Day 441 *NOT* repeat, NOT Four Chernobyls

Wow! Two positive comments in one week! I’m elated 🙂 (Even typed that happy face and all…) Thanks Iidaruth and “J”.

Guess there are live human beings checking this blog every once in a while. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Ok, on to the news.

Does anyone really trust the JAEC as far as you could throw their sneaky little selves?

Only invite the folks that are in favor of what YOU want. No opposition. And not keeping records (agendas) of the meetings meant no trail. Slick, eh?

Mainichi uncovers more secret nuclear commission meetings

The Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) held secret “study” meetings on the nuclear fuel cycle project in 2004, internal documents obtained by the Mainichi Shimbun have shown.

The revelations come just days after the Mainichi news team discovered similar secret meetings held over 2011 and early 2012, with the latest on April 24. The government has invested vast sums in the badly delayed nuclear fuel cycle project, which foresees reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel into MOX fuel to be burned in special reactors.

The 2004 meetings, attended only by those in favor of the project, were held on 10 occasions up to April that year, while the JAEC was working out the current atomic power policy outline.

JAEC Chairman Shunsuke Kondo is quoted in one of the documents as telling attendees at a January 2004 meeting that the panel would immediately stop such meetings if they came to light, demonstrating the commission’s desire to cover up the secret discussions, which documents now show had been going on for some eight years.

Kondo denied that he had said the secret sessions would be stopped if they were exposed.

“We did hold study sessions, but we never distributed a list of issues on the agenda. Instead, we only studied examples of nuclear power policy overseas, and there’s no problem with that. I never made such a remark (about halting the sessions), but I told attendees to be careful.”

 Article continues at:

And a nice little editorial on this, again from Mainichi at:

Yoroku: Dismantling the ‘black boxes’ of Japanese nuclear power

Japan’s nuclear safety administration, which downplayed the risks of a serious nuclear disaster and failed to take measures against a massive tsunami and loss of power, is responsible for bringing these troublesome black boxes into existence. It’s only natural that the nuclear policymaking process dominated by the “nuclear village” — the name given to the nation’s pro-nuclear collection of politicians, bureaucrats, academics, and utilities — has come to be looked upon with great suspicion.

Now, another black-box scandal in nuclear policymaking has emerged…

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Speaking of smelling fishy, here’s another little item.

What is the definition of “conflict of interest”?

According to Business Ethics at

“We can define a conflict of interest as a situation in which a person has a private or personal interest sufficient to appear to influence the objective exercise of his or her official duties as, say, a public official, an employee, or a professional.”

Source: Chris MacDonald, Michael McDonald, and Wayne Norman, “Charitable Conflicts of Interest”, Journal of Business Ethics 39:1-2, 67-74, August 2002. (p.68)

Today’s assignment, class, is to discuss the possible conflict of interest in the following report of the CHAIRMAN of NHK’S board of Governors taking a position as outside director of TEPCO.

Get it?

Test tomorrow.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

NHK Chairman Sudo set to quit, focus on Tepco


Fumio Sudo, chairman of NHK’s Board of Governors, said he will step down to focus on his upcoming role as outside director of Tokyo Electric Power Co.

News photo
On the move: Fumio Sudo, NHK Board of Governors chairman, announces his intention to step down during a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday. He will become an outside director of Tepco.KYODO

Sudo, a consultant at JFE Holdings Inc., has faced criticism because his plan to double as Tepco outside director and chairman of NHK’s top decision-making body opened up questions about the neutrality of reporting by the public broadcaster.

 Article continues at:

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Retraction? /  Clarification? / EX-SKF’s right on it.

Telephone Game for Nth Time: How “Fukushima’s cesium contamination amounts to four Chernobyls” Came About (It’s False, BTW)

I’ve lost track of how many telephone games there have been since March last year (here’s one, I wrote more in Japanese blog), but here’s the latest, and again it happened thanks to an English article written by a writer working for an English paper published by a Japanese newspaper. This time, it’s Yomiuri’s turn.

