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Seems TEPCO’s just going from bad to worse…

Japan to probe Tepco radiation cover-up claim

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18936831

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And this story is all over the place now (reading one of these might be enough – skip down to  **** M O R E   N E W S  ****:

Paper: Navy sailors have experienced “great physical pain” after Fukushima radiation exposure says lawsuit — “Therapies such as chelation and bone marrow transplants” required

http://enenews.com/newspaper-navy-sailors-experienced-great-physical-pain-after-fukushima-radiation-exposure-lawsuit-therapies-chelation-bone-marrow-transplants-required

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1-year-old named in Fukushima lawsuit by US Navy members

http://enenews.com/1-year-old-named-in-fukushima-lawsuit-by-us-navy-members

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U.S. Sailors File Suit Against Fukushima Nuclear-Plant Operator

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/12/28/u-s-sailors-file-suit-against-fukushima-nuclear-plant-operator/

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Lawsuit by US Sailors Against TEPCO: “Goshi Hosono,You Lied!”

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/lawsuit-by-us-sailors-against-tepco.html

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Japan’s Tepco sued by US sailors over radiation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20856051

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BBC: TEPCO Sued by Eight US Soldiers Over Radiation Disclosure

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/bbc-tepco-sued-by-eight-us-soldiers.html 

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U.S. sailors sue Tokyo Electric over Fukushima radiation

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121228p2g00m0dm022000c.html

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US sailors sue TEPCO over radiation from Fukushima

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Eight U.S. sailors sue Tepco for millions for falsely downplaying Fukushima radiation exposure

Bloomberg
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[Column] 3 mysteries about the US Navy sailors’ suing Tepco

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/column-3-mysteries-about-the-us-navy-sailors-suing-tepco/

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Atomic Energy Commission lied about secret meetings to prime minister’s office

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Why Japan’s ‘Fukushima 50’ remain unknown

By Rupert Wingfield-HayesBBC News, Tatsuno, Japan

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Antinuclear Tomorrow Party of Japan to split over internal feud 1 month after launch

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121227p2a00m0na008000c.html

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Editorial: LDP must not overturn zero-nuclear policy

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20121228p2a00m0na005000c.html

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10 million Bq of cesium-134/137 is still released every single hour from reactor1, 2 and 3

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/10-million-bq-of-cesium-134137-is-still-released-every-single-hour-from-reactor1-2-and-3/

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority Experts Conducting 2nd Field Survey at Ooi Nuke Plant

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/japans-nuclear-regulatory-authority_28.html

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Abe intends to review goal to terminate nuclear plants in 2030s

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/12/202054.html

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Demonstrators protest Abe Cabinet review of zero nuclear policy

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121229p2a00m0na008000c.html

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Suspicions of active fault under Japan’s only operational nuke plant persist

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121229p2a00m0na009000c.html

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Tepco seeks more aid as Fukushima clean-up costs rise

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20234489

 

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Wishing everyone a happy holiday season, whatever you are celebrating.

~ Uh-oh

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Christmas comes to 3/11 disaster-hit areas

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121225_01.html

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Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Fault-linked nuke plants sitting on 800 tons of fuel

 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121225a2.html

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Radioactive Japan: Sanjo City’s Detection of Plutonium in the Iwate Debris and Soil Causing Excitement on Twitter

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/radioactive-japan-sanjo-citys-detection.html

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Merry Christmas – message from EX-SKF

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/merry-christmas.html

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Report from Japan: Radioactive fallout around Fukushima incineration plant being hidden — “It’s very odd” (VIDEOS)

http://enenews.com/report-radioactive-fallout-around-fukushima-incineration-plant-being-hidden-very-odd-videos

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Fall-out level increasing in Fukushima city from 12/18/2012

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/fall-out-level-increasing-in-fukushima-city-from-12182012/

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Trying to revive a Fukushima ‘ghost town’

By Alex Zolbert, CNN

December 24, 2012 — Updated 0447 GMT (1247 HKT)
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Tokyo suburban city to conduct free cesium tests on food

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121224p2a00m0na007000c.html

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Resident to Mayor on NHK: Fukushima plant spewed across Japan, don’t you dare make promises about safety — I don’t want to listen anymore, you’re wasting my time (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/resident-mayor-plant-spewed-invisible-across-japan-dont-dare-make-promises

