Resources for Understanding Fukushima

Click on this map or the link below it for free views of Soil Radioactivity at the time of the Tokyo Olympics

Mothers’ Radiation Lab Fukushima-TARACHINE

From Fairewinds Energy Education

Fairewinds Energy Update on Fukushima (Arnie Gunderson is a nuclear engineer who was black-listed for speaking out about safety concerns at reactor he worked on, was an advisor to state of VT during Entergy litigation)

Journal of Environmental Engineering Science: Radioactive Isotopes Measured at Olympic and Paralympic Venues and here.

Japan Radiation Interactive Map

 Press freedom

This is the journalism Japan needs

“Japan’s mass media doesn’t fold in the face of pressure from the powerful — because it already self-censors.”

Reporters Without Borders” World Press Freedom Index: 2010, 11; 2016, 72; 2020, 66

Health Effects

The International Nuclear Workers Study (Inworks): A Collaborative Epidemiological Study to Improve Knowledge About Health Effects of Protracted Low-Dose Exposure (2017)

Radiation and Harm to Human Health by Beyond Nuclear

This excellent booklet has an endnote (10) that lists “studies of radiation damage.” Key is to (a) get the difference between external and internal exposure and (b) to understand that “low dose” doesn’t mean safe.

Fukushima Voice Version 2e

On the Fukushima child and youth thyroid cancer monitoring; keep in mind that pediatric thyroid cancer is the only cancer acknowledged by “western” sources (i.e., the world nuclear organizations) as caused by Chernobyl. Here’s a 2016 article from the Lancet. The Japanese authors of this piece were the ones (especially Yamashita) who played a leading role in acknowledging and addressing thyroid cancer in Chernobyl kids; they are the ones now denying it has anything to do with the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, and therefore, pushing for minimizing the study.

Gender and Radiation Impact Project

 3・11 Fund for Children with Thyroid Cancer


Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center (water and other contaminated wastes)

TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Q and A on ‘Treated Water’ Containing Radioactive materials

Informative with good graphics; includes alternatives

The Hazards of Tritium

From Ian Fairlie, a recognized expert

Legal Struggles

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Civil Actions as a Social Movement

Reflections on the TEPCO Trial: Prosecution and Acquittal after Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown

From Fukushima: To Despair Properly, To Find the Next Step

(This is a long introduction Field wrote for an interview with Ruiko Muto that addresses her work for the criminal prosecution)

7 Years on, Sailors Exposed to Fukushima Radiation Seek Their Day in Court (2017)

Court Rejects U.S. Sailors’ Lawsuit Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure (2020)


“Fukushima Ain’t Got Time for Olympic Games”

Another introduction Field wrote for Ruiko Muto’s pieces, but this has detailed info on the Olympics

Special Issue: Japan’s Olympic Summer Games – Past and Present, Part I (Table of Contents)

Special Issue: Japan’s Olympic Summer Games – Past and Present, Part II (Table of Contents)


  Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, Atomic Meltdown Large collection of peer-reviewed articles The Atomic Age A bilingual news blog that Field and  a colleague have maintained for nearly 10 years; searchable in English and Japanese Voices of the People Ongoing project of FoE Japan interviewing individuals in, from Fukushima (10-20 minutes, subtitled in 7 languages)

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