Case against TEPCO, Kan likely to be dropped

Both TEPCO and the Japanese government both need to be held accountable, it’s not a matter of their ability to predict the earthquake or tsunami. It’s negligence and the incompetent, callous manner in which they’ve handled this entire crisis. 

Prosecutors are not likely to press criminal charges against former TEPCO executives and others, including a former prime minister, for their handling of the 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Fukushima residents had filed criminal complaints against Tokyo Electric Power Company’s former executives and government officials.

They include former TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
More than 40 people have been indicted.

Over the past year, prosecutors have been investigating whether these officials and executives were able to predict such a massive earthquake and tsunami in advance.
The prosecutors not only questioned those who were indicted, but also asked for the opinions of experts on quakes and tsunami.

They concluded that these people cannot be held responsible because they were not able to predict the real dangers of such a massive quake and tsunami.

The prosecutors have also concluded that they will not press criminal charges for the actions of the utility and the government in the aftermath of the nuclear crisis.

Fukushima residents say they will immediately take the matter to a prosecution inquest panel. The decision on whether or not these people should be indicted will be decided by randomly-selected citizens.




Published on Feb 18, 2013


2 years of THE FOOK and still, more questions than answers.

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The Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) website states: “I would like to extend my sincerest condolences & prayers for the precious loss of life due to the devastating (Japanese) Earthquake that struck our nation on March 11 (2011). Our deepest sorrows go to those people & their families who are suffering from the damage. … I deeply apologize for the distress caused due to the extensive damage that Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station sustained resulting in the leakage of radioactive materials to the surrounding areas of the power station”. (24) Questions: Does this TEPCO apology blame the Earthquake & tsunami for the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster or does TEPCO take responsibility for the Fukushima nuclear accident? Does TEPCO claim responsibility for building a nuclear power plant in a tectonically unstable geographic zone? (25) Does TEPCO admit responsibility for violating the Precautionary principle? (26) Will TEPCO apologize to future generations for radiation-induced DNA mutations & birth defects? Will TEPCO apologize to the world community for radioactive contamination of the Earth’s air, land & ocean ecosystems?

List of radionuclides from:…


Extremely Radioactive Snow in Fukushima! Dr. Chris Busby

Published on Jan 18, 2013

FUKUSHIMA black snow

Please subscribe to this YouTube channel. They provided the info on the “hot snow readings” of Fukushima snow.
also see this video:

Shocking Tokyo Japan Radiation Test by Dr. Chris Busby (Fukushima Fallout)
Dr Chris Busby: radioactivity in apartment in central Tokyo Part 1
In this and Part 2
Dr Busby describes measurements made on an air conditing unit filter from inside an apartment in central Tokyo. This was sent by a lady in Tokyo who wanted to know if it was safe to live there. The filter only collected air from inside the apartment. It shows the presence of 130000Bq/kg radio Caesium in the dust plus enriched Uranium and for the first time Lead-210/Polonium-210. The apartment was evacuated from the Tuesday after the catastrophe and the machine switched off; and the family returned 5 months later. This and much other information about the health effects and cover ups, including leaked data are to be found in Dr Busby’s new book in Japanese: the Horror of Fukushima, published on 25th July by Kodansha in Tokyo

PLEASE COPY AND REPOST ANYWHERE YOU CAN. MIRROR, PASTE, LINK or whatever you can to spread Professor Chris Busby’s message about Japan and the nuclear industry’s intentional coverup of Fukushima radioactive problem… how Japan is trucking tons of radioactive waste to south Japan, etc. He’s working on making supplements that block some of the radioactive nucleotides from attaching themselves to the DNA, etc.

Vital essential information on Fukushima and Japan!
Synonyms: basic, bottom-line, cardinal, coal-and-ice, constitutive, critical, crucial, decisive, fundamental, heavy*, imperative, important, indispensable, integral, key, life-or-death, meaningful, meat-and-potatoes, name, name-of-the-game, necessary, needed, nitty-gritty, prerequisite, required, requisite, significant, underlined, urgent

Original upload here:
Chris Busby on radioactivity displacing supplements
Uploaded by radioactivebsr on Sep 19, 2011

*Note: Single radiation dose of 2,000 millisieverts (200,000 millirems) and above causes serious illness. See also exposure list below.
Half-life of some radioactive elements

[NOTE: Half-life is the time taken for a radioactive substance to decay by half.] * Cesium-134 ~ 2 years * Cesium-137 ~ 30 years * Iodine-131 ~ 8 days * Plutonium-239 ~ 24,200 years * Ruthenium-103 ~ 39 days [Ruthenium is a fission product of uranium-235.] * Ruthenium-106 ~ 374 days * Strontium-90 ~ 28.85 years [Strontium-90 is a product of nuclear fission and is found in large amounts in spent nuclear fuel and in radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.] * Uranium-234 ~ 246,000 years * Uranium-235 ~ 703.8 million years * Uranium-238 ~ 4.468 billion years

Analysis of US NAVY Fukushima Nightmare…12.29.2012

Very disturbing report. If you have loved ones considering joining the military, this video should make them think twice about turning their life, health and well being over to an institution that treats you like lab rats – with no concern for your health…beginning with the day you enlist when they inject you with numerous toxins in vaccines, which very likely include tiny microchips recently developed. Here’s a noteworthy comment left by one YT listener:

“Nice work ichicax4. Total negligence that the military personnel were not protected from further contamination. No masks! Really? WTF! They will now become guinea pigs for the DOE with their illnesses cataloged. They will join the ranks of many other “downwinders” that have come before them. The only recourse they have is to make this issue public. Also sickening is the CNN reporters upbeat reporting as if it were some sort of fun they were all having together. He was exposed too!”