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The Lessons of the 3.11 Meltdown for Japanese Nuclear Power: Citizenship Vs. A Corporate Culture of Collusion  日本原子力にたいする3.11炉心溶融の教訓−−市民対企業結託文化

Dec. 23, 2012

Roger Pulvers

http://japanfocus.org/events/view/164

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DECEMBER 22, 2012

Arrest Over Disaster Debris Disposal Protest in Osaka Was Made by Security Police

http://ex-skf.blogspot.fr/2012/12/arrest-over-disaster-debris-disposal.html 

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Semi-quantitative analysis of leaf surface contamination
by radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident using HPGe and imaging plate

Etsuko Furuta

Received: 16 November 2012

Journal of Radioanal Nucl Chem

DOI 10.1007/s10967-012-2343-4

(C) Akade ́miai Kiado ́, Budapest, Hungary 2012

http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10967-012-2343-4

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Gundersen: Damage to Fukushima Unit 3 fuel racks could be from prompt moderated criticality, not objects falling in pool — What does Tepco know that they haven’t yet shown photos of?

http://enenews.com/gundersen-damage-fukushima-unit-3-fuel-racks-could-be-prompt-moderated-criticality-objects-falling-pool-tepco-shown-photos

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Dec 21

Mother: Child with severe nose bleeds, full body rash after playing in Fukushima contaminated water — So much blood, thought head was cut open — Fingers covered in open sores

http://enenews.com/mother-child-severe-nose-bleeds-full-body-rash-after-playing-fukushima-contaminated-water-blood-thought-head-cut-open-fingers-covered-open-sores

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Kyodo: Steel beam removed from Fukushima plant’s No. 3 pool after falling on fuel racks — Another steel beam found soon after (PHOTOS)

http://enenews.com/steel-beam-removed-from-no-3-pool-after-falling-on-fuel-racks-another-steel-beam-found-soon-after-photos

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Japan Experts: Active fault runs underneath MOX fuel plant — Warnings of massive quake

http://enenews.com/japan-experts-active-fault-runs-underneath-mox-fuel-plant-warnings-of-massive-quake

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Dec 20

Radioactive Japan under LDP: “Government Should Tell People 20 Millisieverts Per Year Exposure Is Safe”, Says Ms. Yoshiko Sakurai, Candidate for Cabinet Post Under Abe

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/radioactive-japan-under-ldp-government.html

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Meteorological agency warns to stay alert to further aftershocks

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/meteorological-agency-warns-to-stay-alert-to-further-aftershocks/

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Tsunami warning after Dec. 7 quake caused heavy traffic jams in northeast cities

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121220p2a00m0na003000c.html

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Dec 19

Radioactive Japan: “New Nuke Plants Possible in a Safe Location”, Says LDP’s Abe

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/radioactive-japan-new-nuke-plants.html

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Tepco concerned about liner of No. 3 Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima plant? (PHOTOS)

http://enenews.com/tepco-trying-repair-liner-3-spent-fuel-pool-fukushima-plant-photos

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From Facebook page

命の行進 2012

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On 3/11, we will mark Fukushima day by using as little utility supplied electricity as possible. Join our page and share with your friends and Unplug Nuclear Power on 3/11/13.

  • On 3/11, we will mark Fukushima day by using as little utility supplied electricity as possible.

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From shareyourchristmas.org:

Share Your Christmas this Christmas with a child in Tohoku, Japan

It is time once again to Share Your Christmas! The cold of winter has set in so please help us bring some warmth to the hearts of the people of Tohoku. Last year was such a big success, with hundreds of presents, a heater for a school gym and hundreds of smiling faces, we decided to do it again.

One year and nine months after the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear powerplant meltdown, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in temporary housing. Originaly, the plan was to have people out of temporary housing in 2 years but this has now been extended to 5 years or longer. Many older people have resigned themselves to living out the rest of their days there. Things are supposed to be getting better but for many, this is not the case. They have been forgotten.

The idea of Share Your Christmas is simple. You buy a Christmas present and send it to Tohoku, where we will pass it on to a child or adult to remind them that they have not been forgotten and the people of the world still care.

For more information:

http://www.shareyourchristmas.org

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Group seeks donations for Fukushima girl needing heart transplant

FUKUSHIMA — A group in a village of Fukushima Prefecture is seeking donations for a baby girl to undergo a heart transplant in the United States.

