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Monthly Archives: January 2013

For folks in the Aichi/Nagoya area, there are 2 protests here in Nagoya on Friday evenings, the first is from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in front of Chubu Electric Company in Sakae (just down the street from the Aichi Arts Center). The second is from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in front of the Kansai Electric Company in Takaoka, Exit #1.

Looks like it might rain tomorrow evening, so take an umbrella with you just in case.

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From 29 Jan…

Police arrest animal rescuers inside Fukushima evacuation zone — “They cannot be contacted and are being charged with crimes

http://enenews.com/atrocious-police-arrest-people-helping-animals-inside-fukushima-evacuation-zone-they-cannot-be-contacted-and-are-being-charged-with-crimes

 

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Pipes That Should Not Be There Are Blocking the Way in Reactor 2 Torus Room

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-pipes-that.html

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Active fault to scuttle Tsuruga plant

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/29/national/active-fault-to-scuttle-tsuruga-plant/#.UQpWOqVrhzX

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Anything Goes in #Radioactive Japan under LDP: Government to Allow Rice Growing in Former Evacuation Zones, Areas That Exceeded 500 Bq/kg in 2011

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/anything-goes-in-radioactive-japan.html

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Jiji: “Severe labor shortages” for Fukushima decontamination — “Fears over radiation exposure”

http://enenews.com/jiji-severe-labor-shortages-fukushima-decontamination-fears-radiation-exposure

Really? Can’t imagine why people would think this when the media/gov’t/TEPCO keep saying everything is under control. Could it possibly be that the public is wary of media reportage? (Gasp!) 

Q: How to get workers up to FD1… Any ideas?

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Mt. Fuji eruption may require 567,000 people to evacuate homes

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130129p2g00m0dm066000c.html

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March 11 destruction still scars Fukushima nuke plant

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130129p2a00m0na009000c.html

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From 30 Jan…

Journalism Professor: Goebbels would smile in his grave to see how nuclear establishment handled disaster — Lots around world will die from Fukushima contamination (AUDIO)

http://enenews.com/journalism-professor-goebbels-would-smile-in-his-grave-to-see-how-nuclear-establishment-handled-fukushima-disaster-audio

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(Anything Goes Series-2) Highly Contaminated Fukushima Hills to Be Fully Open for Cherry Blossom Viewers, Harbinger of Explosive Recovery in Fukushima

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/anything-goes-series-2-highly.html

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Asahi: U.S. gov’t concluded Fukushima disaster “could spread to a global scale”

http://enenews.com/asahi-govt-concluded-fukushima-disaster-could-spread-global-scale

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Jiji: Japan plummets in press freedom list — “Almost zero respect for access to information related to Fukushima… Should sound an alarm” -Group

http://enenews.com/jiji-japan-plummets-press-freedom-list-almost-respect-access-information-related-fukushima-sharp-fall-sound-alarm

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BBC: Medical tests show exposure to “high levels of radiation” in Fukushima evacuees (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/bbc-medical-tests-show-high-levels-of-radiation-in-fukushima-evacuees-video

 

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From 31 Jan…

Panel eyes new predictions on effects of Nankai Trough earthquake

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130131p2a00m0na009000c.html

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US expert questions Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20130131_27.html

 

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Abe to review DPJ-set policy to end nuclear power generation in 2030s

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/01/206951.html

 

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The chairman of the Fukushima accident council, “There’s no appropriate solution for reactor4″

 http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/the-chairman-of-the-fukushima-accident-council-theres-no-appropriate-solution-for-reactor4/

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Cesium from the urine of 40% of the children in Iwate, “Considering to stop the research anymore”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/cesium-from-the-urine-of-40-of-the-children-in-iwate-considering-to-stop-the-research-anymore/

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And the government still pushes for restarts…

Former Prime Minister Kan: Evacuation after Fukushima could have reached 50 million people

The first week after the accident was a nightmare,” he writes. […]

Kan takes up the narrative: “It was at 3 a.m. when Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaeda came to the Residence with the news that Masataka Shimizu, president of Tepco, had put in a request to withdraw from the nuclear plant site.

