“Reality in Fukushima”: Actual conditions within crippled reactors remain unknown — Japan likely unable to cope if there’s another similar accident -Asahi

Published: July 1st, 2013 at 10:42 am ET


Title: POINT OF VIEW/ Hirohito Ono: We cannot allow return to nuclear power without proper debate
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIROHITO ONO/ Director of The Asahi Shimbun Editorial Board
Date: June 29, 2013


[…] The actual conditions within the crippled plant’s reactors remain unknown. Work continues to cool the fuel within the reactors, but problems have arisen in how to process the cooling water. There is yet no end in sight for decontaminating areas polluted by radioactive materials. […]

Since March 11, 2011, Japan has entered a different age. Unlike the time before the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan has become a nation that possesses a dangerous, crippled nuclear plant.

The nation likely does not have the ability to cope with another accident of a similar scale.

If that is the case, the only alternative will be to reduce the number of nuclear plants as quickly as possible while making safety standards stricter and implementing measures to prepare for the likelihood of another accident.

That is the brutally frank reality Japan now faces. […]

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Published: July 1st, 2013 at 10:42 am ET


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22 comments to “Reality in Fukushima”: Actual conditions within crippled reactors remain unknown — Japan likely unable to cope if there’s another similar accident -Asahi

  • markww markww

    One problem people have not thought about in Japan the MANY years to fix what about another 9.0 earthquake and tidal wave all over again could do massive explosions and send radiation everywhere. They need to concrete and dig bore holes and seal NOW


    • They have NOT dealt with this disaster AT ALL. They refuse to even face the TRUTH.

      They COULD find out where the melted fuel is by boring, drilling or tunneling underground, much like they did under the Chernobyl reactor.

      They lack the WILL to deal with it, so far anyway.

      It is easy to stay in denial and keep up false appearances, but reality continues underneath, no matter what.

      Millions will die, no matter what they do. This could be a global life extinction event if they do not deal with it PROPERLY.. It has not ended yet. It is just BEGINNING.

      Pandora's Box has been opened, the horrors are coming up and out. There is no end to them….


      FACE REALITY, or suffer.

      • The Japanese are all about honor and respect..

        Where is the honor and respect in covering up the largest nuclear disaster in the history of humankind?

        Where is the honor in exposing Japanese children to high levels of radiation and children all around the world to low dose radiation, that has increased the birth death rate by 20-40% just in the USA?

        Where is the honor to the ancestors, in taking 5000-15000 square kilometers and basically trashing them forever and ever, plus another 15000 square kilometers of ocean, if not more and doing the same with that? Basically, they have trashed the whole history of this part of the nation, all of the culture, all of the farming, forestry, and fishing, forever.

        Where is the honor in exposing Tokyo with its many millions of people to dangerous levels of Iodine, Cesium and 100's of other harmful radioactive products from the time of the accident to now, both from direct accident releases, burning radioactive waste, and not dealing with the contaminated sewage properly?

        • We Not They Finally

          It's honor and respect for THEM within the confines of an autocratic, at times cruel culture. Their "honor" is in addressing violation of their own cultural rules, as a means of PERPETUATING that culture. Once they admit their heinous actions to their whole nation, much less to THE WORLD (which might NEVER happen!) then whether or not they restore anyone's personal honor, it could well torpedo their CULTURE, as well as their ECONOMY, since THE WORLD will see the handwriting on their wall.

          The only honorable thing now is for the people who caused and perpetuated this to get down on their knees (sack the bows — please!) and beg forgiveness of the whole world. Then welcome any international expertise that could alleviate this, even in part.

          But right now they are genociding their own kids with alleged "face-saving" to the point of criminality. They will have to decide whether their ideals of "honor" are actually real, or a self-serving sham and a fraud.

          I'll bet that they will not choose wisely…..

      • hbjon hbjon

        Tepco asked the Samurai warrior how he will leave. By boat, train, or fly. The mighty warrior said, "fly yes, Fukushima no more." That's all anybody know over in norther Japan. All I can do is pray and wish for the best outcome and hope things aren't as bad as what text says they are.

  • Replacant Replacant

    Can't cope with another incident? When have they coped with this one? Where's the waste water treatment facility instead of hundreds of radioactive water tanks? Where's the piping system that isn't duct tape & bubble gummed together? Where's the permanent storage for spent fuel? How about robots that can go into the reactor buildings?

    • We Not They Finally

      Why isn't it THE HAAG that they cannot cope with? Why does every major international organization aid and abet in their murderous criminality?

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    "…Japan likely unable to cope if there’s another similar accident…"

    IMHO Given the reported increase in volcanic and seismic activity in the 'Ring of Fire' it's not a matter of IF, but of WHEN it happens again, and the next time may well be worse, if that's at all possible.

  • Trawling4Trolls

    Japan barely squeaked by in the 2007 TEPCO Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station quake.


    2-3 years of repairs before re-start,

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Tons of melted fuel spewing radiation forever. And all from one nuclear plant.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Nuclear Power was a mistake and just one of many made by our current scientific community.

    This technology has been shoved, pushed, nudged onto all humans across the globe without their permission in this very secretive Nuclear Technology Application mission.

    Japan is done and its now only a matter of time until the Japanese realize they are done. Toast!

    The costs worldwide to cleanup this event and many future "Nuclear Disaster Events" will dwarf the entire GDP out put of all nations combined at some point.

    How much has the world at large already spent on this folly?

    • We Not They Finally

      Wish money COULD fix it. At the least, all the world's resources should be poured into this, but that won't happen. And we don't even know if that would help, as technologically they don't seem to have a clue.

    • dosdos dosdos

      Let's get this straight. It was not the scientists who were responsible for this mess, it was the designing engineers and executives responsive for ensuring proper maintenance.

  • Here's a comment from the news article.

    Graham Ross Leonard Cowan · Top Commenter
    "Drs. Kharecha and Hansen find that the world's nuclear power experience, including Fukushima, has amounted to the saving of 1.84 million human lives that would have been lost, had fossil fuel been used instead. It is also true that the volume of fossil fuel that would have been used, if all of it had been petroleum, is five cubic miles (21 cubic kilometres)."

    My reply would have been…

    1. Fossil fuels do not damage DNA and risk genetic damage for generations to come. That's very important.

    2. Waste from all of this WILL KILL many at some point. Many will be unborn. Does that count?

    3. What about those who have died and suffered from the mining of uranium.

    4. Use Windmills. They do not cause cancer or damage DNA. 🙂

    5. Just because there have been no 'reported' deaths directly linked to Fukushima's triple meltdowns does not mean there are not any. A person would have to be a COMPLETE FOOL to believe otherwise.


  • The US has it's share of nuclear disasters too… many are completely unknown and have been covered up.

    Radium Girls And Radium Dials; Ottowa Illinois, Death City; via @AGreenRoad

    Nuclear Accidents, Recycling

    • Cisco Cisco

      AGR…what a source! It's great you are here. Thank you for your superior research and analysis.

      Best to you,

      • We Not They Finally

        Second the motion. There is NO official move to give us the truth here either. The Rocketdyne catastrophe at Santa Susana Labs in Southern Cal was maybe the worst, with HIGHLY contaminated land to this day. But who has ever heard of it? That was in 1959!! But early warnings would have torpedoed the Pentagon. So instead they did their "Atoms for Peace" crap.


    this is some top-shelf spin: "…the only alternative will be to reduce the number of nuclear plants as quickly as possible while making safety standards stricter and implementing measures to prepare for the likelihood of another accident."

    Really?! So, what's suggested is if we return to the game of "…making safety standards stricter…", we'll miraculously ensure that these catastrophes don't come-back to bite us in the ass? Really?! And this thing about reducing the amount of operating plants. We're somehow supposed to be reassured if there are fewer threats on the horizon? Just how many potential threats are acceptable? I'd figure three smoldering plants was enough…

  • We Not They Finally

    No, dear deluded writers, it is not cutting down on nuclear plants and improving safety that is "the brutally frank reality that Japan faces." You just infuriate decent people when you even say that.

    It is acknowledging that they are ALREADY responsible for mass ongoing deaths of human, plant and animal genomes all over the world as we speak.

    You say they you want "brutally frank reality"? Well, your slap on the wrist to these heinous world criminals is not a good starting place.

    Would you like to revise your article, authors, or just cram it you-know-where?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The entire solar system and especially the planet called Earth is just "one giant big ball of energy" and this planet has always been one giant big ball of energy!

    In the 60's these guys and gals (scientists) had a choice to go into/with green energy using this existing big ball of energy or to go with (not of this earth) Nuclear Energy.

    They chose very unwisely as usual and it was all driven by greed first and then proceeded secretly and through fear second. Fear always sends your money into someone else's pocket.

    Free reusable energy is not what makes these government scientists/personnel mountains of money and/or wages.

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    "Reality in Fukushima" – Japan unable to cope.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Folks … they had sixty years and lots of money (their own) and even more money (our taxes) to build and perpetuate this FRAUD …

    Go easy on yourselves … the big money shill/whores, at JP Morgan Bank (always the largest shareholder of GE), who run this silly shit show we like to call American-style capitalism, do not take us seriously at all … they are just too rich and powerful to give a shit; they are like Honey Badger!!!

    We have the truth on our side, and little else. Chu and Moniz are little perverts with their Nobel prize blood money awards and tiny intellects which only stretch as far as their bulging wallets beneath their (Moniz) bulging bellies or (Chu) inscrutable demeanors.

    Weinberg, of Oak Ridge, said in 1974, that if solar came down to two and a half times the installed cost of nuclear, it would be a better choice to power the grid than massive, dangerous, unpredictable nuclear fission based power parks, which need a Nazi style, SS run totalitarian police state to keep intruders at bay and risk losing the whole farsical society our current "business model" has bequeathed to us modern, duped, hopelessly outmaneuvered naked apes who

    like to watch football;

    who like to see fat people cry on TV;

    and who seem to like to mourn brave young men who jump into burning desert pinion pines to save (mostly fat) people's plastic crap from melting, in a tortures landscape barely fit for Armadillos and Snoopy's brother;