Top Nuclear Official: Japan in “desperate, seemingly endless battle with radiation” — “Seemingly infinite damage to the daily life of residents”

Published: November 12th, 2012 at 2:12 am ET


Title: Accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Stations of TEPCO
Source: Proceedings of the Japan Academy, Series B; Vol. 88 (2012) No. 9 p. 471-484
Author: Shunichi Tanaka, Chairman Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority
Date: Nov. 9, 2012

Shunichi Tanaka

The severe accident that broke out at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power stations on March 11, 2011, caused seemingly infinite damage to the daily life of residents. Serious and widespread contamination of the environment occurred due to radioactive materials discharged from nuclear power stations (NPSs). […]

The accident has seriously contaminated the environment, such as houses, farmland, forests and seacoasts, resulting in significant radiation exposure to residents. After one year, there seems to be no concrete program to recover from the damage to the environment and to nuclear power applications, while the nation is forced to struggle with a desperate, seemingly endless battle with radiation. […]

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Published: November 12th, 2012 at 2:12 am ET


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39 comments to Top Nuclear Official: Japan in “desperate, seemingly endless battle with radiation” — “Seemingly infinite damage to the daily life of residents”

  • Noah

    Remembering the Lessons of Bikini Atoll

    Ultimately the answer emerged after more than a decade. Gross deformations of offspring and still births led to the conclusion that evacuation was the only solution. Bikini Atoll is uninhabited to this day.

    • jec jec

      Bimini radiation continues as proved by a visiting cruiser this past summer.They were at the epicenter when radiation dosimeter showed 20 mSv in just a short time..then pegged out. They immediately removed themselves from the area..scared.

    • Maggie123

      Re Marshall Island experience (ongoing): Sept 13 2012: "In 1985, scientists determined that the levels of contamination in the Rongelap Atoll were comparable to Bikini atoll. Thus, the citizens of Rongelap were forced to evacuate their atoll after, without the assistance and support of the US government. …: (much more)

      Contrasting "official" (Ambassador's address): March 1 2012: "…Thankfully, we learn from our mistakes. Mankind has grown to accept responsibility for errors and has worked to right past wrongs and proceed more cautiously. Indeed, the nuclear age provides a fitting and encouraging outlook on our future…." (much more)

      An excellent talk on YT by an American woman, anthropology prof, who went to M.Islands for research leading to years still ongoing dedication as an advocate … Her talk strongly supports stand taken by "waging peace" website article. Don't have time to track the talk link down but have posted it here before and later will try to re-post it.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      How did we get to this point, all around the world?

      The Psychopathy Of Corporations; "I Am Fishhead"; via A Green Road

      Corporations Effect On Humanity: War by Other Means by Jon Pilger; via A Green Road

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter


    • richard richard

      ahh, you beat me, i was wondering the same 😉


        actually…doesn't get better than this. This is equivalent to the head of the NRC admitting to NP's ultimate danger and failure. I'm putting this one in my revelations folders…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    No antidote for a meltdown, and not a scientist on the planet that can devise one.

  • omniversling

    "seemingly" because no comprehensive measurements or testing for the many released isotopes is being done. And where it it, the radiation monitors are designed to under-read, and heavily contaminated soil around the monitoring posts is removed or covered with sand…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Shunichi Tanaka, Chairman Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority is correct.

    The Fukushima Npp is being demolished piece by can this provide 'cold shutdown'.. when the situation doesn't even provide containment?

    Without containment..core meltdown.
    Simple as that.

    The amount of radiation damage done 'seemingly' is like the 'King's Chessboard"…exponential.

    Iinfinite..yes..the people hearts and souls will be testing the bounds of desperation.

