We think of them.

To the workers of Fukushima: 

An die Arbeiter im Atomkraftwerk Fukushima
To the workers of Fukushima 
A los trabajadores de Fukushima 
Al la laboristoj de Fukushima
Aux travailleurs de Fukushima
Ai lavoratori di Fukushima 
Aan de werknemers van Fukushima
Aos trabalhadores de Fukushima
Работникам на Фукусиме



CRMS welcome UN report by S.R. Anand Grover

On May 28th, CRMS, Human Rights Now’s Secretary General Ms.Kazuko Ito and the representative of Peace Boat, Ms.Meredith Joyce spoke at UN Human Rights Council to support the report of Special Rapporteur Anand Grover’s report regarding on-going issue of nuclear disaster. 

HRN held a side event at the UNHRC titled “In Order to Protect the Right to Health of Citizens after Nuclear Disasters” on May 28th at 4 p.m.in Geneva and the ex-mayor of Futaba, Mr. Idogawa Katsutaka, Morinaga Atsuko, who evacuated Fukushima Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture, and Iwata Wataru, founder of Citizens’ Radiation Measurement Stations (CRMS),spoke about what is really happening in Fukushima which are not shared internationally by medias.


Side event in Geneva (Video)

Report by Japanese NGOs at UN Human Rights Council (Video)


CRMS releases the analysis report of the entire measurement results

Press Release

What are the actual measurements of radioactive substances in Japanese foods after one year from the revision of government safety criteria?


CRMS releases the analysis report of the entire measurement results

~ What we have come to learn from measuring 6,889 foods after 18 months from July 2011~ 

Citizens' Radioactivity Measuring Station (CRMS; Executive Director: Aya Marumori; http://www.crms-jpn.com/cat/org.html) has rounded up measurement results of radioactive contamination taken mainly in Fukushima Prefecture after the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.


  After 12 March 2011, people living in Japan have been left with no choice but to find ways to live with radiation contamination.  Even under the international consensus regarding radiation exposure, there is no threshold that guarantees safety.  Each individual must now be aware and do whatever possible to avoid and reduce exposure.  Even at this point, we can confirm that radiation has spread not only within the area surrounding the nuclear plant, but it has also spread across prefecture, city and town borders, making it difficult for the various administrations in these areas to handle the matter adequately on their own.

Considering such situation, CRMS has operated as an independent organization that provides individuals with tools that help them measure radiation on their own and learn about radiation protection in order to protect themselves. 


  In our latest data analyses by March 10th of 2013, 1.25% of the entire items measured exceeded the threshold of 500Bq/kg, which was the government's provisional criterion set right after the accident.  When the threshold level was revised to 100Bq/kg in April 2012, the percentage of those that exceeded the new criteria rose to 6.56%.  In the same manner, the percentage rose to 12.72% at 50Bq/kg; 35.25% at 10Bq/kg; 42.51% at 5Bq/kg. Radioactive Cesium was detected in 49.6% from 6889 samples.


  For more details, please refer to the summary of results in the following page.  We have also attached a separate sheet showing details of the measurement analyses. (Only available in Japanese).


  Now that we are able to offer our latest measurement results, we hope that members of the press will make further efforts to report about the effects of the nuclear accident, considering the fact that in the past two years the general public have become less interested in the issue.


For more information:  info@crms-jpn.com



Since July 2011, CRMS has been measuring radioactive contamination caused by the nuclear accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.  A total of 6,886 items were measured using five different types of measuring devices at eight measuring stations within a period of 18 months.  90% (6,126) of the samples were those either grown or manufactured in Fukushima Prefecture, followed by those from Miyagi Prefecture accounting for 136 samples. 

The average radiation measurement for these samples was 28.67Bq/kg for Cesium 137, 20.98Bq/kg for Cesium 134, and 48.54Bq/kg for all radioactive substances combined (Results obtained by using LB200, a simplified measuring device that ignores different types of radionuclide, and a scale formed by combining the results for Iodine 131, Cesium 134 and 137.)  The production area that showed the highest level of contamination at 16,740.0Bq/kg was located within Fukushima Prefecture.  The prefecture that showed the highest average level, however, was Nagano* at 154.67 Bq/kg, followed by Miyagi at 93.87Bq/kg, and Fukushima at 51.26Bq/kg.

  When we applied the threshold of 500Bq/kg, which was the government's provisional criterion immediately after the accident, 1.25% of the entire items exceeded this criteria.  However, when we set the threshold to the revised level of 100Bq/kg, 6.56% were found to exceed the level.  In the same manner, the percentage rose to 12.72% at 50Bq/kg; 35.25% at 10Bq/kg; 42.51% at 5Bq/kg. The radioactive Cesium  was detected in 49.96% from 6,889 samples.

 Looking at the level of contamination according to each food item or category, "Specific Item: Dried Shiitake Mushroom" showed the highest contamination level of 16,740.00Bq/kg for all radionucleotides combined.  The second highest level of radiation contamination was "Food Category: Mushroom" at 15,704.19Bq/kg, followed by "Food Category: Wild Vegetables" at 6,169.9Bq/kg.  Mushrooms, Bamboo Shoots, and Wild Vegetables generally tended to show high levels of contamination, some of which exceeded 500Bq/kg.

The study included 71 environmental samples that were analyzed.  "Fukushima city public school's swimming pool" showed the highest level of contamination at 38,100Bq/kg for Cesium 137 and 27,800Bq/kg for Cesium 134.  The second highest was detected in "Fallen Leaves from Kawaba-mura of Gunma Prefecture" at 5,450Bq/kg for Cesium 137 and 3,546Bq/kg for Cesium 134, followed by "Fire Woods (cut down before the nuclear accident; surface rinsed with water) at Asaka-machi, Koriyama City" that shows 3,230Bq/kg of Cesium 137 and 3,140Bq/kg of Cesium 134.