“If I (had let this happen), 50 million people would have to be evacuated within a few weeks. … The very announcement to evacuate would result in mass panic.” […]

http://enenews.com/prime-minister-kan-evacuation-after-fukushima-could-have-reached-50-million-people

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25 Jan 2013

Tepco plans to dump ‘cleaned’ Fukushima No. 1 water

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/25/national/tepco-plans-to-dump-cleaned-fukushima-no-1-water/#at_pco=cfd-1.0

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28 Jan 2013

Tepco to discharge 2,000 ~ 3,000 Bq/ml of tritium to the sea, “50 times much as legal limit”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/tepco-to-discharge-2000-3000-bqml-of-tritium-to-the-sea-50-times-much-as-legal-limit/

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: TEPCO Wants to Dump Treated Water into the Ocean

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-tepco-wants-to.html

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Fukushima I Nuke Accident: TEPCO to Limit the Right to Claim Compensation to 3 Years After All

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/fukushima-i-nuke-accident-tepco-to.html

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Japanese Journalist: “We must know that we are responsible for committing such a huge crime to contaminate the world”

http://enenews.com/japanese-journalist-responsible-committing-huge-crime-contaminate-world-international-society-video

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NYTimes: ‘Prophetic’ warning of Fukushima-type nuclear disaster

http://enenews.com/nytimes-prophetic-warning-of-fukushima-type-nuclear-disaster

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22 Jan 2013

News Navigator: What are filtered ventilation systems at nuclear power plants?

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20130122p2a00m0na014000c.html

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28 Jan 2013

Over 500 Fukushima residents to file damage suit against gov’t, TEPCO

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130128p2a00m0na012000c.html

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Fukushima thyroid exposure at “safe levels”

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20130127_25.html

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27 Jan 2013

Feature documentary on Fukushima kids with newly discovered thyroid cysts and nodules

http://enenews.com/feature-documentary-fuksuhima-kids-newly-discovered-thyroid-cysts-nodules

 

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27 Jan 2013

[Ecological effect] Swans significantly decreased in the hazard area

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/ecological-effect-swans-significantly-decreased-in-the-hazard-area/

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[Possible nuclear explosion ?] Reactor1 had possible shock wave and black smoke like reactor3 on 3/12/2011

(h/t Fukushima Diary)

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25 Jan 2013

Japanese Researchers Found Cesium More Concentrated in Calf Than in Mother Cow in the Former Evacuation Zone in #Fukushima Prefecture

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/japanese-researchers-found-cesium-more.html

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Paper: “U.S. military is still keeping quiet about” it — Women and children ordered to evacuate base 300 kilometers from Fukushima when radiation alarms went off after 3/11

http://enenews.com/paper-military-keeping-quiet-about-women-children-ordered-evacuate-base-300-kilometers-fukushima-when-radiation-alarms-after-311

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Video: 240,000 Bq/m2 detected on road 80 kilometers from Fukushima disaster

http://enenews.com/video-240000-bqm2-detected-on-road-80-kilometers-from-fukushima-disaster

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Dear friends and family around the world,

Just now catching up on about a week’s worth of news. Life’s been busy around these parts, which is a good thing. Busy, but in a good way. Bringing you up to date on the FD1 situation….

p.s. whoever is in Mountain View, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto, y’all should meet each other (or are you the same person with an iPad?). Thanks for checkin’ in!

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Fukushima debris hits Hawaii

http://rt.com/usa/news/fukushima-debris-hawaii-radiation-285/

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Jan 19, 2013…

Caldicott: Terribly alarming what’s happening in Japan — Signs of radiation sickness reported in children after 3/11 — Lies are being fed to the people (AUDIO)

Radio: “Continually, radioactive elements are being flushed into the Pacific” — “The Fukushima accident will never end, they have no idea how to clean it up” -Caldicott (AUDIO)

http://enenews.com/caldicott-terribly-alarming-whats-happening-in-japan-children-showed-signs-of-radiation-sickness-after-311-lies-are-being-fed-to-the-people-audio

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Jan 18…..

Tepco Official: Fukushima Daiichi is on ocean and groundwater is close to surface — A ‘daunting challenge’ to keep radioactive material from spreading?

http://enenews.com/tepco-official-fukushima-ocean-groundwater-close-surface-daunting-challenge-keep-radioactive-material-spreading

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AFP: Record high radiation found in Fukushima fish — 2,500 times cesium limit

http://enenews.com/afp-record-high-radiation-found-fukushima-fish-2500-times-cesium-limit

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 254,000 Bq/kg of Radioactive Cesium from Fish Caught Inside the Harbor

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-254000-bqkg-of.html

Fish with 254,000 Bq/kg Cesium Was Caught Right at Fukushima I Nuke Plant, Not “Near Fukushima”

(UPDATE Jan 19 ) True to its tabloid form, UK’s Daily Mailreports the news, which clearly steals the lines from Zero Hedge calling the fish “Mike the Murasoi”, or “Murasai” as the writer Mark Prigg misquotes in the article text. The writer fails to credit Zero Hedge though, and fails to quote Le Monde or AFP who spread the meme of “fish caught in the bay near the plant”. Some journalism.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/fish-with-254000-bqkg-cesium-was-caught.html

