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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Foreign Ministry to help local governments export food in face of radiation fears

Dec 29, 2014

The Foreign Ministry will help local governments tear down overseas barriers on food imports maintained because of worries over radiation, sources said.

Some states still ban some imports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products because of the fear of contamination from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. As a result, the ministry will cooperate with local governments in organizing events overseas to assure regulators and consumers that products are safe.

In 2015, the ministry plans to hold two to three such events, the sources said Sunday.
Unfounded rumors are a matter of life and death for municipalities where agriculture, fisheries or forestry are key industries.

The ministry said 13 countries, including Canada and Vietnam, have lifted import restrictions imposed after the accident on agricultural, forestry and fishery products from affected areas, but nine economies including South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan still have bans.
South Korea bans marine products from prefectures such as Miyagi and Fukushima.

Many countries also implement some kind of import control, such as requiring safety certificates.

When the ministry holds the events abroad, it will give assistance through embassies, aiming to allay concerns among local companies and media organizations.

A senior ministry official said the support for local governments boils down to wanting to disseminate correct information and to sell Japan’s attractions.

Source: Japan Times

Monday, 29 December 2014

Fukushima mothers compile booklet derived from radiation seminars

Masaharu Tsubokura, center, and the members of the Veteran Mothers' Society in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture 

 December 29, 2014

MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Mothers living near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have compiled a booklet offering basic knowledge about radiation and explanations addressing safety concerns arising from the disaster.
The booklet, titled “Yoku Wakaru Hoshasen Kyoshitsu” (Radiation and Health Seminar), is available in both Japanese and English and was created by the Veteran Mothers’ Society, which consists of five mothers from the city of Minami-Soma.
The members, some of whom are former high school classmates, decided to create the booklet “for children’s sake.”
The information incorporates lessons learned from doctors at seminars the group organized following the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in March 2011.
Amid the confusion and fears over radiation after the disaster unfolded, the mothers convened their first seminar for children and guardians in December 2011. They invited Masaharu Tsubokura, a doctor of hematology from the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science who had been providing consultations at the Minami-Soma municipal general hospital.
Other physicians later joined the effort to spread accurate information about radiation, and the mothers have held the sessions once or twice a month.
In the seminars, the children peppered Tsubokura with questions, such as “Can I touch my pets?” and “Is it OK to lick the snow?”
Ikumi Watanabe, the society’s 54-year-old vice chairwoman, recalled that Tsubokura’s explanations “were spoken in an easy-to-understand manner so the information popped straight into our heads. It was nice that we could talk with him on the same level and in person.”
Even now, the nature of the questions has not changed much.
“People have felt pressured not to talk about radiation, and some mothers have finally gotten the information only now, more than three years after the accident,” Tsubokura said. “I hope I can help them make decisions without thinking negatively about themselves or losing their self-confidence.”
In addition to basic knowledge, such as the differences between external and internal radiation exposure and between becquerels and sieverts, the booklet answers questions like: “Can radiation be transmitted from one person to another?” and “Is the tap water OK?”
According to the Veteran Mothers’ Society, 20,000 copies of the Japanese version were distributed to schools, companies and other organizations. The English version has been ordered by international schools, international exchange organizations and other groups.
Inquiries to the Veteran Mothers’ Society can be made via email (
Source: Asahi Shimbun

Last recommended evacuation warning lifted in Fukushima, but many remain wary

December 29, 2014
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The central government lifted on Dec. 28 the last recommended evacuation advisory for several districts in this city, saying radiation levels from the nuclear accident fell below the annual exposure limit.
However, many of the residents of 152 households within these districts voiced their opposition to the lifting.
The central government designated areas that registered high radiation levels outside the zones under mandatory evacuation orders as specific recommended evacuation spots following the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The residents living within these locales were encouraged to evacuate from their homes.
The districts in Minami-Soma were designated as such because they were at risk of exceeding the annual accumulated dose limit of 20 millisieverts, or 3.8 microsieverts per hour.
The central government in June 2011 issued the advisory for some locales in the cities of Minami-Soma and Date and the village of Kawauchi, all in Fukushima Prefecture, home to 281 households. The advisory for Date and Kawauchi was lifted earlier.
Central government officials explained their latest decision to the residents and local officials, saying that the health risks are not expected because radiation levels in their sites now measure well below the designated limit of 20 millisieverts.
They also presented support measures to encourage the residents to return to their homes.
However, evacuee Katsuji Sato, among the residents of the 152 households, said he would not immediately return home.
The 79-year-old, who lives in temporary housing in Minami-Soma, had lived in a family of six of four generations before the Great East Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, set off the nuclear disaster.
Sato’s mother died where she evacuated to, and his eldest son, the son’s wife and their elementary school child moved to Miyagi Prefecture.
“My wife and I cannot return to our home even though we want to unless decontamination work is undertaken again,” Sato said.
Source: Asahi Shimbun

