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

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Last September, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe told Olympic dignitaries in Buenos Aires in an address that helped Tokyo win the 2020 Games: "Let me assure you the situation is under control." It would seem, just as he 'assured' his people that Abenomics would 'fix' Japan, in the case of Fukushima, he lied. 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.

Just 8 months ago, Abe sounded the all-clear...

Last September, Abe told Olympic dignitaries in Buenos Aires in an address that helped Tokyo win the 2020 Games: “Let me assure you the situation is under control.”

But, as Japan Times reports, things keep going wrong...

Last week, Tepco said it had directed 203 tons of highly radioactive water to the wrong building, flooding its basement. Tepco is also investigating a leak into the ground a few days earlier from a plastic container used to store rainwater.


In February, a tank sprouted a 100-ton leak of radioactive water, the most serious incident since leaks sparked international alarm last year.


A hangar-like structure houses Toshiba Corp’s ALPS system, able to remove all nuclides except for less noxious tritium, found at most nuclear power stations, its planners say.


It sat idle for 19 months after a series of glitches. The latest miscue occurred on Wednesday, when a ton of radioactive water overflowed from a tank.

Which has forced admissions of guilt and failure...

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 last week.


He was referring to the latest blunder at the plant: channeling contaminated water into the wrong building.


Ono also acknowledged that many difficulties may have been rooted in Tepco’s focus on speed since the 2011 disaster.


“It may sound odd, but this is the bill we have to pay for what we have done in the past three years,” he said.


“But we were pressed to build tanks in a rush and may have not paid enough attention to quality. We need to improve quality from here.”

In summary, Tepco had pledged to have treated all contaminated water by March 2015, but said this week that was called a “tough goal.” But building the giant wall of ice remains more fact than fiction for now (still)...

Plans also call for building an experimental 1.4-km underground freezer to create a wall of ice around the plant to block the groundwater. Tests began last month and Tepco hopes next year to begin construction — sinking giant refrigeration rods into the ground to create an impermeable wall of frozen earth.

We hope that this works out better than the failed belief that devaluing your currency can solve a nation's indebtedness...

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GetZeeGold's picture



Well this is the first we're hearing about this!


Is there anything else we need to know?

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

But I thought this was under control 3 years ago.


obvious /s

Tengri Temujin's picture

No way we can drain the Pacific Ocean and start over again like those dudes in Oregon.

Maybe we should be taking better care of what allows life to thrive on the BLUE planet.

Handful of Dust's picture

How embarrassing.

hari kari time.

Patriot Eke's picture

I would ask, "Where are the cores, and what are you going to do about the spent fuel rods that are suspended in the air within a building that is on the verge of collapse?"

SoberOne's picture

When it gets radioactively serious, you have to lie.

HardAssets's picture

Seppuku was an option given warriors of honor.

Does not apply in this case.

Charles Wilson's picture

"I suggest we form another committee..."

mjcOH1's picture

"Seppuku was an option given warriors of honor."

How about ritual Gyaru?

Headbanger's picture

Oh great!  Just go ahead and create a giant frost heave that knocks the whole plant into the ocean!

Haven't they heard of radiator "stop leak"??

Just pump a few million gallons into the ground around the plant and problem solved!

Either that or install hundreds of wells around the plant and pump the contaminated ground water back up!?

What's the big deal?


Patriot Eke's picture

Apparently, they haven't heard of the Sham Wow!

spine001's picture

Yes, just the critical piece of info that contrary to Chernobyl, where the corium was indeed found and placed under control, in Fukushima the corium from tbe Melted reactors hasn't been found and are still reacting. Luckily no obvious criticality has appeared, but the risk is a lot higher then zero!

unicorn's picture


Is there anything else we need to know?

yes, little detail: there would be better ways to handle the contaminated water, but only for a really innovative new technological idea the government will pay the whole thing, no matter if it works or not...


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

When all else fails, including the lies and deceit, tell the truth and blame temporary insanity. It works in the justice system so why not at home?

kaiserhoff's picture

They could probably use some programmers.