Please feel free to share this important information far and wide, the public needs to know what’s happening…especially with goober reporters from CNN and the mass media keeping themselves and the general public ignorant of the facts.

Published on Dec 29, 2012

This is how I see it. Regardless of the extent of the disaster (which was known according to FOIA docs from the NRC TEPCO and MEXT hich provoded data directly to the Japanese Government) procedure and protocol for radioactive contamination was not followed.

To the sailors: Don’t stop with just suing Japan.

To the lawywers: Don’t stop at just representing sailors…entire north america has been affected.

Navy PDF of decontamination protocol:…

Recent news at these links:………………


Climate Change Update (31 December 2011) 5.3 Earthquake Christchurch NZ

Uploaded by on Dec 30, 2011

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck close to the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Read more:…

Canada: Debris from Japan tsunami washes up on British Columbia shores

Atlantic: Mafia ties behind some lawmakers’ push to nationalize Tepco — 3 of Fukushima 50 were local bosses or soldiers says journalist

Fukushima Update – 2011/10/18

Uploaded by on Oct 17, 2011

The latest updates on the Fukushima crisis, including reports on how the Kyushu Electric Power Co has been manipulating and stage-managing meetings and reports to twist public opinion, and how the Japanese government is planning to redefine evacuation areas in response to news that Fukushima will reach cold shutdown one month earlier than expected.

Children’s Heart Attacks in Fukushima 6 month anniversary

Parents this is a must hear report from Chris Busby, especially if you’re living in Japan. But to be honest, this disaster isn’t going away anytime soon and as a result the radiation will also have cumulative effects. So parents anywhere in the Northern hemisphere need to be diligent by getting into a routine of cleansing the radiation from the body and you can make if fun with sea salt and bentonite clay in the bubble bath! Keep them out of the rain and get them on a diet high in kelp from seaweed and miso soup is also highly beneficial so it helps to start learning how to prepare Chinese meals.

Check out the Radiation Remedies and Anti-dotes category in the link to the right for all kinds of suggestions. Glutothione (sp?) is a new supplement I’ve recently heard of that’s supposed to be highly effective in fighting radiation in the environment.

Uploaded by MsMilkytheclown on Sep 11, 2011

Cancer won’t kill people if heart attacks kill them first.

Uploaded by radioactivebsr on Sep 11, 2011

6 month black aniversary of Fuku. 10 year black aniversary of 9/11

ECRR, Ditta Rietuma behind camera

Here’s the link from Enenews so you can read about those headlines. Complete Disaster is an UNDERESTIMATE of unimaginable magnitude. And it keeps getting worse.

The nuclear updates out of Japan have slowed to nearly Zero. BEWARE! Read between the lines. (I’m guessing things are Totally out of Control)… but that’s just an estimate, after watching this “performance” on a daily basis. On the other hand, they could well have things totally fixed. Who am I to say?

100x Background Radiation in Fukushima City

I went to Fukushima City on July 25, 2011 to compare Medcom Geiger Counters and found readings over 10.0 micro sieverts (uSV) common. This is 100 times Osaka background levels (0.1uSV). The Fukushima health authority, Dr. Shunichi Yamashita, says this is safe. Parents in Fukushima with the Fukushima Network disagree and need our support. They are working to get children out. Would you want your child playing in the grass in this city?

Agenda 21 For Dummies

Japan Sewage Sludge Contamination

Good evidence that cesium-gas residue is visible at Fukushima…

as evidenced by
Fukushima: Lethal Levels of Radiation & the Implications (Arnie Gundersen)

TEPCO has discovered locations on the Fukushima plant site with lethal levels of external gamma radiation. Fairewinds takes a close look at how this radiation might have been deposited and how similar radioactive material would have been released offsite.

