Day 484 Even the jellyfish are protesting!?

From EX-SKF:

Jellyfish Clog Up Water Intake for Reactor 3 at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant

Even the jellyfish is anti-nuclear these days in Japan. A large number of jellyfish clogged up the water intake at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant, and KEPCO may be forced to delay the full operation of Reactor 3.

From Fukui Shinbun (7/8/2012):

大飯3号機クラゲ発生で出力低下 フル稼働ずれ込む可能性も

Reactor 3 at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant power decline due to jellyfish, full operation may get delayed


Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and KEPCO announced on July 8 that due to a large outbreak of jellyfish at the water intake for Reactor 3 at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant (in Ooi-cho, Fukui Prefecture, 1.18 million kilowatt pressurized water reactor) the electrical output decreased slightly. The full operation is scheduled at about 1AM on July 9, but that may be delayed.

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The gov’t is going to be having meetings to discuss the future of energy in Japan. The meetings will be open to the public, but you need to submit a request to attend. Those whose names are drawn will be able to attend.

in Saitama: 14 July (11 July deadline to apply)

in Sendai: 15 July (11 July deadline)

in Nagoya: 16 July (11 July deadline)

There are others being held around the country. Ssee the webpage for more info and to apply (in Japanese) at:

(h/t KK)

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Anonymous releases data on Fukushima Daiichi and the IAEA.

(h/t FukushimaDiary)

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Japan Atomic Energy Commission held secret prep meetings over 10 yrs

TOKYO, July 8, Kyodo

The Japan Atomic Energy Commission has held closed preparatory sessions for more than 10 years prior to its open meetings every week, sometimes deliberating important matters of nuclear energy policy without keeping minutes, former commissioners and government sources said Saturday.

Prior to the regular meetings every Tuesday, the five-member commission tasked with deciding basic nuclear energy policies has held unofficial meetings every Thursday attended by officials of relevant ministries and sometimes private business operators.

The revelation, which critics say signifies that the regular meetings were meaningless, comes after the commission was found to have held so-called study meetings with promoters of nuclear power and presented them with its conference materials in advance.

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FINAL REPORT (3) : 80% of evacuees did not know about Fukushima crisis on 3/11

July 06, 2012


More than eight out of 10 people in the evacuation zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant had no idea there was anything wrong on March 11, 2011, according to the Diet investigation into the accident.

As the reactors at the plant went out of control following the Great East Japan Earthquake at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 and the devastating first impact of the tsunami at about 3:27 p.m., government officials and the plant’s operators quickly realized they were facing an unprecedented crisis.

At 9:23 p.m., the prime minister, Naoto Kan, asked the governor of Fukushima Prefecture and the mayors of Okuma and Futaba to evacuate all residents within a 3-kilometer radius and order all people living between 3 km and 10 km to stay indoors.

But much of the public remained unaware of the crisis for days.

A survey of 10,000 evacuees conducted as part of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission’s (NAIIC) inquiry into the disaster, revealed that only 15 percent of respondents from Okuma and Futaba knew by 10 p.m. on March 11 that there had been an accident.

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[Reactor3] Possible second meltdown happened 3/21 ~ 3/22/2011

Posted by Mochizuki on July 7th, 2012

The investigation committee stated on their final report that there is a possibility that reactor3 had the second meltdown from 3/21 to 3/22/2011. Also, it suggests the massive burst of radiation from reactor1 on 3/15, 16 and 21.[Link]

It’s stated like this below..(P.243)

[Reactor3] Possible second meltdown happened 3/21 ~ 3/22


Indication of off-site monitoring post

We referred to short-lived radionuclide produced from recriticality. CTBT monitoring post [Link] indicated the increase of radiation including short-lived radionuclide around 3/15, but you can’t deny the possibility that those were produced in normal operation of nuclear plants, or altered nuclides. Japan chemical analysis center indicated the rapid increase of Te-129, 132, I-132, Xe-133, but they might have been produced from normal operation too.

From those monitoring data above, recriticality can’t be clearly proven, but it is obvious that radiation was massively bursted from reactor1 around 3/15, 16 and 21. The spike of radiation from 3/15 to 3/17/2011 is probably because of the damage of suppression chamber and dry well at reactor2 and also the venting and hydrogen explosion of reactor3. There is a possibility that the spike from 3/21 ~ 22/2011 is because of the second meltdown of reactor3.


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Protests Grow In Japan, Declare Nuclear Era Is Over 

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From ENENEWS at:

Watch: Police clamp down in Tokyo streets — “We’re not allowed to get anywhere near protest” (VIDEO)

Police Block Access To July 6th Protest at Japanese PM’s Office in Tokyo
Published on Jul 6, 2012
Published by freedomwv

It was a rainy day in Tokyo on July 6th 2012. Yet, the Anti-Nuclear protesters still came out at the Japanese PM’s official office to again attempt to get his ear. Although, this time was different. The police were ready for it. Access was very limited. As you can see in this video, they were not letting people pass into the area. I was not allowed to get any closer than what you saw in this video. After getting this footage, I started tweeting the event and posting pics.

At 5:30 in

[Police are] not allowing anyone to get near it. Not allowing anyone to join. They’ve clamped down on protesting here… we’re not allowed to get anywhere near it.

