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UK | After Fukushima, Japan’s ‘authority myth’ is crumbling

August 8, 2011

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UK | GUARDIAN | 8 August 2011 Ordinary people in Japan are starting to wonder whether to trust what politicians and the media tell them. Several weeks after the Japanese tsunami, I asked an acquaintance in the country whether the electricity shortfall resulting from the Fukushima crisis would affect his lifestyle choices. “Not at all,” he […]

JAPAN | Nagasaki mayor: We must do away with myths and face reality

August 8, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 8 August 2011 Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue Since the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant began, I have wondered constantly, “What mistakes did we make, where did we make them, and why?” I have thought not just about factors directly related to the nuclear plant, such as its […]

JAPAN | Water treatment system at Fukushima plant stops for 7.5 hours, cause unknown

August 8, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 8 August 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said a radioactive water treatment system at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant stopped operating for 7.5 hours shortly after 8 a.m. on Aug. 7, prompting the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) to instruct the utility to come up with preventative […]

JAPAN | TEPCO starts evaporating saltwater

August 8, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 8 August 2011 The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has began evaporating contaminated saltwater, as a way to reduce accumulated radioactive seawater at the plant. Contaminated seawater has accumulated in the basement of the plant, as a result of Tokyo Electric Power Company injecting seawater to cool down […]

Indie | Contaminated Water Treatment: AREVA’s Unit is Back, Kurion Is Still Down

August 8, 2011

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Indie | EX-SKF | 8 August 2011  First, about AREVA’s pump that feeds chemicals: According to NHK Japanese (8/7/2011) who cannot mention names of the companies as a public broadcaster, 福島第一原発では、7日午前8時すぎに汚染水の浄化設備のうち、フランス製の装置で汚染水に処理用の薬剤を流し込むポンプが停止したうえに予備のポンプも動かず、浄化設備全体の運転が停止しました。 The pump for the chemicals for the treatment for the contaminated water stopped in the French-made system [AREVA] stopped at 8AM on August 7. The backup […]

Indie | Japanese Researcher Says Reactor 3’s Fuel Melted Twice, Dropped to Containment Vessel

August 8, 2011

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Indie | EX-SKF | 8 August 2011  From Asahi Shinbun (3:02AM JST 8/8/2011; not the literal translation): Fumiya Tanabe, former head of the research at Japan Atomic Energy Agency, will present the result of his research on Reactor 3 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant in the upcoming Atomic Energy Society of Japan‘s conference next month. Tanabe thinks […]

USA | Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril

August 8, 2011

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USA | NEW YORK TIMES | 8 August 2011 Contaminated soil at a school in Koriyama, Japan. PARENTAL INITIATIVE A great deal of anger in Japan has centered on fears that children were being exposed to radiation. Given no guidance from Tokyo, town officials led the residents north, believing that winter winds would be blowing south […]