J. D. Heyes
Oct 10, 2013
A substantial number of Japanese have suddenly begun suffering nosebleeds that some reports indicate are likely tied to radiation poisoning from the damaged nuclear plants at Fukushima.
The reports are based on a series of tweets, allegedly from Japanese citizens who report the nosebleeds, along with photos of blood-soaked rags and bandages. Many of the reports are flowing through Facebook.
If true, the damaged Fukushima plant continues to wreak havoc
One site says that Japanese doctors who have been treating those afflicted by the massive radiation released when the plant was damaged by a major earthquake-caused tsunami on March 11, 2011, know that their patients have radiation sickness, but they are being prevented from discussing it publicly.
Another phenomenon, according to these online posts and reports, is that the bulk of those suffering nosebleeds are under 30 years old.
Other symptoms being tracked are nausea, dizziness, anemia, rashes and “dullness.”
According to the Facebook site tracking these occurrences:
During the two-day period of 9/22-9/23, over 5,000 tweets were accounted with people tweeting “nosebleed” (Exact figure was 5,015 but my own comments and reactions have been deducted) nationwide. (2) Also during the period of 9/20-10/01, over 3,700 (Exact figure was 3,717 but my own comments and reactions were deducted) tweets were accounted with people tweeting “Can’t stop my nosebleed” nationwide, signifying that the symptoms are recurring and massive in volume.
Observation of the 14-day tweets compilation suggests that the tweeters are in average of the age under 30. Most of them are students (high-school and college students, perhaps some junior-high schoolers and elementary school children under parental care; there are some albeit very few reports from parents themselves), and new adults working part-time or full-time under the age of 30. The exact statistics of these cannot be known due to the complexity of figuring out the identity of the tweeters.
The site goes on to note that many of those posting or tweeting about the nosebleeds don’t appear to be taking them seriously. “Because nosebleeding in Japan is often associated with having improper (often sexual) thoughts and fantasies, there is an inherent cultural barrier in Japan that restrain them from coming out in the open to admit it as a serious matter or even just letting the public know about it,” says the Facebook post.
Chronic problems at the site
Whether these health conditions are tied to radiation from the still-damaged plant or not remains to be seen, but other established news agencies report that radiation-related problems continue to plague the area surrounding the six-reactor plant:
— The BBC reports that a half-dozen workers at the Fukushima plant were doused with radioactive water “after a worker removed a pipe connected to a water treatment system at the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said.”
The site has been hit by a number of toxic water leaks in recent months, as TEPCO and Japan’s nuclear regulators work to clean up the site and get the plant back in operation.
But the problem is that three of the reactors melted down after their tsunami-damaged cooling systems failed, so there have been a number of contaminated water incidents since.
— Reuters reported Oct. 7 that the crippled plant suffered another setback when a power failure caused pumps that are used to inject water to cool damaged reactors to switch off. A back-up system kicked in immediately, but clearly the incident shows the fragile operating nature of the plant.
— In August, TEPCO came under heavy fire once more after the company discovered that 300 tons of highly radioactive water had leaked from a hastily built storage facility erected in the wake of the March 2011 disaster.
“The utility is struggling to store massive amounts of contaminated water at the site while planning a complex decommission that could take decades to complete,” Reuters reported.