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Top Nuclear Blogger activist looks to the future- Looking out for the next way of living

(Nuclear-news.net fully supports this hard working and compassionate blogger in his bid for visas, we hope that he is succesful, especially as the Japanese government have recently made his blogging illegal with a ten year sentence. I hope that he finds away to continue his right to free speech.

Editorial note by ;  Arclight2011, Christina and the many unseen contributers to nuclear-news.net)

Posted by Mochizuki on November 1st, 2013

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It’s sad that you encounter the bad luck even if you do nothing bad.

I missed the chance to renew my visa in Romania.

I stay extra careful around my birthday. Something always happens in this time of year, but I couldn’t avoid it this time.

My visa expires soon. I wanted to start the renewal procedure before my leaving for the Arctic circle.

but I just found an error in the registry of Fukushima Diary corporation. It takes time to modify. (Bad luck #1)

Still me and my lawyer didn’t give it up. We tried to submit the application but there were too many people, we got shut out after queuing for 4 hours. (Bad luck #2)

My lawyer did her best and is still struggling. I say this for her honor.

I don’t know how the things would be when I come back from the Arctic circle, but I have already booked the flights and hotels, which cost me a bunch. Cancellation costs 100%. There is no option to change it.

This made me want to go to the Arctic circle even more than before.

(Some people nicely offer housings and meal, but I don’t have a visa in your country to stay longer than 90 days, which costs huge and take months to obtain. I even have to go back to Japan for the procedure. Even if I get a visa, I can’t afford the living expense. so please don’t think I’m doing something stupid. I’ve studied all the visa situations of every possible country. Language ? Everyone speaks English anywhere. Culture ? I haven’t had any cultural problems from Tunisia to Canada.)

Anything can happen. This may be a sign of telling me to move on.

I haven’t done anything illegal here. and I still have some time, so will keep trying.

but maybe something is telling me to look out for the next way of living too, which I can deploy for other people.

Fukushima Diary

I reject the international mass media to read this site without taking a contact with me.I know some of the mass media corporations read Fukushima Diary to understand the trend so they know when to report about Fukushima as if they were independently following it for a long time.
In short, they make you individual readers pay for this site while they pay nothing, and when they publish the “authorized news”, you pay for the “secondhand news”, which is nothing new for us.
This site is free for the individual readers, but not for corporations.In the world, this site is nearly the only source about Fukushima. I came here alone without any supporting organizations, background or anything. I’m not pleased to be exploited by the corporations that didn’t even properly report about Fukushima when 311 took place. I demand them to take a contact with me BEFORE reading this site whatever the purpose is

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The smallest slip up could trigger nuclear catastrophe

VIDEO and AUDIO Fukushima decommissioning slip-up could trigger monumental chain reaction, expert warns One slip-up in the latest step to decommission Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could trigger a “monumental” chain reaction, experts warn. ABC NewsWithin days, Fukushima nuclear plant operators will begin what is being described as the most dangerous phase of the decommissioning process so far.

In an operation never before attempted, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will start removing 1,331 highly radioactive used fuel assemblies from a deep pool which sits high above the ground in a shattered reactor building.

The Fukushima nuclear plant’s reactors were sent into meltdown by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 in the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Experts around the world have warned ever since that the fuel pool is in a precarious state – vulnerable to collapsing in another big earthquake.Yale University professor Charles Perrow wrote about the number 4 fuel pool this year in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.He said one pool contains 10 times the amount of radioactive caesium present in the Chernobyl disaster and warned one slip-up with the removal could trigger a chain reaction.

 AUDIO: Fukushima operator prepares for dangerous next step in clean-up (The World Today)

“This has me very scared,” he told the ABC. ”Tokyo would have to be evacuated because [the] caesium and other poisons that are there will spread very rapidly. ”Even if the wind is blowing in the other way, it’s going to be monumental.”….. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-31/fukushima-nuclear-meltdown-tepco-tokyo/5059514

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, Resources -audiovicual, safety | Leave a comment

World Health Organisation’s subservience to the nuclear club

whoindFukushima: Life and the Transnationality of Radioactive Contamination  生命と国境を越える放射能汚染 Adam Broinowski   Asia Pacific Journal 14 Oct 2013“……….Following the formation of the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC 1954) and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA 1955), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established in 1957. Article 2 of its foundational mandate referred to the promotion of ‘safe, responsible development of uranium resources’ and the mission to ‘accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity world wide’.

