Japan Withdraws Support for Gardasil

HPV vaccine seen differently by Japan and the U.S.

1 week ago by in National

The Japanese government withdrew its recommendation that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine  can be used by girls, due to possible adverse effects such as long-term pain and numbness.

On the contrary, health officials in the Unites States recommended last week that teenage girls should be HPV vaccinated more after a study showed that the vaccine is “highly” effective.

The vaccination in Japan is not suspended, but the use of the vaccine is not promoted by local governments, as instructed by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

“The decision does not mean that the vaccine itself is problematic from the viewpoint of safety,” said Mariko Momoi, who is a vice president of the International University of Health and Welfare in Ōtawara, Tochigi, Japan. “By implementing investigations, we want to offer information that can make the people feel more at ease.”

Merck, manufacturer and seller of one of the vaccines, Gardasil, commented the public decision:

“While direct causal relationship between the vaccines and serious symptoms observed after inoculation has not been established at this time, we fully understand the anxiety felt by many people in Japan. In response to this decision, we will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders, including (the health ministry), to monitor and verify safety data toward resumption of active promotion for HPV vaccination as soon as possible,” according to a company spokesperson.

Both Gardasil, which is a quadrivalent vaccine, and Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline), which is bivalent, are legal to use in Japan.

Girls will still be able to be vaccinated for free, but from now on they will be informed by healthcare providers that the health ministry does not recommend it.

from:    http://www.tokyotimes.com/2013/hpv-vaccine-seen-differently-by-japan-and-the-u-s/

South Korea Nixes US Wheat


NaturalNews) News about the GMO contamination of U.S. wheat crops seems to be spreading faster than the GMOs themselves. On Friday, South Korea joined Japan in announcing a halt on imports of U.S. wheat due to the USDA’s recent announcement that commercial wheat grown in the USA is contaminated with Monsanto’s genetically engineered wheat.

Some Americans may still not realize this, but GMOs are outlawed or shunned nearly everywhere around the world. Only in the USA have GMOs managed to avoid being labeled or outlawed — and that’s primarily due to Monsanto’s financial influence over lawmakers.

Monsanto shares plummeted 4 percent on Friday following the announcement by South Korea. This is completely in line with predictions made here at Natural News, where I said earlier in the week, before Japan and South Korea announced their wheat boycotts:

All wheat produced in the United States will now be heavily scrutinized — and possibly even rejected — by other nations that traditionally import U.S. wheat. This obviously has enormous economic implications for U.S. farmers and agriculture.

How much of the U.S. wheat supply is now contaminated with GMOs?

“…the mysterious appearance of the Monsanto wheat has raised questions about how the strain traveled there and whether it is lurking in the commercial wheat crop,” reports the Washington Post.

WashPo goes on to report that Monsanto, “is still testing strains of gene-altered wheat in Hawaii and North Dakota.”

In truth, nobody knows how much of the wheat is contaminated. Every more shockingly, food companies don’t bother testing wheat for GMOs, either!

Until now, that is. All of a sudden, food importers all around the world are wondering whether they are inadvertently buying U.S. wheat that’s contaminated with GMOs. Consumers, too, are asking the question, “Have I been eating GMO wheat without even knowing it?” These Monsanto wheat experiments, after all, have been taking place since 1998.

Is Monsanto lurking in your Wheaties?

U.S. farmers suddenly seeing the economic damage that Monsanto can do

The real issue in all this, however, is an economic issue. Suddenly U.S. farmers are seeing the kind of economic destruction that can be caused by Monsanto’s genetic engineering experiments.

Thanks to Monsanto and the USDA — which approved the open-field experiments — every U.S. farmer who grows wheat is now at high risk of losing enormous sums of money on a food crop that’s increasingly being rejected around the world. This means Monsanto is pushing U.S. farmers toward bankruptcy while harming America’s exports and GDP. Monsanto has become a force of economic destruction in America.

Will Monsanto reimburse all these farmers who suffer an economic loss? Not without being sued, of course. Perhaps it’s time for a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Monsanto, supported by all commercial farmers who hope to be able to protect their crops from market-crushing GMO contamination.

Nobody wants GMOs except Monsanto!

