TEPCO discloses radiation map

Tokyo Electric Power Company has disclosed a map of radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The utility plans to urgently remove radioactive rubble, and the map will help to protect workers from unnecessary exposure to radiation.

TEPCO began making the map in late March, and has posted copies in the plant's buildings.

The map shows radiation levels that controllers measured around the first 4 reactors before the start of the working day.

Radiation levels around the Number 3 reactor building, which was damaged by a powerful hydrogen explosion, are higher than in other locations, and 300 millisieverts per hour of radiation was detected in debris on a nearby mountainside.

Work started on April 6th to remove contaminated rubble, which had been obstructing the restoration process.

TEPCO says much of the debris around the former office building has been removed, and it has started clearing the rubble around the Number 3 and Number 4 reactors.

Enough debris has been removed to fill 50 containers, and it is being kept in a field on the mountainside.

The radiation levels one meter away are 1 to 2 millisieverts per hour.

Sunday, April 24, 2011 22:32 +0900 (JST)

Tepco radiation site map

[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
The angry beast is fed even more....

[ex]Movers turn away evacuees / People told to relocate get cold shoulder from moving firms

The Yomiuri Shimbun

FUKUSHIMA--Many residents in Fukushima Prefecture who have been told to prepare for evacuation have been refused service by moving companies, it has been learned.

People living in designated areas have been told to evacuate within one month because of radiation leaks from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the prefecture.

"Out of consideration for our employees' safety, we can't let them take on those jobs," an official of one moving firm said.[/ex]

If Japan thinks this won't backfire on them....think again!

[ex]"We were told to evacuate, but we can't. Are [the moving companies] just going to abandon us without offering help?" said a 50-year-old woman of Iitatemura, which is within the designated zone.

The woman called a major moving firm on Saturday, and informed a staff member of her address. The employee told her, "Currently, we classify [Iitatemura] as a no-service area."

The woman persisted in her request for service, but the employee said: "We think there'll be consequences from the accident at the nuclear power plant... Our company has already decided its position on the matter."

Another major moving company also refused to serve the woman, she said.[/ex]

I think TEPCO should go into the moving business.  They've obviously failed in the reactor business.

[ex]After hearing on April 11 that a new evacuation zone would be set, she decided to move as soon as possible. She found a house in Sendai and made plans for the family to move there on May 4, only to be rebuffed by the moving companies.

Iitatemura's village administration office has received inquiries from other residents seeking advice after being turned away by moving companies.

"This isn't a problem the village office can deal with. It's the policy of these companies. We want the central government to do something," a village official said.

"I want the central government or someone to give us proper support so we can move. If the situation is left as it is, people will be left behind in the evacuation zone," the woman said.

Moving firms cited employee safety as the reason for the policy.[/ex]


...a little ps...from Mama Nature.
M 5.1, near the east coast of Honshu, Japan
35.253°N 140.978°E

Sunday, April 24, 2011 21:06:38 UTC
Monday, April 25, 2011 06:06:38 AM at epicenter

Depth: 32.50 km (20.19 mi)

Posted on 24 April 2011 | 9:06 pm

[editby]edit on 03/28/2011 by Destinyone because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

Civil Society Gaining Ground Following Quake
by Suvendrini Kakuchi

Periodic health checkups mulled for Fukushima residents

Primordial fear: why radiation is so scary
Sun, Apr 24, 2011
by Marlowe Hood

Dr. Mark Sircus: Radioactive Currents and Winds

Human embryos in US likely bioaccumulating radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium says physician who taught at Harvard Med School
April 10th, 2011 at 06:58 AM

Situation Update No. 98
On 25.04.2011 at 03:04 GMT+2

The amount of radioactivity in seawater near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is about to hit the highest-ever level recorded in history. According to the Asahi Shimhun on Sunday, officials measured 1-hundred-86 becquerels per liter of radioactive substances in the sea just 34 kilometers from the crippled power plant on April 15th. This level is about 20-thousand times higher than the permissible annual standard set by the Japanese government. The highest level of contamination in history was 2-hundred becquerels per liter in the Irish Sea in the 1970s when a nuclear fuel reprocessing factory discharged cesium-137. Meanwhile, Tokyo is reportedly considering building an underground wall near the Fukushima power plant to contain the spread of radioactive material through soil and groundwater.

Monday, April 25, 2011
Nuclear Agency: No Highly Radioactive Water Leaking from Crippled Plant

BP Confirms Shipping Unit Has Added Radiation Clause To Contracts
By Max Lin
Published April 25, 2011| Dow Jones Newswires

2011/04/25 15:31 KST
(LEAD) S. Korean minister stresses nuclear safety

Anti-nuclear plant candidates secure some seats in local elections

Agence France Presse - Japan launches new mass search for bodies
By Hiroshi Hiyama (AFP)

Step up fight against harmful rumors about Japan goods
(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, April 24, 2011)
(Apr. 25, 2011)

Times-Picayune - N.O. lawyer travels the world to save disaster-struck pets
She rescues dogs left behind in Japan
Monday, April 25, 2011
By Katy Reckdahl
Staff writer

[quote][i]Originally posted by Moonbeams771[/i]
[ex]Atmospheric radiation leak underestimated

Data released by the government indicates radioactive material was leaking into the atmosphere from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in early April in greater quantities than previously estimated.[/ex]

"greater quantities than previously estimated"

Why do they have to lie so much?! What are they trying to hide? Maybe if they just opened up and told the truth, people would be able to deal with the situation better because... they may actually know what was going on!

