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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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US Group Calls For Radiation Monitoring Of Food Supply

US Group Calls For Radiation Monitoring Of Food Supply

A US grassroots group is urging the public to support a set of efforts to improve food monitoring in the US against radioactive contamination. The fallout from Fukushima that fell on the US and that which has been crossing the Pacific has been an area of concern with residents of the US and Canada. Government agencies have declared the issue to be a “non-issue” and either have opted to do no testing or rely on premature … Read entire article »

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Greenpeace Finds Cesium In Japanese Grocery Store Fish

Greenpeace Finds Cesium In Japanese Grocery Store Fish

Greenpeace Japan did another round of contaminated fish testing. They bought grocery store fish around northeast Japan and tested it for cesium contamination. They found anywhere from no cesium detected to 47.3 bq/kg of combined cesium. This is under the government limit of 100 bq/kg but show there is radioactive contamination in seafood found for sale in this part of Japan. Photo: NRDC This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join … Read entire article »

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Japan No Nukes Groups Receive Cyber Attack, Death Threats

Japan No Nukes Groups Receive Cyber Attack, Death Threats

33 groups, most of them anti-nuclear groups in Japan have received cyber attacks. The attacks began in September and are continuing against some groups. At least one group received a fairly specific death threat among the flood of email garbage. The groups have hired a lawyer but pinning down who is doing these attacks may be more difficult. Whatever entity is doing them has been using a TOR program to hide the source of the attacks. Asahi … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Shift; Japan May Take On Entire Disaster Response

Fukushima Shift; Japan May Take On Entire Disaster Response

The current government in Japan is considering taking on the costs and responsibility of the decontamination work, contaminated soil storage, decommissioning the reactors and the contaminated water problems at the plant. This is all of the current responses to the disaster short of compensating people for their losses and relocation. The government is considering permanently closing some areas of the evacuation zone, this may then put them into the responsible role for relocation of those … Read entire article »

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Cesium Found In Children’s Urine Shows Ongoing Widespread Problem In Japan

Cesium Found In Children’s Urine Shows Ongoing Widespread Problem In Japan

The acceptable amount of radioactive cesium in human urine is zero. The substances (cesium 134 and 137) does not exist in nature and cause damage to the human body. It was widely reported that a citizen group in the Tokyo region found cesium in children’s urine recently. While this is notable, it isn’t unique. Radioactive cesium has been found in the urine of children across a wide area of northern Japan since 2011. The levels do … Read entire article »

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The Fukushima Elephant In The Room

The Fukushima Elephant In The Room

The NY Times published an article today looking at the limbo Fukushima evacuees live in. Most in Namie and other towns where large amounts of nuclear fallout fell on their communities know they will never go home. Yet they can’t start life over elsewhere. The government won’t admit defeat and either compensate them for their homes & businesses, or offer any relocation assistance. Cited as the reason why this is allowed to happen, admission of … Read entire article »

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Over 3000 People In Japan Cite Severe Nosebleeds & Radiation Type Symptoms In 11 Days

Over 3000 People In Japan Cite Severe Nosebleeds & Radiation Type Symptoms In 11 Days

Takahiro Katsumi has been following an unusual trend on twitter in Japan. People began posting complaints of severe nosebleeds, then the complaints grew and grew with more people every day citing the problem. Many of these also included complaints of nausea, fatigue and other symptoms similar to the run of complaints found among the population in Japan right after the 2011 triple meltdowns. Most of the nosebleeds have been severe with many unable to stop … Read entire article »

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Fukushima & TEPCO Become Political Football

Fukushima & TEPCO Become Political Football

In a recent interview with a DPJ politician involved with the early response to the Fukushima disaster he stressed that TEPCO should be forced into bankruptcy or fully nationalized as the government has been forced to take over more of the disaster response. He also pointed out that TEPCO had promised to implement an underground wall around the reactors in 2011 in exchange for the government not announcing the actual wall. This was all to manipulate … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Contamination Still Found In Drinking Water Across Japan

Radioactive Contamination Still Found In Drinking Water Across Japan

This NRA report from June of 2013 found cesium 134 and cesium 137 still showing in city drinking water across a number of regions of mainland Japan. This includes Tokyo. The reading for Tokyo for cesium 137 was higher than the reading for Fukushima City Fukushima. The highest reading was found in Ibaraki for cesium 137. While these amounts are small, water is consumed in large quantities, added to and used in food and also … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Chose To Not Stop Water Leaks In 2011 Over Fears For Their Stock Price, Govt Knew

TEPCO Chose To Not Stop Water Leaks In 2011 Over Fears For Their Stock Price, Govt Knew

TEPCO has known about the massive groundwater intrusion and leaking at the site since at least May of 2011. The company chose to do nothing out of fear the high cost ($1 billion USD) would cause investment markets to consider the company “bankrupt”.  Contaminated water has leaked out of the plant for the last 2.5 years, TEPCO only admitted this in July of this year. The government at the time allowed TEPCO to avoid clear admission … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. “Wants To Lower Dependence On Nuclear Power”

Japan Govt. “Wants To Lower Dependence On Nuclear Power”

Not what anyone expected to hear out of the current LDP government in Japan. The current head of METI made this statement to the press that Japan should lower their dependence on nuclear power. This is an unusual statement considering the utterly pro-nuclear agenda of the current government.   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 … Read entire article »

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