Japanese prosecutor suspends contempt proceedings against journalist
Published on Friday 30 May 2014
Reporters Without Borders takes note of prosecutor Eiji Masuhara’s decision to suspend “criminal contempt” proceedings against freelance journalist Mari Takenouchi in connection with her coverage of the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
The prosecutor urged Takenouchi to continue her work and even wished her “good luck” with it. Takenouchi told Reporters Without Borders that her goal now was to “save the children living in contaminated areas and suffering from thyroid cancer.”
Updated on March 11, 2014
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E-mail From Dr. Bandazhevsky to Mari Takenouchi
*Ethos is a program where residents including pregnant women and children are encouraged to keep living in contaminated areas through carrying out decontamination and radiation measurement, which most importantly resulted in sickness among majority of children. This was condcted in Belarus and now is in Fukushima funded by pro-nuclear lobbies.
The following is more detailed version.
On January 28th, 2014, I received a telephone call from Iwaki Minami police office in Fukushima, noticing me that the leader of Fukushima ETHOS Ms. Ryoko Ando (real name is Yoko Kamata) filed a legal complaint against me.
Ethos is a program where residents including pregnant women and children are encouraged to keep living in contaminated areas through carrying out decontamination and radiation measurement, which most importantly resulted in sickness among majority of children. This was condcted in Belarus and now is in Fukushima funded by pro-nuclear lobbies.
I received a following comment from a lawyer.
"This case comes under the violation of Article 21, Freedom of Speech. Except that the word "Criminal" was too strong, your word came from the sense of justice to protect countless number of children. If this case was indicted, it would be a chance for you to disseminate this issue to the society."
"Probably the reason why the accuser used "criminal contempt" in stead of ""defamation of character" is that the latter has the stipulation saying, "If the case is involved in public benefit, the accused shall not be punished." However, what you are supposed to do is the same in both case. You can explain that you are trying to prevent massive health damages among children in the future, which should be now and nobody has been doing this so far."
"To admit such dirty way of silencing someone's speech through legal harrassement means to admit helpless people to die by giving up nuclear phase out and protection from radiation exposure."
"Isn't this a case of SLAPP(strategic lawsuit against public participation), where powerful pro-nuke people harass the weak like Ms. Takenouchi, who is a single mother. "
Ms. Takenouchi's statement is not against law, but is involved in public benefits, so if she is prosecuted, she should stand up and fight.
"An attempt to silence Ms. Takenouchi who disseminate facts about Fukushima. But truth will prevail."
"ETHOS Threat using criminal accusation against Ms. Takenouchi. I support her 100%"
"This is a case of suppression of free speech, which brings us grave concerns."
"It is truly worry some since this is the sign of coming Japan's Secrecy Act. We need to share this info and protect Ms. Takenouchi"
"It is important to establish your own standard of radiation safety to achieve your true sense of security."
↑ I really do not understand what she has been saying.
Please relocate children from Fukushima! It is dangerous to live there.
The truth is as simple as this!
Professor Ban Nobuhiko, an expert of leukemia, another ETHOS sub-leader is the director and board member of Health Physics Society in Japan. (Please see the end of this page)
I once participated in an event by Health Physics Society and asked, "Isn't there any increase of leukemia after Chernobyl?" and a member answered, "Since Russian kids have fair skin, people say that there are leukemia children after Cheronobyl."
Ms. Kamata insists that my following tweet is the subject to "criminal contempt."
Mari Takenouchi's tweet @mariscontact
Mr. Yasuhiro Nakasone passed the nuclear budget at the Diet in 1954, when anti-nuclear movement was mounting after the Lucky Dragon Bikini H-bomb case, under the slogan, "Poison can control other poison." This is a historical fact that CIA involvement has been proven.
On September 5, 2011, after the Fukushima nuclear accident, he stated the above in spite of the fact that he was the very person who introduced nuclear power to earthquake prone country like Japan.
Ms. Ryoko Ando read the above poem of her own on the Day of Nagasaki, in spite of the fact that she is the very person who diseminated false safety myth in Fukushima to encourage people to keep living in contaminated zones.
I thought these two have something in common. Though they themselves have been involved in, nuclear power introduction to Japan (Mr. Nakasone) and scattering radiation safety myth in Fukushima (Ms. Ando), they pretend that they do not know anything and they are one of the victims/observers who live in this unfortunate society.