The Yoshida Aoi-chan o Suku Kai (Committee to Save Aoi Yoshida), is collecting money for Aoi Yoshida, a 20-month-old girl in the Fukushima Prefecture village of Hirata who has a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, which causes the heart to become weakened and enlarged.

Telephone inquiries (in Japanese) can be made at the Yoshida Aoi-chan o Suku Kai office at 0247-57-5562. Donations can be made by transfer to an account at the Japan Post Bank, account No. 02250-1-112497.

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121219p2a00m0na010000c.html

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Fukushima gov’t tried to kill proposal to store baby teeth for future radiation checks

FUKUSHIMA — The Fukushima Prefectural Government has tried to kill a proposal by a local assemblyperson to store local children’s milk teeth to examine their internal radiation exposure stemming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it has been learned.

In September 2011, Fukushima Prefectural Assembly member Junko Yaginuma asked the prefectural government if it should urge local residents to store baby teeth that came out after the March 2011 reactor meltdowns for future analysis of children’s strontium-90 exposure. Strontium-90, released in the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster, has biochemical features similar to calcium and can easily accumulate in bones and teeth.

After receiving Yaginuma’s query, the prefecture sent an email to members of a committee overseeing a prefectural health survey and asked them to provide plausible reasons to reject the proposal. The prefectural government called the proposal a plant by anti-nuclear groups.

 http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121219p2a00m0na016000c.html

 

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Radioactive material measured from Fukushima honey “Higher than last year”

Posted by Mochizuki on December 18th, 2012

According to Fukushima prefectural government, radioactive material was measured from honey produced in Fukushima.
It’s in the increasing trend since last year.

November 2011 : 11 Bq/kg (Cs-134/137)
June 2012 : 22.85 Bq/Kg
June 2012 : 7.54 Bq/Kg
June 2012 : 5.05 Bq/Kg
July 2012 : 5.97 Bq/Kg
October 2012 : 30.2 Bq/Kg
October 2012 : 73.1 Bq/Kg
November 2012 : 97.2 Bq/Kg
November 2012 : 41.7 Bq/Kg

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/radioactive-material-measured-from-fukushima-honey-higher-than-last-year/

 

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Future of nuclear power in Japan fuzzier with LDP win

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121217p2a00m0na022000c.html

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Australia Is Celebrating Japan’s LDP Win, Sending Share Prices of Uranium Miners Soaring

 LDP won two-thirds of the seats by getting votes of only 25% of eligible voters (or 42% of votes actually cast). It’s hardly a mandate, but yes political will will be there, which has hardly anything to do with what the majority of the citizens want.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/australia-is-celebrating-japans-ldp-win.html

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Voter voices: No choice but to vote for pro-nuclear party

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121217p2a00m0na029000c.html

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Japan Future Party Leader Kada Says She Will Work With Japan Restoration Party’s Toru Hashimoto

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/japan-future-party-leader-kada-says-she.html 

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Communists, socialists fight losing battle, likely to affect Constitutional debate

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121217p2a00m0na028000c.html

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Zero nuclear goal looks vulnerable

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121217b1.html

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Japan Officials: Ground subsidence spreading after quake — Concern about sinking buildings being damaged — Only an inch can jeopardize stability (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/japan-officials-ground-subsidence-is-spreading-after-quake-concern-about-sinking-buildings-being-damaged-only-an-inch-can-jeopardize-stability-video

Quake-caused subsidence spreads

The Environment Ministry says nearly 6,000 square kilometers of land across Japan have subsided by more than 2 centimeters in the last fiscal year.

