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  • S. Korea returned 20 t of Japanese marine products for Cs-134/137 contamination / Not from Fukushima area

    On 8/21/2014, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of South Korea announced they retuned 20 t of Japanese marine products from January to July in 2014. The specific reading was not published,

    The post S. Korea returned 20 t of Japanese marine products for Cs-134/137 contamination / Not from Fukushima area appeared first on Fukushima Diary.

  • 74,000,000,000 Bq of Cs-134/137 only within 10 mins released from Reactor3 in the summer of 2013

    Photo : Steam splashing from the operation floor of Reactor 3 in August 2013   Related to this article.. “Tepco turned down the request of agriculture association to postpone reactor 1

    The post 74,000,000,000 Bq of Cs-134/137 only within 10 mins released from Reactor3 in the summer of 2013 appeared first on Fukushima Diary.

  • NHK “We are entering the new era of MANY DEATHS, donating dead body to medical uni can be recommended”

    On 8/14/2014, NHK broadcast a strange TV program that Japanese society will become “the world of many deaths”. They comment it will be due to the rapidly progressing aging society,

    The post NHK “We are entering the new era of MANY DEATHS, donating dead body to medical uni can be recommended” appeared first on Fukushima Diary.

  • ABC news “10 horses dead this season in a racetrack of California, injuries and heart attack”

    “Both tracks at famed Del Mar Racetrack under review after horses die from injuries and heart attacks.”     Watch more news videos | Latest from the US   http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/ten-horses-dead-del-mar-race-track-southern-24829989

    The post ABC news “10 horses dead this season in a racetrack of California, injuries and heart attack” appeared first on Fukushima Diary.

  • Tepco “Never give up the frozen wall project”

    Photo : Floating ice put into the underground trench. The camera catches the white noise due to the high level of radiation from contaminated water.    Following up this article..

    The post Tepco “Never give up the frozen wall project” appeared first on Fukushima Diary.

