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Japan Allows Residents To Return To Fukushima Disaster ‘Hot Zone’

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A child is tested for radiation exposure.


For the first time since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 miles) from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. 

The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear station, has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011, when the government ordered evacuations after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the power plant.

Tuesday’s reopening of Miyakoji will mark a tiny step for Japan as it seeks to recover from the Fukushima disaster and a major milestone for the 357 registered residents of the district – most of whom the city hopes will go back.

But homesick evacuees have mixed feelings about returning to Miyakoji, set amid rolling hills and rice paddies, a sign of how difficult the path back to normality will be for those forced from their homes by the accident.

Many families with young children are torn over what to do, one city official acknowledged.

“Young people won’t return,” said Kitaro Saito, a man in his early 60s, who opposed lifting the ban and had no intention of going home yet.

“Relatives are arguing over what to do” and friends disagree, he said, warming his hands outside his temporary home among rows of other one-room trailers in a Tamura parking lot. “The town will be broken up.”

Saito said he wanted to go back to his large hillside house in Miyakoji, but thinks the government is using residents as “guinea pigs” to test whether larger returns are possible.


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Japan Gives Residents All Clear To Return To Fukushima Disaster “Hot Zone”

As we reported last night, Japan’s economy may once again be relapsing into a slowing phase, perversely well in advance of the dreaded sales-tax hike which many expect will catalyze Japan’s collapse into another recession as happened the last time Japan had a tax hike, but that doesn’t mean its population should be prevented from enjoying the heavily energized local atmosphere buzzing with the hope and promise of imminent paper-based “wealth effects” for those long the daily penNikkeistock rollercoaster…. and just as buzzing with copious gamma rays of course. Which is why for the first time in over three years, since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, residents of a small district 20 km from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home. Because if the honest Japanese government says it is safe, then so it must be.

But how is this possible?

Just recall, as we reported in December citing SCMP, that the incidence of Thyroid cancers had surged among Fukushima youths. It took the government a few days of contemplation before spinning this deplorable revelation as one which blamed not the coverup surrounding the Fukushima fallout, but – get this – the fact that children were getting sick because they were not going out enough!

Mindboggling as it may be, this is precisely the kind of ridiculous propaganda one would expect from a flailing authoritarian regime, with a crashing economy, and a demographic collapse with no credible options left except to goose the manipulated market higher… The kind of propaganda that is now being used to give the “all clear” to move back to Fukushima!

From Reuters:

The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear station, has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011, when the government ordered evacuations after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the power plant. Tuesday’s reopening of Miyakoji will mark a tiny step for Japan as it seeks to recover from the Fukushima disaster and a major milestone for the 357 registered residents of the district – most of whom the city hopes will go back.

Because children need to be outdoors, mingling with the high energy radiation, to avoid the dreaded consequences of being locked indoors of course. Still, not everyone is a complete idiot:


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Published on Mar 8, 2014

What’s Leaking From the Nuclear Waste Isolation Pilot Program
Located near Carlsbad, New Mexico this Department of Energy (DOE) experimental nuclear waste dump is attempting to store leftover radioactive plutonium and americium from the US weapons program. On February 14, 2014 there was a nuclear safety failure at the site and the Department of Energy is not being honest about it. In this film Fairewinds Energy Education’s Arnie Gundersen pieces together what happened and points out Fairewinds’ major concerns about the facility, the accident, and the lack of transparency at the DOE.…|

US Gov’t: Never faced challenge like this, but “not giving up hope” at WIPP; Salt from contaminated mine to be sold as feed to dairy farms — TV: “Residents flat out concerned for their safety”; “I want to believe them… but I don’t” — Reuters: ‘Falling slabs’ may have breached waste drums (VIDEO)…

Subsidence concerns at WIPP nuclear dump — Over 100 operating oil and gas wells within mile of site, a ‘very active’ area — Reserves ‘directly underneath’ buried waste — Fracking to take place nearby? (VIDEO)…

“WIPP release story doesn’t add up… accident is unbelievable” — New tests show “high level” release underground — “Contains things far more radioactive than High Level Waste” — “I want to hear what really happened down there” (VIDEO)…

