Watch: Former NYTimes journalist goes inside no-entry zone, reports radiation levels over 10 times higher than Tepco’s data (VIDEO)

Published: July 15th, 2012 at 8:23 pm ET


Published by: u3wjp
Published on: July 13, 2012

EXSKF notes: “TEPCO says on its webpage that summarizes the monitoring post data that the company did the thorough decontamination from February to April this year around the the monitoring posts MP2 through 8 in order to reduce the background radiation levels to better monitor the radiation fluctuations.”

Takashi Uesugi, former New York Times reporter (

Published: July 15th, 2012 at 8:23 pm ET


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16 comments to Watch: Former NYTimes journalist goes inside no-entry zone, reports radiation levels over 10 times higher than Tepco’s data (VIDEO)

  • They drove to the exclusion zone to play golf? Why, so his balls would be radioactive?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Brave reporting of the truth, for the world to see.

  • arclight arclight

    safecast world map is different.. it seems now to include earthquakes and is glithchy.. also, it is behaving a bit glitchy…??

    the report of 400 millisieverts/h at sfp4 is not apparent on this map nor on the other maps.. the aggregate map link is dead..?? so the monitors in the video above are acting like the uk and european monitors, giving largely a straight line…

    ho hum… and the official monitors are wildly innaccurate..

    great reporting by some very serious golfers.. 🙂

    domo arigato for your documentation of these facts..

  • Blown Camaro

    Great reporting. Those readings are more what I expected instead of the artificially low published numbers.

  • gotnuttin2lose

    These brave men probably lost millions of yen in golf club membership fees. Imagine trying to sue tepco for lost fees on top of everything else they have lost or will lose. The Tepco monkeys have no choice but to:"hear no, speak no, see no". We thank these golf gents for hearing, speaking, and letting us all see.

  • [quote=Feliks]Nice look at the animation:


    And my animation, showing what you can do in 4 Fourth swimming pool in Fukushimie.
    You need to build a new building, to the basement of the reactor building to insert with three new reactors, only to store the fuel. They manage any guarantees when possible earthquakes.After filling all the water also will be a guarantee of the & span settlement.


  • Sickputer

    The elderly Japanese with no place to go, just like the Chernobyl refugees who have moved back to the dead zone. They ask for no help from the government that ruined their lives. If they did the government would evict them for being in an exclusion zone. So both parties mutally agree to ignore the other.

    Sayonara Japan… The lovely land ruined by mad scientists, millionaires and bureaucrats. Everyone will suffer the same fate eventually, their HEPA filters and Polish water won't stop the poison from getting them also. From the poorest poor to the megarich, from Japanese soldiers to American occupation troops. You will have a shortened life, some much shorter than others.

  • gotnuttin2lose

    Wife and I lived in Tochigi for 20 years. As a US citizen, I never payed into their corrupted/farsical pension scheme. Never thought I would live to see any of it with or without a Fuku 100 miles North. Glad I spent it all on my favourite past time: drinking Japanese beer from pristine wells and eating sashimi fresh from Tsukiji.
    My new bucket list will be drinking aged, sparkling honey mead and eating New England rock lobster. As I say to my Japanese wife: "Honey, Get It While You Can!" But, I can never scream it out as well as Janis.

  • razzz razzz

    Is it any wonder hardened robots can't survive when working around seemingly undisturbed reactor rooms?

    Those 'golfers' just had to find out for themselves how far away uncontainable melted radioactive fuels effect the environment. The putting greens will never be the same.

    The Japanese government is no worse than the US government when it comes to nuclear power generation in either country. Japan under reports the readings and the US doesn't even bother taking readings or worse, stops taking readings, at least publicly.

    No doubt militaries throughout the world know the true fallout readings in Japan. I wonder how the nuke subs of the world are fairing in that part of the Pacific?

  • gotnuttin2lose

    A lot better than those blue-fin tuna? But, not all that much better given that those nuke iron coffins of 80+ may not resurface for months at a time. They too, just like the tuna, must sponge off the contaminated water for oxygen and fluids (via electrolysis and reverse osmosis). It seems that there would have to be both external and internal contamination of both the vessel and crew. Very keen of you Razzz for pointing out that concern.

    • razzz razzz

      I only mention the nukes subs because 1. Nuclear power plants boil the water for steam power. 2. Nuclear bombs by the dozens are aboard.

      There is the Russian, Chinese, British, US, Israeli, gawd knows who else has fleets of subs for Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD).

      Hope they all report in on schedule.

      The Russians did what had to be done after Chernobyl, with Fukushima nothing can be done except wait decades before any attempts of nuke lava removal is even possible. Besides hope that no quakes occur while waiting.

  • chrisk9

    The dose reading outside the gate is staggering. Being from the old school I only can relate with with millirem easily, but that is 10 millirem per hour. At that rate it would be 100+ millirem a day for a guard a little closer at the main gate. If they are following dose regulations that guard could only work about 20 days each 3 month period.

    What does that mean for the dose anywhere near the reactors? Probably more than 100mr/hr, just walking outside the buildings and staying away from any hot spots. So the standard worker, using standard dose limits could walk around about 20 hours each three month period.

    Although the 100mr/hr is a rather wild guess, it is probably a low estimate if anything. No wonder not much activity is seen on weekends. No wonder their time lines are so long to accomplish many tasks. If they really wanted to get things done with any haste they need 10,000 workers just to spread the dose around.

    • pierre

      just like the Russians did. hell, I think we'll come to be grateful and all nostalgic about the Russian "solution".

  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    ONLY 1 out of 314 radiation monitoring posts in Iidatemura displayed correct radiation level. The radiation data from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) should not be trusted.