[NOTE: Half-life is the time taken for a radioactive substance to decay by half.] * Cesium-134 ~ 2 years * Cesium-137 ~ 30 years * Iodine-131 ~ 8 days * Plutonium-239 ~ 24,200 years * Ruthenium-103 ~ 39 days [Ruthenium is a fission product of uranium-235.] * Ruthenium-106 ~ 374 days * Strontium-90 ~ 28.85 years [Strontium-90 is a product of nuclear fission and is found in large amounts in spent nuclear fuel and in radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.] * Uranium-234 ~ 246,000 years * Uranium-235 ~ 703.8 million years * Uranium-238 ~ 4.468 billion years

Chris Busby – Japanese Air to be at Least 300 times Worse than Chernobyl

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Dr. Chris Busby article
Japanese air to be at least 300 times worse than the air during Chernobyl

Fukushima “A Disaster beyond imagining” – Prof. Chris Busby

Those are the only 2 links I’ll leave you with today. I tried to edit out the Japanese translation part for you, but my computer puked out 3/4 the way through and I lost it. Here’s the original Ustream video.
************and a special recommendation for this one!!!!***********
Lying Politicians And Words

*Note: Single radiation dose of 2,000 millisieverts (200,000 millirems) and above causes serious illness. See also exposure list below.
Half-life of some radioactive elements

[NOTE: Half-life is the time taken for a radioactive substance to decay by half.] * Cesium-134 ~ 2 years * Cesium-137 ~ 30 years * Iodine-131 ~ 8 days * Plutonium-239 ~ 24,200 years * Ruthenium-103 ~ 39 days [Ruthenium is a fission product of uranium-235.] * Ruthenium-106 ~ 374 days * Strontium-90 ~ 28.85 years [Strontium-90 is a product of nuclear fission and is found in large amounts in spent nuclear fuel and in radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.] * Uranium-234 ~ 246,000 years * Uranium-235 ~ 703.8 million years * Uranium-238 ~ 4.468 billion years

Tuna Fish from Pacific Ocean is Radioactive (Contaminated by Fukushima Nuclear Fallout)

Hey just thought I’d pass on very important information concerning a new health threat resulting from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the levels of radiation going into the Pacific Ocean are still extremely high after after five months.  And one thing the video below doesn’t discuss is the bio accumulation occurring as radiation moves up the food chain it multiplies in it’s intensity, for example a plankton will ingest radioactive algae making it radioactive. Then a shrimp comes along and eats the radioactive plankton, but the radiation has become hotter in the tissues of the plankton thereby contaminating the shrimp and rendering them even more contaminated or hotter than the planktan was. So by the time the tuna gets to the radiation after it moves up the food chain, it’s pretty hot.

Below the video, he says to buy your tuna now, whereas my suggestion is just say no to tuna altogether. Here’s a must-see website named  it has a mercury calculator that helps you determine how much mercury you’re ingesting every week from fish. Most species of Tuna are already HIGHLY TOXIC in mercury contamination before factoring the radiation from Fukushima, unfortunately other no toxins like PCBs, arsenic, benzene’s haven’t been researched. For me, learning how much mercury was in fish was enough to force me to virtually eliminate seafood from my diet five or six years ago.  Maybe four or five times a year I’ll eat salmon, that’s it – and aside from a nice red piece of filet mignon, seafood was my favorite meat dish.

All it takes is one too many” molecules”, let me repeat…one too many MOLECULES, itty-bitty molecules to tip the scales at the molecular level for the shakes to begin. You know, when the hands start trembling for no reason? Maybe one of the factors contributing to so much Parkinson’s Disease is too much mercury in our diets.

In addition to going to, after watching this alarming video you should have enough information to make an educated decision for your self. It’s very important that we protect the children from radiation, they are the keys to healthy future generations but it’s important they’re protected  from the sterilizing and genetically damaging effects from radiation. As well as brain and nerve damage from mercury…more below from the original poster. Much love, Annette

…more below from the original poster.

Uploaded by on Jul 13, 2011


Buy your Canned Tuna, Now?

Long term radiation effects, in Tuna?
With many of the long term effects from the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster still ahead of us, a serious consideration should be made regarding the food chain and the possible radioactive contamination thereof. In this example, let’s look at Tuna fish. Is it safer to buy canned tuna now, before possible contamination into its food chain?
They spawn in the Western Pacific between Okinawa and the Philippines and the Sea of Japan and they migrate over 6,000 nautical miles to the Eastern Pacific, eventually returning back to their birth waters to spawn again.
What do Tuna eat?
Tuna mostly eat small fish ranging from 1.5 inches up to 6 inches. Tuna will also eat squid, and very occasionally will consume crustaceans.
The small fish that tuna will eat include skipjack herring, flying fish, lancetfish, puffer fish, triggerfish and rabbitfish.

60% fish
20% squid
15% crustaceans

If tuna eat smaller fish like Herring, then what do the Herring eat?
Herring (a.k.a. trash fish) eat mostly plankton, as well as algae and some kelp.

If tuna eat squid, then what do squid eat?
Squids are carnivorous. The smaller species of squid mostly eat shrimp, and other small fish.
How could radiation enter the fish food-chain?
So now that we have an idea of what type of tuna is caught off Japan, and what it is that the tuna eat, lets hypothesize how radioactive particles could be ingested into this food chain.