The head of the Takakura district, right, reads aloud a statement in opposition to the lifting of a recommended evacuation advisory to officials of the nuclear emergency local response headquarters in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 21.

Friday, 26 December 2014

New method for contaminated water may be failing

Tokyo Electric Power Company has indicated that a new method aimed at tackling a large volume of highly radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has not been entirely successful.
TEPCO gave a progress report on its work to a panel of experts at the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Friday.
The utility last month began pouring cement into underground tunnels filled with the contaminated water from the reactor buildings to stop the water inflow. The water is believed to be leaking into the sea.
TEPCO officials told the panel that workers have completely filled the U-shaped tunnels except for 4 vertical pits that connect the tunnels to the ground surface. They removed 2,500 tons of radioactive water.
But the officials said that when they pumped water up from one of the pits, the water level at another pit changed. That suggests that gaps exist in the concrete-filled tunnels.
The officials argued that they can stop the water from flowing into the tunnels once the 4 vertical pits are filled. But panel members and authority commissioners said more thorough inspections are needed.
TEPCO plans to monitor water levels for a month, look for gaps, and study more effective ways to block the water.
The utility initially planned to freeze wastewater at the end of the tunnel to stop inflow from the reactor buildings and remove the water. But the plan did not work.


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Risk in Fukushima No. 4 reactor mitigated as last of nuclear fuel removed

December 21, 2014
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Tokyo Electric Power Co. removed the last four nuclear fuel assemblies that remained in the No. 4 reactor building of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from its storage pool on Dec. 20.
The No. 4 reactor was offline at the time of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. However, an explosion occurred in the building four days later, seriously damaging it.
After the accident, experts pointed to the risk of nuclear fuel in the pool melting from insufficient cooling and releasing a large amount of radioactive materials. However, the threat has been mitigated with the removal of the last assemblies.
On Dec. 20, TEPCO allowed the media to watch the removal work.
Workers pulled up from the pool a cask containing the last four unspent nuclear fuel assemblies. They plan to transfer it to the No. 6 reactor building, which sustained relatively minor damage in the disaster, within a few days after decontaminating the outside of the cask.
The transfer will mean that all of the nuclear fuel in the No. 4 building has been removed from the building as scheduled by year-end.
The pool had held a total of 1,535 nuclear fuel assemblies, which consisted of 1,331 spent and 204 unspent nuclear fuel assemblies.
TEPCO started the removal of those assemblies from the pool in November 2013 after installing a new roof and a crane on the building. The removal of spent nuclear fuel assemblies concluded in November this year.
There will be no work in the No. 4 reactor building for the time being. TEPCO will be engaged in efforts at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactor buildings and in dealing with the growing volume of contaminated water partly resulting from efforts to keep the reactors from overheating.

Workers use a cask to remove unspent nuclear fuel assemblies from a storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Dec. 20.

More radioactive materials released after crisis

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency says 75 percent of the radioactive substances released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant came more than 4 days after the accident.

The government's investigation has not released what happened during this period. Experts say the reason needs to be determined as to why massive amounts of radioactive materials continued to be released for a prolonged period.

The nuclear accident in Fukushima has been evaluated as the worst, at level 7, on a par with the Chernobyl accident in 1986, due to the large amount of radioactive substances that were released. But the details on how the substances were released remain unknown.

A research group at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency collected new data on radiation detected near the plant over time to analyze how radioactive materials were released into the air.

