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January 24 2018

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November 08 2017

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SPEAK OUT RALLY via No Nukes Action Committee 
NOV 11th Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco 275 Battery St. near California St. 
STOP ABE GOVERNMENT FROM RESTARTING NUKE PLANTS & DEFEND CHILDREN & FAMILIES OF FUKUSHIMA. 
Despite the denials by the Japanese Abe government, Fukushima continues to contaminate the population of the area and the world. The government has declared that the area has been decontaminated but the radioactive water continues to accumulate in thousands of tanks. The clean-up has failed to even remove the radioactive material from the reactors that melted down due to the deadly high level of radiation that has even destroyed robots. There is already 22 million cu. meters of contaminated waste yet the government continues to claim that it is safe to return and is pushing to restart additional nuclear reactors.



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September 21 2017

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July 26 2017

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Urgent Messages from Murata-San – Open Source Truth

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Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and nuclear opponent, says:

“It is simply scandelous to organize Olympic baseball and football games in Fukushima without reassuring its safety as required by civil society. The IOC is increasingly criticized for this.”

“The pitiful downfall of TOSHIBA undeniably symbolizes the beginning of the end of the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The mainstream of the world still permits and promotes the existence of more than 440 nuclear reactors, now considered as the most serious threat to security. This mainstream undeniably needs a change.”

He’s calling for “honorable retreat” from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Mr. Murata also quotes US nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson as saying, “The inhumanity of the Japanese government toward the Fukushima disaster refugees is appalling.”

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July 25 2017

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Mehr als sechs Jahre nach dem Super-GAU im japanischen AKW Fukushima hat ein ... - anti-nuclear soup

«Eine vollständige Stilllegung der Atomruine Fukushima dürfte Schätzungen zufolge etwa 30 bis 40 Jahre dauern.»

July 23 2017

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map: thyroid cancer cases among those in Fukushima who were a) 18 or younger at the time of the March 2011 meltdown, and b) born afterwards (including suspected cases). total: 190 as of March 31 2017.

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Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

AP via nuclear-news.net (Jul. 22 2017):

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An underwater robot captured images of solidified lava-like rocks Friday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear fuel that melted six years ago.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the robot found large amounts of lava-like debris apparently containing fuel that had flowed out of the core into the primary containment vessel of the Unit 3 reactor at Fukushima. The plant was destroyed by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Cameras mounted on the robot showed extensive damage caused by the core meltdown, with fuel debris mixed with broken reactor parts, suggesting the difficult challenges ahead in the decades-long decommissioning of the destroyed plant.

Experts have said the fuel melted and much of it fell to the chamber’s bottom and is now covered by radioactive water as deep as 6 meters (20 feet). The fuel, during meltdown, also likely melted its casing and other metal structures inside the reactor, forming rocks as it cooled.

TEPCO spokesman Takahiro Kimoto said it was the first time a robot camera has captured what is believed to be the melted fuel.

“That debris has apparently fallen from somewhere higher above. We believe it is highly likely to be melted fuel or something mixed with it,” Kimoto said. He said it would take time to analyze which portions of the rocks were fuel.

In an earlier survey Wednesday, the robot found severe damage in the vessel, including key structures that were broken and knocked out of place.

The robot, nicknamed “the Little Sunfish,” on Friday went inside a structure called the pedestal for a closer look. TEPCO plans to send the robot farther down on Saturday in hopes of finding more melted fuel and debris.

Experts have said the melted fuel is most likely to have landed inside the pedestal after breaching the core.

Kimoto said the robot probe in its two missions has captured a great deal of useful information and images showing the damage inside the reactor, which will help experts eventually determine a way to remove the melted fuel, a process expected to begin sometime after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s still just the beginning of the (decades-long) decommissioning. There is still a long way to go, including developing the necessary technology,” he said. “But it’s a big step forward.”

Locating and analyzing the fuel debris and damage in each of the three wrecked reactors is crucial for decommissioning the plant. The search for melted fuel in the two other reactors has so far been unsuccessful because of damage and extremely high radiation levels.

The submersible robot, about the size of a loaf of bread, is equipped with lights, maneuvers with five propellers and collects data with two cameras and a dosimeter. It is controlled remotely by a group of four operators. It was co-developed by Toshiba Corp., the electronics, nuclear and energy company charged with helping clean up the plant, and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning, a government-funded consortium.

Tags: Fukushima
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July 22 2017

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July 21 2017

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The situation around the Fukushima nuclear plant is absurd even for a Japanese citizen like me. Although I don’t have special knowledge or information source about this problem, I’d like to answer your questions:

a) I don’t think they’re uneducated, but there’s a serious misconception about science among them - for them, the word “science” means to believe blindly what scientists say “scientific”. Nuclear science is strongly connected with political interests, esp. in Japan; but they are too naive about this point.

