All too much indicates that the "peaceful people" from Japan are, according to a plan or with general tacit consent, building on its relief tracks a perfectly usable nuclear armored train."
WHERE ARE ALL THE PLUTONIUM LEAKS COMING FROM?
Weapons-grade Plutonium leaks in Japan.
The TEPCO Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant's reactors were not the only sources of radioactivity releases.
ABOVE, EVACUATION ZONE, FUKUSHIMA AREA.
JAPAN'S PEOPLE STILL ASK FOR INTERNATIONAL HELP.
THE PLEDGE; Mr Koichi Oyama 大山弘一 移動パソコン用
[Translation by Dissensus Japan]
"I want to shout for all the people in this world:
“Please Please HELP US!”
We are all manipulated by the words “radiation” and “radiation dose” without knowing the real identity of radiation source.
We are not told the real facts of being irradiated and they force us to believe that it’s just pure metal and they let us believe in “behavior and extra corporeal elimination” and force us to believe in the myth of security.
On top of all that, they only compare radiation dose and natural potassium contained in bananas and manipulated people as if it was a scientific study.
They are always avoiding the issue.
The issue is hold in the hands of enemies and when people know the issue, the energy makes a conciliatory move and took them to neutralize the attack of public opinions.
The guilt of global fallout is the corruption of concession groups of the nuclear industry and medical and insurance companies.
They made cancer to increase in a dramatic way and Japan as a nation that was victim of atomic bombs in the world which have medical history of contamination but they don’t let us know the substances of death ash in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
And there’s more. They were manipulating us from the beginning of the accident by telling us that “95% of the contamination comes from food, 4% from water, only 1 % from aspiration”.
An adult person aspirates 20m3 of air per day and in weight it’s 20kg.
We take food and water much less than that.
The lung takes varied chemical substances as it takes oxygen from air.
The hot particle size is all １μm.
It’s really small so it goes into the blood and into the body. Then the organs take them .
The size of mesh hole of the filter to incinerate debris is also １μm.
The information say that hot particles were diffused and flied [sic] in all directions in Japan.
The particles from hell is flying in the air and people don’t protect themselves anymore three years after the nuclear accident and children are aspirating those horrible particles everyday!!!"
Propaganda videos showing the remarkable recovery of Fukushima have been spread by the government on its social media accounts.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP US!
Please let all people in the world to know the life we are living since the accident, everyday and today.
Spreading the radioactive debris and decontamination that doesn’t work is only increasing the number of HIBAKUSHA without good reason.”
--Koichi Oyama 大山弘
His blog in the original Japanese can be found <HERE>.
April, 19, 2018
World News: Japan ‘covering up Fukushima nuclear danger-zone radiation levels and blackmailing evacuees to return to radiated areas swarming with radioactive pigs and monkeys, many born with severe birth defects LIKE SMALL HEADS.
[MY NOTE:I waited for our MSM to jump on that 'small heads' term and scream, "ZIKA! ZIKA VIRUS!" since the CDC tried to convince Brazilian mothers in highly radioactive areas that Zika, not radiation, was responsible for the same birth defect in their infants.]
Evacuees accuse the Japanese authorities of wanting to allay public fears over the nuclear power by downplaying the dire consequences of the leak.
Senior nuclear specialist Shaun Burnie, from Greenpeace Japan, said the nuclear nightmare continues. “They are not telling the whole truth either to the 127 million people of Japan or to the rest of the world – about the radiation risks in the most contaminated areas of Fukushima.
The nuclear crisis is not over – we are only in year seven of an accident that will continue to threaten public health, and the environment, for decades and well into the next century.
Attempts by the government and the nuclear industry [to] communicate that it is safe and it’s over are a deliberate deception.”
Burnie continued: “If they can create the illusion of the region that has recovered from the nuclear accident, they think it will reduce public opposition. [to development of nuclear power].
The massive Ice Wall built at the nuclear plant to stop contamination of groundwater is a symbol of this failure and deception – this is no Game of Thrones fantasy but the reality of a nuclear disaster that knows no end.”
Today he says there were areas of Fukushima where radiation levels could give a person’s maximum annual recommended dose within a week.
"The nuclear crisis is NOT over at the Fukushima plant. We are only in year seven of an accident that will continue to threaten public health, and the environment, for decades and well into next century."
Mr Burnie said the government claims decontamination has been completed in 100 percent of affected areas after a £8bn clean up operation.
But he added: “What they don’t explain is that 70-80 percent of areas such as Namie and Iitate - two of the most contaminated districts - are forested mountain which it is impossible to decontaminate.
“In areas opened in March 2017 for people to return – radiation levels will pose a risk until the middle of the century.
“These areas are still to high in radiation for people to return safely – and is one reason so few people are returning.”
Dr Keith Baverstock, a radiation health expert who was at the World Health Organization at the time of the disaster, told Sun Online: “For the past two years the Japanese government has encouraged the evacuees to return to their homes, but relatively few people have taken up this offer, even though there is a threat – it may even now be a fact – that their compensation will cease.”
Dr Baverstok says the plant and the areas remain a danger zone for humans.
