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Fukushima Seafood Smuggling Ring Busted In China

Fukushima Seafood Smuggling Ring Busted In China

5000 tons of Fukushima fish, scallops and king crab are estimated to have been smuggled out of Japan in the last two years into markets in China, and possibly beyond. The estimated value of the illegal seafood is 34.7 million USD. The products were picked up in Hokkaido, sent to Vietnam for repackaging to remove evidence that they came from Fukushima Prefecture, then shipped to China and sold. It is unlikely any of these products were … Read entire article »

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GONE: Fukushima Hospital Patient Vanished In Disaster

GONE: Fukushima Hospital Patient Vanished In Disaster

Some time between March 14 and 16, at the height of the disaster she went missing. Most of the staff had fled after evacuations were ordered as the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi melted down. Staff last saw her March 14th. When the SDF arrived two days later to evacuate the remaining patients at Futaba Hospital in Okuma she was not among them. Subsequent searches never found the 88 year old woman, known to have dementia. Those involved … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Suffers Wrath of Kan

TEPCO Suffers Wrath of Kan

TEPCO lost 750,000 customers and has seen their profits drop by 37% in their newest financial reports. This is a combination of national rate adjustments that lowered power rates the utility can charge customers and the deregulation of Japan’s electric utilities. PM Naoto Kan negotiated a new law as part of his being pushed out of office back in 2011. The law deregulated electricity markets in Japan, freeing up consumers to pick their power utility. The … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Sees Small Progress From Concrete Addition

Fukushima Frozen Wall Sees Small Progress From Concrete Addition

The newest frozen wall report documented the process of injecting concrete into the areas experiencing freezing problems along the sea front sections of the wall. Phase 1 is completed and phase 2 is underway. Some sections have seen slight improvement since the concrete injection began. TEPCO considers the problem to be fast moving groundwater on either end of the reactor blocks. We have not completely ruled out the potential for higher temperatures in those waters … Read entire article »

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Fukushima R&D To Weld Containment Equipment Hatch Closed

Fukushima R&D To Weld Containment Equipment Hatch Closed

From the IRID 2015 report, there is a research plan to weld shut the containment equipment hatches from the inside. This would be done by drilling a hole and inserting a welding arm.   This tactic likely came about due to the leaking hatch at unit 3. Our reporting on that problem can be found here. This method of sealing the equipment hatches would be required if they plan to flood the containment vessel as part of … Read entire article »

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Something Incredible Found In Fukushima Muon Scan

Something Incredible Found In Fukushima Muon Scan

As we process the information released related to the second muon scan of Fukushima Daiichi unit 2 a number of interesting things have been found. This however, was a surprise. SimplyInfo.org research team member Peter Melzer used an image analysis program to refine the image published by IRID & TEPCO. Image J software was used to do an FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) analysis. This refinement showed something quite different than TEPCO’s original image. “FFT analysis revealed … Read entire article »

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Another Worker Drops Dead At Fukushima Daiichi

Another Worker Drops Dead At Fukushima Daiichi

A worker has died at Fukushima Daiichi. The report (machine translated below) indicates he was found dead around 10:39 in the morning. So it would be unlikely he was leaving work for the day. The weather recently has been somewhat warm but not extremely hot. Some of the early cases of workers dropping dead or falling ill at the plant were considered heat related. After this some heat related counter measures were put in place. … Read entire article »

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First Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scans Dispute New Scan Results

First Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scans Dispute New Scan Results

We reported in September 2015, the results of the Nagoya University muon scans of unit 2. These scans are less sensitive yet the main image in the report shows these scans were capable of finding a fuel mass. The reactor on the right is unit 5 at Fukushima Daiichi before they unloaded the fuel from the core. The left is scan of unit 2. This image shows the core clearly for unit 5 and no … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Not So Conclusive

Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Not So Conclusive

TEPCO and IRID released a set of reports on the muon scan of unit 2. This is a follow up report to the preliminary scan results in June. A claim is made in the new report that the majority of the melted fuel is in the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel but this claim is questionable upon our further review of the reports. You can find our previous reporting on the unit 2 muon scans … Read entire article »

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Pokemon Spotted At Fukushima Daiichi

Pokemon Spotted At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has reported Pokemon have been spotted on the grounds of Fukushima Daiichi. They did not specify what ones were found on site so it remains a mystery if they would be worth catching. The company has asked Niantic to remove the creatures in the game from the disaster site to deter would be Pokemon trainers from showing up on site. They have also asked workers at the disaster site to refrain from playing the … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Business Lobby Bails On Nuclear

