Japan Prime Minister: We’ve learned in “the most painful way” from Fukushima and its aftermath — Overseas help is needed to contain the problems we are facing at plant (VIDEO)

Published: October 10th, 2013 at 3:02 am ET
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Title: Science for the Future
Source: NHK Newsline
Date: Oct. 8, 2013

At 0:30 in

NHK Reporter: The people gathered here [at the Science and Technology Forum] are discussing a range of issues, but they’re focusing on how to create energy responsibly while protecting the environment. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the opening address. He called on the world’s scientific communities to help solve the problems facing Fukushima Prefecture and the disabled nuclear plant.

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan: We have learned, in the most painful way, the importance of STS, or science and technology in society, by which I mean Fukushima and its aftermath. We’re wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem. My country needs your knowledge.

See also: After recent 'lies', Japan PM admits help needed to contain Fukushima disaster -- Senior official warns of 'new problems' to come at plant

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55 comments to Japan Prime Minister: We’ve learned in “the most painful way” from Fukushima and its aftermath — Overseas help is needed to contain the problems we are facing at plant (VIDEO)

  • TheMysticWizard1

    I think this is a big step in a positive direction, the real question, is anyone else in the world better suited or willing to deal with this problem. I don't think Tepco/Japan ever truly had any idea what to do to try and remedy this catastrophe.


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  • Go Flying

    Abe, that lying little sack of sh1t in a suit, doesn't need help for Fukushima as badly as he wanted the Olympics.

    He says 'my country needs your knowledge'

    NO!, your country needs your neck on the end of a rope!

    Tell the truth Abe, or fvck off!


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    • We Not They Finally

      I despise Abe too, but your comment is also a big yes/no. I mean, if he is finally ADMITTING that there is a huge unresolved catastrophe — so much so that the wickedly self-protective Japanese have to finally reach out to the world — that actually does say something. It says something very scary, but the message is still there.


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      • tarpus

        I wish the report comment button was red or something :)

        He should stand trial for crimes against the people of Japan as well as crimes against humanity, where they will hopefully hang him as well as hundreds of others, GE CEOs up front.


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      • Go Flying

        WNTF, where do you see or hear him saying that, in your words, 'there is a huge unresolved catastrophe'?

        When he gets around to admitting he lied to the IOC, I might listen.

        Until ten, it's all just soft soap political bullsh1t and spin.

        He's talking about the importance of science and technology or STS as he calls it, as if STS will rewrite the universal laws of physics.

        Until he learns to recognize the truth and speak it, AND ACT ACCORDINGLY, he's just another waste of space oxygen-thief as far as I am concerned, and the sooner he is gone to hell, the better.


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    • or-well

      Crowbait,
      swinging on a gibbet,
      when a million deaths are on exhibit
      and all the lies no longer inhibit
      Justice
      in the Court of Survival.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    N O T . A . G O O D . S I G N

    Seems no one has a solution, so far.


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  • PurpleRain

    Remember when Haiti had the earthquake and nearly everyone was right there right away to help? Why hasn't the world, the USA AND England And Russia and everyone else been there right away from the very beginning for Japan? I just don't understand. Do you think each government is too afraid? … what else could it be???


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    • CanaryInACoalMine CanaryInACoalMine

      IMO I'm afraid nothing can be done to fix this global disaster. That's why no one has stepped up to help. Early on the lack of outside assistance was because Japan refused the help. Now, that they do want outside help no one wants to touch this mess.


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      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        I am a layperson. But my biggest fear is that Big Picture and other prominent posters here may be right. There is no way to fix this. TEPCO's activity is only slowing down the inevitable. It also calms panic and reduces lawsuits. Part of me understands their decision. If TEPCO financially collapses, who will take it's place?

        Splitting TEPCO into 2 entities mirrors the good bank, bad bank approach that we saw floated to solve the Too Big To Fail investment bank fiasco. It is just another way to separate stockholders and others from financial responsibility of their horribly poor choices. Although overall I think this is motivated by hubris, I still come back to the fact that if TEPCO doesn't make money to at least keep paying on loans, no one will be doing this work.


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        • PragmaticBeliever

          Phil, we all are "layperson" here. Some are more knowledgeable than others, and from them we learn… but what you say, it´s completely true.