He said: “It seems there is no end in sight for the release of radioactive water from the site and these releases will inevitably put more radioactivity into the food chain if the local waters are fished."
Most of Japan’s power plants shut in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
But in 2015 the Prime Minister announced plans to restart reactors because the economy needed cheap energy and using fossil fuels risked huge carbon emission fines.
WHAT OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA (MSM) JUST DOESN'T TALK ABOUT IS JAPAN'S NUCLEAR TEST LABS, SET UP ORIGINALLY IN 1941 TO CREATE AN ATOM BOMB FOR JAPAN AND BOMBED DURING WORLD WAR 2 BY 'ALLIED FORCES'.
Japan's leading physicist, Yoshio Nishina, who had worked on the possibility of an atomic bomb with Niels Bohr in Copenhagen,established that first nuke lab outside Tokyo.
Japan's navy ran 2 labs of their own at the same time, but couldn't manage to get enough uranium ore to make the bomb and allegedly closed in 1943.
Nishina's cyclotron was destroyed by bombs dropped on Tokyo on April 13, 1945.
[Source: Future War and Counterproliferation: U.S. Military Responses to NBC Proliferation Threats, Barry R. Schneider, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999, page 150.]
ON JUNE 8, 2017, THERE WAS THIS REPORT FROM JAPAN, NOT MENTIONED IN OUR MSM:
TOKYO -- Five workers at a state-run nuclear research facility near Tokyo have been exposed to dangerous levels of radioactive material, raising allegations of poor management and safety compliance. The exposure occurred Tuesday at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Oarai Research & Development Center.
Up to 22,000 becquerels of plutonium 239 was detected in the lungs of one man in his 50s, alongside other isotopes. Americium was detected in the lungs of three others. The fifth worker is thought highly likely to have suffered internal exposure as well. The most heavily affected worker faces radiation exposure of 1.2 sieverts over the course of a year and 12 Sv over 50 years. The legal limit for workers handling radioactive material is 0.1 Sv over five years.
"I have never heard of a case of internal exposure this severe," Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority, said at a news conference Thursday.
The agency's insufficient attention to safety "doesn't seem to be getting much better," Tanaka said.
The JAEA operates more than 10 research facilities around Japan. Each of them is organized differently, and operates under different safety procedures based on the type of research being done. This makes regulating these laboratories a good deal more difficult than overseeing commercial nuclear operations, which use only two types of power-generating reactor.
[NOTICE THIS WAS A VERY, VERY UNCOMMON AMOUNT OF PLUTONIUM IN A WORKER.]
ABOUT THOSE LABS...
The Oarai Research and Development Center of JAEA [JAPAN ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY] has a long history and tradition of nuclear energy research for nearly half a century, since it was established in the city of Oarai in 1967.
The Center, having the three research reactors and the related research facilities, provides a unique research complex for advanced nuclear system development and application, and an open research environment that attracts domestic and international researchers and engineers.
[ONE of the six principal research and development (R&D) Sectors of JAEA.]
AND THEN, THERE ARE LITTLE 'REVELATIONS', LIKE THIS FROM L.A. TIMES:
New evidence of Japan's effort to build atom bomb at the end of WWII
Aug 5, 2015 - A retired professor at the state-run Kyoto University recently discovered a blueprint at the school's former Radioisotope Research lab, Japan's Sankei newspaper and other local media reported recently.
The notebooks were related to research work by Bunsaku Arakatsu, a professor at the university whom Sankei said was asked by the Japanese navy to develop an atomic bomb during the war.
Also found were drawings of a turbine-based centrifuge apparently to be used for the study of uranium enrichment.
Also found were drawings of a turbine-based centrifuge apparently to be used for the study of uranium enrichment.
The Japanese government burned thousands of documents as the war was ending. Researchers believe many documents related to Japan's atomic bomb program were destroyed. U.S. occupation forces confiscated almost anything that remained.
WHAT REMAINED WERE OTHER UNDERGROUND FACILITIES, THE SECRET NUKE LABS WHICH MANY JAPANESE HAD KNOWN EXISTED, KNEW WERE LEAKING, BUT THEY WERE ASSURED, UNTIL 03/11, THAT THERE WAS NO DANGER TO THEIR HEALTH.
FUKUSHIMA PROVED THAT THEY HAD BEEN LIED TO.
IT WAS A DOUBLE OUTRAGE.
Masa Takeuchi, who had played a central role in researching thermal diffusion under Nishina, said in the 1960s that Japanese researchers had completed a thermal diffusion device that would have allowed extraction of uranium 235 as early as 1944, but U.S. bombings destroyed their secret facilities.
The other problem was that Japan couldn't get enough uranium to move forward, another researcher, Kunihiko Higoshi of Gakushuin University, said in 2013.
WASN'T THAT PROBLEM RESOLVED WHEN JAPAN OPENED THE FIRST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT?
THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE USA, IS MOST WILLING TO SELL ANYTHING NEEDED FOR "NUCLEAR ENERGY".
In an article published in October 1946, the Atlanta Constitution cited an unidentified Japanese officer as saying that U.S. air raids on Japan forced the military to move its bomb plant to Japanese-occupied territory in what is now North Korea, delaying Tokyo's bomb development schedule by three months.