The research has found that an estimated 470,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances had been released by the end of March 2011, when the discharge is believed to have mostly subsided.

The research group says 25 percent of the radioactive materials were released during the first 4 days of the accident, as the meltdown and hydrogen explosions were happening, while 75 percent were released over the 2-week period that followed.

The group also analyzed how the radioactive materials spread, using the climate data at the time. They found that contamination in places where former residents are still not allowed to return became serious on March 15th -- 4 days after the accident.

They also say radioactive substances released between March 20th and 21st spread to a wider area, including the Kanto region, and are believed to have contaminated drinking water supplies.

The outcome of the analyses indicates that radioactive materials continued to be released after the first 4 days, which is believed to be the critical time during which the situation was deteriorating out of control.

The government's investigation has focused on the first 4 days, and has not determined the cause of the massive release of radioactive substances following that period.

Masamichi Chino of the research group says the cause needs to be determined to prevent future accidents and to bring the situation under control quickly if another accident happens.

More than 120,000 people are still forced to live in temporary shelters.

Six municipalities remain off limits due to high levels of contamination.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

NRA head signals massive release of tainted water to help decommission Fukushima site

NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka, foreground, inspects storage tanks holding water contaminated with radioactive substances at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

 December 13, 2014
The head of Japan's nuclear watchdog said contaminated water stored at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant should be released into the ocean to ensure safe decommissioning of the reactors.
Shunichi Tanaka, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, made the comment Dec. 12 after visiting the facility to observe progress in dismantling the six reactors. The site was severely damaged in the tsunami generated by the 2011 earthquake.
"I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of tanks (holding water tainted with radioactive substances)," Tanaka told reporters, indicating they pose a danger to decommissioning work. "We have to dispose of the water."
With regard to expected protests by local fishermen over the discharge, Tanaka said, "We also have to obtain the consent of local residents in carrying out the work, so we can somehow mitigate (the increase in tainted water)."
Tanaka has said previously that to proceed with decommissioning, tainted water stored on the site would need to be released into the sea so long as it had been decontaminated to accepted safety standards.
"While (the idea) may upset people, we must do our utmost to satisfy residents of Fukushima," Tanaka said, adding that the NRA would provide information to local residents based on continuing studies of radioactive elements in local waters.
The inspection tour was Tanaka's second since he became NRA chief in September 2012. He last visited in April 2013.
During his visit, Tanaka observed work at a trench on the ocean side of the No. 2 reactor building, where highly contaminated water is being pumped out. He also inspected barriers set up around the storage tanks to prevent leaks of tainted water.
Tanaka praised the completion in November of work to remove all spent nuclear fuel from the No. 4 reactor building, as well as changes to work procedures that he said allows for the completion of the work at the No. 2 reactor trench.
Source: Asahi Shimbun

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Fukushima News Links for November 2014

