Day 213 Henry, is that you leaking gas… again??

Fukushima Pref. starts thyroid exams for children

FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) — The prefectural government of Fukushima on Sunday started ultrasonic thyroid examinations for children aged up to 18 when the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant began in March.

In a move almost without precedent in the world, around 360,000 children in the prefecture will be examined at the Fukushima Medical University.

Parents in Fukushima have shown concern over the issue as many children suffered thyroid cancer after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

The local government plans to at first examine 4,908 children living close to the nuclear power plant, and then to complete the whole process by March 2014, officials said.

The children will go through follow-up exams every two years until they turn 20. After that, the checkups will be conducted every five years over the person’s lifetime.

Detailed exams will be conducted if any pathological lesions are detected.

Many children and their parents began arriving at the university around 30 minutes before the start of the examinations at 9 a.m.

Among them was Kikue Komatsu, 38, who brought her 7-year-old son from Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, where they have taken shelter.

“While my son has not shown any symptoms (of radiation), I worry about him four or five years from now,” she said. “I’m with Fukushima in spirit, but I can’t return here as the radiation level is still high.”

(Mainichi Japan) October 9, 2011


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Temperatures drop at Fukushima damaged reactors

New footage of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant has been released by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. No steam is seen leaving the No.2 and 3 reactors, which indicates that internal temperatures have dropped.

On Saturday TEPCO released video footage taken from above the No. 1 through No. 3 reactor buildings between Monday and Thursday.

As for the No. 1 reactor building, a hydrogen explosion collapsed its roof, blocking a clear view of the inside.

The video shows that the No. 2 reactor building suffered no major damage to its pipes and other equipment.

However, inside the No. 3 reactor building debris are scattered everywhere.

TEPCO confirmed that no steam is presently being released from reactors No.2 and 3.
In August, the 2 reactors were emitting steam.

Officials say the temperature inside the No. 3 reactor dropped below 100 degrees Celsius 3 weeks ago, followed by a decline in temperature at reactor No.2.

TEPCO believes that the drop in temperatures has led to the reduction in steam.

Photos of the central control rooms for No. 1 and 2 reactors were also released.

The maximum radiation level in the control rooms is 0.01 millisieverts per hour.

Sunday, October 09, 2011 08:58 +0900 (JST)


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More than 3,900 still missing 7 months after quake, tsunami

SENDAI, Oct. 9, Kyodo

More than 3,900 people are still listed as missing and nearly 16,000 people are confirmed dead from the quake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan nearly seven months ago.

The National Police Agency said the death toll had reached 15,822 as of Friday. The number of people missing stood at 3,926, most of whom are from the three hardest hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

In recent days, police have concentrated searches in and near the sea where more bodies have been found than on land, while searches have led to fewer bodies being recovered as time passes. In September, a total of 62 bodies were found in the three worst hit prefectures.

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Titles of reports at Fukushima Diary:

News “Save the propaganda”

–> about NHK losing its customers

News: Tokyo tap water in crisis

–> about dangerous levels of radiation in tap water in Okutama area

News: Cesium from children who evacuated to Kyoto

–> about two children, aged 3 and 1, evacuated from Ibaraki to Tokyo to Kyoto and still their urine test results are high.


   –> exposed to external radiation of 0.13 mSv/h gamma ray, 0.50 mSv/h beta ray.

Breaking News: Hydrogen keeps coming up

   –> report from a worker at Daiichi Tweeting that they are going to be cutting pipes in Reactor #1, but the level of hydrogen keeps increasing even after they reduce it to under 0.1%. Worker thinks hydrogen is coming from underground.
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More on this from EX-SKF:

Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 1 Hydrogen Gas Conundrum

So TEPCO tried to expel hydrogen gas inside the pipe that leads to the Containment Vessel of Reactor 1 yesterday. But the word is that the work is stopped, because the hydrogen gas in the pipe, which initially had dropped to 0.1% concentration with nitrogen gas injection, went back up again after 2 hours, indicating continuous supply from somewhere (like the CV, maybe).

As the pipe is originally for the water spray system not for hydrogen gas or any type of gas, the hydrogen gas seems to permeate, even if the valves are closed off.


From Yomiuri Shinbun (10/8/2011):


TEPCO announced on October 8 that the concentration of the hydrogen gas in the pipe that leads to the Containment Vessel of Reactor 1 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant didn’t go down to the intended level of “less than 1%”.