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Gundersen: We just tested an air filter that has highest radioactivity seen in North America after Fukushima Daiichi — Found in Seattle HEPA filter used since 3/11 (VIDEO)

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From ENENEWS at:

Gundersen: Latest probe at Unit 1 indicates nuclear fuel has left containment (VIDEO)

Interview with Arnie Gundersen
Capitol Forum
July 1, 2012

At 2:30 in

Tokyo Electric ran a probe into the basement of Unit 1. This is not inside the containment, this is outside the containment. On the top of the water surface they found lethal radiation, 1000 rem an hour.

But then they put the probe down into the water and what’s even worse is the bottom, the sediment on the bottom, was thousand of times hotter than that. And what that indicates is that fuel, nuclear fuel, has left the containment, as particles, and settled out on the bottom outside the containment. So, I think that’s a pretty clear indication that the containment was breached. It just makes decommissioning these plants… it was going too be hard already, but this information makes it worse.

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From ENENEWS at:

Japanese journalist’s call for evacuating children from Tokyo causing controversy

Kouta Kinoshita’s Stance on the Weekly Demonstration in Front of the Prime Minister Noda’s Official Residence
Fukushima Voice
July 6, 2012


Lately, there has been a move from some of the organizers to “remove” a prominent activist, Kouta Kinoshita, or rather, remove his claim of health effects from radiation exposure from the anti-nuclear movement.  An investigative journalist who did an onsite coverage of the 1999 Tokaimura nuclear accident, Kinoshita was keenly aware of dangers of radiation when the Fukushima accident happened.  He has spearheaded an effort to bring truth to the public about radiation and radiation exposure, calling for evacuation of children, pregnant women, and women of childbearing potential from Tokyo and Kanto regions.  (Evacuation from Fukushima and other severely contaminated areas goes without saying.)

Apparently some of the organizers do not like Kinoshita’s claim.  Kinoshita encouraged readers of his popular blog ( to attend the protest on June 22 and June 29.  He no longer recommends the protest to his readers, as he does not agree with their stance of not acknowledging health effects and of lack of opposition to the debris distribution and incineration.  In addition, he is not recommending that his readers attend the protest because the organizers do not seem to have contingency plans.  Even when he was recommending protest attendance, he discouraged people from taking children there.

As Kinoshita has claimed over and over, the Tokyo area has a significant degree of radiation contamination. Some places are as contaminated as Kiev was after Chernobyl. However, some do not want to admit Tokyo is contaminated. It is very inconvenient for them. Kinoshita has been verbally attacked numerous times for “spreading the baseless rumors” and “scaring people.” However, health effects are real. People contact Kinoshita to report their health problems since the Fukushima nuclear accident, as doctors do not seem to acknowledge them. Children who evacuated from Tokyo and Kanto region are being diagnosed with thyroid cysts and/or nodules.


h/t @FRSCR

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Independent Journalist Ryuichi Kino Banned from TEPCO Press Conference, Kino Accuses TEPCO of Censorship

after he transmitted TEPCO’s shareholders meeting via audio using his smartphone on June 27, 2012. At that meeting, the company officially became the ward of the state (well, “effectively”), and the state that “effectively” took over is in turn barely sustained by the taxpayers in Japan, now and the future.

Ryuichi Kino has been attending the TEPCO press conferences since March 17, 2011, asking questions which often didn’t even occur to the reporters at established media outlets and TEPCO managers alike. He wrote a book with Kazuo Hizumi, who also attended the TEPCO press conferences from the beginning despite his terminal gallbladder cancer which finally took him in June this year, detailing their efforts to wrestle information out of TEPCO on the Fukushima accident.

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From ENENEWS at:
Caldicott: “We’re talking about a disaster of unbound proportions” from Fukushima Daiichi — 2.5 to 3 million deaths a possibility

Helen Caldicott – Fukushima & Nuclear Energy
Red Ice Radio
July 3, 2012

At ~11:00 in

Dr. Helen Caldicott: In Japan you come up with a startling statistic, 2.5 to 3 million in the next 25 years dying. And I don’t think that’s beyond the realm of possibility. So we’re talking about a disaster of unbound proportions.

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Please remember the animals left behind. Won’t you consider a small donation?

Animal Friends Niigata Needs Your Help
Animal Friends Niigata, an NPO shelter in Niigata needs your help!

With over 400 animals to house, care and get ready for adoption, Isabella Gallaon-Aoki is running a very tight ship as animal food supplies, vet care, and daily operations are very expensive and donations are always appreciated.
At AFN, a no kill shelter, animals are never turned away and each week Isabella Gallaon-Aoki and team goes out into the perimeter of the No Go Zone, including the Iitate village area, putting out food and re-filling stations that have been left empty by other individuals or groups. Animals are brought to AFN by owners, and calls are received to rescue animals on a daily basis. AFN has taken in many of the Fukushima animals rescues, including all the animals rescued by the team of Charles Harmison and Yoshiko Wada on their multiple rescue missions.
The GOJ has issued alerts that the second week of July will be a week where all roaming dogs will be trapped and kept waiting for owners to claim them. It is not indicated what will happen to unclaimed pets but AFN fears the worst and is getting prepared.
AFN plans to participate in saving as many animals as possible. Your donation is greatly appreciated. All chipin donations are sent directly to Animal Friends Niigata’s Paypal. On behalf of Isabella, staff, volunteers, and the animals, thank you!
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