Japan’s Business Lobby Bails On Nuclear

We have tracked this issue since 2011, but this is an unexpected turn. Japan’s business lobby(Keidanren) has been loudly pushing nuclear power. Now Reuters is reporting that another influential business lobby, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives is pushing for changes to Japan’s energy policy. They want the government to shift to more renewables and away from nuclear power. “We have a sense of crisis that Japan will become a laughing stock if we do not … Read entire article »

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What Windscale Can Tell About The Future Of Fukushima Daiichi

What Windscale Can Tell About The Future Of Fukushima Daiichi

The decommissioning authority managing the long term response to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site has cited three previous nuclear disasters as sources of information for planning their efforts. Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Windscale. The Windscale reactor was a graphite pile weapons material reactor using highly enriched uranium unlike Fukushima Daiichi’s units that are all boiling water power reactors using low enriched uranium. Yet some of the challenges at Windscale show where technology is at currently … Read entire article »

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Radioactive “Glass” Found In Lungs Of Fukushima Workers

Radioactive “Glass” Found In Lungs Of Fukushima Workers

A study published in March of 2016 found insoluble cesium lodged in the lungs of some of the highly exposed Fukushima disaster response workers. This group of seven workers who had exposures from the initial disaster that were over 250 mSv were monitored by Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS). They found that most of the workers cesium 134 and 137 declined at an expected rate due to radioactive decay and biological half life where … Read entire article »

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NRA Tells TEPCO To Reduce Radioactive Water In Reactor Buildings At Fukushima

NRA Tells TEPCO To Reduce Radioactive Water In Reactor Buildings At Fukushima

NRA has instructed TEPCO to deal with the radioactive water in the reactor building basements at Fukushima Daiichi. The request included reducing the radioactive contamination in the water and also the volume. The addition of more holding tanks was included in the request. NRA appears to be concerned with contaminated water leaking out of the reactor buildings or being flushed out by a tsunami at the plant. Current ground water levels around the reactor buildings had trended … Read entire article »

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Melted Fuel To Be Sampled From Fukushima Reactors Containment

Melted Fuel To Be Sampled From Fukushima Reactors Containment

A contract announcement confirms new plans for the melted reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Efforts are underway to develop the equipment needed to retrieve corium (melted fuel) samples from inside the containment structures of units 1-3 at the plant. No solid time frame was mentioned. UK based James Fisher Nuclear secured the contract to build the retrieval equipment with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). MHI has developed a number of the larger robot platforms used for various work … Read entire article »

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NDF Tries To Walk Back Fukushima Daiichi Sarcophagus Admission

NDF Tries To Walk Back Fukushima Daiichi Sarcophagus Admission

After news inadvertently leaked via NHK that the decommissioning authority (NDF) for Fukushima Daiichi was considering a Chernobyl type sarcophagus for the plant, there is now an effort by the authority to walk that back. Mayors for the impacted towns near the plant expressed obvious outrage to the media after hearing the news. This apparently caused NDF to try to do some damage control. They did confirm that this isn’t a done deal, but is an … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Takes A Horrible Turn

Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning Takes A Horrible Turn

NHK reports that the decommissioning authority in charge of dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster is now considering a sarcophagus to entomb the failed reactors rather than attempting to remove the melted fuel, debris and buildings. The authority told NHK they would still consider the two fuel removal techniques but they are adding the sarcophagus option to the list. They did not elaborate about why it is now being officially added to the considered … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Industry Takes Two Major Hits

Japan’s Nuclear Industry Takes Two Major Hits

Just this week, Japan’s nuclear industry has seen two major hits to the restart plans. Anti-nuclear advocate Satoshi Mitazono was elected governor of Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday. His opponent, the current governor had given restart approval to the Sendai nuclear plant. Mr. Mitazono ran as an independent and won with a coalition of support from multiple political parties in Japan. He is calling for a temporary suspension of Sendai nuclear plant’s operation to review the safety risks … Read entire article »

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Cat. 5 Typhoon To Hit Taiwan Soon

Cat. 5 Typhoon To Hit Taiwan Soon

A massive category 5 typhoon is set to hit Taiwan Thursday night into Friday (Taiwan is 12+ hours on the eastern US). The storm has pressure estimates as high as were seen in hurricane Katrina. The current proximity of the storm could mean that it makes landfall as a category 4 or 5. The current path estimate puts landfall of the eye centrally upon Taiwan’s coast. This could mean that either the north or south … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Chat Has Moved

