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    Gov’t Report: ‘Green burst’ seen at WIPP utility yard just minutes before radiation event began — ‘Popping noise’ heard by facility manager investigating incident

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:33:27 +0000
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    Seaweed farm dead in Hachinohe city / Rotten and blighted / Fisher “Haven’t seen such a damage”

    ostdata">Fukushima Diary : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:35:45 +0000
        Cultivated seaweed such as kelp or wakame are massively dead in the coastal area of Hachinohe city Aomori prefecture.   The local fishery cooperative state most of the cultivated seaweed has been blighted, rotten, whitened since the end of this March. The production of last year was approx. 2,790 t but it is [...]
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    Fukushima plant area dose still remains dangerously high even outside of the buildings / 10mSv ~ 80mSv/h

    ostdata">Fukushima Diary : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:12:34 +0000
    Following up this article.. Someone turned on 4 irrelevant pumps / 203t of 37,000,000,000 Bq/m3 contaminated water transferred to wrong place [URL]   On 4/23/2014, Tepco announced the atmospheric dose beside the issued building is 10mSv/h. The surface dose of the pipes is 80mSv/h. The worker’s exposure dose limit is 50mSv/y. It reaches this limit only [...]
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    Journal: “Fukushima has an Ongoing Melt-Out” — “Is this not the worst possible outcome?” — “Nuclear fuel mixing with groundwater and leaking into sea” — “Disaster never seen in human history and imagined only in movies” — Tokyo Paper: “A situation in which massive accidents occur daily”

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:04:00 +0000
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    Wall St. Journal: Report reveals WIPP containment system leaked radiation — ‘Unfiltered’ plutonium released into environment for 20 days after accident — Something like this “wasn’t supposed to happen for 10,000 years” (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:17:18 +0000
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    (OT) President Obama: US Is Obligated to Defend Japan Over Senkaku Islands

    ostdata">EXSKF : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:32:00 +0000

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has indicated as much, but it is the first official remark by the president of the United States.

    So does he wants a nuclear war with China over some rocks in the ocean?

    Looking at the way he was extremely willing to go to a "shock and awe" war with Syria (and Russia that supports the Syrian government) on a flimsy so-called piece of evidence (youtube video) of gas attacks (which turned out to be a false flag operation by the Turkish government, according to Seymour Hersh) and looking at the most recent "regime change" in Ukraine and unfolding mess, yes he is quite willing to risk a war with China, even if not necessarily nuclear.

    Mr. Obama denies it is yet another infamous "red line"...

    From Reuters (4/24/2014; part, emphasis is mine):

    U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defendefensece [sic.], including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands.

    ...Obama, on the start of a four-nation tour, is being treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, is solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats.

    "We don't take a position on final sovereignty determinations with respect to Senkaku, but historically they have been administered by Japan and we do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally and what is a consistent part of the alliance is that the treaty covers all territories administered by Japan," Obama said.


    A bit convoluted way of saying it himself, but the advance statement before he arrived in Japan is much clearer and stronger.

    Also from Reuters (4/23/2014; part, emphasis is mine):

    U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan's defence.

    Obama gave the assurance in remarks published by the Yomiuri newspaper on Wednesday, hours before he was due to arrive in Tokyo for a visit aimed at reaffirming strong U.S.-Japan ties in the face of rising tensions over China and North Korea.

    "The policy of the United States is clear - the Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of ... the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security," Obama said, referring to the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

    "And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands," he said.


    Reuters Japan's article has an additional take on the Senkaku comments by Obama which does not appear in the English article:

    背景にあるのはウクライナ問題。東シナ海で日本、南シナ海でフィリピンなどと対立する中国と、ウクライナ南部のクリミア編入に踏み切ったロシアの姿が重なる。会見でオバマ大統領と安倍首相は、国際法を順守する重要性を強調し、「力を背景とした現状変更に反対する」と述べた。

    Behind [President Obama's remarks] is the situation in Ukraine. China confronting Japan in East China Sea and the Philippines and other nations in South China Sea conjures the image of Russia that has re-incorporated Crimea in southern Ukraine. In the press conference, President Obama and Prime Minister Abe emphasized the importance of observing the international law, and said they oppose the change of status quo with the threat of force.

