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
By
Email Article Email Article
14 comments


“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
By
Email Article Email Article
14 comments

Related Posts

  1. Fukushima Daiichi worker dies from heart attack — Tepco questioned over fatality rate at plant — Not caused by radiation “because he died of a heart attack” August 23, 2012
  2. TV: “Many young people in Fukushima who are in high school have died suddenly”; Officials “ignore all the problems” — Former Mayor: People are always told “any disease they have is not caused by radiation” (VIDEO) January 17, 2014
  3. Fukushima workers “undergoing treatment for radiation exposure” — Tepco: “6 people have been irradiated… big mistakes like this continue to happen again and again… essential that we put something in place to stop this” (VIDEO) October 9, 2013
  4. “Extraordinarily high levels” of radioactivity detected in household dust — 100 km from Fukushima Daiichi we’re finding tens of thousands of Bq/kg in vacuum bags (VIDEO) June 29, 2012
  5. Shukan Asahi reporter says he heard ambulances come to Fukushima plant “at least for 10 times a day” (VIDEO) November 9, 2011

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.


    Report comment

  • 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.


    Report comment

  • 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…


    Report comment

  • 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


    Report comment

    • 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".


      Report comment

  • 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.


    Report comment

    • 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


      Report comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.