Japan to accept help from France at Fukushima Daiichi

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Fukushima Daiichi September 25th 2013

After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster Japan thought TEPCO would be able to manage the problem, but earlier this year the government was forced to step in and play a bigger role.  Now, two and a half years after the onset of the March 11th nuclear disaster, Japan has officially finally accepted international help with the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from France, who will help decommission and dismantle the crippled reactors.  The move signals how little progress has been made by the Japanese on their forty-plus year decommissioning project, and also casts doubt on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement to the Olympic committee that the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi is under control.

Ever since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Russia has known that there is not such a thing as a national nuclear accident, they are all international disasters.  The Russians offered to help Japan two years ago, but are still waiting to be taken up on that offer.  They offered Japan highly absorbent materials which would help handle contaminated water.  The Russians have always said that pumping water into the crippled reactors would create more problems than solutions.

Source: MarketWatch

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  1. Maybe a good sign, maybe just more obfusication from the Japanese government and nuclear governments in general. Also remember that the French have more than just a little interest here in their contracts to recycle nuclear fuel.

    It’s should be rather obvious from the start, and at least from the transcripts released by Tepco of the beginning conversations of the accidents, that the Japanese government has taken quite a huge if not dominate role in what’s going on policy-wise, and that the strategy from the first was to write Tepco off, use them as cover, technical excuse, and tool for governmental policy concerning the accident. Don’t be fooled by appearances. Every Tepco decision has at least the compliance and tacit approval of the highest elements of government, nuclear and economic interests, and political powers. It’s been survival from the first for first the political system and those powers, with people’s health and well being a distant second, and the actual corporate entity Tepco itself last.

  2. Isn’t it a little late for this, the cores melted down through the floor of the containment for several YEARS of Japanese denials?

    The only reason I can figure why TEPCO wants to get back into the buildings, with the cores gone, is to rebuild the same mistake so they can put it back online, yet again, in some nightmare for the corporate bureaucrats.

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