Mainichi Daily News, May 17, 2014: Outcome of battle against radioactive water at Fukushima plant in doubt — We are facing a problem so large it’s impossible to see all its dimensions. Eventually, we’ll be able to grasp what’s happening, but for now, no. [...] There is the relentless flow of the groundwater, a massive amount of it gushing into the plant’s basements every day. [...] If this water pours into the reactor buildings and touches the atomic fuel inside, it picks up high concentrations of radioactive material [...] At the moment, this radioactive water is impossible to deal with. [...] I remembered the afterword from the historical novel “A Record of the Battle of Leyte” by the late Shohei Ooka. Ooka wrote that one’s own experience of combat cannot define an entire war, and that he had written the novel from his own reminiscences combined with prolonged research. [...] We are now three years into the Fukushima nuclear crisis. We still cannot see everything that’s going on. What we can say for certain, though, is that neither the radiation nor the contaminated water at the plant is getting any less, and there is no guarantee that the battle against them will turn in our favor.
- From earlier today: Japan Times: "Radiation has spiked to all-time highs" in ocean off Fukushima plant -- Jiji: "Record-high radiation levels have been observed" Tepco says -- Officials: "Cause of seawater spike is unknown"
Mainichi Daily News, May 18, 2014: Journalist makes documentary film after spending 2 years in Fukushima [...] He would spend 20 years reporting on Palestine, and 10 years covering Iraq’s depleted uranium rounds. [...] Despite his time reporting from battlefields, [Naomi] Toyoda was still struck with doubt while working in Fukushima Prefecture. “I didn’t know what I should do,” he says, to help the residents there who have been forced to live their lives together with the threat of radiation. [...] Toyoda, in an expression of determination, says, “Three years after the nuclear disaster, nothing is solved. I’m going to keep on reporting.”
See also: Japan Media: “Things are going badly” — Fukushima “the same as war” says military officer in charge of forces at plant — Concern “workers on-site do not consent to join battle” — Leaks are out of control
Published: May 18th, 2014 at 3:46 pm ET
- Japan Author: Fukushima disaster “impossible to control” — Senior Scientist: The sheer number of things going wrong… they’ve never solved any problems — Mutual Fund: Officials never regained control at plant December 3, 2013
- Nuclear Expert: Water may NOT have stopped melted fuel from going down into concrete at Fukushima — I raised this issue years ago, but it’s too difficult for regulators to deal with (VIDEO) November 6, 2013
- Anonymous Senior Tepco Employee: No one knows what to do at Fukushima, it’s impossible to fix — Reactors not under control — “We just can’t deal with the melted fuel” March 10, 2014
- Fukushima Plant Chief in 2011: If we fail to urgently deal with radioactive leakage, we can’t overcome the crisis — 2 years later Tepco admits they couldn’t afford to work on it September 11, 2013
- UC Berkeley Nuclear Professor: May be impossible to get Fukushima melted fuel — Work at site to go on for ‘thousands of years’ if not removed (AUDIO) September 3, 2013