricultural land or convert wild land or deserts to agriculture land.

But, global market economy hinders it. A strong country would rather destroy agriculture systems in a weak country so as to force the latter to import agriculture products from the former. Then, the strong country can earn big money. A strong international agriculture business would do the same thing directly or indirectly through a strong country.

In this context, the global food issue is a matter of justice rather than technologies.

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Christ Jesus saved people not by improving agriculture but through teaching faith in the God.

Therefore, agriculture should be practiced through faith in the God.

Even today, in Japan, every village in a farming region has at least one dedicated shinto shrine, with or without a shinto priest in charge living there, and some Buddhist temples according to their schools.

Mat 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Friday, July 01, 2011

"Judge not" - (State of Fukushima)

Tokyo Bay

State of Fukushima (Etat de Fukushima)

It would need huge costs if 34,000 children and pupils learning in junior high-schools, primary schools, and kindergartens of Fukushima City should be all evacuated from the city to safer facilities in other cities or prefectures.

It is not only Fukushima City; there are many other cities, towns, and villages in Fukushima Prefecture under radioactive influence from Fukushima Daiichi. (However, children living in a 20 km zone from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were already evacuated with their parents. And, many who lived between 20 km to 30 km zone also left their homes for shelters or new homes outside the alert zone.)

But, in order to save the costs, it is suspected, the Japanese Government seems to raise an allowable limit of radiation received by children to 20 milli sieverts per year, though the allowable standard has been 1 milli sieverts per year for an ordinary citizen in Japan.

It is a kind of crime. The present Kan Cabinet should be changed as soon as possible.

SECTION I: Fukushima Children Internal Irradiation

Children who lived in Fukushima City when the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors that exploded in March were checked to see their levels of internal radiation. All of them, namely ten children, show evidence of internal irradiation from radioactive material having leaked from Fukushuima Daiichi.

Sample's nature : Urines
Reference date : May, 20th 2011
Unit : Bq/l
ACRO's identification

Sample No.... Sex / Age... Cesium-134/Cesium-137
100603-GPJ-01 U-1... Male /9... 1.04 ± 0.26 / 1.22 ± 0.28
100603-GPJ-02 U-2... Male/ 16... 0.76 ± 0.21 / 0.78 ± 0.22
100603-GPJ-03 U-3... Male / 6... 0.76 ± 0.27 / 0.62 ± 0.23
100603-GPJ-04 U-4... Female / 8... 0.41 ± 0.20 / 0.43 ± 0.19
100603-GPJ-05 U-5... Female / 9... 0.91 ± 0.23 / 0.93 ± 0.23
100603-GPJ-06 U-6... Male / 6... 0.80 ± 0.27 / 0.88 ± 0.27
100603-GPJ-07 U-7... Male / 7... 1.00 ± 0.27 / 1.30 ± 0.30
100603-GPJ-08 U-8... Female / 8... 1.13 ± 0.34 / 1.19 ± 0.35
100603-GPJ-09 U-9... Female / 8... 0.70 ± 0.20 / 0.90 ± 0.22
100603-GPJ-10 U-10... Male / 13... 1.06 ± 0.29 / 1.22 ± 0.30

1 Bq/kg of Cesium-134 is equal to 0.02 micro sieverts per kg. Accordingly, 1 Bq/liter is almost equal to 0.02 micro sieverts per liter.

If an adult takes 1.19 micro siervert per kg of radioactive material for a year to accumulate an amount of total 840 kg, he would receive 1 milli sievert of radiation which is an institutional limit in Japan.

So, those children measured as samples are now not in danger, but it has been proved that they took some radioactive Cesium into their body due to the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

SECTION II: 4 Kilo-Meter Piping in Fukushima Daiichi

Water is being poured into four reactors in Fukushima Daiichi to cool nuclear fuel, though melted down in three reactor units, in the pressure vessel and the containment vessel.

Water is radioactively contaminated and leaked from the vessels to the underground floors of the reactor buildings and annexed turbine buildings. It is then pumped out from the buildings, sent to decontamination facilities, and then returned to the reactor buildings as cooling water again.

The total length of this piping is said to be 4 km (2.5 miles). It has to pass through facilities to take out oil, cesium, other radioactive material, saline matters, and other chemicals from contaminated water. Accordingly, leaking can happen at many connection points and so on. Especially it is a little problematic that the piping is actually made of rubber hoses.

