[ RadSafe ] How Would You Advise this YouTube User and What References would you provide?

Miller, Mark L mmiller at sandia.gov
Fri Mar 9 12:51:56 CST 2012

The risk from radiation is essentially zero.  The economic/social risk to residents saddled with the "radioactive" stigma is enormous and long-lasting. http://www.npr.org/2012/03/08/148183579/with-radiation-doubt-grows-in-fukushima-farms

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From: Morten Sickel [mailto:Morten.Sickel at nrpa.no] 
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 4:38 AM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] How Would You Advise this YouTube User and What References would you provide?

Our (the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority) present guidance to people going to Japan is to follow the official advices. The limits for radioactive content in food being sold in Japan is presently comparable to those in most European countries (e.g. 500Bq/kg of 137Cs) and in April, those limits are going to be lowered and there are also quite strict limitation on where it is allowed to grow food within the contaminated areas (on a personal note, not for the person asking you, I would say some of those rules are ridiculous strict) This is personal communication with colleagues that have just been to Japan, sorry to say, I do not have any references. 

Morten Sickel

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Fra: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] På vegne av Roger Helbig
Sendt: 8. mars 2012 15:05
Emne: [ RadSafe ] How Would You Advise this YouTube User and What References would you provide?

I got this message in my YouTube account and I have replied to it telling him to take the trip, but I also would like to know how members of this list would reply, especially if we have any Japanese members, and what references that you would provide.


Roger Helbig

I noticed you've been posting on videos regarding Fukushima, and I thought I might ask you about this...
I've been planning my trip to Japan for past half year, and I'm actually going there in two weeks.
I really wanted to go, but now after reading a lot about radiation and contamination in the food, I even considered returning my ticket.
Some websites, like safecast.org and a facebook group http://www.facebook.com/Tokyo.Radiation.Levels both seem to be saying that there is no concern about radiation in Tokyo, but there might be some concern about the food.
However, another source http://fukushima-diary.com/ is telling me not to go right now.

Thank you very much for the reply!
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