“Tip of the Iceberg”: Rampant violations during Fukushima decontamination — “Photos, videos show contractors lied” -Asahi

Published: January 17th, 2013 at 11:40 am ET


(Subscription Only) Title: CROOKED CLEANUP: Photos, videos show contractors lied in decontamination reports
Author: Tamiyuki Kihara and Miki Aoki
Date: January 17, 2013

CROOKED CLEANUP: Photos, videos show contractors lied in decontamination reports

Photos and videos taken by The Asahi Shimbun show that general contractors lied in their reports about shoddy decontamination work around the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The companies, which received lucrative contracts for the project, admitted to slipshod work in three cases. But it is clear that many other violations of the Environment Ministry’s rules have occurred. […]

(Subscription Only) Title: COMMENTARY: Ministry must listen directly to front-line workers
Author: Toshio Tada
Date: January 17, 2013

The Environment Ministry has received reports from The Asahi Shimbun and others about 14 cases of shoddy decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture. General contractors admitted to only three of those cases.

The slipshod work caught in photos and videos by The Asahi Shimbun is just the tip of the iceberg. […]

The ministry plans to release the results of its own investigations on Jan. 18. But if it continues to rely on the words of the contractors, the actual situation will never become clear. […]

Separately, more than 30 decontamination workers told The Asahi Shimbun that they had cut corners. There is no doubt that violations of the ministry’s rules are rampant. […]

If the ministry releases the results of insufficient investigations, public distrust of the government will only grow […]

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Published: January 17th, 2013 at 11:40 am ET


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62 comments to “Tip of the Iceberg”: Rampant violations during Fukushima decontamination — “Photos, videos show contractors lied” -Asahi

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    How about releasing details about the shoddy work and regulation infractions by TEPCO.

  • or-well

    Soon to be in stores –
    The Decon Game!
    Family Fun – with no blame or shame!
    Everyone gets to have Nature Adventures!
    So much laughter -don't play wearing dentures!
    No set starting point – there's rads everywhere!
    No skill level needed, so the youngest can share!
    Roll the dice, move your squad, find mutated mice!
    Next turn – resell confiscated rice!
    Land on 'Community' – pay Mayor for Immunity
    from prosecution. Lasts for eternity!
    Land on 'Plutonium' – go to 'Lost-Never Found',
    spend three turns plastic-bagging hot ground!
    Land on 'Yakuza' – one of your players dies!
    Free replacement if next time you roll snake eyes!
    Land on 'The River' – dump your bags of leaves,
    then roll again before anyone sees!
    This game's co-operative, so no real winners,
    just get clean-up contracts and keep paying spinners!
    The objective? Don't get caught doing work slipshod
    and bribe Administration to pass your decontamination!


      stunning or-well. This planet doesn't deserve your genius…

    • Au Au

      Brilliant and tragic all in one. Someone should make this into a youtube music video. If done right, it would go viral.

      • or-well

        AFTERSHOCK & AU, 1st, embarassingly excessive praise for a lesser piece, but or-well says Thanks! 2nd, someone could design a board game, (maybe with happier themes)and donate a sample or the idea to that place in southern Japan where they are taking kids to get a break from Fukushima or something like that.


          when appropriate, or-well, I calls it like I sees it. You are a gem in a world of immature carbon-based composites…

          • or-well

            I know you do AFTERSHOCK, but now or-well wants cake and more computer privileges…
            sincerely, Fingers (or-wells' body-host)


              btw or-well. If you ever want to pursue this, I will design the board graphics and instruction-pamphlet. I'll leave it up to you and whomever you'd want involved, to develop the strategy and instructions. The offer will remain open for when my service is needed. We'll get together (online) then…

              • or-well

                WOW AFTERSHOCK!
                It's a bigger project than I can purposefully dedicate to right now, as I have several big writing projects on the go that I am trying to complete, but I am IN if anyone wants to bounce around ideas!
                An anti-nuke satire/parody?
                Legal issues?
                English language version of(?)translateable to J?
                Anti-nuke educational?
                Kids? Adults?
                How do we (outside Japan)reach in to help?
                If not by sending money – a constraint for many –
                must our actions be local?
                Two of my projects are fictional works, exploring themes related to Japan & nuclear power (among other things) that…well, too much to explain here,
                suffice to say, I am trying, with the only talent I have, to SAY what I see, in a way that might reach hearts, if not minds, on a level of common humanity.
                What I do here is but adjunct to that.
                But like I said, I'll contribute whatever I can, so now, to start another file.
                Thank you from me and I'm sure others, for your wonderful offer.
                Anything I put here is for all to take and use.


                  understood or-well. I'm busy as well. If-and-when you're ready to go forward, just throw a rock my way…

                • m a x l i

                  or-well, think it over! There's no "Anti-nuke educational".
                  There's only "Nuke educational" and "Nuke anti-educational"

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      or-well, you really must publish a book with your poems in it. The Council of the HoTaters demands it.