Schematic Map of Water Piping for Water Treatment and Cycling in Fukushima Daiichi:
(Click to enlarge.)

When all the nuclear fuel is cooled down to settle at normal temperature taking seven to eight months, the cycling of water will be stopped. Then contaminated water will be further processed into sludge. The amount of all the sludge is estimated to be enough to be contained in 10,000 metallic drums (the volume of each drum is 200 liters).

The problem is that how to dispose of 10,000 drums is not yet decided.

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There is one scientist in Japan who started to go and check a radioactive state around Fukushima Daiichi when the news report alarmed all the Japanese as reactor units in the plant underwent hydrogen explosion in the middle of March.

But, his boss in a public research institute forbade all the scientists and researchers in the institute to go and check a radioactive state around Fukushima Daiichi. So, the scientist quit the job and went to Fukushima Prefecture for his personal investigation.

Yet, his work measuring a radiation level along roads and streets around Fukushima Daiichi was taken up by NHK and broadcast nationwide through its TV channel. And, the scientist has obtained employment in a university.

Since April, 4325 workers started to be engaged in Fukushima Daiichi on-site jobs. But, among them, 2083 workers have not left records of their exposed doses. And, among them, 1295 are now out of contact by TEPCO. Among 2242 workers whose records are kept, the highest dose is found to be 111 milli sieverts. The Government set the limit of radiation doses emergency workers are allowed to suffer at 250 milli sieverts.

Yet, seven workers who took part in response and emergency measures in March received more than 250 milli sieverts.

(A Fukushima song...

Mat 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"God so clothe the grass of the field" - (Global Unemployment)



Shibamata, Known for Movie Hero Tora-san

Global Unemployment (Le taux de chômage global)   

If 10% of members of society is very rich, there must be 10% jobless people.

It is because very rich men hoard money, thus interfering with circulation of money and wealth in society. Those most affected will inevitably lose their jobs.

In other word, without neglecting the unemployed, you cannot be very rich. And, neglecting jobless people is very bad thing in any religion. Therefore, all the very rich men would land in hell eventually, according to any religion.

By the way, it is very interesting that the unemployment rates in Mexico and Pakistan are now lower than that in the U.S.

SECTION I: Unemployment Rate

Jobless people are everywhere on the earth, though they are still a minority since 80% to 90% of the work force is engaged in some professions. However, younger population has been hard hit everywhere.
ILO: Global unemployment remained stubbornly high in 2010
Jan 24, 2011, 23:07 GMT
Looking ahead, the Geneva-based ILO predicted that jobless levels would drop in 2011 by just a fraction, to 6.1 per cent, corresponding to global unemployment figure of 203.3 million.
Youth unemployment dropped slightly in 2010, but was still well above 2007 levels.
'Across 56 countries with available data, there are 1.7 million fewer youth in the labour market than expected based on longer term trends, indicating that discouragement among youth has risen sharply,' the ILO warned.
Unemployment rates of major countries in 2010 are as follows:
South Aftica...24.80
Saudi Arabia...10.48

Hong Kong...4.29
South Korea...3.73
Young people in Europe are not necessarily happy to be born in Europe in this era.

SECTION II: American Graduates

American college students are not necessarily lucky to be born in the U.S. in this era.
Nowhere to Go: 85% of College Graduates Will Return Home Jobless
Mac Slavo
May 24th, 2011

Though estimates vary, a recent study by Twentysomething Inc., a consulting firm specializing in marketing to young adults, predicted that of the 2 million graduates in the class of 2011, 85 percent will return home because they can't secure jobs that might give them more choices and more control over their lives.

SECTION III: Chinese Graduates

The job separation rate within a year for 2009 graduates from colleges in China is 22%.

The job separation rate within three years for 2006 graduates from colleges in China is 88%.

The unemployment rate of Chinese college graduates is 9.3%, though the rate for total work force is 4.1%.

SECTION IV: Provision of Unemployment Allowance

T: Total revenues of businesses in a country

S: Total incomes of workers in the country

A: Total unemployment allowance in the country

R: Total costs other than labor costs in businesses

P: Total public work costs

T = S + A + R + P

The point is that the government should first take all the revenues of businesses as tax and then distribute them among businesses, workers, the unemployed, and the public service sector.

Every nation should adopt this equation and scheme.