[ex]Radioactive material was being released into the atmosphere from the plant at an estimated rate of 154 terabecquerels per day

...previously estimated radiation leakage on April 5 at "less than 1 terabecquerel per hour." [/ex]

[ex]On April 17, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in its plan for stabilization of the crippled reactors it would not start to get radiation leakage under control until the plan's fourth month of implementation.  This would mean 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances would be released into the atmosphere from the plant during the coming three months, according to simple calculations based on the estimated emission rate as of April 5.

Emissions in that three-month period alone would therefore exceed the level necessary for a Level 6 severity rating on the INES, the globally accepted measure for evaluating nuclear accidents.[/ex]

[ex]The commission, however, said the figures were estimates only, "with a considerable margin of error."[/ex]
  ...and allowing considerable scope to cherry pick figures to suit your purpose  - even if they don't reflect reality in any way.

[url=]The Daily Yomiuri[/url]

Which leads us on to this:

[ex]Gov't endorses TEPCO's [b]estimates[/b] on radioactive leak into sea[/ex]
[url=]Kyodo[/url][editby]edit on 25-4-2011 by Moonbeams771 because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

Monitoring rising temperatures

The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is carefully monitoring the situation at the Number 4 spent fuel pool, where the water temperature is rising despite increased injections of cooling water.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says it will inject 210 tons of water into the pool on Monday, after finding on Sunday evening that the temperature in the pool had risen to 81 degrees Celsius.

The utility firm had earlier limited the amount of water being injected into the pool to 70 tons a day, saying the weight of the water could weaken the reactor building, which was already damaged in last month's hydrogen explosion.

On Friday, TEPCO found that the pool's temperature had reached 91 degrees, so it began injecting 2 to 3 times the amount of water.

TEPCO says the pool's water temperature dropped to 66 degrees on Saturday after water was injected, but started to rise again, to 81 degrees.

The operator says the water level in the pool was 2.5 meters lower than normal after 165 tons of water were injected on Sunday. It is carefully monitoring the water level and temperature to avoid further troubles.

The Number 4 spent fuel pool stores 1,535 fuel rods, the most at the nuclear complex.

Monday, April 25, 2011 12:04 +0900 (JST)

Agence France Presse - Anti-nuclear protests on Franco-German border
Apr 25 06:46 AM US/Eastern

TEPCO to halve executive pay amid Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis (VIDEO)

How did Japan's nuclear industry become so arrogant?

[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
April 26 news bits of truth...Notice when WE start discussing R4...Tepco "leaks" (pun intended) some type of info on it...

[ex]High concentration of radioactive water found in Fukushima's No. 4 reactor[/ex]

IIRC, the tunnel height is approx 15 feet.

[ex]A concentration of radioactive water in the basement of the No. 4 reactor's turbine building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant became abnormally high, reaching a maximum of 250 times normal monthly levels, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) on April 26.

The utility found that the samples contained 8,100 becquerels of cesium-137 (half-life about 30 years) and 7,800 becquerels of cesium-134 (half-life about 2 years), up about 250 times from the previous survey on March 24. Also found in the fresh samples were 4,300 becquerels of iodine-131 (half-life about 8 days), about 12 times higher than the March probe.

The depth of water as of 7 a.m. on April 26 stood at 1.15 meters, up 25 centimeters from April 13.[/ex]

And this bit of data, confirmed what we've thought all along...

[ex]The turbine buildings of the No. 3 and 4 reactors are connected through an electric product room, where power panels and other equipment are located, leading TEPCO officials to speculate that water being pumped into the No. 3 unit is believed to be leaking into the No. 4 unit through a cable gap and other reasons.[/ex]

ETA:  So, even though TEPCO has been mum on R4...that pesky reactor just won't cooperate..


[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
More ripples, and "you'll have to pry it from my cold dead fingers..."attitude from TEPCO pres.

[ex]TEPCO president to resign over scandal   2011-04-26 12:33:20

BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhuanet) -- TEPCO's President has hinted that he will resign in order to take responsibility for the Fukushima disaster, but an exact timeline has not been decided. TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu was grilled by minority party lawmakers in a debate dedicated to the response to the nuclear crisis.

TEPCO has been accused of downplaying the dangers and ignoring warnings about the risk of a quake and tsunami striking the plant, as well as reacting poorly to the disaster. When asked whether he planned on resigning, Shimizu confirmed he would be stepping down.

Masataka Shimizu,President,Tokyo Electric Power Company(TEPCO), said, "In terms of taking responsibility, I do believe there should be some sort of punishment. However, we are still in the midst of trying to deal with the current situation and there are quite a few obstacles still ahead. As such, I am still unsure of when this would happen."