 

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 Jan 16, 2013…

2 more cases of sloppy decontamination work uncovered in Fukushima

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130116p2a00m0na006000c.html

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French woman who fled during nuclear crisis sues NHK for firing her

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130116p2g00m0dm023000c.html

Frenchwoman fired for leaving Japan during nuclear crisis sues NHK

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130116a6.html

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Jan 17, 2013…

Radioactive Japan: “Soft Drink” from Iwate Prefecture Tested With 4.1 Bq/kg of Radioactive Cesium

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/radioactive-japan-soft-drink-from-iwate.html

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Video: “Going from bad to worse, day by day” at Fukushima plant — “The situation don’t improve at all”

http://enenews.com/video-going-bad-worse-day-day-fukushima-plant-situation-dont-improve-all

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Doctor: Source of Fukushima leakage still not controlled — Reactor cores may be underneath containment

http://enenews.com/doctor-source-fukushima-leakage-controlled-reactor-cores-be-containment-video

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Jan 15, 2013…

First layer for cover at Fukushima Unit 4 (PHOTO)

http://enenews.com/photo-first-layer-of-cover-for-fukushima-unit-4

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Tepco Official in US: “We are still seeing leakage” — Contaminated groundwater seeping into reactor areas

http://enenews.com/tepco-official-leakage-contaminated-groundwater-seeping-reactor-areas

 

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Jan 14, 2013…

Teenagers working with Fukushima radioactive waste

http://enenews.com/teenagers-working-fukushima-radioactive-waste

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東京放射能汚染〜ワンコの足裏編〜Tokyo Radiation Contamination of Dog’s Paw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeQVxyyIKSc&feature=player_embedded

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant Accident: Contamination in Ojika Peninsula in NE Miyagi May Be Specifically from Reactor 1, Tokyo University Researcher Says

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-accident.html

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Asahi: Almost entire city of 300,000 people has radiation levels high enough to get decontaminated by gov’t

http://enenews.com/asahi-almost-entire-city-of-300000-people-has-radiation-levels-high-enough-to-be-eligble-for-decontamination

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Voluntary Evacuation: A New Form of Struggle – A Conversation with Takako Shishido (1)

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Published: January 14, 2013

 http://www.jfissures.org/2013/01/14/voluntary-evacuation-a-new-form-of-struggle-a-conversation-with-takako-shishido-1/

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Study: 88% of cesium in radioactive ash might be at risk of being transported away from Japan landfills by wind and rain

http://enenews.com/study-radioactive-ash-dumped-japan-landfills-risk-being-transported-wind-rain

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Jan 12, 2013…

Fukushima; NHK Documentary “Lives Slipped Away”

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Petition

Unjust Arrest of a Professor Opposing Debris Incineration in Osaka

This is a letter from Masaki Shimoji, a university associate professor who has been unfairly detained since his sudden arrest on December 9, 2012. The arrest occurred because he walked through the Japan Railways Osaka station on October 17, 2012.

Please sign this petition to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Associate Professor Masaki Shimoji.


Statement from Dr. Helen Caldicott in support of Professor Shimoji


Professor Shimoji is a brave and moral man who is worried about his students and future generations. It is imperative that he be supported in his quest to halt incineration of radioactive waste in Osaka and elsewhere in Japan as this will add to the misery, sickness and deaths that will be the Fukushima legacy.

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1,868 Great East Japan Earthquake aftershocks shook Japan in 2012

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130109p2a00m0na008000c.html

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Tainted water allowed to run off

Fukushima cleanup crews cut corners

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130109a1.html

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Newly Fukushima Footage from 3/11: I can no longer force my employees to continue… many received ‘high doses’ of radiation -Plant Chief

http://enenews.com/new-311-fukushima-footage-longer-force-employees-continue-received-high-doses-radiation-plant-chief

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Mainichi: Fukushima workers stood above highly radioactive rubble — “I had numbness in my toes for several months but I did not go to hospital”

http://enenews.com/mainichi-fukushima-workers-stood-above-highly-radioactive-rubble-numbness-toes-several-months-hospital

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Attorney: U.S. Marine may join Fukushima lawsuit — Navy clients have bladder problems not normally seen in younger people

http://enenews.com/attorney-u-s-marine-may-join-fukushima-lawsuit-navy-clients-have-bladder-problems-not-normally-seen-in-younger-people