    That's a good one, Mr. President. Your puppet regime in Ukraine was installed thanks to the use of force by neo-Nazi groups supported by your State Department and USAID.

    (Oh wait, does that mean Japan is Ukraine? And Senkaku Island Crimea?)

    (Photo from Reuters)

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    New data shows spike in babies born missing parts of brain around leaking US nuclear site — Official: We’re really concerned it remains so high, we hoped it would go away — NBC: Many locals say Hanford to blame — CDC Expert: Cases “not focused near Hanford” (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:58:44 +0000
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    [Nuclear is cheap] Tepco received “27th” financial support from Nuclear Damage Fund / 3.7 Trillion yen so far

    ostdata">Fukushima Diary : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:35:30 +0000
    On 4/23/2014, Tepco announced they received the 27th financial support from the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund. The value of the support is 191.8 billion yen. They have received 3,687,000,000,000 yen of financial support from this fund and 120 billion yen of compensation in accordance with the “Act on Contract for Indemnification of Nuclear Damage [...]
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    NBC News: ‘Biblical devastation’ from Fukushima disaster, says former official — TV: “When I was mayor, I knew many people who died from heart attacks… many people in Fukushima died suddenly, even young people… Tepco employees also are dying, but everyone is keeping mum about it” (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:31:02 +0000
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    Show Host: I was told not to discuss Fukushima on air, but I did anyway –”They didn’t want it talked about a lot, but eventually it became undeniable” — “World not rushing to aid Japan because nothing can be done… just getting worse and worse… it’s a horror, it’s a tragedy” (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:54:09 +0000
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    Falsification in Vogue: Niigata Prefecture Lied about Potassium Iodide Pill Purchase, Received Government Subsidy for Non-Purchase

    ostdata">EXSKF : Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:07:00 +0000

    (UPDATE) Asahi Shinbun did an interview with Mr. Izumida (in Japanese, and in English translation, 4/23/2014). He laments there is no "world-class standard" in Japanese nuclear regulation and nuclear accident preparedness. He got that right. No mention of potassium iodide pills that didn't exist but were stored in a former high school building.

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    It's ironic that it happened in a prefecture whose governor, Hirohiko Izumida, has won wide followings at least among net users by presenting himself as the champion and defender of citizens against evil TEPCO over Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant.

    Izumida's government did not purchase potassium iodide pills and lied about it, and received the national government subsidy for the non-existent pills.

    Well, since Mr. Izumida does not want to allow TEPCO to vent even in a severe nuclear accident at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, who needs those pills? Right?

    From Kyodo News (4/22/2014):

    30キロ圏内、ヨウ素剤ゼロ 柏崎刈羽、購入済み装う

    No potassium iodide pills inside 30-kilometer radius of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPP, [Niigata prefectural government] pretended they had purchased the pills

    新潟県は22日、東京電力柏崎刈羽原発(同県)の過酷事故に備え、2012年度中に同原発から10~30キロ圏の住民向けに配備予定だった安定ヨウ素剤約132万錠を、購入しないまま放置していたと発表した。

    Niigata prefectural government announced on April 22 that 1.32 million potassium iodide pills to be distributed to residents during the fiscal 2012 [that ended in March 31, 2013] in areas within 10 to 30 kilometer from TEPCO Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant (in Niigata Prefecture) in preparation for a severe accident hadn't been purchased.

    期限の13年3月末までに調達できるめどがたたず、担当職員が手続きを中断。書類に「購入済み」と記入したため、周囲もチェックできず、国の交付金約800万円が支払われていた。

    The government employee in charge stopped the purchasing process when there was no prospect of procuring the pills by the end of March in 2013. The employee wrote "already purchased" in the document, and no one verified it. The subsidy of about 8 million yen (US$80,000) from the national government was paid based on the document.

