Former Japan Official: US army planned to entomb Fukushima reactors days after 3/11 — Given permission to use Yamagata airport

Published: June 21st, 2012 at 12:59 pm ET


Former NHK news broadcaster Hori Jun interviewed Mr. Matsuda, policy secretary of former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, with summary translation by Fukushima Diary:

1. There is elephant’s foot coming from reactor 4, which is produced from nuclear explosion.

2. In the night of 3/14/2011, Japanese government and US army were planning to drop coolant onto Fukushima plants by airplane and cover the plants with sarcophagus.

At 10:00AM of 3/15/2011, when Kan, former Japanese prime minister was in the headquarters of Tepco, Kitazawa, Minister of Defense gave US army the permission to use Yamagata airport.


US army was planning to fly to Fukushima plants. To complete this mission, Japanese government needed to evacuate all the Tepco workers from Fukushima plants but they ended up not removing Tepco from the plant area, the plan was not realized after all.


Published: June 21st, 2012 at 12:59 pm ET


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35 comments to Former Japan Official: US army planned to entomb Fukushima reactors days after 3/11 — Given permission to use Yamagata airport

  • Plan Nine

    Umm… this would tend to confirm that Our Glorious Empire was not merely one of the world's helpless spectators at the mercy of the evil Tepco monsters, wouldn't it?

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      Yes, Plan Nine, this would confirm that Fukushima is a U.S. catastrophe. It looks like there was an initial humane response from the U.S. government, only to be pushed aside by the inhumane.

      The "elephant’s foot coming from reactor 4?" Melted fuel, outside of containment? Well, webcam watchers have long noted emissions from the ground outside of reactor 4.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        "Humane response"? Then it was cancelled, and our government left 40,000 US servicemen and women, not including families, to die of rad cancers? Knowing full well what would happen to them?

        How about the US is forcing Japan under the bus, so the US doesn't have to take any responsibility for this horror?

        All these Japanese politicians are up to their eyeballs in this. Why didn't they say something earlier? Maybe now that they're all retired, they are 'consulting' for GE.

        There's far more to this than anyone is letting on.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          I should have said "plus their families". Lots of wives and children with them. All completely contaminated.

          • NoNukes NoNukes

            "There's far more to this than anyone is letting on." Well put, Time Is Short. By "humane," I meant that this suggests there was a human gut reaction to try to do *something* to protect the world in some part of the U.S. government, mitigate the harm to the people in Japan, including the families on the 90 U.S. military bases, and the creatures in the rest of the world (especially in the Pacific Ocean), only to be dashed by the inhumane elements of the U.S. government. It must take effort to stand by and do nothing while this catastrophe rages (killing innocents), at least for some human beings inside (and outside) the Japanese and U.S. governments. More could have been done, and still could be done (that's an understatement). Instead, all of the most forceful effort has gone into Public Relations, to convince us that there are no "harmful levels" of radiation.

        • kintaman kintaman

          > There's far more to this than anyone is letting on.

          I could not agree more.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          … and lots of U.S. politicians and business people, people in the defense community, in it up to their eyeballs ….

  • In the basement of the reactor at Chernobyl, a large "elephant's foot" of congealed core material was found.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It was a no-go..why?
    Impossible mission.
    That's what gets me..the top brass knows what is up.
    What are they going to do ..wish it away?
    How long the pretense of supposedly being on top of this situation?
    They know how it goes…
    They should be shaking in their shiny boots..

    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      Heart: No, this cannot be wished away. The loss of 100,000 citizens of California and the PNW over the next 30 years has been determined to be an acceptable loss. The nuked produce from California fields and Washington orchards will spread radiation around the nation only until the people refuse to buy, and the poisoned produce rots on the shelves. The people have to get their own s$$t together. The government, the media, and the universities are certainly not going to help one little bit. Damn them!

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        The loss of millions on the PWC, well within a decade. We've already moved into the many tens of thousands of infants. The Infant Mortality Rates are skyrocketing. I calculated out we're losing roughly 1,000 a month. It has to be climbing, but good figures are hard to find now. Hmm.

        I didn't do any calcs for the rest of the country. The rad spread straight across the Can-Am border east, then into a plume that covered the mid-West to Florida. Sometimes there's too much death for me to run the numbers, it's numbing.

