Yomiuri: Meltdowns were advancing while being kept hidden from public for months — Gov’t “very cautious” about saying meltdown

Published: December 15th, 2011 at 5:19 pm ET


Govt pressure on N-agency cast doubt on meltdown, Daily Yomiuri, Dec. 15, 2011:

When did a meltdown occur at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11 disaster?

Events Compiled by Yomiuri

  • [On March 12]  “It’s a core meltdown. We believe the fuel has started to melt [in the No. 1 reactor],” Koichiro Nakamura of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said at a press conference at 2 p.m.
  • [On March 14] Nakamura did an about-face only two days after his initial statement:
  • — “We can’t say for certain whether there’s been a meltdown”
  • According to research results announced by TEPCO in May:
  • — Most of the fuel at the No. 1 reactor had melted by the morning of March 12
  • — This means Nakamura’s initial explanation was correct
  • Finally admitted on June 7 there had been a meltdown
  • Nov. 30 [Tepco said of Unit 1]:
  • — “Almost all of the (68 tons of) nuclear fuel melted, fell through a pressure vessel and eroded the concrete bottom of the containment vessel by up to 65 centimeters”
  • Therefore, a meltdown had advanced in the reactor core and this fact was hidden from the public for about three months

Explaining why the agency’s information had undergone such a change, Terasaka said: “After the Prime Minister’s Office’s instruction, we became very cautious about using the term ‘meltdown.’ We felt our statements should not exceed what the Prime Minister’s Office said at press conferences.”

Published: December 15th, 2011 at 5:19 pm ET


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34 comments to Yomiuri: Meltdowns were advancing while being kept hidden from public for months — Gov’t “very cautious” about saying meltdown

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Can we, gulp, extrapolate from past government behaviors in order to read between the lines about the present situation?

    (He asks rhetorically)

  • Ken31ONCA

    There were a few nuclear events today. One of them was in Canada http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=NC-20111214-33387-CAN. There were people caught in slovakia selling radioactive material today http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=UEV-20111215-33422-SVK and court in isreal over 44 people getting sick at a nuclear plant http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=NC-20111215-33424-ISR so I’d say the stuff has a bad track record and government should be asked if it is worth it. Seems like a busy day.

  • dpl dpl

    no worries mate, the pancake is safe as a bug in a rug.

  • AkDave AkDave

    Dang! The people had a dam good ideal what was going on and us in the USA did. Japan’s Gov’t Sucks Wind.

  • Confirmed: Fukushima disaster contaminated ocean with 50 million times normal radiation

    The mainstream media has said absolutely nothing about this development, continuing its pattern of downplaying news involving Fukushima, radiation or the flawed structure of nuclear power plants. This is hardly surprising, given that many of the largest media outlets (such as NBC and MSNBC) are owned by corporations such as General Electric, the designer of many of the world’s nuclear power plants. (http://www.freepress.net/ownership/…)
    Photos of the failed structure have emerged on Enenews.com, where a report explains that a once-intact wall is now essentially “missing” and that further degradation of the structure could lead to mass evacuations in Japan (http://enenews.com/report-confirmed…). As this report is still not confirmed by other sources, we continue to take this with a sense of caution here at NaturalNews. We will continue to monitor the situation and report any relevant developments.
    50 million times higher radiation levels
    What has hit the mainstream media, however, is a report entitledImpacts of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants on Marine Radioactivity, authored by Ken Buesseler, Michio Aoyama, and Masao Fukasawa (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021…).
    This report, published inEnvironmental Science & Technology, reveals that levels of radioactive cesium reached 50 million times normal levels in the ocean water off the coast of the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility. Even more concerning, the abstract of this paper concludes, “…the concentrations through the end of July remain higher than expected implying continued releases from the reactors or other contaminated sources, such as groundwater or coastal sediments.”


    • AkDave AkDave

      The world will never be the same!

      • Whoopie Whoopie


        • Ken31ONCA

          I’ve heard alex mention enenews on his radioshow as well.its too bad he doest dedicate an hour once a week to fukushima and other radioactive issues. He actually broke a big story a while back in houston and I seen a show on it in here. They were covering up a lot of BS there and I wonder how many people have to drink water with dangerous levels of radiation in it everyday. It is definately scary stuff

          • Whoopie Whoopie

            Oh really? That is so cool.
            maybe we should fill his email with requests for MORE FUKUSHIMA, EH?

            • Ken31ONCA

              Yep or get him on the phone, with any luck could maybe be on a you tube clip. I like his shows and even his movies you can learn a lot if you watch and pay attention to him. He is very good and summarizing all the different things going on and picking intersting people to come on and talk about the issues. I hope he has jesse ventura on soon I like his show, I wish he would do a episode for his 3rd season coming up of conspiracy theory.

