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Niigata Fails 2nd Nuclear Disaster Drill

Niigata Fails 2nd Nuclear Disaster Drill

The first nuclear disaster drill in Niigata in 2013 resulted in a considerable failure. This year another supposedly easier drill also failed. The 2013 drill involved a large number of volunteers to evacuate the area near the plant by bus. This ended up taking evacuees not to safety but right into the path of the simulated radiation plume. For 2014 the ran a severely handicapped drill. They skipped having an evacuation and declared the radiation release … Read entire article »

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Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple significant safety issues are being ignored while Japan appears to be rushing into a restart of their nuclear power plants. Evacuation plans are not approved or rejected by any government body yet the national government has had a hand in running evacuation drills. Each of these evacuation drills run has had major breakdowns and failures. One saw residents evacuated into the simulated radiation plume. The most recent one near the Shika nuclear plant found they … Read entire article »

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Japan Diet Approval Required To Join Nuclear Liability Treaty

Japan Diet Approval Required To Join Nuclear Liability Treaty

The US has been pushing for Japan to sign on to a nuclear liability treaty, withholding some cooperation on the Fukushima disaster as pressure. In order for Japan to sign on to this treaty the Diet will have to give approval of the agreement. Currently only a few nuclear countries in the world have signed on to this liability treaty pushed by the US. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/24/national/government-seeks-diet-approval-treaty-international-funds-following-nuclear-disaster/#.VE6xEvl4pkA This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

The response from the government picked volcano expert wasn’t kind. He made it very clear that the Sendai nuclear reactors are at risk from a number of nearby volcanoes and that the ideas concocted by the plant owners to combat a possible eruption are pure fantasy. Toshitsugu Fujii, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo is the head of Japan’s panel on volcano risk. He is also a member of the NRA’s hastily assembled volcano … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Restarts Continue To Struggle Against Reality

Japan Nuclear Restarts Continue To Struggle Against Reality

The head of Japan’s NRA is now claiming volcanologists that have raised concerns about the safety of the Sendai nuclear plant are wrong. NHK pointed out these key quotes from the latest exchange: “The utility had showed plans to remove nuclear fuel from the facility if it detects any signs of volcanic activity or tectonic plate movement around the plant.” “the NRA chief said Ontake’s hydro volcanic eruption is unlike any huge volcanic eruption that may occur around the … Read entire article »

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Japan Doubles Hospitals Labeled As Radiation Response In Name Only

Japan Doubles Hospitals Labeled As Radiation Response In Name Only

We reported last week on the response failure of radiation injury capable hospitals during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The government has announced that the number of hospitals designated as radiation response hospitals has about doubled. Kyodo News discovered that these newly designated hospitals lack the needed human resources and equipment to actually operate at radiation response hospitals. This of course sets up a disastrous problem if these hospitals are called to respond to a radiation emergency … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Asahi Shimbun continues to investigate Japan’s nuclear evacuation plans. This time they looked at the availability of buses to evacuate those who can’t flee in their own vehicles. The evacuation plans rely on chartered buses. Some of the prefectures could only find half the buses needed, at least one could only find one fourth of the needed buses. Some areas would need thousands of buses but could only find a few hundred. The chartered bus idea quickly … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Nuclear restarts in Japan have taken a political turn. Japan’s industry minister revived previous administration’s claims that Japan “needs” nuclear power, citing claims of energy independence. Japan has no domestic uranium resources so even their nuclear program is dependent on importing nuclear fuel materials. The country has long tried to make a fuel reprocessing program work but has run into the reality of costs and viability. The minister also brought back the nuclear safety myth, … Read entire article »

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Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Japan’s NRA is expected to give restart approval for the Sendai nuclear plant this week. The reactors still would not restart before winter as a number of tasks still need to be completed including obtaining local consent. A volcano risk committee is still working through the risk factors to nuclear plants. Sendai is one of major concern with a nearby active volcano. Local governments remain skeptical about restarts. Local governments were mostly undecided or against restarts. Only 12% … Read entire article »

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NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

Without saying how this might impact the potential restart of the Sendai Nuclear Plant, NRA said it would take about a year to determine a plan for dealing with volcano risk. Current laws state that plants at risk from volcanos must take steps including removing nuclear fuel from the plant. We previously documented the known risks of volcanoes to nuclear plants. This includes not just lava flow risks but a considerable risk due to ash … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Part of the plan in Japan to attempt to restart reactors including trying to establish evacuation plans based on what was learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The reality of the cost and difficulty of doing so is coming crashing down around the government plan to restart reactors. Minamata City, near the Sendai nuclear plant can not deal with what is being expected of them should an evacuation be required. The city, about 40km from Sendai … Read entire article »