      Hope you are archiving them.

      You have been really "on" lately.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Wish I had your poems archived, because there have been such great or-well'isms I wish I could quote. Sometimes your acerbic wit is the only thing which makes the Fuku-mess (and anything you write about) able to be endured.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Decontamination will not matter. In the end, Japan is toast.
    Saw a study yesterday that shows Japan #1 country for health.
    Forget it.
    Japan #3 economy in world.
    Forget it.
    More like: Japan #1 in Cancer Deaths for next 50 years.
    Until Japan ceases entirely to be a modern nation.
    So completely doesn't matter whether decon is done well or not.
    Forests and mountains: Contaminated.
    Roads and ditches: Contaminated.
    Playgrounds and public parks: Contaminated.
    (Area around radiation monitor: Decontaminated.)
    Rivers and Oceans: Contaminated.
    Food: Contaminated. (But, hey, Support By Eating!)
    Seafood: Contaminated.
    School Lunches: Contaminated!
    Air: Fallout is still coming down, emitted by Corium TEPCO will not admit is in the sandstone under Fukushima.
    So, you see. Japan is toast. So sorry! So sad!

    On the "bright side": or-well 🙂

    • Au Au

      My pre-Fuku Japanese Green tea came in at 45cpm. Looks like things were "hot"even before Fuku. It's worse now. I don't even pick up any container in my hands at the store that says, "Japanese" on it. Gammas probably popping out of it anyway nuking every one that walks by.

  • PattieB PattieB

    Japan will soon be TOAST as these minor ooops! events ramp-up!


    • Anthony Anthony

      OMG THANKS for posting this!!! Awesome graphics and info.

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      OK, PattieB, I got that link, already. But please send out a link that supports your assertion that PLUTONIUM FUEL burned at Unit4, and detonated in Unit3! Please. Last time I'm going to ask.

      • I believe, and i could be wrong, that this is a primary source for her information


        however, she may have other sources.

        I hope her analysis is wrong given the dire implications.

      • PattieB PattieB

        I have put links to the vid-survey of the cask pool. I've also explained the difference in the cross sections visable from the tops of the burnt rods. The Urainium rods, as shown in their video of them, have a screen over multiple pensil-like-shaped rods inside. This goes for MOX rods as well. Plutonium rods have a wider "Disk" and are stacked like the pieces on a backgammon set. They can only fit 4 in the square (Box) section of the rods, so all you need to prove the truth of it… look at the vid of the rods that are sitting in the cask pool.

        They have switched the later-edition of the survey of the pool of #4, with that of the pool of 2. I'm worried now, as it seems that #2 pool also has some of the PU-B rods sitting in it, and the tops of them are gone as well!

        Go here.. https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/113622485391538/files/

        download the files I put there. Specificaly the 110920e.pdf (The dump of reactor 3 systems.)

        • PattieB PattieB

          f1_3_Keihou3.pdf is the dump of reactor 3 core controls at quake time.

          • PattieB PattieB

            This file shows the remader of the sham. The #4 reactor core components / systems were in operation, even though the top was off of it!

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Greetigs, PB. Do you know of a source of info. for geologic data? Someone has posted info. here on that (P239?) in the past. There have been several "analyses," one stating there is bedrock, one stating there is an overhang of sandstone or semi-compacted shale, another stating the plant was built on several hundred feet of landfill (I think). That's what I recall at any rate.

          If someone here knows of any method of confirming the soil/rock composition in the area, would you please post it? Am sure this data is published by Universities in Japan (or geologic studies. I don't read Kanji, so I'm pretty clueless when it comes to figuring out what's actually there.

          Was thinking geologists, working with chemists, and perhaps nuclear physicists could probably model what's happening to the corium.

