Maternal Activism – the new norm in Japan

Mothers, and fathers, in Japan have been forced into a new role – activist.   It is easy to understand why. Children and babies are especially susceptible to radiation because of their rapid cell division during physical growth.

There are websites, Facebook pages and daily new stories about efforts to protect the children of Japan.   Here are just a few.

News Articles from July 9
Moms rally around antinuke cause
Citizens’ radiation fears beyond crisis zone mount
45% of kids in Fukushima survey had thyroid exposure to radiation

Facebook  (requires a Facebook account)

Tokyo Radiation Levels
Tokyo Kids & Radiation

SAY-Peace Project (Japanese)
Moms to Save Children from Radiation (Japanese and English)
Moms to Save Children from Radiation
Moms and Children Rescue Fukushima (Japanese)

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4 thoughts on “Maternal Activism – the new norm in Japan

  • July 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    All this activism about radiation is great. Sure would love to see some of it spill over to the all-pervasive second-hand smoke in this country which by any reasonable estimate does far more harm.

  • July 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Another group to add to the list of parents trying to protect their children.

    The radiation these people are facing and worse yet their children is far far worse than second hand smoke. Saying such is an insult to what these parents are dealing with and shows a lack of understanding of the situation.

    As far as the Yablokov studies, there are questions on some of the details of them. The reality may fall somewhere in between but we do know that the real toll is far far more than the nuclear industry wants people to know.

    This article has a good review of the nuclear impact debate surrounding the Chernobyl data.

    • July 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you for the link.

      From an email I just received, this upcoming UN conference in NYC should definitely be an opportunity for rallying concerned people:

      I’d show up with a sign as a proxy for a parent in Japan urging help for the children from the world’s best-informed minds (see below).

      If we step out of the narrow constituencies each of us belongs to and unify in an effort to accomplish common goals, we will succeed. That’s the humanitarian side of globalization.

      *(eg. featuring on opposite sides a photo of Dr. Yablokov and Tokyo University Professor Toshiso Kosako)


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