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Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

A former Kansai Electric (KEPCO) executive came forward to admit the nuclear company had been giving huge amounts of secret cash to prime ministers and other government officials. Prime ministers had been receiving about 20 million yen a year for about 18 years while he was involved. The secret money was delivered as cash to the government officials. This was funded ultimately by consumers who paid for the “donations” through higher utility bills. Chubu Electric had … Read entire article »

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Abe Declares He Will Start Japan’s Nuclear Plants No Matter What

Abe Declares He Will Start Japan’s Nuclear Plants No Matter What

Japanese PM Abe made a statement over the weekend that he would restart Japan’s nuclear plants “by some means or other”. Hinting that he would ignore the rule of law or the will of the people as he already has in other unpopular political power grabs this year. He made the statement at a meeting with business executives in Fukuoka. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … Read entire article »

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Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan’s NRA gave an initial approval towards the Sendai nuclear plant meeting government “safety standards”. There are still other aspects of safety and equipment that NRA would need to approve but there is much more that would have to happen before any reactor was to restart operations. NRA also mentioned they are close to giving an approval to the Takahama nuclear plant. Part of these safety upgrades includes construction of a radiation resistant bunker building/command center … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulator Ignores Scientists Warnings Again

Japan’s Nuclear Regulator Ignores Scientists Warnings Again

It truly is a Hollywood cliche, ignore the scientists until it is too late. This is the newest issue related to nuclear plant restarts in Japan, volcanos. The Sendai nuclear plant sits near a fairly large active volcano as we explained here in the report The Real Risks At Sendai. Reuters reports there are even more diverse volcano risks at Sendai than what we found. Again, scientists in Japan are raising serious concerns about these risks. … Read entire article »

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Japanese Court Blocks Oi Nuclear Plant From Restarting

Japanese Court Blocks Oi Nuclear Plant From Restarting

A Japanese court has ruled that the Oi nuclear plant can not restart. A number of lawsuits have been filed since the 2011 disaster trying to block local nuclear plants from restarting. Kansai electric will appeal the ruling. The court agreed with the plaintiffs that the estimations for quake resistance given by the power company were unreliable. The NRA says they will continue their work to screen the plant for possible restart permission. This is … Read entire article »

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Japan Finds Continuing With Nuclear Power More Than Challenging

Japan Finds Continuing With Nuclear Power More Than Challenging

Japan’s nuclear regulator took a shot at the nuclear industry response to safety after Fukushima. “He said nuclear operators have utterly failed to communicate whether they are seriously reflecting on the accident and making efforts to improve safety. He urged the institute to better instruct the utilities.” This was in a statement to the Japan Nuclear Safety Institute regarding the nuclear utilities efforts to improve safety in the hopes for restart approval for their reactors. The governor of Niigata … Read entire article »

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Japan Radiation Embargoed Food List

Japan Radiation Embargoed Food List

The Japanese government has been wooing the media with claims that all the contamination in the food supply has miraculously just gone away. This is of course not exactly what is going on. Some food products have been able to lower contamination levels by modifying farming tactics, but this has been a very limited set of circumstances. What is not mentioned is how many foods are still being held back from sale and that they … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fuel Fragment Found In Home Vacuum Bag 460km From Disaster Site

Fukushima Fuel Fragment Found In Home Vacuum Bag 460km From Disaster Site

Marco Kaltofan at Worcester
 Polytechnic 
Institute has issued more information about some unusual findings from a home vacuum cleaner bag they tested. The vacuum bag came from a home in Nagoya Japan, 460 km south and west of Fukushima Daiichi. We reported earlier on their discovery that something was very “off” with this sample sent in for examination. More details have been released as the additional testing was completed and found that: The single radioactive particle was identified … Read entire article »

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Citizens Continue To Find Inaccurate Govt. Radiation Monitors In Fukushima

Citizens Continue To Find Inaccurate Govt. Radiation Monitors In Fukushima

Citizens continue to find government radiation monitoring stations that read lower than the actual reading for the location. This one in Tomioka was off by a full microsievert per hour. These discrepancies become a considerable problem when they are then used to estimate possible human exposure on an annual scale or to declare potential health risks over time. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Orchestrates Fukushima Denial, Nuclear Restarts

