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Taiwan Customs Broker Arrested In Fukushima Food Scandal

Taiwan Customs Broker Arrested In Fukushima Food Scandal

A food import customs broker has been arrested in Taiwan on charges he faked import testing and documents. This included allegations that he faked origin documentation on seafood products that were from Chiba prefecture in Japan in order to import them into Taiwan. All of the food items had been sent to restaurants in Taiwan and served. The same person was also accused of swapping out samples of asparagus and crab from Thailand and the … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima News For A Monday (April 27, 2015)

A couple of stories came out over the last week or so that were worth mentioning. Toshiba showed off their new robot that is planned for unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi. Earlier work at unit 2 attempted to run a scope camera down the control rod drive rail into the pedestal to look for melted fuel and damage to the reactor vessel. That effort was stopped short when they discovered the end of the rail was missing. There was also considerable burn damage around the pedestal opening and what looked like melted fuel debris. This new robot is similar to the Hitachi shape changing robot, it can also be run into containment via a penetration pipe. The Toshiba bot does appear to have its own rail system to overcome the damaged … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Begins Freezing Operations

Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Begins Freezing Operations

TEPCO’s contractors have begun the process of freezing the completed sections of the frozen wall. Blocks 1-8 are currently in the freezing process. Other sections are either still under construction or in the process of having the plumbing installed. The sections currently being frozen include the land side and north sides of the reactor building areas. TEPCO handout: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150423_01-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Port Concreting Completed

Work to put down a coat of concrete across the entire port floor at Fukushima Daiichi has been completed. Initial work in 2012 did sections closer to the reactor building. Efforts that just wrapped up this week covered the remaining sections of the port floor. Since this last round of concrete work began operation we have seen the level of contamination in fish in the port decrease. There is some skepticism that TEPCO’s fish testing has not been 100% accurate, but the fish readings could be tied to this port work. TEPCO never clearly said what mechanism they were attempting to seal off. If this was to seal in sediment that contained contamination and potentially fuel fragments or if it was to seal leak routes into the port. TEPCO Handout: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150423_02-j.pdf This article would … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Drone Lands On Japan Prime Minister’s Roof

Radioactive Drone Lands On Japan Prime Minister’s Roof

A drone carrying a radioactive substance in a vial (assumed to be cesium) was discovered on the roof of the Prime Minister’s residence in Tokyo. No one is sure how long the drone had been on the roof. It was not detected by security systems, but was instead found by a maintenance crew. The vial gave off low levels of radiation but the Abe administration was quick to declare it to be terrorism, apparently unaware of … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Refused To Upgrade From Windows XP At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Refused To Upgrade From Windows XP At Fukushima Daiichi

Japan’s NRA has publicly urged TEPCO to upgrade computer systems used at Fukushima Daiichi, and possibly company wide. NRA pointed out the lack of current security updates in Windows XP created a significant security risk. The regulator urged TEPCO to stop being cheap and do the needed computer upgrades. After the public flogging a TEPCO representative said the company would move up the date for potential computer upgrades but didn’t say when they would be … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Inspection Work Completed

Fukushima Unit 1 Inspection Work Completed

TEPCO has announced that they have completed all of the work they can do on the unit 1 containment robot inspection (phase B1). The second robot’s did complete the planned inspection circuit and then took a look at the first robot that remained stranded. The crew did manage to obtain photos of the first robot and now have a better understanding of how it became stranded. Unfortunately the second robot saw its camera degrade to … Read entire article »

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Second Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Investigation Complete

Second Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Investigation Complete

TEPCO/IRID released a very small selection of video clips from the second investigation that took place over two days along with some photos and handouts. Previous work that included inserting a scope into containment estimated the water level was just below the catwalk level. Images and video from the new robot inspections hint that they may have seen a visual of that water level through the catwalk floor.   Radiation levels cited by TEPCO were low by comparison. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Bird Populations Continue To Decline

Fukushima Bird Populations Continue To Decline

A new study tracking the bird populations in Fukushima found a decline in population and in diversity. An even more curious finding was that bird populations continued to decline over years even as the radiation levels began to drop. ‘We know that there were hundreds in a given area before the disaster, and just a couple of years later we’re only able to find a few dozen left,’ said Dr Mousseau. ‘The declines have been really dramatic.’ … Read entire article »