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In a survey conducted by Japan's Kyodo News Service on June 2 and 3, the approval rating for PM Mr. Naoto Kan was 33.4%.

In the latest survey conducted on June 28 and 29, the approval rating for PM Mr. Naoto Kan was 23.2%.

Those who want Mr. Kan to step down from the premiership by the end of August account for 67.6%.

The point at issue is that Prime Minister Mr. Kan has not much contributed to effective response to the 3/11 Great Disaster of East Japan, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

He is not fully supported by members of the ruling DPJ. He is worsening relationships with opposition parties. But, still he pretends that he is doing well and he has secured his position through political tricks and selfish tactics.

The major reason why he can still occupy the prime minister's office is that there are no strong rivals in the party. However, as it is apparent that the DPJ will be routed in the next general election with Mr. Kan as the head of the party, other members will have to select somebody that will replace Mr. Kan sooner or later.

It is the largest social and political concern in Japan today.

Mat 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed" - (Radiation in Tokyo)

Tokyo East - Expressway


Railroad Crossing

Radiation in Tokyo (Radiation à Tokyo)

It is confirmed that radiation doses around Tokyo are as small as in Hong Kong or New York.

Yet, some northeast part of Tokyo receives a little higher radiation, since some rivers run in the region. However, it is neglected by the public and the Government.

The biggest concern around Tokyo is now balance between supply and demand of electricity. As it was hot today, the electricity demand in the TEPCO service area reached more than 90% of its supply capacity, while Tokyo Electric Power Company has stopped operation of all the nuclear reactors it manages.

In addition to business restrictions due to the 3/11 Earthquake and Tsunami and radiation leaked from Fukushima Daiichi, people around Tokyo have faced possible outage of electricity provision. On top of them, a kind of political deadlock is really harassing people.

But, some Japanese people might come to look for the God through this predicament, this time around. Then, we will say that it is all for the glory of the God to be manifested.

SECTION I: Radiation Map of Japan

The latest radiation map of Japan based on measurement by local authorities at locations 0.5 meters high above the ground is as follows:

(Click to enlarge.)

Apparently the eastern part of Tokyo is under some influence of Fukushima Daiichi, though it is said the accumulated level for one years is estimated to be less than one milli sievert.

The bluest zones receive radiation of 0.1 to 0.01 micro sievert per hour. The reddest zones receive radiation of more than 5.0 micro sieverts per hour.

Also note that blue zones, except pale blue, are mostly as normal. Their radiation doses in those zones are almost the same as those measured before the occurrence of the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

SECTION II: Radiation Graph around Tokyo

Black: Saitama City
Blue: Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
Orange: Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Unit: Gy = Sievert, approximately

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Now, we are to have the last day of June, which happens to be Thursday, an important day of the week for some people.

Mat 6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Consider the lilies of the field" - (Electricity Generation )

East Tokyo


A Little Higher Radiation

Electricity Generation (Production d'électricité)

A yearly meeting of shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Company was held today to reject a motion to stop nuclear power generation.

While thousands of shareholders gathered at a venue in Tokyo, the company management already secured a majority of votes from major shareholders, mostly banks and other financial sector businesses, who were absent today. Everything was decided as the management beforehand planned, though it took exceptional six hours due to many motions and questions from participants.

The price of TEPCO's stock was 2121 yen (26 dollars) on March 11, but now it is mere 316 yen (3.9 dollars). Share holders in aggregation have lost $34 billion.
It is not clear how 37,000 employees of TEPCO feel or 53,000 employees of TEPCO and its affiliated companies feel.

SECTION I: Electricity Generation Discussions

Most of the Japanese people have come to feel like leaving the era of nuclear power generation.

But, the situation is not so simple.

According to those who support nuclear power generation, alternative technologies, mainly wind and solar, are not trusted, attractive, and promising. Power generation by wind is not of high technology any more. It is China that is aggressively producing facilities and equipment for this system. The big buyer of the Chinese wind systems, the U.S., even complaints that the Chinese Government supports Chinese makers providing grant money. It is now the industry sector where the scale of economy or cost reduction counts. The growth of wind electricity in China is 64% but only 5.8% in Germany. As an amount of its electricity production is proportional to a mere area size of the wing of the window equipment, technological innovation to boost efficiency of one wind machine is not more effective than simply installing more and more wind facilities with less efficiency. It is not an industrial sector where Japan and the U.S. can enjoy advantage with their advanced engineering capability.

