Japanese Government Covered Up Surging Radioactive Fallout Data

Tyler Durden's picture

Back On March 14th, Zero Hedge first disclosed data originating from the SPEEDI (System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information) database, which showed that while radiation in the Ibaraki prefecture were about 30 times above normal, the core affected regions were "Under Survey." In subsequent posts we compared the "Under Survey" category to one step below what the BLS does on a daily basis - i.e., make up stuff. But at least in Japan, they did not even make data up: they just refused to release it. Well, we now have official confirmation from NHK that once again our well-grounded skepticism (and cynicism) was as usual absolutely spot on: "It has been learned that the Japanese government withheld the release of
computer projections indicating high levels of radioactivity in areas
more than 30 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
power plant.
The estimates were made on March 16th following explosions at the plant by an institute commissioned by the government using a computer system called SPEEDI. The system made its projections on the assumption that radioactive substances had been released for 24 hours from midnight on March 14th, based on the available data." Of course, had the disastrous SPEEDI data been reveled in time, not even the hundreds of billions (or trillions in Yen) of emergency money pumped by the BOJ, would have been able to prevent a complete market disaster. In other words: Nikkei 1; Human Life 0. In the meantime we wonder what superpowers the X-Man from the affected regions will soon develop.

From NHK:

But the government was reluctant to reveal the SPEEDI projections, and did not release them until March 23rd.
The released data showed that higher levels of radioactive substances would flow over areas to the northwest and southwest of the plant.

It has been learned that the Japanese government withheld the release of computer projections indicating high levels of radioactivity in areas more than 30 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The estimates were made on March 16th following explosions at the plant by an institute commissioned by the government using a computer system called SPEEDI. The system made its projections on the assumption that radioactive substances had been released for 24 hours from midnight on March 14th, based on the available data.

But the government was reluctant to reveal the SPEEDI projections, and did not release them until March 23rd.
The released data showed that higher levels of radioactive substances would flow over areas to the northwest and southwest of the plant.

The estimates showed that the radiation would exceed 100 millisieverts in some areas more than 30 kilometers from the nuclear plant if people remained outdoors for 24 hours between March 12th and 24th.

That is 100 times higher than the 1 millisievert-per-year long-term reference level for humans as recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

The Nuclear Safety Commission says it did not release the projections because the location or the amount of radioactive leakage was not specified at the time.

Professor emeritus Shigenobu Nagataki of Nagasaki University, says the government should release more data about the dangers of possible radiation exposure and draw up evacuation plans and other measures together with residents.

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Winterfreak's picture

ok ok, you got us. we'll come clean from now on. Drink your water. it's perfectly safe.

westboundnup's picture

Any more reports on people either leaving (or returning) to Tokyo?  Interested to know the city census and whether folks are packing up and heading out, or filtering back.

WALLST8MY8BALL's picture

My friend is a lacrosse coach and was in Sendai March 11. He came back to the NY last week. He wanted to go back but is not allowed to do so. His girlfriend is Japanese, and she is coming to NY Friday. I have a feeling they are staying here for a while. The biggest issues are the radiation fear, lack of food, and a lack of space.  

flattrader's picture

Pass this link to them.


Skip to page 12 for summary.

The projected cancer deaths are just that...projected...and according to the report on the conservative side.

At least it will get them to think long term regarding their choice of residency.

WALLST8MY8BALL's picture

Thanks Flat, ill ship it to him.


Global Hunter's picture

I am too, wind in Tokyo has been from the north and east all day Sunday and Monday and was forecast again Tuesday same direction according to the weather network.  It freaks me out they're not freaking out.

sagerxx's picture

Here's the best map I've found combining the wind forecast w/predicted areas of contamination.  The forecast for later this week is, uh....not good.  Pretty much the whole country, plus Korea & the Russian coast, are going to get an Ill Wind...



tallen's picture

Government coverup? Never!

tom a taxpayer's picture


Breaking News: Japanese government reports Fukushima nuclear radiation contained after visit by Bernanke.

Japanese government press release:

"Japanese government is happy to announce Fukushima nuclear radiation is contained, based on analysis by world class containment expert Ben Bernanke. Core radiation, which strips out non-core radiation affecting food, energy, and people beyond the core reactors, remains contained within Bernanke's target for core radiation for a worst-case nuclear accident."

"Bernanke's analysis took note of the recent rise in non-core radiation in hundreds of square kilometers on land and sea around Fukashima. Bernanke-san assures Japanese government these are temporary spikes in radiation  unlikely to become problematic as long as radiation expectations remain well-anchored. Ben-san congratulated the Japanese government for the withholding and obfuscation of radiation information and for showing how to anchor the public's radiation expectations toward the low or harmless end. Ben lamented that he was not able to anchor expectations to a similar degree in the U.S. due to a few bad apples, like Ron Paul, Zero Hedge, and a FOIA lawsuit by Bloomberg News."


slewie the pi-rat's picture


...averting "unseemly" panics wherever he goes, batmanke lends a helping hand to japan...

avonaltendorf's picture

ELLISVILLE, MS -- Jones County Junior College graduate Alex Howard, who has worked at a nuclear power plant in the past, said the radiation from the nuclear crisis in Japan does not pose any harm to residents in the United States.