The figure is about 1,000 times greater than in the previous fiscal year that ended March last year, and the largest-ever since records began in 1978.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121218_05.html

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Fukushima Watch: Getting Political Traction for the Anti-Nuke Movement

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/12/17/fukushima-watch-getting-political-traction-for-the-anti-nuke-movement/

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Engineer: “Much more problem” — Destroyed Fukushima Unit 3 to never be reinforced over next 40 years

http://enenews.com/engineer-much-more-problem-destroyed-fukushima-unit-3-will-never-be-reinforced-over-next-40-years-video

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New Fairewinds Video: Tepco reveals “detonation shock wave” during massive explosion at Fukushima Unit 3

http://enenews.com/new-fairewinds-video-tepco-reveals-detonation-shock-wave-during-explosion-fukushima-unit-3-photo-video

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Professor: Japan’s radioactive crops being shipped to cleaner areas and mixed into food supply?

http://enenews.com/professor-japans-radioactive-crops-shipped-clean-areas-mixed-food-supply-video

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Radioactive Japan: “New Nuke Plants Possible in a Safe Location”, Says LDP’s Abe

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/radioactive-japan-new-nuke-plants.html

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 Not Fukushima… this one’s in Niigata:

Kyodo: Level 1 incident at Japan nuclear plant — Deformed fuel rods stuck together in pool

http://enenews.com/kyodo-level-1-incident-at-japan-nuclear-plant-deformed-fuel-rods-stuck-together-in-pool

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Kaku: Fukushima reactors “a ticking time bomb” — “Catastrophe beyond comprehension” if major pipe break or quake

http://enenews.com/kaku-fukushima-reactors-like-ticking-time-bomb-catastrophe-beyond-comprehension-major-pipe-break-quake-video

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Gov’t Experts: No knowledge of what state melted fuel is in at Fukushima plant — Don’t know where it’s located — Persistent danger surrounds reactors — Collapses of facilities a threat

http://enenews.com/japan-govt-experts-no-knowledge-of-what-state-melted-nuclear-fuel-is-in-at-fukushima-plant-dont-know-where-its-located-persistent-danger-surrounds-reactors-collapses-of-plant-facilitie

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Latest from Arnie Gundersen:

12/17/2012

More Lessons From the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Containment Failures and the Loss of the Ultimate Heat Sink

http://www.fairewinds.org/content/more-lessons-fukushima-daiichi-accident-containment-failures-and-loss-ultimate-heat-sink

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This is making the rounds on the web. It says:

‎”Mr. Prime Minister, by all means, please be the first to go to the battlefield.”

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More tomorrow.

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Don’t abandon Fukushima’s children

Increasingly anxious about the impacts of radiation on their children, Fukushima’s mothers are facing a new setback that could kill their hopes forever — the imminent withdrawal of vital evacuation assistance. But if we all stand with the brave mothers now, we can help restore their hopes for a safe future.

Despite the billions of Yen allocated for Fukushima reconstruction, Governor Sato’s plan to end relocation assistance is placing thousands of families between a rock and a hard place, either they hurriedly leave their homes, ruining their children’s school year or lose the assistance they desperately need to save their families.

Sign the petition at:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/fukushima_new_year_a/?fgUjtbb&pv=281

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Fukushima operator Tepco admits culpability

Japanese nuclear plant accepts lack of safety culture and bad habits contributed to world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/14/fukushima-operator-tepco-culpability

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Fukushima Disaster: Costs and Consequences

http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/articles/fukushima-disaster-costs-and-consequences.html

Steven Starr l NuclearDarkness.org l 8 December, 2012

…Meanwhile, the destroyed Fukushima reactors and spent fuel ponds, which hold huge quantities of radioactive waste, are far from being stabilized.  Reactors #1, #2 and #3 every day discharge radioactive gases that emit a billion becquerels of radiation.  The uranium cores of reactors 1, 2 and 3, which completely melted down and then melted through the bottom of the steel reactor vessel,[viii] will continue to produce enormous amounts of radiation and heat for many years.  Every day, ten tons of seawater is poured upon each of the melted cores; the water becomes intensely radioactive and then rapidly leaks out of the containment4 into the adjacent turbine building.  It is then pumped through an expensive cooling system that traps the radioactivity in filters the size of small cars, which become highly radioactive and are being placed in a nearby field.  Fifty million gallons of intensely radioactive water have already been collected and stored on site.[ix]  Thousands of additional radioactive gallons continue to accumulate daily, and the jury-rigged pipe system connecting the storage tanks remains at risk, should another large quake strike the area….

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From http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org

Concentration of 3H in plants around Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station

H3 is tritium. These are the findings of a study on the release of tritum conducted around Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Reactor site after the accident.

