The Guardian posts Fukushima film: Reactors not repaired at all — With one more quake Japan will cease to exist; Resulting destruction will take half of planet along with it (VIDEO)

Published: November 16th, 2012 at 10:40 am ET
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Title: CPM-703: After Fukushima
Source: The Guardian
Author: Jake Price
Date: 16 November 2012

An in-depth portrait into the lives of a population living under the constant threat of radiation in Fukushima, Japan. The film, a work in progress directed by Jake Price, focuses on Fukushima born Shimpei Takeda who was living in New York and working as a visual artist when the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant began to meltdown.

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  • Being born in Fukushima Prefecture I took on a mission to create a physical record of the worst man made nuclear accident in history… Using a cameraless process, I want to capture the current state of Japan directly, by exposing photo-sensitive material to traces of radiation emitted from contaminated particles.
  • I’m afraid Japan will follow in the footsteps of ancient civilizations that vanished like the Egyptians, Mayans and Mesopotamians that came before us.
  • The tsunami and earthquake well they’re just the earth shivering. The problem is the disaster that man has made.
  • There are so many possibilities of a tsunami and earthquake happening again. The damaged reactors haven’t been repaired yet… they haven’t been repaired at all.
  • The resulting destruction will take half the planet along with it. …With one more earthquake or tsunami Japan will cease to exist.

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103 comments to The Guardian posts Fukushima film: Reactors not repaired at all — With one more quake Japan will cease to exist; Resulting destruction will take half of planet along with it (VIDEO)

  • pcjensen

    Yeah. That's pretty big and disturbing news.


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Sobering and seems within the reach of possible outcomes.


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      • pcjensen

        Exactly. Everything we have witnessed to date, leads to one end – mass loss of life and way more mutant DNA variations. IMHO, we are pretty freaking stupid as beings to have come this far. Not to offend all those who are enlightened, but, this is an incredibly sad testimony about the energy choices humanity has made, or allowed to have occurred, though gross disinterest in how we impact our environment though our collective actions.


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        • richard richard

          Um, it's the USA with it's fascism that's pretty freaking stupid, I don't think you can include the rest of the world in that statement.

          The USA has demonstrated is arrogant and callous ways time and time again. It's a nation that cheats and lies to gain advantage over others. Always faking some moral high ground whle at the same time leveraging and exploiting everything she touches. Sort of a reverse Midas. Everything the USA touches turns to a heartless grey, dull stone. One very evil empire that is the catalyst for the destruction of life on earth.


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          • Anthony Anthony

            I see your point though I don't share the hate! Where America has let me down with this whole thing is that the higher ups with all the information on the dangers, and the nuclear community specifically have engineered and marketed their wares built on lie after lie after lie. And the Govt who I believe is made up of my neighbors are fully complicit in those lies.

            That's a corruption which goes directly grinds against my personal sense of entitlement to integrity in my life.

            The mistakes in their efforts are glaring.


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            • richard richard

              The Americans started all this by vapourising 100,000 Japanese in the first place. They have since peddled their poison around the globe with their corruption and lobbying.

              If someone rapes your mother, don't you think hate is a valid human emotion to display towards the culprit?

              Well the USA have raped my mother Earth, close to the point of death. I absolutely despise the USA and all she stands for. It's a gutless, thieving, corrupt organization and I look forward to it's downfall. Let those nuke plants burn, it might finally wake someone up.


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              • JHewes76 JHewes76

                Karma. It's a heartless bitch. ;)


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              • Anthony Anthony

                Hate is a terrible motivation. It almost always takes more energy from you than its worth.


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                • richard richard

                  Hate. It's an emotion we have for a reason.

                  Those of you that wish to deny it are ot facing your own reality. It's also disdainful of the person who contains the hate.

                  It reminds us who our enemies are. It reminds us that we have been cheated. That which was rightfully ours was stolen and no justice has been served.

                  I can't accept that people can't accept hate. It's a valid part of the human spectrum and should be used where is spontaneously occurs.

