Though the mainstream media has long since abandoned the issue, the precarious situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in Japan is only continuing to worsen, according to a prominent Japanese official. During a recent interview, Mitsuhei Murata, the former Japanese Ambassador to both Switzerland and Senegal, explained that the ground beneath the plant’s Unit 4 is gradually sinking, and that the entire structure is very likely on the [...]
Government considered evacuating 500,000 after nuclear accident
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 10, 2012
In the days after the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, the Cabinet Office was drawing up plans to evacuate 500,000 people in a “worst-case scenario” at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
That plan would have relocated all people living within a 50-kilometer radius of the plant.
Koichiro Genba, then minister in charge of national policy [had] a [...]
Exodus eyed early in nuke crisis
Tokyo faced evacuation scenario: Kan
In the days immediately after the crisis began at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government received a report saying 30 million residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would have to be evacuated in a worst-case scenario, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan revealed in a recent interview.
Kan said he contemplated the chaos that would [...]
(Reuters) – The race to pick Japan’s sixth leader in five years appeared on Friday to be shaping up as a battle between the most popular contender and a rival backed by a party powerbroker, although with five candidates in play, the outcome was hard to call.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who came under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the [...]
Japan’s parliament passed two pieces of legislation that Prime Minister Naoto Kan said were conditions for him to resign as early as Friday, Bloomberg reports. The upper house of the Diet on Friday passed bills to subsidise renewable energy and authorize the sale of deficit bonds, http://ftalphaville.ft.com/thecut/2011/08/26/662956/japans-kan-poised-to-resign/
Britain’s weakening economy may require another round of monetary stimulus, according to one of the “hawks” on [...]
Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima nuclear plant
Government nuclear experts, however, said the World War II bomb blast and the accidental reactor meltdowns at Fukushima, which has seen ongoing radiation leaks but no deaths so far, were beyond comparison.
The amount of caesium-137 released since the three reactors were [...]
TOKYO—The head of Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s reconstruction council said it is unlikely that any of the large-scale rebuilding efforts recommended by the panel will be implemented until the end of the year at the earliest, underscoring how the political impasse in Tokyo is stalling the rebuilding of Japan’s devastated northeast region.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Makoto Iokibe, head of [...]
TOKYO—A former nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan blasted the government’s continuing handling of the crisis, and predicted further revelations of radiation threats to the public in the coming months.
In his first media interview since resigning his post in protest in April, Toshiso Kosako, one of the country’s leading experts on radiation safety, said Mr. Kan’s government has been slow to test [...]
From John Daly at Oil Price
The Fukushima Cloud’s Green, Not Silver Lining
The ongoing tragedy of Japan’s Daichi Fukshima nuclear complex will prove to be a boon for renewable energy in Japan, and astute investors should begin carefully to follow Tokyo’s new priorities.
Before the March 11 twin disasters of a massive earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami, about 30 percent of Japan’s electricity was generated by nuclear [...]
TOKYO — Japanese opposition parties submitted a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who refused to resign earlier Wednesday over his handling of the crisis caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
“What is most sought by the people is for us to work together to achieve reconstruction and resolve the nuclear crisis,” Kan said during a heated parliamentary debate with opposition leaders. “I [...]
Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is not fully prepared to deal with violent storms, officials admitted Saturday, as the country braced for Typhoon Songda to hit.
The storm system was located about 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Miyako-jima island, near Taiwan, as of 3:00 pm (0600 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The typhoon, packing gusts up to 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour near [...]
Seawater found in coolant at Hamaoka plant
At the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in central Japan, seawater has been found in coolant at one reactor.
Five nuclear reactors at the Hamaoka plant in Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture, were all shut down on Saturday due to concern that a massive earthquake might hit the area. The move was in line with a request by Prime Minister [...]
The suspension of Japan’s Hamaoka nuclear plant, located near a tectonic faultline southwest of Tokyo, may cause electricity supply problems this summer, Japan’s economy minister said Tuesday.
“There is a chance it would give rise to a slight electricity shortage during the summer peak,” economy minister Kaoru Yosano said at a regular news conference.
Chubu Electric on Monday said it would comply with Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s request to close the plant [...]
Chubu Electric Power shares tumbled as much as 14 percent on Monday after Japan’s prime minister called for a shutdown of its nuclear plant in central Japan due to worries a large earthquake could trigger another nuclear crisis.