   Although the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has adopted a food safety criteria of 100Bq/kg in order to regulate foods that are shipped out to consumer markets, it has permitted rounding up the third digit to meet the criteria, which means figures of up to 104.9Bq/kg are considered to be permitted.  Taking this into account, it was discovered that there were 22 items whose levels were between 100Bq/kg to 104.9Bq/kg among 6,889 items measured by CRMS.



*Average level for Nagano Prefecture came out high because the total number of items measured was merely 20.  In addition, Shogenji mushroom (Cortinarius caperatus), harvested in Karuizawa-machi of Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture (250km away from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant), which was sent to CRMS for crosschecking from another citizens’ measuring station in Fuchu City of Tokyo, showed an extremely high level of 3000Bq/kg and was included in the calculation.  (For details about the Shogenji mushroom in question, please contact Takagi Jinzaburo Kinen Chofu Shimin Hoshano Sokuteishitsu (Chofu Citizens’ Measuring Center in commemoration of Jinzaburo Takagi:  http://chofu-lab.org/index.html#news1)


Analysis report (only in Japanese available)


NGOs Call for Immediate Action to Protect the Right to Health and Life of Women and Children Affected by the Nuclear Accident in Fukushima, Japan

Human Rights Now (HRN), associated with the following NGOs, have submitted
the following statement to the Human Rights Council, 22nd Regular Session,
as an ECOSOC NGO (Special status).

UN Human Rights Council
22nd Regular Session (25 February - 22 March 2013)

Item 3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political,
economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Title: Fukushima: NGOs Call for Immediate Action to Protect the Right to
Health and Life of Women and Children Affected by the Nuclear Accident in
Fukushima, Japan

Co-signed NGOs
Collective IndependentWHO - for the independence of the World Health Organization,
Citizen's Radioactivity Measuring Station,
University of Tokyo Nuclear Disaster Support Forum
Fukushima University Forum on Nuclear Disaster
World Network For Saving Children From Radiation,
Association for Citizens and Scientists Concerned about Internal Radiation
The Committee for Citizen Scientist Network for Radiation Protection(CSRP),
Pediatricians' Network for Saving Children from Radiation,
3.11 life-note Project for Saving Children-future from Low-dose exposure,
Fukushima Health Consultation Meeting,
Parents' Network Protecting Lives of High School Children,
Workers' Executive Committee For Anti-nuclear Power Movements,
Inter-Faith Forum for Review of National Nuclear Policy,
Peace and Environmental Advocacy for the Child,
Zensekiyu  Showa Shell Labor Union,
Midori Fukushima,
Niji to midori no kai


CRMS and CRIIRAD Press Release

One year after Fukushima, contamination is "chronic and perennial"

Le Monde.fr with AFP | 02.28.2012

A year after the disaster that hit Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima, radioactive contamination has decreased sharply but is now "chronic and sustained," said Tuesday the Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety French (IRSN), which publishes a report based on reports of its teams and the data provided by Japan. Estimates are still preliminary, conducted by IRSN since the disaster, discharges of radioactive iodine in the atmosphere reached 408 million billion becquerels, an impressive figure but still ten times lower than that of the explosion of the Chernobyl plant in 1986. These iodines have a "half life" very short, ie half its radioactivity decreases rapidly (from hours to eight days depending on the type of iodine) and they mostly represented a risk to the environment and health during the first weeks after the accident.

98% of the initial radioactivity of cesium-137 IN THE ENVIRONMENT

But the three reactors rugged and hydrogen explosions in the buildings of the plant also produced large quantities of radioactive cesium in the lifetime much longer: 58 million billion becquerels, or about three times less than Chernobyl. Cesium-137 has a half life of thirty years, it remains today 98% of its initial radioactivity in the environment, a rate that will still be 81% in 2020, said Didier Champion, director of the crisis at the IRSN . "The initial contamination related to the accident has declined substantially. That does not mean that there are more, far from it. Today, for many years, we are in a state of chronic contamination of the environment and sustainable ", says Mr. Champion. "There are risks of chronic exposure to low doses but one that can accumulate over time if we do not take care," he adds, stressing the need to follow the contamination of a number of foods such as fruits, milk, mushrooms, game and fish.


A total of approximately 24,000 km2 of Japanese contaminated by cesium-137, only 600 km2 today exceed the threshold of 600,000 becquerels per m2, estimated IRSN. "A contamination level equal relative areas in Japan are much lower than in contaminated areas around Chernobyl, which is explained by the fact that much of the waste [...] was dispersed in over the Pacific, "according to this assessment. However, there are contaminated land in "leopard spots" up to 250 km away from the center, with "hot spots" associated with highly localized accumulation of radioactive deposits by rainfall and runoff. As for health effects, no direct victim of the nuclear accident has so far been reported, but many uncertainties remain concerning the potential exposure of populations but also on the doses received by employees of the operator of the Central, Tepco, and relief on the spot.

Source (in French) : Le Monde




CRMS Youtube Channel

Lien YouTube
CRMS activities presentation.


International Conference of Citizens and Scientists

The International Conference of Citizens and Scientists.pdf

Please find the PDF presenting the event.

Morning & Afternoon Conferences:    http://bit.ly/f6HUWg
Round-table conferencehttp://bit.ly/f6HUWg & http://bit.ly/fserD8


Agreement between the WHO and IAEA in 1959