It also goes for solar energy generation. It is more effective to produce a solar panel with a wider area than enhance electricity-generation efficiency. Accordingly, it is a matter of costs but not of higher technology, so that China is also expanding its share in the global market. On the other hand, a major German solar panel maker is suffering a chronic deficit. Ironically, Saudi Arabia, the country most suitable for solar energy generation, is now promoting introduction of nuclear power generation. Saudi Arabia is going to construct 19 nuclear reactor units. Even an earthquake-prone country Turkey is about to introduce nuclear power generation technology from Japan, since Japan is the most experienced country in terms of an earthquake-resistant nuclear power plant.

Therefore, some Japanese still think that it is too early to fully deny nuclear electricity generation. A large-scale and stable electricity generation cannot be entrusted to the wind or solar technology. Rather, one promising technology is the fast-breeder nuclear reactor for which Japan keeps a leading position in the world. (

Yet, if we stick to nuclear power generation, development of safer and more efficient power generation technology would be delayed. It is a matter of direction. We have to advance to the rational direction.

SECTION II: State of Fukushima Daiichi

The nuclear fuel left in the reactor units 1 to 4 on site of the Fukushima Daiichu nuclear power plant are now being cooled with water poured from the outside. So far, no hydrogen explosion is expected any more.

But, cooling water is not yet perfectly recycled. The water used to cool nuclear fuel is contaminated by radioactive material; accordingly it is called high-level contaminated water. And, currently the amount of the high-level contaminated water is about 110,000 tons. It can fill 85 of 50-meter long swimming pools. This amount is estimated to grow to 200,000 tons by the end of the year.

TEPCO is now making an effort to reduce a radioactive level of used and contaminated water so as to recycle it for cooling the nuclear fuel again, some of which are melted or still in fuel rods.

One stupid thing about their work is that they have installed total 4 km (2.5 mile) long piping for this purpose in the site of the plant. The piping is built and set from a dam in a nearby hill to each of four reactor unit buildings. Yet, something might be still wrong in their scheme as some leakage was reported from the piping.

(Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company)

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The Fukushima Daiichi site before construction of the nuclear power plant:

Note that the place had enough elevation of 35 meters or so above the sea level but they flattened it to build the nuclear plant that needed sea water to cool heated water and circulate it.

If they had built the reactor unit at at least 20-meter high location 40 years ago, no tsunami should have damaged the plant on March 11, 2011. In fact, they removed 25-meter depth soil and set the foundation of the plant at 10 meters above the sea level, though it was hit by 15-meter high tsunamis on March 11.

It is indeed an act of God. It shook the world.   

(No cure for the summertime blues...

Mat 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

Monday, June 27, 2011

"can add one cubit unto his stature" - (Sea of Peace)

Tokyo Edogawa River
A Little Higher Radiation
Yet People Are Happy to Live

The Sea of Peace (la mer de paix)

After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, radioactive influence on Japanese seaperch continued for 1.7 years and that on Pacific cods 2.5 years in the sea around Japan.

If a radiation level in the sea water comes to be nil, radioactive material could be concentrated in fish 100 times more than in sea water.

It was a big mistake that Tokyo Electric Power Company let some of contaminated water get discharged to the Pacific Ocean in March and April, though its radiation level was said to be low enough.

There were many mistakes TEPCO and the Kan Cabinet made in dealing with the nuclear accident beyond their imagination, especially during March and April. That is why no good news are yet heard from Fukushima Daiichi. However, no secondary hydrogen explosions have occurred in the four crippled nuclear reactors of Fukushima Daiichi since March.

Anyway, the Japanese Government should apologize to all the countries facing the Pacific Ocean. It is estimated that a total of 4700 trillion Becquerels of radioactive material has leaked to the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima Daiichi.

SECTION I: Marine Contamination by Fukushima Daiichi

Cesium-137 is spreading from Fukushima Daiichi to the Pacific Ocean.

It is expected to reach Hawaii in three years and the U.S. West Coast in five years, as cesium-137 has a half-life of 30 years. However, its radiation level is within a safety range for the human body, according to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. If you eat fish and other sea foods taken from the Pacific Ocean, there will be no harming to your health, according to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

Anyway, it is also estimated that in seven years radioactive materials leaked from Fukushima Daiichi to the Pacific Ocean would be diluted to nil as a matter of their effect.