[IS THAT HOW THE CRAZY LEADERS OF NORTH KOREA GOT A HEAD-START ON BUILDING THE BOMB? WHAT JAPAN LEFT BEHIND?]
When Japan surrendered, the occupying U.S. forces discovered just five cyclotrons, devices that speed up atoms in order to separate isotopes that can then be used for a bomb.
When Japanese technicians sloppily packed too much enriched uranium — another nuclear weapons fuel — into some wide-mouthed buckets at a factory 75 miles northeast of Tokyo in September 1999, it started to fission spontaneously in a classic “criticality” incident.
Two Japanese workers died, neighboring towns were contaminated with radiation, and industries essential to the region’s economy were disrupted. Schools closed, police barricaded roads, and trains stopped running. More than 160 people within a quarter-mile were evacuated, and another 310,000 people living and working nearby were ordered to seek shelter.
There was no explosion, just the usual blue Cherenkov flash, marking the spread of radiation around the Tokaimura plant in a chain reaction that pulsed intermittently for 20 hours.
It exposed 119 people to doses exceeding the 1 millisievert level recognized by the International Commission on Radiological Protection as the maximum that members of the public can safely be exposed to in a year, according to the World Nuclear Association, a nonprofit organization that advocates expanded reliance on nuclear energy. Those contaminated were a mix of plant workers and others who by chance happened to live or work nearby.
Hisashi Ouchi and Masato Shinohara, who were in the room where the criticality occurred and absorbed extremely high doses — 1,700 and 1,200 rems of radiation, respectively — appeared normal when they entered the University of Tokyo Hospital Emergency Department on the same day. But within weeks, Ouchi became unrecognizable, inside and out.
Slowly, his skin sloughed off and his muscle tissue died. Externally, his body withered into a skeletal silhouette, covered in open sores. Inside his body, his chromosomes shattered like glass. Sequentially, his organs failed.
By the 63rd day of his ordeal, doctors were pumping 10 liters of liquid into Ouchi to replace the fluid he was losing from surface wounds and massive intestinal bleeding.
He died in December, 1999, 83 days after the accident.
Shinohara’s physical decline wasn’t as meticulously chronicled as Ouchi’s. But the outer layer of his skin molted from 70 percent of his body, and his body shut down in the same sequence that Ouchi’s had.
He lived for 210 days after the accident, until he succumbed to MRS pneumonia on April 27, 2000.
Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue - The San Diego Tribune July 14, 2014
IS IT JUST WASTE OR A WEAPONS TEST LAB?
FROM RUSSIA AND THE UK, BUT NOT REPORTED BY MSM HERE:
"Nuclear Armored Train for Japan"
Possibility of Japan's Developing Nuclear Weapons Weighed
by Vasiliy Golovin, Moscow, EKHO PLANETY No 8,
February 1994 (signed to press 16 Feb 94) pp 18-23
Tokyo--Instructions for official use printed on gray-green wrapping paper almost caught my eye about 15 years ago, when I found myself at routine training courses for officers of the reserve. They were devoted to the military possibilities of the Pacific countries, and the Japanese section of this manual confidently said that Tokyo had all the possibilities for nuclear arms and was prepared to realize its potential in the very near future. It inexorably ensued from the instructions that the perfidious Samurai were dreaming of nothing other than how to get their hands on a nuclear bomb and hurl themselves into new conquests.
It surfaced on 30 January of this year in the respectable London SUNDAY TIMES, which has always been considered a model of journalistic conscientiousness and has never, we are assured, been caught out in major fact-juggling. On this occasion the newspaper reported that Britain's Defence Ministry had in December of last year presented its government with a classified report on Japan having everything necessary for the creation of nuclear weapons. It was a question, you will note, not simply of the general potential, which, essentially, no one denies.
No, the British military, in the paper's words, declared that Tokyo already, in fact, possesses all the practical components of a nuclear weapon, including intricate electronic firing mechanisms, which have been a stumbling block for many "third world" countries attempting to take possession of the cherished bomb.
Essentially, THE SUNDAY TIMES wrote, for the creation of a warhead Japan has now only to insert the plutonium filling in the device, which is practically ready.
There is as yet, the authors of the report emphasize, no evidence that Tokyo has already made the decision to create a "big bomb" or is in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. But the potential threat of such a step is growing inasmuch as Japan is extremely worried by the efforts of neighboring North Korea to create its own nuclear potential and will, possibly, be confronted with the need to adopt retaliatory measures of a military nature.
The article in the British newspaper caused embarrassment in Tokyo. To my insistent inquiries officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Science and Technology Agency, which is in charge of Japan's nuclear programs, initially refused to "confirm or deny" THE SUNDAY TIMES report altogether.
Only a representative of the National Defense Agency categorically termed the British article utter rubbish, but just as emphatically asked me not to mention his name here.
Finally, over 24 hours after the appearance of the publication, a news conference with Kuniko Saito, first deputy minister of foreign affairs of Japan, was organized in Tokyo. The mere fact of it being held, incidentally, was something quite rare for Japan, where employees of the Foreign Ministry have no great liking for openly addressing the public, preferring anonymous briefings for trusted journalists, after which the requisite articles containing references to "high-ranking sources in the Foreign Ministry" opportunely appear.