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2nd Robot Enters Fukushima Unit 1 Containment

2nd Robot Enters Fukushima Unit 1 Containment

TEPCO is reporting that the second robot has been put into containment and made 6 of the 11 data stops on the second inspection route. This is roughly half way through the distance of the second route, noted in red on the graphic below. They plan to resume work tomorrow morning.   Rough translation of the report in TEPCO’s daily press handout.: 4 / 15 ~ you are ready this time, from collecting further information of the reactor containment … Read entire article »

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Report On Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection 2015

Report On Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection 2015

Hitachi’s shape changing robot (at least one of them, they have more) is abandoned and dead inside the containment of unit 1. The robot did manage to transmit quite a bit of information and was still working two days later when they cut the cord. This is a small bit of good news as it proved that the robot model could withstand fairly high radiation for a long period of time without the camera or … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Containment Robot To Be Abandoned Inside

Fukushima Containment Robot To Be Abandoned Inside

TEPCO announced that the robot stuck in containment will not be recovered. They will send a team into the reactor building today to cut the cable for the robot and leave it in containment. Entry of the second robot was postponed. TEPCO has not made the data collected by the first robot public yet. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Still Transmitting Data

Asahi Shimbun is reporting that the robot stranded inside unit 1 containment is still transmitting data. This rules out radiation damaging the controls. From Asahi Shimbun: “According to an IRID official, the operators tugged on the robot’s cable and sent instructions for it to change shape, but it still would not move. The robot’s camera, dosimeter and temperature gauge were not damaged, and the robot was still capable of transmitting data.” They also stated that the actual travel time was between 11:20 to 2 pm. The remaining hours of the work effort was the time needed to insert the robot into containment. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Failure, What We Know So Far

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Failure, What We Know So Far

Per Yahoo News Japan, the robot died about 2/3 of the way through the planned route. Specifics about what kind of failure the robot had were not available yet but Kyodo News reports that workers tried to tug on the data cable but were unable to move the robot. Workers are currently working on an effort to retrieve the robot from containment. This map of the planned work, rotated to match the existing floor plan orientation … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Dies In Containment During Inspection

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Dies In Containment During Inspection

Kyodo News is reporting the robot died inside unit 1′s containment during the inspection. It stopped functioning part way through the inspection. TEPCO has provided no other information about this yet. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection Conducted

Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection Conducted

TEPCO reports that the work is underway and released three images of the robot being inserted into the containment structure. The images of the robot were taken with a scope camera and confirm the robot was inserted into containment, made it down to the catwalk and successfully rearranged itself for the inspection work. No additional information was given by TEPCO at this time but they did label the handout for the work as “preliminary” so additional … Read entire article »

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IRID Fukushima Fuel Debris Research Progress Reports

IRID Fukushima Fuel Debris Research Progress Reports

IRID published English language versions of their fuel debris removal and other new technology research reports. Various contractors were hired to conduct research towards the best way to remove the melted fuel inside the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi. The reports all showed dry methods for removing fuel both from the top and from the side of the containment vessels. The ATOX/Areva plan involved processing removed debris in the outer reactor building in some way but didn’t clarify … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Inspection To Start October 2015

Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Inspection To Start October 2015

TEPCO  and IRID recently published details on the first efforts to probe the unit 3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. In October 2015 we should see the first images from inside the containment structure. Unit 3 was the site of the massive explosion during the reactor meltdowns. High radiation levels in the building have so far prevented workers from conducting any inspections into the reactor systems. The work will also install equipment to better monitor conditions … Read entire article »

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Unit 1 Basement Shows Highly Contaminated Water Remains

Unit 1 Basement Shows Highly Contaminated Water Remains

TEPCO is making an effort to lower the water level in some of the basement rooms of the unit 1 reactor buildings. As groundwater has been pumped up via the outdoor subdrain pits, this has created a situation where the standing water in the basements could end up higher than the surrounding groundwater. This could lead to more contaminated water leaking out of the buildings. TEPCO is installing more water level monitoring sensors to better … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 Containment Inspection Starts April 10th

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 Containment Inspection Starts April 10th

