Japanese Journalist Breaks Down: “Nuclear power plants exist on the foundation of sacrificing human lives” — “I cannot forgive” (VIDEO)

Published: September 11th, 2012 at 2:38 pm ET


“TEPCO and the Fukushima Forbidden Zone”, by Matsumura & Onda
Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan
Feb 28, 2012

At 3:25 in

Katsunobu Onda, Journalist: This was the first time I had ever covered nuclear power plants [many years ago] and the very strong personal [message?] I received is that basically I cannot forgive nuclear power plants.

Basically nuclear power plants exist on the foundation of sacrificing human lives.

h/t Anonymous Tip, Omri Reis

Published: September 11th, 2012 at 2:38 pm ET


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55 comments to Japanese Journalist Breaks Down: “Nuclear power plants exist on the foundation of sacrificing human lives” — “I cannot forgive” (VIDEO)

  • CaptD CaptD

    A year and a half exactly after Fukushima’s Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster Japan is the poster “boy” for Control by the Nuclear Industry and Utility Gangs:
    The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy In Japan

    This is one of the most well written articles on this Debacle…
    BTW It contains a great number of links to back up all points…

  • harengus_acidophilus

    "…exist on the foundation of sacrificing human lives."
    This is the way societies exist.

    "There is no free lunch."
    Sounds familiar?


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear plants exist because of a few people. Outlaw the plants, and the possibility of meltdowns will end. It's that simple.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    If death itself was used to keep on the light would you turn anything on? Oppenheimer wrestled with the idea of nuclear power being used for power until his dying day. The nuclear power we have today is only a fraction of Einsteins greater theory of relativity. That one piece of the puzzle has enough power to wipe life itself from the face of earth. The 21st century will be the most nuclear polluted era of all time. Reactors are miniature versions of a side reaction that occurs on the surface of the sun every day. Humanity only has the ability to harness half of nuclear reactions enough to boil water. This is a force that can explain how stars work, yet with haste people built facilities all over the globe. How long will it be before we realize that until we discover a way to create safe nuclear fusion will the nuclear energy problem be solved. Fission is the way stars are born while fusion is how they sustain. Harnessing both would be the key to success. We would also have to master anti-matter in order to clean up excess radioactive releases.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Robert Oppenheimer
      AKA Julius Robert Oppenheimer
      Born: 22-Apr-1904
      Birthplace: New York City
      Died: 18-Feb-1967
      Location of death: Princeton, NJ
      Cause of death: Cancer – Throat

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Controversies about Radon and Radioactivity – Part 2

      “Madame Curie died in 1934 of leukemia, a cancer now known to be caused by radioactivity. Although her body was covered with lesions, she denied to the end that her beloved radium has killed her.

      “Years after Madame Curie's death, photographic films were placed between the sheets of her laboratory books. The photographs showed numerous fingerprints caused by the radioactivity on her hands. Her daughter Irene Joliot-Curie, who became only the second woman to win a Nobel science prize, later also died of leukemia caused by exposure to radioactivity, while her husband met the same fate a couple of years late after calling it ‘our occupational disease.’"

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Does a forest exist if there is no one to see it? Who will see the light when everyone is dead? Humans are supposed to be smarter than lemmings. Alas, radiation exposure lowers the IQ, and sterilizes so that there are dumb offspring and then no offspring at all. And everyone has died a very horrible death. There are people who cannot feel empathy for other people, so they will never realize how horrible a death by cancer is until they themselves personally feel it. Cancer without any medical treatment for those who are without health care is really horrible. As everyone develops Alzheimer's (caused by radiation and cell phones and wireless technology), there will be no one capable of giving healthcare to any one. This ELE is very sad because only a very few governments have said that they will give up nuclear energy completely. The human race doesn't seem to be able to learn from previous and present mistakes. Instead of phasing out nuclear energy, it should be stopped immediately while there is still a possibility of decommissioning some of the reactors. Soon there will be no people or way to decommission anything.

      Clean up of Rocky Flats was recently shown to have accomplished nothing. These is still just as much plutonium there as before the clean up.

      There was no way to decommission Fuiushima even back in March, 2011. I'll never forget the face of a nuclear physicist who said that pouring sea water on these reactors was a "Hail Mary."

    • harengus_acidophilus

      There is an existing and safe fusion reactor.
      Just eight lightminutes away in a safe distance.