                  Don't get hate confused with racism or other isms, where i might agree with you that it's a disempowering force. But hate fueled by injustice and corruption, felt by victims, is a valid and a necessary emotion. To deny it is adding more insult to the victims.

                  Crazy world I live in. People try to tell me black is white these days.


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                • JHewes76 JHewes76

                  You should love your killers ;)


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                  • crystalwind crystalwind

                    Love your killers, love everyone, yes, but not love what they do when they do something wrong, not allow them to continue to think it's okay, not allow them to not make a repayment so they'll learn. That's not love. Love corrects the wrongdoer. The parent teaches the child so the child grows into a responsible adult so he is not harmed by his potential wrongdoing, so he does not hurt others. The heartless bitch is there for a reason.


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                    • Maggie123

                      Hi Crystalwind, Richard, Anthony, others – "Criticize the deed, not the doer" is a reminder phrase I was glad to come across. It's a good 'assist' toward shifting from dominant culture's practice, which is to make automatic link between "a whole person" and "that person's action". It allows me to hold realization of the humanity of literally anyone.

                      Which is not to say I don't appreciate "righteous outrage/anger" at deeds done, I often express this very sentiment! It is also not to say people should not be held accountable, and that restorative justice principles should not apply.

                      "Deed not doer" for me focuses on possibility of learning/teaching between all involved. 'Enabling' behaviors, for example, are often discovered – most cultures are rife with them!

                      So 'enabling', too, ends up under scrutiny. What if we spoke up earlier when behaviors seemed questionable? Most of us – certainly myself, are not practiced in direct, *firm* but respectful language of challenge – as in: "Have you considered how your choice may bring harm to others?"; "In my way of seeing what's happening, your action is harmful and here's why …". and other variations.

                      This is also not to say the "act of judging another's action" is always from "pure", so we have to check our own beliefs and motivations too — all becomes very interesting, informative — and in my thoughts – promising! :)


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              • VanneV anne

                I guess history is not your strong suit. The US was isolationist until attacked by Germany and Japan in WWII. I guess you've not heard of the Japanese committed atrocities during WWII, or of the Philippines reactions to those atrocities.


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                • VanneV anne

                  January 12, 2000, the Japanese government started to unload 122 containers which include hazardous hospital waste that was illegally exported to the Philippines by a Japanese industrial waste disposal company. This recycling company, Nisso Ltd. Tochigi, had claimed bankruptcy already and the president of the company had been hiding somewhere. "Some investigation should be going on, but there is no further information about him in public yet. Consequently, the Japanese government had to take over the responsibility for those containers. To deal with those containers, the Japanese government had to pay about 720 thousand dollars transportation and other costs, such as incineration expenses which was estimated at more than 1.2 million dollars….”
                  http://www1.american.edu/TED/japan-garbage.htm


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                • VanneV anne

                  “Koizumi said in the letter ‘The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women.’…"
                  http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200703/05/eng20070305_354404.html


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                • richard richard

                  All good Anne. I know my history.

                  Like I said at the start, the USA vaporized 100,000 Japanese.

                  You can talk about all those other atrocities till the cows come home, but the USA vaporized 100,000 Japanese in a nuclear storm.

                  Big bad karma bubble there. No getting over that one.

                  The USA let the atomic genie out of the bottle. And they continue to spread lies and nukes around the world. They make no apologies or display any remorse and try to even put nukes away.

                  I see someone asks 'what about russia'. Well, we have to be very thankful that Russia was there to fight back USA imperialism, otherwise the world would be utterly corrupted by the USA. (it pretty much is anyway, but at least Russia stymied some of it). Of course, the USA is now the Russia it once fought.


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                  • FukuYou FukuYou

                    You speak of humanity in general. Those with power abuse it, America just happens to have the power right now.


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                    • Maggie123

                      Agreed, Fuku – I've brushed up on world history the last few years – informally and claim no authority. But it's obvious, once enough nations are explored, that no nation forms culture in isolation from multiple influences.

