Day 454 Man enough?

A Fukushima Woman Asks NISA Experts, “Are You Man Enough to Protect Women and Children?”

Tokyo Brown Tabby managed to set up another Youtube channel (here), and here’s part of the description of the video Tabby sent me:

On January 18, 2012, Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) held a hearing to discuss with a committee of experts the results of the “stress test” for judging whether to restart Kansai Electric’s Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. The hearing was supposed to be open to public, but at the last minute NISA decided to hold the meeting in a separate room without the audience. The angry audience, who were locked out in a room with a TV monitor, eventually rushed into the meeting room and made a protest.

In the middle of the confusion, an unidentified woman from Fukushima came out of the audience. This video clip shows part of the protest from the audience and the woman’s poignant words.

The original video was taken by independent net-based OurPlanet-TV, so I hope there will be no worries about “copyright infringement” this time.

Tabby says “poignant”. I’d say “strong”. Because this slight, demure-looking woman from Fukushima is challenging the experts in front of her, asking, essentially, “Are you man enough to protect women and children?” No one answered her of course, they tried their best as if nothing was happening. Obviously, they were not man enough.

Almost identical words uttered by a young Egyptian woman may well have triggered the revolution in Egypt in January 2011, when she said “I am going to Tahrir Square on January 25. If you think yourself a man, come with me. Have some honor and manhood and come with me on January 25.” We knew right afterwards that there were a lot of Egyptian men who were man enough to do that and much more.

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From ENENEWS at:

Sources: Gov’t gives up plan to decide on restarting reactors — Procedures have stalled amid deep-rooted public opposition

Subscription Only: Gov’t postpones decision on Oi reactors’ restart
Kyodo News
21:41 7 June 2012
Emphasis Added

The government has decided to postpone its decision for restarting two idled reactors in Fukui Prefecture to next week or later due to stalled procedures for winning consent from the prefectural government, giving up its original plan to conclude as early as this week, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

The Fukui prefectural government remains cautious about rushing its decision to support the restart of the reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant amid deep-rooted opposition against the move among the public and neighboring municipalities following the Fukushima nuclear crisis.


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Huge dock washed ashore on Oregon coast is debris from Japan’s tsunami

Japanese officials have confirmed that a huge dock that washed ashore on the Oregon coast is debris from last year’s tsunami – the first to reach the state from last year’s disaster in Japan.

More at:

Dock from a Fishing Port in Aomori, Japan Washed up on Oregon Coast Near Newport

with some invasive marine species hitching the ride across the Pacific Ocean of about 5,000 miles.

And from ENENEWS at:’ve-cleaned-entire-surface-after-scraping-it-down-they-hit-it-with-a-short-burst-of-fire-to-sterilize

Oregon Tsunami Debris: We’ve cleaned entire surface of dock — After scraping down, they hit it with a short burst of fire to sterilize

Oregon removes seaweed from wrecked dock to guard against ‘invasive species’
June 8, 2012

Environmental protection workers stripped seaweed and barnacles Thursday from a tsunami-wrecked dock washed up on a U.S. beach, to guard against “invasive species” from Japan.


A dozen or so workers and volunteers used shovels, rakes and other tools to scrape the wreck clean, then briefly used low-pressure flame torches to sterilize the dock, said the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).


The wreck has been checked for radioactivity—the killer earthquake and tsunami triggered a disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant on Japan’s east coast—but proved negative, said the OPRD spokesman.


“Because of that and the possibility of other species that don’t belong here, we’ve cleaned the entire surface of the dock. After they scraped it down, they hit it with a short burst of fire to sterilize it.”


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Radioactive Japan: Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital Says They Are Not Doing Radiation-Related Test Or Treatment

Somebody took a picture of the notice supposedly at the entrance of the Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital.

The yellow notice says:

To our patients,

Currently, we do not conduct the tests for radiation exposure or treat radiation exposure.

from Director of the Hospital

Independent journalist Hiroki Suzuki apparently spoke with the nurse at the reception counter of the hospital, who told him:


“We are instructed to say we don’t do the tests for radiation exposure. All we can say is that people consult the local public health center. Tests for radiation exposure cannot be done without appointment. There’s also an issue with the national government when it comes to radiation exposure…”

Since the first tweet on the subject, others have chimed in. The sign has been there, apparently, since right after March 11, 2011. The hospital is said to be famous for its treatment of thyroid illnesses. It could all be “baseless rumor”, or it could all be true. (It’s getting hard to believe that more than one year has passed since the nuclear accident.)

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 From ENENEWS at:

Tepco creates ‘Radioactive Waste Underground Storage Facility’ at Reactor No. 2 (PHOTOS)

The Accumulated Water Found at Unit 2 Radioactive Waste Underground Storage Facility (Newly Established) at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Tokyo Electric Power Company
June 7, 2012

Accumulated Water Found at Unit 2 Radioactive Waste Underground Storage Facility (Newly Established)


Newly established Radioactive Waste Underground Storage Facility Building


See: Newly established Radioactive Waste Underground Storage Facility Building

See: Newly established Radioactive Waste Underground Storage Facility Building

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From ENENEWS at:

Japanese doctor after woman’s thyroid cancer diagnosis: “I can’t help expecting that we are going to have a catastrophic health hazard caused by the accident” at Fukushima

May 15, 2012 post by Dr. Shunichi Ono, a medical doctor in Kyushu, translated by Dissensus Japan:


I got contacted by a woman in her early 30s who evacuated from Fukushima (Kôriyama) to the west Japan. She was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer and is going to have an operation. She gave me a permission to introduce her note on this blog. We can’t determine that her cancer is caused by the accident, but we should certainly take it as a warning sign.