      If we learn to harvest this energy, there is no need to heating up the planet with additional energy. Remember thermodynamics: at last every energy will convert to heat.

      And second:
      "We would also have to master anti-matter in order
      to clean up excess radioactive releases."

      NO, NO, NO!

      Maybye there is a simple way to invert the polarity of matter and this method is sophisticated enough to target named isotopes… did you really think they will clean the planet? Or will they build an anti-matter bomb?

      The naked ape always wants "the big one"…


      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        8 light minutes = 89 415 550.6 miles

        We don't have to replicate fusion to use energy from the sun. We already can use solar energy, geothermal energy, and wind energy. We just need the will to use the technology we already have.

        TPTB rely on energy that will give them great profit and power. If everyone were self-sufficient, we would not have any robber barons or psychotic con artists.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          "'The exact distance between Earth and the Sun varies with its position in its orbit, which is elliptical. The average distance (the mean distance) between the Earth and the Sun is about 150 million kilometers (93 million miles).

          "The average distance from the Earth to the Sun is also called 1 astronomical unit (or AU). This is established as 149, 597, 870.7 kilometers (92,955,887.6 miles).

          "Aphelion (when the Earth is the farthest from the Sun) occurs around the first week of July. The distance is about 152 million km (94.4 million miles).
          "Perihelion (when the Earth is closest to the Sun) occurs in the first week of January. The distance is about 147 million km (91.3 million miles)."
          Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_far_is_the_Earth_from_the_Sun#ixzz26CoRdqdw

        • 6feetunder 6feetunder


          Nuclear Boy Scout – DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! 1 of 2


          Nuclear Boy Scout – DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! 2 of 2

          There is something missing in this guys mental processes.
          I wonder how common this "gee whiz" attitude in NPP industry.

      • richard richard

        whatever the solution (if any) harengus, i know i'll be dead before it happens. so i've come to the conclusion that i will not see an end to this disaster in my lifetime. chernobyl has been 25 yeas and no solution. I may not make it beyond another 25 years, and fukushima (and chernobyl) will not be fixed.

        I'm giving up. the mongrels have won. they have ruined a beautiful planet, they have killed off all the futures. the nukers are traitors to life itself.

        damn einstien, damn the usa. damn the mob.media.corp.guv – they've fukued us all. it's the end of time.

        spend big folks while you still can. we'll all be blistering distorted abominations in a few years.


          I'm surprised richard. You're witnessing a litany of changes that presage much change. True. It's gonna get very ugly. It has too! When did you ever know a human to abandon convenience for necessity? We haven't know such for a long-long time. That's going to be the difficult part; forgetting the false promise of this age for the solid truth that awaits us all. We need only look upon these ongoing 'revelations' to know that major changes are afoot. They're not letting on; but be assured, the old guard is withering under the assault of this crushing reality. So be strong brother…we will get through these rapids…

          • richard richard

            thanks shock for that reply. my pendulum swings again 🙂


              @richard: I don't forget that you're here for others, and that alone deserve my respect…

              • richard richard

                appreciated. i've been in an outer orbit of late.. hopefully the apsis has arrived and i'm getting back to perigee, hopefully 😉

                this whole episode is not like blogging a day at the races. we are at 18 months, as i'm sure you're all aware. we'll get to be a long lived efamily at this rate of progress 🙂

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          Richard, I'm sorry that you are so selective in which country you choose to damn. Aren't they mining uranium in Australia? Wasn't it the UK that did atomic testing in Australia? And what countries are spreading and building new nuclear reactors around the globe? And what countries (not the US) did the initial research that led to the splitting of the atom? And what countries are represented by the IAEA and WHO? And how about all the physicians and other educators worldwide who are not educating the populace as to the dangers of nuclear energy?

          I'm upset that the French and Japanese and Chinese are or are scheduled to build new reactors and supply repair parts to the reactors in the US. I'm upset that the Russians are mining uranium in Wyoming. I'm upset that the Chinese have 240 free trade zones in the US and pay no income tax and hire no Americans. US citizens don't own their country anymore. It is globalization that has destroyed us. All these global corporations and the global families that own them have no loyalty to the countries which they are destroying. The politicians worldwide have become dictators who rape and plunder the countries which they rule.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            And I'm upset with all the countries which have and continue to spread and add to nuclear waste. Just because a country has promised to shut down all nuclear reactors in 10 years doesn't mean that they will keep to that promise. The updated report out of Japan as of August 2012, plans to continue nuclear energy and to pursue the nuclear fuel cycle.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            “Rutherford performed his most famous work after he had moved to the Victoria University of Manchester in the UK in 1907 and was already a Nobel laureate. In 1911, he theorized that atoms have their positive charge concentrated in a very small nucleus,[5] and thereby pioneered the Rutherford model of the atom, through his discovery and interpretation of Rutherford scattering in his gold foil experiment. He is widely credited with first "splitting the atom" in 1917 in a nuclear reaction between nitrogen and alpha particles, in which he also discovered (and named) the proton.[6] This led to the first experiment to split the nucleus in a fully controlled manner, performed by two students working under his direction, John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton, in 1932….”