    • @ Heart of the Rose
      November 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Every nuclear reactor and uranium/thorium mine is an extinction level event. And as some very perspicacious people have rightly and very prophetically warned: Nuclear reactors can never be perfectly safe. Have you noticed Busby say it. He actually implied either life exists on this planet or the nuclear fuel cycle. The gap between life and nukes is…INFINITY. The conundrum of modern civilization(mc): the problem of things like nuclear wastes- the non-returnable commodity(!) of mc is expressed very well in normal civilization's living principles: The earth is bound by actions which do not return. Return – a component of the life cycle must be the bottom line of all activities. If you cannot return we land in the plight of the radiation situation: infinitely lasting poisons everywhere: There is true knowledge: To see one changeless life in all that lives, in the separate the inseparable: So the radiation contaminates all threads of life and non life and leads to us becoming n-wastes and thus extinction.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "No concrete program to recover from the damage to the environment."
    No doubt about it, Japan should have evacuated. Almost too late now. More devestating than the nuke bombs. Japan is toast. Finished. People must not allow nuclear power to operate anywhere near them. What states will we have to abandon as our old nukes fail in the coming years? Now, the Japanese are just moving radiation around the nation, incinerating nuclear wastes throughout the islands. Irradiated food is diluted with non-irradiated food and sold anyway. Contaminated food is served to children as school lunches. They are supporting by eating food grown in Fukushima, and seafood caught in Japanese waters. Thyroids are growing, but no one is allowed to test the children. So much blood on so many hands.

    And the coriums are outside of the buildings, lost in the mudrock under Fukushima, and TEPCO whistles past the graveyard, with no plan to deal with the situation. And time goes by…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The amount of time it took this man to speak up…seemingly infinite.

  • Sickputer

    Recipe for annihilation: Mix an arrogant puppet dictatorship controlled by an occupation superpower army, stir in a homogeneous subservient unarmed population, sprinkle a killer infectious agent liberally ad infinitum, and voila! You have a mutating/ near extinction level event.

    Imagine a billion wolves savaging every person in Japan, slowly ripping them to shreds. Will outsiders risk their lives to try and stop the massacre? Not a chance in hell that an army will be sent to save the Japanese people.

    The only hope at present is flight. Japan will ultimately become a ghost island of sick and dying mutants. Smart enough to travel to their deaths in Toyotas and Hondas, but not smart enough to shutter Pandora's box.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    "After one year"… (and, ahem, another two-thirds of a year)… the instinct to minimize still kicks in.

    Also embedded in his statement of concern is "… no concrete program to recover from the damage to … nuclear power applications".

    Inside, he's pining for the good old days even as he begins to admit reality.

    This is far from over.


      yes, it is far from over aigeezer. But did you ever think you'd live to see the day when the head of their nation's nuclear power regulatory agency would admit to such failure?! Now, I know some would (rightfully) think that this was inevitable; of little consolation. I don't. I see this as…unrefined revelation! His words are echoing-across the pro-nuke ranks! Don't think for a second that his statements aren't ringing-loud within the heads of those who continue supporting this deadly technology. This is undeniable confirmation that NP is finished. I love to start my week on such a positive note! Thank you Shunichi Tanaka!!!

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        You're right, AFTERSHOCK. The incremental victories are indeed worth celebrating.

        I'm just soooo wary. They bob, they weave.


          I've always trusted Nature, aigeezer. We're now coming to the end of five-thousand years of denial. As said a while back, we may collectively deny the truth, but that doesn't eliminate the reality of it. For the first time in 'modern' human history, those 'on high' are coming face-to-face with this reality. We truly are at the cusp of great change! Though none are truly ever ready for it, I do welcome it…

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        It's far from over..
        One of the many fools in the field.

        Goshi Hosono-"Japan Will Really Go Down Without A Couple of People Like Myself"

  • nedlifromvermont

    … many of my favorite posters here, but remember who force fed this calamity to post-war, helpless Japanese society …

    It was General Douglas MacArthur and his acolytes in the General Electric board room, though it would be many years before the fatal machines rose from the fractured Japanese coastline.

    We, stupid, progress-infatuated, gullible, anti-communist, anti-socialism, victory-infused and money-obsessed Americans forced this on Japan. We owe them sanctuary; we ought to give them Oregon or Vermont or California to move to …

    This Japanese nuclear dude is speaking truth the pro-nuke, fascist, killer-industrialists don't want you to hear …

    But as we all now know, thanks to Federal Judge J. Garvan Murtha's ruling against Vermont in the Vermont Yankee re-licensing struggle, we all know that Nuclear Power is so SAFE, we're not even allowed to talk about it!!!! Think Kafka. Think Nuclear Totalitarianism …

    Enenews, our little font of truth-telling individuals, is like the White Rose ….

    … may our fate be better.

    "General Electric murders babies and brings other good things to life …. like … ummm… Thyroid Cancer!!!"

