Day 496 If the fault were to move…

Protests continue.

I counted at least 200 at the protest tonight in Nagoya. I noticed that Chukyo TV had a cameraman there toward the beginning, but then he disappeared (same routine as the first week). Many more people came the second hour, particularly the last half hour.

Photos and video links over at FukushimaDiary:

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[Ajisai Revolution] Anonybus to help protestors

Posted by Mochizuki on July 20th, 2012

Anonybus (anonymous bus) is driving around the official residence to help protestors move around. The organizer and sponsor are not known.



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[Ajisai Revolution] Ex-PM Hatoyama will join the protest in front of official residence

Posted by Mochizuki on July 20th, 2012 

On 7/18/2012, former Japanese prime minister Hatoyama Yukio stated he is going to take part in the protest in front of (his former) official residence in the interview of Iwakami Yasumi.

The protest is planned to start in 15 minutes from now.

Hatoyama commented, most of the major media try to ignore the protest, but it started independently by using Twitter etc.

This is a historical event, if the government keeps ignoring it, that would become such a disaster  for the government.

He admitted he is against the restart of Ohi nuclear plant.

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Photos and Videos of Workers Removing Two Unused Fuel Assemblies from Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant, 7/18,19/2012

TEPCO released still photographs of the July 18 and 19 operations to remove two new (unused) fuel assemblies from the Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool.

The company also released 4 short videos of the July 19 operation. They look like videos taken from someone’s mobile phone (i.e. bad). TEPCO had to blur the names on the backs of the workers to hide their identities, making poor-quality videos even worse. From the still photographs, the operations on July 18 and 19 were identical.

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Radiation dosage website abandoned due to opposition from Fukushima Pref.

The National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) developed a radiation dosage website for Fukushima Prefecture residents following the March 2011 nuclear accident but was forced to drop it due to opposition from the prefectural government, which warned the website would stir up fears, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

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Yoroku: Heedless attitude to fault lines by gov’t, electric companies risks disaster

In Japanese legend, earthquakes were caused by the thrashing of a giant Namazu catfish living in the mud beneath the archipelago. When did Japanese people start believing a catfish could cause earthquakes? Probably the oldest known written reference to the Namazu is in a letter by 16th century warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

As Fushimi Castle was being built in Kyoto, Toyotomi wrote, “On the construction of Fushimi, be mindful of the Namazu.” That is, the castle must be built to withstand earthquakes.

Before Fushimi was built, Toyotomi had ridden out an earthquake in Sakamoto Castle, on a causeway in catfish-rich Lake Biwa, so perhaps the association stuck in his head. Despite Toyotomi’s orders, however, Fushimi Castle was in the end destroyed by the Keicho Fushimi earthquake of 1596. The quake killed many, but Toyotomi managed to survive.

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Editorial: Fault probes at nuclear plants overdue in quake-prone Japan

Hokuriku Electric Power Co.'s Shika nulcear power plant in Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture. (Mainichi)
Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika nulcear power plant in Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture. (Mainichi)

The possibility that an active fault runs below the No. 1 reactor at Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika nuclear plant has grown increasingly likely. If the fault were to move, the nuclear plant could suffer damage. The construction of a nuclear power plant on top of a fault is extremely risky and unacceptable.

“Any other experts seeing the data would be appalled,” said a participant at a meeting of specialists at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA).

One does not have to be a seismological expert to feel alarmed.

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Govt sets compensation rules for Fukushima

The Japanese government has compiled guidelines to speed up compensation for Fukushima residents forced to evacuate after last year’s nuclear power plant accident.

The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, is already dealing with the compensation issues based on guidelines created by a government committee of experts. But payments have been delayed because of wide differences in claims between the residents and the utility.

The new guidelines have been compiled by the industry ministry, which oversees the utility. They say that people who evacuated after the nuclear disaster and cannot return home for 6 or more years should be compensated for the full value of their houses.

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Fukushima cucumbers relabeled and sold in Tokyo

Apr. 29, 2012 – 04:43PM JST


A fruit and vegetable wholesaler has been repackaging and relabeling cucumbers grown in Fukushima to disguise their origin, authorities said Saturday.

Wholesaler Daikanebunki allegedly repackaged and sold 358 boxes of cucumbers grown in Fukushima. The cucumbers were labeled as having been grown in Yamagata and Iwate prefectures, NTV reported.

Authorities on Friday ordered the wholesaler to abide by Japanese law when labeling goods and products in the future. They also claim that this is the first reported case of Fukushima goods being relabeled and sold in the capital.