          You are right. There´s NO SOLUTION to this "problem"…
          And you don´t want to be right, but it is as it is.

          The shifting on the Japan´s government take on the matter is the first step to put Tepco out of this mess. And not because "they are punishing it", but because they are going to pass all the financial costs to the entire population of Japan…

          It only just begun…


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        • razzz razzz

          There is no bad bank yet. In the US, the taxpayers continue footing the bill to pay down banks' bad bets and in return they get an ever rising debt ceiling for future generation to be chained to. In Euroland, the latest fad is to make bank depositor's pay down bad bets by confiscating money the little people deposited (Poland, Greece, etc). A bad bank to deal with debts hasn't been created yet or "Socialism works until you run out of other people's money." – Margaret Thatcher

          The US started relief efforts immediately much to the peril of the US Navy when they got dusted by radioactive fallout while ferrying emergency supplied off Fukushima. Japan didn't bother to tell the USS Reagan and its support ships that Unit 3 had just blown up.

          Need Japan to admit they are absolutely clueless and stand down and step aside while everyone else puts on their big boy pants and deals with Daiichi like adults. Might be a valiant and worthy effort to save the Pacific Ocean and Japan in the process.

          There is no such thing as a bad bank when it come to nuclear cleanup, we all lose.


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          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Exactly why nothing should be done until all Nuclear Power Generation is ended worldwide.

            If it's not (Nuclear) ended worldwide then it is right that all biological life should go extinct in the very near future.

            It is best we allow the Earth to restart life in another million years or so..with out us.


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    • harengus_acidophilus

      "what else could it be?"

      Don't teach consumers how to unite.
      Don't tell how risky, in fact, nuclear is.

      h.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Financial interests. Infrastructures of power. Lies and denials since the 1940's. All of the above.


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    • or-well

      Oh yes, PurpleRain, I remember the 2-faced charade of helping Haiti.
      A Gov't of clowns for show, a few powerful families, backed by UN guns, local thugs and foreign corporations, most of the people little more than slaves in an environmentally devastated country.

      I don't knock all the decent people around the world who offered whatever assistance they could. But after a lot of research and reading I despaired.

      Haiti is the face of the world if the Elites get their way.

      Sorry for the brevity. Anyone truly interested will do their own research and dig beneath the many layers of bullshit.


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    • MichaelV MichaelV

      Government is obsolete, a thing from a bygone era. Corporations are in control. See: 1984-Orwell, Brave New World-Huxley, Revelation-John..!


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    • Japan did not ask for help, actually turned help away.


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  • harengus_acidophilus

    The ultimate lesson

    "We have learned, in the most painful way,
    the importance of STS, or science and technology in society, …"

    Money can't outrank the laws of nature.

    You have to face yor own hubris,
    if you want to see light!

    h.


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  • rnix rnix

    Even though it is too late to make it better…it'd nice to hear him admit a little truth,

    "And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction."

    Kurt Vonnegut Player Piano (1952)


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  • Wooster

    It's what I have been calling for for months, so well done Mr Abe!

    The only question now is, is there anyone out there willing to put their necks on the line to help the Japanese get a grip on this situation?

    Solving Fukushima is more important than "global warming", more urgent than "saving the whales" and more critical to life than "feed the world".

    So where are all the UN bigwigs, the pop stars and the other assorted bandwagon-climbers when a problem comes along that does demand urgent global attention?


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    • We Not They Finally

      Well, then again, Abe is one of the worst people in the world, so maybe "well done" is a little over the top? But they are now DESPERATE and that's telling. Now when do they admit the catastrophic HEALTH disaster that they've created — for the Japanese and spreading to the rest of the world?


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  • yogda yogda

    Creepy video of Abe…

    It's painfully obvious Japan and America are being held hostage by globalist interests.
    Global warming and this so-called "sustainability" plan for the masses is an insidious fraud.


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "…STS, or science and technology in society…"

    Idiot, STS stands for Shit To Stop lying about.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "We have learned, in the most painful way, the importance of STS, or science and technology in society, by which I mean Fukushima and its aftermath."

    Japan was built on science and technology..how is it Abe is just learning of it's importance?
    Abe will say anything..his party is in power..
    A little show of false regret..it's supposedly all good.
    No one is going to assist japan without ..say so..from the US..
    The US is busy making arms deals…with Japan.
    Abe is busy making arms deals..while both countries cover up the truth from the people.