    購入予定だったヨウ素剤は、防災用倉庫として使っている旧興農館高校(新潟市)に配備したとして、事務処理されていた。県医務薬事課は「速やかに調達したい」としている。

    The [phantom] potassium iodide pills that were supposed to have been purchased were "stored" at a former high school building in Niigata City which is now used as a disaster prevention warehouse, according to the paperwork. The medical and pharmaceutical section of the prefectural government says they intend to procure as quickly as possible.


    Like that 30-year-old so-called researcher, this hapless government employee should have held a press conference and declared,

    "Potassium iodide pills exist! Potassium iodide pills are the truth! I have seen them 200 times!"

    and all would have been forgiven.

    With teary eyes of course. Water-proof mascara and eyeliner, if available.

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    Paper: WIPP workers “not permitted to speak” — “Their jobs won’t ever be the same… will face new paradigm” — Concerns plutonium contaminated surrounding salt — Preparing for radiation levels so high, only robots can be used (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:18:05 +0000
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    3 radiation monitors down for 3 days in the pool to accept fuel assemblies from reactor4 SFP

    ostdata">Fukushima Diary : Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:45:27 +0000
    3 radiation monitors were down for 3 days in common usage pool. This pool is to stock the fuel assemblies removed from reactor4 spent fuel pool.   The monitors are to measure the atmospheric dose one a day. They didn’t measure from 4/19 to 4/21. Tepco didn’t notice it until 13:45 of 4/22/2014.   They [...]
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    Tepco considers to track workers by location information in Fukushima plant having series of suspicious “accidents”

    ostdata">Fukushima Diary : Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:01:16 +0000
    Following up this article.. Someone turned on 4 irrelevant pumps / 203t of 37,000,000,000 Bq/m3 contaminated water transferred to wrong place [URL]   Tepco considers to track all the Fukushima workers by location information, they stated in the meeting of NRA (Nuclear Regulation Authority) on 4/18/2014.   Tepco cannot deny the possibility that someone entered [...]
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    Telephone Game for N+1 Time: From #Fukushima I NNP "Not Sufficiently Managed" to "Out of Control" in Three Simple Steps

    ostdata">EXSKF : Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:08:00 +0000

    It hasn't happened for some time, this telephone game over the Fukushima nuclear accident mostly due to translation errors (intentional and unintentional). The last one I wrote about in the English blog was in September 2013, and that was about the world as we knew back then ending because of the "collapsed" exhaust stack at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

    I wrote about the not-so-brilliant comment by Mr. Akira Ono, plant manager of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, in an April 19, 2014 post. He said he would make the switches for emergency temporary pumps "tamper-proof", which I argued would defeat the purpose of easy access in an emergency.

    In that same post, I also noted that Reuters had two different stories to tell in its Japanese article and its English article on the same topic of contaminated water routed to wrong buildings.

    And as I suspected, the Reuters English article got quoted by the US media (I haven't checked the UK media) and morphed. It will be soon imported back to Japan as "credible and reliable English-language source which would always tell the truth".

    It started out as a solid, fact-based article in Japanese by Reuters Japan (4/17/2014). Mr. Ono's comment comes in the very first paragraph (English translation is mine):

    福島第1原発、汚染水の誤移送は「管理に不備」=小野所長

    Routing contaminated water to wrong buildings at Fukushima I Nuclear Power plant is due to "insufficient management", says Plant Manager Ono

    福島第1原子力発電所の小野明所長は15日の記者団とのやりとりで、約203トンの汚染水が本来とは別の建屋に誤って移送されたトラブルについて「恥ずかしい話。十分に管理できていない」などと語り、態勢の不備を認めた。調査を進め対策を講じるとしている。

    Mr. Akira Ono, plant manager of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, spoke with the press on April 15 and commented on the problem of about 203 tonnes of contaminated water having been routed to wrong buildings, saying "I am ashamed. We haven't been able to sufficiently manage the plant (or we haven't been able to manage the plant as sufficiently as we would like)," admitting to inadequacy of the plant management. He said [the company] will investigate and come up with countermeasures.


