Kyodo: Radiation forecast can “by no means” be released to public decided gov’t on Mar. 15 — Showed radioactive cloud could spread over Tokyo area

Published: March 3rd, 2012 at 12:13 am ET
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Follow-up to yesterday’s reports:

Title: Ministry leaders decided to hold nuclear data after Fukushima crisis
Source: Kyodo
Date: March 3, 2012

The science minister and other top ministry officials decided to withhold radiation forecast data from the public four days after the March 11 [quake ...] an internal document made available Friday showed.

Then Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Yoshiaki Takaki, lawmakers serving as top ministry officials and top bureaucrats made the decision on March 15 to withhold data about the predicted spread of radioactivity, which included an assumption that all radioactive material would be discharged from the crippled plant.

Prediction of the spread of radioactive substances, compiled from the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information, “could be by no means released to the public,” the document dated March 19 showed. [...]

The document stated that radioactive clouds could spread from the crippled nuclear power plant to the Kanto and Tohoku regions, indicating that the ministry had made various estimates about the spread of released radioactive substances, including the worst-case scenario. [...]

The Response

  • On Friday, a ministry official said top ministry officials had made no decision on releasing the data, noting that contents in the document, a memorandum prepared by ministry officials, were inaccurate
  • Kan Suzuki, then vice science minister, told Kyodo News that there had been no assuming the discharge of all radioactive substances, adding release of such an estimate could have panicked the public

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Published: March 3rd, 2012 at 12:13 am ET
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10 comments to Kyodo: Radiation forecast can “by no means” be released to public decided gov’t on Mar. 15 — Showed radioactive cloud could spread over Tokyo area

  • Sickputer

    Yet another smokin' gun and admin you have laid out a few of them. Those folks didn't know how to hide documents any better than the Nixon administration.

    Watch out for spooks bearing gifts…like a Fidel Special Cuban cigar or a poke from an umbrella.

    Take care…keep up the good work.


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  • Cindy

    Well no shit.. I think I'd of panicked…

    But those poor people, who could have at least sealed themselves inside with doors and windows closed for a couple of days, would have most certainly much reduced their doses, IF they were told !!

    Just pissess me off royally … I bet our government in the USA would do just this very same thing …


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  • Sickputer

    >I bet our government in the USA would do just this very same thing …

    SP: Not "would"…..They did. Numerous times in history including last March. The Kodak folks stayed inside or flew to Rio. We sucked it in.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Yep, the governments, Japan and USA, should have at least told people to lay low and stay in for a bit. But instead, it was the opposite, i.e ..the EPA saying “To-date, levels recorded at this monitor have been thousands of times below any conservative level of concern.”

    Wow, I hope their monitors were correct. We'll find out though. Meanwhile, looks like they're shut down for some reason.


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  • kintaman kintaman

    "We cannot tell the public what may happen as it may cause a panic and that will effect our precious economy!". Right, hang these f*cking bastards already.

    Again, I feared this would be the case and that it why I strayed on the side of caution and left Tokyo. I wish I had had the foresight and speediness to have left sooner than I did but I am only human.

    It is so extremely aggravating to see how this was all preventable (in that the nuclear plants did not need to built or at least could have been properly readied for such an event – having the generators up on the hill behind the plants instead of where they were, etc) and that the officials have lied through their teeth the detriment of people's health and safety. There is no punishment severe enough for these criminals.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi kintaman

      Quote: I wish I had, had the foresight and speediness to have left sooner.

      We all like to think that the people we put in charge, are watching out for the people and their Country.
      It's hard for anyone to think that their officials would do the opposite and hold back vital information.

      Don't hit yourself over the head for wishing you would have left sooner.
      Best of luck to you and yours


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Officials are still withholding radiation data from the public, even in North America.
    Everything is peachy, until it smacks you in face.


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    • many moons

      They are with holding lots of stuff.. I think you could add to the phrase above

      "BY NO MEANS…"
      Let them know what the yellow powder is
      what the black powder is
      where all the fuel went
      why we decided not to evacuate
      let them know we have no intention of cleaning this mess up-(it would cut into profits)
      let them know how contaminated the planet is right now…
      Oh that list could go on and on….
      Everyday I try to talk to at least one person about the dangers of nuclear anything….


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