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Fukushima Frozen Wall Scandal

Fukushima Frozen Wall Scandal

The Japanese government began funding this project after it was discovered TEPCO had realized the need, yet hid the problem and skipped the project due to the massive cost involved. Now the Japanese government is funding the project and administering it through METI. All tests of the technology at the plant have proven it to be successful. Then NRA raised the concern about how the wall might change water levels inside the reactor building area. This … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Proposals To Be Validation Tested In Japan

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Proposals To Be Validation Tested In Japan

METI announced today in an email and press release that four ideas brought about by the IRID call for proposals will be funded by the Japanese government for further research. Mitsubishi Research Institute will manage the projects with a proposal process for individual labs to do the hands on work in the near future. The four concepts that will be funded for validation are: (1) Demonstration Project for Seawater Purification Technologies Our proposal (2) Demonstration Project for Technologies for … Read entire article »

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METI Working On Tritium Disposal For Fukushima Daiichi

METI Working On Tritium Disposal For Fukushima Daiichi

While the IAEA is busy trying to convince the public yet again that TEPCO should dump contaminated water into the sea, METI has been working on plans to store or dispose of the tritium laced water. In a March 14 set of reports METI documented their plans for potential tritium disposal. The post ALPS water will require removal of iodine 129 and cobalt 60 before it can be handled as tritium only water. METI operates under … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Water Leak Issues May Still Be Out Of Control In 2020

Fukushima Water Leak Issues May Still Be Out Of Control In 2020

Officials from METI admit that problems with leaking contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi may still not be under control in 2020. The advisory panel to METI has made a list of new actions that need to be taken to help control the leaking water problems at the plant. Some included were to pave over parts of the plant to lessen rainwater intrusion and to install double wall tanks on site for long term water storage. … Read entire article »

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“Troika Of Irresponsibility” & Dissatisfaction In Fukushima Disaster Response

“Troika Of Irresponsibility” & Dissatisfaction In Fukushima Disaster Response

Remember only weeks ago when Japan’s PM Abe announced the government was taking over the contaminated water problems at Fukushima Daiichi? If you thought it was more of a political stunt you may be right. Asahi Shimbun looked at the history of this ongoing problem and who is to blame. In what Asahi Shimbun called a “troika of irresponsibility” (troika meaning a set of three) they documented the infighting and dysfunction that has caused progress … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Fukushima Merchants Of BS

Japan’s Fukushima Merchants Of BS

UPDATE: Kyodo News is reporting that PM Abe had no actual knowledge of the situation at Fukushima Daiichi’s port when he assured the IOC and international community about the safety and condition of the port. While Abe was at the plant for a tour this week he asked the plant supervisor to show him where the area he referred to in public assurances was. Japan’s head of METI made this rather interesting statement to the press … 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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METI Declares Themselves In Charge Of Fukushima, Immediately Proves Their Incompetence

METI Declares Themselves In Charge Of Fukushima, Immediately Proves Their Incompetence

The day after METI told the press they were taking over the leaking water response at Fukushima Daiichi, they proved why this may be a horrible idea. METI Minister Toshmitsu Motegi went to Fukushima Daiichi and immediately blamed the workers on the ground for the string of constant failures by TEPCO: (translation via Ex-SKF) “About the leak of 300 tonnes of contaminated water from a storage tank at the plant, Ministry of Economy thinks it was caused … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Sends Japan Govt. Into Tailspin

Fukushima Daiichi Sends Japan Govt. Into Tailspin

Nobody knows what is going on. TEPCO has announced they are forming yet another task force, this one to deal with their failures to control water at the plant. METI has declared they are taking over the water issues at Daiichi. The political opposition DPJ is launching their own investigation into the water problems at the disaster site. Meanwhile PM Abe is off trying to sell nuclear power on the other side of the world. TEPCO’s … Read entire article »

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Fatal Flaws In Fukushima Radioactive Water Tanks Found

TEPCO has given out more information about the design of 300+ tanks being used on site to hold highly radioactive waste water. They earlier admitted the tanks has been assembled then reassembled elsewhere after the ground beneath them subsided. This is thought to have distorted the bolt together sections and gaskets on the tanks causing the leaks. In the released photos they show that the bottom of these tanks are not one solid piece but are sections bolted (or riveted) together with gaskets on the interior of the tank. TEPCO admitted months ago that the exterior bolts of these tanks were working loose causing small tank leaks. Workers re tightened bolts on the tank exteriors to try to prevent leaks. Who then tightens the bolts (or checks the rivets) inside the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Pre-Disaster Past Shows Nothing Has Changed