May 3rd

Third time to the clinic again.

She had an uneasy feeling when she received a phone call from the clinic 4 days after the diagnosis, giving her an appointment to discuss her results, which was supposed to take 2 weeks. She was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.

The 6 mm tumor appears on the right side of thyroid.

The doctor told her about the diagnosis while showing the image of cytological diagnosis.

Doctors with less experiences could have determined the tumor as benign, but her doctor was the one who specialized in treating persons affected by radiation, and did some study in Chernobyl as well. He also understood that she was from Fukushima, and radiation could give a health damage.


However, as it was written, she had 10ml of Isodine after the accident, left Ko-riyama quite quickly and also no abnormality in her thyroglobulin level is found. Considering all those facts, I should not prejudge but I can’t help expecting that we are going to have a catastrophic health hazard caused by the accident.

As for the Thyroid cancer, Dr. Shunich Yamashita, who calls himself as an leading authority, gives this lecture introduced below. According to him, thyroid cancer won’t increase for the 3 years after the accident.


Don’t we need to rethink this situation?

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MIT No-Evacuations Study Debunked

(h/t SimplyInfo

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Concerns About Spent Fuel Pool 4 at Fukushima Daiichi

By : Peter Ladkin5062012

In Risks-26.86, Tobin Macginnis pointed to a Japanese documentary on the continuing dangers of SFP4, via Dave Farber’s IP list and PGN’s redaction. In Risks-26.87, Dan Yurman claimed in response that

this nonsense has been thoroughly debunked by a special post at the blog of the American Nuclear Society

as well as

Scare the socks off people propaganda is never a substitute for engineering reality. You might just as well try to build railroads on snow drifts

He linked to the post, by a former navy nuclear technician Will Davis. When you look at the post, please do note the URL: “spent-fuel-at-fukushima-not-dangerous“. What guff! Of course it’s dangerous. The actual written headline is more benign: “Spent fuel at Fukushima Daiichi safer than asserted“.

Yurman’s claim of “propaganda” got my goat, for his post itself seemed to me to be little more than that. I sent PGN and Yurman a message saying so. Yurman responded that

No one on the [ANS Fukushima commentary] team is interested in propaganda. The article went through two rounds of fact checking.

I replied that I thought he (and Davis) were ignorant of basic safety engineering techniques and suggested

* he [and colleagues at ANS] perform a hazard analysis, followed by

* enumerating the worst-case outcome from each hazard identified, and

* giving some kind of assessment of the chance that that worst-case outcome will be realised

Yurman replied that he was sorry to see that I had “chosen to make emotional insults over engaging in dialog“.

Article continues at:

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Noda reiterates need to restart Oi nuclear reactors

TOKYO, June 8, Kyodo

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday reiterated the need to reactivate two idled reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant to prevent a power crunch this summer, in a stepped-up effort to secure public support and consent from Fukui Prefecture which hosts the plant.

“If nuclear power generation, which used to supply about 30 percent of (the nation’s) electricity, remains halted, Japanese society will face a deadlock,” Noda said at a press conference.

Noting that electricity supply in the service area of Oi plant operator Kansai Electric Power Co. is expected to fall short of demand by 15 percent this summer, Noda said there is not much time left for the government to reach a conclusion on reactivating the reactors.

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Tepco rejected covering reactor 4 with stone coffin for financial matter

Mabuchi, former minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism stated he suggested building sarcophagus for reactor 4 to have Tepco refuse it. Nuclear accident investigation committee interviewed Mabuchi on 5/31/2012, which was not open to the public.

Mabuchi proposed to cover the 4 aspects of reactor 4 with concrete, which is called sarcophagus in Chernobyl just after 311. However, Tepco rejected it for the financial reason. Also, their pride as engineer stopped them from accepting the fact that they have to do the same thing as Chernobyl.

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Oe speaks at anti-nuclear rally to gather 10 million signatures

More than a year after the reactors first melted down, the cost of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, ensuing evacuations and an envisioned massive cleanup, is still impossible to comprehend in numbers.

For marchers who gathered in central Tokyo on June 6, the salient number is 10 million.

That’s how many signatures the organizers behind the “Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants” rally at Hibiya Park hope to gather in an effort to halt the planned restart of two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture.

Drawing nearly 3,000 participants, the march took a route past the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and to the edge of a district filled with government ministries and entities that many blame for leading the country to its nuclear predicament.

The rally began with songs by Tokiko Kato, a popular folk singer and long-time anti-nuclear activist, and drew such speakers as writer Keiko Ochiai, journalist Satoshi Kamata and the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kenzaburo Oe.

“I think that March 11 has given us Japanese an important moral,” said Oe, who during last year’s initial call for self-restraint was one of the first major voices to speak against a nuclear future. “Nuclear energy is fundamentally mistaken. Even if it offers some success, when we look at it in the big picture it can only lead to damage and to our fall. I think that’s the lesson that we Japanese as a whole have come to realize.”

Article continues at:

(h/t FukushimaDiary)
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Prime Minister Noda to Give a Press Conference to Convince People in Japan That Nuclear Energy Is Essential for Japan

It’s all part of a ceremony (absolutely nothing more) to restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture before the summer peak season starts. The power that be in Japan, whether they are politicians or industry big shots, do not want the situation where there is no nuclear power plant operating and there is no shortage of electricity.

Article continues at:

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Daini Reactor Inspected: Paint coming off inside containment vessel — Blamed on temperature and humidity increase after 3/11 quake (PHOTOS)


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