News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011

Radioactive news 26 June 2011

  • More local governments demand safety agreements with nuclear plant operators

    Local governments outside the immediate vicinity of nuclear power plants are increasing their demands for a say in the operations and the safety of the reactors. But electric utilities continue to largely ignore such requests, saying central government guidelines are sufficient.

    An Asahi Shimbun study found that two prefectural governments and 38 municipalities near seven nuclear power plants have made such requests since the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

  • Fukushima gives radiation meters to pregnant women and children

    About 300,000 children and pregnant women in Fukushima Prefecture will get dosimeters to monitor their exposure to radiation spewed from the hobbled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    The Fukushima prefectural government will give each municipality up to 15,000 yen ($186) per dosimeter for those eligible, according to an extra budget proposal released June 24. 

  • Envoys, embassy officials tour Nikko to help lure back tourists

    UTSUNOMIYA — Ambassadors, other embassy officials and their families from 20 countries began a two-day tour of the Nikko area in Tochigi Prefecture on Saturday under a local initiative to lure back foreign visitors to the popular area.

  • TEPCO failed to report possible explosion

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. knew there could be an explosion at the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant the day before it happened, but didn't report the possibility to authorities.

  • TEPCO ready to inject nitrogen into No.2 reactor

    Tokyo Electric Power Company is ready to inject nitrogen into the containment vessel of the Number 2 reactor at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to prevent hydrogen blasts.

    The company says it will monitor radiation levels around the compound more closely as the nitrogen may force out "tiny" amounts of gas containing radioactive substances.

  • Boric acid being added to No.3 reactor fuel pool

    Last month, TEPCO found that the water in the pool had turned strongly alkaline, with its PH level reaching 11.2. The leaching of calcium hydrate from the debris is believed to be the cause. TEPCO says the condition may accelerate corrosion of aluminum racks holding spent fuel rods and may cause the rods to topple in the worst case, which could lead to re-criticality.

    Webmasters comment:
    No.3 reactor pool?  What no.3 reactor pool?


  • Tax increase urged to pay for rebuilding

    The government's reconstruction panel submitted a report Saturday to Prime Minister Naoto Kan mapping out measures needed to recover from the devastating March 11 quake and tsunami.

    Dubbed "Fukko e no Teigen — Hisan no naka no Kibo" ("The Proposal Toward Reconstruction — Hope Within Despair"), the report covers a wide range of proposals, including the need to consider a tax hike to finance the series of reconstruction measures.

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Accident: TEPCO Created Radiation Dispersion Simulation Maps on March 12

    TEPCO faxed them to the government, Fukushima Prefecture, and two towns where Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is located. The government and Fukushima Prefecture didn't bother to tell anyone else.

    TEPCO's Tokyo headquarters did the simulation clearly using their own software, faxed the results back to the plant who then faxed those maps, along with the plant status data and radiation monitoring data

  • #Radioactive Tea in Shizuoka: Shizuoka City Mayor Launches "We Are Drinking Teas Made in Shizuoka City" Campaign

    The Oxford PhD governor of Shizuoka has found a strong ally in the 49- year-old mayor of Shizuoka City.

    The tea that the French authorities seized at the airport in Paris for high cesium level exceeding the safety limit by more than 100% came from Shimizu-ku in Shizuoka City.

    Undeterred, Mayor Nobuhiro Tanabe has gone on the offensive. He said on June 23 that he will launch a campaign titled "We Are Drinking 'Teas Made in Shizuoka City'". He intends to work closely with the city's tea industry and force, oops, promote the teas made in Shizuoka City to consumers.

  • Mayor: “So many people in Japan are now saying that they can’t trust their own government” — Manipulation of radiation information suspected

    I think some municipal governments have only recently begun to release soil data in response to mounting calls from the public,” [Akira Sugenoya, mayor of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture and a medical doctor who spent 5½ years from 1996 in the Republic of Belarus treating children with thyroid cancer] said. “But the central government should have taken the initiative to release them much earlier … . What the central government must do now is release all data, no matter how bad, because if it doesn’t it can only add to people’s suspicions that it is manipulating information.

    “So many people in Japan are now saying that they can’t trust their own government.”

  • Ministry official who released book criticizing gov't over nuke crisis asked to resign

    A government official who released a book on May 20 criticizing the government's response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been asked to leave his post.

    Sources say that Shigeaki Koga, 55, attached to the secretariat of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), was asked by Kazuo Matsunaga, a high-ranking METI official, whether he could resign on July 15. Koga is said to have held off on responding, saying the request was "too sudden."

  • News Navigator: Are there final disposal facilities for radioactive waste?

    Q: How does Japan plan to dispose of these 40,000 rods? A: Japan has decided to build a final disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste, enclose the glass rods in steel containers and bury them at least 300 meters below the ground. The rods emit strong radiation, and it is said that it would take tens of thousands of years for this radiation to fall to a level matching that of natural uranium deposits.

    Q: That's a long time. So where is this final disposal facility?

    A: So far, there are still no permanent repositories in the world for high-level radioactive waste,


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