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Economist.com: Journalist covering Fukushima reportedly harassed and imprisoned on return to Tokyo — “What are the names of people you met in Fukushima?” asked officer

See the Dec. 19 article in the Japan Times written by Canadian journalist Christopher Johnson here: Lone holdout’s first nuclear winter looms in Tohoku

Title: Japan’s immigration control: Gulag for gaijin | The Economist Source: Economist.com Date: Jan 18, 2012

AN EXTRAORDINARY story is making the rounds among the hacks and other expats in . . . → Read More: Economist.com: Journalist covering Fukushima reportedly harassed and imprisoned on return to Tokyo — “What are the names of people you met in Fukushima?” asked officer

Steamy ‘Cold Shutdown’? Reactor 2 vessel full of moisture — Water dripping from roof

Title: Camera peeks inside reactorSource: The Japan Times OnlineAuthor: KAZUAKI NAGATADate: Jan 20, 2012 [...] Images taken by the endoscope showed the vessel was full of moisture, but the pipes and walls did not appear to be damaged, Tepco said. [...]

The utility released seven mostly blurry images to the media, which Matsumoto attributed . . . → Read More: Steamy ‘Cold Shutdown’? Reactor 2 vessel full of moisture — Water dripping from roof

‘Major Mystery’: Serious concern at Fukushima as Tepco doesn’t know where melted fuel came to rest -Japan Times

Title: Scientists say they can find melted reactor fuel Source: Japan Times Online Author: MINORU MATSUTANI Date: Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

One major mystery — and a source of serious concern — at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is the exact location of the molten fuel from reactors 1, 2 and 3.

Hindered . . . → Read More: ‘Major Mystery’: Serious concern at Fukushima as Tepco doesn’t know where melted fuel came to rest -Japan Times

*Updated w/ Video* Study Authors: Now 20,000 excess U.S. deaths after Fukushima, not 14,000? Follow up article looking at age groups, cities

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UPDATE: Video finally available below

SOURCE: Nuclear Hotseat podcast DATE: Jan. 12, 2012

Interview w/Dr. Janette Sherman and Joseph Mangano, co-authors of the medical journal article on 14,000 excess U.S. deaths following Fukushima.

Transcript Summary at 31:30 in

Mangano:

Follow up journal article looking at additional deaths 14,000 may be closer to 20,000 excess . . . → Read More: *Updated w/ Video* Study Authors: Now 20,000 excess U.S. deaths after Fukushima, not 14,000? Follow up article looking at age groups, cities

NRC: After Fukushima crisis began MANY countries urged citizens to evacuate Tokyo — Canada, S. Korea, UK, Australia all stated 50 mile evacuation zones, not just US

Title: March 23rd, 2011 – Canada, South Korea, UK and Australia Also Took 50 Mile Evacuation PrecautionSource: EnformableDate: Jan 19, 2012 I did some web searching. Canada, South Korea, UK and Australia stated an evacuation distance of 80 km/ 50 miles.

Many countries, such as France, urged their citizens in the north-east Japan and . . . → Read More: NRC: After Fukushima crisis began MANY countries urged citizens to evacuate Tokyo — Canada, S. Korea, UK, Australia all stated 50 mile evacuation zones, not just US

Watch: Japan professors boycott reactor hearing after public excluded (VIDEO)

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Title: Anger in Japan over nuclear restart moves Source: Euronews Date: Jan 19, 2012

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[...] people worried about a repeat of the Fukushima disaster [...] disrupted a hearing in Tokyo by a panel of experts reviewing the results of stress tests on two reactors that may be restarted.

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. . . → Read More: Watch: Japan professors boycott reactor hearing after public excluded (VIDEO)

Where’s the Water in Reactor 2? “Our prediction must have been wrong” says Tepco — Yet camera lens “covered in water droplets” -Asahi

Title: Endoscope fails to reach water at Fukushima reactor Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: Jan 19, 2012 Emphasis Added

[...] the endoscope lens became covered in water droplets and the reception was sometimes fuzzy, so the operator of the plant could not determine the condition of the melted fuel [???] or if . . . → Read More: Where’s the Water in Reactor 2? “Our prediction must have been wrong” says Tepco — Yet camera lens “covered in water droplets” -Asahi

Cold Shutdown? Tepco says “massive steam” made it difficult for camera to get a clear view (PHOTO)

Title: Japanese company takes look inside nuclear reactor – CNN.com Source: CNN Author: Yoko Wakatsuki Date: 6:52 AM EST, Thu January 19, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the endoscope equipped with a camera took pictures when it was inserted into reactor No. 2.

