Asahi Shimbun demands Tepco release ALL footage related to Fukushima disaster (VIDEO)

Published: October 6th, 2012 at 5:53 am ET


(Subscription Only) Title: Fukushima disaster-response video now online
Date: October 06, 2012

Video of how Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant staff responded to the unfolding disaster is now available for public viewing after the operator posted selected footage on its website.

The six hours of video shows teleconference conversations between staff at the site and their supervisors at Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters, and gives a first-hand account of the problems and delays they encountered as three reactors overheated and fuel inside melted.


But The Asahi Shimbun is demanding that TEPCO do more than that and release all video footage related to the accident.

Watch the 6 hours of footage here

Published: October 6th, 2012 at 5:53 am ET


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17 comments to Asahi Shimbun demands Tepco release ALL footage related to Fukushima disaster (VIDEO)

  • arclight arclight

    tepguv= secrecy? hmmm! and from japanese media too!

    Group: Ministry may have manipulated Fukushima radiation readings

    The group’s readings at those locations averaged 40-50 percent higher than the figures reported by the ministry at the posts themselves.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Thanks to The Asahi Shimbun.

    This is on the right road for the people concerned.

  • many moons

    A year and a half later….we still have to guess what happened to try to discover ways to deal with this a future problems with other reactors that may experience similar situations.

  • bmurr bmurr

    A year and a half later, and we still haven't learned anything.
    I just found this on NJ state police web site. I was looking around for farmer preparedness for nuclear accidents.

    "Can a nuclear power plant explode?

    No. That's impossible. An explosion happens when a large amount of enriched uranium is forced into a compact shape. Nuclear power plants can't explode because only about 3% of the fuel is enriched uranium. And it can't be forced into a compact shape because of the reactor's design."

    I suppose they are saying a nuke plant can't explode like a Nuclear bomb, but the question is can a nuclear power plant explode? This seems to have been proven quite a few times now.

    It seems pretty likely that in the next 30 years, the USA will experience its own major accident. Wonder if we will ever face the truths of potential damage to our country.

    • +1

      Very interesting on several levels.

      There is 'some' information, yet in many ways it's misleading and outdated. (We now know this.)

      Here's a few other tidbits:

      "[radiation release] …A small amount MAY have no harmful effect. A large amount can cause a problem."

      "A serious accident MAY affect your business for several weeks."

      "Even the most serious accident won't affect farm land for more than a few weeks."

      "Could my animals get sick or die? – It's not likely. Even the most serious accident won't cause your animals to get sick. There's even less chance any of them would die."

      "All nuclear plants release some radiation. The amount is very small. It's controlled. And it's regulated by the government."

      "…people get more radiation by watching color TV than they do from a nuclear plant."

      2 years ago I might have read this and not realized just how much the 'lack' of information and misguided simple warnings could affect the lives of millions.

      Now I know better, but it's sad that the majority do not get it and they are probably not going to 'get it' any time soon. Especially, if they wait for the government to inform them.

      Maybe the New Jersey Emergency Management people should talk with the farmers in Fukushima and perhaps update their 'piece of crap' information pamphlet.

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        "…Even the most serious accident won't cause your animals to get sick. There's even less chance any of them would die…"

        Cool. Then my kids should be just fine after a serious accident. Go outside and play, kids… and take the dog. Its perfectly safe – the government said so!

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Umm..well in the meantime…let's take a look at this work up about Unit 4..
    Scroll down..for a view of that all so elusive CORIUM.
    Millions of hours of film…is not going to help as quickly as the situation requires.
    Hopefully the interested parties will search out materials..that already have been drawn from for analysis..

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    "…The Asahi Shimbun is demanding that TEPCO do more than that and release all video footage related to the accident…"

    Demanding? Where was the Asahi Shimbun back in August when TEPCO only coughed up a single hour of heavily edited and bleeped-out footage out of 150 hours? How come no 'demands' the last two months when TEPCO slowly tossed out a few more scraps of heavily-censored video? Isn't the paper just demanding TEPCO's management hurry up and start censoring and releasing the next few months – once again with all the 'bad' stuff edited out? That's some hard-hitting journalism all right, Gobbels-san.

    And why – after the biggest nuclear disaster in history – is it so important to protect any individual TEPCO worker's identity in the footage? Every last second of censorship potentially kills another Japanese citizen. Isn't there anyone at Asahi Shimbun whose kids have thyroid nodules? I realize you need your jobs, but are you serious about giving TEPCO's attorneys the power of life and death over your kids? I would add in concern for your grandchildren, but it doesn't sound like there will be many of those in Japan.

    The Asahi Shimbun – another irrelevant industry suck-up print dinosaur heading to the scrap heap of history.

    • Sickputer

      +311. Sad, but true. But I feel it is another dagger into the heart of the current Japanesr government…it will will not survive unscathed.

      • PavewayIII PavewayIII

        You mean the current *political party* ruling Japan will not survive unscathed.

        Japan uses the same red team/blue team fake choice democracy that the U.S. has developed. The Japanese will merely switch psychopathic political parties this year in an effort to 'fix' the government.

        Nothing will really change. Just like in the U.S., the winning party will be every bit as morally autistic as the losing party. You're not picking your savior when you vote, you're only picking your poison and hoping it will be different this time.

  • many moons

    How can the majority take this sitting down….why aren't they angry?

  • kalidances

    They are starting the pointing of fingers and accusations. No one is going to accept responsibility-yet. When they finally internalize the magnitude of what has happened there is going to be a mass release of information, and a global call for help.
    My suggestion is to not argue, don't get upset, don't go into a rage. Help them. Help your neighbors. No matter what.
    As the scientists will tell you by January 2013, we are all now relative short timers. We'd better work together to handle this crisis or it's going to be an agonizing time.
    Forgive now, get retribution later. The United States, General Electric Co.,created these nuke site plans. Never forget that. Just help each other now. Please.

    • Maggie123

      Important words, kalidances. Thank you. It's going to be an agonizing time in any case – surely already is, at least in minds of so many. All I've seen of Chernobyl – interviews with young people carrying cancer, with parents, with caregivers … heartbreaking. Energy diverted to blaming among those directly affected may interfere with healing. But at same time, truth of responsibility and "cooperation in withholding information" can and must be bluntly stated IMO. Perhaps not with "wheels spinning anger" but with conviction that does not bow to "status" of power. Space must be kept available for any "govt/corp" individuals who wish to "switch allegiance" to join those who are committed to healing.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Reactors heat up and blow up, as proven by Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, and others. Pointing fingers after the fact "does nothing" to change the grim reality of the danger that faces each one of us, every minute of every day.

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