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News Agency: "After working in affected areas, four workers have died, victims of leukemia or heart attack" -NHK TV

Title: Noticias de Prensa Latina – High Levels of Radiation at Fukushima Nuclear Plant Source: Prensa Latina News Agency Date: Feb 21

[...] On Monday, a group of journalists was allowed to tour some of the places on the ground, seriously affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 11, 2011, which generated an . . . → Read More: News Agency: "After working in affected areas, four workers have died, victims of leukemia or heart attack" -NHK TV

Journalist: Almost every day a worker would keel over with heat exhaustion and be carried out

Title: How the Yakuza went nuclear Source: Telegraph Author: Jake Adelstein Date: 11:30AM GMT 21 Feb 2012

For his book, The Yakuza and the Nuclear Industry, [Tomohiko] Suzuki went undercover at Fukushima [...]

When Suzuki was working in the plant in August, he had to wear a full-body radiation protective suit and a gas . . . → Read More: Journalist: Almost every day a worker would keel over with heat exhaustion and be carried out

AP: Radiation contamination detected 400 miles from Fukushima coast — Levels up to 1,000 times above normal — IAEA says safe to drink

Title: Radiation detected 400 miles off Japanese coastSource: Associated PressAuthor: BRIAN SKOLOFF and MALCOLM RITTERDate: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Radioactive contamination from the Fukushima power plant disaster has been detected as far as almost 400 miles off Japan in the Pacific Ocean, with water showing readings of up to 1,000 times more than . . . → Read More: AP: Radiation contamination detected 400 miles from Fukushima coast — Levels up to 1,000 times above normal — IAEA says safe to drink

WSJ publishes NRC transcript: Explosion “leveled the structure for Unit 4 spent-fuel pool all the way down to approximate level of the bottom of the fuels” — “So, there’s no water in there whatsoever”

Title: U.S. Was More Cautious in Japan Nuclear Accident – WSJ.com Source: Wall Street Journal Author: Peter Landers Date: Feb 21, 2012

Newly released transcripts of U.S. discussions shortly after Japan’s nuclear accident  [...] show that the top U.S. nuclear regulator correctly projected, months before Japan acknowledged it, that the Fukushima Daiichi plant might . . . → Read More: WSJ publishes NRC transcript: Explosion “leveled the structure for Unit 4 spent-fuel pool all the way down to approximate level of the bottom of the fuels” — “So, there’s no water in there whatsoever”

Former Tepco executives say company has always known they were working with yakuza

Title: How the Yakuza went nuclearSource: TelegraphAuthor: Jake AdelsteinDate: 11:30AM GMT 21 Feb 2012 [...] Former Tepco executives, workers, police officials, as well as investigative journalist, Katsunobu Onda, author of TEPCO: The Dark Empire, all agree: Tepco have always known they were working with the yakuza; they just didn’t care. However, the articles Suzuki . . . → Read More: Former Tepco executives say company has always known they were working with yakuza

“Unthinkable”: Reports surfacing of radioactive sheep in parts of Norway containing 4,000 Bq/kg

Title: Chernobyl still affects NorwaySource: The ForeignerAuthor: Michael SandelsonDate: Feb 21, 2012 Today, reports have surfaced that some sheep in certain parts of Norway contain 4,000 Becquerel per kilo of meat, almost six times higher than recommended by Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) officials.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s Magnar Grudt tells NRK, “It’s . . . → Read More: “Unthinkable”: Reports surfacing of radioactive sheep in parts of Norway containing 4,000 Bq/kg

Book: Mentally handicapped working at Fukushima plant after meltdowns — Often given worse radiation suits than regular employees

Title: How the Yakuza went nuclear Source: Telegraph Author: Jake Adelstein Date: 11:30AM GMT 21 Feb 2012

[...] an explosive book recently published in Japan [by] Tomohiko Suzuki, calls “Japan’s nuclear mafia… A conglomeration of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, the shady nuclear industry, their lobbyists…” And at the centre of it all stands Japan’s . . . → Read More: Book: Mentally handicapped working at Fukushima plant after meltdowns — Often given worse radiation suits than regular employees

Telegraph: Tepco raised “safe” radiation exposure limits at Fukushima plant to over 500 times original level — From 180cpm to 100,000cpm — Often reported as 2.5-fold increase

Title: How the Yakuza went nuclear Source: Telegraph Author: Jake Adelstein Date: 11:30AM GMT 21 Feb 2012

[...] recruits were hard to find. Officials in Fukushima reportedly told local businesses, “Bring us the living dead. People no one will miss.” [...] 

The labour crunch was eased somewhat when the Japanese government and Tepco raised . . . → Read More: Telegraph: Tepco raised “safe” radiation exposure limits at Fukushima plant to over 500 times original level — From 180cpm to 100,000cpm — Often reported as 2.5-fold increase

Tepco to begin coating seafloor with cement mixture (PHOTOS)

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Title: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Start of marine soil coating construction inside the port Source: Tepco Handout Date: Feb 21, 2012

According to past sampling, we detected relatively high concentrated radioactive materials from marine soil sampled at inside of the port. Since the marine soil will be spread by ocean wave, we plan . . . → Read More: Tepco to begin coating seafloor with cement mixture (PHOTOS)

NHK: 42% of residents’ radiation exposure tops annual limit — Survey excluded people working in places with high radioactivity — Only used 4 months of data

Title: 40% of residents’ exposure tops annual limit Source: NHK Date: Feb 21, 2012

40% of residents’ exposure tops annual limit

[...] Fukushima Prefecture released on Monday the results of its survey of external radioactive exposure among some 9,750 residents of 2 towns and a village after the accident last March. This number excluded . . . → Read More: NHK: 42% of residents’ radiation exposure tops annual limit — Survey excluded people working in places with high radioactivity — Only used 4 months of data