TEPCO removes section of radiation cover above Fukushima reactor building
Scrapping of Fukushima No. 1 reactor pushed back
Koizumi calls for society without nuclear plants
Miyazawa visits Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant
NRA rebuts claim that Fukushima cleanup affected far away rice paddies
Tepco posts solid first-half profit sans reactors, rate hikes
TEPCO, 7 other power firms report profits in April-Sept.
No law suit focusing on health in Japan!
Japan conducts nuclear disaster drill
Official: Fukushima “destroyed our life… it can destroy history itself” —Professor: “Very hard to imagine a future beyond Fukushima, it’s so uncontainable” — Filmmaker: Meltdowns “opened up a fissure in time and space… Horror of radiation menaces the future in the present” (VIDEOS)
Tepco postponed removing molten fuel from Reactor 1 until 2025
Cash-strapped nuclear power company secretly donates 1.54 billion yen to city
Results of Radioactive Analysis around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Japanese civil society and that from 7 other countries request the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on Fukushima to be revised
METI chief Miyazawa pays first visit to Fukushima No. 1 plant
Fukushima mother's tweet
Japan's Natural Perils and Promises, in the Wake of Fukushima
Undermining Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Energy and Security Politics in the Australia-India-Japan-U.S. Nuclear Nexus
Murakami says Japan ignoring WWII, Fukushima role
ANALYSIS: Abe bereft of reasons to continue nuclear recycling program
fukushima fallout deaths breaking news
Food products ‘heavily contaminated’ by Fukushima found in US; Over30,000 pCi/kg of cesium, also had Cobalt-60 and Antimony-124 — FDA: We found no Fukushima contamination in US food supply during our routine monitoring
Fukushima Unit 2 Subdrain Has Larger Problem
Retained water underground temperature went up by 10℃ near Reactor 2 / Tepco“Still investigating the cause”
Volcano experts call for guideline review
Radiation Rape – Crimes of Eternity against Us
Storage site for radioactive debris near Fukushima No. 1 is one step closer
Numerous sardines washed ashore in Pacific coastal area of Hokkaido – Photos
Mysterious Phenomena’ off West Coast: Fish disappeared, whales nearly absent, no krill, high rates of egg failure among birds — Official:“There’s almost nothing down there, just a lot of warm clearwater” in S. California
Discarded protective suits piling up at Fukushima nuclear plant
LowerHouse approves Fukushima waste bill
Japan Atomic-Fuel Processing Plant Now 19 Years Behind Schedule
Japanese grant for tritium removal technology
IRID Shows New Robot To Inspect Fukushima Unit 2 Pedestal
Senior Scientist: Fukushima nuclear fuel burned holes through the containment vessels, it’s “a pretty close approximation” of‘The China Syndrome’ scenario — Material went below reactor structures and is mixing with groundwater — “You have essentially a machine that’s washing radioactivity into the sea” (AUDIO)
TEPCO to conclude most vital phase in fuel rod extraction from No. 4 reactor
EDITORIAL: Measures needed to reduce financial fears over decommissioning reactors
Survey: Nearly half of local government leaders want a say in restarting nuclear reactors
Fukushima and Samurai
All spent fuel removed from Fukushima No.4 reactor
'Abenomics' struggle to boost Japan's economy
TV:“This is really kind of scary… a grim reality” for West Coast —Alarm as baby whales keep dying; Since 2011 none have survived over a year — Biologist: We see them pregnant for weeks, then no longer pregnant — NOAA: “Not what we’re used to… Incredibly poor condition… Skeleton with skin” (VIDEO)
Fukushima rice farmers seeking restoration of land suffer setback
All spent fuel removed from Fukushima No.4 reactor
Kagoshima Pref. assembly debates reactor restart
All Spent Fuel Out Of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4
Japan's wrecked nuclear plant removes first set of spent fuel rods
Taiwan to check waste shipments from Japan for radiation
Fukushima disaster site 'like a science fiction film'
Emergency radiation testing program used for Democrat and Republicanconventions after Fukushima — Also implemented for Obama Inauguration — Seafood, meat, fruits, vegetables, milk, water all checked for nuclear material… as top officials agree to publicly downplay Japan crisis — Tests find nearly 50% of Florida milk samples had ‘significant’ cesium-137
Anatomy of a Failing State: Japan’s Budgetary Nightmare
Local Rifts on Display in Japan’s Nuclear Restart
Fuel Removal from Unit 4
Japan's wrecked nuclear plant removes first set of spent fuel rods
COMMENTARY: Birth defects never increased in Fukushima Prefecture
EDITORIAL: Proper evacuation plans needed before reactor restarts
