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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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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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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 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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Japan; Still Radioactive (Video)

Japan; Still Radioactive (Video)

Asuperdry reported quite a bit during 2011 when the disaster hit, showing people radiation readings and other information. This new video shows high levels of radiation near the soil surface. Most of his 2011 reporting was from Chiba, he doesn’t mention where this new reading was taken. If it was also in Chiba that is quite a high level, even being close to the soil surface.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

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Japan Citizen Radiation Testing Labs Join Forces To Show Data

Japan Citizen Radiation Testing Labs Join Forces To Show Data

Various citizen based radiation testing labs that have been established since the 2011 Fukushima disaster have joined forces to make their data available, all in one place. The website includes multiple languages and a search tool to look for various types of food along with location and other details to provide radiation testing results. The current database includes food testing. The groups are now working on incorporating soil testing to their database. A map of their … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Pacific Contamination Will Show Back Up In Japan 2-3 Years

Fukushima Pacific Contamination Will Show Back Up In Japan 2-3 Years

Oceanographer Michio Aoyama presented an estimate at an international conference recently showing that the cesium 137 contamination in the Pacific will begin to show back up in Japan. The releases from the initial disaster in 2011 are flowing with the strong ocean currents and are expected to begin showing back up in Japan in the next two to three years. He did not expect the levels to be severe but indicated they would show a detectable rise in … Read entire article »

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Japan Sees Another Reactor Permanently Shut Down

Japan Sees Another Reactor Permanently Shut Down

The Ikata unit 1 reactor will be permanently shut down. The nearly 40 year old reactor needs 200 billion yen in upgrades and repairs if it were to ever be allowed to restart. The fuel savings the power company claims it would gain from running the plant is only 10 billion yen. The repairs would also take up to five years, leaving them only about 15 years to legally operate the reactor as long as it … Read entire article »

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Takahama Reactor Fails Days After Restart

An issue in the turbine systems caused unit 4 at the Takahama nuclear plant in Japan to automatically shut down just days after it was allowed to restart. The same unit had a problem 9 days earlier when a pipe leak caused a problem. 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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The Problems With Takahama

The Problems With Takahama

Takahama unit 3 is the most recent nuclear reactor to attempt a restart in Japan. It is also one of the more controversial. The reactor restart had been blocked by the courts for being unsafe until another judge overturned that decision. On December 25th 157 fuel assemblies including 24 MOX  assemblies were loaded into the reactor. The power company plans to restart the reactor by the end of January. The impact of MOX on the meltdown … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Craziest Nuclear Idea To Date

Japan’s Craziest Nuclear Idea To Date

The Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry is exploring the idea of storing their high level nuclear waste under the sea floor. That would be in the Pacific ocean, or Sea of Japan. Efforts to find a land based site has been met with obvious resistance from local communities. This disturbing new concept offered no idea how they planned to prevent this burial from leaking back into the ocean for tens of thousands of years. There … Read entire article »

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How The US & Japan See India As Ripe For Nuclear Exploitation

How The US & Japan See India As Ripe For Nuclear Exploitation

The groundwork goes back decades. After WWII the US looked to shed the reputation gained after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The tactic brought about the Atoms for Peace program. The plan was to divert attention away from nuclear weaponry and war towards nuclear power and other uses that could be seen as “peaceful” uses of the technology. Opposition to nuclear weapons had grown in Japan after with war with groups pushing for the abolition of … 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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Municipal Drinking Water In Japan Still Show Traces Of Fukushima Contamination

Municipal Drinking Water In Japan Still Show Traces Of Fukushima Contamination

A recent Health Ministry report showed that a number of Japanese cities were still finding traces of Fukushima related contamination in their drinking water. The amounts found were low but they did include cesium 134, the shorter lived contaminant from Fukushima Daiichi. A strontium 90 test was not conducted on these samples. These cities had traces found in their drinking water: Morioka-Shi, Iwate Sendai city, Miyagi Prefecture Fukushima city, Fukushima Prefecture Ibaraki city Utsunomiya-Shi, Tochigi Maebashi city, Gunma prefecture Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Chigasaki-Shi, Kanagawa Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the … Read entire article »

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Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

UPDATE: Volcanic gas found bubbling up in the water 5km from the volcano. Image of the eruptions below from FNN. NHK is reporting that officials have raised the alert level around Sakurajima to level 5. They have urged those living near the two craters to evacuate. There were five volcanic earthquakes by 9am on the 19th, JST. They also observed swelling within the volcano. All of these are of course signs of concern but do happen … Read entire article »

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Taiwan May Ease Japanese Food Restrictions

Taiwan May Ease Japanese Food Restrictions

Taiwan is considering easing current restrictions on Japanese imports of food products from areas hit by radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The easing would allow some food products to be imported and would lower Taiwan’s maximum allowed radioactive contamination to 100 bq/kg. Watchdogs have called the effort deceptive after a public poll was done to try to prove public support for the change after Taiwan came under intense pressure from Japan. This article would not … Read entire article »