Whew. I feel much better now.

Sudden Debt's picture

Yes, but they promised that when another Nuclear Plant will go into meltdown, they will go pinky swear on their communication.


johnQpublic's picture

"but if you are worried about ,ahhhhhh , co2, ahhhhh, errrr, global warming, we must have more nuclear power plants"

quoting nobama of course

harmless co2 or I-131.....choose

i'll take spots on my apples

johnQpublic's picture

anyone notice that Cuba is showing a radiation alert level this morning on radiation network?

wonder if they are reporting more accurate info than we are ,or do they have a problem of their own?


Sudden Debt's picture

I guess their Propaganda machine isn't as good as the one the US has.


The Profit Prophet's picture

++++++ for the Joanie Mitchell quote.

Unfortunately for us....we will soon be taking spots on our livers...

T.E.I.N everyone!

youngman's picture

The airlines are cancelling 10-15% of flights to Japan...lack of demand .....Hmmmmm....exposure I assume...or fear of it...

TruthInSunshine's picture

This means Priceline.com's share price will rise, because...well, it's the opposite of logic.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Heard about culling? Yup, herd culling. Human life is meaningless to globalists. Else they would not be DU bombing countries into demoncracy, would they?

Governments lie. Period. And I can tell you this with certainity, people in Japan are still tuning in, obeying? 50 years of social engineeringin extremis will do that, especially to a tiny, insular island nation.

Just a preview of what is a-coming to us all. 



zhandax's picture

While confession is good for the soul, SPEEDI still shows Fukushima 'under survey' 04/04 at 21:00.  So does this mea culpa boil down to 'our model projected such bad results that we turned off the meters'?  Guess an apology and $5 worth of penance leaves them free to keep hiding it.

Saxxon's picture

Spot on ORI.  It can be called Death By Government . . . check out the book by the same title. 

Governments will always lie until it is too late . . . because they don't want to create a panic situation.

BTW that 'Atomic Boy' cartoon they broadcast amazed me - can it be the Japanese are even more infantalized, more coddled, more nannied than Americans?

Oh regional Indian's picture

"BTW that 'Atomic Boy' cartoon they broadcast amazed me - can it be the Japanese are even more infantalized, more coddled, more nannied than Americans?"

Believe it or not Saxxon, they are. To an extent that will boggle the un-initiated.


Ethics Gradient's picture

The government is being pragmatic. Do they want death by radiation in a few years once they're out of office or human and financial catastrophe today when a million+ people move south?

earnulf's picture

"The needs of the few, outweight the lives of the many"

Ethics Gradient's picture

The needs of everyone requires quite a few to be irradiated...

The government is doing the best it knows how. They have to make decisions based on projections and spreadsheets where lives are merely numbers.

If I were 50k or less from Fukushima, I might consider the best course of action to be to find alternative accomodation and employment in the south before everyone else does.

The Profit Prophet's picture

Let me correct that for you: "The wealth of the few, outweigh the lives of the many."

T.E.I.N. everyone!

knukles's picture

"Withheld projections"

Now Now there's a scandal.  Withholding projections when the real time data ws already available.

Really, talk about misdirection and obfuscation.  Talk about amateur hour PR and Perceptions Management.

Sweet Chicken's picture

If I may ask, with the situation growing worse and the chance of containment in the near future slim, what does this mean for the SECOND site within the evacuation zone?! Are the chances of losing control of that plant likely?!

As far as I'm concerned this crisis is front page news until it's under control.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Japanese Government lies and faith in yet another hollow institution rightfully dies.

damage's picture

removed was being moody....

BlackholeDivestment's picture


...is this combined disaster just good for the Algo Global Nova lead ''insider(s)'' singing the front running ballad? You know those whom are backed by the Market ''Maker'' lightning and band of government brothers wailing the Great Wal Mart of China song inside occupied Babylon. The disaster ''model'' home sales pitch fork tongue devils behind the sure bets against the prey on the plate, you know, the neoconstituents of the new world order socialist bastards that represent high yeild and the slush fund political return generating power through the short term con game against the consumer offered this fantastic capital gain based on moral-hazard/mark(of the beast) to myth model''. ''They'', the con artists, sing the prophetic revelation, the strong delusion upon this generation, do you not hear it? It's not as if you had ZERO INTEREST in taking notice and thereby(buy wisdom and sell it not) the call to reason and take action against the builders of the tomb whom rejected the cornerstone of life, that being ''security'' and the sustaining principle labor of love.

