Journalist who covered Fukushima Daiichi: I heard stories that tens of people at plant may have died from radiation exposure before 3/11 (VIDEO)

Published: September 12th, 2012 at 12:11 pm ET
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“TEPCO and the Fukushima Forbidden Zone”, by Matsumura & Onda
Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan
Feb 28, 2012

Katsunobu Onda, Journalist: As was explained earlier, I have a 35 year relationship with nuclear power plants.

My first opportunity I had to study nuclear power plants was 35 years ago when I visited the Daiichi Fukushima nuclear power plant that was run by Tepco.

And the reason that I went was that, as you may know inside the power plants facilities themselves there are many, many, many people that work at a the plant…

And I had heard stories that several people, or maybe several tens of people, had died from their exposure to radiation.

Published: September 12th, 2012 at 12:11 pm ET
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14 comments to Journalist who covered Fukushima Daiichi: I heard stories that tens of people at plant may have died from radiation exposure before 3/11 (VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    You will know if it is true by Tepco's shrill response (or lack there of).

    If workers died unreported deaths and no response to Onda…then it happened.

    If no unreported workers died from radiation then Onda may face a slander lawsuit.

    I'm betting on disinformation, not a lawsuit.


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  • chrisk9

    After working with tens of thousands of workers across the world if this was remotely true I would know this. Many of the nuclear workers i met went from refueling outage to refueling outage and plant to plant, and you got to see the same faces time after time. If there were workers dying,it would have been obvious. And before dying these workers would have gotten radiation sickness, lost their hair and had other signs. Never heard of it, never saw it, does not happen. Period.
    But I am not discounting the dangers of radiation, just give us factual news, not made up stuff.


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    • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      Acute doses ? Heartattacks ? Dunno, just asking.


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    • kalidances

      ChrisK9 I am beginning to wonder about you. If you know so many people why do you not know the locations of the original Fukushima 50 workers?

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12779510


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      • chrisk9

        I was at Fukushima back in the late 1970's. I was there when Whistle blower Kei Sukoka was there for the first time. Why would I know the 50?
        I knew people would not like the comment about people not dying. But when you are around workers for 15 years, and have connections with nuclear workers for many more years, you should know the health consequences. Especially when your work is as a radiation safety technician, and most of the people you worked with got higher doses than the average worker.
        I have one friend who got thyroid cancer, but he worked at the old test facilities before radiation safety was important.


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    • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

      You can't dispel speculation with more speculation.


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    • takedake

      I'm all for getting to the truth about every aspect of this mega-disaster, and don't like reading exaggerations or hype or distortions, if only because they are counter-productive. It's no secret that the pro-nuke people will do or say anything to protect their trillion-dollar industry, so why give them ammo to discredit those seeking to uncover the truth.

      But, your certainty rests on anecdote–sure it may be your experience, but how many people are you? One. And how about all the temp workers, you know and recognize all of them, face masks on as well?

      I'm not attacking you, I'm challenging you to come up with a better argument than "I'd know for sure so you're definitely all wrong and anyone who says things could have happened that I'd miss is full of it."

      So…..I'm all ears.


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  • Sickputer

    Do we see a connection?

    1. Mysterious NRC draft letter about loosening nuclear plant inspections:

    http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1111/ML111150172.pdf

    "For relief from or an alternative to the ASME BPV Code ISI examination requirements, provide an itemized list of the specific pump(s), valve(s), weld(s), or component(s) for which the relief or alternative is requested. List the type of valve(s) or pump(s) or the ASME BPV Code specification of base metal and weld material in weld joints piping, components (e.g., tees, elbows), nozzles, and vessels."

    2. Veteran radiographer James Chassion is essentially blacklisted by the NRC for storing radiographic devices in an unsecured building in Wyoming:

    http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1213/ML12130A312.pdf

    "…in Rock Springs, Wyoming, he deliberately failed to comply with NRC regulations and TGR’s license by storing a radiographic exposure device at a location not authorized by the license, from December 2009 to April 30, 2010. In addition, he deliberately failed to implement NRC security requirements for radiographic operations."

    3. Palisades nuclear plant is falling apart (weld issues) and the NRC is meeting there today:

    http://www2.whlt.com/business/2012/sep/12/public-meeting-scheduled-on-palisades-nuke-plant-ar-4528705/

    SP: Weld issues would be a smoking gun in Election 2012 except for one thing:
    The Nucleocrat tramp stamp tattoo inside politicians' lower lip. We can't see it, but they know they…


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  • Urban27

    After 3/11 there was a funeral of the two workers that died during the earthquake and tsunami. The workers from Fuk.Daichi went. And they say to news reporters that NO ONE of them that normally worked at the plant had been back on their jobs! They were asked: Who are the people working there? They said they didn't know – probably some people from south of Japan.
    The nuclear industry in Japan uses a method to hide accidents. They hire people only for short time. People they can find in the slums of Osaka and Tokyo. This people has been systematically used to clear up nuclear messes – they have no organisation.
    The so called fifty workers were all such workers. They were all untrained and unfamiliar to the plant.
    When something goes wrong, their silence is bought with money. The other workers certainly know of this system.
    This is the back side of the polished facade.
    There is a documentary too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNq0qyQJ5xs


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    • chrisk9

      You know the system Urban. When I was there a fire occurred on the refueling floor of unit #1. There were huge fireballs,it became a panic situation, no one was hurt,but some people including me got internal doses. My General Electric supervisor started writing a report immediately because we saw during the fire the risk of losing the fuel pool gate and emptying the spent fuel pool.
      The next day we read about the fire through a TEPCO press release. They made it sound like it was nothing. And they completely ignored my supervisors report.In fact the report "disappeared".


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  • Sickputer

    My sympathies Chris…'no one was hurt,but some people including me got internal doses"

    No physical hurt, but the potential longterm internal hurt is always going to be a concern.

    Take care. I appreciate your input here like everyone else.


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    • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      quote Sickputer " My sympathies Chris…'no one was hurt,but some people including me got internal doses"

      No physical hurt, but the potential longterm internal hurt is always going to be a concern.

      Take care. I appreciate your input here like everyone else."

      +1 Chrisk9


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