We know that they have been dumping tremendous amounts of radioactive water into the Pacific ocean. This is the water that they have been spraying onto the reactors, fuel rods, and fuel pools while trying to keep them from entirely melting down. The problem is, there has been partial meltdown and the radiation is traveling with the water runoff, which is currently being dumped into the ocean (some water is being diverted into storage tanks).
Of much higher concern is Cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30 years (considered gone after 300 years). Of even higher concern is Plutonium-239 which has an unimaginable half-life of 24,000 years (considered gone after 240,000 years).
The radiation in the seawater is surely getting diluted, however fish are swimming in the water, and the diluted particles of Cesium and Plutonium will remain somewhere in the oceans for 300 to 240,000 years. Do you know how fish stay alive? They constantly are passing water through their mouths into their gills — never ending.
Not only do little fish stay alive this way, but also big fish. So, not only will big fish get their own radiation through water injection through their gills, etc… but the big fish also eat the small fish. Effectively then, they are getting More radiation.
The big fish are then caught for processing, distribution and consumption by humans.
Where does the ‘canned’ tuna come from?
About 68 percent are caught from the Pacific Ocean, 22 percent from the Indian Ocean, and the remaining 10 percent from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea

When you open a can of tuna, you don’t know where the actual tuna was caught.

Odds are of course, that the tuna in that particular can may not have been caught off the shore of Japan — it could have been caught in any other number of places in the Pacific. Lots of these tuna migrate their way to the west coast U.S., but it takes awhile — years in some cases.

No doubt the food supply chain will be examined further as time goes on, particularly if the situation continues to worsen at the Fukushima nuclear plant (It’s already a level-7, the highest on the nuke disaster scale). True results may not be measured for many years to come while looking back at cancer rates.

No amount of radiation ingestion is ‘OK’ though. A single Cesium-137 particle stuck in your body could start the chain reaction that leads to cancer.

Fukushima Japan Update 7/7/11

Lots of great links provided below…

Uploaded by on Jul 7, 2011

Climate Change Update (08 July 2011) Russia (Nuclear Event)

Watch the TEPCO Livecam AND the TBS/JNN Livecam Exclusively Here!

Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis

video about people who have worked in nuclear power plants and how it affected their lives

The Containment of Fukushima

It has been confirmed that there are 29 cases of falsification, which were related to damage in many parts of the reactor pressure vessel such as core shroud, jet pump, access hole cover, feed water spurger, on-core monitor housing and others…

PLEASE SIGN this link to PETITION for EPA to MONITOR BETTER food, air, water, etc.

【Bilingual@English】 Recovery efforts Workers internal exposure radiation FUKUSHIMA



Yakuza sending Cleanup Workers to Fukushima

link to article to the above video:

【Bilingual@English】ECCS is broken 非常用炉心冷却系も壊れていた
Reactor 3 high pressure injection broken

*Note: Single radiation dose of 2,000 millisieverts (200,000 millirems) and above causes serious illness. See also exposure list below.
Half-life of some radioactive elements

[NOTE: Half-life is the time taken for a radioactive substance to decay by half.] * Cesium-134 ~ 2 years * Cesium-137 ~ 30 years * Iodine-131 ~ 8 days * Plutonium-239 ~ 24,200 years * Ruthenium-103 ~ 39 days [Ruthenium is a fission product of uranium-235.] * Ruthenium-106 ~ 374 days * Strontium-90 ~ 28.85 years [Strontium-90 is a product of nuclear fission and is found in large amounts in spent nuclear fuel and in radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.] * Uranium-234 ~ 246,000 years * Uranium-235 ~ 703.8 million years * Uranium-238 ~ 4.468 billion years

Dutchsinse Radiation Monitoring: Howell, Utah 79.9 CPM

Curious, why didn’t he wait and take measurements from the rain for a comparison? If the rain was that close he could have hung out for a couple minutes and drive through the rain, then used a paper towel to soak up the rain from the front  bumper which is exposed to the most rain, hence the radiation. I’m not trying to be cynical so please correct me if I’m wrong, but scientific, thorough and well thought out  aren’t things that are coming to mind when the radioactivity is being carried in the rain where cows and other animals that we consume, have ingested radioactive water, grass, seed.

Rainwater gets into the water tables and makes it’s way up the food chain from there, so if I were living in that area it would be nice to know how much radiation didn’t get “diluted” while on it’s journey across the Pacific ocean.

Uploaded by on Jun 9, 2011

Conversion chart for CPM to mSv/h is here:

This measurement was made on June 8, 2011 at approx. 200pm MST. It indicates ” HIGH moderate levels” of radiation. Alert level is considered anything over 100CPM by the radiation network …

Radiation background measurement, taken over the course of 10 minutes was 79.9 CPM .

Total 10 minute count = 799 = 79.9 CPM
Location: Howell, Utah
Coordinates : 41 50 31 N , 112 26 05 W
Elevation : 4658 feet

No Escaping the Radiation, Surviving Unscathed Means Lifestyle Changes

Even though humanity is facing unprecedented challenges presented by high amounts of radiation in the environment,  doesn’t mean that we can’t live a long healthy life or avoid succumbing to the effects of radiation in the environment.  It’s a matter of taking a proactive approach with preventative measures through healthy lifestyle changes, modeled after those who have survived similar situations after Chernobyl, Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  There are plenty of articles posted here under Radiation Remedies and Antidotes that can help you with the information you need to make the necessary lifestyle changes, starting today with the choices you make in your diet by adding kelp, miso, seaweed, shitake mushrooms, long grain brown rice, drinking baking soda, using bentonite clay, green superfood drinks and much more.