  • [スウェーデソ公開調査] 第一週目 ”スウェーデソにも起業ビザがあった !” ~取り方、期間、費用など

    写真:最初に打ち合わせをした弁護士事務所の受付の横。担当弁護士はFacebook Swedenの取締役らしいです。   こんにちは、あそがまこと望月です。 先週の水曜日からスウェーデソに潜入し、ビザや起業などの情報を調べておりまふ。 普段は特定の方に調査を依頼されたり、限定グループのみに調査内容を公開しているのですが、調査内容や調査過程をディスクローズしないことであらぬ噂を立てられたりアフォ扱いされることもあり、また今後の調査に希望を持って頂ける方もいらっしゃるのではないかということで今回は調査内容を全公開しております。 すべて全公開することで若干僕自身にもリスクがあるんじゃまいかとは思いますが、それ以上に多くの人に役立っていただけるのではないかという目論見からやっております。 Airbnbで宿を見つけたのですが今回初めての大失敗をしてしまいまして、完全に郊外な上に物凄い値段が高く、オーナーも事前に話していた人と全く違う上に設備も全然足りないので最初の数日間はそこから脱出することに多大なエネルギーを費やしてしまいました。 土日は何も動かないのでジリジリしておりましたが偶然にもいい線を捕まえることができ、早くも今日、火曜日に起業とビザに関して一つのマイルストーンに達しました。 起業ビザやWork Permitに関して色々書いてあるページはありますが、今回はその手続を日常的に行っているスペシャリストにインタビューをしたので間違いなく最新の情報です。ストックホルム中心地にあるビジネス系弁護士事務所と、そことつながりのある大手監査法人で調査しました。 以降、スウェーデソで起業、ビザを申請するにあたってはメール一本で手続きを始められます。 まず結論ですが、「日本人がスウェーデソで起業ビザを取ることは他のヨーロッパの国と同様に可能」ということが分かりました。 ただし、国をほとんど切り売りしてるような南欧とは経済状況が違うのでゴールデンビザやリタイアメントビザのようなものはありません。 ビザの発給場所ですが、通常であればフラソスやスペイソと同様に在日領事館です。ただし、今回手続きのギリギリまでスウェーデソ国内で行い、最後の指紋登録&写真撮影だけ日本で行うことが可能だということも分かりました。(2~3週間) 具体的にはまず起業するか、現地の会社を購入します。購入する会社は自分で見つけてもおkだし、今回あそがま氏が打ち合わせをした弁護士事務所に紹介してもらうことも出来ます。 そしておよそ6ヶ月ほど活動したのち、試算表などの会社の財務情報を集め、ビザの申請をスウェーデソ国内のMigration Boardに提出します。 スウェーデソビザに関するサイトには起業とビザの申請を同時に行う前提で書いてあるところが多いのですが、それと違って先に起業して、約半年間実績を出した後にビザを申請するところがミソです。というのも、起業とビザの申請を同時に行うと審査が最短でも1年かかるのですが、先に起業してから後でビザを申請するとその時点から1~3ヶ月で審査が完了する上、必要とされる書類も非常に少なくなるためです。ビザの申請にこれだけ時間がかかっているのは現在シリアなどからの難民ビザ申請がたてこんでいるせいで、今までと同じ体制の役所に突如数万件の申請がなだれ込んできたのが原因で単純に強烈な人手不足になっているかららしいです。 ビザの審査が進んでいる間、フラソスやスペイソのように在日領事館にパスポートなどを預けて待っている必要はありません。審査がほぼ完了してから、最後の発給の時のみ在日スウェーデソ領事館に戻り、指紋、顔写真を登録するというように日本に戻っている期間を大幅に縮小することができます。(約2~3週間) 起業する場合には基本的に業種、業態は自由。しかしAirbnbなどの不動産に関わる事業では少し審査が厳しくなる可能性があるということです。 現地のスウェーデソ人と共同出資をしなければいけないという規定はなく、100%自分で会社を所有できます。また、バーチャルオフィスのようなものを使って住所を登録することも出来ますが、スウェーデソにずっといない場合にはCorrespondenceという役職を立てる必要があります。 これはスウェーデソの税務署や司法省がいつでも連絡出来るようにするためで、主に弁護士などに頼むことになります。起業手続きにかかる弁護士費用は約2500€。このCorrespondence料が別に2500€。会計士の1年の契約料は最も基本的なコースでさらに別に2500€くらいです(会計士費用歯取引数が増えればそれに応じてさらに上昇)。 ヨーロッパの他の国と違い、スウェーデソでは個人の起業ビザの申請というのは非常に珍しいらしく、それを扱っている弁護士事務所がとても希少です。弁護士事務所ではなく”専門家”というくくりでも主に大企業のスウェーデソ法人設立支援みたいな感じなので一般人がサポートを得ることは難しいようです。(これは多分誰がネットで調査しても同じ) 通常であれば移民局に直接問い合わせるという選択を選ぶと思いますが、他の国の調査の経験から僕は初めから彼らにあまり期待していませんでした。 今回偶然たどり着いた移民関係の専門家に尋ねたところ、”移民局に聞きに行くと、聞きに行っただけでパスポートなどのコピーを取られて色々調べられる”ということなので結果的に行かなくて正解だったなと思っています。(別にやましいことはないんですが、無意味にパスポートの控えなどを取られて痛くもない腹を探られるのはあまり気分のいいことではない) この移民関係の専門家にビザの申請のアシストをお願いすると手数料が1200€、登録の印紙代が500€らしいです。 実際に起業してビザを申請する時、審査の対象となるのは具体的に何かというと、その会社が十分な額のお金を持っているかどうかということです。 例えば今回僕は「ビジネスコンサルタント」ということで起業するケースを調べたのですがこの場合には月給3000~4000€、社会保険料31.42%という前提で、3ヶ月分の給料と社会保険料をまかなえるだけのお金が会社にある、というのが条件になります。(「大工さん」とかだと最低月給の規定は1500€くらいまで下がる) ちなみに法人税は23%、付加価値税(消費税みたいなもん)は25%です。

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(Photo: Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool, November 2013)
  • Three and a Half Years After the #Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Nature Slowly Taking Over Deserted Futaba-Machi

    Futaba-machi is located just outside Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Almost entire town is designated as "areas difficult for the residents to return" ("within 5 years", according to the national government's euphemism - oh wait, solid plan?) because of the high levels of radioactive contamination from the nuclear accident. Part of Futaba-machi was exposed to radiation levels as high as 1,590 microsieverts/hour on March 12, 2011, before the hydrogen explosion of Reactor 1.

