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Rolling Update No.3 On The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by a Japan Resident – From: We Can Do Better

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May 11th

Now two months since the day of the ‘triple disaster’ on March 11. The nuclear disaster is far from over, and as the following article suggests, we are still a long way from knowing just what is going on at the Fukushima disaster site.

Nuclear collapse looms? Fukushima No. 4 reactor ‘leaning’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxbm7iJTT8U&feature=player_embedded

Deadly Silence on Fukushima: It’s Not Over

This article gives a new twist to things we already know, but which the Japanese public is not informed about because most of them do not see Arnie Gundersen’s reports and because there appears to be a systematic coverup attempt by the Japanese government and TEPCO to keep the public in Japan in the dark about certain important matters to do with radiation releases from the damaged reactors. This almost certainly includes plutonium releases from reactor 3 and may involve other releases as well. News about reactors 2, 3 and 4 has been pretty sparse in the last few days.

The Greenpeace ship Rainbow water has requested the Japanese government to test the waters near Japan, and Japan has refused this independent data request. The EPA has also shut down all inspection centers and is NOT inspecting fish. (Why the silence?)

There does seem to be (as I have mentioned before) a systematic effort to exclude from government and TEPCO press conferences anyone who would ask ‘probing’ questions. In addition 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. That really does make it sound as if there is information that the government wishes to keep secret…

“The Japanese media today is no different from the wartime propaganda media that kept repeating to the very end that ‘Japan is winning the war against America,’” Uesugi exclaimed. There is one particularly telling example of the media shielding TEPCO by suppressing information. This concerns “plutonium.” According to Uesugi, after the reactor blew up on March 14, there was concern about the leakage of plutonium. However, astonishingly, until two weeks later when Uesugi asked, not a single media representative had raised the question of plutonium at TEPCO’s press conferences.

If you suddenly stop hearing from me it might be because I have been arrested…

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~~~Situation at the Nuclear Disaster Site~~~

Was there a Massive Fire Breakout At Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant May 8th 2011?

This seems to have come from this live webcam.

TEPCO slipping behind schedule to contain accident

Radiation high at No.3 reactor pool

The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has detected high levels of radioactive materials in the spent fuel pool of the No.3 reactor at the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company examined a water sample from the pool on Sunday. The sample contained 140,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium-134 per cubic centimeter, 150,000 becquerels of cesium-137, and 11,000 becquerels of iodine-131.

None of these substances were detected during an inspection on March 2nd, before the accident triggered by the March 11th disaster.

I’m a little puzzled. Arnie Gundersen, among others, has shown us a video clip of reactor 3 fuel pool blowing up, and he and others have suggested that it was at least partially a nuclear detonation. This NHK article, however, suggests that the pool itself is still intact. The video accompanying the article does show something underwater. It’s a mess and it is not really clear what is being shown. Two further things worry me. 1) The presence of iodine-131 in quite large amounts, as Arnie and others have told us, suggests that some nuclear activity is still ongoing in the pool area. 2) Where’s the plutonium? There should be plutonium in the pool, since reactor 3 was running on mixed plutonium-uranium fuel. Am I wrong somewhere? Or did TEPCO simply not test for it, or did they just not announce the results? Please read the top article of today’s update and think for yourself. Nothing definite, but does not look good. Isn’t the public entitled to look at the information and draw their own conclusions, or at least ask ‘probing’ questions?

TEPCO starts adjusting gauges at Unit 1

Workers adjust gauges to flood Fukushima No. 1 reactor with water

Radiation to restrict work on No. 1
By opening the double-entry doors, air containing about 500 million becquerels of radioactive substances is believed to have been released into the atmosphere from the upper part of the No. 1 reactor building, which was damaged in a hydrogen explosion that occurred in the early days of the nuclear crisis.

Aerial fallout map confirms soil radiation levels

Government was hours late with radiation map

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~~~Hamaoka News and its Impacts~~~

Governors cautious on resuming reactors
The notion that prefectural governors might withhold approval for the restart of nuclear reactors on the grounds of safety is gaining prominence here. Partly it will depend on how vociferous the local populations are – the governors will definitely not want to be seen approving the restart of nuclear reactors against the wishes of the local population.

EDITORIAL: Tsunami not the only safety concern for Hamaoka plant

Hamaoka impact will be far-flung
The shutdown, decided Monday, may signal an inevitable shift away from a policy of nuclear dependence. Financially speaking, the move affects not only the utility company but also Japan’s core manufacturing sector.

