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Tepco Official on Unit 3: “We don’t know if it was really a hydrogen explosion”

Statement of Tepco Executive Akio Takahashi recorded 30 minutes after the explosion at Reactor No. 3 on March 14, 2011 translated by Fukushima Diary:

“We don’t know if it was really a hydrogen explosion, but because the government, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said it was a hydrogen explosion, let’s announce it was a . . . → Read More: Tepco Official on Unit 3: “We don’t know if it was really a hydrogen explosion”

‘Alice in Wonderland’ was used to convince children in Japan nuclear power is safe (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Nuclear Power after Fukushima | Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan Uploaded by: Harvard Uploaded on: August 7, 2012 Speaker: Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists

At 40:15 in

Ferguson: Stories have come out that the government was promoting nuclear power so much that they were using cartoon characters, they were using Alice in . . . → Read More: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was used to convince children in Japan nuclear power is safe (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Nuclear Expert: Fukushima explosions could have actually blown holes through containment vessels (Harvard Video)

Nuclear Power after Fukushima | Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan Uploaded by: Harvard Uploaded on: August 7, 2012 Speaker: Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists

At ~33:00 in

Ferguson: They’re in a problem here. So they can’t operate the vents. Steam builds up, and the reactor keeps boiling and boiling and boiling. And . . . → Read More: Nuclear Expert: Fukushima explosions could have actually blown holes through containment vessels (Harvard Video)

Yomiuri: Tepco has ‘heavily altered’ video footage — Expert suspects images have been altered more than necessary

Title: TEPCO video heavily altered / Alternation shows utility’s reluctance to make information available Source: The Yomiuri ShimbunDate: Aug. 8, 2012 The recently disclosed video of Tokyo Electric Power Co. teleconferences that took place just after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been significantly altered, with . . . → Read More: Yomiuri: Tepco has ‘heavily altered’ video footage — Expert suspects images have been altered more than necessary

Tepco’s Fukushima Footage: Top of containment vessel could be destroyed — Several executives bury faces in hands, others sigh after talk of damaged containment

(Subscription Only) Title: Video shows disorganized response to Fukushima accident Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: August 7, 2012

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In video footage of the teleconference that followed, Yuichi Hayase, a TEPCO adviser who once served as executive vice president, grabs the microphone at TEPCO headquarters and addresses Masao Yoshida, the head of . . . → Read More: Tepco’s Fukushima Footage: Top of containment vessel could be destroyed — Several executives bury faces in hands, others sigh after talk of damaged containment

Tepco’s Fukushima Footage: “Worst-case scenario” to unfold in 2 hours if nothing is done — 1.5 hours later all fuel rods exposed at Reactor No. 2 — Official mentions evacuation soon after

(Subscription Only) Title: Video shows disorganized response to Fukushima accident Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: August 7, 2012

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it becomes clear that [Fukushima plant chief] Yoshida’s measures will not work. Hearing that, [Tepco president] Shimizu gives instructions to use the measures called for by Madarame [chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission . . . → Read More: Tepco’s Fukushima Footage: “Worst-case scenario” to unfold in 2 hours if nothing is done — 1.5 hours later all fuel rods exposed at Reactor No. 2 — Official mentions evacuation soon after

Bloomberg: Tepco considered shooting firearms at No. 3 reactor building

Title: Tepco Weighed Using Firearms to Avoid Fukushima Explosion Source: Bloomberg Author: By Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada Date: Aug 7, 2012 1:24 AM ET

As the first hydrogen explosion rocked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) officials scrambled to prevent a second blast, at one point weighing the use . . . → Read More: Bloomberg: Tepco considered shooting firearms at No. 3 reactor building

Highest Yet: 300 times over cesium limit in wild mushroom — Found far from Fukushima plant, 140 km away in Tochigi Prefecture

August 6, 2012 report in the Nikkei Shinbun translated by EXSKF:

Highest level of cesium detected in wild mushroom

Tochigi Prefecture announced on August 6 that 31,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium was detected in wild “Lactarius volemus” (tawny milkcap mushroom) harvested in Nikko City, far exceeding the national safety standard (100 Bq/kg).

