Day 409 Ten years from now? Can I blog that long?

Arnie… explaining it all once again, in very clear language. if you’ve never heard him, please listen. (Californians – listen to Part 4.)

Arnie Gundersen on KGO Radio Pat Thurston Program

Arnie Gundersen, anti-nuclear “expert” on Pat Thurston KGO Radio program on April 15, 2012 plus transcript of Segment #2 of the 4 segments.
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Fukushima air to stay radioactive in 2022

Jiji

FUKUSHIMA — A decade from now, airborne radiation levels in some parts of Fukushima Prefecture are still expected to be dangerous at above 50 millisieverts a year, a government report says.

News photo

The report, which contains projections through March 2032, was presented by trade minister Yukio Edano Sunday to leaders of Futaba, one of the towns that host the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

The report includes radiation forecasts for 2012 to 2014, and for 2017, 2022 and 2032, based on the results of monitoring in November last year. It was compiled to help municipalities draw up recovery and repopulation programs for the nuclear disaster.

Article continues at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120424a3.html

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Edano’s take on restarting nuclear power plants in Japan

Has Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano been wavering over the restarting of nuclear reactors in Japan? Last weekend I met and interviewed him, and the comment that left the greatest impression on me was: “I don’t want to become a Robespierre.”

Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794), was a leader in the French Revolution, and his name is symbolic of the Reign of Terror. Robespierre was a lawyer faithful to ideals. Once he grasped power, however, he introduced radical reforms and executed political foes, and in the end he himself was executed.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20120423p2a00m0na012000c.html

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Many disaster-hit farmers unable to restart farming: gov’t report

TOKYO, April 24, Kyodo

More than half of farmers affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in northeastern Japan remain unable to resume farming activities, the government said in its annual report released Tuesday.

Article continues at:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/04/154497.html

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Part of #Fukushima Will Still Be Above 20 Millisieverts/Year 20 Years from Now

That’s according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), which continues to be in charge of regulating the nuclear industry because the new and (supposedly) improved Nuclear Regulatory Agency under the Ministry of the Environment is still nowhere to be seen or heard (and likely not to be seen or heard for a very long time, as things are going at this time).

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/part-of-fukushima-will-still-be-above.html

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Namie-Machi Resident’s Suicide Considered as Protest Against #Fukushima Nuke Plant/Accident By Town’s Residents, According to Asahi’s “Trap of Prometheus”

Since Asahi has moved the worthy series to the paid subscribers-only section and has been aggressively going after any blog sites that dare re-post the installments of the series, all I can do is to do the meta-analysis – referring to the post of someone who has read the article and commented on it.

Here’s one from a non-fiction writer Ryuichi Akiba, commenting on the April 23 installment of “Trap of Prometheus”. The headline of this particular installment, according to Akiba, is “Everything was completely robbed”.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/namie-machi-residents-suicide.html

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Photos of Reactor 4 at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant with Senior Vice Minister of Cabinet Office

It looks like the government’s PR effort to show that the Reactor 4 spent fuel pool and the top floors of the Reactor 4 building are not toppling over.

Vice Minister Ikko Nakatsuka is a DPF politician elected from Kanagawa Prefecture. He is also the Vice Minister of the Reconstruction Agency.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/photos-of-reactor-4-with-senior-vice.html

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The Highest Risk: Problems of Radiation at Reactor Unit 4, Fukushima Daiichi

Shaun Burnie, Matsumura Akio and Murata Mitsuhei

The Risks to Japan From Fukushima

Shaun Burnie

Comment on the article by Matsumura Akio and correspondence of Murata Mitsuhei.

The efforts of two Japanese citizens to raise awareness of the risk of a further major accident at Fukushima are to be commended. More than 13 months after the accident began – the threats from the Fukushima Daiichi site are multi-dimensional and on-going, but the under reporting of these risks as a result of nuclear crisis fatigue tied with the 24 hour news cycle can lead to a complacency on the current and future reality at the site.

The specific issue highlighted by Matsumura and Murata is the risk and consequences of the failure of the spent fuel pool at the destroyed reactor unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. As they report the spent fuel inventory at this pool is the largest of all 4 reactors that were destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Article continues at:

http://japanfocus.org/-Murata-Mitsuhei/3742

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