Governor: Who instructed Tepco to lie for months and say Fukushima didn’t melt down? “It should have been explained there were reasons why lies had to be told” (VIDEO)

Published: September 1st, 2013 at 6:13 pm ET


Title: Press Conference with Hirohiko Izumida, Governor of Niigata Prefecture
Source: Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan
Date: Aug 28, 2013

At 49:00 in

Hirohiko Izumida, Governor of Niigata Prefecture: Tepco on either the 12th of March or on the 11th of March had already anticipated a meltdown to occur.

For example, there should be soul-searching in regard to Fukushima, and it should be made clear as to who gave the instructions to tell lies for a period of two months. And it is necessary to do this for them to regain credibility, and yet there is no one that has been able to talk about this.

In other words, it doesn’t mean that a person had to go to the No. 2 reactor to look at the high doses, but rather normally  it should have been explained that there were reasons why lies had to be told but now what is going to be carried out from here onwards so that lies will no longer be conveyed.

Watch the press conference here

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Published: September 1st, 2013 at 6:13 pm ET


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62 comments to Governor: Who instructed Tepco to lie for months and say Fukushima didn’t melt down? “It should have been explained there were reasons why lies had to be told” (VIDEO)

  • wemadethis wemadethis


    Don't abandon the ocean, Occupy the Pacific

    We are calling for the creation of an independent body to investigate and restrict the sale of contaminated foods.

    Report comment

    • kintaman kintaman

      Really must come up with a better term than "occupy". It stirs up too many negative connotations IMO.

    • Marushka Marushka

      The EPA stopped measuring because they knew it was contaminated and they cannot report what they pretend to not know. Any petition should add making measurements public knowledge. And acting to lower allowable limits. The FDA raised allowable limits to 1200Bq (Japan 100 Bq) to accommodate the contamination from Fukushima – both foreign and domestic food has been impacted. They know, they aren't making it public and they allow contaminated food to be sold in USA to support the Japanese economy – a partner economically and nuclear/military partner. Remember that OUR food in USA is also more contaminated due to Fukushima. Unfortunate reality. Hardest hit is Pacific Northwest: Northern California to Alaska. And so has the entire continent.

      • Slingerss Slingerss

        And, you add into the mix the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and that all familiar "sniff test" that they used on the shrimp for human consumption safety, and you can see where this is going. Never mind, the fact that the shrimps have two or three heads. It is ALL still Safe. wink wink

        • and the free black stuff inside the clams and shrimpies, that is just charcoal from the barbie; no worries mate.. eat heartie…

          the cor-exit is just extra flavoring for free..

      • Proving once again that the government is not here to protect you or your interests. Now be quiet and pay your carbon taxes.

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        "The EPA stopped measuring because they knew it was contaminated and they cannot report what they pretend to not know…"

        Should read "and they will not report what they….."

    • vital1 vital1

      It is hard to keep track of all the food, water and ocean contamination reports, across multiple web sites. To help people in general as well as mums and dads, "The Food Lab" has been created as a free service to track the reports. With this information people can decide what should be avoided.

      You can access the International detection reports at,

      or here

      Remember older reports are just as important as new reports, because of the length of time some of these isotopes can last in the environment.

    • dka

      This Governor is not telling the truth to people either.
      Why isn't he telling them about the nuclear explosions?
      The real dangers?

    • i used to occupy the pacific I moved.

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    They gleefully admit that they've lied through their teeth in the past, but they're going to tell the truth now…

    It's rather surreal when you remember that it's a politician who's promising to start telling the truth.

  • vicky13 vicky13

    Hiya,, quick update,, from my Chris Hadfield effort,,

    someone just posted this,,

    • flatsville

      Japan can kiss the Olympics goodbye. Rejection of their bid for the games is, oddly,the only step the international can take.

      I would add to any letter of rejection, "Why don't you clean up the stinkin' mess before you invite people over?"