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

              Ernest Rutherford
              “Rutherford was born on 30 August, 1871 at Brightwater, just south of Nelson, New Zealand. His father was the son of a Scots colonist from Dundee, and his mother an English-woman from Sussex. Rutherford attended schools close to his home before entering Nelson College in 1887.
              “In 1889 Rutherford gained a junior scholarship and left for Canterbury College, Christchurch, at the University of New Zealand. He graduated in 1893 with a Double First in Physics and Mathematics, only the second person to do so in the history of the University. Rutherford received an M.A. for this work, and began research towards his B.Sc., which he received the following year.
              “In 1894 Rutherford was awarded an 1851 Exhibition Scholarship that allowed him to travel abroad to do research in physics. He chose to go to the University of Cambridge, which had just started to accept research students from overseas. Rutherford travelled to England and entered Trinity College, leaving his fiancée Mary Newton in New Zealand….”

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

              Splitting the Atom
              'The experiments started about four in the afternoon,' recalled a scientist whom Rutherford had invited one day in 1919 to see what he was doing. …”

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

              Splitting the Atom
              “ During the 1930's, another women, Lise Meitner, would contribute new insights into what would happen when an atom was actually split into two. It came that she was spending a winter holiday in Sweden when she thought of an idea from recent results. Meitner wondered whether in some atoms like uranium the forces that hold the nucleus together might be more feebly balanced. If a 'slow' neutron enters the nucleus, it might cause the nucleus to elongate and vibrate causing the particles within to be pulled far enough that it might split. Meitner named this process Nuclear Fission. She realized that their must be energy released when fission occurs and used Einstein's equation, E=MC^2 (energy equals mass times the speed of light squared) to get the answer. The result produced 200MeV(million electron volts), just the amount of energy that could force the two fragments of the nucleus apart.
              “After discussing this new discovery with other scientists they found a new exciting possibility where the fission reaction could cause new neutrons from the split nucleus to fly out and further splitting other atoms resulting in a chain reaction and if controlled could be an efficient new power source – but if not controlled could result in a huge explosion. What made this frightening was the fact that World War II was only about a year away.

              • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

                “The physicists Niels Bohr, who mapped the atom, brought these results of the fission research to the United States. One of the physicists believed that the United States did not yet realize what was at stake and told Albert Einstein to write to the president. The government was slow to react at first but then were persuaded that they were in a race with other countries such as, Germany and Russia, to develop nuclear energy and weapons. “

          • richard richard

            thanks anne. you're right of course. australia is to be damned just as much as the others.

            in fact, it's going to get worse before it gets better.


            "A uranium focussed project developer and explorer"

            these dogs in the nuke industry just aren't giving up.

            i believe that india nukers are undermining (pun intended) the regulations (pathetic as they are) to scam more uranium out of australia.

            china's building. finland is building. the list just goes on. they are not listening.

            each day i wonder how to break through the deadlock (as we see it). still no answer from me. what i think may work is if each seperate environmental activist and group manage to form an alliance. i just see we are all divide by geography or lifestyles.

            i've said it before.. the nuke industry is a coordinated force.. i'm sure they have conventions etc together and plan big. the anti-nuke industry just isn't professional, i'm not having ago at it. it's the way we are.

            we have to become professional lobbyists. but we are underfunded and underresourced and we are divided. (again, i'm not blaming.. it's just how it is).

            i'm going for a walk. thanks again for the prod.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          “…We believe that it is necessary to take advantage of nuclear power as an important electricity
          source and to promote the nuclear fuel cycle, in cooperation with host communities. As a major
          component of this, we will dedicate all our strength to securing the safety of nuclear power.
          In order to secure the diversification of energy resources, we strongly ask that the Government
          of Japan not abandon the use of “nuclear power” when they decide the national energy policy.
          * Due to legal agreements, if the Government of Japan decides to abandon spent fuel reprocessing, all spent fuel
          currently stored at Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant must be returned to their owners, Japan’s electric power
          companies. As a result, nuclear power facilities will be forced to shut down eventually due to shortages of onsite
          spent fuel storage space….”

