The Reality Principle -Episode 21

“Fukushima: 2 Years Later” with James Corbett

RPLogoEarlier this month marked the two year anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima. Despite the fact that so much time has passed, we still have very few answers to the multitude of questions and concerns that the incident raised. Joining Eric on the program this week is independent journalist James Corbett, founder of and Eric and James discuss the literal and figurative fallout from the disaster and the role of the Japanese and US governments in covering up the truth of the situation. Living in Japan, James is able to provide unique perspectives and insights into the thoughts and attitudes of the people of Japan as well as explain for listeners some of the domestic politics surrounding the issue. Eric and James also analyze the ways in which this issue is far from resolved as the world teeters on the brink of a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. Additionally, James and Eric discuss the future of energy in Japan and around the world as millions finally begin to wake up to the dangers of nuclear power and those who profit from it.

James Corbett is an independent journalist and founder of He is a contributor to as well as a number of other news outlets. Based in Japan, James Corbett is one of the indispensable figures in the alternative media, shattering the lies and mythologies fed to people by the corporate media. Follow his work at

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  1. dutchbradt says:

    Corbett states that it is a scientifically established fact that there is no safe level of radiation (or words to that effect). This is not accurate. There is an administrative assumption, promulgated by official radiation safety organizations, that no safe level of radiation exists. This assumption is based upon the Linear No Threshold (LNT) hypothesis. However, the actual science indicates that, although the existing data on low-level radiation dose are consistent with LNT, these data are also consistent with the hypothesis of radiation hormesis, which posits that low doses of radiation actually provide a health benefit. The current scientific data available cannot resolve this issue.

  2. dutchbradt says:

    Exposure to external radiation and/or intake of radioactive materials into the body have specific effects that can be identified. Massive doses from external or internal radiation lead to acute radiation sickness as seen in victims of criticality accidents (such as occurred in Japan about 15 years ago) or in the more recent case of Victor Litvinenko in London. Acute radiation sickness is unmistakable and when severe enough leads to agonizing death in days to months.

    Moderate doses of radiation are associated with cancers developing years to decades post exposure. Moderate external doses are often associated with leukemia, whereas internal radionuclides in sufficient quantities are associated with cancers at specific sites related to the biokinetics of each nuclide. Radioactive iodine intake is associated with thyroid cancer because iodine is strongly bioaccumulated in that organ. Radium, plutonium and strontium on the other hand tend to accumulate in the bone and are associated with bone cancers. The lag for thyroid cancers is typically several years, while for bone cancer several decades. It is unlikely that any health effects from Fukushima would have appeared yet, unless the exposures were massive. But in that case we would have already seen the cases of radiation sickness – there don’t appear to have been any.

    If people suspect that they have had a moderate radioactivity uptake, the presence of radionuclides in their system can be measured by various bioassay techniques. If no radioactivity can be detected in the body, then there is no reason to suspect that health problems being experienced now are related to radioactive contamination.

    The generalized health problems usually described are not associated with radiation exposure, but are very strongly associated with stress and anxiety. Sleep disorders, digestive disorders, headaches and memory problems, cardiovascular disease, etc. are all characteristic of psychological stress. There are very good reasons to believe that the stress of relocation and the anxiety over radiation exposure are the primary sources of any health problems presently being reported in Japan. Psychosomatic illnesses are not imaginary, they are very real and need to be addressed to prevent unnecessary suffering.

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