    Then, when the article was translated into English and arranged for English-speaking readers, three things happened.

    First, the article title and the opening paragraph dropped the mention of routing water to wrong buildings and associated Mr. Ono's comment with contaminated water management in general.

    Second, Mr. Ono's comment was translated incorrectly - even if it is not technically wrong, that's not what Japanese would understand hearing Mr. Ono.

    Third, Mr. Ono's comment was severed from the context; then the context - that Mr. Ono was speaking about the particular incidence of routing water to wrong buildings - was placed after Mr. Ono's comment.

    And this is the end result, also by Reuters but in English (4/17/2014; emphasis is mine):

    Manager at Japan's Fukushima plant admits radioactive water "embarrassing"

    The manager of the Fukushima nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan's prime minister told the world the matter was resolved.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co, the plant's operator, has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water since Fukushima was wrecked by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government pledged half a billion dollars last year to tackle the issue, but progress has been limited.

    "It's embarrassing to admit, but there are certain parts of the site where we don't have full control," Akira Ono told reporters touring the plant this week.

    He was referring to the latest blunder at the plant: channeling contaminated water to the wrong building
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    This naturally invited one English-language media outlet called "nsnbc" to totally separate Mr. Ono's comment, and added some fluff on their own to create a familiar fantasy world of doom.

    From nsnbc (4/19/2014):

    TEPCO’s Fukushima Manager: “Embarrassing, but we don’t have control”

    TEPCO’s manager of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP), Akira Ono, has begun to come clean on contamination control at the site. Akaira Ono broke the iron discipline admitting that it is embarrassing, but TEPCO’s attempts to plug the leaks of radioactive water have failed. But have Ono and TEPCO really begun to come clean? The site is so volatile that an earthquake could force TEPCO to abandon the site and a meltdown of tons of spent fuel rods.

    Making that statement, the manager of what, arguably, is the world’s most hazardous work site, the Fukushima Daiichi manager contradicted last year’s statements by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that the situation at the nuclear power plant was under control. Talking to journalists, Akira Ono said:

    “It is embarrassing to admit it, but there are certain parts of the site where we don’t have full control”.


    Then finally, "I am ashamed, we haven't been able to sufficiently manage the plant" turned "embarrassing...we don't have full control" turned "we don't have control" has turned into "out of control" today.

    From Zero Hedge (4/21/2014; emphasis is mine):

    Fukushima Manager Admits Water Woes "Out Of Control", Refutes Lies By PM Abe

    ...As Japan Times reports, the manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has embarrassingly admitted that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water.


    Zero Hedge quotes Japan Times, which is the Reuters English article.

    At any moment now, I am fully expecting a tweet in Japanese proclaiming "See, the plant is totally out of control! It's all in the English language media! They must be right! We aren't told the truth!"

    (The last I heard, the truth is STAP cells , which Ms. Obokata encountered more than 200 times. Maybe TEPCO needs to hire Ms. Obokata as a spokeswoman who would exclaim, with tears in her eyes with full makeup and neatly curled tresses, "The plant is under control! It's the truth! I've seen it 200 times!" Maybe male journalists would then flock to her defense...)

