Day 667 BOO! Really now…. and from a country that promotes “internationalization”?

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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