But on this occasion the country's highest-ranking professional diplomat deemed it necessary to violate this tradition in order to lend special authority to an emphatic refutation of the rumors concerning Tokyo's nuclear plans. Saito emphasized strictly that Japan adheres unswervingly to the three nonnuclear principles proclaimed by its government--not to have, not to manufacture, and not to import nuclear weapons.
He announced simultaneously that the Foreign Ministry intended to contact the British Defence Ministry and clarify with it the question of the existence or otherwise of a classified report.
Few of those present at the news conference noticed, it seems to me, that behind the decisiveness of these words Saito was refuting not entirely what had been stated by the sources in London.
They had not said that Japan was "in violation" of the Nonproliferation Treaty or was "already making" a nuclear bomb. As far, on the other hand, as the highly specific possibilities for its manufacture are concerned, the opinions of the British report and of independent experts working in Tokyo are surprisingly coincident here.
"Is Japan ready to create nuclear weapons? Of course," Haruo Fujii, one of Tokyo's most celebrated military specialists, who regularly presents commentaries in the news media, told me. But, in the expert's opinion, it would be profoundly wrong to suspect Tokyo of the implementation of some secret, mind-boggling program and the creation of secret nuclear laboratories concealed, in the manner of the old inimitable James Bond movies, somewhere in romantic underground bunkers or in the craters of volcanoes.
No, everything is far more prosaic: Japan, the expert believes, cleaves to a long-term strategy of the gradual creation of operational nuclear potential "bit by bit," dispersing this work in discrete civilian sectors evoking no suspicion. The point being that Japan is not, forgive the banality, Iraq. It possesses a colossal, very ramified diversified industry and is engaged in a tremendous number of technological developments in a myriad research institutes, the best of which belong to private companies.
At the same time, on the other hand, as Tetsuo Maeda, a former member of the staff of the National Defense Academy and an independent military expert who is well known here, told me, with the present system of parliamentary approval of the budget, it is practically impossible in the country to conceal some large-scale government spending on research without an indication of its specific purpose.
The general secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers does, it is true, have at his disposal restricted funds not subject to accounting, but I have no information as to whether they are sufficient for funding serious long-term work.
Under these conditions, experts believe, the emphasis has been put on encouraging "just in case," by way of various indirect privileges and legal budget infusions, the development of highly intricate dual-purpose technology which is being undertaken in private companies. This strategy is producing results.
For example, companies of the country long since created unique firing mechanisms for performing complex petroleum-prospecting exploration, which may now be used as detonators for an atomic bomb, the above-mentioned Tetsuo Maeda, whose opinion is shared by Haruo Fujii also, informed me.
These firing mechanisms have been tested and are being employed successfully in oil fields of the Near East. There is reason to believe that it is to these that the authors of the sensational "British report" could have been referring. "
STRAIGHT FROM THE PEOPLE THERE, REVELATIONS OF LEAKING UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TESTING LABS ALL OVER JAPAN THAT HAVE BEEN THERE FOR DECADES.
Weapons-grade Plutonium leaks in Japan.
Who's making NUKES?
Secret Underground Nuke Labs?
By Yoichi Shimatsu
[The author is the former Editor of the Japan Times Weekly. Mr. Yoi is a former Tsinghua University lecturer and is a free lance journalist based in Hong Kong.]
Exclusive to Rense
"On this 7th anniversary of the Fukushima triple disaster, a video on Japanese N-weapons production in the Greater Fukushima region, produced by French environmental filmmaker Phillippe Carillo and myself, based on the disturbing findings from my dozen research visits into the 20-30 km nuclear exclusion zone is being released here at rense.com. Here the key points are summarized:
First, the meltdowns at three civilian reactors and related fires at the TEPCO Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant were not the only sources of radioactivity releases. As dangerous as it turned out to be, including the explosion of the weapons-related mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel rods inside the Toshiba-Westinghouse Reactor 3, the rate of isotope releases solely from Fukushima plant cannot account for the grandeur of scale of contaminated seawater and marine-layer moisture that’s been hitting the American shores.
Second, a much greater amount of highly enriched plutonium was released from separate nuclear disasters that occurred at four nuclear-warhead production sites:
- an underground lab inside the compound of the seaside Haramachi coal-fired plant operated by the Tohoku Electric Power Company, less than six km north of Fukushima No.1;
- the TEPCO Thermal (oil-fueled) power plant in Hirono, about 4 km south of the Fukushima No.2 nuclear plant in the Iwaki district;
- a yet-uncovered lab or processing center inside the Fukushima No.1 compound; and
- a military nuclear-weapons test site in Kitakami, near its namesake mountain range, in Iwate Prefecture, north of Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.
In addition, steady releases of heavy water have flowed out of a suspected tritium-extraction facility inside the hollow structure of the Kido Dam, in the hills west of Hirono town. According to local residents, there are several other sensitive sites in the eastern Abukuma Plateau, making the Greater Fukushima nuclear complex one of the largest and the most-advanced warhead production site in the world.