      • m a x l i

        What's not stinkin' doesn't exist. If the mess was stinkin', a lot of people would be complaining and it would have been cleaned up by now.

    • vicky13 vicky13

      So I posted to Chris Hadfield to see if he could put pressure on anybody with ANY pull.

      All I got was hate mail from his followers. Told I was a paranoid lunatic and fukushima wasn't a danger to anybody or anything.

      Was the most bizaar responses, the "sheeple" have NO clue about how bad it is.

      I think most of our species is stupid or something.

      I deleted my post really don't wanna get in a flame war with a bunch of "low information" people.

      Guess they will just absorb all that GOOD radiation and go back to watching morons on TV.

      very strange responses,, I like my own species EVEN LESS now.

      vickyb in ottawa

      • vicky13 vicky13

        opps,, wanted to add,, we are smart enough to build the space station, but we are NOT smart enough to save our own planet from FUKU, seems to me

        • or-well

          vicky13, sorry that happened to you. Good try!
          yeah, "low information" people can be so convinced by their own beliefs, and so upset when those are threatened. Not just nukes! I've had people get verbally aggressive with me over much smaller issues…and not strangers…

  • So its finally official, we were lied to. Anyone surprised? Then since no one is coming forward to explain the lie there is no credibility to paraphrase Hirohiko Izumida, Governor of Niigata Prefecture. So then obviously we are still being lied to. But at least thank God USA is doing something. Invading Syria will win the war on terrorism or the war on drugs or whatever war Obummer is waging. Looks to me like the war on the American people. Should be the war on bullshit or as the politically correct crowd like to call it "spin". Sorry I never could be politically correct. Hate that word spin. A word to describe what my bicycle tires do and sounding so benign. Bullshit, while sounding vulgar is much more to the point. By definition it should sound vulgar. Telling everybody its all right as three nuclear meltdowns happen simultaneously is more then vulgar its monstrous. I wonder who gave the order to not distribute iodine pills? No need to bring the victims to the gas chamber we can now transport the gas to the victims. Not bullshit but Criminal Bullshit for which a bullet to the brain is too light a punishment. Can we please bring back crucifixion?

    • or-well

      Mark, this replay's for you –
      Maybe it's time to go mediaeval
      with punishment for nuclear weasels
      with Judas Chair and Iron Maiden!
      The Spanish Tickler and Flagellation!
      A drizzle of molten lead up the nose!
      Or hang them outside, restrained and exposed
      to be pecked to bone by hungry crows!
      Label all Nukers as Satan's mages!
      HAHA! That's the ticket! Brand them Unholy!
      Hunt them with Knights of The Peoples Rages
      as demonic evil-doers unsoully!
      Grant Absolution for all of their Slayers!
      Parade the Dark Ones through streets in Doom Wagons,
      while crowds curse their souls with damning prayers,
      keeping some alive to shut down their dragons!
      In The Name Of All People And Life Universal
      Proclaim All As Doomed Who Oppose The Reversal
      Of Anti-Humanity Death-Dealing Atomics!

      Hell, if I could draw, I'd make this a comic.

      • Passive McMutagens Passive McMutagens

        Or-welI I rarely post but i enjoy the few seconds of respite and release of anger that your verses give us, so thanks for the gallows humor on countless a bleak occasion. I
        recall reading this original post and it may be my favorite of yours as its certainly true. To the torture chamber with these murderers, traitors, and defilers of earth!

        Im sure we have some more efficient modern equipment that would do the job. While we 'de(re)contaminate' the forests we can throw the whole nuclear regime in a wood chipper or under a stump grinder.

        Its the Nuke industry that we need to put into containment like the felons they are!!

