Asahi: Secret US report called Japan’s Fukushima response “FUBAR, or F−−−−− Up Beyond All Recognition” — Top official had tears in his eyes

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 3:25 pm ET
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Title: PROMETHEUS TRAP (5): Tears from an old Japan hand at the State Department
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIROYOSHI ITABASHI
Date: Feb 6, 2013

[…] How did the [U.S.] State Department assess the way the Japanese government was responding to the nuclear crisis?

An internal report on the issue secretly circulated among top State Department officials on that day [March 16, 2011] contained one word that would answer that question–“FUBAR,” or F—– Up Beyond All Recognition. […]

Also on that day, [Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs] attended a meeting of senior officials at the State Department […] He informed the attendants of the department’s decision to declare a “voluntary evacuation” from Japan. […]

One of the senior officials present at the meeting recalls seeing tears in Campbell’s eyes. […]

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Published: February 5th, 2013 at 3:25 pm ET
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42 comments to Asahi: Secret US report called Japan’s Fukushima response “FUBAR, or F−−−−− Up Beyond All Recognition” — Top official had tears in his eyes

  • Au Au

    I said exactly the same thing!
    FUBARshima

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Meltdowns happen, as proven by the many nuclear mishaps and disasters we've had. Unlike a plane crash, these disasters contaminate the earth, permanently.

  • kintaman kintaman

    I still have tears in my eyes. Japan is finished…they just do not know it yet. The countdown started on 2011.3.11.

    • Au Au

      I am so sorry kintaman. This tragedy is incalculable.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        kinta-san, I'm also so very sorry. Japan is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The Japanese people have always held a special place in my heart. At one time I wanted to go and live there — likely in Hokkaido. Now that may never be.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          I always dreamed of having a small cottage on the shore in Futabagun. A beautiful place.

          Now it's a kill zone.

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      you can believe they know it, kintaman; they just don't want – us – knowing it…

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      I'm sorry too… I felt the very same way on the very day that I first heard and learned about Fukushima. Japan is history… maybe if the rest of us ever survive there might one day be stories told about Japan and the Japanese culture, but eventually those will fade away even too…..

  • combomelt combomelt

    Truly unbelievable. Who besides enenews will put this under the global microscope?

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Crocodile tears. This is ass covering, to protect the very people that allowed this to happen in the first place.

    It certainly didn't stop Hillary from signing that treaty that allowed all the radioactive food into the US.

    Why is this coming out now? Why not two years ago? Why isn't this in a US MSM outlet?

    Why did they let a big chunk of the US military stay in place, guaranteeing their premature deaths from radiation poisoning?

    What a load of crap.

    • Sol Man

      TIS ask: Why did they let a big chink of the US military stay in place, guaranteeing their premature deaths from radiation poisoning?

      I have wondered if a part of the Bushido way of thinking, when knowing that your demise is certain and caused by your one-time adversary, if this fact would demand that you do nothing when you see that the old enemy is certain to suffer the same fate as you, Ancient Warrior. So even if you could take action to save previous nemesis, you do not help.

      Why were the American lives allowed to be put into jeopardy when the leaders were fully aware of the severity of the situation?

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    I wonder which U.S. official had tears in his eyes when he was discussing this matter. What long term implications might he have recognized at the time? It had to be something very, very serious ] to have made a grown man cry.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Wondering if maybe it was Gregory Jackzo? Admin, do you have access to the person's name?

      In response to my own post above (wondering who was crying). Hmmn, it also must be torture to withhold the truth when you know what the end results of your silence might be. That is, if one allows one's self to contemplate it. And if one still has a shred of decency and hasn't become a political animal, or completely heholden to the nucleocrats for one's livelihood.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Just don't know what to believe anymore. Remembering the reports from the U.S. team on site working at the plant when one of the reactors had an explosion (#2?) He was terrified.

        One can't work around these reactors without knowing the terrible potential consequences of a nuclear accident.

        What would be compelling enough to make someone keep silent about such a thing?

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        No way. I don't believe he's cry. Isn't Boner the cry-baby?

  • J.

    The article focuses on past failures and ignores the current reality. I think that informed readers globally are more concerned about the situation now, and what is being done to stop or reduce ongoing radiological contamination.

  • Sickputer

    The last two words of the acronym is often different:

    Fu#ked Up Beyond Any Repair.

    …And that is what they face at the former second largest nuclear plant in the world.

    One million years of toxic nuclear fuel rods are out of control in and below at least three reactors and they will never to be able to stop the deep ground releases. The contaminants will most assuredly outlast the race of mankind.

    • amberlight amberlight

      Another military acronym that can be applied to NPPs everywhere is SNAFU: Systems Normal, ALL F___ed Up!