As TEPCO will begin removing spent fuel from unit 4 very soon, some have questioned the oversight and credibility of the company. Since the disaster a long string of lying and deception has caused strong public distrust in allowing the company to handle the disaster alone. The meltdowns were denied for months, problems again and again go undisclosed for months until something happens that makes it no longer possible to hide it. This problem has not been just a response to the massive disaster, it has been TEPCO’s corporate policy since the early days of their nuclear operation. Eight years after TEPCO started their first nuclear reactor they covered up a major incident at Fukushima Daiichi back in 1978. It is of course not known how many other incidents TEPCO has … Read entire article »

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“Harmful Rumors” Law Revisited

Revisiting the “Harmful Rumors” law Many who were active in following the 3-11 disaster early on remember the actions taken by the Japanese government that raised major concerns about free speech and online privacy. Referred to frequently online as the “Harmful Rumors Law”, though it was one law and two government actions. These actions so soon after the triple disaster left many in Japan worried about not just their privacy and free speech but possible run-ins with law enforcement.   Computer Network Monitoring Law: http://www.moj.go.jp/keiji1/keiji12_00025.html 1. No restriction on monitoring person’s internet activity 2. Forces ISP to store user communication for 3 months without warrant to see. This puts sources and whistleblowers at risk. One user’s communication record would “out” their source. No ability or opportunity for the ISP or person to fight disclosure 3. Involves police … Read entire article »

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METI Releases Partial Report Of Fukushima Internet Spying Project

Advertising agency Asatsu-DK produced a report to METI of their internet spying program. The agency was contracted to snoop on public internet and social media traffic in order to prevent “harmful rumor”. The report heavily looked at what was posted on Twitter. It also looked at posts on public discussion boards and other forms of online media such as blogs and websites. The report documents the type of concerns and questions people discussed online then formed official answers that would be used to try to respond to concerns. In the type of data collecting done some was done by manually reading or looking for information while some was done automatically. Either method would have provided the opportunity to also collect the identity of people posting online about Fukushima. This is more troubling … Read entire article »

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84% Think Japan Nuclear Stress Tests Insufficient, Noda Weakens On Restarts

Mainichi ran a recent poll that showed 84% of the public does consider the Japanese government’s stress tests to be sufficient. PM Noda is delaying any decision on reactor restarts. METI head Edano he opposes restarts and none would happen unless the consent of the local government and community near the reactors was obtained. The remaining operating nuclear reactor in Hokkaido is expected to shut down for maintenance in May. 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 … Read entire article »

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Occupy METI!

A group of protesters have camped out in front of the METI offices in Tokyo. METI is the ministry in charge of nuclear power oversight. There have been earlier protests at METI demanding they take more meaningful action to protect the people from the nuclear power industry. Last week 1300 people showed up in the rain to form a human chain around the METI building. The ongoing sit in including tents in front of the METI offices met some minor resistance by police who eventually gave in. Two women in their 60′s refused to leave and demanded they be allowed to talk to the emperor. The group is demanding that all nuclear reactors in Japan be permanently shut down as they go offline for maintenance. They say this is just the … Read entire article »

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Edano Puts Smackdown On Kyushu Electric’s Genkai Reactors

METI head Yukio Edano and barred Kyushu Electric from restarting two idled reactors at the Genkai nuclear plant. Kyushu has been the subject of an extensive investigation after it was exposed that they had many times manipulated public meetings and orchestrated faked public support. Edano had instructed Kyushu to submit certain reports where Kyushu refused to acknowledge their fraud. The lack of honesty and cooperation from Kyushu caused Edano to put a stop to the restart attempts at Genkai. The Kyushu Electric CEO has refused to step down as would have been expected after he was found at the middle of the fraud scandal. 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. … Read entire article »

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Stronium & Plutonium Found In Government Survey

Stronium 90 and Plutonium 238 & 239 have been found around the region of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Some of the stronium 90  findings were over 80km from the plant and  5,700 becquerels per square meter were found in Futuba. Officials claimed the plutonium found was likely from previous nuclear bomb tests but the stronium 90 levels were much higher than before the accident. The red marks are Stronium 90, the black marks Plutonium, on the map to the left. Read more here http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110010257.html http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0930/TKY201109300553.html   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 … Read entire article »

