Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2018 11:34 PM
Subject: Fukushima radiation
Dr.Andreas Nidecker in his response to the convincing article of Major
–General Vinod Saighal draws our attention to the human rights of
future generations,suggesting us to read
the attached recent article in the Washington Paper "The Hill". It is indeed convincing.
Mr.Saighal at the outset cites the ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi“The Heavens vengeance is slow but sure”.
We are being reminded in Japan that the law of history does not allow immorality to last long.
How long can we totally ignore and neglect the lessons of Fukushima?
With warmest regards,
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
From: Andreas Nidecker
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 3:01 AM
To: Murata Mitsuhei ; Saighal Vinod
Subject: Re: Fukushima radiation
Dear Mitsuhei and Vinod
We need to alert the youth about their eventual increased risk due to
the nuclearisation of the globe, the environmental destruction due to
nuclear tests and Uranium mining, the lasting risks of a nuclear war
and nuclear power plant accidents and finally the enormous costs they
will be facing for the construction or dismantling of all Nuke power
plants and the century long need to safeguard the nuclear legacy i.e.
the nuclear waste accumulating in many places already. And all these
problems beside the climate effects Million of them will face. It is
the human rights of future generations, which are neglected by our
generation, something the young people need to understand and which
should be a reason to mobilise them.
Perhaps our recent article in the Washington Paper "The Hill" summarises this in better words (see the link below).
Dear friends, thanks for the continued struggle for the good by both of You and my best regards and compliments
On 3 Apr 2018, at 19:04, mitsu <email@example.com> wrote:
I am transmitting you a very important mail sent to me by Mr.Vinod Saighal.
It is sad to be told that the radiation effects of the Fukushima
Daiichi accident are felt worldwide,cumulating over time to show
its true colors at some unpredictable date in future.
With warmest regards,
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2018 10:59 PM the
Subject: Fw: re
fyi and similar action in Japanese universities, schools and wherever
else you are able to send it. You were in on it from the start.
it is imperative and urgent for university students everywhere to take
note of the article and what it portends for their future and their
children's future. Please circulate extensively in Harvard and wherever
else you can reach through your friends.
The Statesman, New Delhi, Monday April 2, 2018.
The Nuclear Legacy Trap
The Heavens vengeance is slow but sure. Ancient philosopher Laozi
We are but transient passengers on this planet Earth. It does not
belong to us. We are not free to doom generations yet unborn. We are
not at liberty to erase humanitys past or dim its future. Social
systems do not endure for eternity. Only life can lay claim to
uninterrupted continuity. This continuity is sacred.
To date, sufficient thought does not seem to have been given to the
legacy factor of nuclear reactors being built. As Sir James Goldsmith
lay dying from the effects of pancreatic cancer at a farmhouse in
Southern Spain around 1997, he sent the author his book The Trap. In it
he cautions the current generation of the legacy that they would be
bequeathing coming generations when the nuclear reactors being built
are to be entombed. He reckoned the cost factor would be a multiple of
the cost to build the reactors. Today there are 30 countries worldwide
that are operating over 450 nuclear reactors for electricity generation
and 60 new nuclear plants are under construction in 15 countries.
Nuclear power plants provided 11 per cent of the worlds electricity
production in 2014.
Seeing that an average-sized nuclear plant costs around 5-6 billion
dollars to build, the total cost of decommissioning and entombment in
the next 50 to 100 years could turn out to be several trillion dollars.
This is a very conservative estimate seeing that Fukushima is likely to
ultimately cost the Japanese government around 180 billion dollars and
counting before they make it safe. There is still a big IF. Japans
government has admitted that the process of removing the irradiated
core from the three crippled reactors will take at least forty years;
these figures are beyond comprehension.
The radiation effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
triple meltdowns are felt worldwide, whether lodged in sea life or in
humans, it cumulates over time. The impact is now slowly grinding away
only to show its true colours at some unpredictable date in the future.
Thats how radiation works, slow but assuredly destructive, which
serves to identify its risks, meaning one nuke meltdown has the impact
over decades, of a 1,000 regular industrial accidents, maybe more. Not
many in the world seem to be worried about the legacy costs for the
coming generations. Besides the radiation that would have engulfed the
world due to several mishaps till then they are being saddled with
crippling costs that could only further cripple them mentally and
Chernobyl provides a perfect case study of radiation-caused deaths of
workers with a direct link, liquidators, exposed to the Chernobyl
radiation (1986), keeping in mind that radiation takes several years to
show up as cancer and other severe ailments: By 2001, of 800,000
healthy Russian and Ukrainian liquidators (with an average age of 33
years) sent to decontaminate, isolate and stabilise the reactor, 10 per
cent had died and 30 per cent were disabled. By 2009, 120,000
liquidators had died, and an epidemic of chronic illness and genetic
and perigenetic damage in nuclear workers descendants appeared (this
is predicted to increase over subsequent generations). The full extent
of the damage will not be understood until the fifth generation of
descendants. By the mid-2000s, 985,000 additional deaths between 1986
and 2004 across Europe were estimated as a direct result of radiation
exposure from Chernobyl.
Chernobyl likely foreshadows a dismal future for those exposed to
Fukushima radiation whether residents, workers, or untold recipients
throughout the extent of flowing seas, which is universal. For an
example of how radiation devastates human bodies generation by
generation, consider this. There are 2,397,863 people registered with
Ukraines health ministry to receive ongoing Chernobyl-related health
care. Of these, 453,391 are children none born at the time of the
accident. Their parents were children in 1986. These children have a
range of illnesses: respiratory, digestive, musculoskeletal, eye
diseases, blood diseases, cancer, congenital malformations, genetic
abnormalities and trauma.
There is more to come. To the above must be added the costs of
decommissioning 15,000 nuclear weapons or whatever remains after
Armageddon, which seems the most likely option the way those who hold
the destiny of the world in their hands are leading the world. There is
an urgent need to highlight the consequences of the Nuclear Trap and
the legacy quest for successor generations. As so many new nuclear
reactors have been built since and many more under construction it is
strongly recommended that the book is studied by all governments,
nuclear advisers and experts. It will be a wake-up call people for all
those going in for new reactors and unknowingly or uncaringly
destroying the future for coming generations. In 1985, International
Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War received the Nobel Peace
Prize. IPPNW had been founded in 1980 by six physicians, three from the
Soviet Union and three from the United States. Today, the organisation
has wide membership among the worlds physicians. Professor Bernard
Lowen of the Harvard School of Public Health, one of the founders of
IPPNW, said in a recent speech:
No public health hazard ever faced by humankind equals the threat of
nukes to make this planet uninhabitable Modern medicine has nothing to
offer, not even a token benefit, in the event of nuclear war
The historic 122 nation treaty on the abolition of nuclear weapons was signed last July at the UN.
Not long before he died Stephen Hawking world-renowned author of A
Brief History of Time in an interview opined that unless humanity
changed course the end could come as soon as twenty years. The cause of
the final cataclysm would either be climate change and global warming
or nuclear exchange, more likely the latter.
The writer, a retired Major-General of the Indian Army, is the author of Third Millennium Equipoise.