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  1. Dear June

    I just returned yesterday from Kawauchi Mura, a village in the 30km zone.

    My name is Hans-Henning Judek and I am the initiator of a plan to make Fukushima Cesium free within 15 years. What sounds impossible is actually a gift from Mother Nature – hyperaccumulators. Those are plants that can, with the right stimulant, take up large amounts of Cesium and decontaminate even heavily contaminated soil within 15 years to Zero. Within six years the contamination can be reduced by 50%.

    There has been extensive research on this subject, so called phytoremediation, in the US.

    But first allow me to introduce myself.

    With my Yokohama-based consulting company, J.E. Access Ltd., I have a 32 year history of working between Japan and Europe.

    After the earthquake of March 3, 2011, I did not leave the country as so many other foreigners. I would have never again gained the trust of my staff left behind. Instead, already in early April 2011, I initiated with Japanese and German citizens the non-profit registered association DoCoDeMo Eco Car (DDEC).
    With the help of the Japanese Embassy in Berlin, the German Embassy in Tokyo and Chamber of Commerce, I collected in total about €250, 000 donations from German cities, companies and organizations, like the German-Japanese Associations, the Rotary Club Hamburg and private persons. For the money DDEC bought used cars, registered and insured them and dispatched them for free of charge use to the refugee shelters and later temporary homes in Tohoku, most of which are in very remote and inaccessible areas.
    The first project was in the Fukushima prefecture at the Big Pallet in Koriyama, where the people from Kawauchi Mura had taken refuge form the radioactive fallout. Their village is in the 30km no-go zone. They received two cars. From here is my connection with the village.

    I recently read about the “phytoremediation” activates of the people in the Fukushima prefecture by planting 20 Million sunflowers (Himawari in Japanese). This action program was originally initiated by Mr. Abe, the head priest of the Joenji temple, but substantially enlarged due to the involvement of the general public.

    Sunflowers have been used in the Chernobyl area for collecting Cesium from the soil and cleaning it up. The idea of the Joenji temple, NGOs like “Fukushima Himawari Satooya” (Foster parents for sunflowers in Fukushima) and private citizen groups is to repeat these activities in Fukushima. We will seek the cooperation of these organizations during the first phase of the feasibility study.

    As a technology consultant, I am aware of a German technology that utilizes a zeolite catalyst. Zeolites are natural “molecular sieves” that can – among others – capture large amounts of cesium; up to 6g per kilogram. Considering that during the Chernobyl disaster “only” 500g or half a kilogram was distributed over all of Germany, it is quite clear that zeolites are another powerful helper from Mother Nature.

    With this technology it is possible to separate the Cesium from the biomass, store the waste in radiation-tight containers (we are cooperating with Talon Composites from the US in this field) and store them safely until the radiation has dissipated.

    As bonus, the technology produces carbon-neutral renewable diesel, which is a commodity that can finance the whole project.

    For the decontamination of the 30km circle, an investment of about $250 million would be necessary. That sounds a lot, but in view of what is spent on the construction of incinerators for the tsunami waste, this are peanuts.

    However, nobody has tried it up to now and we are entering uncharted territory. I have therefore proposed to conduct a feasibility study to determine the stakeholders, and build a small test plant in Kawauchi Mura. With the know how from the US and Australia for the phytoremediation part and technology consulting from German and Japanese engineers, for about $1.5 million, we could make this reality and show the world that it is possible.

    We are therefore asking all people in the world, which are against nuclear power or concerned about the future of Fukushima, to contribute one dollar (or more) to make this a reality.

    Please visit our website for the full information, and if you like, what you see, distribute the information to other concerned people in your social networks.

    Best regards and greetings from Japan
    Hans-Henning Judek

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