Petition Concerning Radiological Impact of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

The Honorable KAN Naoto, Prime Minister of Japan
The Honorable HOSOKAWA Ritsuo, Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare

We respectfully submit the following demands, which summarize the queries we made to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare during negotiations on March 28, 2011.

1. The Ministry's call for the "active voluntary evacuation" of residents living within a 20 km to 30 km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Stations is irresponsible. Immediately issue a directive to evacuate that area and enlarge the evacuation zone commensurate with radiation doses.

2. Calculate and publicize regularly the total cumulative radiation dose local residents receive collectively from the following sources: (1) external radiation exposure, (2) internal radiation exposure via the inhalation or absorption of atmospheric iodine and other radionuclides, and (3) internal exposure via the consumption of contaminated food, water, and other liquids. This measure is vital in order to determine the delayed effects of radiation from the Fukushima accident on the health and longevity of local residents.

3. Repeal the upward revision of the maximum permissible radiation dose (250 milliSieverts) for emergency-response workers at the Fukushima plant.

4. Expand the scope of radiation monitoring and publicize the results. In particular:
(1) measure and publicize the extent of soil contamination in each area affected by the accident, expressing the results in becquerels per m2;
(2) measure and publicize the internal radiation doses affecting the thyroid gland and specify the measurement conditions.

5. Undertake immediately a comprehensive survey of the radiation exposure and current state of health of local residents and provide for their long-term health care.

6. Do not relax the provisional standards governing the maximum permissible levels of radionuclides in food. Even the current provisional standards impose unacceptably high levels of radiation exposure upon residents.

7. Provide compensation for damages to farm and dairy producers and to people who are forced to relocate.

8. Generally, take all measures necessary to ensure that members of the public do not receive radiation doses greater than 1 milliSievert per annum.

Contact: (For Japanese inquiries.)
Osaka Citizens Against the Mihama, Oi and Takahama Nuclear Power Plants (Mihama-no-Kai)
Seiko Building 3rd Floor, 4-3-3 Nishi Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
TEL +81-6-6367-6580 FAX +81-6-6367-6581

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