Day 152 Glitch?

Lengthy and important article from the NY Times:


Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril

Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

Contaminated soil at a school in Koriyama, Japan.

By  and 
Published: August 8, 2011

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — The day after a giant tsunami set off the continuing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, thousands of residents at the nearby town of Namie gathered to evacuate.

An Early Forecast of Radiation
Given no guidance from Tokyo, town officials led the residents north, believing that winter winds would be blowing south and carrying away any radioactive emissions. For three nights, while hydrogen explosions at four of the reactors spewed radiation into the air, they stayed in a district called Tsushima where the children played outside and some parents used water from a mountain stream to prepare rice.

The winds, in fact, had been blowing directly toward Tsushima — and town officials would learn two months later that a government computer system designed to predict the spread of radioactive releases had been showing just that.

But the forecasts were left unpublicized by bureaucrats in Tokyo, operating in a culture that sought to avoid responsibility and, above all, criticism. Japan’s political leaders at first did not know about the system and later played down the data, apparently fearful of having to significantly enlarge the evacuation zone — and acknowledge the accident’s severity.

“From the 12th to the 15th we were in a location with one of the highest levels of radiation,” said Tamotsu Baba, the mayor of Namie, which is about five miles from the nuclear plant. He and thousands from Namie now live in temporary housing in another town, Nihonmatsu. “We are extremely worried about internal exposure to radiation.”

The withholding of information, he said, was akin to “murder.”


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Japan disaster survivor wins soroban contest event

A survivor of the March 11th disaster in eastern Japan has won a calculation event in a national contest for use of the soroban, or Japanese abacus.

About 590 people ranging from elementary school students to adults took part in the contest held in Naha city, Okinawa Prefecture. The competition was sponsored by the National Association of Soroban Education.

Six people competed in the final of an event that involved mentally adding figures that were flashed on a screen.

The winner was Takeo Sasano, who correctly added 15 3-digit numbers in a mere 1.79 seconds, breaking his own world record.

Sasano is a 37-year old clerical worker at a junior high school in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, which was one of the hardest-hit areas in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

With his home destroyed in the disaster, Sasano said conditions were not right for him to focus on soroban training, but he continued to work at it steadily, and that led to the good result.

A 37-year-old public servant from Hokkaido, Naohiro Wakamatsu, won the overall soraban competition.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 15:21 +0900 (JST)

via NHK WORLD English.

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Dr. Katsumi Furitsu on Fukushima / Radiation – April 9th 2011, Berlin

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Radiation fears in Japan – Part 1

Some in Japan doubt their government’s official monitoring of radiation contamination.

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Just posting these screenshots taken today from

Do you see something… odd… at 10:00 in Fukui, where the Monju reactor is?

09:00 reading: 0.065

10:00 reading: 2.5888

11:00 reading: NaN  (what does that mean? Not aNouncing it?)

Probably just a glitch in the system, right?

As of 20:00, the reading shows 0.056… must have been a bug in the system. We can only hope.


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