TEPCO profits prevailed over Japanese people’s health

This is a video about radioactive beef in Japan.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — The day after a giant tsunami set off the continuing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, thousands of residents at the nearby town of Namie gathered to evacuate.

Given no guidance from Tokyo, town officials led the residents north, believing that winter winds would be blowing south and carrying away any radioactive emissions. For three nights, while hydrogen explosions at four of the reactors spewed radiation into the air, they stayed in a district called Tsushima where the children played outside and some parents used water from a mountain stream to prepare rice.

The winds, in fact, had been blowing directly toward Tsushima — and town officials would learn two months later that a government computer system designed to predict the spread of radioactive releases had been showing just that.

But the forecasts were left unpublicized by bureaucrats in Tokyo, operating in a culture that sought to avoid responsibility and, above all, criticism. Japan’s political leaders at first did not know about the system and later played down the data, apparently fearful of having to significantly enlarge the evacuation zone — and acknowledge the accident’s severity.

“From the 12th to the 15th we were in a location with one of the highest levels of radiation,” said Tamotsu Baba, the mayor of Namie, which is about five miles from the nuclear plant. He and thousands from Namie now live in temporary housing in another town, Nihonmatsu. “We are extremely worried about internal exposure to radiation.”

The withholding of information, he said, was akin to “murder.”

In interviews and public statements, some current and former government officials have admitted that Japanese authorities engaged in a pattern of withholding damaging information and denying facts of the nuclear disaster — in order, some of them said, to limit the size of costly and disruptive evacuations in land-scarce Japan and to avoid public questioning of the politically powerful nuclear industry. As the nuclear plant continues to release radiation, some of which has slipped into the nation’s food supply, public anger is growing at what many here see as an official campaign to play down the scope of the accident and the potential health risks.

What is General Electric’s level of blame for Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents? Here.

Fukushima radiation alarms doctors: here.

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for August 15th-18th, 2011: here.

Japanese government seeks to defuse opposition to nuclear industry: here.

27 thoughts on “TEPCO profits prevailed over Japanese people’s health

  1. Tent to cover up crippled reactor

    JAPAN: The privateer that owns and operates the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is building a huge tent to cover one of the worst-hit reactors, officials reported today.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company officials hope the cover will keep radioactive materials that have already leaked from spreading, prevent rainwater seepage and offer a barrier from possible leaks or blasts in the future.

    The tent is being erected to provide a temporary replacement for the No 1 reactor’s outer housing shell, which was destroyed in an explosion caused by high pressure the day after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami on March 11.



  2. Very good free radio shows on the nuclear crisis

    Posted by: “Richard Frager” science@zzz.com

    Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:59 pm (PDT)

    Excellent radio shows on the nuclear crisis _ All free and easy to download (and share!)


    1) TO THE MEMORY OF CHERNOBYL April 26, 1986 – 2011 – Yablokov and Nesterenko wrote a synopsis of the over 1,000 titles and more than 5,000 printed and internet publications that reflect the impact of radiation not just on the health of human beings but on the whole ecosystem.

    2) Mary Olson and Jacqui Cabasso – PLUTONIUM FOR NUCLEAR REACTORS? – The disaster at Fukushima makes it apparent how little is known about the operation of a nuclear power plant. For example the so-called “spent” fuel in the cooling pools on the rooftops is many times more dangerous than the fresh, non irradiated fuel. The biggest danger from the Fukuchima nuclear accident comes from unit 3 that was stocked in September 2010 with MOX, a new mixed oxide reactor fuel that contains plutonium – not as a fission byproduct – but from the outset inside the fuel rods. MOX fuel is many times more lethal than uranium fuel.

    Also a good radio show here:


    1) Radio Ecoshock Show – Fukushima accident now Chernobyl-style Level 7. Analysis of risk & radiation by Arnie Gundersen, industry insider & whistleblower. Chat w. Calif. activist Ace Hoffman. Our milk, food, water hit. Lots of news clips you never hear. The battle to control reactors, money & power.


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