Fukushima dismantling crew removes 400 tons of spent fuel from crippled reactor
Study Points to Overdiagnosis of Thyroid Cancer
Lessons from Fukushima
Fuel removal from SFP4 - Abridged ver. - Published on 11/6/2014
Tepco“All the spent fuel assemblies removed from SFP 4″ – Videos and Photos
Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart
Town offers counterproposal on radioactive waste
TEPCO Demands Family Pay Back Compensation Because Daughter Goes To College
The Sorrow of Living in Fukushima   福島は日本か:ツイッターで綴る震災後の日々
Kagoshima assembly, governor green-light restart of Sendai reactors
Plant restart approved by Kagoshima assembly
Kagoshima Governor agrees to plant restart
Mochiduki comments on nuclear waste disposal
Fukushima construction workers hurt: operator
Approx.100 t of sardines washed ashore in Pacific coastal area of Hokkaido again – Photos
NYTimes: Doctors call for banning of thyroid cancer screening — “A tsunami of thyroid cancer… Stop the diagnosis… We need to actively discourage early detection” — WSJ: Judge rules releases from nuclear reactors are causing thyroid cancers
Radioactive waste storage in Fukushima likely to be delayed
Gov. denies holding talks over restart of Kashiwazaki nuclear plant
IRID Documents Detailed Plans For Fukushima Daiichi
Fukushima workers injured as steel material for coolant tank collapses
Japanese Governor Ito ignores lessons of Fukushima to approve the Sendai reactor restarts
Scandal-RiddenJapan Descends Into Pit Of Moral Degeneracy And Radioactive Hell
Fukushima sends out wrong thyroid test results
Anti-nuclear rally against plant restart
Denuclearize or lose our species: Multigenerational effects of exposure to radiation
Indian Researcher Says Radiation May Cause Brain Tumors
Regional Politicians Approve Restart of Nuclear Plant in South of Japan
Japan in Depth / Gov. limits approval scope for restart of N-reactors
Hundreds in Tokyo protest Japan's decision to restart nuclear plant
Still 102,900 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 measured from Matsutake mushroom in Minamisoma city
Gov't says interim nuclear waste storage facilities delayed
Robot brings safety, dexterity to Fukushima cleanup arsenal
Right-wing witch hunt signals dark days in Japan
Public universities to aid revitalization
Editorial: Safety questions remain over Sendai nuclear plant
EDITORIAL: Sendai nuclear plant should not be model for reactor restarts
VOXPOPULI: Green light for Sendai reactor restart signals return to‘happy fantasy
Fukushima update 11-8-14- Good news and bad news
Protests erupt after Japan local government OKs first reactor restart
Minamata disease group opposes restart of Sendai nuclear plant
Tokyo restaurant to host event to cheer up Fukushima natives
Fukushima: le Japon a choisi d’incinérer des tonnes de déchets radioactifs
Uranium Destroys DNA Through Chemical Action AND Radioactive Decay
Another part of cover removed from reactor bldg.
TEPCO removes 2nd canopy panel covering Fukushima reactor building
Fukushima Daiichi and Other Horror Stories
Fukushima Unit 1, 2nd Cover Section Removed
Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast
Fukushima Contamination Found 150km Off Eureka California
Fukushima radiation detected 100 miles off California coast
Fukushima radiation identified off northern California
Top Headline: ‘Fukushima radiation identified off northern California’— 50% of samples around West Coast test positive — 7.7 Bq/m3 of cesium near California shore, expected to keep rising for years to come (MAP)
Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast
Most Recent Measurements of Fukushima Derived Isotopes in the Northeast Pacific Ocean
Gov’t Scientists: Significant concentrations of radioactive material detected off West Coast; Levels doubled in months since previous tests — Marine Chemist: ‘Much greater concern’ over Fukushima releases that will be hitting shores of US and Canada; Lack of data‘ really disturbing’ (AUDIO)
Fukushima cesium contained in common mineral
FukushimaNews 11/10/14: ‘Fukushima Radiation Identified Off Northern California’
TheSorrow of Living in Fukushima
TEPCO Publishes Arrogant Press Release To The US On Fukushima
Thyroid abnormality found among 63% of children in 5 prefectures of Kanto area
Nuclear disaster drill held at plant in Niigata
Municipalities seek Hamaoka plant safety agreement
TEPCO to refrain from taking legal action over repayment of nuclear compensation Mainichi
Fukushima Contaminated Food Was Found In US Right After The Meltdowns
Fukushima Radiation Reaches California Coast, Contamination to Increase in Two Years?,radiation,reaches,california,coast,contamination,increase,two,years.htm
Small amount of Fukushima radiation detected in water off North Coast
Birth Defects in Fukushima
Estimated Dietary Intake of Radionuclides and Health Risks for the Citizens of Fukushima City, Tokyo, and Osaka after the 2011 Nuclear Accident
