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Fukushima Rad News 3/10/13: Fukushima Forest Cesium 750,000 bq/kg;World Wide Anti-Nuke Protests


Published on 10 Mar 2013

Experts cast doubt on reactor cooling strategy
NHK has found there is a possibility that more than half of the water injected into a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant failed to reach its destination.

In the severe accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 3 reactors melted down, releasing a huge amount of radioactive materials.

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Forgotten Fukushima – Japan Two Years After the Daiichi Accident


Published on 10 Mar 2013…

Dr. Caldicott details the impressive credentials of the international scientists who will be presenting their evidence at an important Scientific Symposium at the The New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. Entitled: the Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, the symposium is being held on March 11th and 12th on the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. For details of the symposium, sponsored by the Helen Caldicott Foundation, please visit….


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Follow the Money ! A nuclear gravy train! Fairewinds exclusive!


Published on 10 Mar 2013…

This week’s show is all about money. We look at how some utility owned U.S. nuclear power plants continue to drain the public’s pocketbook, sometimes to the tune of fifty million dollars a month, without generating a single watt of electricity.

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Are Whistleblowers Being Protected By The NRC? … Not Really!


Published on 10 Mar 2013…

Fairewinds Chief Engineer Arnie Gundersen and special guest David Lochbaum, the Director of Nuclear Safety for the Union of Concerned Scientists, compare experiences about how nuclear whistleblowers are NOT protected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission if they bring safety concerns forward. They will also discuss examples citing instances of the NRC failing to support the legitimate concerns of whistleblowers in the nuclear industry, including inside the NRC itself.

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Not Returning to Normal -Fukushima update Fairewinds


Published on 10 Mar 2013…

What Is Life Like In Northeastern Japan After the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster? Arnie and Kevin talk with Fairewinds board member, Chiho Kaneko, to discuss her recent trip to northeastern Japan. Ms. Kaneko discusses the difficulties of trying to live there surrounded by radioactive contamination, and the psychological pressure people experience as the try to reestablish their lives after the accident.

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Meditations by candlelight for Fukushima

On the eve of the second anniversary of the nuclear accident we welcome an invitation from the Women from Fukushima ‘No more Nuclear Power’ group and we invite you to take part in a symbolic action to show solidarity with them.

Here is an extract from their invitation:

‘The enormity of the loss, of the damage caused by the nuclear accident, is truly infinite.
No declaration by the government that the “alarm has ceased”, nor its promise that our nuclear energy is “the safest in the world” can ever give us back the lives that have been lost, the families that have been split up, the friends that have been torn away from us, the loss of our houses, jobs and interior calm, or our beloved Fukushima.

That is why we shout out “NO” to the new government, who is on the verge of restoring the nuclear régime that existed before the tragedy, showing that they have learned nothing from Fukushima.
That is why we shall offer up prayers for the lives that have been sacrificed and those still in peril. During this period of recollection, which can bring us all together, we shall promise to do something concrete, within our reach, even the smallest thing, to bring about a change.

We hope that through our meditations by candlelight a new movement will spring from all the ideas of how we can change this society.’

Japanese campaign website:

“No more Nuclear Power” 100 Women from Fukushima. A sit-in Action in Tokyo.

These brave women in action in October 2011


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“No more Nuclear Power”
“Evacuate children living in contaminated areas”

100 women from Fukushima will be sitting in front of Agency of Ministry and Trade located in Tokyo, giving a peaceful appeal for three days. Another 100 from all areas in Japan will be sitting from 10/30-11/5.

Check out the english translation of a touching speech given by a woman from Fukushima in the protest held on 9/19.…

Ustream broadcast by Independent Web Journal (Tokyo)

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Breaking! Sen. Boxer Believes that San Onofre Knew About Problems Years Earlier

Published on 10 Mar 2013…

In this special edition, Fairewinds analyzes a letter from Senator Boxer and Representative Markey that indicates that the problems at San Onofre were known to its owner, Southern California Edison, years before the steam generators were installed and rapidly failed. This statement by Boxer and Markey supports Fairewinds analysis of one year ago that indicates Edison took shortcuts to avoid public participation in a license amendment for San Onofre.

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Fairwinds energy website attacked and John Large in the UK was hacked too!

Nuke Industry Double Standards?

Published on 10 Mar 2013…

Fairewinds Kevin Hurley, Maggie Gundersen, and Arnie Gundersen share this podcast. Kevin and Maggie discuss the recent internet attack against the Fairewinds website. Arnie, Maggie and Kevin discuss the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s double standard of allowing Nuclear Senior managers off the hook for significant violations while strongly reprimanding, firing, or filing criminal charges against its technicians and engineers. Lastly, Arnie Gundersen then discusses saltwater intrusions and what that means for Japan’s Hamaoka nuclear plant and how nuke speak is used to confuse the general public and press.

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Senate Banking Committee Hearing – Bank Money Laundering – OT but blimey!!