According to a recently released handout from TEPCO and IRID the robot inspection of unit 1′s containment should commence around April 10th with the second inspection on April 13. Scope inspections to install monitoring instruments into containment will happen roughly around the same time frame.  This 3D map of containment shows where the two robot inspection routes are planned to take place. Each numbered spot on the route is a location they plan to stop, take photos, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contamination Hits US & Canada, Readings Near Peak Estimate Range

Fukushima Contamination Hits US & Canada, Readings Near Peak Estimate Range

Woods Hole announced some recent findings of Fukushima identified radioactive contamination found offshore in the US and Canada. The test samples were collected seven months ago, with the exception of sample CS109 that remains undated. The press release provided no actual data except the undated CS109 sample, but insisted it was “trace” amounts. and “well below internationally established levels of concern to humans and marine life” but did not cite any sources for this claim.  Pacific … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Inspected

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Inspected

The unit 3 spent fuel pool gate was inspected further after concerns that the fuel handling crane could have damaged the gate. The inspections produced a number of photos of the condition of the gates.   This overhead view shows the two gates for the spent fuel pool along with the concrete reactor cover from above. The G2 gate is clearly dislodged from the normal position. This could have been the result of the blast during the meltdown. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Damaged

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Damaged

NHK is reporting that TEPCO has admitted that two spent fuel pool gates at unit 3 are damaged. They described the first gate as being shifted out of position and that it likely was caused by the refueling crane when it fell into the pool during the blast. The utility considers the second gate to also be shifted but didn’t elaborate. They are currently working on determining if removing the remaining sections of the crane might cause the … Read entire article »

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Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

A recent discovery of banned Japanese foods being sold in Taiwan is causing considerable concern about the actual safety of the food supply. This comes only weeks after contaminated Japanese tea was reported as being found in Hong Kong. Taiwan has fairly rigorous food safety standards. In 2011 Taiwan banned the sale of all foods from Fukushima and four other prefectures. That ban is still in place today. On top of the ban of all products … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Information Found

Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Information Found

Information for the unit 2 muon scan has been found. Still not released as information through any of the official channels dealing with the disaster. The handout from Nagoya University shows unit 2 on the left and unit 5 (with fuel in the core) on the right. Researchers assume “very little” fuel is left in the reactor vessel of unit 2. They seem to have considered the set of scans a success and considered the potential for … Read entire article »

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University Does Undisclosed Scans Of Fukushima Daiichi

University Does Undisclosed Scans Of Fukushima Daiichi

These scans were never mentioned in any TEPCO literature, none of IRID’s documents nor METI’s reports on the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Kyodo News announced today that Nagoya University conducted five muon scans on reactors 2 and 5 between April and July of 2014. They compared the two reactors and concluded that unit 2 “melted down”. This has been common knowledge for a number of years. So far no data, images or report has been made … Read entire article »

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Muon Scan Finds No Fuel In Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Vessel

Muon Scan Finds No Fuel In Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Vessel

TEPCO published the results of the muon scan done by IRID and their cooperating partners. No fuel was found in the reactor vessel of unit 1 Fukushima Daiichi. The handout in Japanese can be found here A very rough English translation can be found here This was as expected by many (including us) who have been documenting the other evidence that indicated this was the likely case. The plan for the future with unit 1 is to insert … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

When Yuji Onuma was in 6th grade he wrote a phrase. What started as part of a homework project, won an award and eventually became the slogan on large signs as you enter Futaba Fukushima. “Nuclear power the energy of a promising future“ The now ironic signs are to be torn down. The town claims the signs are a safety risk as they have deteriorated. Mr. Onuma wants the signs to stay. “The signboards should be preserved as … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Workers Urged To Participate In Govt. Study

Fukushima Daiichi Workers Urged To Participate In Govt. Study

The Japanese government has decided to allow RERF  (Radiation Effects Research Foundation) to do an epidemiological study on the workers from Fukushima Daiichi. This would be a study only, it would not include giving them any needed medical care. RERF is an incarnation of the A-bomb commission that investigated the human damage from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and is run jointly by the US and Japan. “The Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) was a commission established … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

We previously reported about increases at the unit 1 discharge canal back in February. The highs back then were in the 4 digit range. More recent testing in the last week has seen much higher readings. Readings taken: 3.13.2015 Beta radiation: 110,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 84,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 24,000 bq/liter The highest readings in February that raised concerns were: Beta radiation: 8,200 bq/liter Cesium 137: 2,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 580 bq/liter TEPCO has said nothing about the increases found in February and nothing … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Japanese Tea Found In Hong Kong