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    Mayor in Fukushima during 3/11: Officials lied to everyone and hid the truth — It’s a violation of human rights to expose people to radiation like this, it’s terrible — Evacuees are forced to return, I’m really ashamed for my country (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:47:46 +0000
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    Scientists: Plutonium released from Fukushima “is of radiological concern”; Reactor must be source, not spent fuel pool — Study: Plutonium found 120 km from plant; “Pu and non-natural uranium certainly increased in environment”

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:59:24 +0000
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    Top Nuclear Official: “Ground sinking” beneath Fukushima reactor buildings a concern — Gov’t experts looking closely at risks from changes to flow of underground water

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:41:37 +0000
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    Former Official: Fukushima radiation is killing children… heart problems, leukemia, thyroid — Terrible things are going on — Authorities hiding truth from world — We need to admit many people are dying, but we’re not allowed to say that (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:16:55 +0000
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    "Now They Tell Us" UK Version: UK Government Admits to Mistake of Siting Nuclear Waste Dump Near Sellafield

    ostdata">EXSKF : Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:23:00 +0000

    Now they tell us, but they also tell us any nuclear waste leak due to erosion would start in a few hundred years at the earliest, when all of us will be gone.

    From The Guardian (4/20/2014; emphasis is mine):

    Cumbrian nuclear dump 'virtually certain' to be eroded by rising sea levels

    One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency


    Britain's nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by the Environment Agency (EA).

    The document suggests that in retrospect it was a mistake to site the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) on the Cumbrian coast because of its vulnerability to flooding. "It is doubtful whether the location of the LLWR site would be chosen for a new facility for near-surface radioactive waste disposal if the choice were being made now," it says.

    The EA document estimates that the one million cubic metres of radioactive waste disposed of over the last 55 years by the civil and military nuclear industry at the site, near the Sellafield nuclear complex in west Cumbria, is going to start leaking on to the shoreline in "a few hundred to a few thousand years from now".

    The agency voices concerns about "the potential appearance on the beach and in its accessible surroundings, during the process of erosion, of discrete items carrying a significant burden of radioactivity individually". They could range from tiny particles to larger objects such as hand tools that have become contaminated during use at Britain's nuclear sites then subsequently disposed of at Drigg, the document says.

    Officials at the EA are considering a plan by the companies that run Drigg to dispose of a further 800,000 cubic metres of waste there over the next 100 years. This will include radioactive debris from Britain's nuclear power stations, nuclear submarines, nuclear weapons, hospitals and universities.

    Environmentalists argue that continuing to use the site is "unethical, unsustainable and highly dangerous". But this is rejected by Drigg's operators, who describe the risks as "insignificant".

    The EA document, dated 9 January 2014, sets out the agency's latest assessment of the risks of coastal erosion at Drigg. It was released by the EA this month in response to a request from The Guardian.

    Erosion from storms and rising sea levels caused by climate change has "emerged as the expected evolution scenario" for Drigg, it says. Experts have concluded that this is almost bound to happen.

    Although Drigg was meant to be for low-level radioactive waste, there are fears that some of the disposals in the past may have included higher-level wastes. The rest of the nuclear industry's medium and high-level wastes are still awaiting an agreed disposal route, with successive UK governments failing for decades to find a deep burial site.

    The site, which covers about 110 hectares, is between five and 20 metres above sea level. It is run by a consortium led by the US engineering company URS, the French state-owned nuclear company Areva, and the Swedish nuclear firm Studsvik. The consortium has already been asked by the EA to look at options for improved flood defences.

    According to Ian Parker, the EA's nuclear regulation group manager in Cumbria, the agency had reached its latest conclusions after detailed technical assessments. "It's highly probable the coast will erode and the waste will be disrupted," he said.

    The EA was taking "a very conservative approach" to reduce risks to future generations, he argued. Further public consultations on the proposal to keep using the site were due in the autumn, and no final decision would be taken until next year.

    Drigg's operator, LLW Repository Ltd, said it had introduced new restrictions on the amounts of radioactivity that can be disposed of at the site in order to make sure that radiation doses to people will be "very small" if the wastes are exposed by coastal erosion.

    The company's head of science and engineering, Dr Richard Cummings, accepted that erosion could start "in a few hundred years". But he added: "The radioactivity in the wastes will largely have decayed away by this time."

    Carrying on disposing of waste at Drigg was sustainable and ethical because future generations would be given the same protection as now, Cummings said. "The stringent regulatory requirements we have to meet ensure that even if people in the future forget about the repository and the wastes disposed there, the effects will be insignificant."