Japan Govt. Orchestrates Fukushima Denial, Nuclear Restarts

The Japanese government continues to push for reactor restarts and to establish nuclear power as part of the national energy policy even though public opinion is still heavily against it. At the same time the government has pushed for politically motivated reopening of parts of the evacuation zone. The Japanese government has declared nuclear power as an “important baseload energy resource“. While the government insists that nuclear power is an important power source they did not … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Tank Leak To Pacific Far Worse Than Admitted

Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Tank Leak To Pacific Far Worse Than Admitted

TEPCO has admitted that the radioactive sludge leak from the H4 tank farm last August was more than three times worse than admitted. TEPCO has already been under fire for hiding or downplaying information leading up to the IOC decision on who would host the next summer Olympics in September. The leak was initially rated at 80 million becquerels of strontium 90, part of which leaked into the Pacific. At this rate the NRA had declared … Read entire article »

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Two Japanese Power Companies Ask For Bailouts

Two Japanese Power Companies Ask For Bailouts

First Hokkaido Electric, now Kyushu Electric is asking for a government bank to give them money. Both are complaining about unexpected costs involved with operating without their nuclear power plants. Kyushu Electric owns quite a few reactors, Hokkaido Electric only owns two. This may sound familiar to readers in the US after Exelon Nuclear began asking for government bailouts because other sources of electricity were so cheap it is putting them out of business. In Japan … Read entire article »

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The Real Risks At Sendai

The Real Risks At Sendai

The Sendai nuclear power plant located in Kagoshima Japan has been selected as the one Japanese authorities would focus on attempting to approve for restart. Sendai includes two PWR type reactors. Intakes reside at: 5ft above sea level Intake pump buildings 13 feet above sea level Reactor blocks at about 35-40 ft above sea level Road routes are problematic at the plant. The plant is bordered by a large river to the north, the sea to the … Read entire article »

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Mainichi Investigation Creates New Fukushima Scandal

Mainichi Investigation Creates New Fukushima Scandal

A news report earlier this week showing how the Japanese government had manipulated radiation data for the evacuation zone has now evolved into a full blown scandal. In a follow up article yesterday Mainichi documented how the actions behind the scenes were clearly done with the intention of forcing evacuees to move back to unsafe areas. A number of officials and experts they talked to agreed this is what has been taking place. This article would … Read entire article »

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Japan Power Companies Shift Focus To Non Nuclear Power

Japan Power Companies Shift Focus To Non Nuclear Power

Japan’s power companies have been quietly shifting their focus to building new or restarting thermal power generation facilities. The country has largely done without nuclear power for the last 3 years showing the reactors are not needed to keep power supplied. The shift of focus and planning shows the utilities don’t expect to restart nuclear power plants any time soon or that it is not a sure deal it will ever happen. image credit | powerplug-in.com This article … Read entire article »

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Researchers Confirm “Black Substance” Is Fukushima Reactor Fuel

Researchers Confirm “Black Substance” Is Fukushima Reactor Fuel

In a peer reviewed paper released this week by the journal Environmental Science & Technology, a Japanese team of researchers has concluded that portions of the “black substance” found in Japan is nuclear fuel fragments from Fukushima Daiichi. Discoveries of the black residue along roadsides in and near the evacuation zone have been going on since at least 2011. Most were initially found by local citizens doing radiation monitoring. Some of these black substance sightings have … Read entire article »

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Hot Fish Found Off Iwaki

The local fishing cooperative in Iwaki found 110 bq/kg in a rockfish tested for radioactive contamination. This type of fish has been on a list of fish the cooperative has been sending to market. The fish found to be contaminated was not sent to market and the cooperative is pulling this type of rockfish off their list of fish to be sold.     This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. 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 … Read entire article »

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Living With Radiation In Japan

Living With Radiation In Japan

Local food coops that carefully select and test their food have become a go-to source for people concerned about contamination in the food supply. Food vendors that source from safer regions or direct from farm sales from these safer areas have become popular ways to compensate for the uncertainty in the food supply. This non profit called Project Food is sourcing foods from safer areas, testing them then offering them for sale. They recently sent some … Read entire article »

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New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

People in Japan early on realized they needed to take things into their own hands if they wanted to know the conditions around them and what their risk factors were. Citizen labs have been set up in Japan to allow people to test their own food. These labs were modeled after the labs set up in Europe after Chernobyl. This has provided an independent confirmation against government testing and a more diverse set of readings. … Read entire article »

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Radiation Leak At WIPP Considered To Be Waste Leak