ZAIPRI (International Association for the Protection against Ionising Radiations) anticipates its second inventory of fission and activation products from Fukushima’s six reactors of a 4.696 MWe total power.


Greenpeace slams Japan response to nuclear crisis

TOKYO | Thu May 26, 2011 10:14am BST

(Reuters) – Environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday slammed Japan’s “continued inadequate response” to the nuclear disaster at a power plant after new data showed seaweed radiation levels 50 times higher than official limits.

The new information raised “serious concerns” about long-term risks from contaminated seawater, it said, more than two months after the Fukushima-Daiichi plant was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami.

“In contrast, Japanese authorities claim that radioactivity is being dispersed or diluted and are undertaking only limited marine radiation monitoring,” it said.

“Our data show that significant amounts of contamination continue to spread over great distances from the Fukushima nuclear plant,” a statement quoted radiation expert Jan Vande Putte as saying.

“Despite what the authorities are claiming, radioactive hazards are not decreasing through dilution or dispersion of materials, but the radioactivity is instead accumulating in marine life. The concentration of radioactive iodine we found in seaweed is particularly concerning, as it tells us how far contamination is spreading along the coast, and because several species of seaweed are widely eaten in Japan.”

(Writing by Nick Macfie)

Meanwhile, in Fukushima… Rising radiation levels

Global Research, May 15, 2011

by James Corbett

Corbett Report – Sunday Update – 2011/05/15

Posted: 15 May 2011 04:35 AM PDT

Welcome. This is James Corbett of with your Sunday Update for this 15th day of May, 2011. And now for the real news.

A series of worrying incidents at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has drawn the eyes of the international media away from the Osama Bin Laden spectacle and back toward northeastern Japan this week. In a string of increasingly alarming reports, every one of the troubled reactors at the site faced major new setbacks this week as the Tokyo Electric Power Co and the Japanese government struggled to maintain the appearance that the situation was under control.

After admitting that radiation levels in the building housing Reactor number 1 had reached
700 millisieverts per hour on Monday, TEPCO was forced to concede on Thursday that the reactor core has in fact been exposed and melted down, causing a leak in the containment vessel itself. This not only poses greater likelihood of contamination of groundwater, but makes it even more difficult to continue cooling operations. As one nuclear adviser noted, TEPCO’s current operation of flooding the core must now be scrapped, as large amounts of cold water hitting melted fuel could trigger another explosion, causing a further massive atmospheric radiation release.

Meanwhile, a new leak was found at reactor number 3 this week, and an unknown amount of radioactive material was confirmed to have leaked into the ocean. This leak was reportedly sealed by Wednesday.

On Tuesday the Japanese government
confirmed that the number 4 reactor building was leaning and that emergency work had been done to shore up the building to prevent it from collapsing in the event of another earthquake or aftershock. Reactor 4 contains fuel rods from 3 to 4 reactors, leading to worries that a building collapse would lead to spent fuel rods being scattered around the Fukushima site, making the entire area unworkable.

As nuclear engineer
Arnold Gunderson notes, the admissions of containment vessel leaks in three of the reactors represents a turn of events that nuclear regulators in the United States have previously thought impossible.

In the latest setback, one of the plant workers
collapsed and died shortly after beginning his shift at the Fukushima plant on Saturday. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Confidence in the Japanese government’s ability to respond to the unfolding catastrophe slipped even further this week, as it was revealed this week that the prefectural government appears to have
failed to notify 4 of the towns in the vicinity of the Fukushima plant that there had been a nuclear accident following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. The government is connected to all six towns within 10 km of the plants via special digital communication lines, and is obligated to inform the town governments in the wake of any nuclear emergency. However, records released this week show that the government only contacted two of the towns in the vicinity, and neglected to inform the other four. Two of the towns that were not notified learned of the accident via tv news reports and concluded that it was necessary to evacuate residents.

Meanwhile, TEPCO has announced that its latest plan to prevent further release of radioactive materials from the plant is to cover the damaged reactor buildings with
giant polyester covers.

Now, tempers are flaring over news that TEPCO has
reached a deal to secure billions of dollars in government aid to help cover the costs of the cleanup and to compensate victims of the accident. As journalist Yoichi Shimatsu notes, the package is being sold to the public as emergency assistance to the victims, but in reality is a bailout of TEPCO with government funds under fraudulent pretenses.

“One thing is certain,” Shimatsu writes in his latest report. “The burden for Tepco’s malfeasance will fall on taxpayers and consumers. Despite official claims that the bailout will not trigger higher taxes or electricity prices, Tepco has already raised household power rates in May, stealthily by lower discounts for households, and the government is preparing to raise the consumer sales tax to 8 percent from the current 3.5 percent. Insiders are predicting a 16 percent electricity rate hike spread over the next decade.”

Now, signs that the traditionally reserved Japanese public have become fed up with government lies and obfuscation are beginning to emerge.

Last week furious Fukushima-area parents
staged protests over government action to raise acceptable radiation levels for children to 20 times previous levels in order to stop schools from being closed. High levels of radioactivity have been found in school playgrounds as far as 60 km away from the plant.