Just as Japan eagerly committed itself to the ‘peaceful use of nuclear power’, so too did signatory nations to the nuclear club agree to the IAEA assuming the role of key promoter of the nuclear industry worldwide.  In 1959, the WHO agreed to the IAEA taking primary responsibility for reporting the health effects of nuclear radiation despite the heavy concentration of IAEA expertise in nuclear physics (28 May 1959, WHO WHA 12-40).

Along with establishing radiation safety and environmental protection standards, the IAEA and other radiation protection authorities have consistently downplayed events and evidence and pathologised health concerns for low dose radiation as ‘radiophobia’, which it characterised as more hazardous than radiation itself. Their understanding of and response to the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) is no exception. ……”  http://www.japanfocus.org/-Adam-Broinowski/4009#sthash.boeUaiWq.dpuf

November 1, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

Revise inaccurate statement on Fukushima – 64 Japanese organisations ask UNSCEAR and UN General assembly

highly-recommendedStatement: Japanese civil society requests that the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on Fukushima be revised

{Title corrected for accuracy – Arclight2011part2]

 Joint Statement

The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) is about to submit a report on Fukushima to the United Nations General Assembly.

Human Rights Now, along with 63 Japanese civil society organizations, has issued a statement requesting UNSCEAR, and the General Assembly Fourth Committee to revise the report and its finding from a human rights perspective.

The statement outlines the case for a more cautious approach to low level radiation exposure in order to help protect the most vulnerable people after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

UNSCEAR_Statement_Submission (PDF)

24 October 2013 

Japanese civil society requests that the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on Fukushima be revised

1. Concern for the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee

The United Nations Scientific Committee has inserted the results of investigations on the effects of radiation exposure from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Number 1 into its report, which will be submitted to the 68th session being held at the moment.

We, the undersigned civil society organizations in Japan  express  serious concern that the results of these investigations contain some problems in terms of objectivity, independence, and accuracy, and that the underestimation of the effects of radiation exposure could have negative effects on the human rights and protection of citizens.

We request that the United Nations Scientific Committee and the United Nations General Assembly Forth Committee revise the reports  from a human rights perspective to protect the most vulnerable people based on careful and sufficient deliberations.

The parts of the reports  which include the foremost concerns of Human Rights Now are outlined as follows: Continue reading

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Japan, Reference, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 1 Comment

Pregnant women offered free houses if they return to Fukushima

exclamation-flag-japanJapan Professor: Pregnant women get free new houses if they move back to Fukushima — Physician/Mayor: Children being severely harmed, must be evacuated; World has never come across situation like this (VIDEO)

Physician Akira Sugenoya, mayor of the city of Matsumoto interviewed by VoR,, Oct. 30, 2013: “Immediately following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, I started saying that children should not be allowed to live on the contaminated territory [it] weakens children’s immune system and severely harms their health […] Children are a lot more vulnerable to radiation than adults. […] I want to repeat once again that children should be relocated to clean, radiation-free areas at least temporarily. […] is it feasible to quickly and effectively do away with radioactive pollution? I am absolutely certain that it is unfeasible. […] Compared to Chernobyl, the situation in Japan is further aggravated by radioactive water leakages. The world has never ever come across this kind of situation. […] We should admit that radioactive water is a grave problem. The threat that children may have been contaminated with radioactive materials still looms large. We shouldn’t remain indifferent to the challenges we are facing.”
Hiroko Goto, Professor at Chiba University School of Law & Vice President of Human Rights Now, , Published June 29, 2013 (At 10:00 in): The second one is very problematic — New residential support plan for evacuees from outside Fukushima — this mainly focuses on the pregnant women and the children. If the pregnant women or children decide to go back to Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture will offer a new, very good house without payment. And this kind of policy they introduce means that the local government wants the people back to their area. So this is a very not good situation for the women’s and children’s health.   Watch Professor Goto’s presentation here      

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, women | Leave a comment

Fukushima’s 3 radioactive cores burned through reactor bottoms

eyes-surprised“We’ve opened a door to hell” at Fukushima plant, and may never be able to close it — Radio Host: You mean that even with robots they don’t know where the 3 reactor cores are? (AUDIO) http://enenews.com/radio-weve-opened-a-door-to-hell-at-fukushima-plant-and-may-never-be-able-to-close-it-host-you-mean-that-even-with-robots-they-dont-know-where-3-reactor-cores-are-audio
Title: Discussing Fukushima
Source: Art Bell’s Dark Matter
Date: Oct. 29, 2013