I would like to appologize regarding the expression of "criminals of the century" to both Ms. Kamata and Mr. Nakasone.
At the same time, I would like both of them to reflect themselves what they have done.
I used the word "criminal of the century" due to my long time resentment seeing that nobody has taken true responsibility after the nuclear accident while lots of children are left being exposed to radiation.
In addition, I had a slight hope that both Ms. Ando and Mr. Nakasone whom I criticized would rethink what they have done and reconsider the situation of children who have been exposed to radiation.
I do not think the above tweet of mine with my opinion and thoghts on some facts is subject to "criminal contempt."
I hope this case would be known to public widely.
I truly hope that the dissemination of this case could contribute to form the public opinion to make the government to relocate children in contaminated areas with responsible manner. In addition, those responsible for the accident should be brought to justice in order to avert the same kind of tragedy.
Tokyo Newspaper Reported ETHOS on January 1, 2014
"ETHOS Meetings Backed by Pro-Nuke Funds"
"Prevailing Grassroots Radiation Safety Myth"
"Inviting ETHOS Missionaries from Overseas"
The following is my explanation of ETHOS.
Mr. Jack Rochard, an economist and former member of IAEA and member of ICRP and CEPN founded by pro-nuclear organization such as AREVA. He wrote "20mSv/year is a good news" and said, "Mothers do not understand science (I am a mother, too, how rude!), and food upto 20Bq/kg is OK in Fukushima."
In Belarus contaminated areas, due to ETHOS program lead by Mr. Lochard, less than 20% of kids stayed healthy in the contaminated areas after the program.
ETHOS Fukushima program was aired by NHK only in Fukushima and not in nationwide.
The leader of Fukushima ETHOS is Ms. Ryoko Ando (strangely, she is not using her real name which is Yoko Kamata.)
Jacque Rochard: "It is important to establish a society where residents themselves can measure radioactive materials and exchange information...Mothers would not understand science...20Bq/kg is good enough..."
However, while these figures were measured and recorded for studies of this program, the number of children with ill-health increased dramatically, sometimes more than 10 times, after years in Belarus. As for this issue, former WHO advisor Michel Fernex explained in the following video, which is strongly recommend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_oKtjnh52c&feature=yout...
It is a criminal acts of Japanese and overseas scholar to downplay the risk of radiation, which consequently lead to a number of residents’ health hazards both in Chernobyl and in Fukushima. I believe these facts should be known to the world and eventually, those responsible should be referred to the International Criminal Court.
Emergence of Leukemia in Japan
The other day, I was truly shocked to find that Professor Nobuhiko Ban from Tokyo Healthcare University had written on the mechanism of developing leukemia by radiation some years ago. According to his papers, he had already found that radiation damages the gene Sfpi1 on chromosome No. 2 and promotes the aging process of hematopoietic stem cells, thus mouse could develop leukemia only after 1 or 2 years after irradiation!!
Thesis written by Prof. Nobuhiko Ban
While, Professor Ban wrote a number of excelled thesis on radiation effects, he assistes ETHOS progam that allows even pregnant women and children to live in contaminated areas. I truly believe what he is doing is ethically wrong and this issue is a one of the most grave character which could affect the health and lives of many residents , uncomparable to the question No. 1.
Under the name of @buvery, he also kept calling me, "DEMARIN" (coined word from Dema=demagogy + Mari=my first name) on twitter. I am a freelance journalist/translator who released three radiation exposured related books from overseas and I have been calling for children's evacuation since the Fukushima accident, and Professor Ban has been slandering me trying to degrade my credibility.
His manner is clearly contrary to the one titled as the "Professor at Tokyo Healthcare University." I have written a open question letter to Tokyo Healthcare University, but I haven't received any reply as of today.(Jan 31, 2014）
One more important thing to add. Prof. Ban is denying the possibility of finding the causal relationship of radiation and child thyroid cancer that has been increasing in Fukushima, namely, 7q11 gene band inspection.
It seems that Prof. Ban is trying to hide the possibility that Fukushima children developed thyrod cancer caused by radiation.
7q11 gene test should be conducted immediately and early relocation of Fukushima children should be conducted.
My top concern is that there is an emergence of leukemia in Fukushima and other areas in East Japan.
When I wrote the above blog, a citizen activist I have been trusted even tried to stop me.
(To my regret, there are many infiltrated people in the citizen side, too)
I thought, the criminal accusation against me was made in order to silence me when leukemia came to emerge in contaminated areas.