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Japan NRA Moves TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa To Front Of The Restart Line

Japan NRA Moves TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa To Front Of The Restart Line

Japan’s NRA has put two reactors at the Kashwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant on their “priority” list for restart screenings. The plant is owned by TEPCO and consists of newer boiling water reactors similar to unit 6 at Fukushima Daiichi or the units at Fukushima Daini. That doesn’t mean Kashiwazaki Kariwa has not been plagued by the same kinds of neglect and mismanagement that Fukushima Daiichi had. Currently the reactors in Japan being given priority for restart … Read entire article »

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Japanese Companies In Taiwan Fukushima Food Scandal Banned From Importing

Japanese Companies In Taiwan Fukushima Food Scandal Banned From Importing

Taiwan has announced that those companies that falsified origin labels to bypass importation regulations on Japanese foods will be banned from future importation. They could also face $100,000 USD fines for their law violations. It was also mentioned by the same source that Hong Kong is currently one of the largest importers of Japanese food products. 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, … Read entire article »

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Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

NHK is reporting that Sendai nuclear plant may restart as early as August 10th. This also happens to be around the time of the Obon holiday season when many are on vacation. 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 … Read entire article »

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This Week’s Japanese Nuclear Industry Scandals

This Week’s Japanese Nuclear Industry Scandals

As Japan’s current government tries to force through reactor restarts, the process is running into some harsh reality. The NRA has found two major problems and it came out that Toshiba has been significantly falsifying their financial statements to hide major losses. Japan’s NRA determined for a second time that faults under the Shika nuclear plant may stop it from being allowed to operate. A fault under the unit 1 plant as documented by the NRA … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Restarts; BWR Restart Following Extended Shutdown Report

Japan’s Nuclear Restarts; BWR Restart Following Extended Shutdown Report

BWR RESTART FOLLOWING EXTENDED SHUTDOWN By Dean Wilkie All of the reactors in Japan were shut down subsequent to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi site on March 11, 2011. Since that time there have been extensive efforts addressed at recovering from the worst nuclear accident in the history of commercial nuclear power.  Since the accidents the question was and has been asked over and over about the possibility of restarting any reactors in Japan. The … Read entire article »

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Ikata Reactor Passes NRA Safety Approval

Ikata Reactor Passes NRA Safety Approval

There are still additional inspections, design reviews and local approval needed, but the Ikata nuclear plant has gained one portion of the needed approval to restart the #3 reactor at the plant. If these other approvals go through the reactor could restart as early as the end of the year. Local sentiment for the restart is not known currently but there have been criticisms of the earthquake estimates used by the power company to justify … Read entire article »

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Sendai Nears Restart, Mihama May Be Down For Good

Sendai Nears Restart, Mihama May Be Down For Good

Workers began installing fuel in the unit 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant in Japan last week. They expect to be done July 7th. This would complete the next phase towards officially restarting the reactor. Once the fuel loading is completed workers would begin testing safety systems before they could power up the reactor. A full restart is expected in mid August unless someone finds a way to stop the process. Sendai sits in … Read entire article »

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Contaminated Fukushima Food; Charges In Taiwan, Japan Asks China To Ease Restrictions

Contaminated Fukushima Food; Charges In Taiwan, Japan Asks China To Ease Restrictions

Two men have been charged in Taiwan related to the importing of banned foods from Japan. The illegal importing of banned food products has been going on for up to a year. Authorities in Taiwan have asked Japan to investigate the crime on their end, so far they have received no response. At the same time Japan is being uncooperative with Taiwan, they are asking China to ease food import restrictions. Currently China has some of … Read entire article »

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New Contaminated Japanese Tea Found In Taiwan

New Contaminated Japanese Tea Found In Taiwan

Taiwan’s FDA published some new radiation testing results in the last week. On June 16, 2015 they found two samples of Japanese teas with cesium contamination. One was a “roasted” Japanese tea that tested at 18.8 bq/kg of combined cesium The second was a Japanese tea blend of matcha green tea and brown rice, that product tested at 9.5 bq/kg. While both samples were under the levels where Japan or Taiwan would pull the products off the market, … Read entire article »

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Sendai Nuclear Plant Restart Rescheduled As Inspections Fall Behind

Sendai Nuclear Plant Restart Rescheduled As Inspections Fall Behind

The potential restart of the Sendai nuclear plant has now been pushed back to mid-August at the earliest. JAIF is now saying the plant may miss the entire summer energy peak season. A number of pre-start inspections will need to be re-done after NRA found discrepancies that required physical inspection to determine the correct nature of the issue. Since pre-start inspections began in March, only 30% had been completed by May. This article would not be possible … Read entire article »

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Japan Plans To Restart Reactors Surrounded By Active Volcanoes

