CNN – American at Fukushima Daiichi: “It was fantastic… I was amazed”

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 10:10 am ET
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Title: The woman powering Japan’s nuclear hopes post-Fukushima
Source: CNN
Author: Catriona Davies
Date: February 5, 2013

[... Barbara Judge], a 66-year-old lawyer and businesswoman with dual British and American citizenship, has been called in by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company behind the Fukushima, to help relaunch Japan’s nuclear power program [...]

Judge visited Fukushima Saturday to talk to workers in her new role as deputy chairman of TEPCO’s Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee.

“It was fantastic,” she said. “It was absolutely hope and enthusiasm, not despair.” [...]

She added: “I was amazed at how much work had been done to clear up the site and the high aspiration to make the site the safest in the world.” [...]

See also: Journalism Professor: Goebbels would smile in his grave to see how nuclear establishment handled Fukushima disaster (AUDIO)

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 10:10 am ET
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79 comments to CNN – American at Fukushima Daiichi: “It was fantastic… I was amazed”

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    "and look at all this money TEPCO has given me to completely ignore the contamination and structural issues in the buildings.


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    • Jay

      " …. and the high aspiration to make the site the safest in the world.” …

      Ha , ha , ha ~ !!
      Astonishing statements !!

      Well , Judge , why not move to Fukushima and set an example ?

      Judge , please meet tha Mother and her cry for Help , and Do comment on it in the main media please …


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  • Replacant Replacant

    Just how many Yen did it take to get those rose colored glasses, or is a side effect from the brain tumor? When will the lies stop and a sense or urgency from the Japanese government to start protecting the people instead of Tepco?

    I think it's becoming too late & when the cancer rates in Japan become so great that they can't ignore, I hope this "judge" will be tried & jailed with the rest of the liers & crooks & Tepco sympathizers.


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  • weeman

    No wonder she was hired by tepco, she is obviously under their control and good spin doctor, safest site in world.what world the one in a billion years, looney. Not right in the head, should call her Tokyo rose.
    From the ministry of misinformation they will feed her nothing but lies.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Lady Barbara Judge: The Role of Nuclear Energy in the Middle East and Beyond

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5slwFJuZEQ

    If it is this woman..
    So enters..the City of London.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      She sounds like a New Yorker (USA).

      If City of London involved, no doubt the British Monarchy is up to their necks in it. And the Rothschilds, other old English banking families, the Bank of England.

      _The House of Morgan_ is a good read and discusses related subjects.

      Follow the money. Follow it back several hundred years, if need be.


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        'The Creature From Jekyll Island' is a good start to understanding what's happened financially in the US. It should be standard reading for every student.

        At least we can rest assured all the evil people that have created this mess are breathing the same plutonium-laced air we are, their lungs are just as full of this crap as ours are, and they will see their children die painfully just as we will, and as the Japanese are seeing now. But they will know it's their fault, that they did this to them, and if there is a Hell, that's where they will go.


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  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    From Wikip:
    "an American lawyer, businesswoman and lobbyist who lives in London and has dual citizenship.[3] Lady Judge is Chairman Emeritus of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Chairman of the Pension Protection Fund, and UK Business Ambassador on behalf of UK Trade & Investment.[4][5][6] "

    So she is a lobbyist for the nuclear industry and a lawyer. So in other words not only can she make the BS shine like gold and smell like roses, but she can stand on capital hill and preach about it to the masses.


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  • NoNukes NoNukes

    From the Savings and Loan scandal to Tepco, this lobbyist has been involved in nasty business for decades, her bio offers a snapshot of the relationship between banks and nukes, ripping off the people one way or another, hand in hand…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara,_Lady_Judge


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  • TalonThorn

    I wouldn't want that blood on my hands.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      That's what separates the Good vs. Evil, TalonThorn.

      And she'll swim in it – yours, mine, her kids' – for a paycheck.

      Hitler was an amateur compared to what our leaders are doing to us. Hitler didn't want to kill off the entire planet.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    CNN..proves up again..shills.


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  • harengus_acidophilus

    "… to make the site the safest in the world."

    The safest open air meltdown site in the world?

    Compared to which meltdown sites?

    h.