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According . . . → Read More: Highest Yet: 300 times over cesium limit in wild mushroom — Found far from Fukushima plant, 140 km away in Tochigi Prefecture

Tepco officials left Tokyo headquarters soon after Reactor 1 exploded — Image not available to public — Claimed “their engineers remained to deal with the situation”

Title: TEPCO executives leave HQ amid crisisSource: NHK WORLD EnglishDate: Aug. 6, 2012 Video footage released by Tokyo Electric Power Company shows the utility’s executives leaving the Tokyo headquarters as the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was unfolding.

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The full-length video . . . → Read More: Tepco officials left Tokyo headquarters soon after Reactor 1 exploded — Image not available to public — Claimed “their engineers remained to deal with the situation”

NHK: With support growing for the 0% nuclear power option, gov’t to delay deadline for deciding on an energy policy (VIDEO)

Title: Noda to examine issues to end nuclear dependenceSource: NHK WorldDate: Aug. 6, 2012 Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he’ll ask his ministers to clarify what issues lay ahead if the country should end its dependence on nuclear energy.

Noda told reporters in Hiroshima on Monday that he wants to see a thorough . . . → Read More: NHK: With support growing for the 0% nuclear power option, gov’t to delay deadline for deciding on an energy policy (VIDEO)

NHK: Fears that Tepco may erase recordings (VIDEO)

Title: TEPCO releases footage of Fukushima teleconference Source: NHK World Date: Aug. 6, 2012

Yoichiro Tateiwa, NHK Reporter: Tepco shareholders suing the companies executives filed a petition for the videos to be preserved as evidence. They fear the utility may erase the recordings…

Tokyo Professor: Tepco deleted parts of video, people may suspect they have something to hide — NHK: Reporters banned from making copies, only 1/3 has audio (VIDEO)

Title: TEPCO releases footage of Fukushima teleconference Source: NHK World Date: Aug. 6, 2012

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Only one-third of the 150-hours of video contain audio sound.

The media are allowed to watch the videos on personal computers at TEPCO’s head office. The company bans reporters from making copies of the footage.

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The utility finally . . . → Read More: Tokyo Professor: Tepco deleted parts of video, people may suspect they have something to hide — NHK: Reporters banned from making copies, only 1/3 has audio (VIDEO)

The Economist on ‘Positive Side’ of Fukushima: Kids just need to gargle after being outside — “In Japan, that is something that children mostly do anyway”

Title: Japan and the atom: Nuclearphobia Source: The Economist Date: Aug 6, 2012

In her maternity bed in this peach-farming town about 40km (25 miles) from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, Akemi Makuta, a 40-year-old mother, knows all about such fears. Since the March 2011 nuclear disaster, “radiation has been preying on my . . . → Read More: The Economist on ‘Positive Side’ of Fukushima: Kids just need to gargle after being outside — “In Japan, that is something that children mostly do anyway”

Asahi: Disturbing picture emerging as nuclear employees come out of the woodwork — Fukushima workers report groups clocking in with no dosimeters

(Subscription Only) Title: Nuclear power plants: A hidden world of untruths, unethical behavior Source: Asahi AJW Author: Compiled from reports by Miki Aoki, Toshio Tada and Tamiyuki Kihara Date: August 06, 2012

The long and the short of it is this: Nuclear power plants probably would not operate properly in Japan if workers were . . . → Read More: Asahi: Disturbing picture emerging as nuclear employees come out of the woodwork — Fukushima workers report groups clocking in with no dosimeters

WSJ: Tepco managing director says “evacuate the workers from the site” after Reactor No. 3 exploded — “Bulk of footage is available for viewing only by select journalist”

Title: Tepco Releases Video Footage Taken During Critical Hours After Fukushima Daiichi Accident Source: Wall Street Journal Author: Phred Dvorak and Mitsuru Obe Date: Aug 6, 2012

On Monday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. for the first time released footage taken inside its command centers

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They’re 150 hours recorded over Tepco’s emergency videoconference system . . . → Read More: WSJ: Tepco managing director says “evacuate the workers from the site” after Reactor No. 3 exploded — “Bulk of footage is available for viewing only by select journalist”

Tepco Tapes: Fukushima chief calls out ‘mayday, mayday’ when Reactor No. 3 exploded — HQ started to respond as if he said he was going out to lunch (VIDEO)