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Published on 7 Mar 2013
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Q&A at the March 7, 2013 Banking Committee hearing entitled “Patterns of Abuse: Assessing Bank Secrecy Act Compliance and Enforcement.” Witnesses were: David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, United States Department of the Treasury; Thomas Curry, Comptroller, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and Jerome H. Powell, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.


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The worlds nuclear waste disposal to be in Australia?

Sunday 10 March 2013 7:45AM (view full episode)

Terry Krieg from Port Lincoln in South Australia is a retired geology and geography teacher and a member of the Australian Nuclear Forum. He suggests that there are enormous environmental and economic opportunities for Australia in burying and removing the world’s nuclear waste from the environment forever and argues that this can be done safely.

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Tokyo demonstrates against in force against nuclear power on eve of Fukushima’s second anniversary

Charles Digges, 10/03-2013

This article is the first in a series Bellona will be reporting from Fukushima and Tokyo.

TOKYO – On the eve of the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster – the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl – thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators gathered here today to march from the city’s Hibeiya Park and deliver a petition to the Japanese government demanding an end to nuclear power in Japan. 

The protesters, from the elderly to small children and their parents, to the handicapped rallied and bore colourful banners and shouted through bull horns and megaphones demanding a shut down to Japan’s nuclear industry in a festive yet firm demonstration that engulfed central Tokyo.

“The Japanese nuclear industry has a long way to go in regaining public trust as shown by this weekend’s demonstrations,” said Nils Bøhmer, Bellona’s nuclear physicist and general manager, who is in Fukushima and Tokyo with other Bellona staff for the anniversary of the disaster.

“These demonstrations show that there is a broad spectrum of Japanese citizens opposed to nuclear energy, and these protests, which continue on a regular basis, have been somewhat ignored by the world at large,” he said.

Today’s gathering, was the second held this weekend – and a part of the ongoing demonstrations that have been held in front of Tokyo’s parliament each weekend since a triple core meltdown following the March 11, 2011, tsunami and earthquake at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Marchers also delivered their petition to politicians who stand in opposition to the Liberal Democratic Party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has reinvigorated Japan’s drive to restart nuclear reactors that were shut down after 3/11, as it has come to be known.

One such politician was former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who lost his post largely due to his handling of the Fukushima crisis, but who has re-emerged as a member of parliament as a staunch anti-nuclear advocate. Abe overturned Kan’s promise to make Japan nuclear free by 2040.

Former Japanese PM and member of parliament Naoto Kan on Sunday greeting protesters
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The vast majority of protesters interviews by Bellona were especially concerned by Abe’s government. One told Bellona, “We realize we are dealing with a government that is not sympathetic to our cause,” who added, “This was not the case a year ago.”

But the message from the Japanese public seems more urgent now than it did even a year ago as progress on decommissioning the smouldering, highly radioactive remain of the plant seem ever more distant.

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Fukushima Prefecture Promo Video: “Get Drunk on Fukushima – Fukushima Is Here, Unchanged, To This Day – Future for Fukushima”

Friday, March 8, 2013


All paid for by the country’s taxpayers.

(Unchanged?? To this day??)

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Greenpeace activists demand nuclear industry accountability

Sunday, 10 March 2013, 1:39 pm
Press Release: Greenpeace International

Greenpeace activists on three continents demand nuclear industry accountability

Amsterdam, March 7, 2013 — Ahead of the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Greenpeace activists on three continents and in the Middle East are demanding that reactor operators and their suppliers, such as GE, Hitachi and Toshiba, be held fully responsible for potential nuclear accidents.

Using giant stickers, photos, projected images and nuclear scream masks, activists have already brought messages such as ‘They profit, you pay’ or ‘Your Business, Our Risks’ to the industry and the public. Activists are also demanding that GE, Hitachi and Toshiba should not be allowed to walk away from Fukushima.

Activists in Japan demonstrated in front of the country’s parliament, while in Belgium giant stickers were attached to GE’s European headquarters in Brussels. In Germany, activists unfurled a banner at Hitachi Power’s European HQ, while a giant blimp with similar messaging will be seen flying across a North American city later today.

In response, Greenpeace International nuclear campaigner Dr. Rianne Teule said:

“Today’s activities in three continents, in three time zones, highlight that the lack of accountability of the nuclear industry is not only a problem limited to Japan. Global nuclear regulations are seriously flawed.

“In the case of Japan, two years after the Fukushima disaster, the unfair system means hundreds of thousands of victims are still waiting for reasonable compensation for their pain, suffering and losses. They aren’t getting the help they need to rebuild their lives.

“It is shocking that big companies like GE, Hitachi and Toshiba, don’t feel they have a moral responsibility to help people who have suffered from the radioactive contamination caused by their products. They should be made accountable for the risks they create.”

The Greenpeace activities are taking place in France, Germany, Belgium, Japan and North America, while a similar activity took place in Jordan and Switzerland earlier this week.


1. Serious flaws in regulations worldwide force the public rather than the industry to pay the vast majority of the costs of a nuclear accident. The latest estimate is that the Fukushima disaster will cost US$250 billion.

TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima plant, is only required to pay a fraction of the disaster costs while supplier companies are not required to pay anything, effectively putting the burden on the tax payer.


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Hopeful Australian air revives Japanese children – victims of the nuclear disaster

“….Now, they are about to experience life on the outside – 12 high-school students from Minamisoma will spend a week in Australia, staying with local families, seeing the sights and even visiting a wind farm, the symbolism of which is obvious….”
March 10, 2013

Neil McMahon

The Sydney morning herald

Fukushima Youth Ambassadors past trips.

Excited: Fukushima youth ambassadors are Australia-bound.

When they land in Australia in a fortnight, this will surely seem a land of simple, open-skied wonder to the youngest victims of Japan’s 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crises.

The kids of Minamisoma are living an unimaginable childhood in the middle of Japan’s radiation zone – a place poisoned by the 2011 nuclear crisis and which will take years to recover. At times they can be forbidden to even step outside for fear of contamination.

Now, they are about to experience life on the outside – 12 high-school students from Minamisoma will spend a week in Australia, staying with local families, seeing the sights and even visiting a wind farm, the symbolism of which is obvious.

”We really want them to have a holiday, but we also want it to be an educational opportunity for these kids,” Tomohiro Matsuoka says.


Matsuoka is a member of the Melbourne-based Japanese for Peace, which – with the Australian Conservation Foundation and other local groups – is a partner with Peace Boat, the international organisation behind the idea to take these ”Fukushima youth ambassadors” abroad.

In a statement, Peace Boat says of conditions in Minamisoma: ”Many places are still contaminated with a high level of radiation, and survivors are thus under tremendous pressure and stress: trauma, fear, separation from family and/or family breakdown, economic strains, community pressures, health concerns and anxiety. This is an untenable situation for anybody, but especially cruel for youth and for their … parents.”

The experience promises to be life-changing for the visitors – and potentially for locals.

Organisers are also hoping to offset some of the costs of the trip through donations. For more information, see

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Taiwan Denies Entry to Anti-Nuke Visitor Ahead of Protest

Posted 10 March 2013 3:03 GMT

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Malagasy · Lavin’i Taiwan Ny Fidiran’ilay Mpivahiny Mpanohitra Ny Nokleary Noho Ny Hetsi-panoherana

A German man who marched in an anti-nuclear protest two years ago [zh] in Taiwan was detained at Taiwan’s international airport and denied entry [zh] into the country on March 8, 2013, a day before protesters planned to hold a large-scale anti-nuclear demonstration there.

Daniel Andres Helmdach is scheduled to be deported from Taiwan, a suspected consequence of his participation in an anti-nuclear demonstration in Kaohsiung on April 30, 2011 [zh] while he was in Taiwan working as a volunteer on conservation projects.

This is not the first time that Taiwan has zeroed in on the participation of foreigners in anti-nuclear activities in Taiwan, where the recent construction of the fourth nuclear power plant in Taiwan has been met with strong criticism because of security concerns. Two Japanese people from Fukushima were warned by the country’s immigration office [zh] immediately after they gave a speech at an anti-nuclear demonstration on April 30, 2011.

Daniel helped to collect rubbish along the coastline of Tainan in 2011. Image from Rui-Kuang Huang's Facebook.

Image from Rui-Kuang Huang.

The country’s premier, Yi-Hua Chiang, has called for a referendum to be held on the construction of the Fourth nuclear power plant in August 2013.

After becoming aware of Helmdach’s detention, Helmdach’s friend Rui-Guang Huang put out a call for help on his Facebook page:


Our good friend arrived in Taiwan this evening for sightseeing. His entry was rejected at the Tauyuan International Airport because he joined our environmental education observation activity two years ago in Taiwan. To our surprise, he was targeted and is now prepared for deportation without any notice in advance.

Legislator Shu-Fen Lin called the head of the immigration office and requested them to explain the deportation of Daniel. The immigration office said [zh] that the National Security Council made the decision in 2010 that should a foreigner conduct anything not described in his or her visa, the person would be denied entry to Taiwan three years.

Helmdach worked as a volunteer in Taiwan for one year during 2011 through arrangements made by the International Culture Youth Exchange (ICYE). Rui-Guang Huang explained the nature of Helmdach’s volunteer work at that time:


He helped the Linluo church’s communication reconstruction project after Typhoon Morakot and joined the surveillance activities of the waste on the beach and related nature conservation activities. He worked very hard in Taiwan and fulfilled his responsibility as an international volunteer. He cooperated with us and helped complete our projects. He did not conduct anything unseemly.

After the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, Daniel studied issues related to nuclear power and walked with his friends from the Community College in Tainan City during the anti-nuke demonstration [zh] in Kaohsiung on April 30, 2011. Soon after the demonstration, special agents visited the Community College in Tainan City and the Tainan branch of ICYE, but they did not mention anything about Daniel’s involvement in unlawful activities.

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