                      No "dominant national culture" takes shape without roots in "dominant cultural practices/beliefs" of previous generations. And since people have spread themselves widely and intermingled, cross-cultural influences are very much a part of the mix.

                      There's no way to draw a line saying "here, in this year, the first of the worst got started, and X is the specific nation that started it". (Which is not to say it's not useful to take history in "sections" – it is! But I stand by my point re 'broad and deep influences'.

                      My greatest disappointment is that all along cultures have so frequently indulged themselves in "means justifies ends" strategies. Whether chasing control of resources, power, or glory – even ordinary citizens have often gone along with the "pretense", are easy to buy off with baubles and grand emotion. "Humanity" is a gigantic discussion theme – too much.

                      We've choice now that so much is revealed. To me 21stC "says" "We discuss & aim for greater honesty – socially, nationally, globally; we accept that "expansionist growth" has hit its wall; we express righteous anger at arrogance and power-over exploits – call these out as wholly destructive to life/earth. We go back to the drawing board! (Cheers for…


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                • john lh john lh

                  Anne, those people you are dealing with do not care about truth and facts, actually they are hate both.


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          • pcjensen

            There are nuclear power plants and uranium mining all over the world. The international nuclear industry beats down every door it thinks will buy its lies. Check your national facts. All nations leaders lie about the impacts. From Chernobyl to USA to France to China to Belgium to Lithuania to Brazil to Finland and more countries – nuclear lies are all around. Radiation from all countries affect all citizens. US is guilty, yes, but certainly not the only country to blame for this outrageous nuclear proliferation. I'm not apologizing for USA, I just don't care for any nation allowing nukes in their neighborhoods. I have no hate, just frank astonishment at lack of humanity. We are all complicit.


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          • gladys a milyon gladys a milyon

            Don't blame it all on America. Israel has a lot.to do.with it


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            • Anthony Anthony

              There are many players in the guilty party.


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            • VanneV anne

              Russia Won’t Renew Pact on Weapons With U.S.
              October 10, 2012
              http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/11/world/europe/russia-wont-renew-pact-with-us-on-weapons.html?_r=0

              Obama Must Go! Russia Warns War Against America "Use With Nuclear Weapons"
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNXm4dyLgHs


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              • richard richard

                I actually don't blame Russia for not negotiating with the USA. I mean, who wants to cooperate with a criminal in the first place.

                USA has demonstrated how deceitful it can be on many occasions. I know I personally will never visit the nation again in my life. It's untrustworthy.


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                • VanneV anne

                  Why aren't you living Russia? Why don't your feet follow your mouth?


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                  • richard richard

                    Thanks Anne, valid question. I guess you haven't lived in Australia. I've no wish to live anywhere else.

                    Besides, Russia's cold and not renowned for it's beaches.

                    And my feet do follow my mouth. I go to anti-nuke/anti-fascism demonstrations. I do try to do my little bit, i'm not simply just blogging.

                    Of course, nukes are no good anywhere. I'm sure we both agree on that.

                    I hope you're keeping well by the way. I meant to say that a few days ago.


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                    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                      surprised richard. I can understand your outrage at the injustices perpetrated by the American government. But this has been going on for many-many decades and isn't confined to the United States. Had you spent more time in the US, perhaps you'd have gleaned that this so-called government is controlled by an international criminal cartel.

                      The American people have zero say. If you doubt this, look into how our political representation is selected. Add the growing call by many Americans that their individual states be allowed to secede from the existing federation.

                      You make a qualitative judgement against the American people using numbers. Is the fact that nuclear technology was being used to decimate a nation more important than what the Stalinist did within the Soviet Union? Estimates put their death toll at fifty-million-plus. Is the slow starvation of children more human than turning them into light? It's a facetious question made relevant by your apparent lack of perspective.