In the latest sign of growing unrest, anti-nuclear protesters
clashed with police in a demonstration in Tokyo’s crowded Shibuya district last Saturday.

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Understanding the complete meltdown at Fukushima unit 1

May 13, 2011

13 May.jpgUPDATE: TEPCO has released more details about conditions inside of the unit 1 reactor. The company also says it will be providing analyses of units 2 and 3 soon.

Last week, workers entered the stricken unit 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and began work to further stabilize it. One of their first tasks was to recalibrate some of the sensors on the reactor, so that engineers had a better sense of how it was doing. That recalibration has led to a startling revelation: virtually all of the fuel inside the unit 1 reactor appears to have “melted down”.

Press reports on the meltdown have variously described it as a setback and or admission by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) that things are worse than they thought. There’s more about what it all means below the fold (for a broader overview, check out our video on Fukushima).

Meltdowns defined

During normal operation, the core of a nuclear power reactor like unit 1 consists of long narrow tubes of a zirconium alloy filled with uranium fuel pellets. Tubes are bundled together into “assemblies” which in turn make up the core of the reactor. When it’s humming along at full tilt, the core boils water that is used to turn turbines in the adjacent building. After the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, the water stopped circulating and the core heated up.

At some point, it got hot enough that the zirconium tubes began to split and warp, the beginning of the “meltdown” at unit 1. Nobody can know for sure what happened inside the core, but it appears that the uranium pellets fell out of their assemblies and began gathering at the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel (see diagram).BWR Mark 1 anotated small.jpg

Reactor restart?

This much was already known, and TEPCO had suggested that only about 70% of the core had melted down. But after recalibrating its instruments for measuring water levels inside the reactor, the company now believes that the core has entirely melted down.

Some have theorized that with all the fuel at the bottom of the vessel, unit 1 may have actually restarted its nuclear reactions. If that had happened, the fuel would be pumping out some portion of its normal 1380 megawatts of thermal power—probably enough to melt through the thick steal reactor pressure vessel. It would have dropped onto a concrete slab below (the basemat), where it would have hopefully been spread out, effectively diffusing the chain reaction.

There’s some reason to think that this “China syndrome”, as it is informally known, didn’t happen. Nuclear engineers I’ve spoken to say that reactors like unit 1 are finicky beasts. Their fuel needs to be carefully configured to work, and they won’t restart if the stuff is just a gloop on the bottom of the vessel. In addition, workers injected boric acid into the reactor just before the restart. Boron is a neutron absorber and would spoil any nuclear reactions. Moreover, temperature sensors at the bottom of the reactor vessel are continuing to function, suggesting it wasn’t completely destroyed.

That doesn’t mean that portions of the fuel weren’t briefly producing power during the accident. Nor does it mean that the reactor’s fuel has remained wholly inside the pressure vessel. In fact, a note from the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) quotes Banri Kaieda, the nation’s Economy, Trade and Industry Minister, as saying that it is “a fact” that there were holes created by the meltdown. That would likely mean at least some of the uranium fuel is now lying on the basemat below, or perhaps even outside the concrete containment.

Clean up and beyond

Whatever happened inside unit 1, it happened weeks ago. The temperature inside the core is currently around 100C, according to the latest data from the nation’s nuclear regulator—far less than it would be if nuclear reactions were continuing inside the core. But there are still some serious implications for cleanup.

The most immediate problem is for a planned recirculation system to cool the core. The plan was to feed water through two emergency systems, the core spray system and the primary containment’s cooling spray system. Both are normally designed to funnel water into the core in the case of an emergency. Water exits the core through the AC piping system, normally used to inject nitrogen gas, according to Margaret Harding, an independent nuclear consultant who has been going over the plans in detail. From there, the water would flow to an improvised heat exchanger that would cool it before returning it to the core.

The recirculation system would have two big advantages. First, it would create less radioactive wastewater than is currently generated by just dumping water onto the reactor. Second, it would be more efficient, allowing the reactor to reach cold shutdown—a state where it is more-or-less safe in a matter of months.

TEPCO unit 1 cover.jpgUnfortunately, despite TEPCO continuously pumping fresh water into the containment vessel, water levels are too low for the system to work – presumably because the water’s surface is below the AC outlet. Nobody really know where all the water is going – but it can’t be anywhere good. If workers can’t find a way to patch up unit 1, then they’ll probably have give up on the plan.

In the longer term, the meltdown makes removing the fuel much more complicated. Normally, the fuel can only be accessed using a massive overhead crane. The crane has already likely been damaged by an earlier explosion, and now, if the fuel is damaged too, it’s unclear whether a replacement crane can easily remove it.

Despite all these setbacks, clean up plans continue. Today, TEPCO announced that it had started initial construction of a cover for the unit 1 reactor. The temporary cover will prevent the spread of radiation, and protect the damaged reactor. Proper construction will begin on 6 June.

By the way, does this mean our article titled “The meltdown that wasn’t” was mistitled? Pretty much, yes. But the point of the article stands: it could have been a lot worse.