        • or-well

          Passive Mc, thnx for taking time to reply.
          Behind the silliness, sometimes, are deeper ideas, not often so well illumined.
          Nuke scientists & their associates are not unlike high priests of a State-favored cult. Think ancient Egypt.
          That cult's "brand" is the result of lies and propaganda and accorded prominence & influence by the elite, and we are encouraged to Believe, to Follow, to Respect…
          Jump to a new paradigm.
          Being "nukity" no longer a socially desireable career choice, when you're shunned, shamed, spat on in the street, merchants deny you service, you're viciously bumped by shopping carts in the grocery, etc. etc.
          Imagine the figureheads and deliverers of the world's religious faiths urging their adherents to revile all Nukists….where have the world's faiths been on nuclear?
          As for the more aggressive ideas in the rhyme…it's just a rhyme….isn't it…
          I would love an artist stealing the concept and doing a comic.

          • Passive McMutagens Passive McMutagens

            Its tempting to invoke the desire for revenge many of us feel on occasion. Sadly its the long lived isotopes that will have the last laugh. Such a legacy we leave…

            I think you may have the key to exposing this nuclear charade… Are these contaminants not what some would call 'work of the beast'? Whatever happened to the average person, its disheartening to try to break their trance.

            *ace ventura voice* MK ULTRA much?

    • nedlifromvermont

      re: crucifixion … How about we publicly "break Jeffery Immelt, alive, upon the wheel?" This would save some timber. Strap him lying on his back, to a large wheel (wooden) and then proceed to break every bone in his body, with a hammer, starting with the smallest bones at the extremities, first. It was once widely used in Europe, France, Sweden etc. where nuclear power is still happily used.

      Immelt's the guy who insisted upon LYING about the GE designed and manufactured (at least some of them) reactors which melted out. It was always understood that one melt out (down or through) (take your pick) would be the end of the nuclear charade. TMI was only partial, and it was successfully covered up, hushed up etc. by the Jimmy Carter (RUBE) Kabuki show. Even Hyman Rickover turned against the civilian reactor program after TMI (though too late, he was just a senile old man at that point and nobody listened to him, except his daughter.)

      It is called a "death bed conversion," and it is usually too little. too late.

      GE decided Japan had to lie. Ge decided the Japanese simply had to die. GE decided Japan must burn its radioactive debris far and wide, all over the country, so future epidemiology would not reveal the cancers caused by the GE-designed, Fukushitty complex.

      And my great grandfather was first president of GE (from 1890 to 1921 (or so) … so for me the lies are personal. I always wanted to visit Japan.

      Brilliant, Jeff!

  • RememberThis RememberThis

    Im surprised ol' Al Gore hasnt come up with an idea to tax the neutron spewers for their atomic footprint.

  • truthseek truthseek

    We are going to lie and withhold vital information from you,
    it's for your own good though, no immediate health risks.

    • RememberThis RememberThis

      Yeah…And just smile as you look at the bloody "whoremesis" in the toilet each day. A good laugh will obviously clear out those nasty little hot particles cooking you from inside out. (sarc)

      How noble are your gases?
      RT from Denver…..we had over 600+ Beta for a number of days, 359 now

      It use to be about 30-50 before 3/11

    • SS4U SS4U

      they're lying to protect the nuclear cartel. after all, there are uranium mines, shareholders, investors, permits pending. There is a boatload of money to be made.

      that's whom is being protected with the wall of silence and lies.

  • amberlight amberlight

    Konnichiwa, sports fans.

    The translation from Japanese to English is a bit off, so here is a more accurate interpretation. (Corrected text in brackets.)

    "… it should be made clear as to who gave the instructions to tell lies for a period of [two months]." = "… two years and counting."

    "… it is [necessary to do this] for them to regain credibility" = "… impossible…"

    "… [there is no one that has been able] to talk about this." = "Everyone who has tried to talk about this has been silenced or ignored."

    "… reasons why lies had to be told…" Add: "was to cover their a$$e$."

    "… now what is going to be carried out from here onwards so that lies will [no longer be conveyed]." = "… be more effective in hoodwinking the public."

    Domo arigato.


