DAy 533 Nobody wants the job (of working at FD1)

Starting off tonight, a must read. It is a rebuttal to a recent Wall Street Journal article downplaying the effects of the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. The article is full of flaws, inaccurate facts and misrepresentations.

This article addresses those inadequacies. It is clear,  easy to follow, and gives pertinent data and sources along with a great discussion of the actual situation at FD1.

The Reality (Not The “Panic”) Of Fukushima

August 23rd, 2012

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Sorry, but nobody wants this job.

NHK: Mayor says work to remove radioactive substances “making no progress” (VIDEO)

Title: Fukushima NHK Special: Daiichi Nuclear Fuel Rod Removal
Source: NewsWatch 9
Published by: Missingsky101
Date Aired: July 18, 2012
Date Published: August 24, 2012

Last December, the government said the accident at Fukushima nuclear plant had been contained, but the local residents still face a long road to rebuild their lives. The government also said the work to remove radioactive substances from areas with relatively low contamination would end by March 2014. But Iitate village Mayor Norio Kanno told reporters yesterday the work was making no progress.


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Fukushima starts radiation checks on all rice


NIHONMATSU, Fukushima Pref. — The Fukushima Prefectural Government is now checking all bags of rice for radiation.

Gov. Yuhei Sato, who visited an inspection center in Nihonmatsu on Saturday, the first day of the comprehensive inspections, said that he “wants safe Fukushima rice to be delivered across the country.”

The checks were deemed necessary to allay fears caused by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power station.

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And this from the Safecast listserv:

Professor Takeda of Chubu University reported in his blog that 10Bq/kg of thorium234 and 23Bq/kg of protactinium234m were found in Japanese sardine (Ma-Iwashi) from Chiba prefecture.

The fish was sold at a supermarket and measured by “securitytokyo” with germanium semiconductor detector on August 1, 2012. Cesium134 was detected at 0.1Bq/kg and cesium137 was detected at 0.2Bq/kg in the fish. “securitytokyo” does not allow unauthorized linking to their test results.

Uranium238 decays to thorium234 which decays further to protactinium234. On the decay paths of uranium238 to lead206, there are 13 intermediate daughter products. Professor Takeda says that detection of thorium234 and protactinium234 means that other daughter isotopes are present, and that if 30Bq/kg of one daughter isotope of uranium238 is found in fish, the total radiation dose of all isotopes in the fish is around 450Bq/kg. Uranium is not a fission product but a nuclear fuel. When uranium is present in fish, plutonium is likely in that fish.

It reminds us of the fact that the only the cesium level is measured in our food and we are not informed of other isotopes by the authorities. Professor Takeda says the case of sardine raises serious concern over safety of fish and advices careful attention to fish contamination.

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From EX-SKF at:


Fukushima Governor Requested TEPCO to Say “No Health Worries” After Reactor 3 Explosion

(Ah, but you don’t need to believe it, because that’s what TEPCO recorded in the video. “TEPCO lies”, remember? They must have fabricated the scene.)

From Jiji Tsushin (8/24/2012):


Fukushima Prefecture requested TEPCO for “No health worries” PR after Reactor 3 explosion?


TEPCO announced on August 24 that it was highly likely that officials of the Fukushima prefectural government requested [TEPCO] to make the public announcement that “there are no worries on health” when the Reactor 3 building had a hydrogen explosion on March 14 last year. The Fukushima prefectural government says, “There is no concrete information, and the investigation is difficult.”


In the video footage of the teleconferences that TEPCO has made public, a TEPCO employee is heard saying “There has been a request from the governor of Fukushima to insert the words in our press release to say there will be no worries of damage to health judging by the radiation levels that have been measured.” When this particular scene was reported in the media, Governor Yuhei Sato denied he had ever said it, and asked TEPCO to investigate the matter on August 10.

I think it’s more likely that it was not TEPCO who didn’t want the free and open access to all the video recording.

Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato once said he was the most famous governor in the whole world thanks to the Fukushima nuclear accident.

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Mainichi: “Nuclear devastation” for Japan, in peace time — Fukushima disaster “the same as war” -Buddhist Nun

Title: Complacency perished in the Fukushima nuclear disaster
Source: The Japan Times
Date: Aug. 26, 2012


Japan, complacent beneath the American nuclear umbrella, has in fact contributed remarkably little to the cause of nuclear disarmament. Note, besides, [Prime Minister Yoshihiko] Noda’s reference to “nuclear devastation in war,” and what that leaves unsaid — namely, nuclear devastation in peace.


“In my mind, Fukushima is like a third nuclear victim, following Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” added Fukushima evacuee Sachiko Sato.

Nuclear devastation in peace is war, a 90-year-old Buddhist nun named Jakucho Setouchi goes so far as to say. Setouchi is a writer of considerable reputation whose collected works, published in 2002, run to 20 volumes. Speaking to Shukan Asahi magazine, she said, “The earthquake and tsunami were natural disasters, but (Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant) was a manmade disaster, and therefore the same as war.”


“The atmosphere today,” says Setouchi, “is exactly like 1941, ’42.” Back then, the public and mass media bought the official line that Japan’s victory was assured. In our own time, the public and mass media bought the official line that the safety of nuclear power was assured.


Future historians looking back on our time may conclude that the nuclear accident changed Japan not much less than the atomic bombs did. There’s a lot happening, where little was before. The weekly Shukan Gendai talks to three female lawmakers who lately bolted the governing Democratic Party of Japan, largely over its decision to reactivate two nuclear reactors in Oi, Fukui Prefecture. “Foreigners think the Japanese are sheep,” said one of them, Kuniko Tanioka. “But we’re raising our voices now, saying no to nuclear power, no to reactivation.”


“Perpetrators of the subway sarin affair were given death sentences,” she says. “The top people in the company that caused radiation contamination are still in their executive boardrooms, drawing high salaries. That’s odd, isn’t it?”




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