Radiation Leak At WIPP Considered To Be Waste Leak

Reuters is reporting that the alarm at the WIPP nuclear storage site in New Mexico is now considered to be a credible nuclear waste leak and not a false alarm from radon. The DOE gave this slightly disturbing statement to Reuters: “But I believe it’s safe to say we’ve never seen a level like we are seeing. We just don’t know if it’s a real event, but it looks like one,” he said.” The leak was identified … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Evacuation Risks Still Unsolvable In Japan

Nuclear Evacuation Risks Still Unsolvable In Japan

The NRA has issued a number of improvements for evacuation planning in the event of a nuclear disaster. They have said that more radiation monitoring posts need to be installed, there should be one in each town. They will also require each monitoring station to have a back up generator in case of a power outage. A mandatory evacuation of anyone within 5km of the plant was added along with monitoring out 30km before considering … Read entire article »

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Radiation Makes People Invisible – Full Article

Radiation Makes People Invisible – Full Article

Radiation Makes People Invisible Robert Jacobs A version in Japanese is available here: http://wp.me/p1zinA-3ev Radiation makes people invisible. We know that exposure to radiation can be deleterious to one’s health; can cause sickness or even death when received in high doses. But it does more. People who have been exposed to radiation, or even those who suspect that they have been exposed to radiation that never experience radiation related illnesses may find that their lives are forever changed – … Read entire article »

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Democracy Now! In Japan This Week, Covers Fukushima

Democracy Now! In Japan This Week, Covers Fukushima

Alternative news television Democracy Now! Is broadcasting from Japan this week. Anchor Amy Goodman is covering a variety of topics this week including Fukushima. See recordings of their broadcasts on their website here. http://www.democracynow.org/   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. 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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Japan Nuclear Evacuations Would Take 12+ Hours To More Than 6 Days

Japan Nuclear Evacuations Would Take 12+ Hours To More Than 6 Days

An independent study in Japan showed it would take at least 12 or more hours to evacuate a 30km zone around nuclear power plants studied. From the initial disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, residents of nearby Futaba were still trying to evacuate more than 24 hours after the initial alert at the plant. They were still trying to get patients out of the hospital days later. Various sources estimate the unit 1 meltdown was already underway … Read entire article »

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Japan To Locate Nuclear Waste Site Without Local Approval, TEPCO Scraps Units 5 & 6

Japan To Locate Nuclear Waste Site Without Local Approval, TEPCO Scraps Units 5 & 6

METI has indicated that the Japanese government plans to create high level nuclear waste sites in the country but without obtaining local government approval. These would be permanent storage sites for high level nuclear waste. This could include anything from spent fuel to highly radioactive debris and melted fuel from Fukushima Daiichi. The government has had no local community come forward to accept the site plan over a series of years where attempts were made … Read entire article »

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The Plan For Japan

The Plan For Japan

Besides the effort to declare arbitrary state secrets there have been a number of other disturbing efforts in the government and private sector. The government is planning to establish nuclear power as an “important base source of power” in Japan. This would undo all efforts to phase out nuclear power since the Fukushima disaster. The new policy will declare nuclear to be the only solution to the country’s energy needs even though no nuclear has been … Read entire article »

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Japan State Secrets Bill Delayed

Japan’s government effort to force through an unpopular state secrets bill has stalled. The DPJ and JCP parties submitted a no confidence motion in the lower house. The prevents the upper house from voting on the state secrets bill, the last step towards making it law. The LDP has already called for extending the legislative session by two days so they may still be able to obtain an upper house vote. Ex-SKF reports that the no confidence motion may not have enough votes to pass. Other sources on twitter indicated it could have enough votes if the DPJ joined in (they did) and that it would force a new election. The effort to railroad through this bill has caused large protests in Japan. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Declared Evacuation Too Expensive, IAEA Promotes More Sea Dumping

Japan Govt. Declared Evacuation Too Expensive, IAEA Promotes More Sea Dumping

A government trip to research how the response to the Chernobyl disaster was conducted but the report was never made public. The officials looked at what was done after Chernobyl and declared it to be too expensive and complicated for the Japanese government so they suggested it be ignored. They declared there was little benefit to evacuating people but it was admitted the report ignored more critical evidence of the actual damage done to the … Read entire article »

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Japan State Secrets Bill Would Jail Journalists, Hide Fukushima Information

Japan State Secrets Bill Would Jail Journalists, Hide Fukushima Information

This bill is a major issue in Japan for good reason, yet this issue gets little press in the west. The current LDP government proposed a new state secrets law that would make anything at any agency a “state secret” if the agency or prime minister decided it should be. This system has no oversight or checks and balances to prevent abuse or to protect the public’s right to know. “Yutaka Saito, a member of the … Read entire article »

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