Energy plan overlooked flat-out opposition to nuclear power, analysis shows
First bags of contaminated debris prepared for transfer to Fukushima interim facility
Earthquakes suddenly increased all around in Japan on 11/12/2014
More post-nuclear accident interviews released
Nuclear Watch: Earning Consumer Trust
Residents object to NRA go-ahead for Sendai plant
Panel Cites Critical Error in Asahi Story on Ex-Fukushima N-Plant Chief
Japan's Nuclear Cleanup Stymied by Water Woes
Fukushima Governor Opposes Call for Waste Disposal
Japan's Fukushima cleanup 3 years on: little key work done
Nuclear Watch: Japan Update Residents object to NRA+A Shimbun errors + Abefall 11/12/2014
Fukushima Radiation Reaches U.S. Coast
Bad precedent for nuclear restarts
Records Show N-Safety Authority's Regret over Fukushima No. 1 Plant Power Loss
reflections on Fukushima Daiichi
NuclearHotseat #177: Fukushima Update – Arnie Gundersen
Japanese doctors threatened for revealing data on how bad Fukushima-related illnesses have become — Gundersen: We had pregnant sisters in Tokyo deliver two dead babies and one with deformities that’s alive; Gov’t refuses to disclose miscarriages or stillbirths around Fukushima (AUDIO)
Fukushima Mushrooms Still As High As 102,900 Bq/Kg
How to Best Guard Your Health in a Fukushima Radiation World
highschooler in Tokyo sells “canned Fukushima air” / 600 yen each
Nuclear cleanup at Fukushima plant stymied by water woes
Study: Fukushima health risks under-estimated
Kepco mulls operating two reactors beyond 40-year limit
Dates set for sequel on Fukushima community ripped apart by nuclear disaster
Fukushima £11bn cleanup progresses, but there is no cause for optimism
9 prefectures face severe shortage of obstetricians
Fukushima Student in Documentary: “Japan is clearly going insane, it seems like we are about to get killed” — “Nothing has gotten better…Our government abandoned us… Anyone, please, please save the lives of Fukushima people and children” (VIDEO)
Things That Make You Go Hmmm... Like Japan's Inevitable Apocalypse
IEA: $100 bil. in costs to retire 200 reactors
Radioactive water may still be entering tunnels
Utility mulls restart of 40-year-old reactors
Municipalities briefed on Oma plant construction
Geiger Counter Interpretation Simplified
Bioaccumulation: Cesium is One Among the 1000 Radionuclides Unleashed by Fukushima Now Bioaccumulating in Flora and Fauna
The Ballad of Fukushima
Radiation is Safe – So Don’t Worry About a Thing
Nuclear operators push to open new plant, extend life of aging reactors
TV: Attempt to stop flow of highly radioactive liquid at Fukushima “in doubt” — AP: Much of it is pouring in trenches going out into Pacific —Experts: Amount entering ocean “increasing by 400 tons daily” —Problem “so severe” it’s consuming nearly all workers at site — Top Plant Official: “Little cause for optimism” (VIDEO)
Radioactive water discharge from Fukushima Daiichi NPP into ocean continues
Relatives of man who killed himself to sue TEPCO
Nuclear evacuees seek rise in TEPCO compensation
Radioactive waste site surveys to go beyond Nov.
Groundwater coming up in seaside of Reactor 2 again / Overflowing up-ground around 18th December
METI played key role in TEPCO-Chubu Electric tie-up
Avec le nucléaire, on tourne en rond !
New Fukushima Governor Inspects Plant
Dimming Prospects for Solar Energy
Asahi Shimbun president resigns; aboard member to take over
Massive radiation spike at Fukushima: 40,000% increase below ground between Units 1 & 2 this month — Order of magnitude above record high set last year
Estimated Dietary Intake of Radionuclides and Health Risks for the Citizens of Fukushima City, Tokyo, and Osaka after the 2011 Nuclear Accident.
Welsh Fukushima visitor returns from fact finding mission to declare 'It was worse than I could have imagined'
Fukushima News 11/14/14: Tepco Can't Stop Poisoning The Pacific Ocean-"Little Cause For Optimism"
Resource Spreadsheet: Strontium Biological Half Life
Nouvelles de Fukushima à l’automne 2014
Cesium-137 density spiked over 300 × in groundwater of Reactor 2 seaside
DAIICHI: Study: Fukushima health risks underestimated
Debate over 'right to know' versus 'right to be forgotten' accelerates in Japan
Bus companies face uphill battle over nuclear disaster compensation
Japan’s 21st-century tsunami stones
US institution “Very low level of contaminant from Fukushima detected in West coast”/ Large areas left untested
US Nuclear Professor: Fukushima “a really major event here”, Washington had radioactive aerosols 100,000 times normal; “Far more bigger accident than we’re hearing” — Model shows West Coast completely blacked out due to particles covering area — Gundersen: Lung cancers to start increasing in Pacific Northwest (AUDIO)
Mock test to retrieve radioactive waste starts