Consumers don’t want GMOs, farmers don’t want GMOs, foreign nations don’t want GMOs and food companies don’t want to deal with the hassle of GMOs either. The only entity that still wants GMO in America is the very company making money off GMO: Monsanto.

from:    http://www.naturalnews.com/040604_GMO_contamination_wheat_South_Korea.html


Huge Earthquake — Russia

Massive earthquake in Russia’s far east – Felt in Moscow and parts of China, India and Japan

Last update: May 24, 2013 at 11:25 am by By

– A large crack also appeared in a bridge in Jakutsk in eastern Siberia, only 1500 km west of the epicenter. Samara and Moscow are more than 6000 km east of the epicenter.

– Some damage reports arrive from Moskow and Samara, where a few buildings cracked. One building in Samara suffered major damage.
In St. Petersburg, one person was sick due to the shaking of the office tower.

– An other country, feeling this quake, is Kazakhstan. 20 people in Uralsk in western part of the country reported authorities they felt it.

– Seems that this quake was felt over the whole Eurasian plate. Russian media report that also some people in Romania felt it. We received reports from Finland and Denmark and a perso from Italy gave their report to ESMC.
In St. Peterburg one more building was evacuated. Both towns, Moscow and St. Petersburg, usually do not have any earthquakes. So people are frightened if it happenes.
There are still no news about damage from Kamtchatka. But usually those buildings widestand larger intensities than V, so no heavy damage is expected.

– Many parts of China were also affected by the quake. People from different provinces said they felt the quake, among them Heilongjiang, Gansu, Hubei, Chongqing, Jiangsu and Sichuan. No damage was reported from China.

– In Moscow at least two offica buildings were evacuated due to the quake. Several hundred people had to leave their workplace for some time. There are no damages reported, but some people in Moscow said they experienced an aftershock. No quake was registered around Moskow.

– Now a reader from Finland told us that this quake was felt there.

– No tsunami was registered on russian coast so far and the tsunami warning was lifted.
Russian newspaper confirm that this quake was also felt in St. Petersburg on Baltic Sea.

– We also received reports of people in Alaska and Canada who might have felt this quake. If you also felt it, please tell us.
So far, there are no reports of damage from Kamtchatka. There it was felt with moderate intensity. Also parts of western Siberia experienced a moderate shaking. People in Moskow and Tomsk report a weak shaking.
India and Japan also experienced only a weak shaking.

– In Petropavlosvsk this quake caused panic. People ran out of their buildings, schools were evacuated.

– The earthquake was felt in many parts of Russia, including Siberia and Moscow. Also people in Japan and India felt this quake. There is a tsunami warning for the russian pacific coasts.

– There exists a very very low tsunami threat from this M8.2 off Kamchatka if the 600km depth is correct.

– The cool subducting plate off the Pacific, slowly moves down into the mantle, and these bits of old crust can still be brittle enough to make big earthquakes, even 600km down.


   ORIGIN TIME - 0745 PM HST 23 MAY 2013




USGS gives this massive earthquake with M 8.2, luckily in a relatively safe depth of more than 600 km.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 8.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-05-24 05:44:48

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 605 km

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2013/05/24/massive-earthquake-sea-of-okhotsk-on-may-24-2013/

Honshu, Japan Earthquake 4/12

Very dangerous earthquake hits Sumoto, Honshu, Japan

Last update: April 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm by By


Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.7 ; M6.0 JMA

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-04-13 05:33:18

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-04-12 20:33:18

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

Update 21:11 UTC : Based on our experience with Japanese earthquakes, earthquake-report.com considers JMA 5+ intensity as a potentially dangerous shaking. This earthquake has been labeled with an intensity 6-, which is clearly above the ER damage level.
6-    Awaji-shi Gunge*, Awaji-shi Shizuki*
5+    Minami-awaji-shi Hirota*, Minami-awaji-shi Minato* and Awaji-shi Kuruma*

Update 21:08 UTC : NO tsunami alert is called by JMA Japan

Update 21:06 UTC : The full Awaji Island area has 157,000 people.
Kobe was obviously the most famous earthquake that was around this area in 1995.
With M6 and 5.3km depth, the USGS shakemap shows intensity VIII shaking and around $10 million damage.

