In-Focus Japan: 1590 microsieverts per hour detected in Futaba just before Unit 1 explosion – More utilities seeking rate increases

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1590 microsieverts per hour detected in Futaba just before Unit 1 explosion on March 12th

The 1590 uSv/hr measurement was observed at 15:00 on March 12th after venting to reduce the pressure levels in the Unit 1 reactor.  At 15:36 JST on 12 March, there was an explosion in the reactor building at Unit 1.

In the early hours of 12 March, TEPCO reported that radiation levels were rising in the turbine building for Unit 1 and that it was considering venting some of the mounting pressure into the atmosphere, which could result in the release of some radioactivity.  In a press release on 12 March at 07:00 JST, TEPCO stated, “Measurement of radioactive material by monitoring car indicates increasing value compared to normal level. One of the monitoring posts is also indicating higher than normal level.”

Source: JiJi Press

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

Source: TEPCO

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Source: NHK

Source: RTT News

Multiple utilities expected to follow TEPCO lead and apply for electric rate increases

At a press conference, Yukio Edano stated that Kansai Electric and Kyushu Electric is expected to apply for a rate increase by the end of the year.

Source: JiJi Press

Hokkaido Electric expects 47 billion yen loss in April-September 2012

At a press conference Hokkaido President Katsuhiko Kawai announced the possibility of Hokkaido seeking an electric rate increase.

Source: JiJi Press

Kansai Electric expecting 125 billion yen loss in April-September 2012

Kansai Electric is expected to apply for an electric rate increase by the end of the year.

Source: JiJi Press

Noda reelected as DPJ head by large margin

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Source: The New York Times

Source: The Japan Times

Source: NHK

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Source: The Japan Times

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Source: The Daily Yomiuri

Source: BBC

Source: The Asahi Shimbun


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  1. The Japanese Gov’t. is in bed with the Nuclear industry…

    ATTENTION: Japanese People, NOW almost all your Leaders are in Nuclear Denial* and unless they keep your reactors shut down you may have ONE OR MORE Trillion Dollar Eco-DisasterFukushima’s because Fukushima proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    A year and a half exactly after Fukushima’s Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster Japan is now the poster “boy” for Control by the Nuclear Industry and their Utility Gangs:

    The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy In Japan

    This is one of the most well written articles on this Debacle…
    BTW It contains a great number of links to back up all points…

    The BOTTOM LINE is that the Japanese people have N☢ say in how their Gov’t deals with Nuclear issues! In effect they now live in a Nuclear Police State!

  2. A year and a half later and TEPCO continues to allow the Pacific Ocean (and the atmosphere) to be radioactively polluted like never before in history!

    Now the Government of Japan is a accomplice in this crime against humanity by enabling TEPCO to continue polluting, instead of replacing them with an international Group of experts.

    In reality the Japanese and TEPCO are now “NUKING” the Planet in slow motion while MSM remains silent except for the occasional “blip” on the news radar…

    Adding insult to Global injury, TEPCO is even now wanting to restart #5 and #6 reactors at Fukushima despite #1 through #4 still spewing radioactivity, despite the fact that about 90% of the Japanese people want nothing to do with Nuclear Reactors!

    It now appears that the Government of Japan is much more like the Government of N. Korea than anyone outside Japan would have thought possible before 3/11/11.

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