THAT POOR ANIMAL IS DOOMED....
"The area where the animal was spotted is highly radioactive, with a maximum of 10 sieverts of radiation per hour being detected.
Entry by humans is strictly restricted.
The plant operator said a security camera mounted at a section next to the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor captured footage of the animal around 6 a.m. on Dec. 21.
It said the creature appeared intermittently for seven to eight minutes.
According to TEPCO, the security camera showed the 1.3-meter-long animal wandering back and forth near the carry-in entrance to the reactor’s containment vessel."
EUROPEAN UNION, OTHERS WILL EASE BANS ON FUKUSHIMA FOODS
via Japan Times / January 9, 2016 /
"The European Union will start easing restrictions Saturday (Jan 9) imposed on Japanese food imports over the Fukushima nuclear disaster, including vegetables and beef produced in the prefecture, the farm ministry said.
At present, all food items from Fukushima except alcoholic beverages must be shipped with radiation inspection certificates.
That requirement will be removed for vegetables, fruit excluding persimmons, livestock products, tea and soba, because the radiation levels of these items never exceeded permissible levels in 2013 and 2014, according to the farm ministry.
Other food from the prefecture such as rice, mushrooms, soybeans and some fishery products — excluding scallops, seaweed and live fish — will remain subject to the requirement.
The allowable limits are set at 100 becquerels per kilogram for vegetables and fruit, 50 Bq/kg for milk beverages and infant food, and 10 Bq/kg for drinking water, in accordance to Japanese standards.
The EU move follows the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry’s announcement in November that the bloc would ease the restrictions after gaining approval from the European Commission.
At least 14 countries, including Australia and Thailand, have abolished restrictions on Japanese food imports, while dozens of countries like South Korea maintain special rules."
[MY NOTE: ABSOLUTE IDIOTS TO ALLOW THAT...OR MASS MURDERERS, MAYBE? NO RADIATION TESTING FROM FOODS COMING FROM DOWNWIND OF THAT PLANT, FROM ANYWHERE WITHIN 200 MILES OF THAT THING? WILL THE "OFFICIALS WHO OKAYED THIS BE EATING THESE FOODS?]
CITY INVESTIGATES COVERUP BY NUCLEAR REGULATORY AUTHORITY.
"MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Addressing cover-up suspicions, the city assembly here will investigate how the Nuclear Regulation Authority concluded that work at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant was not the cause of radioactive contamination of rice paddies.
The assembly unanimously decided to investigate during a regular session that started on Dec. 2 in response to a petition submitted by a citizens group called “Genpatsu-jiko no Kanzen-baisho o Saseru Minami-Soma no Kai” (Minami-Soma’s group that requires complete compensation for the nuclear accident).
The group doubts the NRA’s assertion that the contamination of rice harvested in the city in 2013 was not related to debris-removal work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
It has also expressed outrage that the government has stopped trying to confirm the cause.
“Suspicions remain that the NRA concealed facts with the intention of reaching that conclusion.”
The agriculture ministry had raised the possibility that work to remove debris at the Fukushima plant in 2013 scattered radioactive substances that contaminated rice paddies in Minami-Soma more than 20 kilometers away.
As for the issue of determining the cause of the contamination, NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka has said that it is a job for the agriculture ministry.
“I absolutely cannot accept (Tanaka’s remark),” Minami-Soma Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai said."
JAPANESE GOVERNMENT WILL "RECYCLE" SCRAPED AND BAGGED RADIOACTIVE, CONTAMINATED SOIL
[THIS SHOULD BE RULED CRIMINAL! THE ABE ADMINISTRATION ADMITTED IT WAS RUNNING OUT OF SPACE TO PERMANENTLY BURY THIS STUFF, SO THAT MAY BE WHY THIS DECISION HAS BEEN CREATED...JUST PUT IT BACK INTO THE GROUND.]
"Up to 99.8 percent of more than 20 million cubic meters of contaminated soil generated from cleanup operations in Fukushima Prefecture can be recycled, according to an Environment Ministry estimate.
The figure was presented at a ministry committee meeting discussing the use of contaminated soil on Dec. 21.
The ministry plans to use the radioactive soil generated through decontamination work following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as construction materials for public works projects.
From the next fiscal year, which starts in April 2016, the ministry will start the development of the technology and model projects for a recycling plan of the contaminated soil."