          FEPC's stance on Democratic Party of Japan's Policy Position on …
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          6 days ago – FEPC's stance on Democratic Party of Japan's Policy Position on Energy and Environment. September 6, 2012. The Federati

        • harengus_acidophilus

          Thats what THEY want.
          Dark corruption of your vivid imagination.

          If you see it in a metaphorical way, you can say radioactivity
          is the opponent to life itself.

          Ioninizing radiation scrambles the patterns of information
          which are stored in the DNA.

          What about "the spark of life itself"?


        • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

          Quote richard "i give up "

          Hi Richard (lionheart ? 🙂 )
          Some fossil memory from my suicidal drinking homeless punk day's when it was unclear how i could ever get rid of my army of personal demons lol.
          Besides , what you experience is shared by many , just turn down your attention long enough to recharge your battery . Then go back tunneling that energy to the only thing that has a right to be in the spotlight imo, how to construct a reality that allows life to maintain itself on
          this planet , in the prefered version we are included, or how to die with a clean conscience trying…
          Of course , this is just a friendly request from a fellow human being sharing the same faith , and i think that it is the only thing Mother would like us to do now . Trying instead giving up. She is just waiting untill humanity start acting like one AWARE consciousness , and i think she will
          help us by whispering in to our creativity as soon as we deserve it and our motives and perception are clean again, we have to OWN it . She sure has been waiting long enough.
          I have a "depressed basic constitution" , and a bunch of fysical complaints , heartcondition , lungemfysema (but not as bad as our friend dharmasyd) , reuma etc
          Before Fuku , fully aware of where humanity was going anyway , i was pretty comfortable waiting for my heart to stop . Now after Fuku , and reading places like Enenews , and all the honest vibes i catched from all the…

          • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

            and all the honest vibes i catched from all the good people here , i could no longer be satisfied with my
            selfishness. Everyday before i post , i make sure i'm in the mode striving for chance , the part of me that can't handle the darkness of the
            tunnel has no business posting in this day's that seems stripped from all hope.
            Now Mother wants me to stop smoking , which is harder in times of stress , like now and forever lol , because i will be dead and she loses my voice if i don't , even if the difference in time would be only a few months.
            She loves us , but she is hard and cold as logic at the same time. Corruption is not in her manual..
            There…, i said it lol . Thats my "spirituality" . And i started this to lift your spirit somewhat , now i'm taunting you're allergic buttons with
            nonsciencetiffic provable err "motives ? " LOL
            Nevertheless all the best wisches to you my friend. 🙂


        agreed harengus_acidophilus. There are tremendous advances being made in renewable energy technologies. They've broken through the perception barrier and moved-on to refining the economics of these evolving systems. We only need to remain aggressive in educating the world as to the dangers of nuclear power technologies. Once people begin to factor in the costs of decommissioning NPPs, cleaning up the waste (isolating it), medical/health costs and security, renewables emerge as the hands-down approach to powering the future. It's only a matter of thinking of energy production in a whole new light!

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          TY, Aftershock. Even though I complain a lot, I'm still hoping to wake up TPTB. I believe in hoping for the best, and preparing for the worst. There are still discoveries about nutrition, etc. A vegan remnant, we can hope, will survive, inshallah (God willing).


            @anne: if you knew the future, you'd act accordingly. If it's dismal or promising, you'll likely become complacent. For this reason alone, it cannot be revealed.

            Speaking of Vegan, I produced one of the most popular vegan publications that rolled-off the press. (Can't say more than that here.) I was also explaining to my girlfriend today that it's likely that eating simple foods will minimize the cumulative effects of radiation contamination. She loves cheese and I love whole-milk yogurt. It sucks but we're going to be shifting our diet towards micro-greens and grains. Wish us luck…

            Jump'n out now. Have a good one anne and love to y'all…

            • Maggie123

              A vegetarian, I gave up my beloved cheese when I moved to the US where cattle are treated with hormones to boost milk production – these cattle were already susceptible to serious health issues due to years of having been bred to become "milk producing machines". The hormone puts them over the top, increases their misery by several factors. Goat cheeses are too expensive for my budget, (isolated region, limited shopping). Found an imported Irish cheese, pricey but a treat – now, due to issues with global radioactivity, I believe my Irish cheese treat may have to go!