    Learn..these people don't learn.
    They won't learn until it is their grandchildren being born with their arms coming out of their shoulders..and then they won't be able to say a word about it…because they are OCCUPIED.
    Not only by an imperial power….but by their choice in being controlled.

    Abe isn't a puppet..he's a mop.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..How dare he try to endanger the health of athletes around the world?
    The Olympics needs to be moved.
    Abe needs to be hung…along with those in power during the time of the original explosions..
    Ya..The one's they let off the hook…
    Hang 'em and hang 'em high.


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    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      That's on the Olympic Committee. Yahoo Finance and other mainstream media outlets have accumulated quite a list of Fukushima reports. Olympic Committee members know what's up.

      What is behind their silence?


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    • Buffalojam

      Heart and Phil – There seems to be a certain mental disease circling the world, the main symptom of which is the replacement of reality by those suffering from it with wishful thinking. Those with the disease have no concern that the truth may eventually come out or what the consequences may be once it does. In the U.S a group of politicians and "diplomats", hellbent on starting war wherever convenient, informed the the U.N. and the rest of the world that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which had to be removed. Thousands of deaths, environmental destruction, and 2 trillion dollars later, the search for the weapons continue. You only have to check the current situation in the U.S. involving government shutdown and possible debt default, in order to defund a health care law that has already passed and been certified by the supreme court as legal, to see that the disease is spreading. Now in Japan, Japanese leaders are arranging for the worldwide celebration of it's victory over that small problem in Fukushima (perhaps the most egregious takeover of wishful thinking ever) by hosting the olympics in it's extremely dangerous environment. I guess the lesson in all this is that it's easy to live in fantasyland when there are no consequences for denying reality no matter how dangerous that might be.


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      • or-well

        Buffalojam, that's it. The baddies fear no negative consequences from lying, false science, poisoning earth's life-sustaining infrastructure etc etc etc etc.

        Slap-on-the-wrist fines, hapless scapegoats jailed, shareholders burned etc but the system grinds on.

        or-well said once
        "Brand them all as Satan's Mages
        and hunt them with Knights of The Peoples Rages"
        but that's poetic license.
        "One day you're going to rise
        from your habitual feast
        and find yourselves staring
        down the throat of the beast
        they call the Revolution."
        Singer/musician Bruce Cockburn from Call it Democracy,
        more poetic license perhaps,
        but absent some rather LARGE change, we're screwed.


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      • babbo dorian babbo dorian

        Agree.
        GE, monsanto, ex-black water, bank of América, rytheon, etc etc etc……… belong to the same owners than olympics profiteers.
        Owners also of the most criminal congressmen of the world….. eeuu.
        And also think that there's no solution at the hand …. and we'll all be dead before humans know how to fix the biggest shyt ever made in his entire life


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  • ShutItAllDown

    ~2.5 years too late.


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  • tinman76

    The Japanese govt is a lying sack of … um. Refuse. I dont know about govts, but the Russians have been on site within days of the accident and offered concrete tehcnological knolwedge on how to cope with the aftermath. Further, Rosatom (state nuclear corp) sent in personal supplies to the japanese workers on location, such as personal geiger counters, respirators and other stuff. The Japanese refused, and as far as I am aware, to this day they still refuse. Rosatom issued another statement on its website just last month (Sept 2013, http://www.atomic-energy.ru/news/2013/09/02/43448), saying they are on standby to deliver radiation-proof videocams, personnel, know-how, technologies, etc., whatever is needed in order to contain Fukushima. Alas, there still has been no response. Short of a full scale invasion by foreign countries, I can't imagine what else will convince these haugty people to accept foreign help. Maybe its about time the world indicted the whole Japanese govt for ongoing crimes against humanity, stripped it of any control over Fukushima and stepped in to finally sort this mess out. I am sure all of enenewsers will breathe a sigh of relieve if Abe et al commit harakiri over such "loss of face"… (world) saftey first.


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    • Red Cloud Red Cloud

      It would not surprise me Japan is refusing Rosatom to have a go the Japanese nuclear mess.
      But it isn't a refusal as given by cultural pride.
      Crazy as it sounds, Abe's Japan is still selling their nuclear expertise abroad with the added reference "safer than ever thanks to learning from the recent Fukushima crisis"
      It won't help business if you have to admit your direct competitor (Rosatom) is required to clean up the so called controlled disaster.
      Also for Rosatom , they can only gain from "blooding their army of nuclear warriors" at Fuku as apparently the Western alliance with Areva & Co has already had it's go and is failing.

