Day 424 Guardian: “So we don’t know what is going on inside those crippled structures.”

From The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus:

After The Media Has Gone: Fukushima, Suicide and the Legacy of 3.11


For the media, time is of the essence in a news story.  The March 11, 2011 disaster attracted thousands of reporters and photographers from around the world.  There was a brief deluge of Japanese and international media coverage on the first anniversary, this spring.  Now the journalists have packed up and gone and by accident or design Japan’s government seems to be mobilizing its agenda, aware that it is under less scrutiny.

The press pack has disappeared like a ghost since this April.  The influx of foreign media has suddenly stopped, as I can attest since I worked as a translator and aid to many foreign journalists in the year up to the 3.11 anniversary in 2012.  Using the keywords ‘Fukushima’ and ‘nuclear plant’ in Japanese to scour the Nikkei TELECOM 21 search engine shows 9,981 domestic news items in April 2012, just over half the 17,272 stories the previous month.

As if to take advantage of the precise timing of the media evacuation, the municipal government of Minami-soma city, Fukushima Prefecture began implementing a blueprint planned some time earlier.  In the dead of night on Monday April 16th, the city lifted the no-entry regulations and changed evacuation zone designations that had stood since March 12, 2011.  The decision allowed people to return to the district of Odaka and some parts of the Haramachi district.

Map showing 20 kilometer evacuation zone and neighboring towns

Map showing 20 kilometer evacuation zone and neighboring towns

Watanabe Ichie, a volunteer from Tokyo who witnessed the scene near the roadblock into the zone observed that: “several police vehicles with flashing red lights arrived after 23:00 on April 15th. By 0:15, all the vehicles had gone”. “After that, all that remained was the light from the traffic signals.”  The following morning, cars moved freely inside the once-prohibited area.

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And a quote from the above article found at ENENEWs:

Fukushima Daiichi Worker: Nothing can be done except to leak radioactive water! — Honestly feel that we are dumping massive amounts into ocean — Will spread all over world, reaching Hawaii and US soon

 Continuous Dumping of Contaminated WaterPossibly angry at this situation, on April 21st a 62-year-old nuclear worker broke the silence on the continued leakage of contaminated water from Fukushima Daiichi. Speaking to me, he requested anonymity for fear of losing his job. He supervises a construction site aimed at building a new facility to extract radioactive materials such as cesium and strontium from the contaminated water used to cool the plant’s crippled reactors. He revealed that the current facility removes only cesium and that other radioactive materials such as strontium cannot be cleaned up.

He expressed astonishment at the scale of the cleanup operation. “You know how much contaminated water is stored at the Fukushima Daiichi site? It is 200,000 tons. It is an enormous amount!” “In reality,” he said, raising his voice, “it is impossible to store that much water on site. So, it is obvious that some of the contaminated water has been leaked into the ocean.”

[…] “Everyone there knows that the amount of water is huge but does not speak about it. Anyone who works there understands that nothing can be done except to leak the water!” he stressed. “Everyone criticizes North Korea for its missiles. But what about Japanese morality? The contamination will spread all over the world, reaching to Kamchatka, Hawaii and the U.S. soon,” he added.

Toward the end of our conversation, he said, “You know, in Japan, there is ‘honne’ (honest feeling) and ‘tatemae’ (polite-face). “Our tatemae is that we are doing our utmost to stop the leakage of contamination, and our honnne is that we are dumping massive amounts of contaminated water into the ocean.” […]

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Another quote from the Guardian article of 7 May:

The Fukushima nuclear plant’s slow recovery offers lessons to the US

Tepco revealed at the end of March that protective water levels in the containment vessel of Reactor No 2, were far shallower than they had expected, which might mean that the uranium fuel rods there are no longer completely submerged, and are heating up. The Japan Times reported on 29 March that radiation inside the vessel has reached 73 sieverts per hour – high enough to administer a lethal dose to a human in a matter of minutes, even to disable the robotic devices which are sent regularly into the reactor to monitor what is happening there.

Conditions elsewhere in the plant are more difficult to assess. Reactors 1 and 3, both of which melted down after the earthquake and tsunami last year, are currently sealed and impossible to enter, even by robots. So we don’t know what is going on inside those crippled structures.