Nature.com l 10 December 2012Hideki Kakiuchi,  Naofumi Akata,  Hidenao HasegawaShinji Ueda,  Shinji TokonamiMasatoshi YamadaMasahiro Hosoda,  Atsuyuki Sorimachi,  Hirofumi TazoeKaori Noda &Shun’ichi Hisamatsu

Scientific Reports 2, Article number: 947  doi:10.1038/srep00947
Received 14 September 2012 
Accepted 26 November 2012 
Published 10 December 2012

A large amount of radionuclides was released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) following the damage caused by the tsunami due to the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011. Although many radionuclides in various environmental samples around the FDNPS have been measured, 3H in the terrestrial environment has not yet been reported. We present here the first survey results of 3H concentrations in plant samples collected around the FDNPS in 2011 from shortly after the accident. The free-water3H concentrations in herbaceous plant shoots and evergreen tree leaves were considerably higher than the previous background concentration, and diminished with distance from the FDNPS. Although reconstruction of atmospheric 3H concentrations after the accident is difficult, a rough estimate of the radiation dose due to 3H inhalation about 20 km from the FDNPS is on the order of a few microsieverts (μSv).

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Tepco: Bent rod found in spent fuel pool — Nuclear fuel rods touching — “Serious fuel failure accident” risked at Japan plant

http://enenews.com/tepco-bent-rod-found-in-spent-fuel-pool-nuclear-fuel-rods-were-touching-serious-fuel-failure-accident-risked

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Regulatory body finds radiation spread projection full of errors

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/12/199125.html

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Mistakes found in all radiation projections

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121214a1.html

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Jiji: Cover-up of true radiation levels Fukushima residents were exposed to? WHO accused of underestimating disaster’s impact on human health

http://enenews.com/jiji-cover-up-of-true-radiation-levels-fukushima-residents-were-exposed-to-who-accused-of-underestimating-disasters-impact-on-human-health-iaea-colluding-with-japans-nuclear-power-industry

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Tokyo rally seeks to keep alive quest to end nuclear power

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121216a2.html

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Japan, Belarus conclude pact to gather data on effects of low-dose radiation exposure on human health

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121216a6.html

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IAEA, Fukushima agree to cooperate on decontamination, waste control

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121216p2a00m0na006000c.html

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Fukushima conference calls for nuclear safety

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121216_01.html

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Experts fear more nuke reactors may be sited over active faults

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201212110062

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http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/tepco-admits-to-shady-hiring-practices-at-fukushima-nuclear-plant

 

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Radiation level spiked in western Japan, “0.14μSv/h in Ehime”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/radiation-level-spiked-in-western-japan-0-14μsvh-in-ehime/

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New Study: “Depopulation with Rapid Aging” after Fukushima Daiichi disaster

http://enenews.com/new-study-depopulation-with-rapid-aging-after-fukushima-daiichi-disaster

 

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Kyodo: M10 quake possible, says study — An hour of shaking — Tsunami lasting for several days

http://enenews.com/kyodo-m10-quake-possible-says-study-an-hour-of-shaking-tsunami-lasting-for-several-days

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There was an election in Kuwana City, Mie. One of those running, Mizutani, had been mayor five times and was seeking re-election but lost to a new Mirai Party candidate, Ito Narutaka, who received more than twice the number of votes as the previous mayor did. Ito supports stopping all nuclear power plant operation within 10 years. 

Ito-san ran for mayor before but didn’t win.

Mizutani received 16,254 votes. Ito received 42,352, roughly 2.6 times as many.

One would think that this shows powerful public support for the end of nuclear power in Japan.

 

One person on a listserv (sent to me by “M”) was wondering why this was not covered more broadly in the press:

 

桑名市では12月2日、自公民主と維新が推薦する、3期目かを狙う現市長を新人で未来塾生が2.6倍の票差で勝ったったそうです。
ご存知のこととは思うのですが、なぜこれがネットの話題にならないのか不思議です。
原発反対の方のはずなのですが、ネット検索しても詳しいことがわかりません。
私が技術的に未熟なせいもあります。
反原発の方々の大きな力になるはずです。

Well, it seems to have been… here:

 

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/mie/20121204/CK2012120402000019.html

伊藤さんに当選証書 桑名市長選で初当選

 

桑名市長選から一夜明けた三日、現職を大差で破り初当選を果たした伊藤徳宇(なるたか)さん(36)に、当選証書が手渡された。伊藤さんは「実感が湧いてきた。市長として市民のために働けると思うとうれしい。責任も重大と感じている」と語った。