  • Jebus Jebus

    A smiling MOX flower is a great reminder of two years and six months of lies…

    Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011

  • We Not They Finally

    HE was lied to? HE lied to others? But it was o.k. if there was just a REASON? And he thought that TEPCO was getting their orders from SOMEONE ELSE?

    This is a confused (and/or mistranslated) message.

    Governors of Prefectures apparently have a lot of power in Japan. But he does apparently realize that this was life and death, and that his whole Prefecture was misled and kept in danger, and that he was just used as a puppet to get that done.

    Then there is also a "sub-text." Can only wonder what it is, but it has to be bad.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    There was cover ups across all of the nuclear powered nations & yes the USA did its part also, a real big part! The facts are in these FOIA Reports now in a book at has a heck of info exposing the stuff the leaders of the free world did & the agencies who we pay so well with our tax money have again sold us up the river but this time the boat is full of dying life forms of all kinds! Yes the nuclear power industrial complex & military complex have called the shots on what gets reported & what does not, hell most Americans don't know crap about Fukushima or the Bioaccumulation, a word we will soon know by heart! Bioaccumulation, so many meanings where does it end?

  • We Not They Finally

    Wow, is this NOT set into a backdrop! Within the first three minutes of this press conference, turns out that it is in regard to the RE-START of an NPP in his Prefecture. And he is apparently FINE with that just so long as safety is confirmed.

    Oh, and meanwhile, he says that the debate about regulatory standards is SEPARATE from the debate about re-start.

    I guess maybe that he wants the NPP to boost his Prefecture's economy, just so long as HE is held harmless from any ensuing deaths because of TEPCO's malfeasance?

    And this is just three minutes in. Wow — glad that this guy is not Governor of MY State!

    Will listen further — hope I somehow misheard. Just not too encouraging here….

  • Urban27

    Why lie at all? This is the situation in the World today – We lie about many things. This is the lying age.

    But with lies you also fool yourself.

    What would be better – to say: We have a huge problem here!
    Or to say: Things are under Control, when they arn't.

    Now it is both obvious Japan is both lying and cheating and incompetent to handle large difficulties.

    Probably the Japanese style of beeing respectful, has stoped them from telling the truth – More important to "keep the face"..

  • Yes We not They, they want to restart the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex, seven reactors lined up along the sea of Japan. Tepco falsified data for the complex and there was a scandal in 2002.

    I forget where but in the video a German reporter asks for a comment regarding that Germany only allowed two reactors per complex and how safe does the govenor think the giant 7 reactor site is? Something to think about how stricter German policy is compared to Japan and further Germany is not burdened with a massive cleanup while having an excellent economy without nukes.

    Another story of the basic climate around starting up reactors

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    …did he say "who", or W.H.O.?….

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Don't you just love it..(sarc)..when children come and try to explain why they misbehaved?
    "The other kids made me do it?"

    I don't know about your house..folks..but at mine..the first response from me is a quick reminder..that life is choices..and the choice was to miss behave.
    The responsibility lies on the child.

    Japan ..TEPCO..etc..have chosen to lie.
    They have chosen to deceive the people.

    Sure they are being pressured..standing up to it is called RESISTANCE.

    Love live truth telling and the resistance.

  • ftlt

    The wanker has been in office since 2004…

    He has had many the opportunity long before this to speak out…

    Can you say, political band wagon????

  • pkjn

    Tokyo’s mayor ought to consider evacuating Tokyo.
    Sep 02, 2013 Russia Today
    The latest surge in radiation at Fukushima plant can mean fission is occurring outside the reactor. The sudden increase of 1.8 Sv per hour is a doze that can kill somebody in 2 to 4 hours. The radiation increase means radioactive fission is occurring, like an open air reactor.
    Nobody can go in to measure where the leaks are or do anything about the leaks, because anybody who is to approach Fukushima plant will be dead quickly. Many people are going to die as a result of the radiation.
    People should start to get away. I’ve seen a statement made by Tokyo’s mayor saying Tokyo Electric`s problem will not affect the application of Tokyo to be considered for the Olympic Games. Tokyo’s mayor ought to consider evacuating Tokyo.