Injection of nitrogen gas in the pipe to expel hydrogen gas lowered the concentration of hydrogen gas in the pipe from 63% to less than 0.1%. However, it wet back up to 3.9% in 1 to 2 hours. Hydrogen gas is considered to still remain in the pipe. TEPCO said it will do the nitrogen injection again on October 9.


The company plans to install the “gas management system” that will filter the radioactive materials in the gas inside the Containment Vessel. If the concentration of hydrogen gas is high, it may explode during the installation of the system.

Independent journalist Ryuichi Kino tweeted yesterday that TEPCO either doesn’t know (or is not telling) the hydrogen gas concentration, if any, inside the Containment Vessel. The company remain curiously incurious.

The Fuku-1 worker tweeted that he suspects hydrogen gas may be coming from the “torus” (= suppression chamber). He says, as does Kino, that the valves for a water system would not stop hydrogen gas even if they are closed.

TEPCO will repeat the same procedure on October 9, hoping to lower the concentration below 1% so that the pipe can be cut safely to install the gas filtering system. And if hydrogen gas keeps coming through the pipe? TEPCO apparently don’t care to know.

To recap, their optimistic diagram of the attempt:

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TEPCO orchestrated ‘personal’ donations to LDP


photoTokio Kano (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives pumped tens of millions of yen in personal donations into Liberal Democratic Party coffers in a campaign apparently backed by the company’s political lobbyists, an Asahi Shimbun investigation found.

Although TEPCO’s public relations department insists that the company does not encourage the donations, The Asahi Shimbun found that at least 448 of the company’s executives donated a total of 59.57 million yen ($777,000) to a political fund-raising arm of the then ruling party between 1995 and 2009.

Sources said TEPCO determined the amounts different ranks of executives should donate, with the chairman and president asked to contribute 300,000 yen, executive vice presidents asked to donate 240,000 yen and managing directors asked to give 120,000 yen.

Senior staff were briefed about donations on taking up new positions and told exactly how much was appropriate for their jobs, the sources said.

Between 2005 and 2009, 60 to 70 percent of TEPCO executives made individual donations to the People’s Political Association (PPA), which takes political donations on behalf of the LDP, part of a pattern of giving across the nuclear industry that netted the party large sums.


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And a couple more – food for thought – from “Survival in Japan”:

TEPCO & Nuclear Cars

Under the lead of an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Tokyo Electric Power Company is working out next-gen car battery norms. It has developed a specification for high-voltage DC automotive fast charging using a JARI Level 3 DC connector, and formed the CHΛdeMO (stands for Charge and Move) association with Japanese automakers MitsubishiNissanSubaru and Toyota to promote it. Although you may be convinced that driving an electric car is eco-friendlier than a conventional one because of the low-level of CO2 expelled, I suggest that you think twice.

Battery industry is a large source of pollution in itself and recycling will pose serious environmental threats with lithium as a new source of cancers and permanent neurological damage in case of severe poisoning. Lithium ion batteries used in watches and gadgets are not always recycled properly but we are taking it to a next level with car batteries. A lot of so-called “green technologies” are based on using highly toxic elements like arsenic in semiconductors and the recycling is never really considered in the PLM (think of what becomes of outdated solar panels for instance). Electric powered cars are in fact nuclear cars, but so are electric appliances in our homes, so where is the problem?

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TEPCO Sells iPhone in Japan

The only company who used to sell iPhones in Japan was Korean-born Masayoshi Son‘sSoftbank. TEPCO subsidiary KDDI / AU is now allowed to sell iPhones from next week. TEPCO is the third largest shareholder in KDDI after Kyocera and Toyota. Softbank has been pushing for the development of green energies in Japan and enjoys tremendous popularity as Masayoshi Son is one of the only successful self-made entrepreneur in Japan, a kind of local Steve Jobs. Japanese hate to see a nail sticking out of a row and previous successful entrepreneur, Takafumi Horie, another IT icon who createdLivedoor, has been under legal attack and is now in jail, whereas TEPCO president is not.


Although this is not a direct topic to surviving in Japan, I personally recommend boycotting any company where TEPCO has some significant share-holding like AU. TEPCO should focus solely on solving the nuclear issue and not battle against companies who promote green energies. There isn’t much that anyone can do to stop nuclear power in Japan but this kind of small actions is more effective than demonstrating protest in the street. If you have friends in high places in Apple, please have them remove any commercial agreement with KDDI / AU and other TEPCO subsidiaries. TEPCO also use their Internet subsidiaries to control media about the nuclear crisis and enforce an information black-out (Cf. TEPCO Subsidiary Used To Spy On Dissent in SurvivalJapan).

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