 四万二千票余りを得票し、現職との差は二倍以上になった。伊藤さんは「驚いた。市長を変えなければという人が非常に多かったという印象を受けた」との見方を示し、投票率53・25%(前回比3ポイント増)に対しては「有権者の関心は高かったのではないか」とした。

 最優先の事業には、二〇一五年開院を目指す新病院の整備を挙げた。自らが地域に出向き市民と対話する場の設置や、情報公開にも意欲を示した。来年度予算については「当初は骨格とし、六月の補正で自分の色を出せれば」と話した。

 選挙後は午前三時半に床に就いた三日も午前六時に起床。桑名駅でお礼のあいさつに立ち、市民の激励を受けたという。

 (渡辺聖子)

and here:

 

2012年12月7日金曜日

12月2日開票の桑名市市長選挙で新人の伊藤徳宇氏が現職を大差で破り当選し ました。

http://www.tokyopressclub.com/2012/12/blog-post_7.html

[WARNING: My translation of Japanese may not be accurate. Check with credible sources before quoting 😉 ]

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“Active Fault Right Under the Reactor Building in Tsuruga Nuke Plant”, Japan’s Nucleaer Regulatory Authority Concluded After 2-Day Field Research

 

 

All five experts on the Nuclear Regulatory Authority’s panel agree it is highly likely that the fault that runs right beneath the Reactor 2 building at Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant is an active fault.

Chairman Shunichi Tanaka doesn’t think it is even possible at this point to proceed with the safety evaluation to restart the plant.

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When asked by a reporter from Fukui TV why it was taking months for the operator of the plant to reach any conclusion but the Nuclear Regulatory Authority’s experts were able to reach a conclusion (that an active fault runs beneath the reactor building) in two days, Dr. Shimazaki answered:

After all, the plant operator is in a very delicate position, particularly those who actually do the investigation may be placed in a very delicate position, I suspect. Basically, [the operator] continues the investigation in order to prove that it is not an active fault, and as long as it cannot prove that it has to continue the investigation, so to speak. That is a totally different position than ours.

 

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Japanese nuclear plant ‘sitting on active fault line’

The operator of Japan’s Tsuruga nuclear power plant may be ordered to decommission the facility after seismologists confirmed that it sits directly atop an active fault line.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9736271/Japanese-nuclear-plant-sitting-on-active-fault-line.html

 

 

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Restart of Tsuruga plant appears difficult due to possible active fault

 

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121210p2g00m0dm078000c.html

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Urasoko fault near Tsuruga nuclear plant underestimated for over 30 years

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121211p2a00m0na022000c.html

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Scrapping Tsuruga nuclear plant faces legal hurdles

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121211p2a00m0na019000c.html

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Messages on Twitter show citizens’ interest in nuclear power

TOKYO, Dec. 11, Kyodo

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/12/198567.html

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Cause Still Unknown for #Fukushima II (Daini) Nuke Plant Pressure Rise in Reactor 1 Building

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/cause-still-unknown-for-fukushima-ii.html

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RyokichiKawashima94

‎”A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do…”

94 year old Ryokichi Kawashima is the oldest candidate standing in next month’s Japanese elections (Saitama). He i

s funding his candidacy with 3 million yen set aside for his funeral.His campaign pledge is adherence to Article 9 of the Constitution (which prohibits war by the state), opposition to nuclear power plants, and having the emperor as “head of state” instead of “symbol””Right-leaning (LDP President Shinzo) Abe and (Japan Restoration Party Leader Shintaro) Ishihara are moving to the right, they say “military” with ease. (Japan Restoration Party Deputy Leader Toru) Hashimoto is just absurd. We surrendered unconditionally. What has happened to Japan? I got worried.” At 21, Kawashima-san was drafted in 1939 to fight in World War II, fighting in China for seven years: “I survived the war, I have had a good time. If I don’t do anything now, I don’t know how I can justify myself to the soldiers who died.” On November 30, he gathered his family members to his house and declared that he would run for office. His family was initially against it, but he prevailed. “I thought I would ask my friends to help me, but they were all dead.””To be honest, I don’t think I will win. But I want to make myself heard.”Kawashima-san, you’re making yourself heard….

http://ex-skf.blogspot.fr/2012/12/election-in-japan-94-year-old-candidate.html

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Well worth reading:

Chernobyl factored in the fall of a corrupt regime — Fukushima may too

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20121209rp.html

They found that “abundance of invertebrates decreased with increasing radiation,” concluding that “the ecological effects of radiation from Chernobyl on animals are greater than previously assumed.”