    But Martin Forward, from Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment, pointed out that more than 1,200 radioactive particles from Sellafield had been found on nearby beaches in recent years. "The potent threat of rising sea levels makes the future use of the site unsustainable, unethical and highly dangerous for future generations," he said.

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    (OT) US President Obama to Visit Meiji Jingu Shrine as a State Guest in Japan

    ostdata">EXSKF : Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:56:00 +0000

    WTF??

    A state minister in Mr. Shinzo Abe's cabinet, Mr. Keiji Furuya, visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine is at least explainable. But the president of the United States visiting the shrine that enshrines Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken as god and goddess?

    What's the point?

    To honor the current emperor by paying respect to his great-grandfather, I suppose.

    Emperor Meiji is the great-grandfather of the current emperor of Japan, although his great-grandmother is a concubine of Emperor Meiji. (The Empress was childless.) Meiji Jingu shrine was built in 1920.

    Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel went to Chidorigafuchi Cemetery to honor the war dead when they visited Japan in October 2013. There I thought it was the beginning of a new tradition that would help de-emphasize Yasukuni. I was wrong.

    Visiting Meiji Jingu shrine seems devoid of meaning, which fits Mr. Obama's presidency rather well.

    From The Japan News by Yomiuri (4/20/2014):

    Obama will visit Meiji Jingu, museum during tour

    WASHINGTON—The White House said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Meiji Jingu shrine during his stay in Japan, as part of his tour to four Asian countries in late April.

    Detailed schedules of Obama’s trip have also been released.

    Obama will have a private dinner meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, and on Thursday they will hold a summit meeting to demonstrate unity between Japan and the United States toward the international community.

    Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Japan as a state guest in 18 years, since a visit by then U.S. President Bill Clinton. Obama will stay in Japan from Wednesday to Friday.

    After leaving Japan on Friday he will then visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

    The private dinner will be held soon after Obama’s arrival in Japan, on Wednesday evening.

    According to sources knowledgeable on Japan-U.S. relations, they will dine outside the prime minister’s official residence with the intention of deepening their relationship in a relaxed atmosphere.

    On Thursday morning Obama will attend a welcome ceremony in the Imperial Palace, followed by the summit meeting and a joint press conference.

    In the afternoon, the U.S. leader will visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and Meiji Jingu shrine, before meeting with Japanese business leaders.

    In the evening, Obama will attend a banquet at the Imperial Palace.

    At a press conference Friday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice commented on Obama’s forthcoming tour of Asian countries, saying that it will be an important opportunity to clearly express the United States’ continuing focus on the Asia-Pacific region.


    Despite being a "state guest", the status of which will cost the host country extra few million and require Japan's Emperor and Empress to host a lavish banquet for the guest, Mr. Obama won't be accompanied by his wife, leaving many Japanese puzzled.

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    Japan Times: “Irreparable damage” from Fukushima — Plant’s boss admits water problems “out of control” — Catastrophe “remains ongoing… shows no signs of resolution”

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:46:41 +0000
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    CBS San Francisco: Record number of sick seals & sea lions — Doctor: A lot with “large pockets of green and yellow puss all over their body” (PHOTO & VIDEOS)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:49:14 +0000
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    Plant Manager at #Fukushima I NPP on Highly Contaminated Water Routed to Wrong Buildings: "We Will Make Pump Switches Tamper-Proof"

    ostdata">EXSKF : Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:31:00 +0000

    Mr. Akira Ono, current plant manager at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, hasn't struck me as one of the brightest at TEPCO, but his "solution" to the problem defeats the whole purpose of having the temporary pumps in those buildings - which is to make those pumps readily accessible and operational in case of an emergency that necessitates those pumps.