Des [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
Very honest take on TEPCO lying, and things are much worse than is being told. Says, Japan is at great risk.
If you have not seen this vid. approx 10 really should...JMOHO though.

Professor Christopher Busby: Can't seal Fukushima like Chernobyl - it all goes into sea.

Professor Christopher Busby, the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risks, believes that the Japanese have been very lax in the way they evacuated people from the exclusion zone. He thinks that the zone should be expanded to a 60-70km radius.

Busby thinks that if a sarcophagus is put over Fukushima-1, the nuclear fuel might go underground and get washed away by the sea. The US has already started picking up contaminated material with high concentrations of uranium and plutonium washed up on its coastline, he says.

Christopher Busby also thinks that TEPCO has concealed the fact that one of the explosions at Fukushima was not a gas blast, but a nuclear reaction.

“The nuclear industry has a history of duplicity and cover-up. I believe it probably was a nuclear explosion, not in the reactor, but in the tanks that contains the spent fuel. It seems almost certain now that there was some kind of nuclear explosion in the tank that contained the plutonium fuel rods. Anyone who saw that enormous explosion on the video would not have believed that it was a hydrogen explosion,” says Busby.


ps, if some kind soul could  embed this vid, would be of great help TIA.


Japan quake: Fukushima workers having 'a tough time'

[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
[i]reply to [url=]post by Destinyone[/url][/i]

[headline]Radiation Expert: “Sr-90 and Uranium and Particulates Will Be Building Up in the USA and Europe … For Now I Think It Prudent To Stop Drinking Milk”[/headline]

[ex]Professor Busby:

I attach my “don’t panic” paper. However, since then I have re-thought this advice as the thing is still fissioning and releasing 10 to the fourteen becquerels a day. This will mean that Sr-90 [strontium 90] and Uranium and particulates will be building up in the USA and Europe. I will assess this later but for now I think it prudent to stop drinking milk. I also attach the particulates note.[/ex]

[url=]Fukuparticles2 link[/url]

Meanwhile, in the good ole U.S. of A.:

Someone needs to nudge the needle (kick some butt) at the EPA monitoring. They are stuck on rinse and repeat. No mention of the plutonium and the other iums being detected. Their complicity needs remembering in the times to come. Useless (non)data posted below.

[ex]April 25, 2011

As of 9:00 am (EDT) EPA's RadNet radiation air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels. The levels detected are far below levels of concern.

Today, EPA also released new data for precipitation and milk. Results for precipitation have detected low levels of radioactive material consistent with estimated releases from the damaged nuclear reactors. These detections were expected and the levels detected are far below levels of public-health concern.

To view the most recent sampling and monitoring data, go to
April 22, 2011

As of 9:00 am (EDT) EPA's RadNet radiation air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels. The levels detected are far below levels of concern.

Today, EPA also released new data for drinking water, precipitation and milk. Results for precipitation and drinking water have detected low levels of radioactive material consistent with estimated releases from the damaged nuclear reactors. These detections were expected and the levels detected are far below levels of public-health concern.

To view the most recent sampling and monitoring data, go to
April 21, 2011

As of 9:00 am (EDT) EPA's RadNet radiation air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels. The levels detected are far below levels of concern. [/ex]

[url=]Useless link to the EPA[/url]

[quote][i]Originally posted by thorfourwinds[/i]
[i]reply to [url=]post by DancedWithWolves[/url][/i]


And the beat goes on.


[color=Yellow]April 6th, 2011[/color]

[b]Confidential U.S. document reveals “new threats” at Fukushima:
Risk of explosions inside containment structures…
“Likely no water” in No. 1 reactor core
— [color=red]“Could persist indefinitely”[/color][/b]

[ex][b]U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant[/b]

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 [color=red]threats that could persist indefinitely[/color], and that in some cases are [color=orange]expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable[/color], according to a confidential assessment [dated March 26] prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Times’ article spotlighted several items of extreme importance:

 • “Semimolten” fuel rods and salt are “impeding the flow of fresh water meant to cool the nuclear cores” in ALL THREE REACTORS

 • The water flow in reactor No. 1 “is severely restricted and likely blocked“

 • Similar problems exist in No. 2 and No. 3, although the blockage is probably less severe

 • “There is likely no water level” inside the core of reactor No. 1

 • There is a possibility of “explosions inside the containment structures”

Read the article [url=]here[/url].[/ex]

We believe you read it first on ATS ... great job, team!

In Peace, Love & Light


Workers at nuke plant complain about handling of radiation exposure data

[quote][i]Originally posted by AlaskanDad[/i]
[size=4][b]Japan farmers rally against nuclear plant company[/b][/size]

TOKYO, April 26, 2011 (AFP) - Hundreds of angry Japanese farmers protested Tuesday outside the Tokyo head office of nuclear plant operator TEPCO, taking with them vegetables, milk and and even two cows affected by the atomic crisis.

Some 350 people, mainly farmers from the region around the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi power plant, flocked to the heavily-guarded headquarters of embattled utility Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) in the capital.