    • CanaryInACoalMine CanaryInACoalMine

      I agree.
      Every time I see the words Tokyo and Olympics in the same sentence I cringe. Every single cent Japan has allocated towards the potential Olympics should be designated to Fukushima. It boggles my mind that Japan has not voluntarily revoked their Olympic bid. God forbid they acknowledge how severe the problem really is. We know deep down there really is no "fix", but why avoid the obvious and knowingly subject more lives to radiation exposure? To save face? Pfft…. It's just insane!

  • ftlt, how much time are you spending analyzing Japanese politics? Mr. Izumida is fighting the good fight and he is calling out tepco lies. Assuming your American what is your president doing? Terrorizing the middle east thats all pushing to invade another country despite Americans not really wanting another war. Tepco wants to start up the worlds largest nuclear plant because it got loans from banks and government based on start up of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex. Izumida is saying they are rushing putting this plant online putting safety aside for the need to make money.

    Mr. Izumida is the only politician to my knowledge calling out Tepco lies.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    "We HAD to lie, but we won't lie no more. Promise."

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    My paste didn't work?? anyhow, put this on top of my comment.

    " it should have been explained that there were reasons why lies had to be told but now what is going to be carried out from here onwards so that lies will no longer be conveyed."

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    It would be extremely interesting to know exactly what those reasons were. How would one evacuate Tokyo, then Seattle, then Portland, San Fransisco, San Hose, Los Angeles, Mexicali, Las Vegas, Denver, Fort Worth, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, etc, etc, etc, each in it's turn, and in very quick succession, all the way across the country.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Where would one go to avoid it. It's the fucking air we all breathe. One can't simply hold their breathe forever now can one.

  • m a x l i

    Those guys don't need to be instructed. They always lie. It's called the nuclearist's reflex, or shorter the jerk's jerks.

  • rockyourworld

    women worldwide would be wise to not get pregnant anymore

    • alasanon

      I've known so many pregnant women this summer on the East Coast. Maybe there is birth spurt before the decline?…At any rate, I haven't noticed any troubles with these babies, thus far. The population levels haven't been hit here yet?… I do know some young women who developed autoimmune diseases and some men who've had heart conditions, but that could be unrelated…

  • alasanon

    Lies. I remember the "JUST A LITTLE HYDROGEN EXPLOSION" explanation most of all, repeated like a chant in my head. "It's just hydrogen"…and many tons of other radioactive elements with long half-lives, like Plutonium!!!–aghhhh!!!

    Just a little Plutonium blowing toward the United States–no problem!

  • pkjn

    Tokyo Electric found on Monday a new area of high radiation in a different area
    TOKYO | Mon Sep 2, 2013
    (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric said on Monday that a patrol of workers had found a new area of high radiation near tanks used to store contaminated water.
    Tokyo Electric said it had found a radiation reading above 100 mSv per hour on the ground near a water storage tank. The latest hot spot is in a different area than a storage tank that was found to have leaked 300 metric tons of radioactive water in August.
    Tokyo Electric could not give a precise reading for the level of radiation since workers were using instruments that only recorded radiation up to 100 mSv.
    Japanese nuclear workers are limited to a cumulative exposure of 100 mSv over five years.

  • DeSwiss DeSwiss

    I don't think they had to be instructed to lie. In the nuclear industry, the ability to lie is a prerequisite for employment. :-/

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Yeah,and just W.H.O. would do that?!! 😐

  • What's really going on at Fukushima? Thousands of cars, trucks, buses, what are they working on. Trucks and trains all day and night removing radioactive waste, from where?…to where?….

    Recent Report by Yoichi Shimatsu…Radio Interview Aug 26th


    Secret Facilities, Thousands Dead…