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Reporters Withouout Boarders criticized ETHOS and Japanese prosecutor against Takenouchi. ETHOS leader accused anti-nuke journalist of "Criminal Contempt"

Reporters without Boarders criticized "deferred indictment" on freelance journalist Mari Takenouchi after criticizing ETHOS, a Fukushima citizens' organization which promotes return of residents back to Fukushima.

The followings are their articles.

Japanese prosecutor suspends contempt proceedings against journalist

Published on Friday 30 May 2014 

Reporters Without Borders takes note of prosecutor Eiji Masuhara’s decision to suspend “criminal contempt” proceedings against freelance journalist Mari Takenouchi in connection with her coverage of the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

The proceedings were initiated as a result of a complaint by Ryoko Ando, the head of an organization called Ethos, after Takenouchi tweeted that its efforts to get people to return to live in contaminated areas were an “experiment on human beings.”
“The decision to suspend the proceedings against the journalist Mari Takenouchi is obviously encouraging, but we persist in calling on the authorities to abandon them altogether and not just suspend them,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.

The prosecutor urged Takenouchi to continue her work and even wished her “good luck” with it. Takenouchi told Reporters Without Borders that her goal now was to “save the children living in contaminated areas and suffering from thyroid cancer.”

Japan is ranked 59th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.


Updated on March 11, 2014

Latest News on ETHOS

French and Japanese nuke lobby ETHOS/ICRP meeting to be held in Paris on March 11, 2014.

Japan's full-fledged ETHOS started with 11 Govt Ministries/agencies

Internaitonal Petition was prepared by my friends in the US and Netherland! Please sign and spread!

Mari Takenouchi, a Japanese journalist explaining about ETHOS

My lawyer's comment; "This case seems to be highly politial.  To prevent your indictment, disseminating this case as widely as possible would be the key."

For Japanese日本語をご覧になりたい方は、http://savekidsjapan.blogspot.jp/2014/02/ethos-leader-accused-takenouchi-of.html をご覧ください。

E-mail From Dr. Bandazhevsky to Mari Takenouchi
Dear Mari! 
Thank you very much for your letter. I understand your condition and worry with you. Need to find the strength to continue the fight. I'll ask my friends from France and other countries to act your protection. 
Hope this helps. Keep me informed. 
Yuri Bandazhevsky


Anti-nuke Japanese Journalist Accused of Criminal Contempt for a Tweet


On January 29, Iwaki-Minami Police Office in Fukushima Prefecture notified that Ms. Ryoko Ando, the director of Fukushima ETHOS, accused of an anti-nuke freelance journalist Ms. Mari Takenouchi, for criminal contempt for the following single tweet.


@mariscontact Mari Takenouchi's tweet on July 11, 2013

Common points of the 2 criminals of the century:

 Yasuhiro Nakasone who introduced nuclear power to Japan

"I've never thought that Japan 2011 could be so worn-out."

 Ryoko Ando, government sided citizen activist who leads ETHOS project that has been conducting human experiments "What a world are we seeing 67 years after the war" (On the day of Nagasaki)

 *Ethos is a program where residents including pregnant women and children are encouraged to keep living in contaminated areas through carrying out decontamination and radiation measurement, which most importantly resulted in sickness among majority of children.  This was condcted in Belarus and now is in Fukushima funded by pro-nuclear lobbies.

According to a lawyer, "This case comes under the violation of Article 21, Freedom of Speech.  Except that the word "criminal" seems strong, Ms. Takenouchi’s word came from the sense of justice to protect countless number of children.  If this case was indicted, it would be a disadvantage for the plaintiff’s side, since Ms. Takenouchi could spread her message to the public."


On February 13 and 14, 3 Fukushima prefectural policemen will search her house in Okinawa.


Mari Takenouchi is a critic of Fukushima ETHOS, claiming, “Relocation of children is urgently needed in stead of living in contaminated areas with dosimeters.”


She has been writing her bilingual blog, Save Kids Japan http://savekidsjapan.blogspot.jp/, which focuses on unreported health hazards in Fukushima and she sent 56 page letter the to the UN and IAEA and also wrote letters to President Obama and the US Ambassador Kennedy.


For more details, see the following; http://savekidsjapan.blogspot.jp/2014/02/ethos-leader-accused-takenouchi-of.html


For further information; contact Mari Takenouchi


The following is more detailed version.