Chanting anti-nuclear slogans, they waved in the air cabbages and spinach that had not been sold due to fears of radioactive contamination from the plant, which was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

They also brought two live milk cows on pick-up trucks, as well as milk in aluminum containers, from their dairy farms near the plant, which is some 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Tokyo.

"TEPCO must stop the radiation leak! TEPCO must pay compensation! TEPCO must give us our hometown back!" demonstrators yelled in unison.

[url=]MySinchew link[/url]

Fukushima farmers protest near TEPCO headquarters

Farmers affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have demanded that its operator put it under control and compensate them as soon as possible.

About 200 vegetable and dairy farmers from Fukushima, Chiba, Ibaraki and other prefectures took part in the protest in front of the headquarters of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The farmers displayed vegetables and milk cows, shipments of which have been banned due to radiation concerns, and demanded sufficient compensation for damage caused by the bans and rumors.

TEPCO officials apologized to the farmers for causing trouble, saying the firm is trying to settle the crisis and will compensate them with help from the government.

Milk shipments from 2 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture remain banned, as are shipments of spinach, cabbage and other leafy vegetables from the entire prefecture.

In a related move, farmers in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, say the accident has so far cost them 530-million yen, or about 6.5-million dollars.

The estimate was reported by a task force set up by agricultural cooperatives in the prefecture at an inaugural meeting on Tuesday.

The loss is attributed to bans on shipments of 6 kinds of vegetables from part of the prefecture between April 4th and 22nd, consumer reluctance to buy vegetables from Chiba, and a fall in prices. The farmers plan to seek compensation from TEPCO.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 19:57 +0900 (JST)

[quote][i]Originally posted by AlaskanDad[/i]
Here we see a repeat of what ATS members have been saying all along:

[size=4][b]Chernobyl recovery officer criticises Japan's efforts at Fukushima[/b][/size]

Soviet efforts to contain the Chernobyl nuclear disaster a quarter of a century ago were far better than Japan's "slow-motion" response to the disaster at Fukushima, a leading member of the 1986 recovery effort said.

In a rare interview on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl on Monday, Col-Gen Nikolai Antoshkin said he was shocked at how poorly Japan had coped with its own nuclear disaster.

"Right at the start when there was not yet a big leak of radiation they (the Japanese) wasted time.

And then they acted in slow-motion," he said.

The Soviets had evacuated 44,600 people within two and a half hours and put them up in "normal comfortable conditions" on the same day, he recalled.

"Look at advanced Japan," he said. "People are housed in stadiums and are lying about on the floors of sports halls in unhygienic conditions."

[url=] Telegraph link[/url]


[url=]Blueprint for Unit 1[/url]

[url=]3D rendering of Units 2-5[/url]

[url=]All kinds of stuff[/url]

[quote][i]Originally posted by rbrtj[/i]
Nuclear energy has been a national strategic priority for Japan since 1973. ... USA: Nuclear Power Policy.....
Read all about it world!!! :roll::@@:

Japanese Waste and MOX Shipments from Europe - Appendix 1

Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes

Lots of reading to do, thanks for the key words !!!! :roll::roll::roll:[editby]edit on 27-4-2011 by rbrtj because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]


[quote][i]Originally posted by MedievalGhost[/i]
3 workers at a Japanese nuke plant were exposed to ~10 sieverts in 1999 during an accident (the infamous 'bucket accident'). Here are some horrific photos of one of those unfortunate workers:

in the beginning (10/07/1999, and then 10/25/1999)

later (date unknown)

later (date unknown)

[url=]link[/url] (in Japanese)

The worker in the photos died later, as did one of the other workers. His skin literally fell off, leaving only exposed muscle. This has to be one of the worst ways to die. The suffering and pain must have been unimaginable. :(

I wonder if any Fukushima plant workers are now experiencing something like this.[editby]edit on 28-4-2011 by MedievalGhost because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
Image of rods in Spent Fuel Pool #4


[url=]2nd source[/url]

[ex]Reactors: background

The Fukushima Daiichi reactors are GE boiling water reactors (BWR) of an early (1960s) design supplied by GE and Toshiba, with what is known as a Mark I containment. Reactors 1-3 came into commercial operation 1971-75. Reactor power is 460 MWe for unit 1, 784 MWe for units 2-5, and 1100 MWe for unit 6. The fuel assemblies are about 4 m long, and there are 400 in unit 1, 548 in units 2-5, and 764 in unit 6. Each assembly has 60 fuel rods containing the uranium oxide fuel within zirconium alloy cladding. Unit 3 has a partial core of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel (32 MOX assemblies, 516 LEU). They all operate normally at 286°C at core outlet under a pressure of 6930 kPa and with 115-130 kPa pressure in dry containment. NISA says maximum design base pressure for reactor pressure vessels (RPV) is 8240 kPa at 300°C, and for containment (PCV) is about 500 kPa*.  At low containment pressures hydrogen and other gases are routinely vented through charcoal filters which trap most radionuclides.[/ex]

[ex]Fuel Ponds: background

At the time of the accident, in addition to a large number of used fuel assemblies, unit 4's pond also held a full core load of 548 fuel assemblies while the reactor was undergoing maintenance, these having been removed at the end of November.