              Aftershock – good comment to all of us re "if you knew the future"!

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    That a portion of society will die from energy production, mobility and transportation, defense, etc. are givens for all governments. Look into the decisions by the US Congress not to reduce coal burning though it would save the lives of many children. The cost in lives was considered acceptable. This policy extends to many facets of Western society. It is considered the price for progress based upon a premise that more will benefit than will not, fewer will suffer than will, more will live than will not. It is an argument of Utilitarianism that saw a resurgence during the Industrial Revolution and is still going strong. To stop nuclear power, we must first stop this practice, otherwise, the rationale for developing such dangerous technology will always exist.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      It has nothing to do with Utilitarianism. It is about the few maintaining power over the few so that the few will have control over natural resources and all the wealth in an economy. It is about being ruled by psychotic sociopaths.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Sorry, TYPO:
        It is about the few maintaining power over the many so that the few will have control over natural resources and all the wealth in an economy


      @VicFromOregon: agree with most of what you're saying but differ on these abuses being exclusive to Western culture or the Industrial Age. We only perceive it as being exclusive as it was more prevalent in our age. You could go back to ancient Rome and find the same exploitation of humans and resources. You could also return to contemporary times and witness the wholesale devastation being perpetrated by the communist in China. The damage done under the Soviets, is itself, legendary. East-West-Past-Present, it matters not. I think we're suffering under the repressive control of fishheads…

      • Maggie123

        VicFromOregon, Anne, and Aftershock – good discussion, good points! Re communist China – pre-revolutionary conditions for millions were appallingly miserable. This was also the case in Russia, (Cuba, et al). Re both China and Cuba – vast numbers of those at bottom gained literacy, health care, improved housing, and greater participation in self-governance. IMO it's important to keep that in mind. (The Soviet "experiment" went awry almost from the beginning – peasant gains were quickly forced aside in pursuit of "efficient industrialization".)

        But Aftershock, your larger point – that exploitation is embedded and tied to "civilization's greatest achievements" is very well-taken. I had great hopes shifting paradigms of late 20thC would let us (humanity) enter the 21stC with clarity of vision based on our most noble compassionate and celebratory potentials. I hoped some 7000 years of delivering misery to one another while speaking of a better world had taught us! 12 years in … I just didn't expect things to be this wildly off-target.

      • Maggie123

        Aftershock – I *do* like "we're suffering under the repressive control of fishheads" – conjures an excellent image! 🙂

  • jec jec

    Guess with Obamacare, all the sick children in the USA will have care for any exposure to toxins or radiation emissions/contamination. Oh..cross out children and put in All CITIZENS. Now for Japan, when they implement their verison of Obamacare for the exposed citizens..what will THAT head count be?

    • jec jec

      The approach for the nuclear powers, pay for healthcare for the people made ill/sick..IF they can prove it (sarcasm).

    • demo demo

      Aflac sells insurance especially for cancer and especially in Japan:
      Perhapse those who could afford the premiums have already evacuated.
      So sad, heart-rending.
      And I agree w/ Anne, "hoping for the best, preparing for the worst. There are still discoveries about nutrition, etc. A vegan remnant…will survive."
      Made a delicious vegan stir fry tonight: olive oil, onions, garlic, coriander, tumeric, lots of different veggies, pre-3/11/11 miso. Yum. No need for meat nor dairy. Dave's wonderful "killer" bread is the best, far better than non-vegan! http://www.daveskillerbread.com/locator/ Ironic that this killer bread just might be a life-saver.

  • kalidances

    I hate to say this but I think most, if not all, of the Fukushima workers need to have their access removed from the plant. They have to be mentally unwound from all of this. Everyone needs to go home and figure out how the fuel can be cooled and the sarcophagus can be built into the sea floor. Architects? Engineers? Professors?

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Finally some sanity beginning to enter the discussion and the public eye in Japan. Needs to go viral. Thank G _ _ there is still some humanity left in leaders in Japan; not everyone has sold out. The humanity of this fellow and his humble outcry is touching. It's because of people like this that I love the Japanese people. I hope he can and will learn to forgive, in time. Unforgiveness is like a cancer which eats away at one's soul. But I understand why there is SO MUCH bitterness and a sense of betrayal.