Radioactive Japanese Tea Found In Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s government Center For Food Safety, found a series of radioactive Japanese tea samples in 2014. The findings are just slightly lower than findings from previous years of 2012 and 2013 by the same agency. Hong Kong officials seized the tea shipments from the importers for disposal so these products found did not make it to market. It does not appear that Hong Kong tests every shipment that comes in but likely spot tests products. … Read entire article »

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Study Finds US Media Downplayed Fukushima Daiichi

Study Finds US Media Downplayed Fukushima Daiichi

A new study looked into the media behavior in reporting on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The study found that key media outlets based on their readership and reach, systematically downplayed the impact of the disaster while ignoring critical aspects of the disaster. The study also pointed out a significant bias in who has access to the media and controls the narrative. “The research shows that corporations and government agencies had disproportionate access to framing the event … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Sea Soil Radiation Readings Released

Fukushima Sea Soil Radiation Readings Released

Japan’s NRA has released a series of sea soil and sediment readings taken off the eastern coast of Japan. The readings cover the near shore areas of Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures. The highest cesium readings were south of the nuclear plant site in Ibaraki prefecture, south of Iwaki City. High strontium 90 readings were found both north and south of the plant. These readings were higher than the ones directly offshore from the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO admitted that water recently leaked from the H4 tank farm is loose in the groundwater at the plant. Monitoring wells installed downstream after the first major leak from these tanks, found a spike to 11,000 bq/liter in well E-9. Earlier in the last month, a drainage canal nearby alarmed when highly radioactive water was found in it but TEPCO insisted this had nothing to do with the nearby tanks. Now TEPCO is admitting contaminated water … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Melted Fuel Removal Process Being Reconsidered

Fukushima Melted Fuel Removal Process Being Reconsidered

The Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation is reconsidering the approach to be used for removing melted fuel at Fukushima Daiichi. The early established plan was to try to fill the containment structures with water and retrieve the melted fuel with robotic equipment through the top of the reactor via the reactor well. Last year IRID (International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning) questioned this approach and urged that an alternative option be established in case the flooding plan would not … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Disaster Testimony Of PM Kan, Now In English

Fukushima Disaster Testimony Of PM Kan, Now In English

Carole Hisasue generously donated her time to translate the Fukushima Daiichi Diet Investigation testimony of former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Kan’s role during the disaster was pivitol and he is one of a few people with first hand knowledge of how events transpired. The Diet testimony currently exists only in Japanese and includes statements from the key people involved in the disaster response and from many workers at the plant. If you would like to … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Facts Brochure

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Facts Brochure

We have published a new printable brochure with key current information about the disaster. The brochure is available in PDF format. If you are interested in using the brochure as a printed handout for your group or event contact us for more information. The brochure and related information, including the source citations for the brochure can be found here http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=14544 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at … Read entire article »

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Managing Public Perceptions Of Fukushima

Managing Public Perceptions Of Fukushima

Dr. Robert Jacobs has penned a timely article over at DiaNuke.org about the history of controlling public perception of nuclear disasters. This process in not new but it still in play today around the Fukushima disaster. You can read his entire essay here: http://www.dianuke.org/managing-public-perceptions-of-fukushima-first-emergency-response-of-the-nuclear-complex/ This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Disaster Four Year Report

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Disaster Four Year Report

It has been four years since the massive triple disaster struck Japan. In some ways much has changed, in others, problems continue to drag on. Over the last year TEPCO managed to finally remove all of the spent fuel from the unit 4 spent fuel pool. This serious risk has now been removed with the fuel residing in the much safer common fuel pool. TEPCO has since focused work on steps needed to prepare for … Read entire article »

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New Contaminated Water Leak At Daiichi Came From Same Tanks

New Contaminated Water Leak At Daiichi Came From Same Tanks

A rise in contaminated water in the “C” drainage channel up on the hill was detected around Thursday. TEPCO has now admitted that water in the weir area of the H4 tank area may be to blame. A small leak in the pipe penetrations of the weir caused a leak of about 25 liters of water. TEPCO had been transferring standing water between the H6 and H4 weirs. They noted an unusual rise in the … Read entire article »

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