WIPP Expert: Nuclear waste is getting out above ground — Plutonium / Americium found in “every single worker” on site when leak began — New Mexico officials ‘totally unsatisfied’ with lack of info from Feds — “We don’t know how far away it’s gone” — Continuing threat for long time to come (AUDIO)…

Robot to probe underground at WIPP…

Major Nuclear Dump Has Leaked, But Does US Gov’t Have a Plan B?
Experts warn that troubled repository does not bode well for U.S. strategy for disposal of waste from nuclear weapons development…



The radiation leak site that wants more nuclear waste

The BBC’s Jane O’Brien takes an underground tour of the nuclear waste site before the radiation leak

A recent radiation leak at America’s only nuclear waste repository threatens the future of waste storage in the country. But leaders in the city of Carlsbad, New Mexico, still want their area to be a destination for America’s radioactive history.

Carlsbad works underground.

On the road into the city, derricks pump oil from deep in the Earth.

Residents go to work mining potash, a raw material used in fertiliser. Others give tours at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

And some of Carlsbad’s underground workers make a half-mile (0.8km) journey into the earth not to take from the ground, but to bury the wastes of human invention.

This is WIPP, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the only long-term geologic repository for nuclear waste in the United States.

WIPP from afar 3 October 2013 WIPP opened in south-eastern New Mexico in 1999

While other locales across the US have fought mightily to prevent the establishment of similar operations, almost all of Carlsbad is sanguine about the storage of nuclear materials just a 40-minute drive from the centre of town.

That confidence has been tested this month after a radiation leak and the initial report 13 workers had tested positive for radioactive contamination.

And as the only permanent storage facility for nuclear waste, problems at WIPP create problems for the larger US nuclear defence complex, including delays of already scheduled shipments from around the country.

But it is the first serious incident in WIPP’s history, and Carlsbad still appears to have confidence, albeit slightly shaken, in the site.

In fact, town officials are hoping their corner of New Mexico can be the home of even more nuclear waste.


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New Mexico sets deadlines for handling WIPP nuke waste

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN / Associated Press

Posted:   03/04/2014 07:25:28 AM MST

ALBUQUERQUE – The federal government’s only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at the repository.Dozens of drums and other special containers that have been shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant from federal facilities around the country are being stored in a parking area at the plant and inside the facility’s waste handling building.

From there, the waste is usually taken to its final resting place deep in underground salt beds. However, the repository has been closed since early February due to back-to-back accidents, including a radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers and set off air monitoring devices around the plant.

Under its permit with the state, the dump can keep waste stored in the parking area for only 30 days and up to 60 days in the handling building. Due to the closure, the state is extending those deadlines to 60 days and 105 days, respectively. The federal government would have to develop an alternative storage plan if the underground dump remains off-limits for more than three months.

The Environment Department outlined the deadlines, along with requirements for weekly reports and a mandatory inspection before operations resume, in an administrative order made public Monday.

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Published on Mar 6, 2014

Report: “It’s a big lie, everybody in Japan knows” — Fukushima “far worse” than authorities admit, they must come clean about what really happened — Forbes Even Getting Suspicious? “Nuclear disaster at Fukushima perhaps the worst of all time”…

Japan Newspapers: It appears ‘high-level radioactive contaminated water’ is flowing into ocean at Fukushima — “Fear nuclear complex might not be scrapped” — Nuclear official admits disaster at plant “is barely being managed”…

Survey: Evacuees unsure about choice of residence
An NHK survey shows that more than half of evacuees affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan are feeling unsure about their choice of new residence.
NHK conducted the survey in January among 2,878 evacuees from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and received 1,201 answers.
Eighty-six percent of the respondents said they had decided on their new residence.
71 percent said they will go back to exactly where they lived before, or to other areas in their former communities. Fifteen percent answered that they will move to other municipalities in their home prefectures or elsewhere in other prefectures.
Forty-five percent of the respondents said they have no doubts about their decision. But 55 percent said they often or sometimes wonder whether their choice of residence was right.
Those who are feeling undecided were asked about what they miss most. Thirty-five percent said land, houses and family graves, while others mentioned bonds with neighbors, friends and acquaintances.
Forty-six percent of the respondents unsure about their choice were those who are planning to return to their hometowns.
Associate Professor Reo Kimura from the University of Hyogo says the survey shows that even 3 years after the disaster the evacuees have to choose from limited options for rebuilding their lives.
He added that both central and local governments should explain once more their reconstruction plans and visions to reassure people.

