Tepco President: “Be prepared for the worst” — Fukushima is “a warning to the world” — “We made a lot of excuses to ourselves”

Published: November 21st, 2013 at 11:41 am ET
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Guardian, Nov. 19, 2013: The catastrophic triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011 was “a warning to the world” about the hazards of nuclear power [...] the man with overall responsibility for the operation in Japan has told the Guardian. Speaking at his Tokyo corporate headquarters, Naomi Hirose, president of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which runs the stricken Fukushima plant, said Britain’s nuclear managers “should be prepared for the worst” […] “What happened at Fukushima was, yes, a warning to the world,” he said. The resulting lesson was clear: “Try to examine all the possibilities, no matter how small they are, and don’t think any single counter-measure is foolproof” [...]

Telegraph, Nov. 19, 2013: [Hirose] said that despite what the nuclear industry and the public wanted to believe, nuclear power was not 100 per cent safe. […] Mr Hirose said that small measures could have been adopted at Fukushima that would have prevented the meltdown following the March 2011 tsunami being so severe. He said Tepco was willing to share the lessons it had learned since the disaster […] “We made a lot of excuses to ourselves […]

See also: US Energy Secretary: Fukushima disaster has “global consequences”

Published: November 21st, 2013 at 11:41 am ET
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69 comments to Tepco President: “Be prepared for the worst” — Fukushima is “a warning to the world” — “We made a lot of excuses to ourselves”

  • mesa777

    Do we have these statements on tape? This is worse than when the BP Oil spill happened and the BP President called the people along the coast "the little people".. I would love to use them in my lawsuit against TEPCO for death to the people of the world and to the environment!! TEPCO is a JOKE and should be removed from business and all stock made worthless, and high management placed into the plant to search for the missing coriums!


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  • VanneV anne

    He sounds like if you just consider more details, accidents won't happen, or will be "diminished".

    All nuclear reactors are death machines and ticking time bombs. They should be banned entirely, forever from the planet.

    The are exorbitantly expensive and there will always be cheap construction and other cost cutting measures which makes the situation even worse.

    Even the best reactor will spread radiation.

    The world already has too much radiation. Each addition is just more on top of too much.

    Ban all nuclear immediately.

    Germany has been recognized for the technical superiority of its scientists. They have closed down reactors and plan to end all nuclear energy.

    Wake up. Do not allow any more nuclear reactors to be built. The tipping point was reached in the 1940s. Each use of a nuclear chain reaction just adds another death blow.


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    • Ourself Ourself

      I agree with you, but unfortunately it does not matter how right we are. The truth is apparently too inconvenient.

      Nuclear reactors definitely are death machines, but the real death machine is the corrupt system we live under. I mean, just look at the size and scope of the Fukushima cover-up. It is beyond criminal.

      A good symbol to represent this profoundly sick society would be the trefoil. It only seems fitting we would use technology as dirty and disgusting as we are.

      =/


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      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        What is needed is a complete change of the system, of the way of thinking and doing. These guys can't shift gears. They know only one way–Hell bent to destruction. Look what just happened at The UN climate conference in Warsaw. The smaller countries saw that the major countries– U.S., Australia, Europe — paid no attention to the universal concerns. After 20 years of "supposed' negotiations, nothing has been accomplished.

        Midway through, 132 delgate nations walked out. The next day 77 NGOs (ie: Greenpeace, Oxfam, etc.) walked out with the slogan: "You Talk. We Walk."

        They are Hell bent on doing nothing, Hell bent on destruction. It looks like those 'in' (out of) control won't change until the effects kill them, and then they won't have to change things, they'll be dead, avoiding, so they think, all responsibility.

        We are dealing with lunatics!


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The radiation levels will just continue to increase, for 700 million years. Within 100 years every existing NPP will have cracked open to atmosphere, whether from natural causes, such as earthquakes or accidents; unnatural causes, such as war; or simply from material fatigue. No NPP was designed to survive over 50 years. Add another 50 years of rot, and you'll start to see the bigger picture.

      They will all eventually fall apart. Every last one of them.

      That's why this is so sad. Everyone in the business knew this going in 50 years ago, but the profits were too huge to pass up. Plain and simple.