The temperature of these ponds is normally low, around 30°C when circulation is maintained with the Fuel Pool Circulation and Clean-up (FCP) system, but they are designed to be safe at about 85°C in the absence of pumped circulation (and presumably with moderate fuel load). They are about 12 metres deep, so the fuel is normally covered by 7 metres of water.

Unit 2, 3 & 4 ponds are about 12 x 10 metres, with 1240, 1220 and 1590 assemblies capacity respectively (unit 1 is about 12 x 7 m, 900 assemblies). Unit 4 pond contains a total 1331 used assemblies (783 plus full fuel load of 548), giving it a heat load of about 3 MW thermal, according to France's IRSN, which in that case could lead to 115 cubic metres of water boiling off per day, or about one tenth of its volume. Unit 3's pool contains 514 fuel assemblies, unit 1 has 292 and unit 2 has 587, giving it a heat load of 1 MW. There is no MOX  fuel in any of the ponds.

Two of the reactor unit ponds (2 & 4) were unusually full before unit 4 core was unloaded in November, since there was little spare space (only for 465 assemblies) in the central fuel storage pond on site.  Thus there was a lot more fuel in the reactor ponds with correspondingly high heat loads and cooling requirements than might have been the case.

Moving the used fuel from reactor ponds to central storage involves loading it under water into casks which are lowered down and trucked the short distance (see RH side of cutaway diagram above). It requires access from the service floor and the use of cranes which were damaged in the hydrogen explosions.

The central fuel storage on site near unit 4 has a pond about 12 x 29 metres, 11 m deep, with capacity of 3828 m3 and able to hold 6840 fuel assemblies. Its building is about 55 x 73 m. (There are 6375 assemblies in the undamaged central pool storage on site, with very low decay heat, and 408 in dry cask storage - utilized since 1995 for used fuel no longer needing much cooling.) [/ex]

[url=]World Nuclear Organization: Fukushima Accident[/url]


I highly recommend taking the time to view this video dated April 22. It is the most extensive footage I have seen from the grounds and control room at Fukushima. We need a save and preserve mission on this a.s.a.p. And translations...


Can someone download and save this video? I have my doubts as to how long it will remain available. Thanks in advance.[editby]edit on 29-4-2011 by DancedWithWolves because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]


Radiation Readings in Fukushima Reactor Rise to Highest Since Crisis Began

Fukushima Prefecture starts taking custody of pets left in 20-km no-entry zone
(Mainichi Japan) April 29, 2011

45 children still in town where high levels of radiation have been detected
(Mainichi Japan) April 29, 2011

2011/04/28 16:21 KST
S. Korea finds no radioactive materials in air, rain

Friday, April 29, 2011
Tepco Chief Holds Out Hope For Compensation Exemption

explosive disassembly of supercritical reactor core

[quote][i]Originally posted by Moonbeams771[/i]
This is no conspiracy, the Japanese are actively and openly trying to censor media (and other sources):

 [ex]The Japanese government has moved to crack down on independent reportage and criticism of the government’s policies in the wake of the disaster by deciding what citizens may or may not talk about in public.

A new project team has been created by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, the National Police Agency, and METI to combat “rumors” deemed harmful to Japanese security in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The government charges that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the sake of the public good.

The project team has begun to send “letters of request” to such organizations as telephone companies, internet providers, cable television stations, and others, demanding that they “take adequate measures based on the guidelines in response to illegal information. ”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality.[/ex]
[url=]Japan Focus[/url]

[url=]Letter of Request[/url] Via google translation - the original japanese letter can be found on the METI site [url=]METI[/url] (A genuine Japanese translation would be appreciated!)

[ex]false rumors to incite public unrest prank, circulated by the light of the circumstances to write to the bulletin boards, etc., concerned about false rumors on the Internet. agencies work together for the site administrator, etc., including information voluntarily remove obscene laws and requested to take appropriate action and make efforts so that accurate information is provided to users[/ex]

With co-operation of the Japanese media:
Telecommunications Carriers Association, Telecom Services Association of Japan, the Japan Cable Television Association and the Japan Internet Providers Association

About METI...

NISA - the Japanese safety watchdog - was established as a special entity of the METI

[ex]Prime Minister Naoto Kan is looking into the feasibility of separating the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, according to government sources.[/ex]
[url=]Japn Times[/url]

METI (Japanese Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry) have big plans for nuclear energy:
[ex]May 05, 2003  This summer, the Japanese Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will issue a ten-year energy plan prepared cooperatively with the Japanese Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC). The document will include measures for reducing Japan's reliance on Middle Easter oil and facilitating new reactor projects.[/ex][url=]Aveva[/url]

This news is about a week old but I missed it first time round. [/quote]


Japan prime minister's nuclear adviser resigns
Posted: 29 April 2011 2001 hrs

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Panel to probe nuke accident

[quote][i]Originally posted by Moonbeams771[/i]
Someone doesn't want the Japanese people to make their own decisions:

[ex]The chief of the Meteorological Society of Japan has drawn flak from within the academic society over a request for member specialists to [b]refrain from releasing forecasts on the spread of radioactive substances from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant[/b].[/ex]

[ex]In the request posted March 18 on the society's website, Hiroshi Niino, professor at the University of Tokyo, said such forecasts, which he says carry some uncertainty, ''could jumble up information about the government's antidisaster countermeasures unnecessarily.''