Paul Gunter, nuclear power industry watchdog at Beyond Nuclear:r: We’ve got 3 reactors, the cores have left the vessel. They’ve burned through the bottom of the vessel. We don’t really know where they are, because the radioactive environment even fries robots that Tepco’s been trying to send in there. They have been sending very innovative robotic machinery and sensors in there to get a picture, to get a reading, and these things don’t return. We have opened a door to hell that cannot be easily closed — if ever. We’ve got those 3 cores that are melting, they could be somewhere in the concrete base mat burning their way through, they could have already burned through and entered into the ground. They hopefully have formed a huge solid ‘elephant’s foot’ of highly radioactive material.

Art Bell, host: You mean that even with robotic help, they don’t know where the cores are?

Gunter: Correct. We’ve got 3 molten cores that we don’t have a status report on.

Full broadcast for subscribers here (Now available on YouTube here)

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, Japan, safety | Leave a comment

AUDIO: The scary step of removing 1,000 highly radioactive used fuel assemblies

Hear-This-wayAUDIO: Fukushima operator prepares for dangerous next step in clean-up http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3880697.htm Mark Willacy reported this story on Thursday, October 31, 2013  

TONY EASTLEY: Within days, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant will begin what’s being described as the ‘most dangerous’ phase so far of its decommissioning process.

In an operation never before attempted, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) will begin removing more than 1,000 highly radioactive used fuel assemblies from a deep pool, which sits high above the ground in a shattered reactor building.

The pool contains ten times more radioactive caesium than was released at Chernobyl.

North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Tokyo. Continue reading

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Fear of earthquakes may be prompting the speed up on clearing Fukushima Unit 4

Why are they ‘speeding up’ at Unit 4? — Expert in 2010: Megathrust quake to hit Fukushima ~Nov. 2013… Recurrence interval of 75 years with last rupture Nov. 1938 — Planet’s most powerful type of seismic event — WSJ: Top official concerned quake to destabilize fuel pool http://enenews.com/theyre-rushing-start-unit-4-expert-2010-megathrust-quake-hit-fukushima-nov-2013-recurrence-interval-75-years-last-rupture-nov-1938-planets-powerful-type-seismic-event-wsj-top-official-concern

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Wall St. Journal,l, October 30, 2013 (Emphasis Added): Tepco will remove about 1,300 spent fuel rods and 200 new fuel rods […] the 4 meter-long rods will be pulled out of the pool at a time, is considered unprecedented in its scale. Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, has expressed concerns about the fragile state of the nuclear fuel left in three reactors and the spent fuel pool in the No.4 building. If improperly handled or destabilized by another major earthquake at the site, the fuel could discharge large amounts of radiation into the environment. […] Continue reading

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Mounting radioactive debris reaching West Coast of North America

Those who still say that the Chernobyl disaster was worse than Fukushima may also want to consider that a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution study conducted in October 2011 concluded that Fukushima had already released up to 100 times more radiation into the environment than Chernobyl at that time. Today, this amount is likely astronomically higher, especially when you take into account all the airborne radioactive plumes that have been detected billowing across the ocean and over U.S. soil.

Radioactive Debris in Pacific Ocean: Fukushima Radiation is Tearing up the West Coast of the US and Canada http://www.globalresearch.ca/radioactive-debris-on-pacific-ocean-fukushima-radiation-is-tearing-up-the-west-coast-of-the-us-and-canada/5355919 By Ethan A. Huff
Global Research, October 28, 2013 As cleanup crews gear themselves up to begin the treacherous task of removing 400 tons of spent fuel from the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor No. 4 in the coming weeks, reports continue to flood in showing that radiation from the stricken plant is still causing major environmental damage all over the world.

