Fukushima, Japan news update

This video says about itself:

Atomic mafia: Yakuza cleaning up Fukushima

4 December 2013

Homeless men employed to clean up the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, including those brought in by Japan’s Yakuza gangsters, were not aware of the health risks they were taking and say their bosses treated them like “disposable people.”

Five years on, tsunami debris on ocean floor near Fukushima nuclear plant remains untouched: here.

How Citizen Science Changed the Way Fukushima Radiation is Reported: here.

Sixteen children confirmed to have thyroid cancer in second Fukushima survey — Japan Today: here.

This Chicago Tribune article from the USA is on concerns over Japan’s plutonium stockpile in the light of the expiration of the 1988 Japan-U.S. atomic energy agreement that will either be automatically extended, revised or unilaterally scrapped in July 2018.

Fukushima disaster: Tepco to pay couple in landmark damages case: here.

Higher levels of Fukushima cesium detected offshore: here.

For some Fukushima mothers, protecting children from radiation comes at heavy price — The Asahi Shimbun: here.

The reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant hit by a devastating tsunami in 2011 should have been announced much sooner, the operator admitted this week. In a statement, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said that a public declaration of the meltdown should have been done within days of the disaster: here.

3 thoughts on “Fukushima, Japan news update

  1. Tuesday 1st March 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    THREE Japanese energy bosses were charged with negligence over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster yesterday.

    Then-Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, vice-president Sakae Muto and technical adviser Ichiro Takekurowere were indicted.

    The charges followed a July 2015 ruling by an 11-member judicial panel overriding prosecutors who had previously dropped the case twice, claiming there was not enough evidence for a prosecution.

    Three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant melted down after being damaged by the massive March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

    The accident caused a huge radiation leak from the flooded coastal plant, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

    All of Japan’s nuclear reactors were shut down following the accident. Only four have been restarted since.

    The panel said the three accused had failed to foresee and take precautionary steps for the tsunami, resulting in the deaths of 44 hospitalised elderly people during the evacuation period and injuries to 13 soldiers who responded to the emergency.

    The executives have claimed that predicting a tsunami of that magnitude was impossible, while Tepco has argued that it is not liable since no-one died as a direct result of the radiation leak.

    But the panel said that the three were aware by 2009 of the risk to the Fukushima plant from such a tsunami.

    Reports from government and parliamentary investigations of the accident have said a lack of a safety culture in Tepco and weak risk-management, including an underestimation of a tsunami threat, led to the disaster.

    They said the firm ignored tsunami safety measures amid a collusion with regulators and lax oversight.

    Victims of the disaster welcomed the move. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs leader Ruiko Muto said: “I believe truths about the accident that we are not told of yet will be revealed in court and that a fair ruling will be handed down to the defendants for their responsibility.”

    Sayonara Nuclear Power Plants campaigners will hold a national rally in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on March 26 to mark five years since the Fukushima disaster and 30 years since that in Chernobyl.



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