It might be noted here, though unmentioned in the video, that the military-focused nuclear program will soon be resuming at the Oma nuclear plant on the northern tip of Honshu, near the Misawa USAF base and within sight of Hakodate, Hokkaido, across the Tsugaru Strait. The remote area has no major city in the vicinity for the marketing of electricity. One of the ramifications of secret weapons development by Japan is that it compels North Korea to amass a deterrence capability, and unless the Japanese program is officially exposed and dismantled, Northeast Asia will continue to be a center of nuclear-weapons confrontation between at least five countries.
The misdirection of focusing solely on Pyongyang, of course, has not only been hypocritical, it is a massive self-deception concerning Japanese duplicity over its vaunted “Three Non-Nuclear Principles”.
When its warhead-production is fully functioning again it will be merely a matter of time before a revanchist faction decides to get its revenge for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, although in the meanwhile the radioactive outflows from Fukushima are doing that task quite efficiently.
Headquartered in neighboring Miyagi Prefecture the Tohoku Electric Power Company (a regional utility company unrelated to TEPCO) burns North Korean coal at its Haramachi thermal plant. Curiously, none of that enormous power supply is delivered to the nearby city of Soma or to Miyagi communities across the provincial border. All of its 20,000kW output is allocated to the TEPCO Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant or used on-site for indeterminate purposes. Why does a large-scale conventional power plant have to be dedicated to powering a nuclear plant along with its own massive energy consumption?
This question is the key to unlocking the secret vault of nuclear-weapons production. As exposed by my April 2011 interview with a parliamentarian who was trained in nuclear engineering, the earthquake-caused collapse of the power-transmission line from Haramachi resulted in the outage that knocked out the computers controlling the Fukushima No.1 facility, the first falling domino that led to the meltdowns.
Enormous amounts of continuous power are required for the new GE-Hitachi “global laser extraction” system employing gasification, electromagnetic charging and laser-separation of enriched plutonium from spent fuel rods. This novel process defies the traditional view that Pu cannot be separated from the uranium content in mixed-oxide rods, thereby enabling vast arsenals of hydrogen bombs to now be rapidly produced from nuclear waste from civilian power plants. Research and full-on production were being conducted in secret at the three secret underground labs: Haramachi, Hirono and somewhere underground at the Fukushima No.1 site.
To spare itself the burden of an effective containment program, Japan has been waging a “soft” nuclear war against its Pacific neighbors. Over the past seven years, I have suggested that boring tunnels into the hard-rock Abukuma Plateau is a proven method for water storage, as done under Kanto region rivers in lieu of new dams, but the government apparently prefers overseas dumping as a type of passive-aggressive vengeance.
Considering that the corium, or melted fuel rods, is mostly self-contained in the gravel and rock below the destroyed reactors, the math still would not account for the mega-effects of 311 on the environment of the Northern Hemisphere, which includes the sudden expansion of the Arctic ozone hole April-June 2011, fragmentation of the ice cap, annihilation of the wild salmon fisheries, the West Coast drought and lightning-triggered wildfires, poisoning of milk from dairy cows, and other bleak news that’s gone unreported in the mass media or falsely attributed to global warming, al in the service of course of the utilities companies that operate nuclear power plants.
How then did Fukushima disaster manage to achieve such planetary destruction while Japan itself remained relatively unharmed? The underlying answer to this paradox is center of the most pervasive cover-up in scientific history, authorized at the highest levels of the UN nuclear-energy agency IAEA, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and uranium-producer Canada’s Nuclear Safety Commission. After failing to warn, much less protect billions of their residents, the “regulators” in the US and Canada have been complicit in a cover-up of the rising radioactivity risk to population centers in the Americas due to their idolatrous worship of the nuclear bomb, the Moloch of our modern times.
The total absence of health-related data concerning radioactive ingestion, has forestalled any accurate determination of whether a global “hibakusha” (radioactivity victims) crisis is under way, but certainly the unborn have been sacrificed in their millions through miscarriages from radioactive exposure of ovaries and abortions out of unspoken fear. By the time in the future, or perhaps never, when studies are done on the spike in heart failure and cancers on top of terminated pregnancies, it will be too late for the health-care system to launch effective preventative measures to preserve the humane genome. As in the loss of insects across the Americas due to our inaction, homo sapiens will soon be extinct. And perhaps for the better, since our collective inaction proves the streak of inbred criminal denial in our less-than-masterful species.
Deadly Fallout across Minami-Soma, at least 1,000 died.
The Japanese government claimed that the Fukushima nuclear disaster took only a single life, the death of a nuclear worker. This grotesque deception was perpetrated to prevent an international investigation under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
At least 1,000 nuclear-weapons technicians and Self-Defense Force soldiers were killed inside the flooded Haramachi lab with no chance of escape or rescue due to the intense nuclear releases. Outdoors in the surrounding Minami-Soma district, high radioactivity levels forced the pullout of police rescue teams, abandoning many thousands of local villagers to die of a combination of radioactive fallout and freezing temperatures.
