Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011
- Free care for Fukushima kids rejected
FUKUSHIMA--The government has turned down a request by the Fukushima prefectural government to make medical care free for prefectural residents aged 18 and under.
Tatsuo Hirano, state minister for disaster reconstruction and disaster management, met with Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato at the Fukushima prefectural office Saturday to tell him of the government's decision.
"It's necessary to handle this issue carefully because it affects the basis of the medical system," Hirano said. "It would be difficult to implement."
Kill the children to save the sistem, that is what they are saying and have been doing all this time.
- Govt Against Medical Fee Relief for Fukushima Children
Fukushima, Jan. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will not make medical services free of charge for children aged 18 or younger in Fukushima Prefecture, home to a disaster-crippled nuclear power plant, Tatsuo Hirano, minister in charge of postdisaster reconstruction, said Saturday.
Conveying the decision to Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato at their meeting here, Hirano said it is difficult to exempt children in the prefecture from medical fee payments because it "could affect the foundation of the country's overall medical system." Still, the government will do all it can for the health of people in the northeastern prefecture, Hirano said.
- Japan to Boost Farming Support in Afghanistan, Other Nations
Tokyo, Jan. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry plans to strengthen its agricultural support in Afghanistan and other conflict-stricken Asian nations by developing a method to help design farming facilities through the use of satellite images, ministry sources said Saturday.
The ministry hopes that the new method, which allows engineers to avoid long stays in areas with poor security conditions, will back up activities by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and international organizations in accelerating the reconstruction of regions ravaged by conflicts, the sources said.
Japan is desperatly looking for natural resources around the world, mostly clean water and soil. Now that they destroyed their own, they are set to pillage and exploit other nations resources.
- Testing centers inundated with requests to check gravel for radiation
Radiation testing facilities have been inundated with requests to check gravel after it was revealed on Jan. 15 that high radiation levels were detected in gravel quarried near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and used in construction projects across the prefecture.
At the Fukushima Technology Centre in the city of Koriyama, requests to check gravel and concrete for radioactive contamination have jumped to around 20 a day -- a staggering increase over the three or four companies a day requesting tests before the Jan. 15 discovery. Radiation check reservations are booked solid through mid-February. A spokesperson from an Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, gravel company that visited the center said, "Our business partners wanted radiation level data."
- Japan nuclear power plant: Experts doubt safety
Advisers to Japan's nuclear safety agency have condemned stress tests being conducted at nuclear power plants around the country as the government seeks international support for the early resumption of dozens of idle reactors.
The government ordered tests on all of Japan's reactors after the March 11, 2011, accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant cast doubt on the safety of nuclear power in a country prone to earthquakes and tsunami.
A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began a review of the safety tests this week. Although the inspectors say their role is not to offer advice, moves to get reactors back online will be boosted by a positive appraisal of the tests in the IAEA report, due at the end of the month.
But two nuclear experts said the stress tests being conducted at Ohi and elsewhere were deeply flawed and raised concern that the Japanese government was pushing for a return to nuclear power too soon.
deeply flawed stress tests...remember they are based on EU stress tests, which many countries have allready pased and then french said they need to spend a billion $ per NPP in safety upgrades.
What also must be noted is the fact that EU stress tests were deliberatly watered down (the possibility of an airplane crash into reactor was initially included but later excluded by the negotiation of the head of ENSREG - European Nuclear Safety Regulator Group.)
- Fukushima agricultural group proposes tougher restrictions on rice planting
Agricultural organization JA Fukushima Chuo-kai on Jan. 26 announced plans to toughen restrictions on rice planting in radiation-contaminated areas this spring if decontamination work in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis proves too difficult.
The organization said it planned to restrict spring rice planting in areas whose harvests last year had radiation levels exceeding 100 becquerels per kilogram, if decontamination work in those areas is judged to be too challenging.
- Fukushima Village of Kawauchi to Urge People to Return Home
Fukushima, Jan. 27 (Jiji Press)--Yuko Endo, mayor of the village of Kawauchi near the disaster-hit nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture, said Friday that he will call on villagers Tuesday to return home.
In the wake of the March 2011 accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501>Fukushima No. 1 plant, the village transferred its office functions to the city of Koriyama in the same prefecture and most of its villagers evacuated to Koriyama and other places.
- Experts cast doubt on Japan nuclear plant tests
Advisers to Japan's nuclear safety agency have said power plant stress tests do not prove that a nuclear plant is safe, as the country faces the prospect of a summer without a single nuclear reactor in operation.
Last year, the Japanese government ordered the nuclear authorities to conduct tests on all Japan's reactors after the 11 March meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi raised questions about the safety of nuclear power, particularly in a country prone to earthquakes and tsunami.
Earlier this week, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began a review of the safety tests but said it was up to the Japanese government whether or not to approve the restart of idle reactors.
- Magnitude-9 Quake Focal Zone Found off Iwate Pref. Coast
Tokyo, Jan. 26 (Jiji Press)--Prof. Kazuomi Hirakawa at Hokkdaido University has identified three earthquake focal zones including one off the coast of Iwate Prefecture that could be the source of a magnitude 9-class temblor.
