Tuesday, April 12, 2011
In Japan, plutonium is created as a by-product of the nuclear energy industry.
In 1995, Japan was reported to have 4.7 tons of plutonium, enough for around 700 nuclear warheads.
Japan has a uranium enrichment plant which could be used to make highly enriched uranium suitable for weapon use.
Japan has developed the M-V three-stage solid fuel rocket, similar in design to the U.S. LGM-118A Peacekeeper ICBM, which could serve as a delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons. (Japanese nuclear weapon program - Wikipedia)
Note the following:
(1) Secret Weapons Program Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plants?
(2) "Like Israel, Japan is a "secret" nuclear power."
Japan has raised the severity level of its Fukushima nuclear crisis to the maximum seven.
This is the same level as Chernobyl. (Japan raises nuclear crisis to same level as Chernobyl)
The 2009 report, "Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment", published by the New York Academy of Sciences, estimates the number of deaths attributable to the Chernobyl meltdown at about 980,000. (Nuclear apologists mislead the world over radiation)
FT guide to radiation
To measure radiation, scientists use the unit known as the sievert (Sv) – divided into thousandths (millisieverts or mSv) and millionths (microsieverts or µSv).
The figures below show typical exposure levels and their effects:
2 mSv per year - typical background exposure from the environment (actual level depends on altitude, natural radioactivity of local rocks, etc)
2.4 mSv per year - average dose to US nuclear industry workers
9 mSv per year - exposure to airline crew flying regularly between New York and Tokyo
20 mSv per year - current limit (averaged) for nuclear industry employees and uranium miners
100 mSv per year - lowest level at which any increase in cancer risk is clearly evident
(The US National Academy of Sciences BEIR VII report has concluded, no dose of radiation is safe.)
1000 mSv (1 sievert) cumulative - estimated to cause a fatal cancer many years later in 5 out of every 100 people exposed to it
1,000 mSv (1 sievert) single dose - temporary radiation sickness - not fatal
5,000 mSv (5 sieverts) single dose - fatal within a month to half of those who receive it
10,000 mSv (10 sieverts) single dose - fatal within weeks