  • MOX in UNIT 3

    The range for Mox assemblies believed to have been inside reactor 3 range from 164 assemblies to 32 mox assemblies. At the low end estimate of 32 mox assemblies, we still get a scary total of 5.5 tons of fuel containing more than 300 kg of plutonium.

    “300 kg is therefore equivalent to 300 billion lethal doses” (MOX fuel-Corium-Plutonium in Fukushima Daiichi http://www.fukushima311watchdogs.org/biblio/9/Mox%20fuel-corium-plutonium%20in%20Fukushima%20Daiichi.pdf)

    (The article's authors actually felt far more plutonium was involved and so does PattieB)

    There also were problems reported at the Rokkasho re-processing plant that separates out plutonium for the now-defunct breeder reactor program.

    The New York Times reported that a fuel reprocessing plant at Rokkasho and a nuclear power plant at Higashidori in Aomori Prefecture were running on emergency diesel generators after losing external power.

    T. Hiroko and A. Pollack (7 April 2011) ‘Japan is Struck by Powerful Aftershock’, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/world/asia/08japan.html?_r=1&, date accessed 9 April 2011.

    • Additionally, blogger Ex-SKF reported on a fire at a depleted uranium storage facility that was in close proximity to a Cosmo Oil Refinery in Chiba that burned after the earthquake on March 13, 2011.

      • Alvarez 3/13/2011] “Meanwhile, Unit 2 of the Tokai nuclear complex, which is near Kyodo and just 75 miles north of Tokyo, is reported to have a coolant pump failure. And Japan's nuclear safety agency has declared a state of emergency at the Onagawa nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan because of high radiation levels. Authorities are saying its three reactors are "under control. (Meltdowns Grow More Likely at the Fukushima Reactors March 13, 2011 · By Robert Alvarez http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-alvarez/meltdowns-japan-earthquake_b_835121.html)

        "Low-level radioactive water leaks at Tokai nuclear plant"The Mainichi Daily Newshttp://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120320p2g00m0dm015000c.html
        TOKYO (Kyodo) — [excerpted] "Some 1.5 tons of low-level radioactive water leaked from a storage tank of a nuclear reactor in the process of decommissioning at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s plant in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Monday…"

        Enenews: Fukushima Report Introduced by Top Official Hosono: “Other reactors are all in considerably severe condition” — 14 total; Dai-ni, Onagawa, Tokai — “Extreme situations, though not much has been broadcast” (VIDEO)
        http://enenews.com/must-see-report-introduced-by-top-govt-official-hosono-actually-other-reactors-are-all-in-considerably-se

        • How many ways can we operationalize FUBAR

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            PattieB, would you please elaborate on what a "mega cascading set-quake" is? Thanks.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              That was supposed to go under Pattie B's comment.

              Majia — Stock and AGreenRoad also agree there was much more than 300 kg of Plutonium involved.

              Or, as Michio Kaku put it in March 2011, there are "1,000 … cases of nuclear death stalking every man, woman, and child on earth."

            • a quake that's so large it sets-off other quake zones… and so as we now have the main "Mega" one, and three additional zones have begun having quakes as well…

  • gottagetoffthegrid

    Japan is FUBAR.

  • February 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm · Reply

    Fuku is in a 3rd level warning zone for incoming Tsunami… from MEGA CASCADING set-quake! 3 other quake zone have been activated…!!

  • Like fuku… this thing just keeps rocking and rolling! going past 35 quakes now.

  • dosdos dosdos

    The last word in FUBAR is "repair", not "recognition".

    • guezilla

      How about Google? I think majority of todays posts have been arguments over what FUBAR is acronym for 🙂

      Like most widely used acronyms, nowadays it has multiple definitions and uses. "reason" is the third version I think hasn't been mentioned yet.

      However, according to Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest and original definition of FUBAR is indeed "Fukush*** up beyond all recognition."

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_slang_terms

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Beyond recognition" ..beyond comprehension.
    Yes..
    The amount of nuclear materials releases..can be estimated..but the damaging effects..of that amount of material…and the fact that the situation is on-going…makes it almost unfathomable to understand.
    Those that can even take a glimpse..are left speechless.

    Perhaps..it is best looked at from an intuitive frame of mind.
    Know what intuition tells you.
    We all "know' the situation is very very bad.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Japan was hit by a tsunami several inches high

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima; Today's Titantic and Costa Concordia; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-todays-titantic-and-costa.html

    Multiple Nuclear Reactors Bombed; All Nuclear Reactors ARE Bombs; via A Green Road
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/multiple-nuclear-reactors-bombed-all.html