                      Keep in mind. I don't justify what the Americans did to the nation of Japan. I'll leave such argument to fanatics and historians. I am curious though. Why haven't the Japanese sought legal redress for the use of the atomic bomb against their populace? Could it be due to the nature of war? Perhaps it their attempt (along with the Germans and Russians) to develop this same weapons technology that kept them quiet…


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                    • VanneV anne

                      TY, Aftershock. Of course, I'm horrified by the use of the atom bombs on the Japanese. The Manhattan Project was ruhnby scientists who were immigarnts from many countries. And the only person who decided to drop the bomb was Pres. Truman, who is long dead. Blaming a whole country for this or that just alienates people. I lived 7 years in Canada. And their criticism of the US was valid. But why couldn't they criticize their own country? And when the residents shout behind the umbrella of US protection I just want to point out, biting the hand that feeds you is not the last word on anything.


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                    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                      we both know anne, revisionism only goes so far. The Filipinos were only too happy to have America liberate them from the horrors of the Japanese occupiers. But as soon as the threat is gone, nationalist sentiments come to the fore. That's not to say American 'carpetbaggers' weren't happy to exploit these little countries; no different than what the Soviets did to the 'liberated' Eastern Front. But these issues are forever nuanced and not easily resolved with simple rhetoric.

                      Besides…I love richard for his ass-kicking thoughts!


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                  • john lh john lh

                    It means Richard can not thinking individually as a man/woman, but collective mindset like most of our Chinese or Japanese, or Russia.


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                    • Maggie123

                      John lh – we may carry stereotypes of people in other cultures. One thing many of us don't know about is Japanese historical confrontation to status-quo in their history. Here's an in-depth review of Japanese culture I've also posted elsewhere – pretty powerful narration of still photo collection by John Dower, MIT prof emeritus: http://youtu.be/XZAFftGl9Kk. ("Post War Japan: Cultures of Defeat; Cultures of Conflict")


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            • VanneV anne

              Pakistani nuclear scientist's accounts tell of Chinese proliferation

              November 13, 2009
              “In 1982, a Pakistani military C-130 left the western Chinese city of Urumqi with a highly unusual cargo: enough weapons-grade uranium for two atomic bombs, according to accounts written by the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, and provided to The Washington Post.
              “The uranium transfer in five stainless-steel boxes was part of a broad-ranging, secret nuclear deal approved years earlier by Mao Zedong and Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto that culminated in an exceptional, deliberate act of proliferation by a nuclear power, according to the accounts by Khan, who is under house arrest in Pakistan. …”
              http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/12/AR2009111211060.html


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              • john lh john lh

                Anne,

                Not simply those materials, our Chinese university has trained the whole unclear weapon developing team at NorthernWest China. A whole class especially for Pakistani student only on nuclear weapon science. from 1970 till 1980s.

                people like Richard must love it too..


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                • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                  I think the US should be more equal opportunity about whom it dislikes.. all countries should..really.
                  China now..South America later.
                  The pendulum swings both ways.
                  It will happen when these countries get in the way of the plans by the US government..and.. of course..Israel.

                  Red blood courses through the veins of all the people.


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          • PurpleRain PurpleRain

            Richard, Not all of us in the USA are cold or heartless or uncaring … many of us are just as powerless to change the system as those in other countries. It's the people in power who have the money – who are making these HORRIBLE decisions.


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        • Anthony Anthony

          Short term vs long term thinking. The last man standing would look at the situation and say *None of it was worth it.*


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  • Mack Mack

    This video was powerfully made in that it's quiet and understated, letting the somber mood of the situation speak for itself.

    I thought it was very sad.

    To have to live your life holding a geiger counter wherever you go; measuring radiation where you go…

    The defeated posture of the Japanese man said it all.


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  • Currently: "8 percent of Japan's land area, or more than 30,000 sq/km, has been contaminated with radioactive cesium…" – from video (many other isotopes too)

    Fukushima WAS a rare, low population, wooded coastal paradise.
    Now it's a 'no-go' zone.

    What's the cost of that?
    Priceless!