SimplyInfo.org Chat Has Moved

The chat system has had a periodic update to a new instance of the application. The updated version can be found at chat.simplyinfo.org. You will need to re-register but can use the same username and password as on previous instances of the application. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Radioactive Glass Microparticles In Tokyo Confirm Other Findings

Fukushima Radioactive Glass Microparticles In Tokyo Confirm Other Findings

A new report out of a geochemistry conference in Japan gives new insight into previous research on the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. Researchers collected samples from around Tokyo for analysis. These samples consisted of air filters collected on March 15, 2011. One of the significant findings is that these microparticles were produced during the reaction when the melted fuel came in contact with the concrete in the reactor containment structure. This stage is well after the meltdown … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Chat May Be Down

Chat may be down currently. We have a trouble ticket in with the hosting service. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Diablo Canyon May Have Leaked Significant Radioactivity In Recent Years

Diablo Canyon May Have Leaked Significant Radioactivity In Recent Years

Some unusual radiation readings may provide clues to a significant set of radiation leaks at Diablo Canyon back in 2015. Unusual spikes were discovered on US EPA’s Radnet at the Bakersfield CA station in late 2014 and early 2015. We pulled multiple years of back data including data prior to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster to confirm that these spikes were indeed unusual for this station. We also found that these spikes correlated with activities at Diablo … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Manga To Be Available In English

Fukushima Daiichi Manga To Be Available In English

The Fukushima Daiichi Manga released a few years ago will be made available in English in 2017. Advance purchase is available through Amazon and an English chapter is available on the publisher’s facebook. The series depicts life as a disaster response worker at the plant by a worker who is also a manga artist. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Rice To Be Sold In London

Fukushima Rice To Be Sold In London

Fukushima rice will be available for sale in the UK starting in July. It will also be supplied to some restaurants in the city. News reports gloss over the radiation risks. Foods tested in Japan only have to meet the 100 bq/kg for cesium 137/134 in order to be sold. Any food products below that threshold are considered legal to sell. This is an intervention limit. It is not a guarantee of “safety”. This system allows … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Report For June 23 2016

Fukushima Frozen Wall Report For June 23 2016

Another update to the frozen wall was released. The new report shows some minor changes. The unit 1 section continues to slowly freeze. The land side freeze points show to be below zero but thermal maps show little progress. The south section by unit 4 at monitoring point 14 continues to not freeze and is above zero. Below is unit 1 sea side section stated 6.21   Previous reporting for the same section dated 6.14: This article would not … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Progress Report – June 22

Fukushima Frozen Wall Progress Report – June 22

TEPCO injected cement near parts of section 1 of the frozen wall on June 8. South sections of the frozen wall near unit 4 are still struggling to freeze. TEPCO has not announced a specific response plan. The sections near unit 1 appear to have been where the cement was injected but it is not clear if it has had a direct impact on this section. This section has seen some improvement over previous reports. Many of the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits To Cover Up Of Meltdowns At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Admits To Cover Up Of Meltdowns At Fukushima Daiichi

“I would say it was a cover-up,” Hirose told a news conference. “It’s extremely regrettable.” TEPCO put out a press release today admitting to the purposeful cover up of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. The press release made no further attempts to pin this on government officials, something those in charge at the time vehemently deny. Hirose, TEPCO’s current president was not in charge at the time and admitted it was a cover up at the press … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Scandal; What IS A Meltdown?

Fukushima Scandal; What IS A Meltdown?

The recent TEPCO investigation into events during the early phase of the Fukushima Disaster raised a few questions. TEPCO claims they were told by the Prime Minister’s office not to use the word “meltdown”, something the former Prime Minister denies. A TEPCO official was stopped from uttering the word at a press conference and NISA staff were sacked for mentioning a meltdown to the press. Yet TEPCO is insisting they didn’t hide anything because they provided … Read entire article »

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DPJ May Take Legal Action Against TEPCO For Meltdown Scandal

DPJ May Take Legal Action Against TEPCO For Meltdown Scandal

TEPCO’s “third party” investigation of their actions during the initial disaster has landed them in more trouble. The report insinuated that the Japanese government, specifically the Prime Minister’s office had told TEPCO to not disclose the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. This report did not interview any members of the Prime Minister’s cabinet that were involved with the disaster response. Now both former PM Kan and his cabinet secretary Yukio Edano have told the press that they … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Tries To Shift Blame For Hiding Meltdowns

TEPCO Tries To Shift Blame For Hiding Meltdowns

The 3rd party investigation prompted by Niigata prefecture concluded that TEPCO’s president instructed company officials to not mention the word melt down. Others from TEPCO tried to claim that the Prime Minister’s office requested not using the word. A TEPCO representative (Mr. Muto) apparently almost used the word in an early press conference and was stopped by another employee who showed him a memo. The investigators claimed that the employee said the Prime Minister’s office requested … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Progress And Failures