Update 20:57 UTC : Sumoto, the city very close to the earthquake epicenter has approx. 50000 inhabitants

A strong earthquake has hit onshore of M6.0 and shallow.
JMA intensities of up to 6- are possible – which would cause damage near the epicenter. More to follow.

Dangerous intensity locations as provided by JMA Japan

Dangerous intensity locations as provided by JMA Japan

9km (6mi) NW of Sumoto, Japan
20km (12mi) NNE of Fukura, Japan
28km (17mi) SSW of Akashi, Japan
32km (20mi) NE of Naruto, Japan
465km (289mi) WSW of Tokyo, Japan

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2013/04/12/strong-earthquake-near-s-coast-of-western-honshu-on-april-12-2013/

Kuril Islands Strong Earthquake

Very Strong earthquake – Kuril Islands on February 28, 2013

Last update: February 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm by By

This earthquake will be well felt in the Kurils. The earthquake depth has not been finalised meaning that we cannot rule out the possibility of a tsunami.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-02-28 14:05:46

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 46 km

– See more at: http://earthquake-report.com/2013/02/28/very-strong-earthquake-kuril-islands-on-february-28-2013/#sthash.Z7zAvTDN.dpuf

Hokkaido, Japan Earthquake 02/02

Strong earthquake felt in northern Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan – 6 persons injured so far in Hokkaido

Last update: February 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm by By

VERY IMPORTANT : There are NO tsunami warnings or advisories for this earthquake (source JMA Japan)

Update  14:33 UTC : JMA Japan reports a Magnitude of 6.4 at 120 km depth which is VERY GOOD NEWS !

Update  14:29 UTC : Preliminary Magnitude of this very strong earthquake : 6.7
JMA 5+ intensity (moderately dangerous) at the following locations : Tokachi-chiho Chubu, Kushiro-chiho Chunambu, Nemuro-chiho Nambu

Intensity map courtesy and copyright JMA Japan

Intensity map courtesy and copyright JMA Japan

Most important Earthquake ata:
Magnitude : 6.7
Local time at epicenter : 2013-02-02 23:17:33 UTC+09:00 at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 93 km
Geo-location(s) :
Tokachi-chiho Chubu
Kushiro-chiho Chunambu
Nemuro-chiho Nambu
61km (38mi) SE of Obihiro, Japan
68km (42mi) SSE of Otofuke, Japan
81km (50mi) SW of Kushiro, Japan
106km (66mi) E of Shizunai, Japan
826km (513mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

Update  22:48 UTC :  No other news or no other reports from FDMA Japan. Today’s earthquake was one with a happy end but was also a grim reminder of the March 11, 2011 tsunami earthquake.
Earthquake-Report.com senses the same way of reacting against powerful quakes in Japan and in Chile. Both countries had massive quakes the last couple of years and people are very well prepared these days. Exchanging experiences on what happened is a part of the routine.  The shaking map below is based on the USGS data which are way stronger than the JMA data (M6.9 @ 102 km vs M6.4 @ 120 km). Based on the many reports we have received from Hokkaido, ER goes for the Japanese JMA scenario.

Hokkaido January 2 2013 earthquake shaking map

Update  17:30 UTC :  FDMA Japan has just published a new report confirming 6 injured persons (all of them in Hokkaido)
Kushiro area: two people injured (minor injury)
Kushiro town: one person injured (minor injury)
Obihiro: 1 wounded (minor injury)
Kitami: 1 wounded (minor injury)
Anping town: one person injured (minor injury)

for more information and updates, go to:    http://earthquake-report.com/2013/02/02/strong-earthquake-felt-in-hokkaido-japan/

Tokyo Earthquake

Earthquake below the greater Tokyo area, Japan

Last update: November 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm by By

Earthquake below the greater Tokyo area, Japan – 首都圏、日本下の地震

USGS Near The South Coast Of Honshu, Japan Nov 24 08:59 AM 4.8

Based on an increasing number of visitors joining us from Japan, we believe that an earthquake was felt.
Update : The hypocenter of this earthquake was at an intermediate depth but the epicenter was very close to Tokyo. As the earthquake was so close to Tokyo, the capital had almost no warning  as the P wave arrived almost at the same time than the S wave.
Update 09:31 UTC : JMA Japan reports a Magnitude of (only) M4.9 at a depth of 80 km. Harmless but well felt by the population. The max. intensity was 4 JM. ER considers 5+ as a potentially dangerous level.
Based on the number of people visiting our site from Japan and compared to other events during the last couple of weeks, people were very anxious to see where the epicenter was.
Update 09:39 UTC : This earthquake proves that earthquakes also happen almost below the city itself and that Tokyo citizens will not always be warned of an upcoming wave as the P and S waves are arriving at almost the same moment.