    The silence of the land is what struck me. (and the feral cats) When will the majority realize the magnitude of this insidious crime against nature?

    At some point, of that I am certain. :(


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  • pcjensen

    It is much higher. Last news from Caldicott, I think, was 1/2 Japan contaminated. Spread by jet stream, water, food, reconstruction using contaminated gravel…


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Coexisting with nuclear is an impossibility.

    Countries that aren't decommissioning reactors are on a suicide mission.

    Our planet is forever changed, radiation in every bite we eat, and the only way to lower the danger is to end the use of this technology.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi TheBigPicture

      Don't know why they can't understand this. You stated it perfectly and clearly. Have to repeat this again..and will keep reapeating it, if you don't mind.

      Thank you TheBigPicture 100+ Agree with you

      QUOTE: Coexisting with nuclear is an impossibility.

      Countries that aren't decommissioning reactors are on a suicide mission.

      Our planet is forever changed, radiation in every bite we eat, and the only way to lower the danger is to end the use of this technology.


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  • jec jec

    6.8 Earthquake Kuril Islands North of Japan. Pretty strong.


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  • krugthecaveman krugthecaveman

    Fukushima shaking whole world gonna end up baking. Not just half


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  • arclight arclight

    TRACE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST SHIMPEI TAKEDA
    10.08.2012, 8:51 am

    Shimpei Takeda is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. His ongoing project, “Trace – cameraless records of radioactive contamination” is featured in smudge studio’s forthcoming edited collection of visual essays, Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life. For Trace, Takeda, exposes soil contaminated by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to photo-sensitive materials for extended periods of time to create profound visualizations of the radiation existing within the material of affected landscapes. The imprints of light generated by radioactivity on photographic paper take on the appearance of stars and constellations in the night sky. Takeda describes Trace as a, “physically direct record of the worst man-made nuclear accident in history.”

    http://fopnews.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/trace-an-interview-with-artist-shimpei-takeda/


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    It's difficult to fight a enemy with no taste, smell and is invisible except by detection with a geiger counter and the only way I know to fight is for us to decommission all nuclear power plants and if I were in a position to do that I would have over a year ago. Once again we are prisoners of government officials some of which are stuck in the 1950's and can't even agree to increase taxes on the wealthy. I don't know, I do grow weary.


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  • VanneV anne

    MAP: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/140_35.php
    Magnitude
    5.3
    Date-Time
    • Friday, November 16, 2012 at 08:25:57 UTC
    • Friday, November 16, 2012 at 05:25:57 PM at epicenter
    • Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location
    35.231°N, 141.046°E
    Depth
    34.7 km (21.6 miles)
    Region
    NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
    Distances
    59 km (36 miles) SSE of Hasaki, Japan
    60 km (37 miles) E of Ohara, Japan
    65 km (40 miles) SE of Asahi, Japan
    69 km (42 miles) SE of Yokaichiba, Japan
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc000dti9.php


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    • JHewes76 JHewes76

      @anne : Do you happen to know if the other reactors in Japan are still on shutdown?


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      • VanneV anne

        Sep./Oct. 2011
        “…Tomari-3 moves to commercial operation
        “On March 7, just before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, Hokkaido Electric's Tomari-3 reactor (PWR, 912MW) began test operations, the last stage of regular inspections. Four days later the accident occurred, and the Governor of Hokkaido, based on concern from the citizens of Hokkaido, told the government not to proceed with the final approval to allow the Tomari-3 reactor to transition to commercial operation. Over five months passed and test operations continued, but then having altered the Governor's stance toward the government, the governor gave the go-ahead, and on August 17 the reactor was considered to have passed inspections and transitioned to commercial operation.
        Had the governor not given the go-ahead, operation of the reactor would have stopped, and if nuclear reactors in other areas do not resume operations, by March 2012 all nuclear reactors in Japan could have been in cold shutdown. The Tomari-3 reactor has resumed operation, but if it stops due to an accident it may still be possible that all Japanese nuclear reactors could be in cold shutdown next year.
        Transportation of the high-level vitrified wastes to Aomori from U.K.
        On September 15, 2011, high-level vitrified waste from Japanese spent nuclear fuel arrived at Mutsu-Ogawara Port in Aomori Prefecture.It had departed from Britain on August 3, 2011, and arrived in Japan via the Panama Canal.