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  • or-well

    I'm an Aristocrat.
    See my nice ruffles?
    I eat laws for breakfast -
    with caviar and truffles.
    I'll say sick children just have the snuffles
    and nuclear concerns are but a kerfuffle.
    Let peasants eat yellowcake!
    If they protest -
    it's "Off with their heads!"
    and their thyroids a mess.
    I'm a traditionalist,
    spin-master and lobbyist,
    I enjoy privileges
    in all Nuclear Villages.

    Some days I just want to puke.


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  • Sol Man

    Breathing bucky balls and voc's effects one's ability to think,
    and feel! There should be concern because these things will be increasing in the biosphere.


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  • Anthony Anthony

    **"We believe the decision to retire the nuclear plant is in the best overall interests of our customers, investors, the state of Florida and our company," Duke Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Rogers said in a statement.**

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/duke-energy-close-troubled-fla-nuclear-plant

    Big difference. Normal-like.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Judge visited Fukushima Saturday to talk to workers in her new role as deputy chairman of TEPCO’s Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee."

    This really is awful.
    She has come to offer the droll tone..of someone saying it's alright when it is not.

    More soothing of the 'little people'..embedded.


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  • m a x l i

    After seeing mountains of spin around the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, I often think, it cannot get any more absurd. This CNN article shows, it can. "Re-opening Fukushima" or "make the site the safest in the world" beats anything I've seen so far.

    If I was a deadly hot particle or a gamma photon or a fast neutron or anything like that, I would make sure not to come to close to that woman. So, I guess, she will be save from radiation.


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  • DannieJ DannieJ

    Is this woman for real?

    How can strive for safety when the accident hasn't stopped?

    This is just .. It doesn't even ..


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  • Sickputer

    Where is Erin B. with the water glass from Daiichi to serve up to Miss Nucleocrat?

    Have a big glass and take a dip in the lagoon.


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  • Au Au

    I clicked on her name, that is in blue, in the paragraph above and it took me to an article on her.

    ""Originally, when I told my mother I wanted to be an actress she said that we didn't need any starving actresses in the family, and, if I wanted to act, I should do it in front of a jury and become a lawyer," she said."

    Oh. I see….

    ""My mother always told me that as long as you have good childcare, you could have a career — in fact, a good job was harder to find than a good nanny," she said."

    Mmm hmm….

    "While at the SEC, Judge had her son, Lloyd Thomas, and took only 12 days off work, returning on day 13 to give a speech to 200 brokers."

    Mmm hmmmm……
    wow! What a super mom! I wonder if she can deflect gamma particles too?

    "She plans to take after her mother, who did not retire from her job as a university associate dean until the age of 87."

    Well, that will be interesting since the whole world will probably be dead by then.

    If it is so fantastic in Fukushima she should be delighted to move there now! Sounds like the safest place on earth! Just a wonderful place. I would like to know if she would bring her only son there to live? That would say it all.


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  • Pierpont

    @Judge: She said: "Approximately 20,000 lives were lost as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, but not one of those who died did so as a result of radiation. And radiation experts believe that no-one will die from radiation."

    It is outrageous for this TEPCO shill to say that there have been no casualties and will be none. There is a regular contributor to ENENEWS, anne, who said just last week that a friend of hers just died of Fukushima radiation.

    "I just found out that someone I cared about very much has died because of the fallout from Fukushima."

    http://enenews.com/top-uk-paper-massive-explosion-believed-damaged-nuclear-facility-iran-sources

    If we could get some more information about this case and how you know it was Fukushima radiation that caused this person's death, we could take the TEPCO woman to task.


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    guess Ann Coulter will have to go back to primping for the neo-cons…


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    • VanneV anne

      I suspect that Ann Coulter is primping for the nuclear industry. She's probably hoping that the sailors suing TEPCO won't win anything. As a lawyer, she may be a legal consultant trying to win the case for TEPCO. I wish she had even a tiny grain of loyalty to the US and its citizens.


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  • amberlight amberlight

    I am not by nature a violent person, but creatures like this Barbara Judge bring out the avenger in me! I hope she goes for a dip in the Daiichi Hot Springs Rejuvenation Spa…


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Her touring the site was enough to accelerate the damage. She'll have a 'come to Jesus' moment soon enough.