    Even though over 3,000 workers continue to work on any given day at the plant right outside the town, Futaba-machi is deserted, and the mother nature is slowly taking over.

    Photographs of Futaba-machi taken in front of the arch at the town entrance...
  • #Fukushima I NPP Progress Report on Ice Plug in Reactor 2 Trench: Dry Ice Clogged the Freezing Pipe, No Discernible Effect on Freezing the Contaminated Water

    The latest on the progress (or lack thereof) of TEPCO's tragi-comical effort to freeze highly contaminated water in the trench leading from the Reactor 2 turbine building (see my post on 7/28/2014 for details) is that the pipe they've been using to dump ice and dry ice got clogged with dry ice. TEPCO admits there has been no discernible effect of ice/dry ice on freezing the water.

    So what's your Plan C?

    From TV Asahi News (8/12/2014; part):

    “切り札”投入したら「詰まった」東電・福島第一

    Fukushima I NPP: TEPCO plays its "ace", which ends up clogging the pipe

    福島第一原発の汚染水対策として、地下の坑道を凍らせて水を止める工事で、凍結の“切り札”として投入されたドライアイスの効果が表れていないことが分かりました。

    It has been revealed that dry ice, which is being poured [into the freezing pipe] as the surest bet...

  • (OT) Japanese Prime Minister Copies and Pastes Speech for Hiroshima AND Nagasaki Memorial Ceremonies for Atomic Bomb Victims

    Somehow quite fitting for Mr. Shinzo Abe, who, along with his Minister of Education and Science, remains staunch supporter of Ms. Haruko Obokata, who copied and pasted and photoshopped her way to a very brief scientific fame (turned infamy) as a "Nature" author on STAP cells.

    Unlike Ms. Obokata, who copied and pasted other people's work (among many other misconducts) without citation, Prime Minister Abe claims his is no misconduct, because the speeches he lifted for this year's ceremonies were his own speeches for the same occasions last year.

    Tokyo Shinbun (8/8/2014) says the opening few paragraphs of Mr. Abe's speech in Hiroshima on August 6, 2014 were almost identical to his speech in 2013....
  • (UPDATED) #Fukushima I NPP: Source of Neutron Detected on March 13-15, 2011 May Be Plutonium and Uranium Released by Core Melt

    (UPDATED with clarification on the neutron dose rates in the translation, and information on the monitoring car at the bottom.)

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    that then somehow escaped from the Reactor Pressure Vessel, Containment Vessel, and finally Reactor Building, according to TEPCO.

    TEPCO just released the latest reports of its on-going data analysis and simulation of the nuclear accident at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant that they've been doing since 2011. I'm reading the report, but for now I quickly share a short snippet that piqued my interest.

    In sum, TEPCO now thinks the source of neutrons detected right after the start of the accident in March 2011 was the actinide species including plutonium and uranium that...
  • (UPDATED) #Fukushima I NPP: TEPCO Defies Laws of Physics Claiming Water Freezes at 5 Degrees Celsius as Workers Dump Ice into Reactor 2 Turbine Bldg Trench

    (UPDATE 8/12/2013) Plan B (ice/dry ice) seems to have failed. See my latest post.

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    (UPDATE) According to @jaikoman who follows and tweets on every single TEPCO and NRA press conferences, TEPCO poured ice and dry ice, thinking ice would float, cooling the top layer of water, and dry ice would sink, cooling the bottom layer of water.

    Well they need a Plan C. Dry ice pieces they pour were apparently too small, and they all floated. Water remain unfrozen, and TEPCO says they will know by mid August whether the operation will work.

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    TEPCO says by dumping ice and dry ice they can lower the temperature of the...
  • Iraq Government Tells UN That ISIS Seized 40 Kg of Uranium in Mosul

    Whatever the origin of this group is, it surely is blessed with good finds - Humvees, ammunition courtesy of the United States. Now, 40 kilograms of uranium compounds from Mosul University that were kept for research purposes.

    According to Reuters, "a U.S. government source" says these uranium compounds are "not believed to be enriched uranium".

    From Reuters (7/9/2014; emphasis is mine):

    Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials

    (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in...