Here’s Yomiuri Japanese on TEPCO’s report of 900,000 terabequerels released from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant (part; 5/24/2012):


The total amount of radioactive materials released into the environment from Reactors 1 through 3 (iodine equivalence) is estimated to be 900,000 terabequerels (1 terabecquerel is 1 trillion becquerels), 1.2 to 1.9 times as much as the government’s estimates.

The Japanese reporter correctly notes the number is iodine equivalence.

Here’s Daily Yomiuri, Yomiuri’s English paper, reporting on the same TEPCO report, but with a different focus (part below; 5/24/2012). It is not the translation of the Japanese article but its original article, focusing more on the difference between TEPCO’s estimate and NISA’s estimate. It also focuses only on iodine and cesium-137:

TEPCO combined the two methods and repeated its calculations under different conditions. It reached a final estimate of 400,000 terabecquerels of iodine-131 and 360,000 terabecquerels of cesium-137.

The amount of radioactive substances discharged in the Chernobyl accident in 1986 was 5.2 million terabecquerels.

Not just in the above quote but nowhere in the Daily Yomiuri article does the writer says the number for cesium-137 is iodine equivalence. Either the writer assumes the readers would know the numbers are iodine equivalence, or he/she didn’t know how these numbers were calculated. I suppose you can infer that by looking at the number for the Chernobyl accident, but without the breakdown of the Chernobyl numbers you wouldn’t necessarily realize that Chernobyl number is also iodine equivalence (which it is).

The number for cesium-137 itself, 360,000, is not what TEPCO reported either. TEPCO said “10,000 terabecquerels of cesium-137 times 40 to get the iodine equivalence of 400,000 terabecquerels” for INES evaluation.

But the English sites that read Daily Yomiuri’s article (but not necessarily TEPCO’s press release) naturally compared the numbers this way:

Cesium-137 released from Fukushima: 360,000 terabecquerels
Cesium-137 released from Chernobyl: 85,000 terabecquerels

without realizing the Fukushima number is iodine equivalence, and the Chernobyl number isn’t. Thus the headlines like “Cesium-137 contamination: Fukushima amounts to four Chernobyls” at RT, for example.

But without the 40x multiplier on Fukushima, the numbers are (I use the correct number, 10,000 which would be 400,000 with 40x multiplier):

Cesium-137 released from Fukushima: 10,000 terabecquerels
Cesium-137 released from Chernobyl: 85,000 terabecquerels

Or with the 40x multiplier on Chernobyl to get iodine equivalence, the numbers are:

Cesium-137 released from Fukushima: 400,000 terabecquerels
Cesium-137 released from Chernobyl: 3,400,000 terabecquerels

As one of the readers of the blog commented, the meme, however false, that Fukushima contamination is 4 times worse than Chernobyl seems to have taken a life of its own and is spreading. It’s doubly ironic that it is all thanks to Yomiuri Shinbun, pro-nuke establishment newspaper whose owner Matsutaro Shoriki did all he could to bring about a nuclear Japan and succeeded.

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From ENENEWS at:

Asahi: ‘Major problems’ with radiation testing for children

Subscription Only: Fukushima municipalities forced to go it alone on radiation testing
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 24, 2012


Even if tests are conducted properly, there are still major problems with the reliability of some results. At a meeting of officials of municipal governments and hospitals responsible for WBC checkups and experts at the Fukushima Medical University on April 23, issues with the reliability of tests on young people were discussed.

Although children, who are believed to be more vulnerable to radiation than adults, are being prioritized, the equipment is not designed for them.

Ryugo Hayano, professor of atomic physics at the University of Tokyo who took part in the meeting, said: “WBCs were originally developed for adults. So it is difficult to measure (radiation levels of) small children accurately. We are now studying better methods.”


Earlier in the article, data is reported for tests conducted in Fukushima Prefecture during March 2012:

Cesium above detection limit

  • Adults: 9.9%
  • Children: 0.8%

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Did I miss the answer to her question?