I think the firm that did Scumbamascare is available.

kurt's picture

This Fukushima thing needs to be entombed by an international effort NOW! Take a year of war mongering, use the helicopters and tankers (include all insane chemtrail planes too). Folks, we have to bury these things FAST. We're like the dinosaurs watching the asteroid, duh! Stupid, stupid, stupid....

dizzyfingers's picture


Hate to think this but it's too late. Earth is inherently unstable, but more nuke plants are on their way. Suicide.

spine001's picture

Without the Corium isolated and under control entombing is not an option. Specially with a whole reactor in pool number 4 only protected by water and its inherently fragile mechanical and geommetrical composition. It would only ensure a nuclear explosion like the world has never seen. Oh, just a side note plutonium is involved. 

kurt's picture

All the more reason to get an international team on it NOW!!!

Woodyg's picture

Half life periods -
Americium 241 - 432 years
Iodine 131 - 8 days
Cesium 137. - 30.17 years
Cesium 134 - 2.06 years
Cobalt 60. 5.27 years
Plutonium 238. - 88 years
Plutonium 239 - 24,000 years
Plutonium 240 - 6,560 years
Plutonium 241 - 14.4 years
Strontium 90 - 29.1 years

Any time you see Mox Fuel it means a Plutonium mix -
5 half life's to get to 5%.
7 half life's to get to 1%

?The Rainbow Warriors -->
The US limit for carcinogenic radioactive cesium is 1200 Bq/kg in food. Japan, which is still suffering a triple meltdown, has a limit of 100 Bq/kg. Both of these limits are way too high to protect our children. We are asking that the limit be reduced to 5 Bq/kg for all food, nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals —

woolly mammoth's picture

Depressingly true. As well as the storage areas that are failing to store.

icanhasbailout's picture

not all "nuke plants" are equal


unfortunately way too many are plutonium breeder designed in 1954 types

CPL's picture

It's simply not in anyone's power in Japan anymore.  All the people that knew how to do that died two years ago and it'll take another 15 to make a professional to handle it.  The nuclear industry is incredibly understaffed to begin with and the people that specialize in containment in particular number less than 17 on earth in total. 

In a nutshell: 17 people are the only people capable of handling the nuclear issues of 7.2 billion people for 1400 nuclear facilities world wide.  It's a good recipe for an ELE.  Doomed by poor planning, incredibly muddled logistics and the delusion nuclear anything is safe. 

Oh well.  Just have to wait longer then.  It's obviously going to take a lot of politicians publicly falling to pieces on camera from untreatable cancer, eventually their medical parlour tricks will fail (like they always do).  Then watch how motivated they are to resolve this once they bury more of their own family members and start picking a pine box for themselves. Each of them (and yourselves) will learn, by their own hand, stupidity and greed, that nuclear power is one of the stupidest fucking inventions ever done on Earth.

Today's Nuclear forecast for North America:

The levels in fukushima are still the same (45 uR/hr) as in San Francisco (30 uR/hr) now and it's creeping over/through the mountain. 

Chicago is at 20 uR/hr

Atlanta is 21 uR/hr

NYC is 18 uR/hr


In the meanwhile, smoke'em if you've got'em.  Doesn't matter too much if you do now.  I'm willing to bet it's not the cigarettes that kill anyone this point forward.  LOL!

kchrisc's picture

The west coast states to raise "taxes" to pay for the expected future health crisis" in 3...2...

CPL's picture

LOL!  They'd tax the air to claim it makes it taste sweeter...although I think that's called carbon tax now.  This time though there just won't be anyone to collect it or they'll just move from the sun shine state.  But more than likely...no one will publically say a word and population shrinks until there just isn't anyone left that knows what's going on and every machine breaks.

Anyone see why China wants Japan out of the way? 

They aren't invading them. 

They are trying to save them and themselves, meanwhile the Japanese government is still ego tripping with 'face' at the cost to their entire country and population.  they would rather die and take billions with them than admit to the severity of what they really built in Fukushima.


vic and blood's picture

Fine comment. Thanks.

Thanks for not being a rabid anti-smoker. It gets old being public enemy #1. We smokers may start living longer than non-smokers since the filter will capture some of the radioactive particles.

CPL's picture

It's a scapegoat to about a hundred other things no one wants to admit to that cause cancer because half of the products on the shelves right now would be pulled due to public safety concerns.  Plus the governments view it as an opportunity to tax further with no real delivered benefit.  (Ever notice that, taxes go on the board, but no metrics to what got provisioned or fixed is shown?)


kchrisc's picture

Except for the tyranny involved, I have enjoyed watching the "smoking" drama unfold jover the years.