Massive steam and water drops made it difficult to get . . . → Read More: Cold Shutdown? Tepco says “massive steam” made it difficult for camera to get a clear view (PHOTO)

Fukushima Worker: Camera can resist 1000 sieverts, today it was broken — Spots on images show radioactivity — Tepco yet to measure radiation level (PHOTOS)

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Title: Result of endoscope operation on 1/19/2012 Source: Fukushima Diary Date: January 19th, 2012

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Actual Fukushima worker [...]

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The camera we used today can resist for 1000Sv, but even the camera got so much noise (the white spots), the radiation level is really high. At usual reactor test, we put . . . → Read More: Fukushima Worker: Camera can resist 1000 sieverts, today it was broken — Spots on images show radioactivity — Tepco yet to measure radiation level (PHOTOS)

Tepco: Unfortunately we could not spot any signs of fuel — Water at unexpectedly low levels, accuracy of gauges questioned (PHOTOS)

Title: Radiation, Rusty Metal Seen In Tsunami-hit Reactor | Fox News Source: AP Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI Date: Jan 19, 2012

[...] “Given the harsh environment that we had to operate, we did quite well. It’s a first step,” [Tepco's] Matsumoto said. “But we could not spot any signs of fuel, unfortunately.” [...]

The probe . . . → Read More: Tepco: Unfortunately we could not spot any signs of fuel — Water at unexpectedly low levels, accuracy of gauges questioned (PHOTOS)

“Cable was too short”: Tepco failed to plug in device that would have provided key data about Fukushima reactors on March 11 -NHK (VIDEO)

Title: TEPCO failed to link data device to backup powerSource: NHK WORLD EnglishDate: Thursday, January 19, 2012 14:28 +0900 (JST) The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it failed to supply emergency electricity to a devise that sends information on the reactors to a government nuclear safety agency. [...]

The . . . → Read More: “Cable was too short”: Tepco failed to plug in device that would have provided key data about Fukushima reactors on March 11 -NHK (VIDEO)

Kyodo: Camera endoscope enters inside Fukushima Reactor No. 2 — Difficulty finding melted fuel?

Title: TEPCO uses endoscope to look inside crippled Fukushima reactor – The Mainichi Daily NewsSource: KyodoDate: January 19, 2012 [...] The outcome of the 70-minute survey into the No. 2 reactor is expected to be announced later in the day. Confirming the state of the melted fuel is likely to be difficult through the . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Camera endoscope enters inside Fukushima Reactor No. 2 — Difficulty finding melted fuel?

Asahi: People eating more radiation, but not in danger — 96% of Fukushima residents ingested cesium on Dec. 4, 56% in Tokyo area -Study

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Title: Fukushima people eating more cesium but not in danger, says study Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date:January 19, 2012

The median daily intake of radioactive cesium from meals eaten by families in Fukushima Prefecture is more than 11 times the

SOURCE: Asahi AJW

level in the Kanto region near Tokyo but . . . → Read More: Asahi: People eating more radiation, but not in danger — 96% of Fukushima residents ingested cesium on Dec. 4, 56% in Tokyo area -Study

Lawmaker: Serious questions arising about why Canada gov’t failed to alert public about radioactive rain after Fukushima

Title: Greens say Health Canada failed to reveal radioactivity in rainwaterSource: The Nelson DailyDate: 18 Jan 2012 The Green Party of Canada said despite public concern over fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Health Canada failed to report higher than normal radioactive iodine levels in rainwater.

The Greens have been calling for . . . → Read More: Lawmaker: Serious questions arising about why Canada gov’t failed to alert public about radioactive rain after Fukushima