For full coverage of the Fukushima disaster, go to Nature’s news special.

For a selection of our coverage in Japanese, see Nature Asia Pacific.


Worker at Fukushima nuclear plant dies

Tepco says no signs of harmful radiation levels

A worker at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant died Saturday after collapsing while carrying equipment at a waste disposal building, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but Tepco said no radioactive substances were detected on his body.

The worker, whose name was not released, was in his 60s and did not appear to be injured, the utility said.

The death is the third at the plant since the crisis began. The bodies of two workers who disappeared March 11 were found floating in the basement of reactor 4 later that month, having died from injuries sustained on the day of the disaster.

The man had started working at the plant Friday and was wearing protective gear, including a full face mask, at the time of his collapse, Tepco said.

He was exposed to radiation totaling 0.17 millisievert — a level considered to have little effect on health — while no radioactive substances were detected on his body, the utility said.

The man, who was working for a subcontractor, collapsed about one hour after he began working at 6 a.m. with another worker at the waste disposal processing facility. He fell unconscious when he was taken to a medical room inside the plant after 7 a.m., Tepco said.

The other worker has not complained of any health problems.

Apart from radiation, workers at the plant are facing serious health threats ranging from poor meals to mental stress.

It took until May 4 for Tepco to say it would improve the workers’ meals by replacing precooked, packaged food with “bento” boxes.

In addition, workers on the frontline have no doctors to provide emergency care. Medical staffers are on standby at the J-Village training center in the town of Naraha, some 20 km from the plant.

Tepco has said it will improve the work environment.

It has already been criticized for its poor treatment of nuclear workers, most of whom are employees of subcontractors.

After the plant was hit by the March disaster, workers were initially given no radiation meters on the grounds they were washed away by the tsunami.

Tepco improved the situation only after the government nuclear watchdog agency urged the utility to take steps.

But later in March, three workers were irradiated in a contaminated puddle of water while working in the underground level of the reactor 3 building.

Then came a recent revelation that a daily laborer in Osaka who applied to a job as a driver in Miyagi Prefecture ended up as a nuclear worker at the Fukushima plant.

The worker’s death came as the utility continued Saturday work to install a new cooling system at the No. 1 plant, where much of the fuel in the core has melted after being fully exposed.

The Japan Times: Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dutchsinse: Radiation Measurement plan St Louis to California and back

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Japan Raises Radiation Disaster Alert to Highest Level, Matching Chernobyl

Japan Raises Radiation Disaster Alert to Highest Level, Matching Chernobyl

By Yuji Okada, Aaron Sheldrick and Michio Nakayama – Apr 12, 2011

Japan raised the severity rating of its nuclear crisis to the highest, matching the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, after increasing radiation prompted the government to widen the evacuation zone and aftershocks rocked the country.

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency yesterday raised the rating to 7. The accident at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant previously was rated a 5 on the global scale, the same as the 1979 partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.

The stricken plant, about 220 kilometers (135 miles) north of Tokyo, is leaking radiation in Japan’s worst civilian nuclear disaster after a magnitude-9 quake and tsunami on March 11. The station, which has withstood hundreds of aftershocks, may spew more contamination than Chernobyl before the crisis is contained, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

Fukushima has so far released about 10 percent as much radiation as Chernobyl, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said in a statement. The leaks won’t be stopped in “a few days or weeks,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

U.S. stocks fell after Japan’s announcement, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index the longest losing streak since November. The benchmark for American stocks has fallen for four consecutive days, retreating 0.7 percent to 1,315.37 at 9:32 a.m. in New York.

‘Will Do Our Best’

“We are trying to resolve the situation as soon as possible and will do our best to cool down the reactors and prevent the spread of radioactive substances,” Masataka Shimizu, president of the utility, said in a statement after the rating was raised. He also apologized for the accident.

The company’s shares fell 10 percent to close at 450 yen Tokyo yesterday. The stock has slumped 79 percent since the crisis began.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he has asked Tepco, as the utility is called, to give an assessment of when the company expects to resolve the crisis. “An outlook will be presented soon,” he said at news conference in Tokyo.

Edano said April 11 that residents of some towns beyond the 20-kilometer evacuation zone around the plant will have a month to move to safer areas.

“In contrast with Chernobyl, we have been able to avoid direct health risks,” Edano said at a public event in Tokyo. “The assessment level of 7 may be the same, but in terms of its shape and contents, the process has been different.”

Fewer Exposed

The disaster in Ukraine spewed debris as high as 9 kilometers into the air and released radiation 200 times the volume of the combined bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a 2006 report commissioned by Europe’s Green Party.

Fewer people have been exposed to high levels of radiation from Fukushima than Chernobyl, said Richard Wakeford, a professor at the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester in the U.K. “The important thing is monitoring and protecting people on the ground,” Wakeford said by telephone.

The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale rates nuclear accidents in terms of their effects on health and the environment, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which helped set up the system. Each of its seven steps represents a ten-fold increase in severity.

A 7 rating means there has been a “major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures,” according to the INES factsheet.

‘Beginning to Wake Up’

The assessment is based on the combined severity of the situation at reactor Nos. 1, 2 and 3, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director-general of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, or NISA.