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      • jec jec

        Good news is that she probably got a good dose. A person with a dosimeter badge, just driving to the Fukushima plants from Tokyo, got 20mSv in the drive to the location. So I hope she enjoys the 'stew'..of course, poor England has gotten a taste with Chernobyl fall out. Maybe the lady want to chow down on some good mutton..full of nutrition from fallout.


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    notice this woman's connections to the S&L fiasco! We're talking big-time connections to organized crime. She's a perfect fit for TEPGOV's up-coming legal battle(s)…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara,_Lady_Judge

    [start extract]
    In 1980, Barbara Thomas was appointed a member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, D.C. for a five-year term.[13] As she was the youngest SEC commissioner, this was widely reported and a key stage in her career.[14][10] In November 1983, after the birth of her son, she resigned to become a director of the British merchant bank Samuel Montagu & Co. (now part of HSBC Private Bank[15]) and move to Hong Kong with her husband.[9][16][17] In 1987 she became senior vice president of Bankers Trust International Banking in New York.[11]

    Around that time, Barbara Thomas was also involved with Lincoln Savings and Loan Association and American Continental Corporation, two companies whose collapse in 1989 would cause a major financial scandal.[14][18][19] Both companies were run by Charles Keating, for whom she lobbied with the SEC in 1988.[17][14] Later she was named in a resulting class action suit and settled out of court."
    [end extract]


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Thousands of bankers went to jail for the S&L crisis.

      Our recent descent into severe economic depression? Not one.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Great find. So what did she do to get herself the title, "Lady," I wonder? No doubt something very, very special.


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      • guezilla

        British orders of chivalry give me a headache… Her full name/title is "Barbara Thomas, Lady Judge, CBE". I believe the title Lady comes from being spouse of Sir Paul Judge, Knight Bachelor, especially since it's "Lady Judge" but she has her own honours too.

        She was appointed Commander of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2010 for "services to the Nuclear and Financial Services Industries", presumably for advancing selling nuclear technology to countries including United Arab Emirates and India as chair of UK Atomic Energy Authority. But I believe she'd be Dame if she was herself knighted.


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    • VanneV anne

      “What is important to note about the S&L scandal is that it was the largest theft in the history of the world and US tax payers are who was robbed.
      “The problems occurred in the Savings and Loan industry as they relate to theft because the industry was deregulated under the Reagan/Bush administration and restrictions were eased on the industry so much that abuse and misuse of funds became easy, rampant, and went unchecked.
      “Additional facts on the Savings and Loan Scandal can be found here:
      http://www.inthe80s.com/sandl.shtml
      “There are several ways in which the Bush family plays into the Savings and Loan scandal, which involves not only many members of the Bush family but also many other politicians that are still in office and still part of the Bush Jr. administration today. Jeb Bush, George Bush Sr., and his son Neil Bush have all been implicated in the Savings and Loan Scandal, which cost American tax payers over $1.4 TRILLION dollars (note that this is about one quarter of our national debt).
      “…Between 1981 and 1989, when George Bush finally announced that there was a Savings and Loan Crisis to the world, the Reagan/Bush administration worked to cover up Savings and Loan problems by reducing the number and depth of examinations required of S&Ls as well as attacking political opponents who were sounding early alarms about the S&L industry.


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      • VanneV anne

        [cont.]
        Industry insiders were aware of significant S&L problems as early 1986 that they felt would require a bailout. This information was kept from the media until after Bush had won the 1988 elections.
        “Jeb Bush defaulted on a $4.56 million loan from Broward Federal Savings in Sunrise, Florida. After federal regulators closed the S&L, the office building that Jeb used the $4.56 million to finance was reappraised by the regulators at $500,000, which Bush and his partners paid. The taxpayers had to pay back the remaining 4 million plus dollars.
        “Neil Bush was the most widely targeted member of the Bush family by the press in the S&L scandal. Neil became director of Silverado Savings and Loan at the age of 30 in 1985. Three years later the institution was belly up at a cost of $1.6 billion to tax payers to bail out….”
        http://www.rationalrevolution.net/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm


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  • combomelt combomelt

    Disgusting and vomitous. I am speechless now….


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  • _ ;) It's like dropping a bomb of lies on people's heads, (it can kill you), yet they're getting away with a crime because nobody sees or hears the explosion.