Japanese NPO aid for Chernobyl affected
Officials from a Japanese civic group that supports people affected by the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Ukraine, say the current situation in the country is hampering their humanitarian activities.
The non-profit organization in Nagoya, central Japan, has been sending medical equipment and funds to its counterpart in Ukraine for 24 years. The aid is used to help workers who deal with the crippled power plant and to treat children suffering from radiation exposure.

Japan eyes joint research on Monju with France
Japanese government officials plan to work with their French counterparts in developing next-generation nuclear reactor technologies to reduce radioactive waste.
They are apparently aiming to use the nation’s troubled Monju fast-breeder reactor.
Engineers in France are developing the ASTRID prototype reactor, which is expected to begin operation around 2025. Both reactors are designed to reduce nuclear waste.
Sources say Japanese officials are preparing to reach a basic agreement with France in late April. This will be followed by a formal accord.

2,900 MBq/km2 of Cesium-134/137 still fall down in Fukushima plant area monthly…

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The US Government Has Engaged In a Series of Nuclear Cover-Ups Ever Since Hiroshima…

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Enough to Kill 35,5000 People Released so Far

… by  Bob Nichols

(San Francisco) – Feb 28, 2014 – Carlsbad, New Mexico is the site of the nation’s only nuclear weapons program garbage dump. Plutonium is used in making The Bomb, it melts at 640 Deg C or 1,184 Deg F, and is made in reactors. It is not mined anywhere on Earth. Reactors exist to make Bombs.


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Black Smoke from Plutonium Fire at Nuke Garbage Dump Source Current Argus

The Carlsbad Bomb making garbage dump is on fire. The burning radioactive metal does not go away, it turns to dense black radioactive smoke. The black smoke is very obvious in the daytime and it streamed from several ventilator shafts during a fire at the dump two weeks ago.

The shafts were then closed and the visible smoke kept underground. Plutonium does not need oxygen to burn and escaped anyway. The HEPA filters are not good enough to contain the very small Plutonium particles; that’s because nothing is. The fire very well could still be burning Plutonium and Uranium in the salt mine.

The special Bomb making isotopes catch fire easily and burn at unearthly high temperatures – nothing can contain a fire in the underground garbage dump.  Since Uranium and Plutonium burn at higher temperatures than rock salt, there is a remote possibility the underground dump itself is on fire.

This is all about the contaminated garbage left over from making nuclear and thermonuclear bombs. That is the source of the poisonous garbage buried 2200 ft, or 670.56 meters, beneath the southeastern New Mexico desert.

WIPP Pu239 Dispersion by wind Carlsbad New Mexico

WIPP Pu239 Dispersion by wind Carlsbad New Mexico

The nation manufactures and maintains more than 60,000 nuclear and thermonuclear weapons. Bomb production has not necessarily stopped. All the contaminated garbage, trucks, tools, junk, wipes and clothes, etc from 70 years plus of nuclear weapons production is stuffed down a hole in New Mexico.


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Did the Government Give Industrial Hemp a Pass to Clean Up Radiation in the States?

Christina Sarich

NationofChange / News Analysis

Published: Friday 14 February 2014

Hemp has numerous uses and could replace many crops that require heavy irrigation and pesticides, but the most interesting fact about hemp is that it “eats” radiation.

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Activists have been shouting they want an end to GMO foods for more than a decade now, and Cannabis Sattiva L. supporters have been at it for even longer, so why has the US government finally given farmers the right to legally grow industrial hemp, the non-hallucinatory, sister plant of medical marijuana?

It is safe to say that industrialized hemp should have been legalized years ago. With THC levels so low, you would have to smoke more of it than Snoop Dogg to get ‘high’ – and that’s a lot of Cannabis, it is ridiculous that it was classified as a drug at all. It has numerous uses and could replace many crops that require heavy irrigation and pesticides, like cotton, for example. Here’s the most interesting fact though – hemp plants ‘eat’ radiation.