A longtime media colleague, photographer Takashi Morizumi was in that district three days into the disaster response and then a month later recounted to me: “Despite the risk to their own lives, those local policemen were begging, some with tears in their eyes, for permission to take on the risks of entering the radioactive circle to save their relatives and friends. Their morale was crushed when their appeal was rejected.”
On the edge the 20-km earliest exclusion zone, several hotspots northwest of the plan were due to nuclear materials that had been swept inland by the tsunami from the Haramachi nuclear-weapons site. In the Japanese language “hara” means a broad plain, and the stream-laced coastal plain lays flat for some distance into the interior between low hills. Due to the powerful seawater pressure, the front wave rose up the valleys (pushed from behind by tsunami force) and deposited the nuclear materials before receding. A local resident, who worked for state-run soil decontamination project, said the inland sites were left for last, being the most dangerous to health.
About 2 months later, a leak from employees at the Fukushima University Medical School Hospital indicated more than a thousand bodies in white lab coats and military uniforms were being kept inside a walk-in freezer in the hospital morgue. The cynical claim that the Fukushima nuclear disaster claimed only one life omits the deaths from the secret nuclear lab at Haramachi.
In the Hirono town region, south of Fukushima No. 2, [was] an evacuee, whose house had collapsed in the 311 quake. When he rested on the stones of a low embankment, he told me: “This place is known as the ‘hot corner’ because the radioactivity has always been high here.”
"Since Fukushima?", I asked.
“It’s been radioactive here for many decades” was his reply. “TEPCO claims this is a conventional plant but in reality nuclear work’s been going on here for decades.”
On another bike journey into the surrounding farmlands, I saw daisies bigger than my two hands put together and gladiolus stems twice my height, indicating genetic mutations causing gigantism over many generations.
Despite a massive security presence around the TEPCO oil-fueled thermal plant, and being berated once and expelled by plainclothesmen with the secret nuclear security force, I managed on several occasions into slip into the J-village soccer stadium site, where the Fukushima workers were housed. To my astonishment, most of the young works coming off-duty told be that their entire workforce was assigned to clearing nuclear waste out of the Hirono thermal plant, which confirmed the first old-timer’s claim that this was a secret nuclear production site, which means of course for N-weaponry. ‘
Indeed, behind a visual barrier of dense groves of fir trees, huge cranes were working night and day, and dump trucks roared out the gates and through the tunnels of Highway 6 to a loading dock, where waste was transferred to rail cars for outdoor storage in four inland prefectures. I could not help but feel alarmed as trucks blew off dust clouds over groups of children returning home from school. The Education Ministry had issued a nationwide order to public schools not to enroll out-of-town children so these kids were trapped on the edge of the exclusion zone. The saddest sight was to see teenage girls who had recently returned from temporary evacuation riding the local trains, with a quiet forlorn look of acceptance of their fate.
A young store clerk in the inland city of Koriyama, who recognized that I was not a government agent, disclosed: “A lot of guys from the coast moved here after the tsunami and rented the biggest apartments. They all drive around in Mercedes. All they do everyday is drink and gamble at cards. We’ve heard that each received 70 million yen ($750,000 at that time’s forex rate) from the government.”
“For what?” I asked.
His answer: “Nobody knows”.
Obviously, the payoffs were part of a sweetheart deal for the nuclear-weapons technicians on condition of their silence. Other than late-coming paltry “compensation” for evacuees from inside the exclusion zone, provincial and regional residents living in radioactive homes where the local economy has been impoverished by the nuclear crisis received not a single aluminum yen and zero tax breaks.
One sunny morning after a chilly night in the “hot” rain, I was investigating how the government was rigging radioactivity detection equipment when a group of grass-cutters approached while clearing the roadsides of radioactive weeds. Needless to say, they were stunned that I had slept outdoors. They warned me to be extremely cautious of the secret nuclear security forces because over past decades many locals who entered the mountainous areas were detained, questioned and ordered never to come back by men in brown uniforms, who were neither with the police nor from the self-defense force.
I took their warning seriously, and on many occasions carried my bicycle and gear up forested hillsides and waited under the eaves of abandoned houses until my pursuers gave up the chase. Then, a few years on, I traveled by car with filmmaker Phillippe Carillo, to a dam suspected of serving as a tritium-production facility. It was up a steep road at the edge of the Abukuma Plateau without human habitation in sight. We were soon joined by a truck, and we were obviously under surveillance. Then cars came roaring up and men in green uniforms ran to the entry doors of two towers on the dam to check if we had broken in. While they were preoccupied doing a full security check on the mystery dam, we tiptoed to the car and drove downhill as fast as possible. This drama was happening in “the middle of nowhere”.
The villagers had not been jesting with me.
The video closes with my bicycle journey in southwest Fukushima Province to an abandoned uranium mine run by Bund-1, a joint atomic bomb project of the Japanese militarist government and Nazi Germany in the late 1930s. A physicist at Fukushima University was the world’s first scientist to theorize the immense power of atom-splitting, and so the seed for the nuclear age was planted here, in this accursed soil.
One of the adverse aspects of the video shooting was the burn-out of so many cameras, Geiger counters and computers due to radioactivity and the consequent necessity for ever-cheaper equipment, in addition to clothing. Unfortunately many photos were blotted out by the passage of gamma rays. For example, a group portrait of mating season for golden beetles. Deep in a forest by a stream, I spotted a circle of these shiny creatures lying dead around a femme fatale.
