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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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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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Fukushima Disaster Costs Taxpayers $100 Billion So Far

Fukushima Disaster Costs Taxpayers $100 Billion So Far

The Financial Times reports the estimate, based on work by Ritsumeikan University professor Kenichi Oshima. This includes what taxpayers have paid through taxes or TEPCO electric bills for compensation and disaster related work to cover disaster costs. It highlights how a nuclear disaster is largely burdened back on society. 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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Documentary; 88 Hours Inside The Disaster

Fukushima Documentary; 88 Hours Inside The Disaster

NHK is broadcasting a documentary throughout the week called 88 Hours – The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown. It is based on the testimony and interviews with workers who were involved in the response at the plant during the first 88 hours as the meltdowns unfolded. The documentary views more like a disaster movie than a documentary yet captures the gravity of the disaster and the struggle to respond. The production relies heavily on CGI to fill … Read entire article »

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Fire At Namie Nuclear Waste Site

Fire At Namie Nuclear Waste Site

Loose branches and dead grass being prepared to be loaded into the iconic black bags used for nuclear soil and debris storage caught fire in Namie Fukushima. The fire burned for 5 hours on March 5th before fire fighters were able to put it out. The fire can be seen in the ANN video burning in close proximity to the large piles of black bags. No information about radiation levels or how much radiation was … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima 5th Year Report

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima 5th Year Report

Our research team’s 5th year report on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is out. Full of technical details rarely covered by the press, the report shows the new understanding of the disaster. The social and environmental impacts are also covered in this 40 page report complete with diagrams, illustrations and images covering the past year. Read the report online or download a copy here: SimplyInfo.org Fukushima 5 Year Report This article would not be possible without the extensive … Read entire article »

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11 New Fukushima Thyroid Cancers

11 New Fukushima Thyroid Cancers

The Fukushima Health Survey announced they have found 11 new thyroid cancer cases in children under 18. Two were found to have nodules in the first round of screening and have since developed thyroid cancers. 19 of the 39 cancers found in the second round of screening were previously “cleared” in the first round of testing, indicating their cancers developed recently. The health survey excuse this time is that their estimates of possible exposures are lower … Read entire article »

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How The Fukushima Daiichi Sea Wall Was Damaged

How The Fukushima Daiichi Sea Wall Was Damaged

TEPCO announced last week that the steel and concrete sea wall they installed and recently closed the last section of had been damaged. The wall was bowing outward due to increased groundwater pressure. A recent presentation to METI shows why. Steel pilings to close the opening near unit 4 happened around September 22. The final concrete sealing work took place around October 26th. TEPCO monitored water levels in the amount of ground water they removed from wells … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Discharge Canal Begins Filtration

Fukushima Unit 1 Discharge Canal Begins Filtration

The discharge canal of unit 1 has been the site of ongoing high levels of contamination since the initial disaster. TEPCO began operating a portable filtration system on the canal on November 27th. This project is of interest as it had not been announced to the public prior to implementation. There have been plans in the works to install such systems to filter the port water, discharge canals were not mentioned in that preparation. TEPCO did … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 New Hatch Investigation

Fukushima Unit 3 New Hatch Investigation

TEPCO sent the small 3D printed robot equipped with a smart phone into inspect the unit 3 containment hatch a second time. Video from the robot along with video taken by a scope inserted into the space near the hatch provided a good view of the conditions in this area. It did not include radiation readings. The robot was controlled via a group of WIFI repeaters. The robot found considerable corrosion along the connection of the … Read entire article »

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Groundwater Pressure At Fukushima Daiichi Damages Steel Wall

Groundwater Pressure At Fukushima Daiichi Damages Steel Wall

TEPCO recently closed the last section of the steel and concrete sea wall built to prevent contaminated groundwater from flowing into the port and the sea. Now NHK is reporting that the sea wall is leaning outward by about 20cm. Workers also found that the seafront pavement has begun to crack. Both of these are specifically cited as being due to the building groundwater pressure. TEPCO began pumping out contaminated water from subdrain pits near the … Read entire article »

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What Is Going On At Fukushima Daiichi

What Is Going On At Fukushima Daiichi

There have been a number of minor development in recent weeks. We have gathered them here to explain. TEPCO will be replacing the gas management hoses installed in units 2 and 3. These were small plastic hoses will be replaced over the next week. They will also be testing and checking the emergency nitrogen injection system installed at the plant after the disaster. There was a moderate earthquake at the plant on November 19th. TEPCO reported no … Read entire article »