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  • ruppert

    Don't kid yourself, they know where and what happened to the coriums. Japan has always been known as one of the most technologically advanced nations on the earth. We will never fully find out that information if they follow their past information release history. We'll get lots of "Where's Waldo" until the time it becomes blatantly obvious or someone has the courage to step up and reveal that information.

    Everything that they do is based on running out the clock so that the whole area becomes too radiated to do anything.

    I think it's a fair comparison to compare the finding of WMDs in Iraq to the coriums of the reactors.

    All we are missing is a "TEPCO Bob"


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  • Gasser Gasser

    ROBERTA FLACK

    "Killing Me Softly With His Song"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O1eOsMc2Fgg

    Strumming my pain with a deformed finger

    Singing my Fukushima life with his words


    Informing me softly with his song

    Killing denial softly, with his songs

    
Telling the rest of my life with his words

    Enlightening me softly with his songs

    I heard he sang truth songs

    I heard he had a freedom style


    And so I came to see him

    To listen to truth for a while

    
And there he was, this disfigured boy

    A stranger to my eyes

    Strumming my pain with a crooked finger

    Singing my life with his words


    Revealing me softly with his song

    Killing me softly, with Nuclear songs

    
Telling what's left of my life with his words

    Killing death softly, with his truth songs

    I felt all flushed with Cesium's fever

    Embarrassed in the Pro Nuke crowd


    I felt he found my Nuclear concerns

    And read each one out loud

    
I prayed that he would finish

    But he just kept right on

    Strumming my pain with one deformed hand

    Singing our lives with his words

    [Con't]


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  • VanneV anne

    What is the message, "Be prepared for the worst". Does this mean that Fukushima Daiichi is going to be blown up (which only will make airborne even more plutonium and radiation). Or that all nuclear reactors will create nuclear detonations?

    I don't think you can trust anything anyone says in the nuclear industry, and especially the head of TEPCO which is still building nuclear reactors around the world.


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  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    “We made a lot of excuses to ourselves […]"

    "We also made a ton of money, hehheh. Like my new clubs?"


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  • ruppert

    anne,

    You are correct and I was wrong.

    I was looking more at the "pretend searching" than their existence.


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    • VanneV anne

      ruppert, I knew what you meant. I just get so discouraged with the news everyday. I read about the drug conviction of the members of Congress. We seem to just be allowed to vote on complete drugged-up losers. Reality definitely takes a very low place in our so-called "civilized" culture. I guess TPTB couldn't live with themselves if they weren't flying off in a fantasy world.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    So the world is held hostage by a group of people involved with mind games.
    People..whose cowardice..allows for the babbling of lies to the point it poisons both their minds and souls.
    Cowards even now..some lame chatter about deluding themselves…when in fact they have been deluding the world.
    This..this for which the truth tellers have suffered and have suffered..ridicule and isolation.

    The cowards..can't say that they have deluded the world..oh no.. only that they have been deluding themselves.
    Which is a LIE!
    The evidence of the cover-up proves..they knew exactly what they are doing.
    They are trying to admit..it is out of control.
    It being out of control has been evident from the beginning.
    What insolence..to truth.
    TEPCO and all those involved with the cover-up are traitors to Humanity.

    TEPCO bows..deeply..hiding the cowardice in their faces.
    Heart returns the bow..with bravery on mine.


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    • dosdos dosdos

      They're not cowards, they're heartless sharks. All they care about is how much they can consume.


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      • Gasser Gasser

        Cocaine & Heroin are the elite's drug of choice as is fine Liquor and Wine, plus a host of complimentary addictions that seriously distorts commonsense values and it warp-morph's mental reality to protect that, which only exist to them in their perpetual chemical stupor, that we are an audience too, tied in the seats of Pandora's Atomic Theater trying to undo the knots of recognizable guilt and run at the speed of Green to the Exit door, into a safer way of simplified living.


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Sharks they may be….to be unable to admit blame..deems them cowards.
        Most bullies are cowards deep inside.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    N O . L E S S O N . L E A R N E D

    I never wanted nuclear. Nobody did.

    Nuclear was forced on citizens of the world by a few men.