Video of when Reactor 3 exploded posted on Nikkei.com with summary translation by EXSKF: It was more like Plant Manager Yoshida was calling “mayday, mayday” when Reactor 3 blew up. The people at TEPCO HQ didn’t seem to comprehend what Yoshida was saying for several seconds, and started to respond as if Yoshida had . . . → Read More: Tepco Tapes: Fukushima chief calls out ‘mayday, mayday’ when Reactor No. 3 exploded — HQ started to respond as if he said he was going out to lunch (VIDEO)

Radioactive cesium reported in Kellogg’s cereal from Japan — Almost 20 becquerels per kilogram (PHOTO)

Source: http://www.kon-tida.net/blog/main.php?mode=detail&article=29

Kellogg’s All Brown Buran Flake Plain (Expiration Date: May 2013)

Cs-134 @ 8.95 Becquerels/kilogram (Bq/kg) Cs-137 @ 10.76 Bq/kg Total Cesium @ 19.71 Bq/kg

h/t Fukushima Diary

. . . → Read More: Radioactive cesium reported in Kellogg’s cereal from Japan — Almost 20 becquerels per kilogram (PHOTO)

AP: Fukushima Daiichi workers could try to sabotage plant, warns their doctor

Title: Doctors: Japan nuclear plant workers face stigma Source: Associated Press Author: By MALCOLM FOSTER (Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report) Date: Aug 05, 2012 4:11 AM EDT

A growing number of Japanese workers who are risking their health to shut down the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant are suffering from depression, anxiety . . . → Read More: AP: Fukushima Daiichi workers could try to sabotage plant, warns their doctor

Gov’t Releases Last Year’s Tests: “Contamination detected even in the Sea of Japan” — “Airborne material” blamed — Includes Niigata, Shizuoka, and Iwate

Title: Radioactive cesium found off of Niigata, Shizuoka, Iwate coasts: gov’t studySource: MainichiDate: August 4, 2012 Radioactive cesium likely from the Fukushima nuclear disaster was detected last year in a survey of ocean waters and fish off Niigata, Shizuoka, and Iwate prefectures, the government announced on Aug. 3.

“Even if taken internally, the radiation . . . → Read More: Gov’t Releases Last Year’s Tests: “Contamination detected even in the Sea of Japan” — “Airborne material” blamed — Includes Niigata, Shizuoka, and Iwate

July 2012: Fukushima Man has 20,000 becquerels of cesium in body — Wife has 10,000 Bq

August 4, 2012 report in the Asahi Shinbun with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:

A hematological physician in Minamisoma general hospital (23km from Fukushima plant) wrote on his blog that he measured 20,000 Bq/body from a man in 70s living in Fukushima by WBC (Whole body counter) though it was already July 2012. This is . . . → Read More: July 2012: Fukushima Man has 20,000 becquerels of cesium in body — Wife has 10,000 Bq

Japan Times on Fukushima Hearing: “I’m really terrified” says mother — Another in tears, “I just hope my son will stay healthy” — “I’m deeply concerned” says father

Title: Kids’ safety key worry in Fukushima Source: The Japan Times Author: By NATSUKO FUKUE Date: Aug. 3, 2012

A year and half after the start of the nuclear crisis, many who attended the government’s latest public hearing on energy policy in Fukushima on Wednesday still expressed concern about the impact of radiation on . . . → Read More: Japan Times on Fukushima Hearing: “I’m really terrified” says mother — Another in tears, “I just hope my son will stay healthy” — “I’m deeply concerned” says father

Gundersen: Unit 3 explosion “very similar” to what happened at Chernobyl — Pieces of nuclear fuel found offsite indicate fuel racks were lifted up (VIDEO)

Title: Arnold Gundersen with the latest on Fukushima: its effects on Japan, and the global risks posed by the No. 4 reactor Source: If You Love This Planet Radio Author: Dr. Helen Caldicott Date: July 27, 2012

Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen on Unit 3: Because of the fact that a few pieces of nuclear . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Unit 3 explosion “very similar” to what happened at Chernobyl — Pieces of nuclear fuel found offsite indicate fuel racks were lifted up (VIDEO)