      Example of Russia and Japan competing to create a future potential nuclear wasteland:
      http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/Never-Mind-Fukushima-Vietnam-to-Embrace-Nuclear-Power.html

      Insert other volatile links to (sorry can't find those anymore):
      * high ranker Vietnamese minister declares proper propaganda campaign to western model is all needed to gain popular acceptance to nuke tech. (some 2 years ago something like this was found translated in English)
      * First lady of Abe Japan speaks out -against all etiquette- against her husband selling nukes abroad.


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      • tinman76

        Red Cloud, I dunno… if I was in the market to buy nuclear tech, I'd probably go for the guys who went through the whole meltdown shebang and cleaned up afterwards… As far as I am aware, Fuku is the first cockup for the Japanese, so they dont have the practical experience, nor the theoretical knowledge required, and so far everything they have been doing about Fuku is one cluster#%k after another.. If I was a buyer, I wouldn't be impressed with such sales strategy, although I admit you raise a very good point that it would not be good to bring the Russians in if the Japanese are trying to sell their own tech and exp.

        Be that as it may, I still think the situation is such that Japan is holding the world hostage to its inability to accept the error of their ways. They should let older kids help them out. Our combined future is at stake, and I think that is more important than cultural differences, commercial interests and everything else combined.


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  • myau

    That criminal Abe should,in the same breath, declare giving up their Olympic right,then other country may be more willing to help, but alas it may be too late and too terrifying to touch this mess. I don't know if Tepco is still planning to remove those R4 rods, in the event it should be deemed too dangerous or near impossible or the ground is getting too radioactive for workers to stay, then as a last ditch option to a modified plan that I have recently commented, the gov/tepco experts may place those deep underground nuclear devices I mentioned strategically(may need help from demolition experts) around the plant more towards the back of surrounding hillside, so that upon detonation, the crater will open up with the whole plant falling backwards and perhaps enough surrounding soil will immediately fall back into the crater minimizing the amount of ocean water influx, then they can start pouring tons and tons of boron,and cement etc.day and night until the crater is filled to form a hill. This way hopefully the air we breath can be saved,cannot save the ocean but it is already contaminated beyond repair, so no more seafood but we can all survive. I understand this is a colossal job, only as a last ditch or "no choice" option. Any better solution,let all of us hear it.Thanks. PS.any discrepancy, please read my original comment.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

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    (713) 323-1671

    We had information and data, and photos.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    PHOTO RELEASE: Response workers continue to clean beaches

    Key contact numbers

    Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: (866) 448-5816
    Submit alternative response technology, services or products: (281) 366-5511 
    Submit your vessel for the Vessel of Opportunity Program: (866) 279-7983
    Submit a claim for damages: (800) 440-0858
    Report oiled wildlife: (866) 557-1401
    Deepwater Horizon Incident
    Joint Information Center

    Phone: (713) 323-1670
    (713) 323-1671

    We had information and data, and photos; not this cover and concealment bull$&it..!

    I'm appalled.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Overflight Opportunity Aboard a Coast Guard Aircraft Assigned to Oil Observations


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    • MichaelV MichaelV

      Someone here mentioned using drones… just saying.


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      • MichaelV MichaelV

        Admiral Allen Tells BP to Join Local Response Team in Each State

        Part of ongoing efforts to place additional control at the state and local levels

        Key contact numbers

        Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: (866) 448-5816
        Submit alternative response technology, services or products: (281) 366-5511 
        Submit your vessel for the Vessel of Opportunity Program: (866) 279-7983
        Submit a claim for damages: (800) 440-0858
        Report oiled wildlife: (866) 557-1401
        Deepwater Horizon Incident
        Joint Information Center

        Phone: (713) 323-1670
        (713) 323-1671

        I sincerely apologize for the redundancy.


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  • I have had a guest from Japan the last week, I mentioned to her….just in case you don't know, Fukushima is still really really bad.

    She lives in Tokyo. She said, of course we all know, and they are just starting to admit some of the problems.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    @ stock, That would be a good thing.


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