BUT PRIOR TO THIS AMAZING DECISION:
THEY HAD PROMISED TO SAFELY BURY IT ALL.
"Negotiations with the towns of Okuma and Futaba -- both under evacuation orders -- to establish mid-term waste storage facilities there have been hard-going, and the start of construction is nowhere in sight."
AND, AS PER THE RELAXING OF LABELING FUKUSHIMA RADIOACTIVE WASTE, THEY WON'T HAVE TO TELL ANYONE WHEN OR WHERE THEY DO THIS!
NO PROGRESS AT FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT, RADIATION 4,000 TIMES HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR.
"Engineers at Fukushima are still dealing with fallout from four years ago.
Last week, the radioactivity at Reactor 1 was measured at 482,000 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said.
This is 4,000 times higher than last year and the company believes the contaminated water stored at a nearby building may have leaked into the duct, according to The Asahi Shimbun."
"Over 9 million bags of #nuclear cleanup waste piled up across #Fukushima Pref." https://t.co/bpHAcVN2bd https://t.co/gft1Ewx7Ad— The Mainichi (@themainichi) December 10, 2015
"Increases in other areas have not been registered, the company said.
400 to 500 tons of radioactive seawater that washed ashore in the 2011 tsunami is pooled in the tunnels, which lie next to a temporary storage facility for radioactive water being used to cool nuclear fuel inside the damaged reactors.
TEPCO said they plan to investigate the spike in radiation."
NO PROMISES FOR FUKUSHIMA CLEANUP
The man leading the daunting task of dealing with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant warns with surprising candor: Nothing can be promised.
New science will have to be invented for the plant to be cleaned up.
Each step of the way, safety and consequences must be weighed, for workers and for the environment alike, Masuda added.
Under the latest plan, the removal of the fuel debris is expected to start within a decade.
Still, Masuda likened such goals to reminders not to slack off, rather than hard deadlines based on real-life assessments.
The way Tepco is spending money has drawn some criticism from experts abroad.
Unlike the U.S. system, there is no open bid or escrow fund in Japan to dole out the massive decommissioning funds.
Much of the work is going to the Japanese manufacturers that constructed the plants, such as Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Inc., under long-term contracts.
Some outside international consultants are involved, and some foreign companies have gotten water-decontamination and other contracts.
Akira Tokuhiro, an American and nuclear expert who teaches at the University of Idaho, supports an open bidding process that invites more international expertise.
He noted that Japan has no, or very little, decommissioning experience, compared to the Americans, the French and the Russians.
Masuda said awarding contracts without open bidding is what is best for Fukushima, and Tepco needs to take primary responsibility.
“We don’t think competition is beneficial as that will mean people doing the work will keep changing,” he said. “The system we have is better.”
But Masuda also acknowledged that Japan has not done as good a job as it should have on relaying the harsh realities at the plant."
SUICIDES RISE AMONG FUKUSHIMA EVACUEES
December 28, 2015
Disaster-related suicides in Fukushima Prefecture have surged this year, with prolonged evacuation from the nuclear accident and uncertainty about returning home or leading normal lives suspected as the main causes.
Nineteen suicides in Fukushima Prefecture from January to the end of November have been tied to the March 2011 triple disaster, up from 15 for all of last year, according to statistics compiled by the Cabinet Office.
Over the same period this year, one disaster-related suicide was recorded in Miyagi and two in Iwate, the two other prefectures that were most heavily damaged nearly five years ago by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Local police determined if a suicide was related to the disaster and subsequent evacuation after talking to bereaved family members.
Suicide statistics in the three prefectures compiled since June 2011 showed that the situation among evacuees is much more despondent in Fukushima Prefecture than in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, according to the Cabinet Office section in charge of dealing with suicides.
So far, a total of 154 suicides have been linked to the disaster in the three prefectures until the end of November 2015. More than half of the deaths were people who lived in Fukushima Prefecture before the disaster struck.
Between June and December 2011, the suicide numbers were 22 in Miyagi Prefecture and 17 in Iwate Prefecture. Fukushima Prefecture recorded 10 in that period.
As of November, about 24,000 people in Iwate and about 55,000 in Miyagi were living in temporary housing away from their homes. In Fukushima, the number was about 103,000."
AERIAL VIEW SHOWS LACK OF PROGRESS, SITE OVERRUN BY NUCLEAR WASTE WATER CONTAINERS.
General aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture. © Kyodo / Reuters
THE LAY OF THE LAND THERE MEANS ANY RAINS RUN DOWNHILL, THROUGH THE GROUNDS OF THE NUCLEAR SITE AND ON OUT TO SEA.
EFFORTS TO PREVENT THIS, IF THERE REALLY WERE ANY, HAVE FAILED ACCORDING TO TEPCO.
COVER-UP REGARDING TRUE RADIATION READINGS EXPOSED BY JAPANESE NEWSPAPER MAINICHI.
"This lack of transparency dates back to 2011, and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant failure, and has continued right up to today. Some say it is due to Japanese bureaucrats working in a culture where it is important to avoid responsibility and, above all, criticism. But with peoples lives at stake, and the real severity of the radiation accident, now is not the time to avoid taking responsibility.
Dosimeters were set up inside and outside homes, schools and other buildings. They were also enclosed in plastic boxes on farmlands and in wilderness areas.
This information was given to the Cabinet Office team in mid-October. Most radiation data had been taken from the air, and the team wanted to compare the different data to come up with radiation estimates based on job types, such as farmers, salespeople and school children.
The team had planned to release these figures, thinking they would show how much lower the radiation levels were to the Nuclear Regulation Authority team sometime in September on up to November, of course, putting great emphasis on the lower numbers.
Knowing this information would have a big impact on the residents of the area, the JAEA and NIRS "recalculated" the results."
COUNTERPUNCH CALLS IT THE BIGGEST COVERUP IN HISTORY.
"Fukushima will likely go down in history as the biggest cover-up of the 21st Century.
Ultimately, this is an example of how societies fail.
As an example of how media fails to deal with disaster blowback, here are some Chernobyl facts that have not received enough widespread news coverage: Over one million (1,000,000) people have already died from Chernobyl’s fallout.
Fukushima is literally a time bomb in quiescence. Another powerful quake and all hell could break loose. Also, it is not even close to being under control. Rather, it is totally out of control.
Even more ominously, Seiichi Mizuno, a former member of Japan’s House of Councillors (Upper House of Parliament, 1995-2001) in March 2015 said: “The biggest problem is the melt-through of reactor cores… We have groundwater contamination… The idea that the contaminated water is somehow blocked in the harbor is especially absurd. It is leaking directly into the ocean.
There’s evidence of more than 40 known hotspot areas where extremely contaminated water is flowing directly into the ocean… We face huge problems with no prospect of solution.”
(Source: Nuclear Hotseat #194: Fukushima 4th Anniversary – Voices from Japan, March 10, 2015)
“Although the Chernobyl accident was a terrible accident, it only involved one reactor. With Fukushima, we have the minimum [of] 3 reactors that are emitting dangerous radiation. The work involved to deal with this accident will take tens of years, hundreds of years,” Prof. Hiroaki Koide (retired), Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, April 25, 2015.
“It could be that some of the fuel could actually have gone through the floor of the containment vessel as well… What I’ve just described is very, very logical for anyone who understands nuclear engineering or nuclear energy,” which dreadfully spells-out: THE CHINA SYNDROME."
Maybe, just maybe, Greater Tokyo’s 38 million residents will eventually be evacuated. Who knows for sure?"
WE KNOW OF MANY INSTANCES OF COVER-UPS.
"Build-Up, a subcontractor for plant operator Tepco, admitted one of its executives told workers to put lead shields on radiation detection devices.
Otherwise, they would have rapidly exceeded the legal limit for exposure."
While complete decontamination of Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility is estimated to take three decades at a cost of up to 10 trillion yen ($125 billion), as reported Monday, Fukushima's contamination of the United States, particularly the West Coast, is not being reported. The decontamination process on the West Coast is not happening.
Human rights abuses related to the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility have also been unprecedented, mainly through the ongoing coverup of the severity of the catastrophe. The continual coverup is worsening the ongoing. global, living nightmare.
"The west coast of the United States is being absolutely fried by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the mainstream media is not telling us the truth about this." reports Michael Snyder on Tuesday in his article, 36 Signs That Media Is Lying To You About How Radiation From Fukushima Is Affecting The West Coast.
Russia’s State Duma Committee for Natural Resources deputy chairman Maxim Shingarkin says seafood captured off the US northwest coast is so radioactive, it represents a “danger for mankind.”
Projections are that significant levels of cesium-137 will reach every corner of the Pacific Ocean by the year 2020.
