Japanese ministers miss the point at Fukushima Daiichi

On Sunday and Monday, a severe tropical storm swept over Japan and heavy rains were experienced at the Fukushima Daiichi site, which led Tokyo Electric workers to release more than 1,100 tons of contaminated rainwater, which contained some 25 becquerels per liter of radiation, onto the surrounding area to prevent more-contaminated water from leaking.

On Sunday and Monday, a severe tropical storm swept over Japan and heavy rains were experienced at the Fukushima Daiichi site, which led Tokyo Electric workers to release more than 1,100 tons of contaminated rainwater, which contained some 25 becquerels per liter of radiation, onto the surrounding area to prevent more-contaminated water from leaking.

Earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, that the “effects from the contaminated water have been perfectly blocked within the (artificial) bay” of the wrecked nuclear complex, and said “the situation is under control.”  A statement which was questioned strongly by the Japanese media, as experts have continually noted that contaminated water is continually flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

This week, two Japanese officials told reporters that the situation at Fukushima Daiichi is under control, despite obvious signs that the crisis is only worsening.  On-site, contaminated water continues to build up, outside the plant the contaminated debris does the same.

Japan’s industry minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, told reporters that the situation at Fukushima Daiichi is under control, and that individual events, like leaks of contaminated water from storage tanks, should not be confused with the big picture.  It appears that Motegi himself is not aware of the big picture; that three reactor cores have fully melted down and have not been located since, there is no current strategy to bring the disaster to a close – and work now is only focused on a feed and bleed strategy to keep the molten cores cool, that the unprecedented amounts of accumulated contaminated water will continue to increase for the foreseeable future, that the nuclear disaster is having a crippling effect on the nuclear industry workforce, and that there is no end in sight to any of these problems.

Japan’s science and technology policy minister, Ichita Yamamoto, told attendees of the IAEA’s general conference that contaminated water inside the Fukushima Daiichi seaport is not polluting ocean water outside the port, a claim which contradicts experts in Japan who have said that some 50% of the water in the port mixes with the ocean each day.  Yamamoto also did not mention the likely leak from Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2, which experts think is quickly releasing contaminated water directly into the ocean.

Seemingly, all TEPCO has been doing for the last two and a half years is storing contaminated water in tanks, with no real solution to the problem reached.   What the Japanese government is doing is assuring people in Japan and around the world that Japanese water and food are safe to eat and drink, and that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will not affect the 2020 Toyko Olympics.  One thing neither Japan nor TEPCO are doing is keeping Japanese citizens or the international community promptly and accurately informed and up-to-date of the contaminated water leaks.

Source: NHK

Source: The Japan Times

Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun

Source: NHK

Source: The Japan Times

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  1. seh999@gmail.com'

    i think its actually for the best that Japan pushed for the olympics there. it draws attention to the country, and now to the disaster. if they had lost the bid, the fukushima crisis would have lost much needed attention. Now we can enjoy watching the backlash of their own lies.

  2. jobertu@gmail.com'

    excellent perception, thank you for sharing and previous comment has valid point, which Helen took to heart http://rt.com/op-edge/fukushima-catastrophe-nuclear-olympics-883/

  3. kenbockman@gmail.com'

    Evidently the extent of the melting is unknown and won’t be determined until measurements can be made inside the primary containment vessel and the reactor vessel. Any core material that escaped the reactor vessels has been contained by the primary containment (the big bulb-shaped shell that enclosed the reactor vessel), and it is all cooled enough that the cores are in cold shutdown condition. The strategy, just like at Three Mile Island, is to let the residual radiation of the fission products decay to a level where it will be safer to open the vessels and remove the internals. The TMI reactor vessel has been cleared of core material except for a remnant that is welded to the vessel.

  4. agreenroad@gmail.com'

    One Million + Fukushima Worker And Civilian Radiation Contamination Deaths Totally Covered Up?
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/06/one-million-fukushima-workers-and.html

  5. wwhitesagesmudging@gmail.com'

    Prime Minister Abe told a pack of lies for Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympic in International Olympic Committee.And the messengers of Prime Minister Abe were again telling a pack of lies at the IAEA 57th General Conference.

    http://aozorawomitumete.blog137.fc2.com/blog-entry-732.html

  6. darragh.mccurragh@ratheryes.com'

    They can’t really do much. No affordable technology exists today to solve the three problems:
    a) Keep cooling the reactor cores and fuel tanks in the absence of closed systems, which were all ripped open in the aftermath of the melt-down and hydrogen explosions.
    b) Extract the spent, but bent and damaged, fuel rods from an unsafe containment that might well collapse because of the effort. Leaving them there is also no option, but is an ‘option’ as removing is not technologically feasable today.
    c) With each ton of cooling water soil liquefaction increases and makes the building more unstable. So there’s no time to lose, but no technology that works fast enough either.
    So let’s just stand idly by and pray.

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