Particularly on the West Coast of the U.S., a multitude of strange animal deaths, high radiation readings and other recent anomalies suggest that the Fukushima disaster is far from over. It is simply ludicrous, in other words, for anyone to suggest at this point that these Fukushima woes are dwindling, as fresh evidence suggests that quite the opposite is true. Continue reading

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013, oceans, USA | Leave a comment

Fukushima nuclear fuel removal may start Nov 8 – a dangerous exercise

fukushima_reactor-4-2013Warning from Japan’s Top Nuclear Official: I am “much more worried” about fuel in Fukushima Unit 4 — Rods may break open and release highly radioactive material — Beware risks from debris, a disaster if damaged — Removal may start Nov. 8 http://enenews.com/warning-from-japans-top-nuclear-official-i-am-much-more-worried-about-fuel-in-unit-4-rods-may-break-open-and-release-highly-radioactive-material-beware-risks-from-debris-disaster-if-dama

Associated Press,, Oct.  30, 2013: Japanese regulators on Wednesday gave final approval for the removal of fuel rods [to] start in November […] About 200 of the rods that are unused and safer are expected to be the first […] Nuclear regulatory chairman Shunichi Tanaka, however, warned that removing the fuel rods from Unit 4 would be difficult because of the risk posed by debris that fell into the pool during the explosions. “It’s a totally different operation than removing normal fuel rods from a spent fuel pool,” Tanaka said at a regular news conference. “They need to be handled extremely carefully and closely monitored. You should never rush or force them out, or they may break.” He said it would be a disaster if fuel rods are pulled forcibly and are damaged or break open when dropped from the pool, located about 30 meters (100 feet) above ground, releasing highly radioactive material. “I’m much more worried about this than contaminated water,” Tanaka said. […]

Channel 4 (UK), Oct. 15, 2013: The worst case scenario is if the fuel assemblies are dropped, which could ultimately lead to a partial meltdown […]

VoA News,, Oct. 15, 2013: That hydrogen explosion […] left the inside of the pool littered with debris. […] TEPCO’s first task is to remove the debris. […]  The fuel rods must be kept submerged and must not touch each other or break. Nuclear experts warn any mishaps could cause an explosion many times worse than in March 2011.

NHK WORLD,, Oct 30, 2013: […] The firm hopes to begin the removal at the facility’s Number 4 reactor on November 8th. Tokyo Electric plans to check whether the rods are damaged by debris that fell into the pool in March 2011, and to ensure that they do not get caught in the debris during the removal process. […]

See also: “Nothing like this has ever been attempted” — Yale Professor: “All of humanity will be threatened for 1000s of years” if rods in Unit 4 pool touch and have nuclear reaction during removal process — Tepco: “Not clear” if fuel is already damaged

November 1, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

Radioactive contamination a global issue – Fukushima shows this up

Fukushima: Life and the Transnationality of Radioactive Contamination 
生命と国境を越える放射能汚染 Adam Broinowski   Asia Pacific Journal 14 Oct 2013 When Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) was torn apart by several explosions, whether due to technical failings in correspondence with the earthquakes, tsunami or a combination of both, it not only dispersed radioactive contaminant but also exposed the bonds connecting people’s lives with nuclear power.

Over the two and a half years since then, the corruption, inadequacies and mendacities at the centre of the sovereign power structure that has prevailed in Japan since 1945 have become ever more visible.

This essay first introduces the foundations of this structure, exploring how the long-standing relationship between Government and major private electric utilities in Japan informs the present crisis, noting in particular the ramifications of decisions being made within this structure at the individual level in present and projected effects to human health.

Following consideration of the effects of radiation on human health, the discussion then turns to visual and local testimonies of the effects of other radiological events – Hanford, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Chernobyl and Iraq – so as to offer a comparative assessment of the Fukushima disaster.

While mindful of the difficulty in arriving at an absolutely conclusive position on these conditions, enough evidence has now accumulated to make a realistic assessment of the human health impact, and to discern how public understanding has been, and continues to be, confused.

Finally, given that the Fukushima disaster is distinguishable from other radiological events in scale and type of contamination, this essay argues that far-reaching change is called-for in the current legal standards and institutional responses which have been governed thus far by mid twentieth century power relations…………: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Adam-Broinowski/4009#sthash.boeUaiWq.dpuf

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Trans Pacific Partnership kept secret from Australian citizens, but available to USA corporations

Right now we don’t know exactly what will be in the TPP, because it’s kept completely secret, unless you’re fortunate enough to be a wealthy lobbying organisation in the United States, who are provided access to the text through the US Trade Representative (USTR), and have direct input into it. 

We urge the Abbott Government to release the TPP text before it’s too late to fix. Let’s not cripple Australian innovation in the interests of American profits.

logo-anti-TPPWhy can’t Australian citizens read the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/30/trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-dfat?CMP=twt_guAs Journalists have been banned from a briefing about the TPP. Why the secrecy – and why can only wealthy lobbyists access the text? Only in Australia could the phrase “public briefing” mean that the meeting will be held behind closed doors, where journalists are not welcome.

