NH #112: Hiroshima Anniversary, Fukushima Survivor Chikako Nishiyama, SLOMP’s Carole Hisasue

Hiroshima Peace Park's one remaining building from ground zero, August 6, 1945.
Hiroshima Peace Park’s one remaining building from ground zero, August 6, 1945.


Carole Hisasue left a successful media career in Japan for an idyllic life in America… but landed within six miles of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.  Now active with San Luis Obispo Nothers for Peace (SLOMP), she talks about this year’s northern California Hiroshima commemoration, including a Peace Walk with Buddhist Reverend Gyosen Sawada; a talk by Chikako Nishiyama, a former government official from Fukushima Prefecture; and Cecile Pineda, author of Devil’s Tango: How I learned the Fukushima Step by Step.

Then Chikako Nishiyama gives a harrowing account of her experience in the hours and days immediately after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster began… and the chilling way she first suspected that there was a problem at the nuclear power plant.  (HINT: The government and TEPCO weren’t exactly forthcoming!)  Powerful, deeply moving first-hand account from a Fukushima survivor.  

Chikako Nishiyama
Chikako Nishiyama


Dual award: to Prof. Eric Norman, University of California Berkeley School of Nuclear Engineering, for claiming, “No matter what happens in Fukushima, it’s not going to be a problem over here” – – when his school measured radiation in California milk, produce and rainwater; and for EPA Spokesmodel David Yogi, who assures us that “Any kind of (radioactive) release in Japan would be non-detectable here.”    To check out how badly these two are deluding themselves (I hesitate to call them liars because they may simply be mentally ill), go to:


and check out any of the links that discuss ocean transport of contamination from the Fukushima nuclear plant to North America.


  • TEPCO admits radiation at Fukushima up 47 TIMES since just last week and they haven’t a clue why; company admits the situation is “bleak;” 
  • Japanese government allows Fukushima residents to “come home” (for what, to get more radiation exposure?);
  • TEPCO games leukemia compensation program for workers so only four of almost 10,000 qualify;
  • Palisades NPP in Michigan leaks radioactive water into Lake Michigan – again;
  • Farley in Alabama at ALERT when former award-winning thermal seals prove defective;
  • St. Louis landfill fire breaches fire line on way to nuclear waste dump;
  • Duke cancels Levy in Florida but ratepayers sucked dry to the tune of $300 million;
  • and the nuclear fight in Taiwan gets physical.