        Uranium and plutonium does that to a person. Saw a show last night on PBS about end of life medical costs and the 'alternative'. Voluntary now, but later?

        Listen very carefully to Dr. Emanuel talk about 'lack of reimbursements'. The smoking gun – doctors are running up the bills to make more $$$.

        And ignore the title of 'Is aggressive medical treatment of elderly patients the best way for them to spend their last days?'
        It refers to ALL terminal patients, regardless of age. This is something we all have to deal with, sooner than we would like.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        So this in not O/T …. We're no doubt being continuously irriadiated by reactors out of containment, and spent fuel pools with no containment.

        We WILL move forward to protect ourselves. The government will not do it. There is a quiet grassroots movement underway to find ways to ensure our food sources are safe … at least that we know what contamination is really there. We need to be able to make informed choices.

        There is a grassroots movement underway to organize and find ways to protect our food supply.

        If it's of any help, I now know of dairy farmers here in California who are doing biodynamic farming, and have found means of decontaminating soil and milk. Yippee! I can't tell you how excited I was to meet a local dairy farmer who is actually being proactive. He's all over getting the other dairy farmers to do something to ensure the safety of their product. He succeeded where my efforts failed. Good man.

        Good news also — the means of decontamination (biodynamic method) were discovered after Chernobyl, and were used successfully there. There is hope.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          A grassroots movement underway … and Dept. of Redundancy Dept.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Was it a political decision to "save face" and pressure from the keiretsu to which Tepco belongs? From the beginning, Tepco seems to have been all about not letting anyone interfere with their running their own show. It has been about their "agenda" (whatever it is) from the beginning, w/o regard for anyone else, small or great.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Acceptable loss" ..not my husband parents..
    It's UNACCEPTABLE….we fight on.

  • bincbom

    I believe that a sarcophagus was not attempted early on because the meltdowns were just too hot. You can't really pour concrete on a raging nuclear fire and do anything but make an even bigger mess.

    Probably, they (the US and Japanese) decided to try to cool the damn things down a little bit first, and they may not have had much choice.

  • minkxy minkxy

    Ummm I believe a japanese "official" as much as an American "official".

    I say….nice try, dude.
    besides it was japans responsibility to begin with.

    Then the Entire world should have gotten involved, U.S. mostly simply because we are directly downwind.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    Inside of a giant "Hot Pocket"…….

  • Sam Stone Sam Stone

    I there no respect for life…….??Air, Water, Animal, Human….Eyes are open, Focus……Geeeeez…….

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    You are quite right, Sam. If the current "Free Enterprise" system in operation all over the world is functioning this poorly, then it should be modified or discarded. The American system of checks and balances was great, in theory. Government was separated into Administrative, Legislative, and Judicial branches. The people counted on the Government to protect their health and welfare against the excesses of Free Enterprise. The Free Press had a proud history of providing an independent inspection of both Government and Free Enterprise ,just to keep everybody honest.

    But then a great concentration of wealth into the hands of 1% of the population utterly corrupted this system of checks and balances. The wealthy simply purchased outright the entire Legislative branch of Government. Both parties. And then they bought the Presidency. "Whoever Wins, We Win!" The Judicial branch decended into a partisan hit squad, naming Presidents, vacating legislation, and setting aside the hard-won gains of the people in favor of unfettered new freedoms like personhood for Free Enterprise. As a result, America is now governed by a sort of anti-government, intentionally rendered inept and ineffective. Witness the Bush Administration's response to the very real needs of people caught in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Couldn't even get food, water, and portajohns to them! The 1% has purchased, and silenced, the "Free Press", which is free no longer. Killed the…

    • bleep_hits_blades

      We are encouraged to blame 'capitalism' for these failures, when in fact we don't have and have not for a long time had 'capitalism' or any kind of limited-goverment, true free market type of system in place anywhere on the planet.

      The evidence indicates that any type of governmental/economic system the mind of man can devise, can also be subverted/co-opted and 'captured' by private interests who then shape and use the existing politico-economic structures to advance their interests at the expense of the public's best interests.

      The only remedy I see (and others have agreed with this) is to have SMALL political units. Smaller means easier for the people to monitor and control. This, essentially, is what our Founding Fathers tried to do.