Otherwise, the local fishermen may be in denial mode about the danger of radiation, to continue their daily business. I think, however, this is a too irresponsible attitude. They should demand compensation from TEPCO, give up on their business and avoid spreading radiation danger; in reality, there isn’t any action toward this direction, as long as I know.

b) The Japanese government still keeps restriction on shipment of marine products from Fukushima, Ibaraki and Miyagi; but they allow selling Fukushima seafoods “on a trial basis”. Their policy is to wait for the time when sea contamination drops to a safe level. The Fukushima fishermen appear to believe that the government prospect will come true some time in the future; needless to say, this is an illusion.

The problem on agricultural products from Fukushima and neighboring prefectures is more serious; they are sold on the market in Japan at extremely cheap price, under too loose restriction by the government. I think many people avoid buying them; but there’s a strong possibility that people (including myself) are eating them without knowledge, in restaurants or through various kind of food products.

US nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen recommends Japan “should build a sarcophagus over all three destroyed reactors and wait 100 years to dismantle them.” I fully agree with him. However, there’s a strong opposition against this idea. Who are the opponents? LOCAL OFFICIALS OF FUKUSHIMA. Why? According to them, a move towerd building sarcophagus sends a message that Fukushima is permanently uninhabitable, thus humpering efforts to reconstruct the disaster-stricken prefecture; so ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. They seem to think everything will be OK once melted fuels are removed from the broken reactors - though TEPCO still can’t find where they are. This is Fukushima. Utterly Kafkaesque world.

Japan is a very insular society. Blindly believing government’s lies, many people don’t pay attention to the ongoing worldwide contamination derived from the Fukushima nuclear plant. But fortunately, an increasing number of people are getting aware of the danger and calling for abolition of nuclear power. South Korea’s move to shut down nuclear plants is encouraging opponents in Japan. Kazuhide Uekusa, famous economist in Japan, says nuclear policy should be one of the main issues of the next general elections. I find some hope in these people.

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July 19 2017

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“Releasing (tritium) into the sea will create a new wave of unfounded rumors, making our efforts all for naught,” Kanji Tachiya, head of a local fishermen cooperative, told the Japan Times."
I've got news for you Mr Tachiya, there's nothing un-foundered about our concerns.
1) Our concerns are totally justifiable.
2) We know we cannot trust Tepco to release water whose only radionuclides are tritium.
I see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Near term human extinction as a result of runaway abrupt climate change will spare us the multi-generational genetic destruction of Fukushima Daiichi and a multitude of other nuclear disasters.



http://www.neonnettle.com/news/2407-tepco-confirm-plans-to-release-entire-fukushima-waste-into-ocean
Tags: Fukushima
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July 18 2017

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Japan Plans to Expose Its People and 2020 Tokyo Olympians to Fukushima Radiation

“Former nuclear industry senior vice president Arnie Gundersen, who managed and coordinated projects at 70 US atomic power plants, is appalled at how the Japanese government is handling the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

‘The inhumanity of the Japanese government toward the Fukushima disaster refugees is appalling,’ Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 45 years of nuclear power engineering experience and the author of a bestselling book in Japan about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, told Truthout.

He explains that both the Japanese government and the atomic power industry are trying to force almost all of the people who evacuated their homes in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to return ‘home’ before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This March Japan's federal government announced the subsidies that have, up until now, been provided to Fukushima evacuees who were mandated to leave their homes are being withdrawn, which will force many of them to return to their contaminated prefecture out of financial necessity.

And it's not just the Japanese government. The International Olympic Commission is working overtime to normalize the situation as well, even though conditions at Fukushima are anything but normal. The commission even has plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to have baseball and softball games played at Fukushima.

Gundersen believes these developments are happening so that the pro-nuclear Japanese government can claim the Fukushima disaster is ‘over.’ However, he noted, ‘The disaster is not “over” and “home” no longer is habitable.’”

“Reports of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which began when a tsunami generated by Japan's deadly earthquake in 2011 struck the nuclear plant, have been ongoing.

Seven more people who used to live in Fukushima, Japan were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the government announced in June. This brings the number of cases of thyroid cancer of those living in the prefecture at the time the disaster began to at least 152.

While the Japanese government continues to deny any correlation between these cases and the Fukushima disaster, thyroid cancer has long since been known to be caused by radioactive iodine released during nuclear accidents like the one at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. A World Health Organization report released after the disaster started listed cancer as a possible result of the meltdown, and a 2015 study in the journal Epidemiology suggested that children exposed to Fukushima radiation were likely to develop thyroid cancer more frequently.

The 2011 disaster left 310 square miles around the plant uninhabitable, and the area's 160,000 residents were evacuated. This April, officials began welcoming some of them back to their homes, but more than half of the evacuees in a nearby town have already said they would not return to their homes even if evacuation orders were lifted, according to a 2016 government survey.

Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company responsible for cleaning up the disaster, announced this February they were having difficulty locating nuclear fuel debris inside one of the reactors. Radiation inside the plant continues to skyrocket to the point of causing even robots to malfunction.

Cancer cases continue to crop up among children living in towns near Fukushima.

And it's not as if the danger is decreasing. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Earlier this year, radiation levels at the Fukushima plant were at their highest levels since the disaster began.

TEPCO said atmospheric readings of 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded in one of the reactors. The previous highest reading was 73 sieverts an hour back in 2012. A single dose of just one Sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea. Five sieverts would kill half of those exposed within one month, and a dose of 10 sieverts would be fatal to those exposed within weeks.”

“In addition to his other roles, Arnie Gundersen serves as the chief engineer for Fairewinds Energy Education, a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded by his wife Maggie. Since founding the organization, Maggie Gundersen has provided paralegal and expert witness services for Fairewinds. Like her husband, she's had an inside view of the nuclear industry: She was an engineering assistant in reload core design for the nuclear vendor Combustion Engineering, and she was in charge of PR for a proposed nuclear reactor site in upstate New York.

When Truthout asked her how she felt about the Abe government's response to Fukushima, she said, ‘Human health is not a commodity that should be traded for corporate profits or the goals of politicians and those in power as is happening in Japan. The Japanese government is refusing to release accurate health data and is threatening to take away hospital privileges from doctors who diagnose radiation symptoms.’

Maggie Gundersen added that her husband also met with a doctor who lost his clinic because he was diagnosing people with radiation sickness, instead of complying with the government's story that their illnesses were due to the psychological stress of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns.

M.V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and is also a contributing author to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report for 2016. Like the Gundersens, he is critical of the Abe administration's mishandling of Fukushima.

‘I am not sure we can expect much better from the Abe administration that has shown so little regard for people's welfare in general and has supported the nuclear industry in the face of clear and widespread opposition,’ Ramana told Truthout. ‘As with restarting nuclear power plants, one reason for this decision seems to be to reduce the liability of the nuclear industry, TEPCO in this case. It is also a way for the Abe administration to shore up Japan's image, as a desirable destination for the Olympics and more generally.’”

“Ramana believes Fukushima should be a reminder of the inherent hazards associated with nuclear power, and how those hazards become worse when entities that control these technologies put profits over human wellbeing.

Arnie Gundersen had even stronger words.

‘The disaster at Fukushima Daiichi will continue for more than 100 years,’ he explained. ‘Other atomic power reactor disasters are bound to occur. Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi should have taught everyone around the world that nuclear power is a technology that can destroy the fabric of a society overnight.’

According to him, the remains of the reactor containments at Units 1, 2 and 3 are highly susceptible to damage from another severe earthquake, and any earthquake of 7.0 or higher at the Fukushima site could provoke further severe radiation releases.

Shortly after the meltdowns, Maggie and Arnie Gundersen both spoke about Japan being at a ‘tipping point’: It could respond to the disaster by leading the world in renewable energy while choosing to protect people and the pristine rural environment through sustainable energy economies.

But obviously it didn't work out that way.

‘The world saw Japan as technologically savvy, but instead of moving ahead and creating a new worldwide economy, it continues with an old tired 20th century paradigm of energy production,’ Maggie Gundersen said. ‘Look at the huge success and progress of solar and wind in other countries like Germany, Nicaragua and Denmark. Why not go energy independent, creating a strong economy, producing many more jobs and protecting the environment?’”

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truth-out.org: Radiation-contaminated debris and soil is stockpiled for disposal near the Tokyo Electric Power Company's embattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on February 25, 2016, in Okuma, Japan.

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July 16 2017

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Fukushima’s radioactive water to be released into ocean under new plan — RT News

“Under the plan the radioactive material tritium, which is being used to cool reactors whose cooling systems were damaged in the 2011 tsunami, will be released into the Pacific Ocean.”

“The plan still requires the approval of the Japanese government before TEPCO can proceed.”

“Some 770,000 tons (metric) of tritium-containing water is currently stored in 580 tanks at the plant, reported the Japan Times. Toxic water at the plant is currently being treated through a processing system that can remove 62 different types of radioactive material, except tritium.”

June 26 2017

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Japan To Dump Deadly Fukushima Nuclear Waste Into Pacific Ocean

Japan has announced plans to dump 920,000 tons of deadly Fukushima nuclear waste into the Pacific ocean, saying that they can no longer contain the waste on land.

Japan dumps fukushima nuclear waste into the ocean

Following the major tsunami in 2011 that resulted the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant shutting down, the constant leaking of radiation that has occurred in the aftermath has been dubbed one of the worst nuclear disasters since Chernobyl.