On January 28th, 2014, I received a telephone call from Iwaki Minami police office in Fukushima, noticing me that the leader of Fukushima ETHOS Ms. Ryoko Ando (real name is Yoko Kamata) filed a legal complaint against me.

Mari Takenouchi@mariscontact

Ethos is a program where residents including pregnant women and children are encouraged to keep living in contaminated areas through carrying out decontamination and radiation measurement, which most importantly resulted in sickness among majority of children.  This was condcted in Belarus and now is in Fukushima funded by pro-nuclear lobbies.

I received a following comment from a lawyer.

"This case comes under the violation of Article 21, Freedom of Speech.  Except that the word "Criminal" was too strong, your word came from the sense of justice to protect countless number of children.  If this case was indicted, it would be a chance for you to disseminate this issue to the society."

"Probably the reason why the accuser used "criminal contempt" in stead of ""defamation of character" is that the latter has the stipulation saying, "If the case is involved in public benefit, the accused shall not be punished." However, what you are supposed to do is the same in both case.  You can explain that you are trying to prevent massive health damages among children in the future, which should be now and nobody has been doing this so far."

"To admit such dirty way of silencing someone's speech through legal harrassement means to admit helpless people to die by giving up nuclear phase out and protection from radiation exposure."

"Isn't this a case of SLAPP(strategic lawsuit against public participation), where powerful pro-nuke people  harass the weak like Ms. Takenouchi, who is a single mother. "

Ms. Takenouchi's statement is not against law, but is involved in public benefits, so if she is prosecuted, she should stand up and fight.

"An attempt to silence Ms. Takenouchi who disseminate facts about Fukushima.  But truth will prevail."

"ETHOS Threat using criminal accusation against Ms. Takenouchi. I support her 100%"

"This is a case of suppression of free speech, which brings us grave concerns."

"It is truly worry some since this is the sign of coming Japan's Secrecy Act.  We need to share this info and protect Ms. Takenouchi"

Ms. Ryoko Ando, the leader of Fukushima ETHOS

"It is important to establish your own standard of radiation safety to achieve your true sense of security."

↑ I really do not understand what she has been saying.
Please relocate children from Fukushima!  It is dangerous to live there.
The truth is as simple as this!
Ryoko Ando also contributes thesis to Health Physics Journal in Japan using this ETHOS experience.

Professor Ban Nobuhiko, an expert of leukemia, another ETHOS sub-leader is the director and board member of Health Physics Society in Japan. (Please see the end of this page)
I once participated in an event by Health Physics Society and asked, "Isn't there any increase of leukemia after Chernobyl?" and a member answered, "Since Russian kids have fair skin, people say that there are leukemia children after Cheronobyl." 


Ms. Kamata insists that my following tweet is the subject to "criminal contempt."

Mari Takenouchi@mariscontact

Mari Takenouchi's tweet  @mariscontact

Common points of the 2 criminals of the century:
Yasuhiro Nakasone who introduced nuclear power to Japan
"I've never thought that Japan 2011 could be so worn-out."
Ryoko Ando, government sided citizen activist who leads ETHOS project that has been conducting human experiments"What a world are we seeing 67 years after the war" (On the day of Nagasaki)

Mr. Yasuhiro Nakasone passed the nuclear budget at the Diet in 1954, when anti-nuclear movement was mounting after the Lucky Dragon Bikini H-bomb case, under the slogan, "Poison can control other poison." This is a historical fact that CIA involvement has been proven.

On September 5, 2011, after the Fukushima nuclear accident, he stated the above in spite of the fact that he was the very person who introduced nuclear power to earthquake prone country like Japan.

Ms. Ryoko Ando read the above poem of her own on the Day of Nagasaki, in spite of the fact that she is the very person who diseminated false safety myth in Fukushima to encourage people to keep living in contaminated zones.

I thought these two have something in common.  Though they themselves have been involved in, nuclear power introduction to Japan (Mr. Nakasone) and scattering radiation safety myth in Fukushima (Ms. Ando), they pretend that they do not know anything and they are one of the victims/observers who live in this unfortunate society.

I would like to appologize regarding the expression of "criminals of the century" to both Ms. Kamata and Mr. Nakasone.
At the same time, I would like both of them to reflect themselves what they have done.

I used the word "criminal of the century" due to my long time resentment seeing that nobody has taken true responsibility after the nuclear accident while lots of children are left being exposed to radiation.

In addition, I had a slight hope that both Ms. Ando and Mr. Nakasone whom I criticized would rethink what they have done and reconsider the situation of children who have been exposed to radiation.