Contaminated water swamps Fukushima No. 1 cleanup
Fukushima chief urges govt. to respect local voice
Fukushima Gov. seeks Daini plant decommissioning
I-131 density spiked in sewage plant of Fukushima
TEPCO Begins Draining Unit 2 Trench Of Radioactive Water
Thierry Ribault, Le désastre de Fukushima et les sept principes du national-nucléarisme, 2014
Fukushima nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes
Radioactive water to tunnels unlikely stopped
Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 1
Fukushima News 11/17/14: Pacific Bluefin Tuna At Risk of Extinction
Citizen scientists’ collect B.C. seawater for Fukushima radiation research
Continuing Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
Anonymous NISA staff “All NISA staff escaped Fukushima plant by 3/12/2011″/”It’s meaningless for us to go back”
Experts: Seemingly benign virus on West Coast “causing ecological upheaval the likes of which we’ve never seen” — Very peculiar, differentfrom all known viruses — Mutations could be helping it spread —Something may have recently caused it to go rogue… we’ve never seen anything like this — Why now, what changed to allow outbreak?(VIDEO)
Tepco unable to halt tainted water flowing into tunnels at Fukushima
Op-Ed: Fukushima disaster — Ignorance is bliss despite the dangers
TEPCO Declares Effort To Drain Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Trench Futile
Radioactive water leak found at Ikata plant
Attempt to stop water flowing into trench at Fukushima plant fails
Nuclear Hotseat #178: Fukushima Kids, Moms & Thyroids – Filmmaker IanThomas Ash, Voices from Japan w/Beverly Findlay-Kaneko
NRA panel: Fault under Tsuruga reactor could move
Diet approves nuclear compensation treaty
Diet approves Fukushima waste disposal bill
The Long Haul for Fukushima
Japan's 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster still fracturing families
TEPCO to bury Fukushima plant trench with concrete to control radioactive water
TV:“Barrier is not holding” at Fukushima plant — All efforts have failed to stop very high levels of radioactive materials flowing into ocean — Officials: More water’s coming in than we were pumping out — Workers now trying to prevent overflow (VIDEO)
You Won´t Believe The Truth About Fukushima The Japanese Government Is Hiding From The World
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US fails to properly monitor Fukushima fallout
Photographer Explores the Effects of Fukushima Three Years Later
Nuclear watchdog panel: Fault under Tsuruga reactor is active
Fukushima rice cultivated in decontaminated fields served at Environment Ministry
Can Cement Stop Contaminated Water Leak at Fukushima?
French Nuclear Cycle Crash
Twice as much Fukushima radiation near California than originally reported; Most contaminated sample from Eastern Pacific — Official: Levels are ‘interesting’ — Scientist: Very little we can do… This is unprecedented… God forbid anything else happens — Gundersen: Multiple plumes now along west coast… Will be coming “for century or more”
Diet passes legislation to remove nuclear waste from Fukushima in 30 years
Even Foods Considered Most Healthy Need Radiation Testing
TEPCO starts transferring remaining unspent fuel from Fukushima No. 4 reactor
Comparing the Environmental Impacts of the Chernobyl and Fukushima Disasters
Giving up on freezing water
40 of 47 given A2 in thyroid test of Matsudo city/City gov “Result not guarantee potential health in future”
Tepco fails to halt toxic water inflow at Fukushima No. 1 trenches
After failures, TEPCO to use special cement to prevent contaminated water leaks
TEPCO to bury Fukushima plant trench with concrete to control radioactive water
Kepco weights new lease of life for geriatric reactors
Officials have “admitted failure” at Fukushima plant — Giving up on attempts “to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into ocean” — Regulator asks “What was all the trouble over the past months for?” — Gov’t experts worried cement barrier is going to crack (VIDEO)
Restart depends also on Government's stability
Damage worse than thought in Nagano earthquake
FukushimaI NPP: Plan C Also Failed in Plugging Reactor 2 Trench... Now What?
Fukushima’s Radioactive Waste Elements Three Years Later: Plutonium and Cesium
Plutonium Inventories at Fukushima Dai-ichii Nuclear Power Plant: Did Unit 3's MOX Fuel Matter?
Nuclear Proliferation in the Australia-India-Japan-U.S. Nuclear Nexus
LDP Government in Japan on Suicide Mission
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No One Wants You to Know How Bad Fukushima Might Still Be
Drs Threatened For Revealing Fukushima ILL❢
Tachyarrhythmia increased 8× as 2010 in a hospital of Sendai
Work starts to fill tainted underground tunnels
Nuclear power’s dark future
TEPCO’s Trench Saga Could Have Unintended Consequences