''The basic principle behind antidisaster measures is to enable people to act on unified reliable information,'' he said.[/ex]

The problem is that no one is providing any [b]reliable[/b] information.

[url=]Kyodo[/url] [/quote]

Government Adviser Quits Post to Protest Japan's Policy on Radiation Exposure for Fukushima Schools
by Dennis Normile on 29 April 2011, 1:35 PM

TOKYO—A prominent Japanese radiation safety specialist has resigned his governmental advisory post in protest over what he calls "inexcusable" standards for school children in Fukushima Prefecture. The Yomiuri Online news web site reported in Japanese this evening that Toshiso Kosako, a radiation safety expert at the University of Tokyo, feels the standards are too lenient and that his advice has been ignored.

On 19 April, the ministry of education announced a "provisional idea" for schoolyards contaminated by radiation emanating from the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The ministry cited a recommendation by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), based in Ottawa, Canada, that sets an acceptable level of between 1 and 20 millisieverts (mSv) per year for individuals. In its Application of the Commission's Recommendations to the Protection of People Living in Long-term Contaminated Areas After a Nuclear Accident or a Radiation Emergency , ICRP recommendation reads:

    The reference level for the optimization of protection of people living in contaminated areas should be selected in the lower part of the 1-20 mSv/year band.

Japan's education ministry figured that children could spend 8 hours a day in a schoolyard with as much as 3.8 microsieverts per hour of radiation and then 16 hours a day inside a building with 1.52 microsieverts per hour and stay within a 20 mSv per year limit. Some 800 groups and 34,000 individuals have signed a petition demanding the withdrawal of the education ministry's 20 mSv per year standard, according to a coalition of citizens' organizations that will present the petition to the government on 2 May.

"Setting this (radiation exposure) number for elementary schools is inexcusable," says Kosako, according to Yomiuri Online. His resignation is expected to put additional pressure on the government to rethink its decision.

Kyodo News International - Weather chief draws flak over plea not to release radiation forecasts
Friday, April 29, 2011 1:08 PM

Gov't panel releases 2 of over 2,000 radiation dispersal estimates
(Mainichi Japan) April 19, 2011
New Site observation by the packbot in the nuclear reactor building of Unit 1 29 April 2011

Seabed radiation 100-1,000 times normal level off Fukushima plant

TOKYO, May 3, Kyodo

Radiation readings have risen to 100-1,000 times the normal level on the Pacific seabed near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator said Tuesday.

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[quote][i]Originally posted by Moonbeams771[/i]
Update for the Greenpeace testing:

[ex]we have finally reached the Fukushima coast to begin our research. The limitations set by the government mean we can only conduct a fraction of what we came here to do, and only outside Japan’s 12-mile territorial waters, but we are doing everything we can.[/ex]
Greenpeace speak a lot of sense:
[ex]Many governments try to silence their critics, but our mission is not to criticise the government. The Rainbow Warrior is here off the coast of Japan to carry out essential, independent radiation testing, and to share this information with the authorities and the people of Japan. We have been, and will continue providing transparent information that will help people to protect both their health and livelihoods.

The Japanese Government has nothing to lose by allowing independent research by NGOs like Greenpeace. If it wants to avoid harmful rumours then more - not less - research is absolutely crucial.

We hope that the government will stop playing politics, reverse its decision to block our research, and allow us to do what we came here to do: provide clear, independent information to the people for whom help is needed.[/ex]

[url=]Greenpeace[/url] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by jjjtir[/i]
[i]Gov't assumed worst-case scenario at Fukushima nuclear plant

Wednesday 04th May, 06:17 AM JST


[ex]TOKYO —

The government assumed a worst-case scenario of ‘‘significant public exposure’’ to radiation when workers were struggling to bring a nuclear reactor under control at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant a day after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Kyodo News learned Tuesday.

The scenario assumed the container of the No. 1 reactor would be damaged and people around the plant would be exposed to several sieverts of radiation, a potentially lethal level, if the workers failed to reduce pressure within the containment vessel by venting steam, according to sources in the government and the plant operator as well as documents.


© 2011 Kyodo News. All rights reserved. No reproduction or republication without written permission.[/ex] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by jjjtir[/i]
Full article from [url][/url] now on Mainichi.
[i]Seabed radiation 100-1,000 times normal level off Fukushima plant
(Mainichi Japan) May 4, 2011


[ex]TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Radiation readings have risen to 100-1,000 times the normal level on the Pacific seabed near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator said Tuesday.

The high levels of radioactive materials were detected in samples collected Friday from the seabed at two points 20-30 meters deep in the first contamination probe of the seabed by Tokyo Electric Power Co., it said.

The seabed samples collected 3 kilometers from Minamisoma and 3 km from Naraha, both in Fukushima Prefecture, contained 98-190 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kilogram and 1,200-1,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium.