When the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Reactor 4 accident caused severe radioactive contamination in 1986, families within a 30-kilometer area of the site had to be evacuated. Radioactive contamination was later found at 100 kilometers from the accident site, and Fukushima radiation levels are still to be determined, with the Japanese government planning on dumping their overflowing radiated water tanks into the Pacific as we speak.

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Published on Feb 13, 2014

TEPCO released a report entitled, TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Roadmap, that contained some astounding information regarding Unit 3. Follow Fairewinds Energy’s Arnie Gundersen as he shows you the 35-ton refueling bridge that fell in the Unit 3 spent fuel pool during the Unit 3 detonation explosion. Do the math. The bottom line here is that TEPCO has just acknowledged that at least 50-tons of rubble has fallen on top of and into the spent fuel pool in Unit 3. What does this 50-ton pile of debris mean to the Unit 3 spent fuel pool and its cleanup?…

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Published on Jan 24, 2014

In Fukushima, massive amounts of radioactive soil and debris are still piled up in residential areas. The government has asked the head of local authorities to accept intermediate storage facilities. In this episode we look at what is hampering the project.

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Published on Jan 24, 2014

“Shock & Outrage”: Japan TV host reveals being told he cannot discuss nuclear power until pivotal Tokyo election ends — “Somebody needs to bring these issues into the media” — #2 in trending news…

Japan may accept more foreign trainees
Japan’s construction minister has called for expanding the scope of the government’s program of accepting foreign trainees to cope with an expected labor shortage in the construction industry.
The shortage is likely to become more serious. There’s increasing demand for workers to help rebuild communities affected by the 2011 disaster in northeastern Japan. More construction workers will also be needed to build new facilities and improve infrastructure in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.
Land, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Akihiro Ota said on Friday in a meeting of cabinet ministers concerned that the government should expand the trainee program.
The program enables foreigners to stay in Japan for up to 3 years and allows them to be hired by Japanese construction and manufacturing firms and acquire relevant skills.
About 50,000 people from countries such as China, Vietnam and the Philippines are accepted every year under the program. Around 150,000 foreign trainees are believed to be in Japan at present.
The construction industry accepts about 5,000 trainees a year.
Ota said the program should be expanded, and that he wants to discuss the idea with other ministries.
The government is expected to consider increasing the number of trainees and allowing them to stay in the country longer.

AFP: Fears that molten fuel went into ground after melting through containment vessels at Fukushima — They still can’t find three reactor cores (AUDIO)…

Highest Yet: Radiation level hits new record in Fukushima groundwater well — Over 3,000,000 Bq/liter of strontium and beta emitters…

Marine Chemist: Latest figures I have say Fukushima released 80 Quadrillion Bq of cesium-137 (Chernobyl estimated at 70 quadrillion) — “The radioactive plume itself has actually arrived… it’s already here” on west coast (AUDIO)…

Scientific American: Fukushima will have to be entombed in sarcophagus if melted fuel in ‘bad enough’ situation — Radiation Expert: I think they’re going to put a fence around reactors and just watch site forever (VIDEO)…

Professor: “Reports of radiation in kelp just north of California” — Signs of Fukushima contamination expected to start “really arriving strongly” this year…

Radioactive Japanese Seafood for Export…

Tepco “Don’t know where the rest of coolant water is escaping from reactor3″…

Direct leakage of reactor3 coolant water → Door blasted due to the 311 explosion, no robots can enter…

220 fuel assemblies removed from reactor4 pool by 1/22/2014…

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Published on Jan 15, 2014

Govt. approves TEPCO’s 10-year business plan
Japan’s government has approved a 10-year business plan from Tokyo Electric Power Company that relies on restarting nuclear reactors to turn its business around.
Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Wednesday gave approval of the plan to TEPCO President Naomi Hirose. The utility was effectively put under state control after the 2011 nuclear crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Ex PM Hosokawa to run for Tokyo governor
Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa and former Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yoichi Masuzoe have announced their candidacies for the Tokyo gubernatorial election next month.
Hosokawa spoke to reporters together with former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi after the 2 met in a Tokyo hotel on Tuesday. Both advocate reducing Japan’s reliance on nuclear energy to zero.
Hosokawa said he has a sense of crisis about various issues facing Japan and nuclear energy in particular. He said the survival of the nation is at stake. He said he was encouraged by Koizumi’s decision to support him.