TEPCO Starts Work to Fill N-Plant Trench with Cement
To Fukushima and Back with Hiro
Tepco starts filling cable trench with cement as it pumps out radioactive water
Strontium-90 density rose up 3 × in groundwater / 490,000,000 Bq/m3 from Reactor2 seaside
Utility to conduct special inspections on reactors
Kansai Electric to seek operation of 2 old reactors beyond 40 yrs
Experts: Debris removal not cause of tainted rice
Radioactive waste incinerator built in Fukushima
Don’t forget secrecy law, reactor restarts, DPJ’s Kaieda urges voters
Barrier Is Not Holding” at Fukushima Plant
Japan Eyes Restart of Next-Generation N-Reactor
JAEA eyes restart of next-generation nuclear reactor
Suit against Fukui reactor restarts fails
METI group looking for ways for utilities to offset reactor-decommissioning costs
After liberalization, consumers still to pay for N-plant decommissioning
Fukushima fallout on vegetation in South Florida exceeded gov’t notification limit by over 1,000% — Nearly triple the highest level reported anywhere on West Coast
WHERE DOES FUKUSHIMA GO – Pacific and Atmosphere
Japan seals up Fukushima reactor trenches (VIDEO)
Restart of Sendai plant in February at earliest
Experts call for more child thyroid checks
Courtrejects demand to prevent reactors' restart
Largest Japanese active volcano spews ash and rocks, disrupts flights
Fukushima Engineer: “They’re covering up how badly the groundwater is contaminated” —Scientist: “We’re measuring higher levels off Japan” —Radiation near California already exceeds expectations, and will be rising for years to come — TV: “Cleanup can’t be done… They lied from the start, Tepco is a den of inequity” (VIDEOS)
Public Health Emergency in the US” from Fukushima Radioactive Material: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Official
More difficulty in cleaning up reactor building
Japan's ruling party accused of shying from election questions
Fukushima workers still in murky labour contracts
Fukushima Watch: Japan Confident It Can Process All Highly Contaminated Water by End-March
Nuclear Watch: Fukushima More difficulty Cleaning up reactor + Seals trenches +Lessons 11/28/2014

Coolant system of Reactor 2 pool stopped / “Someone turned off a related switch”
Asahi Shimbun to Punish 6 over Report on Ex-Fukushima N-Plant Chief
Asahi reporters slapped with pay cut over Fukushima story retraction
Concerns simmer over access to nuclear info as enforcement of secrets law nears
Electricity firms in Japan Solar shambles Japan has failed to learn from Germany’s renewable-energy mess
Op-Ed: Fukushima — Another failure and another attempt at a fix
Fukushima Clean-Up Based On Shady Science And Tax Payer Rip-Off
Japan Atomic Power eyes decommissioning as new field
Tepco mistakenly published concealed data of activation product in groundwater
Strontium-90 density jumped up double in groundwater / 990,000,000 Bq/m3 fromReactor 2 seaside
Under new law, about 460,000 documents likely to be called ‘specialsecrets’
Fukushima ‘dark tourism’ aims to rebuild city Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup, Nov 30, 2014
Fukushima Radiation: The Fatal Lie & Its Ultimate Toll