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Submission + - Japanese Mayor: Radioactive Lunch Serves Educational Purpose (fukushima-diary.com) 2

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: In Japan's Miyagi prefecture, harmful levels of cesium-137 were detected in compulsory school lunches served to Elementary and Middle School students, as recently as August.

In response to the public disclosure of the radioactive school lunches, Takao Abe, The Mayor of Kawasaki City, said having to eat radioactive food serves an educational purpose. "Students need to know they live in (a world with) danger by consuming radioactive school lunches. It’s wrong to educate children to be conscious about this level of radiation. There is a risk of being hit by car, there is also a risk of being stabbed by a passerby."

Kawasaki City is some 130km from Tepco's failed Fukushima nuclear plant. On August 30, 12 Bq/kg of cesium were detected in the lunches served to Nakaniida junior high school. Similar levels have been recorded in frozen tangerines and canned apples served in prefecture school lunches, since at least April.

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Submission + - Fukushima Reactor 1 has Full Meltdown, Reactor Bre (reuters.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Reuters claims "The Vessel Has a Hole". One of the reactors at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has a hole in its main vessel following a meltdown of fuel rods, leading to a leakage of radioactive water, its operator said on Thursday. The disclosure by Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is the latest indication that the disaster was worse than previously disclosed, making it more difficult to stabilize the plant. U.S. nuclear experts said that the company may have to build a concrete wall around the unit because of the breach, and that this could now take years. "At this point, TEPCO still finds itself in unchartered waters and is not able to carry out any plan to get the situation under control."

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