              • Whoopie Whoopie

                Very tired tonight…but tomorrow I’ll spread the word about contacting him about doing a ONCE A WEEK SHOW on Fukushima. Thanks Ken

                • Ken31ONCA

                  no prob thanks for all your comments and info. I tried sending a tweet to therealalexjones account also asked him to mention to governor ventura to try to get a episode about fukushima for his show, it would be awesome he does a great job exposing corrupt people. Hope you rest well and will talk to you soon, goodnight.

                • the yeoman the yeoman

                  Good night Paul Revere, sleep well 🙂

    • Misitu

      Ex-skf mentions having done a bit of legwork that the missing wall at Unit 4 is missing because of ongoing demolition. There are photos in a recent tepco progress report.

      In my opinion, worth a look because it is a good idea to keep enenews focussed on actualities.

      Ex-skf is actively critical, as much as anyone around enenews, so if ex-skf says it looks like demolition I for one am inclined to go along with him.

      I should have a signature here and, if I did, it would probably say something about nobody having a clue where the corium is and what its current activity and future plans may be. [just in case anyone thinks that downplaying a concern = paid for hack: you lot should know me better by now]



    • the yeoman the yeoman

      What is this, reason #513 why we need to shut these death machines off…neah going to shut them off…yesterday

      Greetings tacomagroove, I too live on the west coast. If its not too forward of me, I’ve been wanting to suggest Hawthorn tea. Its a heart tonic, and is safe for everyone. We’re going to need strong hearts to get through whats coming.

      I’m feeling alittle post-punk. I think maybe the oceans are too.


      Everyone I’m for-real about the tea.

  • AkDave AkDave

    The thing that suck the most??? this is no where near being over yet. Dang!

  • Ken31ONCA

    There was also a shutdown at a reactor in korea yesterday they had some gernerator problems as well. But no risk of leaks if you can believe them. http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=NC-20111214-33400-KOR they need to start shutdowns all around the globe as of tomorrow, start installing solar panels on all goverment building roof tops and to any land owners who are intersted in getting them as well

    • dpl dpl

      they should put solar panels on the reactor building roofs for backup power.

      • Misitu

        – and lunar panels in case of night time outage – waitamo – use stellar panels just in case –


        Why not replace all NPPs with great big banks of ELECTRIC STORAGE BATTERIES !!!

  • So who should we believe; those who knew the truth initially and then covered it up for three months, or the government who covered it up, because other people were covering it up before them, so they thought it would be easier to just go ahead and cover it up along with them?

    So is anyone telling the truth now, or are they just covering up something even WORSE, with the same motivations, about making it ‘easier’ for people, and not starting a ‘panic’?

    • or-well

      that about “covers” it.

    • arclight arclight

      16 December 2011

      Japan PM declares ‘cold shutdown’ at Fukushima

      at the bottom of the page is a form to fill in by local japanese citizens.. do you live in the “effected area”?? fill in the form and let the BBC know what life in the contaminated region is like and your personal stories… may force a proper article from them instead of following cut and paste non critical journalism!! leave your phone number or explain why you cant leave a phone number!!

      “WHO DARES WINS!!”


  • dosdos dosdos

    The time they admitted that there was a meltdown in May was when they were drastically increasing the water flow into the three units, and Unit One suddenly had readings showing that the pressure in Unit One went to atmospheric. At that point, the water flow was reduced, TEPCO admitted to meltdown, and nothing else was said about the sudden changes in sensor readings. In essence, the admittance of meltdown was a cover up for what was happening regarding the damage they had just done to Unit One in their haste to cool down the reactor.

    • Hogweed

      TEPCO said at the time that they had been able to get new pressure readings from the reactor which confirmed that Core Press A and B were both giving faulty data and had been doing so presumably for months. So according to TEPCO there was no sudden change but rather they got good data for the first time on June 3rd.

      That’s what they said anyway.

      • Misitu

        That’s what they said anyway.

        There was a phrase I coined to distill the essence of political insiderism in the Tony Blair era, “don’t worry: They won’t notice”

        which I feel bears repeating in all this.

        Of course, like the ephemeral phantom WMDs of Saddam, life has a way of revealing the true facts after a while.

        Such idiots, such arrogance.

  • AkDave AkDave

    Sadly this lesson will be forgotten way to soon if the world Gov’t have their way. Lies Lies and more Lies move along nothing to see!

  • stopnp stopnp

    Criminal charges?

  • unspokenhermit

    Why government doesn’t help TEPCO ????? Japanese Government is helping TEPCO’s ocean pollution, what a shame…and after that millions of Japanese eat seaweed and fish from Pacific ! Terrible!

    I just stumbled upon this study detailing high altitude radioactive contamination from Fukushima. It uses TEPCO and MEXT emission data to develop dispersion models of the radiation. If the models are correct the concentrations of contamination at upper altitudes are orders of magnitude higher than the concentrations at near ground levels.