I do not think the above tweet of mine with my opinion and thoghts on some facts is subject to "criminal contempt."

 I hope this case would be known to public widely.

I truly hope that the dissemination of this case could contribute to form the public opinion to make the government to relocate children in contaminated areas with responsible manner.  In addition, those responsible for the accident should be brought to justice in order to avert the same kind of tragedy.


Tokyo Newspaper Reported ETHOS on January 1, 2014

"ETHOS Meetings Backed by Pro-Nuke Funds"
"Prevailing Grassroots Radiation Safety Myth"
"Inviting ETHOS Missionaries from Overseas"

The following is my explanation of ETHOS.

Mr. Jack Rochard, an economist and former member of IAEA and member of ICRP and CEPN founded by pro-nuclear organization such as AREVA.  He wrote "20mSv/year is a good news" and said, "Mothers do not understand science (I am a mother, too, how rude!), and food upto 20Bq/kg is OK in Fukushima." 

In Belarus contaminated areas, due to ETHOS program lead by Mr. Lochard, less than 20% of kids stayed healthy in the contaminated areas after the program. 
ETHOS Fukushima program was aired by NHK only in Fukushima and not in nationwide.

The leader of Fukushima ETHOS is Ms. Ryoko Ando (strangely, she is not using her real name which is Yoko Kamata.)

ICRP had talks with Fukushima residents on food safety
Jacque Rochard: "It is important to establish a society where residents themselves can measure radioactive materials and exchange information...Mothers would not understand science...20Bq/kg is good enough..."

Fukushima Ethos (http://ethos-fukushima.blogspot.jp/) , in which residents are encouraged to live resourcefully in contaminated areas, is a dangerous program. This program seems to be solely taking an advantage of Fukushima residents who do not want to be relocated and at the same time, sacrificing health of the residents, especially children.

In ETHOS Belarus, experts advised people to voluntarily measure radiation to reduce radiation levels, and they saw some success.  Also doctors cooperated measuring residents internal exposure using whole body counters (WBC) and recorded some decrease in their bodies. 

 However, while these figures were measured and recorded for studies of this program, the number of children with ill-health increased dramatically, sometimes more than 10 times, after years in Belarus.  As for this issue, former WHO advisor Michel Fernex explained in the following video, which is strongly recommend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_oKtjnh52c&feature=yout...



What is ETHOS project? (French with Japanese subtitle)

by Dr. Michel Fernex

Also, in the following film I have been watching many times, there are a number of conscience scientists and scientists who try to cover up health hazards of radiation exposed children. The fact that WHO is in collaboration with IAEA, nuclear promoting organization is also depicted.  I would like this film to be watched by citizens in the world.

Original title: Controversies nucléaires by Wladimir Tchertkoff
with English Subtitles

 This Belarus ETHOS project has been conducted by the director of CEPN, Mr. Jacque Lochardhttp://www.oecd-nea.org/press/press-kits/lochard.pdf, the director of a NGO called CEPN.  Amazingly, the members of CEPN are from four nuclear stakeholders- EDF, IRSN, CEA, AREVA (http://www.cepn.asso.fr/spip.php?lang=en.).   Mr. Lochard was invited to give a presentation on risk of low level radiation, along with his colleague, Terry Schnider from CEPN and IRPA, at the Japanese Cabinet Office in November 2011. http://www.cas.go/jp/jp/genpatsujiko/info/twg/dai5/siryou2.pdf.  (The Cabinet Office presentation was deleted now.) 

As for Mr. Jack Lochard and Mr. Terry Schneider, he reported on ETHOS Belarus (1996-1998) in Hiroshima in 2000 http://www.irpa.net/irpa10/pdf/E11.pdf.  In page 9, the report said, A daily intake of 50 Bq (corresponding to an annual budget of about 20000 Bq and an annual dose of about 0.2 mSv) was retained as the target value of 300 Bq per day (100000 Bq and 1.3 mSv per year) as the frontier beyond which it was not recommended to go.

Why didnt he give warning to Japanese government when they set the food regulation as 500Bq/kg in 2011 when he visited Japan?  Also, why doesnt he give warning to the current 100Bq/kg in Japan, which is way too high considering their recommended 50Bq/day, since adults consume more than 2kg of food/drinks. 

In addition, on page 11 of the report, From medical point of view it will be difficult to see improvements, if any, before a few years, taking for granted that mothers will maintain their vigilance.  However, it is interesting to mention that during the three years a profound change with regard to radiological protection took place and several interesting lessons can be drawn.  By reading this, we can see that ETHOS project does not concentrate on human health, which is supposed to be the top priority more than anything else.