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2012/11/23/major-earthquakes-list-november-24-2012/

Hokkaid, Japan Earthquake

Strong (moderately dangerous) earthquake below Hokkaido (Japan)

Last update: August 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm by By


Intensity during Hokkaido earthquake – Orange : strongest – image courtesy JMA Japan

Strong  (moderately dangerous) earthquake along the Hokkaido (Japan) coast
Preliminary Magnitude around M6.0, Depth approx. 60 km
NO tsunami danger
The earthquake’s epicenter is below the Hokkaido Island at a depth of 50 km
JMA Japan reports a 5- intensity, just below the level that Earthquake-Report.com considers as very dangerous.
The epicenter is below the south-western tip of the island, more precisely below Mt. Rakko. No city in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter. The relatively deep epicenter makes that the earthquake will be felt in a much wider area than in case of a shallow quake. The shaking has been felt not only all over Hokkaido, but also in the northern part of Honshu.
JMA 5- intensity has been experienced in the following localities : Urakawa-cho Shiomi, Urakawa-cho Tsukiji*, Samani-cho Sakaemachi*, Makubetsu-cho Churui-nishikimachi*, Urahoro-cho Sakuramachi*, Sarabetsu-mura Sarabetsu*, Tokachi Taiki-cho Seika*, Hiro-o-cho Nishi-yojo*

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2012/08/24/major-earthquakes-list-august-25-2012/

Earthquake near Tokyo

Moderate earthquake close to Tokyo

Last update: August 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm by By

Moderate earthquake close to Tokyo
A moderete M5.1 earthquake has struck close to Tokyo. Max. shaking was a 3 JMA while Earthquake-Report.com uses 5+ as a minimum to be dangerous for damage.
The earthquake occurred at 20:42 Japanese time.

from:    http://earthquake-report.com/2012/08/19/major-earthquakes-list-august-20-2012/

Mutant Butterflies found in Fukushima

Fukushima ’caused mutant butterflies’ August 14, 2012 by Shingo Ito
Fukushima's mutant butterflies
Japan’s pale grass blue butterflies, showing signs of genetic mutation after last year’s Fukushima nuclear accident, according to researchers.
Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears radiation could affect other species.
Around 12 percent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the tsunami-sparked disaster had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said.
The insects were mated in a laboratory well outside the fallout zone and 18 percent of their offspring displayed similar problems, said Joji Otaki, associate professor at Ryukyu University in Okinawa, southwestern Japan.
That figure rose to 34 percent in the third generation of butterflies, he said, even though one parent from each coupling was from an unaffected population.
The researchers also collected another 240 butterflies in Fukushima in September last year, six months after the disaster. Abnormalities were recorded in 52 percent of their offspring, which was “a dominantly high ratio”, Otaki told AFP.
Otaki said the high ratio could result from both external and internal exposure to radiation from the atmosphere and in contaminated foodstuffs.
The results of the study were published in Scientific Reports, an online research journal from the publishers of Nature. Otaki later carried out a comparison test in Okinawa exposing unaffected butterflies to low levels of radiation, with the results showing similar rates of abnormality, he said. “We have reached the firm conclusion that radiation released from the Fukushima Daiichi plant damaged the genes of the butterflies,” Otaki said.
The quake-sparked tsunami of March 2011 knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing three reactors to go into meltdown in the world’s worst atomic disaster for 25 years.
The findings will raise fears over the long-term effects of the leaks on people who were exposed in the days and weeks after the accident, as radiation spread over a large area and forced thousands to evacuate. There are claims that the effects of nuclear exposure have been observed on successive generations of descendants of people living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the US dropped atomic bombs in the final days of World War II.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-fukushima-mutant-butterflies-scientists.html#jCp