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      • VanneV anne

        J-PARC News in English 2012
        ●Ceremony for the Completion of a New Neutron Diffraction Device on September 4th
        “The instrument (SPICA) is dedicated for analyzing the internal atomic structure and behavior in batteries. It is the only one in the world capable to monitor them in a battery in action (charging and discharging). Using pulsed neutron beams from J-PARC, it has the highest time and space resolutions and is expected to be a great tool to develop batteries by understanding the mechanism that takes place inside of a battery. This project is part of the 7-year project under RISING (Research and Development Initiative for Scientific Innovation of New Generation Batteries).

        “Prior to the celebration party by KEK, NEDO and Kyoto University at the Ibaraki Quantum Beam Research Center (IQBRC) near J-PARC, many invited participants attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the tour of the BL09 SPICA at MLF.”
        http://j-parc.jp/en/news/2012/J-PARC_News-e1209.html#120901


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      • VanneV anne

        Japan to seek spent fuel reprocessing at Rokkasho
        TOKYO, Sept. 13, 2012 Kyodo
        “Japan will continue to seek reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel in the village of Rokkasho in Aomori Prefecture at least for a while, although the government plans to set a goal to completely phase out nuclear power generation in the 2030s under its new energy strategy to be compiled soon, sources close to the matter said Thursday.
        “The continuation of the fuel recycling policy, which is widely seen as contradicting with the goal, is reflecting the government's consideration to possible repercussions in and outside Japan….”

        http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/09/182168.html


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      • VanneV anne

        Japan’s nuclear future
        Rokkasho and a hard place
        The government’s fudge on its nuclear future remains unconvincing
        Nov 10th 2012 |
        “THIS remote north-eastern coastal village in Aomori prefecture would delight a North Korean or Iranian spy. Not because of the rolling countryside, but the uranium-enrichment facility, the plant undergoing testing to make nuclear fuel by reprocessing spent uranium and plutonium, and the stash of a good part of Japan’s stockpiles of more than nine tonnes of separated plutonium—enough, experts say, to make more than 1,000 nuclear warheads.
        “The Rokkasho plant seems an anomaly in a country that forswears nuclear weapons and that has shut down all but two of its 54 nuclear reactors. Yet the same government that says it wants to phase out atomic energy by the end of the 2030s also insists that it is committed soon to start reprocessing enough nuclear waste at Rokkasho to provide fuel for Japan’s nuclear-power plants to go flat out into the 2050s. It does not take much prodding for officials to concede a potential contradiction, big enough to render Japan’s nuclear policy almost meaningless….”
        http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21566018-governments-fudge-its-nuclear-future-remains-unconvincing-rokkasho-and-hard-place


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      • VanneV anne

        Oi's reactor 4 achieves criticality
        Friday, July 20, 2012

        “…The reactor is the second to be brought back online since the use of nuclear power briefly ceased earlier this year. All commercial reactors were kept offline after regular checks as the Fukushima nuclear crisis rekindled nuclear safety fears in March 2011. The first to resume operation was Oi's reactor 3, which resumed full operation on July 9….”
        http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120720a4.html


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      • VanneV anne

        Oi reactors will be idled if fault under them is active, new nuclear safety chief warns
        Kyodo. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012

        “The man nominated to head the new atomic regulatory authority said Wednesday he expects the two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture to halt operations should there be any active fault found underneath them.