Niigata governor criticizes TEPCO business plan
The governor of Niigata Prefecture, which hosts a nuclear plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Company, has criticized the utility’s 10-year business plan.
Tokyo Electric, or TEPCO, says it hopes to revive itself as a profitable company. The firm must also deal with the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Nuke waste storage operator applies for safety check
The operator of an intermediate nuclear waste storage facility being built in Japan has applied for safety screening ahead of its planned start of operations next year.
Recyclable-Fuel Storage Company is owned by 2 nuclear power plant operators, Tokyo Electric Power Company and Japan Atomic Power Company.
On Wednesday, Recyclable-Fuel Storage applied for safety screening with the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

Sickened Fukushima Worker: “Tepco is God… we are slaves” — Employees beaten, threatened with death for speaking out
(The video was removed by Al Jazeera) see article below
Gangsters and ‘slaves’: The people cleaning up Fukushima…

TV: Fukushima confirms nightmarish potential of nuclear power; Public living with threat of worst-case scenarios on daily basis — Author: “Super catastrophe” looms at plant (VIDEO)……

Japan TV: ‘State’ of Fukushima melted fuel unknown — Asahi: They “still do not know exactly what is going on inside” — U.S. NRC: Increased radioactive leaks at plant are “traveling underground to sea” (VIDEO)…

California schools announce Fukushima testing: Imperative we monitor for any Fukushima contamination “that will be arriving this year” in ocean — LA Times claims levels are declining, fails to inform readers of radioactive plume crossing Pacific…

Readers, please talk to Japanese / Send me your video and audio about how you feel about Fukushima and Japanese…

Disaster debris trains make final run…

Fukushima Mainstream News
Radiation is the Death Principle

Study confirms impossible to evacuate all residents before radiation exposure in wake of severe accident…

Helicopter over Baltimore to monitor radiation…

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Published on Jan 8, 2014

Decontamination system stops working
Tokyo Electric Power Company on Wednesday stopped using its systems to decontaminate radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
It has used the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the site.
TEPCO officials say the crane to remove the container from the ALPS stopped working on Tuesday.
The container which stores radioactive substances has to be replaced when it gets full.
On Wednesday TEPCO stopped operating all 3 ALPS systems. It says it may take long time to restart.
The company intends to decontaminate all radioactive water stored in the tanks by March 2015.

Extra safety steps at Ikata nuclear plant shown
Shikoku Electric Power Company on Wednesday presented extra steps to prevent severe accidents at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan.
Last year, the Nuclear Regulation Authority found that tornado and fire prevention was inadequate in its review of measures to avoid severe accidents at the plant.
The review that the Nuclear Regulation Authority started this July is a step toward restarting the number 3 reactor at the plant.

CBS: “Health officials are investigating radiation levels” along coast near San Francisco after finding “higher than typical readings” — UC Berkeley Professor: “Absolutely no correlation” with nuclear disaster; Compares eating banana to drinking water from Fukushima plant (VIDEO)…

Agency: Whale has Conjoined Twins on West Coast of N. America after Pacific Migration — Could be first ever recorded — 2 heads and 2 tails, joined in middle (PHOTOS & VIDEO)…

NPR and California Department of Public Health appear on document with nuclear-related U.S. entities ‘working together’ with Tepco to ‘disseminate’ Fukushima-related information — CDHP Yesterday: West Coast will get NO radioactive contamination from Fukushima (PHOTO)…

New Journal Article: Fukushima may have already released 90 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 — Much more than Chernobyl’s 70 quadrillion becquerels…

Radiation Expert: It’s terrifying how Pacific ecosystem has collapsed since Fukushima — Plutonium and uranium suspected of spreading through food chain (VIDEO)…

60,000 Bq/m3 of Strontium-90 detected from groundwater of 25m underground…

Another Fukushima live camera will be started on 1/9/2014…

Question about Tepco’s radiation measurement credibility / Sr-90 density was higher than all β density…

Removal of nuclear fuel at Fukushima plant resumes after holiday break…

Is Fukushima at risk for another nuclear disaster?…

Should I Take Radiation Protection Pills?…

Nuclear weapon test debris ‘persists’ in atmosphere…


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