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Book reveals human drama in Fukushima No. 1 crisis

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121211f2.html

…little has come to light about the human drama of how the plant workers who came to be dubbed the “Fukushima 50,” fought against incredible odds to avert catastrophic reactor explosions that would have led to the contamination of all eastern Japan.

But now a recently published book sheds light on dozens of those workers…

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Fukushima Evacuee: Many kids in region with symptoms of health damage — Abnormal changes began to occur on my son; Stomatitis, eczema, fever, epistaxis

http://enenews.com/fukushima-evacuee-many-kids-in-kanto-region-with-symptoms-of-health-damage-abnormal-changes-began-to-occur-on-my-son-stomatitis-eczema-fever-epistaxis

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Gundersen: I’m sure there’s a lot of damaged nuclear fuel in Fukushima spent fuel pools — The tubes are cracked — May be completely severed (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/gundersen-im-sure-lot-damaged-nuclear-fuel-fukushima-spent-fuel-pools-tubes-cracked-be-completely-severed-video

LIsten here:

http://www.fairewinds.org/content/fairewinds-podcast

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6400 Bq/Kg from shimeji mushroom in Koriyama Fukushima, cesium from 91% from the samples

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/6400-bqkg-from-shimeji-mushroom-in-koriyama-fukushima-cesium-from-91-from-the-samples/

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“Especially Alarming”: Giant quake of magnitude 8 or greater could soon strike Japan — Gov’t calls for ‘continued vigilance’

Title: Fears Grow that Japan Could be Hit by Another Powerful Earthquake
Source: Arirang News
Date: December 08, 2012

Title: Dec. 7 quake: larger aftershocks possible
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Date: December 08, 2012

http://enenews.com/especially-alarming-giant-quake-of-magnitude-8-or-greater-could-soon-strike-japan-govt-calls-for-continued-vigilance

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Magnitude 7.3 ‘outer-rise’ earthquake sparks fresh fears

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121208p2a00m0na006000c.html

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Reports: “Something may have happened at Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant” after M7.3 quake — Tepco “did not know cause of pressure rise”

http://enenews.com/reports-it-looks-something-may-have-happened-at-fukushima-ii-nuclear-power-plant-after-m7-3-quake-tepco-did-not-know-cause-of-pressure-rise

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Hydrogen concentration of reactor1 still keeps increasing

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/hydrogen-concentration-of-reactor1-still-keeps-increasing/

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Photographer “Reactor4 looked like it was about to fall down”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/express-photographer-reactor4-looked-like-it-was-about-to-fall-down/

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“Cables were unplugged, pressure temporarily went out of control after M7.3″

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/express-cables-were-unplugged-pressure-temporarily-went-out-of-control-after-m7-3/

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Thyroid gland tests on kids in Nagasaki to be compared with Fukushima findings

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211200069

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Artists design aloha shirts to help Fukushima garment company’s recovery

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121209p2a00m0na004000c.html

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Fukushima 3/11 Fallout Figures Released: Over 4,000,000 Bq/m2 in major city — Contamination did NOT come from much talked about Iodine-131 or Cesium-137

http://enenews.com/fukushima-fallout-figures-released-3000000-bqm2-in-major-city-radioactive-contamination-did-not-come-from-much-talked-about-iodine-131-or-cesium-137

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In-Focus: Japan – Paving way for reactor restarts next summer – NRA to be investigated

http://enformable.com/2012/12/in-focus-japan-paving-way-for-reactor-restarts-next-summer-nra-to-be-investigated/#56t5YYr7osWWCmP4.99

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Newspaper: Door-to-door surveys revealed clusters of Fukushima residents with persistent nose bleeds, diarrhea — Fallout refugees talk about bizarre rashes, high fevers, more

(report from 2011)

http://enenews.com/newspaper-fukushima-fallout-refugees-talk-about-bizarre-rashes-high-fevers-blood-noses-is-it-too-late-to-evacuate

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