As Michael Collins wrote in a Pasadena Weekly article, Radioactive Nightmare: Government turns a blind eye as fallout from Fukushima heads our way, "We [humans] are on our own in this Fukushima nightmare."
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RADIOACTIVE FLOODS RECONTAMINATE JAPAN...WILL REPEAT.
"Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator and owner of the triple meltdown site Fukushima Daiichi, admitted that drainage pumps at Fukushima failed and radioactive water once again poured into the Pacific.
But what about the extraordinary amount of radioactive cesium, strontium, and other isotopes spread hundreds of miles from the nuclear catastrophe site yet to be cleaned up and now displaced by the flood into newly contaminated villages?"
NEXT TYPHOON, NEXT FLOOD FROM HEAVY RAINS, SAME THING WILL HAPPEN...FOR AS LONG AS THAT PLANT LEAKS AND HUNDREDS OF YEARS FROM WHEN IT STOPS LEAKING...IF IT EVER DOES.
BUT, IN SPITE OF ALL THIS, THERE ARE A FEW RAYS OF HOPE, A FEW TALES OF INCREDIBLE SURVIVAL WHERE NONE SHOULD SURVIVE.
ONE MAN HAS GONE BACK INSIDE THE EXCLUSION ZONE TO CARE FOR ALL THE ABANDONED ANIMALS.
Naoto Matsumura is adamant: “Animals and people are equal.”
That’s why the 55-year-old rice farmer returned to the Fukushima exclusion zone after being forced to evacuate. Despite warnings about high levels of radiation, he wanted to check on his family’s farm dogs.
In the wake of the devastating March, 2011 earthquake and subsequent melt-down of the nuclear reactor in their hometown, most people left their pets behind, expecting to return in a few days.
When Matsumura defied government orders and returned to Tomioka, he discovered his neighbor’s dogs still tied up, starving and begging for help. Touched by the suffering, he decided to stay behind and care for all the area’s abandoned animals— pets, as well as, ducks, pigs, ostriches, cattle and a pony.
One pooch he found had been locked in a barn for an entire year surviving only on the remains of dead cattle.
Matsumura named him Kiseki or “Miracle.”
MOST RADIATED MAN IN JAPAN
Every day for four years he’s been exposed to high levels of radiation.
In fact, a University of Tokyo doctor said after an examination, his body contained the highest amount of radiation of any person in Japan.
But, he also told Matsumura that he wouldn’t feel any symptoms for some 30-40 years.
[MY NOTE: IF THIS MAN IS ALIVE IN 5 YEARS WE CAN CALL HIM "MIRACLE"!
TOKYO DOCTORS MUST BE AFRAID TO TELL PATIENTS THE TRUTH FOR FEAR OF GOVERNMENT RETRIBUTION.]
“So the animals and I are staying here,” Matsumura told a documentary filmmaker last year.
They welcome occasional visitors, like journalists and crews of international media— especially in March around the disaster’s anniversary. Supporters sometimes bring donated food and water for both him and his animals. He travels out of the zone, to speak about the hazards of nuclear energy, and to visit family.
Even in his beloved town ravaged by radiation, new life springs forth— a calf, some kittens — while the fifth generation farmer raises a new generation of animals born there.
.PEOPLE OF EARTH, WE MAY SEE THE DAY WHEN JAPAN IS A WASTELAND, DEVOID OF A HUMAN POPULATION...NOT NEXT YEAR, MAYBE, UNLESS SOMETHING VERY TERRIBLE OCCURS AGAIN...BUT SURELY IN 20 TO 40 YEARS TIME RADIATION WILL TAKE ITS TOLL THERE.
IF THE ABE ADMINISTRATION, THE NUCLEAR "PROTECTION" AGENCIES, THE JAPANESE PHYSICIANS, THE NEWS MEDIA, TEPCO, EVERYONE WAS COMPLETELY HONEST AND MADE ALL DATA PUBLIC, THEN COUNTLESS LIVES MIGHT BE SAVED, IN JAPAN AND AROUND THE WORLD.
HUMAN LIVES, ALL LIVES, ARE WORTH SAVING.
ALL THE WEALTH IN THE WORLD CANNOT BUY BACK ONE LIFE ONCE IT IS TAKEN.
WE CAN DO MORE TO END THIS, AND WE MUST...WHATEVER IT TAKES, IT MUST END.