They "tax" the shit out of tobacco and are dependent on the lucre of said taxes. At the same time they are also politically beholden to the "useful idiots" out there that want, need, a "big brother" proxy bully they can use to rule over other people with. So the pols and crats then "regulate" and "legislate" (treason) the hell out of same said tobacco for the "health" of their victims. Now sales suffer and the lucre diminishes.

Kind of like your pot dealer saying that he can only sell to you on Mondays between the hours of 3 and 4 and you can only smoke it from atop a Redwood tree. LOL


"My guillotine smokes, but only after a good cutting."

JustObserving's picture

In today's news:

Fukushima radiation killing our children, govt hides truth - former mayor

Published time: April 21, 2014 14:03 

Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba, a town near the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant, is warning his country that radiation contamination is affecting Japan’s greatest treasure – its children.

Asked about government plans to relocate the people of Fatuba to the city of Iwaki, inside the Fukushima prefecture, Idogawa criticized the move as a “violation of human rights.”

Compared with Chernobyl, radiation levels around Fukushima “are four times higher,” he told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze, adding that “it’s too early for people to come back to Fukushima prefecture.”

“It is by no means safe, no matter what the government says.”

Idogawa alleges that the government has started programs to return people to their towns despite the danger of radiation.

“Fukushima Prefecture has launched the Come Home campaign. In many cases, evacuees are forced to return. [the former mayor produced a map of Fukushima Prefecture that showed that air contamination decreased a little, but soil contamination remains the same.]"


Treason Season's picture

...but the sky is blue and sunny...but the sky is blue and sunny...but the sky is blue and sunny...but the sky is blue and sunny.... 

El Hosel's picture

"The 2011 Disaster", under the rug, spewing radiation for years.

JustObserving's picture

Our Nobel Prize Winner has put up an invisible shield of ignorance to ensure no radioactivity reaches the land of the free.

The EPA states that the radiation levels in the US as related to the Fukushima incident have been "consistently decreasing," and that there is no further need to regularly test milk, food, air, and water contamination in the manner that it has been especially monitoring following the incident.


Zen Koan:  If you do not know you were poisoned by radioactivity, were you poisoned at all?

IridiumRebel's picture

If a tree falls in the forest and then you start to have tumors infest your body....oh you get the point.

10PastMidnight's picture

there will be no fixing fukushima and making a frozen underground wall is a pipe dream. long iodione and weed

spine001's picture

Forget about iodine, it only helps with the byproducts of fission. If fission restarts, your least worry will be iodine.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

iodine pills are useful only if you live near a nuclear catastrophe as a temporary solutiomn as you evacuate. it will protect your thyroid for a few days, with the idea being that you are leaving the area. it does not protect against everything, and cant be taken indefinetly. it wont really do anything for people living in japan either, who are slowly being cooked by various isotopes.


WillyGroper's picture

Pitch a bit of boron in there too please.

kaiserhoff's picture

Sure, build an underground ice wall, in earth quake country, next to an almost infinite heat source.

What could go wrong?

KnightTakesKing's picture

Well the ice wall worked in Game of Thrones, so you know, there's that.

AdvancingTime's picture

This could damage Japan and its leadership even more. Japan is the most indebted developed country in the world and its future prospects are dim and getting worse. It is only a matter of time before the yen becomes worthless and as inflation begins to take root it will place upward pressure on Japanese bond yields and raise the cost of government to service its massive debt.

With the BOJ  set to absorb half of the government bonds planned for sale this fiscal year, domestic investors have already started venturing overseas for higher yielding assets. If this turns in to a tsunami of  money fleeing Japan it will constitute the end of the line for those holding both JGBs and the yen. More on this subject below,


williambanzai7's picture

Let's shove freezing rod up Abe's keyster.

apberusdisvet's picture

These stories always miss the larger issue; the incremental global poisoning due to the unceasing and apparently uncontrollable radiation that is contaminating all edibles from the Pacific and has been found, in deadly quantities, in North American crops and in agricultural soil.

williambanzai7's picture

Haven't you heard, radioactive food is safe and nutritious.

pods's picture

Got rid of Ann Coulter's Adams Apple!


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I know Ann Coulter (boy...do I ever know Ann Coulter) but when did she divorce Adams Apple?

<Signed....a victim of mass media overload.>