    And still is, by a few men. People do the math.


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    • Gasser Gasser

      Sittin' on the torlet a thankin'

      The first breath for survival in nature sparked off a fear thought synapsis into evolving, when early man was sitting around the camp fires burning logs that emitted cooking and warmth heat radiation but also having them pesky Carbon sparks that would pop off onto bare feet and body's, giving a burning warning to the dangers of their then primitive high tech energy accidents.

      Todays modern high tech is invisible Atomic Actinide Becquerel sparks popping out of Nuclear reactor boundaries contaminating us and our environment as we use it's power for personal heat, cooking, light, and factory need's to live day by day trying to outwit cruel nature and oil/cultural war's at all and any cost to ether side, as over population is pushing life to the ELE tipping point.

      Now, because of irretrievable corms with on going radiation, what we need to come up with is an Anti Becquerel Radiation Neutralizing Absorbent Foam that can be easily re-cycled into a clean burning fuel for anything, for free…Just free thinking' while I'm setting' here shitin’ ELE bullets…How bout you folks?


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      • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

        Gasser,
        I've played with Ozone generators for quite a few years. It's interesting how the stuff "sticks" to certain materials…like fleece for example. In reading some of the ENE posts for the past couple of years, it seems radiation is very similar, in that it "sticks" to stuff…some stuff more than other stuff…like iron for example. Sorta magnetic like.
        I also ride lots of trails, in Oregon w/my XR400R.


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        • Gasser Gasser

          @ pinnksailmatt, try and follow through with your inquisitive thought put's to come up with an end product because the Nuclear cat is out of the bag spreading Becquerel emitting isotopes everywhere, folks, brain storming needs to be directed toward neutralizing, soaking up, radioactive heavy elements via attraction to charged nano scale grids/screens, panels, with some type of super Actinide absorbing brain stormed VIEOLA! solution…most times "redneck simplicity fix" is ignored in highly complicated situations…get'er done using parts from the dead farm tractor pile if need be, as the Atomic clock is nearing 12:00

          Use your imagination and qualify morphed thoughts with facts and logic in to a 3D working unit…remember Reality goes at the speed of choice.

          For an ELE mental rest break go to youtube type in> gasser hawaii


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          HoTaters, I dont think orgonite is the solution. But it points to an interesting diversion anyway. Reich did experiments that showed a massive increase in a Geiger readable emission from a small radium sample in an orgone chamber. People may discount this because its rather dated news, yet Reichs work has been taken up, updated and largely vindicated. The upshot is that there may be more to the science of the "aether" that goes beyond Michelson-Morley. Check the Correas at aetherometry. An interesting correlate is the phantom DNA experiment. High frequency radiation may affect the aether making it less life supportive in ways we dont understand as yet. Scientists always think they know it all, but history shows they never have.


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  • Shaker1

    Share. Right. I'm none too happy with my share, while the real lessons may be as old as humanity itself. It's just a matter of specifics.


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  • weeman

    Small measures would have prevented meltdown, what a lie, a figment of his imagination, how do you build a nuclear plant to withstand a large earthquake, you can't .
    Small measures would include dry cask, you have had over frothy years to implement.
    The one thing that could have been a game changer, was the fact that you welded the panels closed and inhibited the hydrogen to escape, was that one of your small measures.
    Was the modified checker pattern for storage of fuel another one of them ideas.
    Don't even think about restarting your nuclear reactors, that is the only way to guarantee no accident and then you can find away of disposing of forty years of nuclear waste is a safe dipositories, good luck with that.
    We don't want you to share the lessons learned, unless you a advocating the closure of all nuclear plants.


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  • Nick

    I read the Guardian article.

    They still don't get it. For in the article TEPCO's preznut talks about how they could've should've put seals on the doors. Then the accident might never have happened.

    Nope. It was the earthquake that busted the plants' plumbing and compressed air lines. Seals on doors might have kept out some of the sea, but the reactors and spent fuel pools were already compromised B4 the tsunami.

    They still won't come clean.

    I know that there is evidence to back up my claim. I'll leave it up to others to link snippets of info that
    talk about steam/smoke B4 wave of water hit, proving that it was the earthquake.