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Hot Particles and Measurement of Radioactivity

Latest video from Arnie Gundersen and Marco Kaltofen

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From ENENEWS at:

NISA: If we experience a quake, of course, uneven settlements of the ground could occur at Fukushima Daiichi — This happened at another nuclear plant 200km away (VIDEO)

*Shocking* Q & A at NISA press conference – leaning Fukushima reactor 4 building
Uploaded: May 8, 2012
Translated by: Goldieluvmj

At 1:47 in

Kino: There’s been a rumour that there are uneven settlements of the ground around the unit 4 building. So I don’t understand why you haven’t surveyed the ground.

NISA: If we experience an earthquake, of course, uneven settlements of the ground could occur. However, the building is basically set on the bedrock. There was a case at the Kashiwazaki nuclear power plant but we think we need to consider the unevenness of the building and its surrounding area separately.


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Chronology of events on TEPCO’s financial condition after accident

TOKYO, May 9, Kyodo

The following is a chronology of major events regarding the business conditions of Tokyo Electric Power Co. after the nuclear crisis erupted at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant in March last year.

March 11, 2011 — Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami cripple the Fukushima plant, triggering the world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

May 20 — TEPCO reports a group net loss of 1.25 trillion yen in fiscal 2010.

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Wonder if they’ll be making these for dogs, cats, canaries, cows, fish, earthworms, sparrows, … How about GETTING THE CHILDREN OUT OF THE AREAS!!!!!!?

From FukushimaDiary at:

Ads of infants’ radiation protective clothing on newspaper

Posted by Mochizuki on May 8th, 2012

Advertisement of radiation protective clothing for infants was found on local newspaper, “Fukushima minyu”.

2 pieces of clothes : 1575 (incl tax)

Type 1 : height 95cm~100cm

Type 2 : 110cm~120cm

Type 3 : 130cm~140cm

Type 4 : 150cm~160cm


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From ENENEWS at:

NHK: Expert urges caution against more tornadoes — Fukushima borders both prefectures that had devastating twisters on Sunday — Over 250 km/h, among most powerful ever in Japan — Houses completely uprooted (VIDEO)

Weather’s recipe right for twisters
The Japan Times Online
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sunday’s devastating tornadoes in Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures were caused by a rare situation attributed in part to a winter that went on for some weeks longer than normal, and a recent sharp rise in surface temperatures, experts said Monday. […]

“Tornadoes rarely occur in this season,” said Yasushi Fujiyoshi, professor at Hokkaido University. “It is rare in the first place for cold air to form in the troposphere in May.”

Fujiyoshi said such frigid air is more a feature of the fall and the extended period of freezing weather earlier this year helped create the atmospheric conditions conducive to tornado-formation. […]

h/t SimlpyInfoMsMilkytheClown

Sunday’s tornado one of most powerful in Japan
May 07, 2012 16:50 +0900 (JST)

An expert on violent storms says the tornado that ripped through northern Kanto on Sunday may have been one of Japan’s most powerful. […]

[Professor Fumiaki Kobayashi of the National Defense Academy] estimates wind velocity topped 250 kilometers per hour. Cars were overturned and some houses completely uprooted.

The expert is urging caution against more tornadoes, as atmospheric conditions can turn unstable in days to come.

Watch the video here

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Tepco top redress exec named next president


Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it will promote managing director Naomi Hirose as the next president of the ailing utility, which is expected to be effectively nationalized as it struggles to cope with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis that started last year.

The 59-year-old executive is in charge of compensation issues related to the catastrophe and has apparently received recognition for firmly handling his job. The promotion was decided at an extraordinary board meeting.

Tepco has been looking for candidates for the company’s top management position as current Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 72, and President Toshio Nishizawa, 61, are expected to step down at the utility’s annual shareholders’ meeting in June as a gesture of taking responsibility for the triple-meltdown crisis.

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Power company “Even if we have enough power, we need to restart nuclear plants.”

Posted by Mochizuki on May 8th, 2012


At Energy strategy meeting,  Kansai electric power company (Kepco) commented, whether power is in oversupply or in shortage, they want to restart the nuclear plants. It has nothing to do with the power supply to restart the nuclear plants (Ooi nuclear plants).

In case this summer is as hot as 2010, Japan will be in short of power by 0.4%. However, it is estimated that other 3 power companies can support Kepco. Power generation with pumped-up water would add even more power supply.

The reason why Kepco and other power companies try to stick to nuclear power is because almost half of their property is related to nuclear.

In case of Kepco

Net assets 1.5 trillion yen

Nuclear facility and fuel 0.9 trillion yen

Left 0.6 trillion yen

Deficit in 2011 0.2 trillion yen

Nuclear is only needed to keep power companies rich. It has nothing to do with actual power supply.


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