The government “is at last beginning to wake up to the reality of the scale of the disaster,” said Philip White, International Liaison Officer at the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, a Tokyo-based group opposed to atomic energy. “Its belated move to evacuate people from a larger area around the nuclear plant, likewise, is a recognition that the impact on public health is potentially much greater than it first acknowledged.”

The March 11 earthquake, the nation’s strongest on record, and tsunami left about 27,500 dead or missing, according to Japan’s National Police Agency.

Japan was struck by two earthquakes stronger than magnitude 6 yesterday, hindering recovery efforts as workers were temporarily evacuated. The temblors followed a 6.6-magnitude quake April 11 and a magnitude 7.1 aftershock on April 7.

While there was no damage to the Fukushima plant from the recent earthquakes, disruptions make it difficult to assess when it will achieve cold shutdown of the three damaged reactors, said Junichi Matsumoto, general manager of one of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s nuclear divisions. The station has six reactors.

Fishing Halted in Japan’s Ibaraki After Radioactive Water Contaminates Sea

By Aya Takada – Apr 6, 2011

Fishermen in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan’s fifth-largest seafood producer, halted operations after tainted fish were detected south of Fukushima, where radioactive water from a stricken nuclear plant contaminated the sea.

About 96 percent of fishing off the coast of Ibaraki was suspended after sand lance contaminated with higher-than- acceptable levels of cesium were discovered yesterday, said Tomoki Mashiko, assistant director at the fishing policy division of the prefectural government. Fishing in Ibaraki had been suspended since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, restarted as early as March 28, and then suspended again today.

Sushi restaurants and hotels, including Shangri-La Asia’s luxury chain, dropped Japanese seafood from their menus because of radiation fears. Japan exported 565,295 metric tons of marine products worth 195 billion yen ($2.3 billion) last year. A fishing industry group in Fukushima asked Tokyo Electric Power Co. to stop dumping toxic water into the sea as the operator of the damaged nuclear plant struggles to stem radiation leakage.

“The action may be undermining the whole fishing industry in Japan,” Ikuhiro Hattori, chairman for the National Federation of Fisheries Co-Operative Associations, told a vice trade minister today, referring to Tepco dumping water.

Fishermen Compensation

The detection of tainted sand lance dealt a blow to Ibaraki fishermen who were recovering from the natural disaster and were resuming operations, Mashiko said. The prefecture produced 191,010 tons of fish worth 20 billion yen ($234 million) in 2008, representing 3.4 percent of Japan’s output, government data show.

Fishermen from Ibaraki’s southern port of Hasaki weren’t allowed to ship their products to a market in neighboring Chiba prefecture, Mashiko said.

“We expect Tokyo Electric to treat fishermen in the same way as it prepares to compensate farmers for their lost sales because of radioactive contamination,” Mashiko said in an interview today. The prefecture will increase monitoring of marine products for radioactivity and decide which area and what type of fish are safe for commercial operations, he said.

Japan has restricted vegetable and raw-milk shipments from Fukushima and nearby prefectures after discovering contaminated products through random testing.

Tepco, owner of the nuclear plant hit by Japan’s biggest quake on record, slumped as much as 19 percent to a record low today. The utility may make a preliminary compensation payment of 1 million yen ($12,000) to each household near its crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant, Kyodo News reported.

Shifting Demand

U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant

April 5, 2011

United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Among the new threats that were cited in the assessment, dated March 26, are the mounting stresses placed on the containment structures as they fill with radioactive cooling water, making them more vulnerable to rupture in one of the aftershocks rattling the site after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. The document also cites the possibility of explosions inside the containment structures due to the release of hydrogen and oxygen from seawater pumped into the reactors, and offers new details on how semimolten fuel rods and salt buildup are impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores.

In recent days, workers have grappled with several side effects of the emergency measures taken to keep nuclear fuel at the plant from overheating, including leaks of radioactive water at the site and radiation burns to workers who step into the water. The assessment, as well as interviews with officials familiar with it, points to a new panoply of complex challenges that water creates for the safety of workers and the recovery and long-term stability of the reactors.

While the assessment does not speculate on the likelihood of new explosions or damage from an aftershock, either could lead to a breach of the containment structures in one or more of the crippled reactors, the last barriers that prevent a much more serious release of radiation from the nuclear core. If the fuel continues to heat and melt because of ineffective cooling, some nuclear experts say, that could also leave a radioactive mass that could stay molten for an extended period.

The document, which was obtained by The New York Times, provides a more detailed technical assessment than Japanese officials have provided of the conundrum facing the Japanese as they struggle to prevent more fuel from melting at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. But it appears to rely largely on data shared with American experts by the Japanese.

Among other problems, the document raises new questions about whether pouring water on nuclear fuel in the absence of functioning cooling systems can be sustained indefinitely. Experts have said the Japanese need to continue to keep the fuel cool for many months until the plant can be stabilized, but there is growing awareness that the risks of pumping water on the fuel present a whole new category of challenges that the nuclear industry is only beginning to comprehend.