        Watchdog: Shunichi Tanaka, tapped to head the new nuclear regulatory authority, addresses a Diet session Wednesday. KYODO

        “Shunichi Tanaka, former vice chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, made the remark about reactors 3 and 4 of the Kansai Electric Power Co. plant after they were restarted last month despite public safety concerns nationwide….”
        http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120802a4.html


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      • VanneV anne

        CROSS-Tokai Hosts CIAE Delegation
        13 April 2012
        'On the 9th and 10th of April 2012, CROSS-Tokai was pleased to welcome a senior delegation from the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE) on the occasion of their visit to J-PARC and the JRR-3 research reactor. Led by CIAE Deputy Director Professor Changming Zhang, the five-member delegation was the first international group to be officially hosted by CROSS-Tokai since it began operations one year ago….'

        http://www.cross-tokai.jp/en/news/2012/v12003/


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  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    Those who unleashed it should be rounded up and imprisoned in a cage directly on the Fukushima ground zero (with a live webcam broadcast 24/7) I know you will say that is horrible to do, but it's also horrible to see men, womem, children, and the elderly sufferring horrific radiation sickness. We need to stop saying we're "outraged" and start showing it. Otherwise it is all just talk, and easily ignored by those who continue to screw us.


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  • VanneV anne

    MAP: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/160_50.php
    Magnitude
    6.8
    Date-Time
    • Friday, November 16, 2012 at 18:12:37 UTC
    • Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 05:12:37 AM at epicenter
    • Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

    Location
    49.291°N, 155.445°E
    Depth
    4.9 km (3.0 miles) (poorly constrained)
    Region
    KURIL ISLANDS
    Distances
    162 km (100 miles) SSW of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia
    454 km (282 miles) SSW of Vilyuchinsk, Russia
    474 km (294 miles) SSW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
    479 km (297 miles) SSW of Yelizovo, Russia
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc000dtr7.php


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  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    I think it is closer that anyone can imagine :(


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  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

    —-
    T.S. Eliot / The Hollow Men (1925)

    Read <a href="http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/784/">the complete poem</a>


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  • Ring-A-Ring O' Roses
    A Pocket Full Of Posies
    A'Tishoo A'Tishoo
    We All Fall Down
    Ashes In The Water
    Ashes In The Sea
    We All Jump Up
    1..2..3….


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  • ftlt

    Kudos to the Guardian for at least running it…
    So little is run here in the media regarding it…
    Folks you talk to at the coffee house or at work about Fukushima don't even remember what it is you are speaking of… They are on to the latest headline…
    The Kool-aid is powerful..
    Our human race is a virus on the nature as we know it…
    I have lived 62 years and can hardly recognized the area I grew up in…
    We called it progress… I call it viral replication..
    We are simply toxic to all that we touch…
    Climate Change or some cyborg beings or some other outcome of our viral hubris will take us all away soon…
    We are doomed by our very selves by being what we..
    I am not guiltless either. You are not guiltless either…
    You and I carry the genome.. Sorry…


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    • Maggie123

      Tracked down your comment ftit, after it caught my eye earlier "Kudos to the Guardian for at least running it…" My same thought earlier today, along with hope that Guardian's 'weight' and wide readership may cause fast, wide-spread, attention.

      Re our "human race impossibility". Entirely likely to turn out the case I often think – but at same time I plan to go to my grave arguing that until we try replacing insecurity, false pride, greed, and 'power-over' with in-born, (but culturally neglected for eons), urge to empathy and cooperation, we'll never know if "brutal end" is inescapable. Got to try other aspects of 'who we are' before we say these aspects aren't overlooked as solution.


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  • islandboy9

    Check it out, three china sydromes that sit on fives active fault lines.
    Just about 45-50kms south of Fukushima city are three
    Active volcanoes which their steam tubes intersects the fault lines!
    When a earthquake with a size of 7 or more comes along in that area.
    With the help of hydrogen, it will produce a 15 kiloton atomic bomb at
    the crippled plant, SPF pools, coriums,and stored radioactive water all will go up!
    The force of the explosion will trigger the five active faults which in turn will
    cause the volcanoes to erupt!!!! The people of japan will not just disappear,
    The entire island of japan will snap in two and sink into the ocean!!!!
    You guys knows what's next, 1000 foot tsunami picking up 3-11 debris in it's path destroying Hawaii,
    The entire westcoast of pacific, South America included!!!! Think about it people.