Tepco has no clue for the worst senario of SFP4.mp4

(h/t FukushimaDiary)

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From ENENEWS at:


Mayor: “We are definitely suffering from radiation exposure in our bodies” and want health care — Just 2% of Fukushima residents have had radiation testing by gov’t

Subscription Only: Fukushima municipalities forced to go it alone on radiation testing
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 24, 2012


a shortage of machines to carry out the checks means that thousands of people are still waiting for reassurance.


Many others have struggled to get tests. The Fukushima prefectural government started WBC checks in June 2011, focusing mainly on evacuees. However, the prefecture had to ask them to travel to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s office in neighboring Ibaraki Prefecture and other distant facilities with the appropriate equipment.

In late 2011, it introduced a fleet of vehicle-mounted WBCs that has now increased to six, and by the end of March 2012, a total of 32,000 people, or about 2 percent of the prefecture’s population, had received the prefectural WBC checkups.


“We, the Namie town government, bought a WBC by ourselves because the central government is late in dealing with this health issue. We are definitely suffering from radiation exposure in our bodies, and we want to implement appropriate health checkups for our residents,” [Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba] said.


In order to measure radiation levels in human bodies accurately, radiation levels in the surrounding environment should be low, but the radiation level in Nihonmatsu city ranges from 0.1 to 0.5 microsievert per hour.

“That level is not low. But we were unable to secure an appropriate place,” said a Namie town government official.


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No “lean” on the property?

Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 4 Bldg Is Not Tilting, Says TEPCO with Data

TEPCO released the 17-page summary of its survey of the Reactor 4 building, as if to respond to the allegations by the experts foreign and domestic that the reactor building is “tilting” and on the verge of collapse. It is only in Japanese right now. (Well that was when I was writing the post. Now they have an unofficial English version. But since it took me long time to put English labels, I’ll present the Japanese version with my labels anyway.)

According to the summary, TEPCO did both the horizontal and vertical measurements, looked for cracks larger than 1 millimeter-wide, and did the non-destructive inspection using Schmidt hammer.

The result of the horizontal measurements have already been published.

The company says one location on the west wall near the elevator shaft has a bulge (33 millimeters), but all the measurement points were well within the spec of the Building Standards Act.

Problem of course is that there is no independent confirmation of the data.

Article continues at:

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 The link below might not show the video on this blog, so please go over to EX-SKF and watch it there or at 

Fukushima I Nuke Plant Press Tour 5/26/2012 by IWJ USTREAM

Yasumi Iwakami’s IWJ has started the USTREAM channel of the tour earlier today, ahead of Nico Nico.

A reporter from Al-Jazeera and a cameraman from Germany’s ZDF are there.

Nico Nico will start shortly, at this link:

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Tsunami-carried motorbike to be shown in US

A motorcycle that was carried away by last year’s tsunami and washed ashore on the western coast of Canada will be shown to the public at a museum in the United States.

The Harley-Davidson motorcycle was found by Canadian Peter Mark last month on a beach on Queen Charlotte Island, about 6,500 kilometers from Japan.

The vehicle’s license plate helped to identify the owner, 29-year-old Ikuo Yokoyama. He lives in a coastal area of Miyagi Prefecture that was devastated by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

The US manufacturer of the bike had said it will restore the vehicle free of charge and send it back to its Japanese owner.

But the company decided to preserve the bike as it is after the owner expressed the wish that his vehicle will be used to help remind people of the disaster.

The bike will be transferred from the Canadian city of Vancouver to the Harley-Davidson Museum in the US city of Milwaukee.

The company says it will invite the finder of the bike and its owner when it displays the vehicle in the museum.

The Canadian finder told NHK that he understands what the owner wants to do and that showing the bike to many people is a good idea.

May 26, 2012 – Updated 00:01 UTC (09:01 JST)

1 comment
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