    Loud shout out for genetic mutations bequeathed by world class company, General Electric, morality leader of Cancer Empire USA; for all the still births, deformities and early deaths they have brought to our lives …

    (Can you small the sarcasm) Mocking the powerful little Mengeles our best tool)


  • The Japanese leaders and white-collars are in it up to their prostates along with the proliteriat….should NJ have melted down last week, you'd have spotted Airforce One in Nevada again. Or Tasmania by and by. The Japs don't seem to have that '"luxury'"…


      appreciate your insight 53north, but we try to avoid denigrating references to other nations/races. I'm not denying your right to think as you'd like; just that you help us keep it clean out here…

  • voltscommissar

    Tanaka on page 12 said "It is impossible to restart NPS applications without appropriate and sufficient countermeasures for lessens [sic] learned and extracted from the present accident. In particular, quick and rigorous counter-measures must absolutely be implemented for severe accident management and for important safety issues."

    ..and herein lies the nuclear paradox amongst a highly sensitized populace: Tanaka is pro-nuke and dreams of restarting all the stranded nuclear assets. But no intelligent university student is going to opt for a career in the industry given what the past 2 years have delivered. So they are NEVER going to develop the human capital to do the fantasy upgrades necessary to perform a safe restart.

    Furthermore, "rigorous counter-measures" SHOULD mean civil defence drills, and this would only serve to remind citizens every year or two how terrifying a potential nuclear accident in their prefecture really is: the sword of Damocles, ever present.

    Sorry, Tanaka, it ain't gonna happen, or at least only by being unsafe, and by hypnotizing the populace with a powerful "soma" drug, backed up with billions of Yen in propaganda.

    Has this otherwise interesting paper been published in Japanese, with the link to the paper widely publicised by Japanese mainstream media?

  • weeman

    The radiation is not forever only 5 billion years a drop in the bucket cosmologicaly.

    • Yes, looks like we'll have to either remove the top layer of the entire earth, terra-form a new or existing planet/moon or build an artificial "planet" along the lines of O'Neill's rotating cylinders:

      I think O'Neill's idea involves throwing bits of material through space to be caught at the other end and used for building – like a giant game of cosmic baseball.

      This may have happened before on earth – possibly several times in the last few billion years. Note the reference and interest in "tethers" in the above article to connect parts of space modules to each other.

      Then, possibly relate it to NASA's experimentation with tethers:

      The Tether Incident
      [3hrs 10min]

      I won't talk about the 'debris' in that film. I know what they are – you can form your own opinion.

    • @weeman
      November 12, 2012 at 10:41 am
      And so with the sun….

      • weeman

        Right on brother

      • weeman

        Nothing last for ever not even the sun and the moon, we are so their for we exist in this point of time, fight the good fight and we will continue to exist, to admit defeat is oblivion in this case unfortunately.

  • Sickputer

    The next time you see a US news report of how a nuclear plant was "safely shutdown" (sounds like flipping a light switch) step up and announce the true facts about shutting down a reactor as reiterated on page 3 of this official Japanese nuclear industry document:

    "For example, the decay heat of Unit 1 is about 5 MW after 3 days, when operated at about 200 megawatt thermal (MWt), correspondiing to about 60 megawatt electricity (MWe). Continuous cooling of the decay heat, therefore, is essential after the shutdown of a reactor for more than 3 years before natural cooling becomes sufficient to cope with the heat."

    SP: Got that Brian Williams? I know Rachel Maddow does. It take YEARS to shutdown these dragon-belching machines from hell. And Hell is where Japan is currently located.

    Remember that 3 years is how long it takes to nearly cool a reactor that is shut down using normal procedures.

    When the reactor is interrupted at full steam like Units 1, 2, and 3 the cooldown of melted cores becomes measured in centuries.

    Question: How much money and death will Fukushima Daiichi entail before it gets "shutdown" in about the year 2150?

    Answer: There is not enough yen in Tokyo to pay for the containment, let alone the cleanup. As for deaths we should expect a 90% early mortality rate.

    The mutated descendants will look back and curse the Hitler-like evil of the nucleocrats.

  • Maggie123

    So many comments here I'd like to click "Me too" or "thanks for wording it that way" or "thanks for additional thoughts" — Thanks to all! 🙂

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    I'm glad someone in Japan finally tells the truth….but the solution is evacuation, entombment, and disassembly, not some mystery.

  • john lh john lh

    It is nuclear plague ,nothing else.

    The top nuclear scientists are on this Enenews forum .

    Sad .and helpless.