Day 443 Will it stop?

Well, it has hit the trees in Fukushima.

And the soil.

And the earthworms.

And the butterflies and moths, and flies, and their larvae, and cicada, and ants, and grasshoppers and other things that birds eat.

And the birds.

And the other wild animals.

And then it will flow into the rivers.

It will continue to flow from the rivers around Fukushima and into the ocean.

And into the algae.

And into the crustaceans and other smaller fish.

And the bigger fish…

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From EX-SKF at:

Radioautograph of Japanese Cypress Leaves from Iitate-mura, Fukushima

Dr. Satoshi Mori of Tokyo University has a radioautograph of Japanese cypress leaves that he took from Iitate-mura in Fukushima Prefecture last year in his blog. He says he cannot help feeling pity for the tree:

From Dr. Mori’s blog (5/24/2012):

as I pressed the leaves and took the radioautograph, I couldn’t help feeling pity for the Japanese cypress that was doused everywhere on the leaves and rachis with radioactivity. This image of irradiation may speak more volumes than the mere numerical information.These seeds would have popped out of the female fruits, landed on the ground, and damaging the chromosomes of their embryo buds from internal radiation exposure and the external radiation exposure from the environment (several microsieverts/hour) they would have entered the germinating period and started cell division.

Any biology researcher would think about inhibition of germination due to chromosome disorders, or malformation even if they germinate. If it were animals, they would be the equivalent of miscarriage, stillbirth, malformation, weak constitution due to immune depression. I’ve already reported on the numerous cases of malformed branches and leaves in Chernobyl.

The radioautograph shows the leaves uniformly sprinkled with radioactive fallout and irradiated.

I asked Dr. Mori about specific example of chromosome disorders. He said there are many types of chromosome disorders, including the following:

  • Normal structures (roots, stems, leaves) may not form because cell division is interrupted and cells become callused.
  • Chloroplast may not form in the leaves, and the plant cannot do photosynthesis (no carbon dioxide assimilation); or mitochondria is not formed, and the plant cannot breathe (no oxygen absorption). In either case, the plant will die.
  • Even if the plant survives, it cannot leave offspring if there is a formation disorder of pollens or ova.
    Read the entire article at:

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So… what is the state of Japan’s forests? And where is all the “cleanup” debris of the trees they are creating in the process? Read the latest from Kanagawa Notebook:

Forests in Japan: Under Attack, and Under Construction


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The Challenge (English subtitles)

This episode from the film Stories from Fukushima by Alain de Halleux tells the story of the Kowata family from Minami Soma, a town at the very edge of the 20km exclusion zone.

Seiko Kowata has moved with her two children to Yamagata, while her husband remains in Minami Soma, working and guarding the family home. Son Kento dreams of returning to Minami Soma and playing football with his friends. Daughter Yuko wants never to return….

Find the video at:


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From ENENEWS at:

Tokyo Reporter: Unit 4 like a “battlefield after being bombed” — Questions Tepco’s promise that it will be OK during big quake

Subscription Only: Rubble hinders decommissioning work at Fukushima No. 4 reactor
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 28, 2012

Mountains of rubble stand in the way of decommissioning the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, part of an unprecedented challenge facing Japan to decommission four crippled reactors.


A reporter from the Tokyo Shimbun described the scene on the fourth floor as looking like that of a “battlefield after being bombed.”


“Pipes were severely bent,” the reporter said. “Steel frames were also twisted and rusted. It was hard for me to believe such a thick wall was blown off over a wide area.”


The reporter said he was not entirely reassured by the utility’s promise that the structure will be sturdy enough to remain unscathed in another big quake despite no major, visible damage to the wall near the pool.

“TEPCO said that the pool can withstand a temblor equivalent to the quake last year, but I was not convinced of that,” the reporter said.


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TEPCO to remove unused fuel from No. 4 reactor

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has decided to remove 2 unused fuel rods from a storage pool at the No. 4 reactor to look for damage.

This is in preparation for the removal of a large number of the 1,535 used and unused fuel rods stored in the pool, which could pose a threat in the event of another earthquake.

Tokyo Electric Power Company intends to remove the 2 fuel rods from the pool in July. Removal of unused fuel is not as dangerous as taking out used fuel.

If successful, TEPCO plans to start to remove the remainder of the fuel next year.

Article continues at:

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Fukushima Daiichi’s Unit 4 Spent-Fuel Pool Up Close

By Phred Dvorak

The interior of the No. 4 reactor building is seen at the Tokyo Electric Power Co’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture May 26.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. ispulling out the stops to show a skeptical world that the troubled reactors at Fukushima Daiichi — and in particular the “spent-fuel pool” atop reactor Unit 4 — won’t collapse and spill out radioactive fuel during the next big earthquake.

On Saturday, Tepco let a bunch of journalists, as well as Goshi Hosono, the minister in charge of Fukushima Daiichi cleanup, into the Unit 4 building to take a look for themselves.

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Yukio Edano Blamed Everyone Else for Fukushima Accident Response, Portrayed Himself as Not Knowing Much

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Fukushima Accident Investigation: It’s Naoto Kan’s Turn to Take the Witness Stand in the Diet Commission


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