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Navy sailor says clumps of hair fell out after Fukushima plume exposure — “A lot of us knew people were getting sick… bad headaches, some threw up a bit”

http://enenews.com/navy-sailor-lost-clumps-hair-after-fukushima-plume-exposure-lot-knew-people-getting-sick-bad-headaches-threw-bit

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Japanese Attorney: Information is being concealed — “5 people died of acute leukemia last year” in Sōma, 45km north of Fukushima Daiichi

http://enenews.com/japanese-attorney-information-being-concealed-5-people-died-acute-leukemia-last-year-sma-45km-north-fukushima-daiichi

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Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Dispersion Simulation, 22 Months After #Fukushima Nuclear Accident

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/radioactive-iodine-i-131-dispersion.html

Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 4.06.39 PM

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Installment of cover for fuel removal begins at Fukushima plant reactor

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5,000 Bq/kg from the soil beside the river in Edogawa ward in Tokyo

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/5000-bqkg-from-the-soil-beside-the-river-in-edogawa-ward-in-tokyo/

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Japan, IAEA confirm readiness to boost cooperation on nuclear safety

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/01/203263.html

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208 Bq/Kg from rice produced even in Miyagi

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/208-bqkg-from-rice-produced-even-in-miyagi/

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Abe vows to speed Tohoku recovery work

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130113a1.html

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Defense counsel of Fukushima group evacuation lawsuit, “3 police officers died of acute leukemia in 40~50km area”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/defense-counsel-of-fukushima-group-evacuation-lawsuit-3-police-officers-died-of-acute-leukemia-in-4050km-area/

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NHK Special in Japanese

空白の初期被ばく ~消えたヨウ素131を追う~ (1)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwpjzj_yyyyyyyy-yyyyyy131yyy-1_news#.UPOwz6VrhzV

空白の初期被ばく ~消えたヨウ素131を追う~(2)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwpf6k_yyyyyyyy-yyyyyy131yyy-2_news#.UPOw06VrhzV

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NHK Fukushima Special: “We may not have much time left until the next catastrophe occurs” (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/nhk-fukushima-special-we-may-not-have-much-time-left-until-the-next-catastrophe-occurs-video

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Tokyo studies installing emergency power supplies in parks and cemeteries

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130114p2a00m0na003000c.html

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And here in Tokai….

Cracks found in spent fuel rods at Hamaoka nuclear power plant

http://enformable.com/2013/01/cracks-found-in-spent-fuel-rods-at-hamaoka-nuclear-power-plant/

An investigation by Chubu into the status of spent fuel stored in the spent fuel pool from the Unit 1 reactor of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant found cracks and other deformations among the fuel rods.  The Unit 1 reactor is currently undergoing decommissioning work and the spent fuel was transferred to the Unit 5 spent fuel pool, and some of the damage is thought to have occurred during the transfer from one spent fuel pool to another.

Prior to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Hamaoka nuclear power plant was considered by many experts to be the most dangerous nuclear power plant in Japan.  Both Hamaoka Unit 1 and Unit 2 are BWR Mark 1 reactors, and were permanently shut-down in January of 2009 due primarily to seismic concerns.  An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or higher is estimated 87% likely to hit the area within the next 30 years.

In 1994, workers detected radioactive materials in the Unit 1 spent fuel pool, and discovered a damaged fuel assembly was the source of the leak.  In April 1995, workers attempted to further inspect the spent fuel assembly and discovered that cracks had formed in the circumferential direction on one of the fuel rods in the damaged fuel assembly.   Each fuel assembly holds 60 fuel rods.

Chubu determined that water had infiltrated the interior of the fuel rods through the holes, which made the entire strength of the fuel rods weaker, leading to the cracks that appeared in the spent fuel rods.  The utility assumed that the tensile load endured by the fuel rods when the fuel was moved for inspection may have contributed to the cracking damage.  In 2005, workers at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant found the spent fuel pool had foreign matter in it.

Source: AT-S

Source: Chubu Electric

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In Japan, a Painfully Slow Sweep

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/business/japans-cleanup-after-a-nuclear-accident-is-denounced.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1&

“What’s happening on the ground is a disgrace,” said Masafumi Shiga, president of Shiga Toso, a refurbishing company based in Iwaki, Fukushima. The company developed a more effective and safer way to remove cesium from concrete without using water, which could repollute the environment. “We’ve been ready to help for ages, but they say they’ve got their own way of cleaning up,” he said.