What happened is that when the males closed in around the fertile female, the increasing radioactivity level from their bodies during the convergence killed all of them. The increase of body radioactivity levels during crowding accounts for the mystery of the sudden deaths of commuters inside the Tokyo metro system in recent years. For a survivor condemned to avoidance, and by now we’re all hibakusha, it is a path of loneliness."
THERE ARE SEVERAL REVEALING PHOTOS AT THE WEBSITE LINKED ABOVE AND MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF THE ACTIVITY AROUND THEM SINCE THE TSUNAMI.
THIS PARTICULAR TEA ROOM BLOG IS THE RESULT OF AN "ANONYMOUS" COMMENT I HAD TO MODERATE THAT WAS IN RESPONSE TO THE BLOG TITLED "FUKUSHIMA EVACUEES' FORCED RETURN UNDER FIRE AT UN ".
I ALMOST ALWAYS DELETE ANONYMOUS COMMENTS, AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, BUT THIS ONE CAUGHT MY EYE BECAUSE IT BEGAN, "PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH THIS. THERE IS SOMETHING YOU MUST KNOW..."
IT WAS WHAT FOLLOWED, INSIGHTS INTO RADIOACTIVE LEAKS ALL OVER JAPAN FOR DECADES, AND RESIDENTS WELL AWARE OF UNDERGROUND TEST FACILITIES THAT MAY BE DISGUISED BY THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NEAR THEM.
ONE EXPECTS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF RADIATION TO BE EMITTED FROM THOSE SITES EVERY DAY, SO WHO WOULD THINK TO QUESTION RADIATION NEAR THOSE PLANTS, RIGHT?
WHAT ABOUT UNDERGROUND LABS NEAR ACTIVE VOLCANOES?
WOULDN'T THE FREQUENT QUAKES ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE ALSO CAMOUFLAGE A SMALL NUCLEAR TEST?
DON'T ALL VOLCANOES EMIT SOME RADIATION AS WELL?
"Naturally occurring thorium, uranium, radon, etc. are all in the material emitted by volcanoes."
BUT NOT PLUTONIUM...
Japan Has Nuclear 'Bomb in the Basement,' and China Isn't Happy
NBC NEWS, March 11, 2014
China’s belief in the “bomb in the basement” is strong enough that it has demanded Japan get rid of its massive stockpile of plutonium and drop plans to open a new breeder reactor this fall.
Japan signed the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which bans it from developing nuclear weapons, more than 40 years ago.
But according to a senior Japanese government official deeply involved in the country’s nuclear energy program, Japan has been able to build nuclear weapons ever since it launched a plutonium breeder reactor and a uranium enrichment plant 30 years ago.
Related Story: Japan Producing Huge Stockpile of Plutonium
WHAT ELSE IS LEAKING IN JAPAN?
CERTAINLY NOT TRUTH, EXCEPT FROM SOME OF HER PEOPLE, THOSE BRAVE ENOUGH TO FACE JAIL TO TELL US WHAT THEY KNOW.
WE SHOULD LISTEN CLOSELY.
TO THE ANONYMOUS COMMENTER WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS BLOG ENTRY, THANK YOU, AND MAY YOU BE ALWAYS WELL.
1~ Japan Confirms Secret Nuclear Pacts With U.S.
MARCH 11, 2010, EXACTLY ONE YEAR BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI:
Japan's government said this week that previous administrations had lied to the public for decades about atomic weapons. A government-appointed panel confirmed the existence of secret Cold War-era agreements allowing the U.S. to bring nuclear weapons into the country in violation of Japan's non-nuclear policies.
Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada announced the panel's findings on Tuesday, putting an end to decades of both official denials and public speculation. But while admitting that secret agreements existed, Okada was vague on the question of whether U.S. nuclear-armed vessels entered the country.
Since taking power last August, the Democratic Party of Japan has begun to overhaul the policies of the Liberal Democratic Party, which dominated Japanese politics after World War II. The investigation into the secret pacts is one of these efforts.
The U.S. stored both tactical and strategic nuclear weapons on the island of Okinawa, which it directly administered until 1972. The weapons were mostly intended for use in the event of conflict with China.
Since 1958, the U.S. has maintained a policy of neither confirming nor denying the location of its nuclear weapons.
The investigation's findings confirm what many Japanese already knew. Takichi Nishiyama, the Mainichi Daily reporter who uncovered one secret pact in 1972, remembers the day he obtained a Foreign Ministry document that proved the existence of a clandestine deal.
"This was clearly a violation of the constitution and a political act that should never have been committed," Nishiyama says. "I was both shocked and angered to see this."
Nishiyama's scoop could have become Japan's Watergate. Instead, Nishiyama was convicted of illegally obtaining the document via his relationship with a female Foreign Ministry secretary. The Japanese media did not pursue the story and Nishiyama was forced to quit his job.
Nishiyama is now 79 and still fighting in court to clear his name.
2~ FUKUSHIMA, USA? IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.