Seriously, they built the housing market on the sand, right in front of our dusty arse, and constructed nuke plants on the same sand on the edge of (disaster) the shore on a ''fault line''. People would like to think they are not in play and that it's possible to not be on the game board, those people are wilfully blind Laodicean at best and are delusional enough to wave ''defensive'' flags in compliance with an offense set against security and life. It does not matter what country etc..., lukewarm mentality entombs the wicked and the fearful sealed by the same strong delusion. The lethal game is upon us all, that is not a choice, it's been the case brought forth against man all along. Temptation is the deep capture business and the new world point of order offer to sell yourself out by the false claim of dominion. The law requires mercy to sustain the host of the law and when persons have given into temptation and the lie has sealed them, there is no escape, judgment shall come. The Japanese version of Chairsatan, Benny & the 911 Jet Set, declare ''the Eye of Horus is not personal, it's just business'', don't you believe it! Every knee shall bow, down wind of a WMD disaster bows with great suprise.



Youri Carma's picture

12,000 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima to flush into ocean http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFlKAh4kQdU

West Coast Radiation Report links - Water - Milk- Air http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=205121.0

Jim in MN's picture

Satellite loop for Japan.  Looks like inland flow for them this evening.  Forecast is for sustained onshore winds starting midweek.


flattrader's picture

The shit will hit the fan.  Blowback is a bitch.

I was hoping they might have more time...to do what, I don't know.

Jim, is this the beginning of the spring change to more on shore wind direction?

Global Hunter's picture


Wind has been coming in from the North and East all day yesterday over Tokyo, will be today and most of Tuesday.  I'm not an expert so I don't know how the wind patterns over the Pacific, Fukushima and Tokyo all add up.  I can't believe Tokyo is still functioning.

Jim in MN's picture

It is about that time.  The high pressure over Siberia is generally dominant until late March.  The pressure systems, and associated prevailing wind flow, shift around now.  The real monsoon ('Plum Rain') isn't until June.

I'm still collecting climate information for Japan.  Funny how when you have a really, really specific question the research gets tricky...I have a wind rose for Tokyo and one for just off the Fukushima coast.  Also a fair amount on the onshore winds and pollution transport within the Kanto/metro Tokyo region.  And general descriptions of the seasonal patterns. 

Onshore wind plus rain-not good combination here.  But the flow may tend to push fallout to the northwest rather than southwest.  Much depends on the mountains' influence on airflow.


flattrader's picture

Good to know.

And thanks for your commentary in general.

Jim in MN's picture

Here is a summary for example:



The residents of Tokyo see their year as having six distinct seasons: winter (January and most of February), spring (late February through the middle of May),

Bai-u  (the plum rains of late May through early July), summer (late July and all of August),  shurin  (the typhoon season of September and October), and autumn (November and December). The northwest monsoon is dominant from November through March, bringing cool and dry air out of central Asia. Spring brings the southeast monsoon, with increasing cloudiness and rains on its heels. This culminates in the  Bai-u  or “plum rains” of June. Typhoons and their fringe effects make September and October the rainiest months of the year.

Jim in MN's picture

Good find...dated April 6 (over there) so a forecasting model...they are just starting to get a bead on it.

Press need to ask TEPCO/gov't/IAEA about estimated cesium and strontium release rates, and keep on asking.  TEPCO's supposed to start posting their fenceline readings too.

I dearly hope you are right and the release rates are relatively modest.

flattrader's picture

Aristarchan, thanks to you too.

Youri Carma's picture

Search for Japan Radiation Leak Turns Desperate – Associated Press Vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKuQCwgtP0Q

QuantumCat's picture

The koolaid actually glows now... cool, drink up.

Laddie's picture


The DATE of the latest replies to a story that is breaking, April 4, 2011, are last month, now why is Yahoo not permitting discussion of this topic? HMMMM, not that I don't have full trust in the government and mainstream media but...

REPARATIONS for Americans who have to endure all of this Jet Stream fallout, I mean if the American Indians and the Black Farmers got billions last fiscal year why can't we?

Bagbalm's picture

Reparations in bonds they are holding? That's one way to reduce debt.

Jim in MN's picture
Radioactive Iodine Found in Fish off Ibaraki Pref.

   Tokyo, April 4 (Jiji Press)--Radioactive iodine at levels of 4,080 becquerels per kilogram has been found in small fish caught off Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Monday.
   Although the Japanese government has not set an iodine-131 legal limit for fish to determine shipment bans, the reading is about double the permitted level of 2,000 becquerels for vegetables.
   The young sand lances, have not been shipped, the ministry said.
   The fish also had radioactive cesium at a level of 447 becquerels, compared with the limit of 500 becquerels.
   The sand lances may have migrated from waters near the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, north of Ibaraki, given the low radioactivity levels of waters off Ibaraki, according to the ministry.

oxalis_tuberosum's picture

If it helps people understand:

a becquerel is one atomic disintegration per second.

This correlates to the 'click .. . . click' sound you hear on a geiger counter. Each click is a disintergation.

So your small fish  - one kilo of fish will go click 4000 times a second.  

Half a kilo, 2000 times a second.

And so on.


That's quite a lot actually