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  • Govt. To Disclose All Yoshida Testimony Of Fukushima Disaster
    The Japanese government has announced that all 20 hours of Masao Yoshida’s testimony about the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be made public in September. Previously, Fukushima officials said they would sue to force the disclosure of the testimony. Yoshida is the...
  • Cracked Belgian Reactors May Be Retired, Same Risk at 22 Nuclear Plants Worldwide
    Two Belgian reactors are receiving continued investigations into the structural cracking problems of their reactor vessels. The steel reactor vessels in question were all made by the now defunct Rotterdam Steel Company. Problems with the fabrication and steel quality lead...
  • Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants
    Japan’s NRA has established a panel to investigate volcano risks to nuclear plants, on the heels of their claim that the volcano risk to the Sendai nuclear plant is “negligible”. While establishing the panel, the NRA also began to back...
  • Fukushima Worker Testimony Made Public, Reveals Height Of The Crisis
    “Father, Mother, please forgive me for dying before I could fulfill my duty as a son. After the earthquake, I would have wished to hear your voices even once.” “I did not give up on life until the very end.” As portions...
  • TEPCO To Try Two New Tactics To Stem Radioactive Tide At Fukushima Daiichi
    Efforts to freeze a trench near unit 2 in order to remove highly radioactive water has continued to have problems. The ice wall system wasn’t working so TEPCO dropped ice and then dry ice into the trench via a small...
  • SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup August 17, 2014
    Kepco: the monstrous 500-pound gorilla of Kansai http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/16/national/kepco-monstrous-500-pound-gorilla-kansai/#.U_Db4PldUrk Work on the trench freezing operation stopped at Fukushima Daiichi. Dry ice froze inside a pipe being used to drop ice into the trench. Workers couldn’t determine how to solve this problem. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/08/fukushima-i-npp-progress-report-on-ice.html Anti-tornado facilities at nuclear...
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  • Significant Radioactivity Heading South in the Pacific
    via fukushimainform.com / August 18, 2014 / This diary is part of an ongoing series here that aims to report measurements of Fukushima derived radionuclides in the North Pacific Ocean to help determine the likely impact on ecosystem and public health in western North America. The purpose of this diary is to report the results of a recently published study by Kumamoto and colleagues in the open-access journal Scientific Reports. … Continue reading
  • Reactor 4 Fuel Rod Removal To Finish Ahead Of Schedule, TEPCO Chief Says
    via Japan Times / August 21, 2014 / Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it expects to finish transferring all the fuel rods from the spent-fuel pool perched atop reactor 4 at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by November — one month ahead of the initial schedule, according to Tepco President Naomi Hirose. Hirose made the comments in a meeting with assembly members from Fukushima Prefecture. Hazardous … Continue reading
  • Japan To Resume Exports Of Rice Grown In Fukushima
    via The Straits Times / August 19, 2014 / Japan is to restart exports of rice grown in Fukushima for the first time since foreign sales were halted due to fears of contamination by the nuclear disaster there, officials said on Tuesday. The National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations (Zen-Noh), a major wholesaler of Japanese agricultural products, said it will send 300kg of the grain to Singapore. Its provenance will … Continue reading
  • TEPCO Fails To Create Ice Wall To Stem Radioactive Water Flow
    from the-japan-news.com / August 20, 2014 / Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it had failed in an attempt to create an ice wall in an underground tunnel to block the flow of highly radioactive water from a damaged reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. Since last month, TEPCO has injected more than 400 tons of ice and dry ice to freeze radioactive water in a section … Continue reading
  • Reports of Genetic Abnormalities in Birds, Insects, Plants Near Fukushima
    via RT.com / August 15, 2014 / Fukushima’s nuclear disaster has caused genetic damage, a decline in the population and other changes to non-human organisms from plants to butterflies to birds in the area, US and Japanese scientists say. In a series of articles published in the latest of US science magazine Journal of Heredity, researches revealed the widespread impact of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster on biological organisms … Continue reading
  • TEPCO To Abandon AREVA System Amid Contaminated Water Crisis
    by Lucas W Hixson / Enformable.com / August 12, 2014: Tokyo Electric has determined that it will cease use of AREVA’s decontamination system, which uses chemicals to remove radioactive materials from water, as it has not lived up to expectations since it was installed.  The utility will file an application with the Nuclear Regulation Authority in order to scrap the system. The decontamination system was set up in June 2011, … Continue reading
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