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[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
I'm sorry but this is just man(woman)slaughter. This building is where some workers have been sleeping on floors and are spending most of their time when not out on the grounds. This building was "the shelter" and is was not being checked for radiation levels? Lies, lies, lies and willfully putting workers in harms way.Someone checked the levels and didn't reveal the data to the workers. If these two women were exposed - they all have been exposed to these levels and beyond inside their own designated safe building.

[headline]TEPCO neglected radiation checks in building where two women absorbed high doses[/headline]

[ex]Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) failed to check the levels of radiation inside a key operation center at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant before two female workers were exposed to high levels of radiation there.

The two workers have recently been exposed to radiation higher than the legal limit for female workers -- lower than that for men -- of 5 millisieverts over a three-month period. For about two weeks after the March 11 earthquake, the utility did not check the radiation levels inside a special quake-resistant building where the two workers were exposed. About 200 workers use the building on the premises of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant each day as a base to deal with the ongoing crisis.[/ex]

[url=]Link[/url] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]

[headline]Japanese graffiti artist adds Fukushima disaster to famous A-bomb mural[/headline]



[ex]One of the most famous pieces of art in Tokyo is "Myth of Tomorrow," a mural by Picasso-influenced artist Taro Okamoto, depicting the horrors of the atomic bomb. Over the weekend, someone added a new panel to the mural.

The new addition depicts the towers of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melting down. And whoever did it, they managed to copy the style of the original mural pretty closely. The new panel was on display for a few hours, before the police took it down — it caused no damage to the original mural, just added to it.[/ex]

[url=]Taro Okamoto[/url]

[quote][i]Originally posted by DancedWithWolves[/i]
A 30 minute documentary looking inside the lives of exploited workers in Japan's nuclear industry. Subtitled in English.

[ex]FILM: Nuclear Ginza (1995)

Röhl, Nicholas. 1995. Kakusareta Hibaku Rōdō: Nihon no Genpatsu Rōdōsha. 隠された被曝労働 – 日本の原発労働者 物語 [Nuclear Ginza]. YouTube video, 30 min, posted by “aikoku369”, Mar 30, 2011, from

Nicholas Röhl, a student of Japan’s master director Imamura Shohei, produced this 30-minute documentary in 1995 for Channel 4. [b]The film exposes how Japan’s nuclear energy industry used disadvantaged people in the 1970s and ’80s to carry out highly dangerous manual labor inside their power stations. The story follows the photojournalist/ anti-nuclear activist Kenji Higuchi as he exposes the exploitation of the “untouchables” who were pulled out of the slums of Tokyo and Osaka in order to work while exposed to radiation, often without their knowledge. Referring to the tacit cooperation and close ties between the Japanese government and the country’s nuclear industry, a man notes in one scene that “democracy has been destroyed where nuclear power stations exist.”[/b] The film shows how Japan, having suffered nuclear attacks in the past, remarkably transformed itself within a few decades into one of the most “nuclearized” nations worldwide. This documentary film has special significance in the light of the recent Fukushima nuclear crisis, in which media reports about the exploitation of unskilled laborers in the plant spawned a major controversy.
– Christian Dimmer[/ex]

[url=]Teach 3/11[/url]
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[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
Greetings Fellow collective brain cells...I've been only reading for a bit the past week, busy IRL. Great work done here. Kudos to all keeping a candle in the window.

At least there are kindred minds still bubbling to the surface.

[ex]Japan’s Fukushima Power Station Now Beyond Anyone’s Ability To Control

 | Theodora Filis | May 4, 2011 12:30 pm

[ex]In an attempt to preserve some credibility for the nuclear power industry, Japanese authorities tried to use reassuring language in their statements, and were hesitant to compare what was going on at Fukushima to Chernobyl.[/ex]

[ex]Japan is heavily invested in nuclear energy, so it is not surprising that they would want to play down the damage. However, considering the danger this situation poses to the Japanese people, and those in the region, the Japanese government had a duty to be honest about the seriousness of this situation.[/ex]

[ex]Considering a 2005 report, from the National Academies of Science, that any level of radiation, however small, can cause cancer, Japan’s situation is now considered deadly and will be for decades.

The Japanese people have displayed incredible courage, order and decorum in the face of unmitigated disaster. Journalists, volunteers and aid workers from around the world have gone beyond the call of duty to extend help to the hardest hit zones, but this crisis is now beyond anyone’s ability to control.[/ex]

Good to be back.....

Des[editby]edit on 03/28/2011 by Destinyone because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by Silverlok[/i]
[i]reply to [url=]post by DancedWithWolves[/url][/i]

Man I think that art is cool and pretty well rendered in the other fellows style they should leave it , perhaps the government of Japan can use it as a symbol of their attempt at re-humanizing themselves.