Newstarget.com reports: Six years after the disaster, the three crippled reactors are still leaking water with high levels of radiation into the Pacific Ocean. Though the Pacific Ocean is a vast stretch of water, Fukushima’s radiation is reaching the coast of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, contaminating the fish we eat and the water we swim in.

While these findings were first considered “fake news” and laughed away, researchers can no longer deny that Cesium-134, the so-called fingerprint of Fukushima, has been found in seawater and fish along the Western Coast of the Americas.

In TRT’s daily news show “Insight,” hosted by former Sky News presenter Martin Stanford, the head of international atomic energy agency has called on the world to help with the cleanup of the Fukushima site.

Japan fails to clean up the mess, plotting to discharge nuclear waste into the ocean

Ever since the tsunami put the Fukushima plant out of business, one of the ongoing core tasks has been to cool the reactors and prevent the release of highly contaminated water leaking from the three units. Though it has been six years since the disaster, the cleanup is making slow progress.

Mark Whitby, chairman and design director of the engineering and consultancy firm WME Consultants, explained that today about 400 tons of water go into each reactor to cool it. Part of the highly radioactive water is recycled to re-cool the reactors, and the rest goes into big tanks, which are stacking up at a fast rate. As reported by TRT, Japan is running out of storage space. There are currently about a 1,000 storage tanks holding 920,000 tons of contaminated water.

As if the marine life isn’t struggling enough already by the vast amounts of plastic in the oceans, the Japanese are now talking about dumping these tanks with nuclear wastewater directly into the sea because they cannot keep building and storing these reservoirs, Whitby told TRT.

Also, to this day researchers are uncertain whether the melted cores are still within the containment structures or if they have burrowed through the vessels, contaminating the groundwater that ends up in the Pacific Ocean. Since many robots, sent out to assess the damage, have been destroyed due to the high levels of radiation that melts their electronics, it is tough to get this information.

Recently, however, one camera lasted long enough to show that molten core debris has burned through the bottom of the inner reactor wall. The radioactive debris is now burrowed deep into the foundations of the reactor, causing the highest radiation levels measured around the reactor since the triple core meltdown six years ago. Until these cores can be retrieved, the reactors will keep leaking radioactive material into the groundwater.

According to Japan’s former prime minister, the current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is lying about the situation being under control. Abe has also been criticized for forcing more than 6,000 people to return to their home in areas that are still highly contaminated zones.

According to the Japanese government, Japan will be safe by 2020. Therefore, it will hold the Olympic baseball and softball in the Fukushima area to show “Japan is cool,” even if their reactors are still posing a serious threat.





http://yournewswire.com/japan-fukushima-nuclear-waste-dump-ocean/

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June 05 2017

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The trial of three key TEPCO executives who were in charge during the Fukushima disaster began this week. The three are charged with criminal negligence for failing to take known safety measures that could have protected the plant against a large tsunami.
— from simplyinfoorg.tumblr.com (Jun. 1 2017)

June 03 2017

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May 27 2017

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Japan Declares State Of Emergency as Fukushima Reactor Falls Into Ocean

Scientists at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan have declared a state of emergency as one of the reactors is on the verge of falling into the ocean.

Lethal levels of radiation have been detected around the site which scientists say stems from a hole caused by melted nuclear fuel.

Rt.com reports:

Radiation levels of up to 530 Sieverts per hour were detected inside an inactive Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex damaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, Japanese media reported on Thursday citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

A dose of about 8 Sieverts is considered incurable and fatal.

A hole of no less than one square meter in size has also been discovered beneath the reactor’s pressure vessel, TEPCO said. According to researchers, the apparent opening in the metal grating of one of three reactors that had melted down in 2011, is believed to be have been caused by melted nuclear fuel that fell through the vessel.

The iron scaffolding has a melting point of 1500 degrees, TEPCO said, explaining that there is a possibility the fuel debris has fallen onto it and burnt the hole. Such fuel debris have been discovered on equipment at the bottom of the pressure vessel just above the hole, it added.

The latest findings were released after a recent camera probe inside the reactor, TEPCO said. Using a remote-controlled camera fitted on a long pipe, scientists managed to get images of hard-to-reach places where residual nuclear material remained. The substance there is so toxic that even specially-made robots designed to probe the underwater depths beneath the power plant have previously crumbled and shut down.

However, TEPCO still plans to launch further more detailed assessments at the damaged nuclear facility with the help of self-propelled robots.

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5HSjqiVj8o  ]

Earlier this week, hopes for a more efficient cleanup at Fukushima were high, as the plant operator announced a portion of nuclear fuel debris responsible for a lot of the lingering contamination from six years ago may have finally been found.



http://www.antinews.in/japan-declares-state-emergency-fukushima-reactor-falls-ocean/

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