Repeated safety lapses hobble Los Alamos National Laboratory’s work on the cores of U.S. nuclear warheads By The Center for Public Integrity, Patrick Malone, Jun. 29, 2017
Technicians at the government’s Los Alamos National Laboratory settled on what seemed like a surefire way to win praise from their bosses in August 2011: In a hi-tech testing and manufacturing building pivotal to sustaining America’s nuclear arsenal, they gathered eight rods painstakingly crafted out of plutonium, and positioned them side-by-side on a table to photograph how nice they looked.
At many jobs, this would be innocent bragging. But plutonium is the unstable, radioactive, man-made fuel of a nuclear explosion, and it isn’t amenable to showboating. When too much is put in one place, it becomes “critical” and begins to fission uncontrollably, spontaneously sparking a nuclear chain reaction, which releases energy and generates a deadly burst of radiation. The resulting blue glow — known as Cherenkov radiation — has accidentally and abruptly flashed at least 60 times since the dawn of the nuclear age, signaling an instantaneous nuclear charge and causing a total of 21 agonizing deaths. So keeping bits of plutonium far apart is one of the bedrock rules that those working on the nuclear arsenal are supposed to follow to prevent workplace accidents. It’s Physics 101 for nuclear scientists, but has sometimes been ignored at Los Alamos.
Catastrophe was avoided and no announcement was made at the time about the near-miss — but officials internally described what happened as the most dangerous nuclear-related incident at that facility in years. It then set in motion a calamity of a different sort: Virtually all of the Los Alamos engineers tasked with keeping workers safe from criticality incidents decided to quit, having become frustrated by the sloppy work demonstrated by the 2011 event and what they considered the lab management’s callousness about nuclear risks and its desire to put its own profits above safety.
The exact cost to taxpayers of idling the facility is unclear, but an internal Los Alamos report estimated in 2013 that shutting down the lab where such work is conducted costs the government as much as $1.36 million a day in lost productivity.
And most remarkably, Los Alamos’s managers still have not figured out a way to fully meet the most elemental nuclear safety standards. When the Energy Department on Feb. 1 released its annual report card [THAT LINK IS TO A PDF] reviewing criticality risks at each of its 24 nuclear sites, ranging from research reactors to weapon labs, Los Alamos singularly did “not meet expectations.”
In fact, Los Alamos violated nuclear industry rules for guarding against a criticality accident three times more often last year than the Energy Department’s 23 other nuclear installations combined, that report said. Because of its shortcomings, federal permission has not been granted for renewed work with plutonium liquids, needed to purify plutonium taken from older warheads for reuse, normally a routine practice.
Moreover, a year-long investigation by the Center makes clear that pushing the rods too closely together in 2011 wasn’t the first time that Los Alamos workers had mishandled plutonium and risked deaths from an inadvertent burst of radiation. Between 2005 and 2016, the lab’s persistent and serious shortcomings in “criticality” safety have been criticized in more than 40 reports by government oversight agencies, teams of nuclear safety experts, and the lab’s own staff.
James McConnell, the top NNSA safety official, said in an interview that “safety is an inherent part of everything we do.” But at a public hearing in Santa Fe on June 7, McConnell was also candid about Los Alamos’s failure to meet federal standards. “They’re not where we need them yet,” he said of the lab and its managers.
The huge, 39-year-old, two-story, rectangular building at Los Alamos where the 2011 incident occurred is the sole U.S. site that makes plutonium cores — commonly known as pits because they are spherical and placed near the center of nuclear bombs — for the warheads meant to be installed over the next three decades in new U.S. missiles, bombers, and submarines.
Production of these cores is a key part of the country’s effort to modernize its nuclear arsenal at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars, which President Obama supported and President Trump has said he wants to “greatly strengthen and expand.” Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2017 and 2018 budgets would boost U.S. spending on such work by $1.4 billion, representing a slightly higher percentage increase (11%) than requested overall for the Defense Department.
But mostly because of the Los Alamos lab’s safety deficiencies, it hasn’t produced a usable new warhead core in at least six years. Congress mandated in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that Los Alamos must be capable of manufacturing up to 20 war-ready cores a year by 2025, 30 the next year and 80 by 2027. Wolf said the agency remains committed to meeting this goal, but other government officials say the dramatic slowdown at PF-4 has put fulfillment of that timetable in doubt.
PF-4 is also the only place where existing cores removed randomly from the arsenal can be painstakingly tested to see if they remain safe and reliable for use in the nuclear stockpile. That work has also been blocked, due to PF-4’s extended shutdown, according to internal DOE reports. The lab tried to conduct those tests in late 2016, but without success.
There is a timeline on that website that traces the long and troubled history of safety deficiencies at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility by detailing the timing of some 40 government reports and expert presentations spanning the past 11 years.
IT'S A TICKING TIME BOMB, JUST LIKE HANFORD, WIPP, SAVANNAH, PILGRIM, TURKEY POINT AND AT LEAST A DOZEN OTHER U.S. NUKE FACILITIES.
JAPAN DOESN'T NEED 'THE BOMB'...SHINZO ABE HAS FUKUSHIMA.
IT'S HIS SINISTER GIFT TO ALL THE WORLD, A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING.