NSNS: Secret Japan nuclear bomb program covered up using nuclear power industry — Enough to build arsenal larger than China, India and Pakistan combined

Published: April 9th, 2012 at 12:25 pm ET


Title: United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium
Source: National Security News Service
Author: Joseph Trento
Date: April 9th, 2012

The United States deliberately allowed Japan access to the United States’ most secret nuclear weapons facilities while it transferred tens of billions of dollars worth of American tax paid research that has allowed Japan to amass 70 tons of weapons grade plutonium since the 1980s, a National Security News Service investigation reveals. […] the United States has known about a secret nuclear weapons program in Japan since the 1960s, according to CIA reports. 

[…] The Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations permitted sensitive technology and nuclear materials to be transferred to Japan despite laws and treaties preventing such transfers. […]

While Japan has refrained from deploying nuclear weapons and remains under an umbrella of U.S. nuclear protection, NSNS has learned that the country has used its electrical utility companies as a cover to allow the country to amass enough nuclear weapons materials to build a nuclear arsenal larger than China, India and Pakistan combined. […]

That secret effort was hidden in a nuclear power program that by March 11, 2011– the day the earthquake and tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant – had amassed 70 metric tons of plutonium. Like its use of civilian nuclear power to hide a secret bomb program, Japan used peaceful space exploration as a cover for developing sophisticated nuclear weapons delivery systems.

Political leaders in Japan understood that the only way the Japanese people could be convinced to allow nuclear power into their lives was if a long line of governments and industry hid any military application. For that reason, a succession of Japanese governments colluded on a bomb program disguised as innocent energy and civil space programs. […]

Read the report here

Published: April 9th, 2012 at 12:25 pm ET


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70 comments to NSNS: Secret Japan nuclear bomb program covered up using nuclear power industry — Enough to build arsenal larger than China, India and Pakistan combined

  • Sickputer

    This should give some talking points for this presidential campaign race. Who will benefit? If neither side then we know the GE fix is in place once again.

    • Sickputer

      From the report: "This deliberate proliferation by the United States fuels arguments by countries like Iran that the original nuclear powers engage in proliferation despite treaty and internal legal obligations. Russia, France, Great Britain as well as the United States created civilian nuclear power industries around the world from their weapons complexes that amount to government-owned or subsidized industries"

      SP: Well there goes the credibility of the Iran sanctions. Once again our brand of Big Brother is exposed as the Ugly American. Can't say they didn't see this coming.. Hell of a secret to keep for 30 years.

    • Grampybone Grampybone

      We don't talk about this in public. Nuclear is only spoken about when we have to use it as an excuse to mess with other nations. When it comes to our domestic use, or our offshore programs everything is hush hush. You must remember the march 12th Pentagon papers asking for an evacuation of American citizens from Tokyo. "Stand down" was the order from the White House. Humans can't be trusted to harness the atom.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      "The Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations permitted sensitive technology and nuclear materials to be transferred to Japan despite laws and treaties preventing such transfers. […]"

      Espionage, plain and simple. Didn't Julius and Ethel Rosenberg get the death sentence for something along these lines. H.W. Bush needs to be charged, arrested, tried and if guilty, convicted.

    • So it must have been loan money from the U.S. Posiblely our own Goverment !!!!

      April 6, 2012 at 6:53 am
      The loan would be on condition the reactors are restarted !!!!

      The lenders are concerned if two conditions — raising power tariffs and the restart of the utility's nuclear power plants — can be met in the face of public and political opposition following the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster a year ago.

      Sources said the most likely option under discussion is for Tokyo Electric to issue bonds backed by collateral to the lenders in exchange for the funds.

      "We have a fiduciary duty to our clients and shareholders," said a banking source.

      "We cannot make a commitment when we are not sure about these things. We could get sued if things do not turn out as we expect and we cannot recover our loans," said the source, who is not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so did not want to be identified.



  • arclight arclight

    ahybody told the IAEA this errr surprising news!!

    oh sorry thet are busy putting all nuclear related information on seperate closed servers

    "..Seven Networks are currently being sponsored by the IAEA and managed by the Department of Nuclear Energy, with support from the Technical Cooperation program and funding from the European Commission. These networks range from nuclear knowledge management, implementation of nuclear technology, radioactive waste management, decommissioning and environmental remediation across the globe.."

    and this

    "…The IAEA will also provide governance for the portal to ensure that it is used fairly and only for the purposes intended…"

    and its to make health and safety cheaper.. cutbacks at the iaea?? 🙂

    "..Long-term financial commitment to sustain the CONNECT platform and project is expected to be minimal, particularly when compared to the cost of the more traditional means of outreach, facilitated interaction, and training…."


    funny there isnt much on isreal either?????

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Head of the IAEA is Japanese.

    • stopnp stopnp

      Yeah. I liked their facebook page. They post nothing but bullshit on there. All they do is promote nuclear "safety". Which is a joke as we know here. I bombard all their posts with data about cancer and Fukushima as often as possible.

  • Choto

    Secret Weapons Program Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plant?
    by Yoichi Shimatsu

    April 12, 2011…..remenber that….

  • john lh john lh

    We Chinese know this from the very beginning !

    When 3.11 come, most of us call it KAMA.

    But still shocking me, with some many nuclear weapon in Japan.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      TY john Ih…There were a few people here at ene who mentioned they thought Fuku was a secret bomb factory. Can't remember who said it, but it was said.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Why else would they want MOX? It can't just be on account of some sweetheart deal from Areva.

    • john lh,
      Are you in China mainland ? if so what part, I have visited China several times for periods !

      • john lh john lh

        Hi Xdriox,Mostly in Shenzhen and Chongqing, but I travel outside China most of the time.

        The truth is that Japanese are worse than our Dictators CCP government on this issue of Nuclear .

  • Plan Nine

    And now the plutonium is going up in smoke and, carried by the jet stream, raining down upon the "homeland" that spawned it. I guess there IS a Gaia, after all…

  • dosdos dosdos

    Yes, part of the reason that they have been so hushed-mouthed about all the isotopes being emitted by Fukushima Daiichi is because reactors have isotope footprints. If you can get accurate readings of the emissions, then you can tell for what primary purpose the reactor was being used.

    Not saying that Fukushima was involved in the process. More likely the process of enrichment would have been in the Nuclear Arcade on the west coast, of which Oi is part. Also, their "breeder reactor" is there (I call it a "fiasco that refuses death"). And yes, the prime minister is in a BIG hurry to get Oi restarted. Could it be the N Korean missile launch has them a bit on edge?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear warheads are a complete waste. They don't deter war, or anything. Useless.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Agreed. That's why I'd be happy if the US military would take home their unknown number (unknown to us, that is, it's spoken of 20) of nuclear warheads stored in the Eifel mountains over here.

      Thanks in advance – we surely don't need them here!

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        No offense taken, I hope

        • StillJill StillJill

          None B&B. I'm embarrassed to be a US citizen anymore! NEVER in a 'kazillian' years did I EVER think I'd say that!

          • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

            Don't Jill. You wouldn't have put them there!

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            I hear you. 'Sure isn't the U.S. I thought I was i, as a child.

          • CaptD CaptD

            Doing what is best for the Country
            … Has Become

            Doing what is best for the Rich Americans
            … That own the Country…

            Expect to see huge numbers of Seniors retire outside the USA
            … Taking what is left of their savings with them…

            • "Expect to see huge numbers of Seniors retire outside the USA
              … Taking what is left of their savings with them"

              I don't expect it…. I want it. It's the right thing for them to do. But not only them, all of us who can leave should leave. We can vote with our feet. GET OUT!

          • I am ashamed as well.

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      Worse, all the nuclear reactors and warheads lying on the ocean floor waiting to eventually rust out into the environment, thanks to sunken subs…..Lots of plutonium for the oceans to suck up…..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I can't find the ene story about the view of the reactors before the tsumani…does anyone have the link?

  • kid42day kid42day

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  • Myme

    In the late 1990s when the US began the sanctions, Japanese newspapers were filled with pro-Iran opinions that said "Iran has a right to develop nuclear, it's their sovereign right, US/Europeans are violating Iran's sovereignty with the sanctions." I remember this because I said to myself 'what a xxxx', considering Japan experienced two atomic bombs and we were taught absolute anti-nuke stance in school.

    I then learned Japan has been and still is a very good friend of Iran. I could never figure out why, because if it's the oil, Japan can get it from many other countries. In the last decade or so, quasi govt organizations such as JUSE and JP standard association were helping Iran with various engineering expertise and training. Their websites used to list such projects with Iran, but now they've taken down the pages and also cashes.

    I'm wondering… Has Japan been secretly selling its plutonium reserve to Iran under the guise of int'l cooperation, oil procurement, and peaceful nuclear technology? Last week, former prime minister Hatoyama flew to Iran, reportedly to persuade Iranians not to develop nuclear weapon. Did he make the trip to tipp off Iranians about the pending sanction details behind the US back, and perhaps also to reassure Iranians for continuing cooperation from Japan?

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Recently read Iran has same right to "peaceful" nuclear development as other signators of the Test Ban Treaty (?) I think it was that one, or one of the non-proliferation treaties.

      Therefore the US, Nato, the EU, etc., have no right to be placing sanctions on them nor thundering about going to war with them over the nuclear issue.

      Iran is one of the few countries not to trade petro dollars for oil. They're no doubt on the poop list for the bankers and others who want them to toe the line. All the nations with central banks want to see nations like Iran with independent thoughts and currencies to toe the line or just go away …

      If we can't force you to comply to our wishes, we'll just create a phoney pretext for going to war, and will bomb the living daylights out of you ….