          Yes, PB, if there are actually 150 tons of corium there (is that for each reactor, or all three?) then that's pretty mind-boggling.

          If the corium hits the sea, or the water table, am wondering if it would cause a phreatic explosion which would make the Krakatoa eruption look like some child threw Pop Rocks into a cereal bowl.

          Maybe on the scale of the last eruption of Mt. Mazama, or Yellowstone Caldera (U.S.)? Only think radiation raining down, and radioactive lava (corium) instead of ash and rock cloud.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      At Fukushima Daichi, 3 Coriums Left Containment Compared To 1 At Chernobyl; via A Green Road

  • PattieB PattieB

    They do pre-processing of Plutonium rods by running them in reactor 3. This gets them the max-amount of U-235 created. Then, it's over to #4 for Plutonium extraction.

    Problem is, the pool of 4 is full! So, they have to put the rods in other pools. That's why the loading of #4 was being done from the cask pool, as well as from the spent pool.

  • PattieB PattieB

    The thing I'm involved in (Taking my time up!) is all the NON_LISTED reactors that Japan has, and I'm doing a sat-capture pic of them… and is so far 3 others I've found that they don't admit to existing!… that now ALSO have robotic-type cranes working on them, and look much as #1 & 4 looked… right after they exploded!

    Just one more MAJOR type lie that is being perpetuated, and not spoken on!

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Thank goodness someone is devoted to a scientific explanation.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Agreed. Hoping someone will put together some GIS mapping for all of this. It's really hard to get the data if you're not affiliated with a University study, or a government entity.

        Whoever ends up doing the actual mapping is going to have to collect the raw data, analyze it, determine how to make it "fit" together in order to render it, then create the data sets. That is going to be a lot of work.

        IMHO someone needs to begin to do that, because a visual rendering would be a great tool for analyzing the situation there (and epidemiological implications). Wanted to do that last year, but have been too ill. Still wondering if the FukuMess has trashed out my immune system once again. Was almost fully healthy when 3/11 happened. Remember spending most of the 60 days after 3/18/11 sleeping — severe fatigue.

        I agree with Anne, I'm grateful you're taking a scientific approach to validating this information. So PB, is that a pic of you hanging out somewhere in outer space, doing your research work (i.e. the safe haven?) Do take care.

        Lastly, what do you personally think the implications of all of this are?

    • pcjensen

      awesome good, look forward to seeing results of your work, thanks so much

  • PattieB PattieB

    I also uploaded a close-in pic of PU-B rods with the nifty-looking pyrimid-shaped 'hats' they have… and you can see the holes for the "C" shaped bit used for lifting them. Remember, these are meant to be put side-ways into a reactor? The reactor stays running while this is done. Wonder what all the fuss in Canada was to make "CANDU" reactors? That's how they work. You don't shut them off to change the core-load! Gee… convienient to breed stuff with one of them type reactors!

  • PattieB PattieB

    The problem is heat loading. That's why Japan did the try-one with sodium cooling. DISASTER! Sodium is about as dangerous to work around as radioactives! Still… candu plants have major issues with system faults. The crap keeps breaking down, and leaking. They came up with a multi-step/reactor solution. #3 was due to be scrapped. So, if the run went bad, the plant was to be junked, anyhow. #4 has never been right from day 1. They had put in purchase order for a whole new reactor core setup. So, is good excuse for it to be not producing elect. That lets them do PU extraction for about a years time.

  • Sol Man

    Element (if you may be reading this): From what you contributed to ZH on 11/4/11 7:30- the scale that you describe that is so vast, the trillions upon uncountable trillions of highly radioactive micro-crystals being spread everywhere imaginable upon the sea breezes, yes, this is the stuff of our collective nightmare that would come down with the rain; instead of being the progenitor (the rain!) that gives life to all- it becomes the exact opposite!
    Do you think that the presence of these nano-sized crystals will change the physical characteristics of the water in its entirety?
    Whether, the raindrops fall containing these crystals, bucky balls, or kept from doing so, this doesn't bode well for the continuation of species.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    The paper is presented at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Dismantlement and Destruction of Chemical, Nuclear and Conventional Weapons (Bonn, Germany, 19-21 May, 1996).

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Military Warheads as a Source of Nuclear Fuel
    (updated 18 July 2012)