    Ofcourse, the tsunami didm;t help but seals on doors would barely have changed the outcome.

    Remember how they scrambled to get batteries from cars? That was to operate the airlines to open valves…. but all was busted to uselessness. Even with back-up generators running, the PLUMBING was busted and probably the CONTAINMENT vessels were already cracked before the sea came onto the land.


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  • ruppert

    @TheBigPicture,

    I don't think it's that anybody wanted nuclear but just the baubles and beads that nuclear as an energy source could provide, and it provided governments around the world weapons to bully other nations. I think the problem behind everything is how our global culture has changed and what we value and the priorities we have as the craving for toys and power. We have moved away from critical thinking to the point that if I even mention Fukushima around others I get mocked as a fearmonger. I have no answers, just my observations.

    @anne,

    I feel your frustration but what drives me crazy is the amount of time that has been wasted and the information game playing by the Japanese. I am not demonizing the Japanese exclusively as Fukushima is just one head of a power hungry hydra that will do whatever it needs to remain in control of the information, wealth and power.


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    • Socrates

      @ruppert,

      Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

      And all their children, too.

      Maybe Gasser an do, "This is the End, " by Jim Morrison of the Doors.

      Morrison's father was an Admiral from what I recall. They had the power to destroy the entire world and have done so. Any possibilty, no matter how small, should never be taken with the future of all humanity. Nukes and nuclear power – same destructive forces.


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  • We Not They Finally

    No, it's not a warning to the world. It's a warning to evil entities like THEM about what THEY'RE doing to the world. Whole species in the ocean never got any "warning" — they are just being outright killed off.

    And all TEPCO is responsible for, was missing some one "small possibility" which showed that nuclear energy was not "100% safe"?

    You know what's not safe? People like him walking around the world free to philosophize. Fine to live on some scale between total morons and total demons, then telling US to consider ourselves "warned"?

    If he wants to appear in public, it should just be to do the right thing. And that's not a bow and a phony apology. Take it to the next level, Mr. Hirose! YOU'RE not safe. We are not safe with the likes of YOU out there! So what will you do about it?

    WE should be "prepared for the worst"? But what about YOU, Mr. TEPCO President? We get the worst and you just walk away?


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  • or-well

    Short version.
    Who could have known?
    Not us. Oh well.
    We'll do better from now on.
    This makes nuke power safer,
    for the whole world,
    and we'll be there
    ringing nuclear's gong!
    Banzai!!!
    Oh by the way,
    restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa
    if you want us to pay.


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  • Seeker

    @Heart
    That news re a new uraniun weapon is HUGE. TY!!

    @Gasser
    Kudos for your additions to a 1973 song!


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  • Shaker1

    I noticed on the Guardian page next to the article was a lead to their guide to anti-depressants…

    Intelligence tells one that if there is the need to statisticly model for failure, that the chance of failure is present, right? Just like flipping a coin, it may be that 50% it may be heads, or 50% it may be tails, that doesn't say one can't have 10 consecutive flips that will be just one or the other. Nor does making a statement such as 'we expect and accident every x hours' say which hour it will happen, or that there won't be three accidents consecutively. It also does not say that the model used to calculate that risk examines all the possibilities. So, if the chance that a meteor will strike a nuke plant is minimal to be almost zero, it's still not zero, and doesn't absolve one responsibility for one's actions. The response of Tepco and the society in which it functions has been and continues to be dismal.


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  • We need to "Turn Things Off."
    Use as little electricity as possible.
    Drive the NPP'S out of business.
    It's not enuf to hang a few solar panels.
    We must choose life over electricity.
    Humans will find new paths!
    Altho they are trying to destroy our minds…
    they haven't won that battle YET!


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  • Lacsap Lacsap

    "The catastrophic triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011 was “a warning to the world”..

    Warnings? Only on sites like Enenews but not in the 'normal' news/media. Nuclear power is still being sold (to the pubic) as safe and green.


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    • Socrates

      NRC staff sees no problem whatsoever in taking risks that could be extinction level events if, in their calculations, that risk is remote, despite the fact that we are talking extinction level events.

      They do not understand. They have convinced themselves that they are saving the planet from coal.