Hamaoka nuclear plant’s shutdown may impact nationwide power supply

Hamaoka suspension could adversely affect employment, warns minister

Kan to focus on natural energy, energy saving

Govt to promote use of renewable energy

Japan to review plan to raise nuclear energy level to 50 percent

“Along with Tokyo Electric Power Co., the government, which has promoted nuclear energy as a national policy, is very responsible for failing to prevent the accident,” Kan said.

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Contamination: From Minamata to Fukushima

What Caused the High Cl-38 Radioactivity in the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor #1?

Japan’s government faces looming crisis over ‘whack-a-mole’ nuclear policies

20 Millisieverts for Children and Kosako Toshiso’s Resignation

Save the Children: Radiation Exposure of Fukushima Students Back

Complicity and Victimhood: Director Kamanaka Hitomi’s Nuclear Warnings

Fukushima Residents Seek Answers Amid Mixed Signals From Media, TEPCO and Government. Report from the Radiation Exclusion Zone

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Japan crisis highlights mismatch between nuke power, humans: expert

“We are not competent to deal with (the) technology…we don’t know enough about it, and we don’t have it under control,”

TEPCO decides to accept conditions for state support

Fukushima residents having hardest time recovering from disaster: Mainichi survey

Near-record 2 million people on welfare in Japan: Mainichi survey

27 percent of evacuees say they have no prospects of making a living: poll

Fukushima city to remove topsoil from schoolyards

More Fukushima veggies banned
The government Monday banned the shipment of bamboo shoots and “kogomi” wild vegetables from parts of Fukushima Prefecture after some were found to have unsafe levels of radioactive cesium.

Japan eyes holding opening ceremony of trilateral summit in Fukushima

Nuclear plant workers release unknown amount of radioactive tritium into Mississippi River

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May 10

~~~Situation at the Nuclear Disaster Site~~~

Cold shutdown work starts at Fukushima No. 1 reactor building

High radiation may slow down TEPCO’s repairs

High radiation in reactor building

Japan nuclear crew may need lead shields: official

Radioactive strontium detected at Fukushima plant

TEPCO to begin pipe work for No.3 reactor

~~~Hamaoka News~~~

Chubu Electric agrees to shut down Hamaoka reactors

Chubu Electric faces massive loss in wake of Hamaoka nuke plant closing

Kan, economic ministry differ over future energy policy

“If nuclear and thermal power generation is unacceptable, then we’ll have no choice but to place emphasis on the introduction of recyclable energy and energy-saving efforts,” Kan was quoted as telling his aides.

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Small steps at home can add up to saving 3.1 gigawatts
Some figures to go with what I was saying about the summer peak of electric power consumption yesterday. It’s nice to know that ‘small steps at home’ can save so much electricity, but how about businesses doing something as well?

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Nuclear experts seek single regulatory body

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Rape plants may help cleanse soil in Fukushima

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Germany at 40% nuke capacity, no issues

“More than half of all German nuclear power plants are offline but our power supply remains stable,” Dietmar Schuetz, head of the German renewable energy industry association BEE told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper. “Until 2020 at the latest, power from the sun, wind, water and biomass can easily replace nuclear power.”

China to boost nuclear safety standards

Madrid demo calls for end to nuclear power

Lithuanian nuclear plant to go online in 2020

Final Energy Crisis » Tony Boys

Continuing the updates on the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Station in Japan from…

The original article

The original article in French

ROLLING UPDATE 1

ROLLING UPDATE 2

More about the ‘Say “No to nukes!” campaign’ and its aim (bottom of page)

Updates will be posted here. Later dates will be at the top, but later updates within each date may be anywhere, depending on importance and relevance to other material reported on that day. Previous days>> April 8, April 9, April 10, April 11, April 12, April 13, April 14, April 15, April 16, April 17, April 18 – no post, April 19, April 20, April 21, April 22, April 23, April 24 – no post, April 25, April 26, April 27, April 28, April 29, April 30, May 1, May 2, May 3, May 4, May 5, May 6, May 7, May 8, May 9, May 10

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I did talk with Kevin Barrett on No Lies Radio from 10 am to 11 am Japan time on Sunday 1 May. This was a recording, and was broadcast from 9 am to 10 am Tuesday 3 May, Pacific time. There is a programme promo and an archive has been posted.

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We Can Do Better- May 10th Update

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