Of course that may not be possible they seem a little confused at the root of things as I was trying to discover the mysterious METI codes on the tepco warning/error codes ( from the reactor data gauges ) I figured that the [url=]Ministry of Economic Trade an Industry [/url] or METI website would , logically , would have the decoder ring for such posted as a public service on standards and measure and such ,

and they do have a section listed as "Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency"

And first on it at #149 on Meti's list, sure enough is " [url=] Act on the Regulation of Nuclear Source Material, Nuclear Fuel Material and Reactors[/url] which seems to be concise enough. Unfortunately when you click the link you see:

which wouldn't make sense except in the current situational light I guess, but although somewhat unsatisfied
the link at #151 on the list is:
[url=]Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness[/url]
ah, now this seems to be the stuff , eh ? special measure on preparedness,surely some though provoking and re-assuring information and illumination will be found here...but when you follow the link:


hhhmmmm?, I guess this explains the problem they cannot fix the reactors because the special preparedness for Emergencies accidentally is confusing nuclear reactors with integrated circuit design from 1985, a perfectly reasonable mistake , I can see how the two have the same level of hazard status , I mean a bad circuit design could cause the brakes to fail on that reactor , or leave unsigned code in the security hash and allow it's root to be hacked and then where would we be , eh? that's some fine out of the box thinking there . Who needs giant robots, food or clean air when we have emergency preparation of this clarity and analytical prowess?[editby]edit on 4-5-2011 by Silverlok because: six thumbs you'd think would be an attribute[/editby] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
Surprise surprise...not.

[ex]Japan Kept Secret on Fukushima Radiation Measurements
World | May 3, 2011, Tuesday[/ex]

[ex]The Japanese government admitted it kept in secret at least 5000 radiation radiation measurements and assessments after the nuclear event which struck the Fukushima Daiichi NPP in March.

This was done in order not to induce panic in the population, a representative of the staff dealing with the nuclear emergency told ITAR-TASS.

"It was a wrong decision," he admitted, pointing out that all upcoming information abouth Fukushima Daiichi will be spread immediately.

The system which collects data about radiation leaks from the Japanese nuclear power plants does not work effectively, Japanese media have reported, according to the Russian agency.    [/ex] [/quote]

[quote][i]Originally posted by Destinyone[/i]
PM Kan orders halt of ALL operations at another N plant in Japan.  Concerned over risk to public.

[ex]Japan PM to ask Chubu to halt all ops at Hamaoka nuclear plant

[ex]TOKYO | Fri May 6, 2011 6:19am EDT

TOKYO May 6 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Friday he will ask Chubu Electric Power Co to halt all operations at its Hamaoka nuclear plant in central Japan.[/ex]

Older photo of Chuba Facility here...

What does Kan know, that we don't know.  Everything I've found on this subject, it might even be for political reasons, to offset TEPCO'S losses in some insane balance sheet in Kan's mind.

Here is much more on the decision by Kan to halt ALL operations at Chuba N plant.

[editby]edit on 03/28/2011 by Destinyone because: (no reason given)[/editby] [/quote]

Kan calls for halt of Hamaoka nuclear plant

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has asked a utility firm in central Japan to halt operations of all active reactors at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, due to the risk of earthquakes.

Kan told a hastily arranged news conference on Friday evening that he made the decision in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The prime minister said he asked Chubu Electric Power Company that operates the Hamaoka plant to halt reactors No.4 and No.5, and not to restart reactor No.3, which is now offline for regular inspections.

The plant in Shizuoka Prefecture has 5 reactors, but units No.1 and 2 are permanently shut down for decommissioning.

The Hamaoka complex is known to sit directly above the projected focus of the Tokai Earthquake that experts have long warned of.

Kan said that a science ministry panel on earthquake research has projected an 87-percent possibility of a magnitude-8-class earthquake hitting the region within 30 years.

He said that considering the unique location of the Hamaoka plant, the operator must draw up and implement mid-to-long-term plans to ensure the reactors can withstand the projected Tokai Earthquake. Kan also said that until such plans are implemented, all the reactors should remain out of operation.

Chubu Electric has declined to respond immediately to the prime minister's request. But Kan said he will try hard to win the company's understanding.

The prime minister added that his government will do its utmost to ensure the stoppage of the reactors does not seriously affect power supplies in Chubu Electric's service areas.

Kan said that although power shortages might occur when demand surges in the summer, he is confident that with the cooperation and understanding of the public, the nation can overcome such difficulties.

Friday, May 06, 2011 21:02 +0900 (JST)

The Hamaoka nuclear power plant is located above the projected focus of a magnitude-8-class earthquake that could strike Shizuoka Prefecture.

Seismologists have long been warning that the likely Tokai earthquake could occur any time.

They say massive earthquakes have hit the region every 100 to 150 years, but no major quake has occurred there since the one that struck in the 19th century.

The government predicts that the focus would stretch inland from the southern edge of Yamanashi Prefecture to the central and western parts of Shizuoka Prefecture, and to the prefecture's Pacific coastal area as well.

All areas in Shizuoka would feel a jolt with an intensity of 6-minus to the maximum 7 on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7.

It also projects that a major tsunami of more than 5 meters will strike the coastal area and in some places, the waves could top 10 meters.

Friday, May 06, 2011 21:02 +0900 (JST)

Japan nuclear plant operations (Japan Atomic to shut unit)

Japan Kept Secret on Fukushima Radiation Measurements