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      • Naw, they're just opportunists jumping at the terrific opportunities presented by global warming. Saving the planet from coal was not the reason nukes were built, it's not the reason they've been kept going beyond their design lifetime. And it's certainly not a reason to build any more of 'em.

        Nukes are their own world-threatening technology. Always have been. Coal has nothing to do with it.


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  • amberlight amberlight

    "“We made a lot of excuses to ourselves…"

    No, Hirose, you lying, genocidal nuclear apologist, you made plenty of excuses to the world at large, but you and your accomplices knew damned well that Daiichi was beyond repair from the start. Why are you still alive? Has the ancient tradition of sepuku been replaced with the popular practice of covering one's a$$ with a cushion of lies?


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  • Socrates

    For those who risked everything for a few years of cheap electricity, there should be justice. This is worse than Hitler and Stalin combined. I hope their compensation was big enough to explain how they destroyed the Pacific Ocean and North America. They are explaining it to their children right now. They persecuted whistleblowers. They ignored all warnings.

    All the countries were doing it and many still are. I hope they will enjoy their chemotherapy and deformed offspring.

    Too cheap to meter, too expensive to replace. Their money can never replace what their stupidity and greed took from the human race. They plan on punishing those who speak out and plan on the Olympics. Lies and greed. Stupidity. Come put me in prison for telling the truth of your crimes.

    Will the people of the world watch their own children die while these fools threaten us with prison? They have destroyed the human genome.


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  • Kashiko Kashiko

    First off…. thanks for the great info on this site everyone.
    Second… You are lucky not to be stuck in Northern Japan like me because the British government doesn't think there is a danger to human health here and won't give my Japanese wife a visa. To get one takes about 6 months and I have to jump through many almost impossible hoops to get one. It really needs me to go to the UK leaving my wife and 2 sons behind for that long and that's really going to happen… not. Wake up governments and help your people get out. Wake up world and help.


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  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    Cranes wave to and fro
    Like metronomes in the air
    Tick tick tick tick tick


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  • retali8 retali8

    my Japanese friend recently applied for "refugee visa" in "Southern Hemisphere", as that's the only visa going for anything radiation related (anyone know others?) and at the interview the immigration people just keep saying its not true and jp gov wouldn't do that to its people,, they submitted like 100 pages of links and websites printed off too, they manged to shock *this person* enough *this person* lost all there words and they couldn't even say there 10 page memo, absolutely dumb founded, i feel so sorry for this person, i even considered giving up a "partner visa" to rescue them(even though its only a friend), what hope is there for japanese anyway? just to get a skill and work abroad maybe the only chance before they are banned in all countries..


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  • Is Hirose the president of Tepco?

    Naomi Hirose has been President, General Manager of The Management Restructuring Division, Chief of The Nuclear Reform Special Task Force, Director of Social Communication Office and Chief of The New Growth Task Force of Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. since June 2012, since June 2013, since September 2012, since April 2013 and since May 2013 respectively. Mr. Hirose served as Managing Director of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. since March 2011. He served as GeneralManager of Marketing & Customer Relations Department of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. Mr. Hirose serves as a Director of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc.Co

    http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=29184578&ticker=9501:JP

    See up until 311, this clown was in charge of marketing. Shows you right there where the priority is. It appears the Board feels they need someone with marketing and customer relations experience to guide them through this triple meltdown. Nuclear Scientists need not apply.


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  • 4Yahshua

    11~23~5995 (out of 6000) Sabbath in this "Twilight Zone Apocalypse"
    On You Tube thebarcaroller has posted a video warning about a larger earthquake possibly coming to Japan 11~28 thru 30. If so, this may be the "final straw" to break Japan's back and bring the final end times upon our poor nuked world. It is helpful to know that even when those atomic bombs fell on Japan people survived in close proximity to them. One Bible believer lived to a ripe old age which gave his facial scars time to fade.
    We live about 5 miles from the beach in Southern CA. We take 12 mg. iodine and boron daily. We drink almond milk and ingest almonds in other ways.(If everyone ate almonds all of their lives, they would not get cancer! Almonds have a minute form of natural cyanide that kills cancer cells.)Please stay well!


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