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    • amberlight amberlight

      There is no way to predict what the final outcome of the Fukushima debacle will be. However, we do know that the BEST case scenario is happening right now, with ongoing radioactive fallout and Tepco bumbling along stuffing diaper gel into the cracks. Unless other corporations and/or national governments step in to secure the reactors there is no way that the situation can improve.

      Islandboy, the horrific scenarios that you and others have outlined are beyond human comprehension, otherwise people on the west coast of North America would be leaving in droves! I asked my husband what he thinks we ought to do and he replied that he would have to know more about the impending crisis. I said, Yoo hoo! What I am talking about is a world changing event that would leave very little time to contemplate our next move! Like so many, he shrugged and said What CAN we do? Since we have children and grandchildren on the coast, I didn't have an answer.

      I feel so deeply for the people of Japan trapped in this horror show…


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  • islandboy9

    As pointed out amberlight, "it's beyond human comprehension!" that why it's
    Going to happen. Just watch The battle of Chernobyl on YouTube, It's the roadmap
    to our future! The soviets got ahead of the problem by calling up 500,000
    Men to fight the meltdown…. The soviets explained in detail step by step plan to freeze
    and seal the reactor plus explain about the consequences in detail if they failed!!!
    The Japanese failed every single step!!!!!! So watch the special and expect the unexpected.


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  • islandboy9

    It shouldn't be any surprises about what Fukushima will give to the world!
    Months ago I watched a NHk special about where the fukushima fallout traveled and landed.
    The fallout ended up in Greenland and the artic. So it was common sense to point out the ice sheets would melt faster, increase sea levels and create super storms like Sandy. I was begging friends and families about evacuating the east coast months ago and they laughed at me and said no one can forsee the future affects of Fukushima!!!!


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  • arclight arclight

    here is the guardian getting it wrong…

    repost

    Nuclear Lead poisoning cover-up UK, serious wildlife contamination found!

    In a recent wildlife report it was shown that birds tested in the period winter 2010 to winter 2011 were found that elevated levels of lead (i.e. >20.0 μg/dL) were found in the blood of 34 % (n = 285) of waterbirds tested at four sites in Britain during the 2010/2011 winter this happening during some of the largest radioactive releases from nuclear power plants and medical reactors.

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/10/07/nuclear-lead-poisoning-cover-up-uk-serious-wildlife-contamination-found/


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    • Thanks, arclight –and how dense of me. I've long known that the radon decay chain piles up as lead-210 and (normal) lead-206, but I somehow failed to associate that with simple, elemental lead poisoning in the environment. (Could this be some of that black stuff being found around northern Japan?) What other isotopic elements are being released which are biologically dangerous (in addition to the radiation)? Perhaps this one –

      > http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ACR/35987

      –that element at the top of the decay chain: uranium itself.

      Craig


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  • amberlight amberlight

    NoNukes ~ Fungi and other plants can be used for bioremediation, but you'd have to know what you are dealing with and how to handle & dispose of the crops. Definitely should NOT be on the dinner menu!

    Later today when I have more time I'm going to post some info from Paul Stamets' book "Mycelium Running." I guess the best forum for that topic would be "Methods for combating radiation and its effects."

    Sadly two of my favorite forage species—boletus and chanterelle—are among the fungi noted for sequestering cesium. Since seaweed is also effective at radionuclide uptake, I guess my kelp harvesting days are over.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Excellent Thread!

    Richard hate is a good thing when used in proper context!

    This young women has no clue who did this to her, but we all know, don't we?
    http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/allyn-rose-taking-control-her-life-double-mastectomy

    This will get much worse for all women and humans around the world and the genes mentioned inside the article are radioactive <contamination> activated. She has no tan in this photograph.

    Its not the Sun!

    We are all eating, breathing, drinking and swimming in this radioactive contamination now.


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