“Japan has a rich history in nuclear energy, but as you know, the U.S. has a much more diverse experience in dealing with the cleanup of very complicated nuclear processing facilities. We’ve been cleaning it up sinceWorld War II,” said Casey Bunker, a director at RJ Lee, a scientific consulting company based in Pennsylvania that took part in the visit.

“There was a little of, ‘Hey, bring your tools over and show us how it works.’ But they ultimately wanted to do it themselves, to fix things themselves,” Mr. Bunker said. “There didn’t seem to be a lot of interest in a consultative relationship moving forward.”

Japanese officials said adapting overseas technologies presented a particular challenge.

“Even if a method works overseas, the soil in Japan is different, for example,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director at the environment ministry, who is in charge of the Fukushima cleanup. “And if we have foreigners roaming around Fukushima, they might scare the old grandmas and granddads there.”

Some local residents are losing faith in the decontamination effort.

“I thought Japan was a technologically advanced country. I thought we’d be able to clean up better than this,” said Yoshiko Suganami, a legal worker who was forced to abandon her home and office over two miles from the Fukushima Daiichi plant. “It’s clear the decontamination drive isn’t really about us any more.”

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Evacuees told they’ll need to stay away for a generation

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201301050053

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Jiji: Fukushima children recuperating at center in Okinawa

 http://enenews.com/jiji-fukushima-children-recuperating-center-okinawa

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Fukushima Daiichi Worker: I saw black smoke that came from Common Spent Fuel Pool’s chimney — I wonder if it was the smoke of boiler… it’s not fire (VIDEOS)

http://enenews.com/fukushima-daiichi-worker-black-smoke-came-common-spent-fuel-pools-chimney-smoke-boiler-fire-videos

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Tokyo gov’t to make topographical maps available for liquefaction preparedness

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130108p2a00m0na007000c.html

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Gundersen: Truly appalling nuclear event in Japan — A lot of people are very, very concerned (AUDIO)

http://enenews.com/gundersen-appalling-nuclear-event-japan-lot-people-very-very-concerned-audio

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Newspaper: Workers dumping radioactive waste from Fukushima into rivers (PHOTOS)

http://enenews.com/japan-headline-radioactive-waste-being-dumped-into-rivers-in-fukushima-photos

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‘Extremely Regrettable’: Fukushima workers report dumping radioactive waste from the beginning

http://enenews.com/extremely-regrettable-fukushima-workers-have-been-dumping-radioactive-waste-from-the-beginning

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CROOKED CLEANUP (1): Radioactive waste dumped into rivers during decontamination work in Fukushima

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201301040058

Part (2)

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201301040073

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Change.org has come to Japan! This show spotlights the woman who brought it from the U.S. and got it started here. In the first half of the show, it mentions a petition related to Fukushima.

In Japanese:

ニュースの深層 – ネット署名で社会を変える!

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TEPCO making plans to remove spent fuel from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4

http://enformable.com/2013/01/tepco-making-plans-to-remove-spent-fuel-from-fukushima-reactor-4/

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As plutonium hoard grows, so do Japan’s headaches

 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130107a3.html

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Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Japan’s Top Bureaucrats Didn’t Know GIS, Couldn’t Figure Out Data Given by the US, a Japanese Magazine Alleges

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/01/fukushima-nuclear-accident-japans-top.html

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Tepco plans to discharge contaminated water into the environment, “Getting permission of related departments”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/tepco-plans-to-discharge-contaminated-water-into-the-environment-getting-permission-of-related-departments/

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Possibility of the enlargement of holes in reactor1

 http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/01/column-possibility-of-the-enlargement-of-holes-in-reactor1/

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Via Facebook:

This pdf is about the test burning of radioactive debris that went on in Osaka in November. They are planning to burn until spring 2014 in Osaka starting next month. Please, please share with all Japanese Nationals. This link has telephone numbers for people to call to oppose this decision. Many protesters and anti-nuclear activists are being unlawfully detained and arrested as I write this. It is not a free environment to express one’s disdain with public policy in southwest Japan now, so many stay home, especially the women who are usually on the front lines of this movement. Please share, not only for Japan, but for us all over the world. It’s one world….we all breathe in the radionuclides from the burning.

2012.12がれき資料.pdf

https://box.yahoo.co.jp/guest/viewer?sid=box-l-eowtpvcvead3paxn7sfsedhtiq-1001&uniqid=cb6f99ed-7647-485e-a888-c31ec0b64a4b&viewtype=detail

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Report: Over 200,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium in dust from outside Fukushima Prefecture

http://enenews.com/report-200000-bqkg-radioactive-cesium-dust-fukushima-prefecture

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