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Tsunami-threatened district in Shizuoka Pref. city considers move to high ground

The Uchiuraomosu district in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is seen in this recent photo. (Mainichi)
The Uchiuraomosu district in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is seen in this recent photo. (Mainichi)

NUMAZU, Shizuoka — One entire district of Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is considering moving to higher ground to avoid a tsunami experts have predicted could hit following a major earthquake off the coast.

If the Uchiuraomosu district and its some 440 residents make the move, it aims to become the first to receive public funds pre-disaster under a disaster-prevention community relocation project. However, there are problems, such as paying for construction after the move and resistance to the plan among some residents.

Many homes in the district are less than five meters above sea level, and the prefecture predicts that if the expected Tokai quake occurs, the area will be hit by a 10.4-meter tall tsunami. At a local meeting on March 18, members of 92 households were present or represented, and around 80 percent agreed to move to higher ground. If the project is approved, the national government will cover three-fourths of the costs for acquisition and preparation of land, while the remainder will be footed by the local government.

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Radioactive Japan: Meat Dealer in Kansai Falsifies #Fukushima and Miyagi Beef as Kagoshima Beef; Already Sold and Consumed

There’s always the first. Or I should say the first to get caught.

But before finally busted, the meat dealer already sold 1,424 kilograms of beef from Tohoku and northern Kanto, including 750 kilograms of beef from Fukushima.

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From ENENEWS at:

Asahi: Cesium at 172 times gov’t limit in tea near Sendai — Will not cause health problems ‘soon’ after being consumed, says radiation professor — 1,100 already sold

Title: Tests find cesium 172 times the limit in Miyagi Yacon tea
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: Apr. 13, 2012

The Miyagi Prefectural government said April 12 that radioactive cesium 172 times the central government limit of 100 becquerels per kilogram was detected in Yacon tea […] 17,200 becquerels per kilogram.

[…] the maker already sold 1,100 sets of the product […]

[…] planted Yacon outdoors in May last year in the town of Zao […]

“The company brought the product to an inspection agency because Tokyo Electric Power Co. (which operates the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant) said it will not provide compensation without test results for radiation,” Yoji Sakai, company president, told The Asahi Shimbun. “I became worried and consulted the prefecture.” […]

“The tea will not cause health problems soon after being consumed,” said Michiaki Kai, radiation protection professor at Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences. […]

Read the report here

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Machine fell into MOX spent-fuel pool: Tepco

Hydrogen blast likely caused 35-ton behemoth’s plunge; no damage seen


A hydrogen explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 plant last March sent a 35-ton machine plunging into the spent-fuel pool of reactor 3, which uses highly dangerous mixed oxide fuel, Tokyo Electric has reported.

“We believe the machine fell into the pool when the (hydrogen) explosion occurred, but we have not found any indication it damaged the pool’s walls and caused any leaks, or that it damaged the spent fuel,” Junichi Matsumoto, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co., told a news conference Friday.

The utility said engineers placed an underwater camera in the pool earlier Friday to prepare for the removal of its spent fuel rods. The No. 3 reactor is the only one at the crippled power station that was powered by the plutonium-uranium MOX.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano on March 12, 2011: “We Should Consider Evacuation of Tokyo, Ibaraki”

Tokyo Shinbun reports that according to information they obtained through the Japanese equivalent of the FOIA, the Kan administration did talk about wide-area evacuation in the Tokyo Metropolitan areas even before the Atomic Energy Commission’s chief handedthe worst-case scenario to then-Prime Minister Kan on March 25, 2011.

It was Yukio Edano, then-Chief Cabinet Secretary (and current Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry), who mentioned the wide-area evacuation, while other unnamed ministers were worried about the stock market, in the evening of March 12, 2011 after Reactor 1 blew up.

… Stock market?

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Doubts linger over safety, necessity of nuclear reactors as gov’t eyes quick restart

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano is pictured at a news conference after a government meeting on nuclear power, at the Prime Minister's office on April 13. (Mainichi)
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano is pictured at a news conference after a government meeting on nuclear power, at the Prime Minister’s office on April 13. (Mainichi)

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and other top government officials decided on April 13 that it is “appropriate” to restart the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture. Yet doubts still linger over the factors their decision was based on, namely the “safety” of the reactors and the “need” for nuclear power in terms of power supply and demand.

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Researchers to drill holes deep below ocean to better understand quake

Crew at work aboard the research vessel Chikyu in waters around 220 kilometers off Miyagi Prefecture on April 12. (Mainichi)
Crew at work aboard the research vessel Chikyu in waters around 220 kilometers off Miyagi Prefecture on April 12. (Mainichi)

Researchers aboard a Japanese science vessel are preparing to drill holes in the seabed 6,910 meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean in an effort to better understand what happened when the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake struck.

Crew aboard the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)’s deep earth research vessel Chikyu will drill the holes in the seabed around 220 kilometers off Miyagi Prefecture’s Oshika Peninsula. Researchers will attempt to drill through a fault line about 850 meters under the seabed to a final depth of 1,000 meters. Over the last few days unfavorable sea and weather conditions have delayed work, but drilling is expected to begin around April 15.

“We have a responsibility to gather earthquake, geology and ocean science experts, find out what really happened in this earthquake, and explain it to society,” said head researcher and earthquake specialist James Jiro Mori.

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SPEEDI Déjà Vu: J-Alert Failed to Alert on North Korean “Rocket” Launch

or missile or whatever it was that failed to launch as planned. The rocket/missile was launched at 7:40AM on April 13, and it was the event which the Noda administration and the Japanese government had made a big deal out of for the past several days. The event was supposed to showcase Japan’s defense alert system.

But Japanese officials learned about the failure not from their expensive defense and disaster alert system called J-Alert but from TV. They couldn’t confirm the launch until nearly 40 minutes after the actual launch.

(And they want to do what? Re-start Ooi Nuclear Power Plant?)

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Edano seeks support for Fukui gov. to restart Oi nuke plant

FUKUI (Kyodo) — Industry minister Yukio Edano on Saturday tried to drum up support for Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa to reactivate two idled reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear power plant in the prefecture.

Edano traveled to the prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan after he, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and two other ministers confirmed Friday the safety and necessity of the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at the Oi plant. He is also scheduled to meet later Saturday with Shinobu Tokioka, mayor of Oi town in Fukui, to explain the government’s view.

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Japan’s Reconstruction Agency Official at JETRO Seminar: “we can assure you no more spread of radioactive substance from the plant”

In a prepared statement, Mr. Yoshinori Suematsu, a member of the Parliament, working for the Reconstruction Agency as State Secretary for Reconstruction said to the attendants of the Seminar on Promotion of Foreign Direct Investment in the Area Damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquakes at the JETRO IBSC Hall on 23rd March 2012, said the following:

When it comes to the severe accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, you surely know that the nuclear reactors had been well treated and achieved cold shutdown condition at the end of last year. Thus we can assure you no more spread of radioactive substance from the plant.

Emphasis is mine. Did you know that? Surely you know.

(H/T Enformable)


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