Shares of Chubu, Japan’s third-largest utility, were down 12 percent at 1,555 yen as of 0053 GMT, after falling as low as 1,521 yen. Chubu’s tumble helped push [...]
The Hamaoka nuclear power plant may not be as well known around the world as Fukushima Daichi, crippled by the March 11 disasters. But the complex that Prime Minister Naoto Kan ordered closed down Friday is extremely well known in Japan. In fact, it’s infamous.
The plant, operated by Chubu Electric Power Co., is sited on Japan’s east coast, about 200 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, by Omaezaki city in Shizuoka prefecture. [...]
Japan on Monday widened the evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant exactly a month on from a huge natural disaster as another 7.1 magnitude quake and tsunami alert strained nerves anew.
A woman offers a silent prayer for the dead in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture after a month after the tsunami devastation. Japan fell silent at 2:46 pm to mark exactly one month since a massive earthquake hit, spawning a devastating [...]
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to extend the evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant because of high radiation levels, local media reported Monday, with engineers no closer to regaining control of six reactors hit by a giant tsunami one month ago.
Concern at Japan’s inability contain its nuclear crisis, caused by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, is mounting with Prime Minister Naoto Kan‘s [...]
TOKYO, April 11, Kyodo
Over 14,000 people remain missing and there are few signs of the crisis at a crippled nuclear power plant ending soon as Japan on Monday marked one month since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern and eastern regions.
About 151,000 survivors are staying in 2,300 shelters following the country’s worst ever natural disaster, but work to build temporary housing has made little [...]
When nuclear reactors damaged by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami last month sent radiation levels surging near his home 16 miles away, Nobuaki Fujioka and his wife took a seven-hour bus ride to an evacuation center. After two weeks of sleeping on a gymnasium floor next to 236 others, he still has no idea when or if he can return.
“Going home is all I think about,” Fujioka, 65, said, resting on [...]
Tokyo Electric Power is struggling to block a crack discovered in a pit that is leaking highly radioactive water into the ocean at its Fukushima Daiichi plant, and said it had discovered the bodies of its two missing employees at the stricken plant.
Staff discovered the 20 centimetre-wide crack in a shaft storing supply cables close to reactor No 2. Tepco is making preparations to inject a [...]
(Reuters) – Japanese officials grappling on Sunday to end the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl were focusing on a crack in a concrete pit that was leaking radiation into the ocean from a crippled reactor.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had found a crack in the pit at its No.2 reactor in Fukushima, generating readings 1,000 millisieverts of radiation per hour in the [...]
While the news will not be a surprise to anyone watching the grand lie unfold over the past three weeks, it may hopefully force the Japanese government to finally relent and extend the evacuation perimeter from the existing 20 km, thereby actually preventing the needless loss of life in the long run. From Reuters: “Radiation measured at a village 40 km from Japan’s crippled [...]
NUCLEAR FALLOUT HITS UK
NUCLEAR fallout from Japan has been detected in Britain sparking fears the whole country could have been exposed to radiation.
Radioactive iodine was found in air samples taken in Oxfordshire, Glasgow and Dublin.
Officials insisted the amount was “extremely low” but the traces came from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, 5,500 miles away, which was crippled when the magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan [...]
Japan said on Tuesday it is on “maximum alert” over a crippled nuclear plant where highly radioactive water has halted repair work and plutonium has been found in the soil.
The earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan’s northeast coast and left about 28,000 dead or missing also knocked out reactor cooling systems at the Fukushima plant, which has leaked radiation into the air and sea.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan conceded [...]
The operators of a stricken Japanese nuclear plant have apologised for a “mistake” in reporting a radiation spike 10 million times above normal. Tokyo Electric Power Company, which has previously been criticised by officials for its handling of the crisis at the plant, said it got the readings wrong. Despite the mistake, the radiation spike at reactor 2 was still very high and [...]
“But a day after three workers were exposed to water containing radioactive materials 10,000 times the normal level at the turbine building connected to the No. 3 reactor building, highly radioactive water was also found in the turbine buildings of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors.
The latest development in Japan’s worst nuclear crisis raises the risk of more workers [...]
TOKYO — News signs emerged on Friday that parts of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are so damaged and contaminated that it will be harder to bring the plant under control soon.
At the same time, Japanese officials began encouraging people to evacuate a larger swath of territory around the complex.
Speaking to a national audience at a news conference Friday night two weeks after the [...]