Japan Plans To Restart Reactors Surrounded By Active Volcanoes

Japan’s NRA has given the go ahead to restart two reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant. A recent court decision rejected the concerns of the public related to the safety of the plant. The needed local approvals are expected to permit the plant to restart even though public opinion is about two to one against restarts. The first reactor could restart as early as July. One volcano 64km from the nuclear plant erupted last October. Now … Read entire article »

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Japan Takes S. Korea To WTO Over Fukushima Food Bans

Japan Takes S. Korea To WTO Over Fukushima Food Bans

Japan has filed a WTO trade complaint against South Korea for restricting potentially contaminated Japanese food from entering their market. Japan also recently threatened to do the same to Taiwan after that country put additional proof of origin and radiation screening on some imports. Japan’s argument has been that food products are under that country’s intervention limit for radiation contamination, citing government food testing programs. Those programs involved only spot testing of products. Food products not … Read entire article »

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Takahama Reactor Restarts Appeal Rejected By Court

Takahama Reactor Restarts Appeal Rejected By Court

The restart attempt of the nuclear reactors at the Takahama plant in Japan has again been rejected by the courts. The initial injunction stated that safety could not be guaranteed and that the new safety rules lacked rationality. KEPCO immediately appealed the ruling but now the appeals court has upheld the injunction. This new ruling could give the financially troubled power company another problem to deal with. This also makes two court rulings confirming that … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Radiation Found In Tap Water Around Japan

Fukushima Radiation Found In Tap Water Around Japan

Testing conducted in February and March of 2015 found cesium in many tap water samples collected around Japan. While the numbers were fairly low it is still a persistent problem since tap water is used in some way in everything that is consumed. In the readings, Tokyo had higher tap water contamination levels than Fukushima City. One reading that may cause confusion is the reading for Ichihara Chiba. It indicated iodine 131 was found in that … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Report: Taiwan Food Testing Of Japanese Imports

SimplyInfo.org Report: Taiwan Food Testing Of Japanese Imports

Thanks to activists in Japan, we were made aware of ongoing Japanese food import testing being conducted in Taiwan. The testing began in 2011 and continues today. Concerns about Japanese food imports were renewed after a mislabeling scandal found that food from banned Japanese prefectures were being relabeled and illegally sold in Taiwan. The testing results included roughly an item a day that was found to be contaminated. Taiwan’s food radiation limit is 370 bq/kg. Japan’s … Read entire article »

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LDP Wants To Reopen Much Of Evacuation Zone By 2017

LDP Wants To Reopen Much Of Evacuation Zone By 2017

The LDP party is pushing a plan to reopen the evacuation zone for any area below 50 mSv/year by 2017. This change to evacuation zone designations would also likely end any compensation for those who moved away or similar aid for the area. According to their plan any area with up to 20 mSv/year would be reopened in 2016. Areas with up to 50 mSv/year in 2017. It is very unlikely any of these areas … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Upgrades Fukushima Food Import Regulations For Japan

Taiwan Upgrades Fukushima Food Import Regulations For Japan

Taiwan has instituted new food import regulations after a recent scandal where mislabeled foods were imported and sold. It also appears some of these food items were contaminated. Japanese food imports must include an origin certificate and certain foods will require test results from radiation testing of that food product. Those regulations will go into effect May 15th. The only authorities that can issue such certification are: The Japanese government Agencies approved by the Japanese government Or documents authorized by … Read entire article »

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US Lax Regulations On Japan Food Imports Raise More Concerns As TPP Close To A Vote

US Lax Regulations On Japan Food Imports Raise More Concerns As TPP Close To A Vote

A recent Japanese food mislabeling scandal in Taiwan showed the differing levels of oversight between countries when it comes to food imports. The US has refused to do any meaningful testing and has clung to an unusually high limit before any product would be taken off the market if it was even tested at all. While China insists any food imported from Japan must have proof of radiation testing results and a prefecture of origin certificate, … 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; 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 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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Japan Nuclear Safety: 4000 Falsified Safety Checks & Alarm Ignored For 1 Year

Japan Nuclear Safety: 4000 Falsified Safety Checks & Alarm Ignored For 1 Year

JAEA ignored an alarm on a radioactive liquid waste tank for a year, allowing the waste to leak. The incident happened at the materials testing reactor in Ibaraki. NRA called the JAEA dysfunctional. NRA also found that the Onagawa nuclear plant had over 4000 improper entries into inspection records at their #2 reactor. These included incorrect equipment information and even entries for equipment that didn’t exist. The company has not begun similar reviews for the … Read entire article »

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7 More Japanese Nuclear Reactors May Close Permanently

7 More Japanese Nuclear Reactors May Close Permanently

A total of 7 reactors are being considered for decommissioning in Japan. Each unit is at or nearing the 40 year operational limit and would be required to pass additional safety screenings in order to continue operation. This is on top of meeting the new standards enacted after the Fukushima disaster. The main reason for considering shutting down these plants is costs. One plant was going to need over $800 million in upgrades with no promise … Read entire article »

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