    It amazes me how the horrendous falsehoods and verbal spewing of disinformation continues.

    FACT: An incalculable number of living things will die over time because of these outrageous blatant lies. That's the truth!

    It will be difficult to prove, because 'they' will make it hard, if not impossible, to prove due to lack of proper data or non-existing data. (data that is not disclosed or disappears)

    They will continue to claim 'radiophobia' and that there is 'no need for concern' until the day we die.


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  • ftlt

    She is probably a champion of upper middle class Women's Rights too… The little people don't count – as they are just little people after all…

    Read Naomi Kline on this dichotomy in the woman's movement… She is stellar and brilliant…

    Judge is one of the ones that does back flips every time a new woman CEO is hired… The ones, Ala Meg Whitman, who lay off another 20,000 American workers for empty profits or cuts a deal for a mountain top removal for coal profits polluting another river system somewhere as a victory for women… Utter bullocks!!!


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  • gr81 gr81

    Obvious she and ann coulter both drink from the same money fountains.

    There are many among us born WITHOUT a conscience. They must not be allowed to lead.


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  • RememberThis RememberThis

    Dimwitted ignorant thing she is…..to be dismissed and ignored


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  • We Not They Finally

    How much are they paying her to fund her own personal trip to hell? She'll wind up BETTER than the untold victims she is trashing beneath her feet? Let us hope for a just God. I practically wanted to vomit when I read the quote from her.


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  • kez

    And this story has to go into that category … wtf are they thinking?

    And the comments are unanimously thumbs down!

    Enjoyed the read here … no contest.

    Are the Japanese citizens likewise savvy to this addled decision?

    This one is a real groaner.


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Barbara Judge. Another name to add to the list of psychopaths in power … and to the "People of the World" vs. Tepco, GE, Hitachi, Toshiba, et. al class action lawsuit.

    Oh, and let us not forget the keiretsu to which Tepco belongs, when mentioning that class action lawsuit.

    Hmmn, shall we include TepGov as a whole? Or does the government of Japan have some sort of special immunity from prosecution and civil torts?


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  • dosdos dosdos

    She is on TEPCO's payroll. What can you expect except a pack of tripe?

    It's CNN who should be ashamed for publishing this garbage.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I hope the Japanese find her as creepy as I do.
    But who am I to say such things?…LOL


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  • or-well

    Tepcos' Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee could as aptly be named Nuclear Restart Manipulation Committee.

    I expect every nuclear utility there has such a team, whether or not "formally" constituted under a more benign name.

    Add bureaucrats, politicians, scientists from a variety of disciplines including medicine, executives from associated businesses and spokespeople from Institutes, Associations and Directorates and there's an avalanche of talking heads who will parade in the media blowing the horns of restart.


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  • Sol Man

    Lady must have an office in Fukushima so that she can maximize the assistance that she can be in this fantastic situation.


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  • W8R W8R

    Hello…
    Wow. At first I was speechless.. Then I was angry…
    Now I am just sick..
    Where do I start??

    @Sol Man. Spot on.. I have always said that those who work in the Nuke industry, should have to live on site.. And their families.. And especially the Boards of Directors, upper Management, etc…

    They have as much chance of fixing this mess as they would reassembling a crashed airliner and flying it again… 3 cores ex-vessel, half a dozen more damaged, damaged or destroyed fuel pools, a couple of criticality explosions, of which #3 went "stratospheric" so we could all enjoy it right away, #2 went ex-torus underground, they wont even admit that #4 blew up at all, and #1 wasnt even a reinforced structure..
    They have dumped BILLIONS of gallons of water, most of it probably seawater, into these sieves and then the ocean. They have disposed of high level waste how?? Dump it in the bay.. Millions of gallons of "low level" waste water in hundreds of tanks.
    Until Fukushima, Hanford was the worst mess we ever made.. Throw in Simi Valley, The Ural Mountains accident, Chernobyl, etc. Mankind has poisoned our world. It will continue to spread until it effects EVERY ONE on earth. Even her.. (Tokyo Rose. LOL.)
    I am ashamed to have ever worked one day in one of these death machines..
    But the employees arent to blame..
    The "Fukushima 50".. Poor bastards, all several thousand of them……..
    Chernobyl was tiny compared to Fukushima..
    How many did it kill?
    Do…


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