Bloomberg: US got SPEEDI radiation forecasts 10 days before Japan public — “Stop these word games” lawyer tells official — Gov’t had first claimed projections not accurate

Published: January 17th, 2012 at 6:52 am ET
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Title: New Fukushima Investigation Promises to Dig Deeper Into Nuclear Crisis
Source: – Bloomberg
Author: Tsuyoshi Inajima and Kanoko Matsuyama
Date: Jan 17, 2012 12:38 AM ET

[...] Itaru Watanabe, an official at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, said data produced by the system for projecting the spread of radiation, called SPEEDI, was provided to the U.S. before the Japanese public.

The data was disclosed to get the assistance of the U.S military for the relief effort on March 14, Watanabe said. The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan first released results of the SPEEDI projections on March 23, according to the ministry’s presentation materials. The data release for the public “was delayed while it was being considered at the government’s disaster response headquarters,” Watanabe told the panel.

The ministry officials then started explaining differences in definitions of words, saying the ministry didn’t “release” the data to the U.S. but “communicated” on the matter with the U.S.

“I want you to stop these word games” as bureaucratic definitions don’t matter to the public, Shuya Nomura, a lawyer and a professor at Chuo University Law School, told the officials. [...]

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Title: New probe vows to cut deeper in Japan nuke crisis
Source: AP
Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI
Date: Jan. 16, 2012

[...] Top government officials have come under fire for failing to use data produced by the radiation warning system, known as SPEEDI, for evacuation when the reactors were in critical condition. They said they couldn’t use them due to the lack of accurate data. The disclosure could renew criticism over the government bungling of the evacuation.

But Itaru Watanabe, an Education Ministry official in charge of radiation monitoring, told the panel that the SPEEDI data were given to the U.S. military via Japan’s Foreign Ministry “for use in their relief effort.” [...]

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9 comments to Bloomberg: US got SPEEDI radiation forecasts 10 days before Japan public — “Stop these word games” lawyer tells official — Gov’t had first claimed projections not accurate

  • kintaman kintaman

    So then I guess people were right to believe the “scaremonger” foreign news reports as they had information that the Japanese government was not giving to the public.

    The Japanese government’s actions are down right criminal and all those responsible (including TEPCO, of course, and especially the Japanese media – including execs, anchors and reporters who withheld information. Put them all to work on site at Fukushima Daiichi.


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  • or-well

    I wonder what “Stop these word games!” would sound like if chanted by thousands outside the building?

    Or “The earthquake’s not innocent and neither is TEPCO!”

    All very polite, IMO.

    The previous Hatamura report had closed hearings “to encourage open discourse” and basically absolved the earthquake.

    The Kurokawa commission “may publicly question officials”…or it may not.

    Shouldn’t testimony be under oath, and the truth be demanded, whether or not the media is present? (and it should be, as well as members of the public).


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  • Sure is a floodgate of facts coming out despite the withholding of by authorities !


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  • StillJill StillJill

    ‘Aint the truth a PESKY BUGGER? :-)


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    They’re still wrangling about last March – jockeying for hero or scapegoat status. I hope they start talking about “cold shutdown conditions” and similar current issues.

    Where do we (humanity) go from here?

    SHUT THEM ALL DOWN (He hinted, helpfully)


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  • or-well

    Key quote:
    “If the panel finds the earthquake damaged critical functions, all of Japan’s atomic stations will need to be reviewed.”

    Well, there’s reviewed and then there’s actually upgraded.

    Upgrading will cost, bigtime.
    (I’ll leave alone whether ANY upgrading would be enough to withstand a BIG ONE)

    Not to mention making those responsible for the design and licensing processes look bad. That’s a lot of elite players both in terms of individuals and bureaucratic entities.

    Even if they find “The earthquake did it!”
    that will open the way to lenghty reviews, wrangles about what’s sufficient upgrading and funding shenanigans to pay for them and blah blah blah commissions blah panels blah and just maybe ……………….

    the public subsidising the cost for the Atomic Utilities (in favor) to develop some profitable alt-energy conglomerate!

    Wish I was more optimistic….


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  • americancommntr

    So far, Tepco and the Japanese government do not appear to have ever told the truth about a single thing.

    This makes them compulsive liars.

    It would be interesting to know the psychological effects of the radiation exposure they have had.

    They really should be yelling at other nations and clamoring for cold shutdowns of all plants worldwide and for spent fuel to be dealt with, before something worse happens to the planet.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes americancommntr,…’they’ should be doing/feeling a lot of things they are not. Indeed, their brains and neurochemistry is not right. That is the kindest I can be.
    We are seeing mental deterioration of a brand not yet understood, I’m sure.

    Reminds me of a piece on a big pharmaceutical Exec, a woman, who was found in a hotel room with her overdosed 7 or 8 year old son.
    They report listed all of ‘her company’s medications’ that were stuffed into the boy. Dead of course. She was WHACKED, beyond whacked, of course. Might have been ‘Natural News’, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. Unfortunately, you believe me, which you should,…it’s sadly quite true.

    Having been married to a control’s operator at a NPP, who was X navy, (nuclear subs,…15+ years, etc,…). I can attest to a non-human affect.


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