    From Reuters Japan (4/17/2014; part):

    東電は14日、汚染水の誤移送を発表したが、その中で通常は「切」にしている移送ポンプの電源が入ったことが直接の原因だと説明した。小野所長は記者団に対し「電源が何らかの形で入ったのは事実。調査を進めて対策を講じる」と述べた。

    TEPCO announced on April 14 that contaminated water had been routed to wrong buildings, and explained the cause as the transfer pumps having been turned on. The pumps usually remain "off". Plant Manager Ono told the press that it was true that the pumps had been turned on for some reason, and that TEPCO would investigate and come up with countermeasures.

    電源が入ったのが誤操作によるものではなく、故意による可能性も現状では排除できない。小野氏は「故意にでも、いじれないような管理体制にしたい」と述べた。

    As it stands, the possibility cannot be excluded that someone had turned on the pumps not by mistake but intentionally. Mr. Ono said he would like to set up a control system whereby no one can tamper with [the pump switches].


    Reuters has the English article (4/17/2014) that pretty much covers what Reuters Japan's article covers, but Ono's above comment is missing. Instead, it has Ono's comment that TEPCO has put speed first, instead of quality.

    Well, as if it had a choice back in March and April in 2011.

    Reuters' English article also translated the following words by Mr. Ono:
    「恥ずかしい話。十分に管理できていない」

    (My translation would be: "I am ashamed. We haven't been able to sufficiently manage the plant.")

    into:

    "It's embarrassing to admit, but there are certain parts of the site where we don't have full control," Akira Ono told reporters touring the plant this week.


    which is quoted by other US media (including MSNBC), with the emphasis (naturally) on "we don't have full control."

    As a Japanese native, I wouldn't have translated Mr. Ono's words that way, but everyone needs extra eyeballs...

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    (OT) TEPCO's Old Billboard Message: "Please Do Not Litter, Keep Environment Clean"

    ostdata">EXSKF : Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:33:00 +0000

    It looks like an old sign, way before the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. Smaller letters are fading.

    Someone snapped the photo, and added the message back to TEPCO in yellow and posted on Facebook, which was then tweeted. (Ah, the age of social media.)

    TEPCO: Please do not litter (or literally, please do not throw out garbage). Pristine environment starts with your kind consideration.

    Anonymous message in yellow letters: For you to say!

    From the tweet by "galeria de muerte":

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    Concerned officials now considering ban on Japan food items — Nuclear scientists previously told gov’t to halt all imports after finding high radiation levels — Never implemented due to fear of hurting bilateral relationship

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:45:57 +0000
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    Continuous troubles in ALPS / A filtration part is imported from France

    ostdata">Fukushima Diary : Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:06:09 +0000
    Related to this article.. 4,200,000,000Bq of β and 10,000,000 Bq of γ nuclides leaked from ALPS again / New technology never get into operation [URL]   A part in the filtration of multiple nuclide removing system ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) is imported from France.   Tepco stated in the meeting of NRA (Nuclear Regulation [...]
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    “Mitsubishi Heavy Industries trying to quit being in cooperate with Areva”, a Fukushima worker

    ostdata">Fukushima Diary : Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:19:39 +0000
    Following up this article.. 3 vice presidents of Tepco’s new Fukushima company are from nuclear makers / Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Hitachi GE [URL]   The government of Japan and Tepco are sticking to the policy “All Japan” to eliminate foreign capital on decommissioning Fukushima plant. However, the 3 vice presidents of Tepco’s new inner company include [...]
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    NBC: Record level of sick or injured California seals and sea lions turning up — “The numbers are extraordinary” — “Scientists worried… The worst kind of perfect storm” — Pups should be weighing 2 or 3 times as much, “severely malnourished” (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:10:15 +0000
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    NHK Special: Extremely toxic water 4,000,000 times gov’t limit in trenches between Fukushima reactors and ocean — Experts: “Source of contamination for Pacific” — “Levels too high for them to get more precise look at situation” — Reporter: Plutonium leaked out after fuel rods damaged (VIDEO)

    ostdata">ENENews.com - Energy News : Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:36:48 +0000
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