SECTION II: Japanese Tsunami

The 3/11 Great Tsunami attacked the total 300 km (190 miles) of coast levees installed on Honsyu Island along the North Pacific Ocean.

Then, the tsunamis that followed the M9.0 earthquake on March 11 destroyed 190 km (110 miles) of the breakwaters among the total 300-km long levees which included a coast levee of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. They destroyed many ports and towns, taking 24,000 lives.

It happened in the northeast of Tokyo. But, other huge tsunamis are expected to occur in the southwest of Tokyo at any time.


SECTION III: China's Crazy Claim in the South China Sea

China is crazy claiming its territorial right on the Spratly Islands so far away from the Chinese continent.

During the era of the Vietnam War, such a crazy behavior was impossible, though.
(Source: BBC News, Hanoi)

It is offshore oilfields that run China mad. It is said that without an 8% annual increase in GDP, the Chinese society would be destabilized due to unemployment and a financial crunch. To maintain its high economic growth, it needs energy. So in order to avoid a possible civil war or catastrophic domestic unrest, the Chinese Government would rather opt for war or armed conflicts with other countries over territorial disputes and securing energy sources.

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Japan is the sixth largest nation in terms of the area size of the territorial sea plus the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) over the sea, following the U.S., France, Australia, Russia, and Canada. However, India is the 12th and China is the 15th.

Japan has 4,479,358 km2, but China has just 877,019 km2, while the U.S. has 11,351,000 km2.

China should not beef up its Naval forces in competing with Japan and the U.S. If China should refrain from military expansion and invasion, there would be none that would destabilize the power balance in East Asia. In other world, only China is a big problem. But why? Maybe an answer is in religion in China. But what religion do they respect in China? And what if China is a country without religion, except Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists?

(Do you love me, do you, surfer girl...

Mat 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Mat 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Mat 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nuclear Situation in Japan


The Japanese Communist Party measured radioactive dose levels in various points in Tokyo Prefecture in May to find that some zones indicate a radiation level at 1 milli sieverts per year, which is the institutional limit for ordinary people in Japan.
(Click to enlarge.)

Especially, the area along the Edogawa River, at the border to Chiba Prefecture, shows a higher radiation dose.

It is crazy that so many various types of radiation meters are sold in Japan now. Even Tokyo residents are measuring a radiation dose around their homes.

TV programs are teaching viewers how to decrease a radiation level at home.

Children in Fukushima Prefecture go to school but cannot freely play in the play yards of their schools and cannot swim in their outdoor swimming pools. Soil and turf of their playgrounds are taken away to expose to the surface soil several inches deep instead.

It is a crazy world in comparison with that before March 11. However, no citizens are taken to hospitals for radiation disease except some working in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. At most, some residents in Fukushima Prefecture are expected to receive about 10 to 20 milli sieverts of radiation if the radioactive situation continues at the present level for other 9 months. For example, even yesterday the radiation doses in Fukushima City and Koriyama City of Fukushima Prefecture were around 1.2 micro sieverts per hour, respectively. It can be translated about 9 milli sieverts per year. Tokyo's level is more than 10 times less at large.

Nonetheless, it is a crazy world in comparison with that before March 11.

But why has Japan introduced so many nuclear power plants? One secret motivation is plutonium. When uranium is burnt in a reactor unit for generation of electricity, uranium turns to be plutonium which can be used as convenient material for nuclear weapons. Though Japan declares that it will not possess nuclear weapons, some conservative politicians want to keep some potential to be armed with nuclear weapons. It might work as deterrent power against nuclear-armed Russia and China (and even North Korea). Japan has now about 35 tons of plutonium separated from uranium fuel for power generation. It can be used for 9,000 nuclear bombs, since it is said that the U.S. military uses about 4 kg of plutonium for one nuclear bomb.

In order to avoid future nuclear armament of Japan, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident might be truly needed.

Conservative politicians and nuclear industry leaders of Japan must give up their dangerous plan on this occasion.

And, now the big concern in the Japanese politics is that Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan, under strong pressure for forced resignation, might hold a general election in a few months upholding his new policy against nuclear power generation, since he is originally from a socialistic or liberal camp. Yet, there is a suspicion that his poor administration and management in the wake of the 3/11 Tsunami caused the aggravation and expansion of the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

Maybe, still something is crazy in the Japanese politics.

(The Edogawa River of Today, Tokyo...)