Fukushima Frozen Wall Progress And Failures

The frozen wall at Fukushima Daiichi has seen some minor progress amid ongoing problems with freezing portions of the wall. The diagram of the section near unit 1 below shows slight improvement in freezing in the problematic area. The small sections that had been red on previous diagrams still shows as red but more of the general area has gotten colder. June 7th May 31st   Even with this progress TEPCO has opted to inject cement near the seaside … Read entire article »

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Ex NRA Head Blasts Japan’s Nuclear Safety Screening

Ex NRA Head Blasts Japan’s Nuclear Safety Screening

Former regulator and seismologist Kunihiko Shimazaki blasted the current safety screening methods being used by Japan’s NRA. He cites that the current methods underestimate potential earthquake intensity near nuclear plants in Japan. The Kyushu earthquakes in April caused him to see new concerns with these methods in use. Shimazaki raised concerns about a number of nuclear plants in Kyushu but didn’t mention the Ikata plant specifically. This plant is one we identified as being quite close to … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Shows No Fuel In Reactor

Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Shows No Fuel In Reactor

TEPCO released preliminary information from the second muon scan of unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi. This scan finds no fuel in the reactor vessel. The scanner can detect masses of fuel 1 meter or larger. The full scan will be completed by mid-July and should further confirm any fuel findings, or lack thereof. The scans did identify the fuel in the spent fuel pool, this helps confirm that the system is working properly and that the … Read entire article »

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Highly Radioactive Fukushima Town Reopens

Highly Radioactive Fukushima Town Reopens

The town of Katsurao currently has radiation levels of 20-50 mSv/year, with some areas above the 50 mSv/year level. 20 mSv/year is the annual maximum exposure for nuclear workers in most countries. The Japanese government has decided to reopen the town, allowing residents to live there. This declaration also serves to remove a protection for evacuees who receive compensation payments. Without the restriction many may lose their payments, compelling them to return to this highly radioactive … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Soil Road Reuse Plan Ignores Significant Risks

Fukushima Soil Road Reuse Plan Ignores Significant Risks

The government plan would take any contaminated soil under the 8000 bq/kg hazardous waste limit and use it to build roads. Jiji calls this level “relatively low” but the levels of 5000-8000 bq/kg are anything but. One of the systemic problems with the radioactive contamination monitoring processes in Japan is that most standards and almost all of the monitoring is strictly for gamma radiation. This ignores any beta or alpha emitting radioactive contamination in the soil … Read entire article »

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Govt. To Allow Two Fukushima Fish Species To Be Sold

Govt. To Allow Two Fukushima Fish Species To Be Sold

A sale ban has been lifted for Fukushima caught flounder and conger fish. These two species along with many others had been banned from sale since the 2011 disaster. To date 18 fish species have been approved for sale from Fukushima prefecture. Image Credit | true-wildlife.blogspot.com This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources … Read entire article »

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Japan To Meet Summer Peak Power Demand With Solar

Japan is now following the path of Germany where solar power may meet the peak power demand during summer. Japan has increased their solar power capacity seven fold since 2011. It now stands that the current solar capacity may be able to handle most of the increased power demand needed to run air conditioning over the summer. Japan has not had any blackouts over the summers following the Fukushima disaster. During this period the country also had no operating nuclear reactors until recently as NRA has given limited restart permission.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you … Read entire article »

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Zeolite Fibers Found Effective In Removing Cesium 137 From Fukushima Rivers

Zeolite Fibers Found Effective In Removing Cesium 137 From Fukushima Rivers

A new study by researchers in Japan found that zeolite-polymer fiber materials were effective in filtering out low levels of cesium 137 from rivers in Fukushima near the disaster site. This shows that some easy to implement solutions could remove diluted cesium 137 from the environment, preventing it from flowing downstream or otherwise continuing to impact the environment, food supply and human exposure levels. The study can be found here. This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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Chubu Power Wants To Restart Damaged Reactor

Chubu Power Wants To Restart Damaged Reactor

The Hamaoka nuclear plant sits near one of the most dangerous earthquake faults in Japan. If this wasn’t concerning enough, now they want to restart one of the reactor units that was flooded with seawater. The condenser at Hamaoka unit 5 failed allowing seawater into the reactor vessel. This put cracks in the reactor vessel that could impact the integrity. Of course pulling seawater into the reactor vessel also meant this unit leaked reactor water … Read entire article »

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