      However, what those who seek to advance their own self-interest (and wealth and control) always attempt to do the opposite – to achieve fewer power centers, because that is an easier set-up for them to control… hence the move towards a stronger centralized national govt. in the USA and the move towards global monopoly govt., aka the NWO – one world government.

      • bleep_hits_blades

        It is consistent with a 'free enterprise' system of govt. & economics that govt. regulate industry/business/the private sector 'in the public interest.'

        • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

          Bleep: Right you are. 🙂 Except for the Money. Money corrupts. Lots of money corrupts lots. Laws that protect the public interest have been systematically set aside, vacated, unfunded, and unenforced in the furtherance of the interests of those who hane purchased our legislators and presidents. How did this happen? Nuke power was promoted and regulated by Government. Obviously, there was a conflict of interest. So, the NRC was spun off to do the regulation. If I run a utility, I just don't care who you send to me to regulate my nukes. I have a Cadillac in the parking lot with a clean blank title, and have the keys in my desk drawer. And this is to handle minor problems. For big problems, I have the cash in my wall safe. For really big problems, I have secret accounts set up in the Caymen Islands with millions stached there just in case. I havr

          • bleep_hits_blades

            Phillip, I don't think we disagree.

            Yes money corrupts; power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

            THEREFORE – we need smaller, less powerful political units. This fractionates, disperses power & is what our founding fathers understood and tried to put in place.

            Those who wanted to create 'deja vu all over again' – the European system – here in the USA set to work systematically to subvert that system created by the founding fathers and create again a state-ist system – complete with an intrinsically worthless (paper & electronic) fiat money supply and a highly centralized government (both of these more controllable/manipulable than what the founding fathers put in place).

            There will never be a perfect system of govt. here on earth, but the best system for the working people is one which separates rather than centralizs power and one which employs as 'money' something that has INTRINSIC VALUE – historically, the precious metals, gold and/or silver, have worked best (from the people's point of view).

            Also, collectivism/socialism is a 'snare and a delusion' because it has the 'fox guarding the hen house' – government (proven by history to be corruptible) supposedly 'protecting the people' … how? by confiscating their earnings and 're-distributing' them to 'the needy.' We can see how that turns out to work, with all these trillions 're-distributed' to the 'too-big-to-fails' – like Goldman et al.

            • bleep_hits_blades

              The reason that gold and/or silver work best as money (and the record of history proves this) is quite simply that they cannot be created out of nothing – by book-keeping and/or electronic entry.

              The wanna-be controllers/exploiters of us all want a monetary unit that is – essentially and literally – IMAGINARY. Paper and electronic 'money' are imaginary – monopoly money – have no INTRINSIC WORTH.

              And their existence & amount in circulation are always in the hands of a few powerful men at the top – who, we are assured, will OF COURSE use this great power ONLY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

              Yeah, right, as they say. Look at the record of history on that one.

              Do a little research online. Read DISHONEST MONEY by Joseph Plummer, or THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND by G. Edw. Griffin.

              Or just look them up on Amazon and read some of the reader comments about them, which is the quick and easy way to begin to learn about this money issue – which is one of the very most important issues that the masses need to learn about if we are to 'save the world' (whatever is left of it, post Fuku.) from total tyranny.

              • tony wilson

                THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND by G. Edw. Griffin.
                griffin just ripped off eustace mullins

                mullins great work the secrets of the federal reserve is the one.

                he also did a great book called murder by injection.
                these 2 books page in page out show you interlocks between rothschild,rockerfeller banking and big pharma.

                cancer is a major cash cow.
                you leak the radiation you drop the d.u missiles you provide the cancer care.
                every day at least 10 times commercials are playing on the radio for bupa cancer care stocks and shares are history cancer treatent is the new gold

                • bleep_hits_blades

                  @ Tony Wilson: Griffin did a lot of original research, provides much more related and historical information and in general greatly expanded on Mullins' work. He is an excellent 'explainer' of complex subjects.

                  This is not some sort of contest, and if Mullins writes on the subject, anyone else will be accused of plagiarising him or being a copycat.

                  If I had but one book to read on this subject -central banking and fiat currencies – it would be Griffin's magnum opus. Fortunately, we don't have to choose, and there are several excellent books on the subject.

                  Another favorite author (of mine) is Murray Rothbard – on the subject of money – honest and dishonest.