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WHOI Erases Fukushima Pacific Contamination Data

WHOI Erases Fukushima Pacific Contamination Data

**Update and additional information added at the end of the post** The Woods Hole “Our Radioactive Ocean” project has erased years of Fukushima Pacific contamination data from their website. The website originally contained data from their 2011 monitoring voyage and data for each year up to 2015. As of today the website only contains data for 2013-2014 with some of the 2013 data near Hawaii now missing. Since we have been following the ongoing monitoring done by … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 High Radiation, New Images Show Cause

Fukushima Unit 2 High Radiation, New Images Show Cause

The extremely high radiation level admitted by TEPCO last week was given further clarification in the most recent roadmap document. The illustrations and image below from the roadmap show the highest areas. The far right gamma image shows the highest concentrations in the leaked substance below the hatch. The other illustration shows the leaked substance to be of interest. The previous report to the press by TEPCO documented the highest reading here was 9.4 sieverts/hr. TEPCO … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 TIPS Inspection Done, High Radiation Found

Fukushima Unit 1 TIPS Inspection Done, High Radiation Found

A new inspection attempt of the unit 1 TIPS room has been completed between September and October of 2015. TEPCO buried the information in the monthly roadmap document. The first attempt to inspect the unit 1 TIPS room was with a robot in 2012. That was unsuccessful after the robot failed to unlock the door. These new TIPS room findings showed radiation levels higher than what TEPCO found inside the containment structure on the recent robot … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contamination Found In Tap Water; New Report

Fukushima Contamination Found In Tap Water; New Report

The report for July to September of 2015 again found traces of Fukushima contamination in tap water in certain cities in Japan. The readings are very low but drinking water is used in so many things people consume it does create a long term method of ongoing exposure. NRA did not mention if any of these municipalities were doing anything to try to further filter out contaminants before delivering water to the public. The cities with … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Deadly Radiation Levels Found Outside Containment

Fukushima Unit 2 Deadly Radiation Levels Found Outside Containment

TEPCO admitted to JapanTimes via Jiji that a deadly high level of radiation was found outside of unit 2′s containment. TEPCO found a reading of 9.4 sieverts per hour. These readings were taken in September but TEPCO only now admits them in the end of October. No press handout has been published on this new finding so far. Jiji says they were informed on Thursday. It is possible this was verbally conveyed at the press … Read entire article »

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The Curious Case Of Two Fukushima Workers

The Curious Case Of Two Fukushima Workers

TEPCO released a handout today providing new data on the unit 1/2 vent tower. The handout included photos from 2013 and 2015 to track the degradation of the damaged tower. It also included an up close investigation of the base of the tower, previously declared off limits due to high radiation. As can be seen in the photo below, the worker is in a full lead or titanium shielded suit. This area was over 10,000 … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Chat Is Temporarily Down

The chat system is temporarily down. We are working with our provider on repairing the issue. 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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New Analysis Shows Fukushima Unit 3 Released High Concentration Of Contamination

New Analysis Shows Fukushima Unit 3 Released High Concentration Of Contamination

Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting a new analysis by Japan Atomic Energy Agency that shows Fukushima unit 3 may have released a high concentration of contamination northwest of the plant. Their analysis assumed that the release happened late in the evening of March 15, 2011 to early morning March 16th. Yomiuri reports that JAEA assumes a venting could have caused the release, but the last venting publicly documented by TEPCO was on 10:15pm March 14th.  If … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Second Containment Inspection Results

Fukushima Unit 3 Second Containment Inspection Results

TEPCO states that data gathered will be released later. They have released some images of the second day of containment inspections. TEPCO found what they described as sediment in the new photos. The sediments are in the underwater section of the inspection. One curious visual is a floor grating with some form of dense sediment able to span the gaps in the grating. It is also found stuck to horizontal surfaces in circular blobs. The … Read entire article »

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Leukemia Suffering Fukushima Worker Tells His Story

Leukemia Suffering Fukushima Worker Tells His Story

“I decided to go to Fukushima hoping that I could make some contribution to the recovery of the disaster-stricken communities, and I have no regret over my decision,”  The worker who is the first to win compensation for cancer related to his work at Fukushima Daiichi has granted an interview to Asahi Shimbun. The married father of three worked as a welder at the plant between 2012 and 2013. He worked between units 3 and 4, … Read entire article »

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