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Joint Offsite Emergency Center Fukushima Didn’t Have Quake Proof Generators

Another planning flaw was discovered. The joint offsite emergency center that was intended as a headquarters for TEPCO, METI and local government didn’t have power as they attempted to use the building. All the planning that went into this joint emergency operations center, nobody bothered to assure the generators could handle an earthquake. Without generators they had no power and no communications. The center was without power for about half a day during the start of the crisis. Read the rest at Yomiuri (in Japanese) 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 … Read entire article »

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Edano As METI Minister May Force Change

Edano’s new role as head of METI could drastically shake up the office tasked with both regulating nuclear power companies and economic development. He has expressed concern over the way power companies have been  calculating their rates for the past ten years, saying they are overestimating their costs and that should change. He also vowed that TEPCO and their shareholders should bear the costs of the Fukushima disaster rather than the taxpayers. His experience dealing  with TEPCO, METI and the nuclear industry appears to have given him a healthy skepticism of the status quo. This combined with Edano’s commitment to move Japan away from nuclear power could spell significant change. Read more here: http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109130341.html http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-LRG7QK1A1I4I01-6F3RN8RD63ELEHUR3GCAPGK0A0   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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Continues To Thumb Nose At Japanese Government

The House of Representatives special science committee and NISA have requested four times that TEPCO submit copies of their emergency manuals, one for accidents, another for severe accidents. TEPCO had previously submitted procedural manuals that had been blacked out to the point they were unreadable. Then on Monday they submitted 3 pages of a requested manual consisting of a cover sheet and an index page of the manual with all but 2 lines blacked out. TEPCO they took back the copies at the end of the meeting. TEPCO’s ongoing claim is that the manuals contain “intellectual property”.  METI/NISA has the legal authority to order TEPCO to submit the manuals in full, the committee has asked METI to do such. The pure arrogance of TEPCO in the face of such an epic disaster … Read entire article »

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Idled Nuclear Reactors, Safety And Japan Politics.

Reuters has published a Japan nuclear plant status table showing what plants are shut down for planned or unplanned outages. Meanwhile Kyodo states that 13 reactors are to start stress test phase 1 New Prime Minister Noda wants to restart idled reactors after tests according to the METI chief, Yoshio Hachiro. How all of this will come out in the end and the public reaction remains to be seen. 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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima As History; Nothing Is Ever Really Gone From The Internet

The Spectrum IEEE website caused quite a stir when they rescued the blog of a Fukushima worker that was mysteriously taken down. The worker made videos and gave great insight into the work going on at the plant and how robotics are being used. It is very useful and interesting information and not some sort of public relations nightmare. So the abrupt removal caused concern in the online community. Proving nothing is ever really gone from the internet, Spectrum IEEE shows how they found and retrieved the videos and blog pages using some simple online tools. Google cache still shows many of the pages of the blog.  This has been an ongoing concern and problem as the disaster evolved. People found information from various official sources was moved, altered or deleted. … Read entire article »

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Video: Creating A Contamination Map In Japan

The excellent NHK documentary follows a radiation scientist as he tracks the fallout around Japan from Fukushima Daiichi.  Kimora worked for METI and was told to refrain from any research unless they gave him permission. Kimora quit METI and is independently researching the radiation fallout with the help of other scientists.  This important video shows the very real danger and the struggle of scientists to properly document what is going on. The shocking radiation levels found in this video flies in the face of the official record by government agencies. Collaborating to create a radioactive fallout contamination map 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO; 171 Past Due Inspections The Month Before The Disaster

Just over a month before the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi TEPCO was in trouble with METI for not doing timely equipment inspections. TEPCO is required to periodically inspect various pieces of equipment at their aging reactor facilities. METI’s records show an ongoing failure to accomplish the task of inspections that were only completed after repeated admonishment by the agency. 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 content in … Read entire article »

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Joint US & Japanese Study Shows Radiation Releases Doubled Estimates

A joint survey by the US Dept. of Energy and Japan’s METI showed that the radioactive releases from Fukushima were double the initial estimates. Areas near Iitate and Namie now exceed the radiation level of evacuated areas at Chernobyl. These areas in Japan are currently outside of the evacuation zone. 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 content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact … Read entire article »

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