Japanese Professor: Where did all that plutonium contaminated water disappear to? Into the Pacific Ocean or the ground, of course — Who can comprehend the magnitude of radioactive contamination that threatens never to end?

Published: May 31st, 2012 at 11:15 am ET


On the Cesium Road
Stanford University
Hoover Institution’s Hoover Digest
Toshio Nishi
April 6, 2012 no. 2


I am embarrassed as a Japanese citizen to list some of the most glaring shenanigans that the government and the power company have been acting out in public over the past year:


The media have also been following the water—in this case, the seawater that brave firefighters and Self-Defense troops poured in immeasurable quantities onto the burning reactors. Where did all that water, contaminated by plutonium, disappear to? Into the Pacific Ocean or the ground, of course. But the truth about the contamination has been hard to find.


[Radioactive elements] cast their cloud over seafood caught off Fukushima, in one of the world’s richest fishing zones. Who can comprehend the apparent and hidden magnitude of radioactive contamination that threatens never to end?


Toshio Nishi is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 1991 to the present, Nishi has been a distinguished guest professor at Reitaku University in Chiba, Japan, and from 2004 a graduate school professor at Nihon University in Tokyo. […] From 1985 to 1991, Nishi was a foreign correspondent for NHK Journal, a radio program of Japan’s largest media system. […] Nishi has been one of the most sought-after speakers on Japan’s national speaking circuit. He has been a member of the board of regents of Executive Forum of Japan since 2000. From 1997 to 1999, Nishi was a commentator for TV Tokyo. Nishi is chairman of the editorial board and a monthly columnist for Kokkai News (a news magazine on politics), Japan’s oldest monthly magazine.

h/t Akio Matsumura

Published: May 31st, 2012 at 11:15 am ET


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20 comments to Japanese Professor: Where did all that plutonium contaminated water disappear to? Into the Pacific Ocean or the ground, of course — Who can comprehend the magnitude of radioactive contamination that threatens never to end?

  • demo demo

    Perhaps some of you are qualified to edit/correct the wikipedia info which downplays risk:

  • demo demo

    oops. here's the primary wiki article that needs updating and editing:

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The fact that plutonium is produced and allowed to exist is total insanity.

  • Plan Nine

    The meaning of plutonium was stated most eloquently by self-sacrificing CIA Agent Darius Jedburgh (Joe Don Baker), in the 1985 BBC Drama "Edge of Darkness":

    [to NATO conference] "This future nuclear state will be an absolute state, whose authority will derive not from the people but from the possession of plutonium. And just to make sure we all know what we're talking about here, I brought some of the stuff along with me today." [mixed reaction from audience as he pulls two plutonium disks out of his briefcase]

    [holding up plutonium] "A lethal dose to anyone within ten yards, if I bring 'em together. Get it while it's hot!"

    [shouts at empty conference room] "Hey what's the matter? Don't y'all wanna be part of the New Age of plutonium lunacy?"

  • "…shenanigans …that threaten never to end"
    That's how my mind sees it.

    It's the 'hidden magnitude' that worries me a little too. 🙁

  • Plan Nine


  • labmonkeywithagun labmonkeywithagun

    One good thing, I believe the zeolite water decontamination does catch plutonium. Not really sure, but plotunium does bind with clays, so it should.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      LabMonkey, are you putting this at the forum? Early on I'd found info. on the water purification methods to remove the various isotopes. Now I can't figure out where I put the info.

      Where did you find this?

      Thanks, and I can't help but chuckle every time I see your Avatar picture. Great!

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Yes, what I'd read is reverse osmosis, ion exchange resin treatment, post carbon filtration will get 95% – 99% of the isotopes (cant' confirm the figure w/o finding the article).

        Using zeolite and clay somewhere along the line in this process is probably a good idea.

        I wish there were results discussing what all of these processes will do, applied together.

        Recently talked with engineer who owns water purification product store. He said ion exchange resin use isn't recommended for home use. "If it fails, it will fail catastrophically and you, as a home consumer won't know" was his comment (paraphrased).

        Further comment to Forum, as this is technically OT here.

        • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

          Believe you are right.. There are 3 stage water filters for sale out there.

          Charcoal, ion exhange, and zeolite I believe.

          This takes out most radioactive stuff coming through the filter… but then again, what about the air, bathing water, food, etc…?

  • Fukushima plutonium … in the land AND the ocean

    Current Fukushima fallout forecasts and other rad updates

  • Mr Nishi should not be embarrassed as a citizen, but should instead be proud to come forth with the truth. *I* am proud of him.

  • shiverca shiverca

    That was my first big concern when they started pumping sea water into the reactors….the water was not staying in so it was leaking out.

    It will eventually spread EVERYWHERE, doesn't matter how diluted will be here long after everyone alive is gone.

  • I often ask myself is it more honorable to embrace such secrets where large scale events threaten the lives of millions of people?
    Or to in turn to disclose publically the criminal omissions in which have taken place…

    Julian Assange…

    You are my hero!
    Emmy. 2012

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Yeah Julian, who is probably about to experience the US Injustice System full force, along with that other hero…PFC Bradley Manning.

      Assange and Manning both deserve huge medals for courage and heroism. They both have my thanks, my eternal gratitude, and my continuing messaging of this FACT to RambObama!

  • glowfus

    it will be much easier to determine if this disaster can be halted when they find where the melted coriums are. and since there were two different fuels used, you cannot assume locating one of the cores will predict where the others are.