The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A First-Hand Account of Japan's Nuclear Crisis Katsumi Furitsu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Young doctors speak out on the Fukushima disaster . . . . . . . . . . .40 Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare Ronald McCoy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 “A terribly difficult situation with a lot of uncertainties”: PSR Press Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 What may we learn from Fukushima? Frank Boulton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Radiation in medicine and in nuclear power plants: the same but very different Andreas Nidecker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Children, Teens and the Japan Disaster Harry Wang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63

June 2011 Special Edition

A publication of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

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CONTENTS
The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
About this issue
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis, Month 1: A Brief Chronology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Fukushima Radioisotopes: Some Key Facts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 IPPNW has been a constant voice against nuclear energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 IPPNW Nuclear Energy Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Nuclear power—“basta”! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Nuclear energy is no alternative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 A potential source of radiation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Futility of nuclear energy: Alternatives for Nigeria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 What could be worse? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 From Hiroshima to Fukushima and back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 The nuclear chain – splitting atoms, hairs and personalities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Just in case you missed it, here's why radiation is a health hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 There really is no safe level of radiation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Anger is renewable energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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