Yesterday, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) rescinded the invitations of several journalists to attend a public briefing regarding a multilateral trade agreement under negotiation called theTrans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

The TPP is an extensive agreement that covers typical topics such as goods and services, but also contains chapters on labour laws, intellectual property, the environment and investor-state dispute settlement provisions. This agreement is currently being negotiated completely opaquely between the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. DFAT claims that it will be finished negotiating by the end of the year.

If you’ve never heard of the TPP, here’s a summary of the major issues: Continue reading

November 1, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | 3 Comments

Pentagon and DOE keen for new nuclear weapons

Debating Nuclear Deterrence Pentagon pushes to retool older weapon…because newer one is too destructive TIME By  @MarkThompson_DCOct. 31, 2013 Weighing the utility of nuclear weapons has always been more theology than science. That was made clear again Tuesday when the House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee poked into the need to spend $10 billion or more improving the Pentagon’s existing arsenal of B61 nuclear bombs.

The advocates of a reliable, potent and fresh nuclear deterrent argue that investing in a retooled B61 is a good use of scarce taxpayer dollars. Those less inclined to spend money on nuclear weapons no one ever wants to see used suggest newer B83s can do the job for at least the next decade. They are the only two bomber-dropped gravity bombs left in the U.S. atomic arsenal.

Not surprisingly, the representatives from the Pentagon and the Department of Energy, which builds the nation’s nukes, support the modernization plan……..

The B83, truth be told, is a city-destroyer. First detonated in 1984, its yield (adjustable, but about a megaton) is 75 times that of the “Little Boy” that destroyed Hiroshima. The B61 also sports an adjustable yield, but it ranges from a much more modest 0.3 to 340 kilotons, no more that a third of the B83′s punch. In the nuclear realm, that makes it more of a threat — because of its smaller yield, it is more likely to be used — and consequently generates more deterrence……..
Debating Nuclear Deterrence | TIME.com http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/31/debating-nuclear-deterrence/#ixzz2jQFH8DKm

November 1, 2013 Posted by | USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Real hazards are what prompts fear of ionising rdaiation

Radiation Fears Are Real http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/opinion/radiation-fears-are-real.html?_r=0  October 30, 2013, HELEN CALDICOTT   David Ropeik, a specialist on risk perception and risk communication, plays down the mass of scientific and medical literature that amply demonstrates that ionizing radiation is a potent carcinogen and that no dose is low enough not to induce cancer.

Large areas of the world are becoming contaminated by long-lived nuclear elements secondary to catastrophic meltdowns: 40 percent of Europe from Chernobyl, and much of Japan.

A New York Academy of Sciences report from 2009 titled “Chernobyl” estimates that nearly a million have already died from this catastrophe. In Japan, 10 million people reside in highly contaminated locations.

Children are 10 to 20 times more radiosensitive than adults, and fetuses thousands of times more so; women are more sensitive than men.

Radiation of the reproductive organs induces genetic mutations in the sperm and eggs, increasing the incidence of genetic diseases like diabetes, cystic fibrosis, hemochromatosis and thousands of others over future generations. Recessive mutations take up to 20 generations to be expressed.

November 1, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Former Japanese prime minister’s effort to end nuclear power riles party

Even more worrying for a party made up of various competing factions would be members sensing that public opinion is turning against the LDP on atomic energy.

31 October 2013

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1344829/former-japanese-prime-ministers-effort-end-nuclear-power-riles-party

Former prime minister’s return to spotlight to demand government phase out reactors has caused concerns in Tokyo’s halls of power

In the years after he stepped down as prime minister of Japan in September 2006 and then left the political arena in 2009, Junichiro Koizumi was apparently happy to remain in the shadows.

But the hugely popular Koizumi has decisively stepped back into the spotlight to demand that the government phase out nuclear power.

And such a high-profile figure breaking rank with his Liberal Democratic Party’s official line on nuclear power has caused concern in Tokyo’s halls of power.

After visiting nuclear facilities in Finland and Germany – which has committed to closing down all its nuclear plants by 2022 – Koizumi said his belief that Japan should get rid of its nuclear reactors had only been reinforced.

His comments were initially ignored by the media, until he began to repeat them in media interviews and then, on October 20, he invited reporters to a lecture during which he was strongly critical of the government’s vow to restart the nation’s mothballed reactors. His condemnations of the country’s official policy made headlines the next day and have continued to do so in the nation’s media since then.

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