Monday, December 26, 2011

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Undercover Reporter Says Absolutely NO Progress Being Made At Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant!

For the last while, there has been an almost total blackout of any news about the situation with the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.   What we have been told by the controlled mainstream media is that the situation is now "under control", and that a "cold shutdown" of the crippled nuclear reactors has been achieved.  Somehow, I seriously have my doubts if the official reports are actually true, considering how much they have been lying to us so far!

Well, it does appear that what we have been told recently about the Fukushima nuclear disaster is indeed false, and that the situation is far from being under control at all.  According to this report, from the website: The Mainichi Daily News, at www.mdn.mainichi.jp, an undercover reporter has been at the failed nuclear facility recently, and what he has found is that there has been absolutely NO progress in getting the failed nuclear reactors under control!   This is an alarming report, and I do have it right here in its entirety for everyone to view for themselves.  I also have my usual additional comments to follow:


'Absolutely no progress being made' at Fukushima nuke plant, undercover reporter says

Tomohiko Suzuki, in full protective gear, near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on July 18. (Photo courtesy of Tomohiko Suzuki)
Tomohiko Suzuki, in full protective gear, near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on July 18. (Photo courtesy of Tomohiko Suzuki)
Conditions at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are far worse than its operator or the government has admitted, according to freelance journalist Tomohiko Suzuki, who spent more than a month working undercover at the power station.
"Absolutely no progress is being made" towards the final resolution of the crisis, Suzuki told reporters at a Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan news conference on Dec. 15. Suzuki, 55, worked for a Toshiba Corp. subsidiary as a general laborer there from July 13 to Aug. 22, documenting sloppy repair work, companies including plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) playing fast and loose with their workers' radiation doses, and a marked concern for appearances over the safety of employees or the public.
For example, the no-entry zones around the plant -- the 20-kilometer radius exclusion zone and the extension covering most of the village of Iitate and other municipalities -- have more to do with convenience that actual safety, Suzuki says.
Tomohiko Suzuki shows reporters a watch with a pinhole camera on Dec. 15 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. He used the watch to photograph the inside of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant while working undercover there in July and August. (Mainichi)
Tomohiko Suzuki shows reporters a watch with a pinhole camera on Dec. 15 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. He used the watch to photograph the inside of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant while working undercover there in July and August. (Mainichi)
"(Nuclear) technology experts I've spoken to say that there are people living in areas where no one should be. It's almost as though they're living inside a nuclear plant," says Suzuki. Based on this and his own radiation readings, he believes the 80-kilometer-radius evacuation advisory issued by the United States government after the meltdowns was "about right," adding that the government probably decided on the current no-go zones to avoid the immense task of evacuating larger cities like Iwaki and Fukushima.
The situation at the plant itself is no better, where he says much of the work is simply "for show," fraught with corporate jealousies and secretiveness and "completely different" from the "all-Japan" cooperative effort being presented by the government.
"Reactor makers Toshiba and Hitachi (brought in to help resolve the crisis) each have their own technology, and they don't talk to each other. Toshiba doesn't tell Hitachi what it's doing, and Hitachi doesn't tell Toshiba what it's doing."
Meanwhile, despite there being no concrete data on the state of the reactor cores, claims by the government and TEPCO that the disaster is under control and that the reactors are on-schedule for a cold shutdown by the year's end have promoted a breakneck work schedule, leading to shoddy repairs and habitual disregard for worker safety, he said.
Workers at a Toshiba Corp. facility at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are seen in this photo taken with a hidden camera. (Photo courtesy of Tomohiko Suzuki)
Workers at a Toshiba Corp. facility at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are seen in this photo taken with a hidden camera. (Photo courtesy of Tomohiko Suzuki)
"Working at Fukushima is equivalent to being given an order to die," Suzuki quoted one nuclear-related company source as saying. He says plant workers regularly manipulate their radiation readings by reversing their dosimeters or putting them in their socks, giving them an extra 10 to 30 minutes on-site before they reach their daily dosage limit. In extreme cases, Suzuki said, workers even leave the radiation meters in their dormitories.
According to Suzuki, TEPCO and the subcontractors at the plant never explicitly tell the workers to take these measures. Instead the workers are simply assigned projects that would be impossible to complete on time without manipulating the dosage numbers, and whether through a sense of duty or fear of being fired, the workers never complain.
Furthermore, the daily radiation screenings are "essentially an act," with the detector passed too quickly over each worker, while "the line to the buzzer that is supposed to sound when there's a problem has been cut," Suzuki said.
One of the reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant destroyed by hydrogen explosions is seen in this photo taken with a hidden camera. (Photo courtesy of Tomohiko Suzuki)
One of the reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant destroyed by hydrogen explosions is seen in this photo taken with a hidden camera. (Photo courtesy of Tomohiko Suzuki)
Meanwhile much of the work -- like road repairs -- is purely cosmetic, and projects directly related to cleaning up the crisis such as decontaminating water -- which Suzuki was involved in -- are rife with cut corners, including the use of plastic piping likely to freeze and crack in the winter.
"We are seeing many problems stemming from the shoddy, rushed work at the power plant," Suzuki says.
Despite the lack of progress and cavalier attitude to safety, Suzuki claims the cold shutdown schedule has essentially choked off any new ideas. The crisis is officially under control and the budget for dealing with it has been cut drastically, and many Hitachi and Toshiba engineers that have presented new solutions have been told there is simply no money to try them.

"Yakuza to genpatsu," by Tomohiko Suzuki. (Cover image courtesy of Bungei Shunju)
In sum, Suzuki says what he saw (and photographed with a pinhole camera hidden in his watch) proves the real work to overcome the Fukushima disaster "is just beginning." He lost his own inside look at that work after it was discovered he was a journalist, though officially he was fired because his commute to work was too long.
"The Japanese media have turned away from this issue," he laments, though the story is far from over. (By Robert Irvine, Staff Writer)
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A book by Tomohiko Suzuki detailing many of his experiences at the plant and connections between yakuza crime syndicates and the nuclear industry, titled "Yakuza to genpatsu" (the yakuza and nuclear power), was published by Bungei Shunju on Dec. 15.


NTS Notes:  It does appear that what we have been told so far by the governments and our own media is nothing more than falsehoods.  The only logical conclusion that I can see for their lying is that they do not want the public to know the truth about the situation at Fukushima to prevent a general panic from the populace!

What we have instead is the constant:  "Everything is fine here.. Move along, Move along..." type attitude from both our press and our own governments.   However, the general public deserves the truth, because other reports have been coming out about how deadly the radioactivity from Fukushima truly is.   It is better that the public knows the truth to be prepared for the worst case scenario, rather than be told a pack of lies and die as a result.

Again, as more information comes forward about the true situation with Fukushima, I will post those articles here for everyone to see for themselves... Stay tuned..

More to come

NTS


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

NTS

thank you for the insight.
Thank you for facing the danger zone and putting your life at risk.

Regards UP

mary sullivan said...

FYI

CANADA

http://www.680news.com/news/national/article/314090--canada-quietly-shipping-bomb-grade-uranium-to-u-s-says-secret-federal-memo

Anonymous said...

Now we are in deep confusion which statement to believe in. Should we believe in what government said few days back or this undercover report?


The Japanese people are not happy.

Many realize a significant portion of Japanese soil is not suitable for habitation. Just last October a leaked Tepco documented indicated the total amount of plutonium and neptunium emitted from the plant. This stuff sticks around for millions of years...

If you haven't seen the dispersion maps for plutonium they are published here:

http://www.datapoke.org/blog/89/study-modeling-fukushima-npp-p-239-and-np-239-atmospheric-dispersion/