      I'm saddened by this. Iran is a fascinating country, and full of brilliant people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Am not too crazy about the mullahs, but that's beside the point ….

      This whole "economic sanctions" and the allegations of development of nuclear weapons w/o clear proof is another international witch hunt. I think the Western countries are just looking for an excuse to destroy the country and take all the oil.

      Sorry, but having watched the profiteering and seizure of resources and territories since the Vietnam era, I take a very dim view of inventing a pretext to go to war ….

      $$ is the bottom line. It's not about what Iran is doing, it's about money.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        It's total hypocrisy. We can have nuclear development as signators of the treaty, but you can't because we don't think it's politically or economically expedient.

        I'm getting sick of watching this happen, over, and over, and over again.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        … economic sanctions thing, that is ….

  • kid42day kid42day

    I believe the signature totals for the California Nuclear Initiative will be known later this week.

  • hammeringtruth

    Great report spread the word: http://youtu.be/Wi8dqWa2yXo

  • kid42day kid42day

    Thanks, Myme! Everyone needs to be willing to stick their neck out on this a bit and get the word out there–even though many won't want to hear it.

  • glowfus

    does an outrageous allegation help stop this catastrophic accident? no it does not. i, we, you, them, all of us must focus on what can do to stop those burning leaking reactors. stay focused.

  • norbu norbu

    Hi B&B were not sure yet, must call Ben Davis by the 16th. I and my lady got signatures from are area. People do want nuclear plants shut down, they are not sure how to go about it. Met all types some did not care when we first talked to them but then when they got some facts they were on it. Others signed instantly. We promoted ENENEWS as the best Energy news. I did meet some interesting people 2 guys from a Navy boat who were near the Hiroshima Bomb, they said they were offered to go to shore after the fact, but declined saying that men who went to shore came back sick. We can make a difference if we try.

  • Ron

    This is major. The Japanese people won't be happy.

    Scary too, for all of us. It means all those laws excruciatingly thought out and fought over, all the history and detail behind it, when push comes to shove, in actuality only amount to black ink on white paper. Meaningless to those in the thraw of power.

    I really hate to give anything to conspiracy nuts, but on the other hand who knows what else there is that we don't know.


    This is a major report. I've downloaded (cut-n-pasted) it for reformatted printing. It's long and chock-full of tidbits. Thing that I found most intriguing was the historical tie-ins with so many U.S. administrations. This one bears serious scrutiny. And again, thanks enenews for bringing it to our attention!

    • CB CB

      It is the CIA said to have released this report in the article. Maybe everyone can help now that it's no longer classified as secret. Or declassified by this report. Wouldn't the authorities be obligated to help with their name smeared all over it? What other benefit would they release this data for? Maybe, in a not so perfect world.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Wow! You see that? No Enenews! Glad your back!
    You probably saw this from Goddards?
    Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Pool, Did it Explode?: http://youtu.be/Hc-p-gtpKLM via @youtube

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    88 km of the great wall is planned to barricade Fukushima contaminated zone | Fukushima Diary
    Japanese government is planning to build 88km of wall to barricade the worst contaminated zone in Fukushima. Hazard area and planned evacuating zone in 20km area will be mixed and separated into 3 zones,

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    New Tweet See this before from Lori? In Japanese:
    FAX immediately after the exchange of government and the site of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident 69 p. http://www.scribd.com/mochizukii

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Wish I had a Fax Machine. I'd do it in a heartbeat.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Whoopi, I'm kind of tired. Where does this need to go? I have a fax machine. Is there some way to get the document and instructions for sending it?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Fukushima Radiation Coming Soon to a Coastline Near You: By Jon Bowermaster A year after an earthquake and tsuna… http://bit.ly/IdezJ4

    • Sickputer

      From Whoopie's URL I see our Woods A-hole shucksters are still being quoted like God Almighty:

      "While the NAS study, conducted by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, found radioactivity in zooplankton, tiny crustaceans, shrimp, and fish, it says the levels were below what is allowed in food in Japan.

      Its authors also suggest that the risk of swimming in the waters off the coast of Japan are extremely minimal given the evidence that artificially-produced radionuclides near the shoreline are no higher than the levels of naturally produced ones."

      SP: Let's send these egghead guys a little closer to the shore this time so they can practice their backstroke and prove to the world they aren't full of crap with their optimistic balderdash. I bet you couldn't get them to brong their ship within five hundred miles of the Japanese coast now.

  • SnorkY2K

    Has anyone found any information to corroborate this? I haven't found anything.

    However, I did find that a project is underway to put nuke plants all over the globe not for power but to desalinate water. That has got to be a worse idea than nuclear power.