As a matter of fact, Mr. Lochard was involved in the IAEA Chernobyl Project in 1990-1991, which concluded that there was no direct health damages observed caused by radiation.    http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub894_web.pdf

Mr. Jacque Lochard is an economist.  He conducted cost benefit analysis on the evaluation for relocation in this IAEA Chernobyl Project.  While the former Soviet Union scholars demanded the residents relocation above 1mSv/year, and experts from ICRP and WHO for above 5mSv/yr, Mr. Lochard insisted that it could be up to 100mSv considering the cost.  Since Mr. Lochard suggested such an unbelievable figure, scientists made the compromise to 5mSv.  In his report, there was no mentioning about children and pregnant women.

Mr. Lochard has been visiting Fukushima for promoting ETHOS Fukushima along with the Japanese counterpart, Ms. Ryoko Ando, the director of ETHOS Fukushima, another NGO.  In November 2011, before the startup of Fukushima ETHOS, Japanese government held a meeting at the Cabinet Office inviting Mr. Lochard. 

Mr. Lochard sent a letter to Ms. Ryoko Ando, the director of Fukushima ETHOS and he said, The decision about the 20 mSv is a good news. This will allow many people to return to their home soon. http://ethos-fukushima.blogspot.jp/2012_01_01_archive.html

However, when the Japanese government came up with 20mSv relocation standard, countless number of Japanese mothers opposed to it and gathered around the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.  However, the Japanese government totally ignored these voices.

In this way, the same people from ETHOS project have been working both in Chernobyl and in Fukushima.  While they try to appear to be helping those who cannot relocate by themselves under NGO organization CEPN (the members are French EDF, IRSN, CEA, AREVA ), in reality, this program has been backed up by international nuclear lobby such as IAEA, ICRP, UNSCEAR , IRPA and nuclear power states including Japan!

In Chernobyl already, millions of residents and children have been suffering.  And now in Japan, health damages have been observed including the increase of death rate.  This is the world scandal of the centuries and I would like to let the citizens of the world to be aware of this horrendous facts.

 It is a criminal acts of Japanese and overseas scholar to downplay the risk of radiation, which consequently lead to a number of residents health hazards both in Chernobyl and in Fukushima.  I believe these facts should be known to the world and eventually, those responsible should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

Emergence of Leukemia in Japan

Professor Ban (left) and Mr. Gonzalez (right)

The other day, I was truly shocked to find that Professor Nobuhiko Ban from Tokyo Healthcare University had written on the mechanism of developing leukemia by radiation some years ago.  According to his papers, he had already found that radiation damages the gene Sfpi1 on chromosome No. 2 and promotes the aging process of hematopoietic stem cells, thus mouse could develop leukemia only after 1 or 2 years after irradiation!!

Thesis written by Prof. Nobuhiko Ban


While, Professor Ban wrote a number of excelled thesis on radiation effects, he assistes ETHOS progam that allows even pregnant women and children to live in contaminated areas.  I truly believe what he is doing is ethically wrong and this issue is a one of the most grave character which could affect the health and lives of many residents , uncomparable to the question No. 1.

Under the name of @buvery, he also kept calling me, "DEMARIN" (coined word from Dema=demagogy + Mari=my first name) on twitter.  I am a freelance journalist/translator who released three radiation exposured related books from overseas and I have been calling for children's evacuation since the Fukushima accident, and Professor Ban has been slandering me trying to degrade my credibility. 

His manner is clearly contrary to the one titled as the "Professor at Tokyo Healthcare University." I have written a open question letter to Tokyo Healthcare University, but I haven't received any reply as of today.(Jan 31, 2014)

One more important thing to add.  Prof. Ban is denying the possibility of finding the causal relationship of radiation and child thyroid cancer that has been increasing in Fukushima, namely, 7q11 gene band inspection.

It seems that Prof. Ban is trying to hide the possibility that Fukushima children developed thyrod cancer caused by radiation.

7q11 gene test should be conducted immediately and early relocation of Fukushima children should be conducted.


My top concern is that there is an emergence of leukemia in Fukushima and other areas in East Japan.


When I wrote the above blog, a citizen activist I have been trusted even tried to stop me.

(To my regret, there are many infiltrated people in the citizen side, too)

I thought, the criminal accusation against me was made in order to silence me when leukemia came to emerge in contaminated areas.