Japan Today

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Post-Fukushima, Japan’s irradiated fish worry B.C. experts

By Alex Roslin, July 19, 2012

Are fish from the Pacific Ocean and Japanese coastal and inland waters safe to eat 16 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster?

Governments and many scientists say they are. But the largest collection of data on radiation in Japanese fish tells a very different story.

In June, 56 percent of Japanese fish catches tested by the Japanese government were contaminated with ce-sium-137 and -134. (Both are human-made radioactive isotopes—produced through nuclear fission—of the element cesium.)

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From ENENEWS at:

Lead scientist surprised by Japan data: Fukushima plant still leaking radiation into ocean?

Title: Post-Fukushima, Japan’s irradiated fish worry B.C. experts
Source: Vancouver Free Press
Author: Alex Roslin
Date: July 19, 2012


The numbers show that far from dissipating with time, as government officials and scientists in Canada and elsewhere claimed they would, levels of radiation from Fukushima have stayed stubbornly high in fish. In June 2012, the average contaminated fish catch had 65 becquerels of cesium per kilo. That’s much higher than the average of five Bq/kg found in the days after the accident back in March 2011, before cesium from Fukushima had spread widely through the region’s food chain.

In some species, radiation levels are actually higher this year than last.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency […] spokesperson Lisa Gauthier refused to make someone available to answer questions on fish monitoring.


Physician Tim Takaro

Burnaby MD Tim Takaro says he now avoids eating fish from the vicinity of Japan. “I would find another source for fish if I thought it was from that area,” said Takaro, an associate professor in Simon Fraser University’s faculty of health sciences.

“There are way too many questions and not enough answers to say everything is fine,” Takaro said in a phone interview.

Physician Erica Frank

A Canada Research Chair in UBC’s faculty of medicine and a past president of the Nobel Prize–winning U.S. group Physicians for Social Responsibility, another signatory of the statement—said she also avoids eating fish from Japan.

“I think it’s important to ask purveyors of Pacific food where it comes from,” she said.


It all leaves Vancouver doctor Frank bewildered by the government response here.

“It struck me as such a poor public-health decision not to monitor. This requires urgent action, but it just doesn’t seem to register on anyone’s radar,” she said.

Frank is now writing a book about the struggle to get authorities to monitor fish after Fukushima. She said she thinks of it as a murder mystery. “There are no bodies, but as a specialist in preventive medicine, I worry about increased mortality from the fish,” she said.

Stony Brook University’s Nicholas Fisher

Nicholas Fisher is one of the few U.S. scientists studying Fukushima’s impacts on migratory fish in the Pacific.

Fisher said he was surprised when told about the high cesium levels in the Japanese fisheries data. It makes him leery of eating fish from Japanese waters, he said.

“Those are high numbers. It would give me pause if I were eating fish in Japan.…Imported fish are also a concern,” said Fisher, a marine-sciences professor at New York’s Stony Brook University. Fisher added in a phone interview that the persistently high cesium numbers may be a sign that the Fukushima plant is still leaking radiation into the ocean.

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Tepco completes covering seafloor with layers of cement mix — More coating used at Reactors 5 & 6 than for Reactors 1, 2, 3 & 4 combined (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)


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From ENENEWS at:


NYTimes: Radioactive cloud would be ‘trapped’ over Los Angeles and San Diego in case of Fukushima-style meltdown at California nuke plant -Study

Title: Trying to Tally Fukushima
Date: July 19, 2012


If the Diablo Canyon plant on the California coast released a similar amount of radioactive material [as Fukushima Daiichi did], doses would be far higher even though California is far less densely settled than Fukushima Prefecture is, the study said.

That’s because prevailing winds in Fukushima carried most of the contamination out to sea; in California, the researchers’ simulations showed, the radioactivity would be trapped by seasonal weather conditions and travel slowly along the coastline over populated regions of Los Angeles and San Diego before it moved offshore.


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Damages rules set for nuclear crisis evacuees

Homeowners in worst areas to get full value


These evacuees are from the areas with the worst levels of radiation among the three types of evacuation zones the government reclassified in April.

The guidelines propose paying at least 50 percent of the predisaster value of real estate to people whose assets are in the second category, where limited access is allowed.

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More from ENENEWS:

Asahi: Fukushima meltdowns seen by many in Japan asnation’s great debacle — Worse than atomic bombings

Kyodo: Tokyo area officials blast gov’t decontamination, “An empty promise” — Little progress made in cleaning up radioactive soil


French Physicist: Fukushima spent fuel pools miraculously survived — Unit No. 4 a constant source of worry (AUDIO)


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