Japanese Nuclear Expert: ‘When I try to figure out the true magnitude of damage, I am overwhelmed’ — Almost all of Fukushima Prefecture would be abandoned if gov’t regulations were applied (VIDEOS)

Published: June 1st, 2012 at 2:37 am ET
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Testimony to the Administrative Oversight Committee in Japan’s Upper House
Dr. Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute
May 23, 2011
Uploaded Date: May 29, 2012
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Part II at 6:00 in

When I try to figure out the true magnitude of damage by the Fukushima accident, I am overwhelmed.

How much land should we lose?

If we strictly applied the current Japanese regulation we would have to abandon almost all of Fukushima Prefecture.


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15 comments to Japanese Nuclear Expert: ‘When I try to figure out the true magnitude of damage, I am overwhelmed’ — Almost all of Fukushima Prefecture would be abandoned if gov’t regulations were applied (VIDEOS)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Thats the problem with radiation ..you have to "figure out" how far it's spreading. And so far, radiation from this accident has spread all over the northern hemisphere. And highly radioactive black dust was recently found on the other side of Japan. Which is quite a distance from Fukushima. Not good.


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  • Thank you M. Koide for telling the truth. That was some speech. The guys leaving in the middle of it should be ashamed.
    As for the compensation problem, indeed, TEPCO et al. will never be able to redeem themselves. I wonder if they are even willing to do so.


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  • All of northern Japan would be likely unsafe if they implied the post fukushima contamination levels…

    Possibly even all of japan…


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      I agree with you Taco. OT I just read "Classified Woman" by Sibel Edmonds the FBI whistleblower and everyone should read her memoir, it will open your eyes. One truly courageous woman. She should be awarded a medal of honor for what the American justice system has done to her for telling the truth and trying to save lives, her own life and family members were threatened. Anyway this should be required reading for every American.


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    • hbjon hbjon

      How anyone can survive north of Tokyo is beyond my dump trucker insight. Perhaps a diet rich in sunflower seeds will shield them from the harmful effects of radiation. Sarc/on


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  • Wotcha Wotcha

    Dr Koide talked about the planning for fast-breeder reactors and this ties up with the article published today @manufacturing.net:
    Now there is news that Japan is to make more plutonium despite a big stockpile:
    http://www.manufacturing.net/news/2012/06/japan-to-make-more-plutonium-despite-big-stockpile
    <snip>
    "Japan's nuclear industry produces plutonium — which is strictly regulated globally because it also is used for nuclear weapons — by reprocessing spent, uranium-based fuel in a procedure aimed at decreasing radioactive waste that otherwise would require long-term storage.

    The industry wants to reprocess more to build up reserves in anticipation of when it has a network of reactors that run on a next-generation fuel that includes plutonium and that can be reused in a self-contained cycle — but that much-delayed day is still far off.

    Japanese officials argue that, once those plans are in place, the reactors will draw down the stockpile and use up most of it by 2030."
    and

    "Because of inherent dangers of plutonium stockpiles, government regulations require industry representatives to announce by March 31 how much plutonium they intend to produce in the year ahead and explain how they will use it.

    But, for the second year in a row, the industry has failed to do so. They blame the government for failing to come up with a long-term policy after Fukushima, but say they nevertheless want to make more plutonium if they can get a reprocessing plant going by…</snip>


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Great Videos! Thanks admin and TokyoBrownTabby.

    The ending is poignant, “a challenge…to the academic world to reflect on whether collectively promoting nuclear energy was the right thing to do.”

    How refreshing to hear someone tell it like it is, especially a Japanese citizen telling it to the Japanese leadership.

    Dr. Koide is right about how the pro-nuke side explains away and then takes a pass on dealing with the possibilities of a catastrophe. In a meeting a group had with the Chairman of the NRC last week, I was among them, after we all voiced our concerns about the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan the Chairman said, “These are things that we think are pretty unlikely.” Same kind of statement Dr. Koide is talking about.


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  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    Koide is the man. We like to say that the US has free speech and a more open democracy than Japan (however laughable that may be), but if a scientist chided like that in the US they would probably be thrown into a cell and never be seen in public again.


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  • beamofthewave

    These people are so dangerous, I am really glad the info is starting to come out here and once folks are really impacted, not eating tuna because of it, maybe they will change their minds about nuclear.


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  • beamofthewave

    I am getting out of the west coast. I believe that the radioactive debris is landing and that radiation is not good for a person. The people that say it is safe are lying IMHO. Because everyone will think I am a nutter if I say I am leaving because of the radiation and when #4 goes it will be a real mess here, I tell them family problems and I want to get closer to family.


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  • faithhopelove

    Thank you for posting these videos. They are important pieces in trying to comprehend the madness of 'nuclear power' that the world finds itself in.

    Dr. Hiroaki Koide, I think you are a hero.


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