Hirakawa highlighted, in a magazine article Thursday, "a great probability of a giant earthquake" in the one off the coast of Shimokita Peninsula of Aomori Prefecture to Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, an area which has not been assumed so far.
- Japan says can avoid summer power cuts even if nuclear
(Reuters) - Japan will be able to avoid power cuts this summer even if the nation's last few nuclear reactors cease operating due to public safety fears after the Fukushima crisis, the government said on Friday.
Imagine that, basic economic law of supply and demand works in Japan too.
- Revealed: secret evacuation plan for Tokyo after Fukushima
The Japanese government feared that millions of Tokyoites might have to be evacuated during the worst of last year's nuclear crisis, but kept the scenario secret to avoid panic in some of the world's most crowded urban areas, according to an internal report.
The 15-page report, by the Japanese Atomic Energy Commission, was delivered to the then-Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, two weeks after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami triggered the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
It warned that if the situation spiralled out of control, compulsory or voluntary evacuation orders would have to be issued to residents living within 250 kilometres (155 miles) of the damaged facility, a radius that would have included the Tokyo metropolitan area that is home to around 30 million people.
- LEAD: Japan utility to halt nuclear reactor; only 3 in service
Tokyo - A Japanese energy company said Thursday it would suspend its nuclear reactor in Shimane prefecture, for regular checkups, which would leave only three of the nation's 54 reactors in service in the wake of the nation's worst nuclear accident in March.
Chugoku Electric Power Co would to shut down reactor 2 of its Shimane Nuclear Power Station, in western Japan, in the early hours of Friday, the company said.
The decision follows shortly after Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) halted reactor 5 of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant on Wednesday.
- Japan's TEPCO to be nationalized amid IAEA inspection
A team of nearly a dozen experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in Japan to review stress tests carried out on the country's nuclear reactors. The team is expected to be there for a week and will submit their final assessment next Tuesday before they leave.
The 12-member IAEA team has examined the results of a stress test carried out on reactors 3 and 4 at Oi Nuclear Power Station run by Kansai Electric Power Co, which had been endorsed last week by Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.
Utilities giant TEPCO, had to shut down reactor 5 of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata prefecture on Wednesday.
- Mexico activists slam planned mine near nuclear plant
Mexican environmental activists on Wednesday slammed the alleged threat from a Canadian gold mining project that would lie only two miles (three kilometers) from a nuclear power plant.
"We're worried to see the 'White Horse' open mine project, which threatens national security by being situated only three kilometers from the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant ... which could increase the risk of a nuclear accident," said a statement from several environmental groups, including Greenpeace Mexico.
- Federal inspectors to visit Wolf Creek next week
BURLINGTON, Kan. (AP) - Federal inspectors will visit the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant next week to determine why an offsite power loss caused an automatic shutdown at the plant.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that it will send a six-member team to the plant near Burlington.
- Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Ransacked
Egypt Independent reports on vandalizing, looting, and fighting at the nuclear power plant being built at El-Dabaa, a town in the desert to the west of Alexandria. The account draws on an unnamed source at the Ministry of Electricity and Energy who
El-Dabaa nuclear power station in its full glory. accused security authorities and the governor of North Sinai of "causing the disaster." The official said the initial losses were around LE0.5 billion [= US$83 million]. He also accused a businessman and former member in the defunct National Democratic Party of being "behind the chaos," but did not name the businessman allegedly involved.
- Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation
The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation.
The crisis in Japan has been described as "a nuclear war without a war". In the words of renowned novelist Haruki Murakami:
"This time no one dropped a bomb on us ... We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives."
Nuclear radiation --which threatens life on planet earth-- is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern, including the local level crime scene or the tabloid gossip reports on Hollywood celebrities. .
While the long-term repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are yet to be fully assessed, they are far more serious than those pertaining to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, which resulted in almost one million deaths (New Book Concludes - Chernobyl death toll: 985,000, mostly from cancer Global Research, September 10, 2010, See also Matthew Penney and Mark Selden The Severity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: Comparing Chernobyl and Fukushima, Global Research, May 25, 2011)
- 1143 Children (Over 30%) of 3765 Tested for Thyroid Abnormalities in Fukushima Had Lumps or Cysts (Updated)
(UPDATE: The document issued by the Fukushima Prefecture's expert committee is here (PDF, in Japanese).
Total number of children tested: 3765
No. of children found with lumps 5.1 millimeter or larger: 26
No. of children found with lumps less than 5.1 millimeter: 56
No. of children found with cysts 20.1 millimeter or larger: 0
No. of children found with cyst less than 20.1 millimeter: 1086
No. of children with no lumps, cysts: 2622
There are children who have both lump and cyst.
- The Legal Aftershocks of Fukushima
To observers from more litigious societies, the fact that the catastrophe at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has yet to spawn a massive lawsuit has been well-nigh impossible to comprehend.
That may be about to change.
A group of shareholders has said it will launch a derivative suit against the corporate directors of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) if it is not satisfied with a report from the company explaining why it chose not to sue those directors itself. The 42 shareholders claim that the directors failed to raise the height of tsunami barriers that would have protected the plant, in spite of a 2008 report warning that a quake at sea could trigger a destructive tsunami. If the suit goes ahead, the group plans to ask for $72 billion, which would be the largest civil damages claim in Japanese history.
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