Japan Has "Inappropriately Omitted" 80 Bombs-Worth Of Nuclear Fuel In IAEA Report

Tyler Durden's picture

We are sure it's just an oversight, but given Abe's increasingly nationalist banter (and an economy set to plunge in Q2 after Q1's pre-tax-hike surge), it is certainly worth noting that, as The Japan Times reports, Japan failed to include 640 kg of unused plutonium in its annual reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2012 and 2013, in what experts are terming an "inappropriate omission." The unreported amount is enough to make about 80 nuclear bombs. reassuringly, officials noted "there is no problem in terms of security against nuclear terrorism," but as another pointed out, "should make efforts to improve" its reporting. Well, yeah, especially given that Japan possesses the largest amount of plutonium among nonnuclear weaponized nations.

As The Japan Times reports,

Japan failed to include 640 kg of unused plutonium in its annual reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2012 and 2013, in what experts are terming an “inappropriate omission.”


The stock is part of mixed plutonium-uranium oxide (MOX) fuel stored in a reactor that was offline during this period, and was thus deemed exempt from IAEA reporting requirements, said an official at the Japan Atomic Energy Commission.


Experts warn that Japan’s reporting does not reflect the actual state of unused plutonium that could be diverted for nuclear weapons. The unreported amount is enough to make about 80 nuclear bombs.

But don't worry, because...

The official said, “There is also no problem in terms of security against nuclear terrorism.”

It seems the IAEA is a little concerned.

From the safeguards point of view, this material is still unirradiated fresh MOX fuel regardless of its location,” former IAEA Deputy Director General Olli Heinonen said. “If it has indeed not been irradiated, this should be reflected in the statements.”




In March 2011, the MOX fuel was loaded into the No. 3 reactor of Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture during a regular checkup. It was removed two years later because the reactor has remained idled since the Fukushima nuclear crisis.


When Japan reported to the IAEA in 2012 that it had 1.6 tons of unused plutonium at reactors nationwide as of the end of 2011, down from 2.2 tons the previous year, it excluded the 640 kg. The amount reported a year later remained at 1.6 tons.


The fuel has been kept unused in a fuel pool since March 2013.

IAEA maybe, but nobody else has a reason to be worried.

Japan is subject to rigorous international monitoring, as it possesses the largest amount of plutonium among nonnuclear weaponized nations, with more than 44 tons extracted from spent fuel and reprocessed for reuse under its nuclear fuel cycle policy.

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symtex411's picture

Why do I get a distinct feeling that North Korea is due for another 'test'

knukles's picture

See, been a long time comin'.  Weren't thought up yesterday.... Been under-reporting for years.
And like Israel, it's said they can "construct" a number of such, upon very very short notice.

johngaltfla's picture

Didn't 40 of them melt with Fukushima?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I think it was the Fukushima diaries website that showed TEPCO reducing various scary numbers by 10 whenevever they published them out of Japanese.  Soooooo that might just be 800 bombs worth. 

Divine's picture

Any nuclear physicist here? Can anyone roughly estimate the TNT equivalent of this amount of plutonium/mox used as a fusion bomb?

Thought Processor's picture

I'm not a nuclear physicist but I think the net take away is one of the following:

a)  Japan is quietly arming itself with various nuclear armed capabilities (or perhaps adding to their nuclear "at ready" arsenal).

b)  Japan is so incompetent that they have actually lost or misplaced said unaccounted for nuclear materials.


Sadly, both of the above are plausible, though I'm sure that Japan would rather you believe "b" so that they can continue with "a".  

DeadFred's picture

The MFGlobal excuse of "It vaporized" may actually be true for them.

COSMOS's picture

They will need more than 80 nuclear bombs to keep the Chinese at bay

old naughty's picture

"...given that Japan possesses the largest amount of plutonium among nonnuclear weaponized nations."

Japan has perfected their use of the "screw driver" since the (last) WW...and they can just drop non-weaponized plutonium to nearby nations, no?

They knew they could hold humanity at ransom (or at bay, if that's PTB wishes)...

why else has Abe been so deliberate in stirring up China's nerve...and now he is loudly  de-atoning Japan (last) war crimes.



Perhaps lastest LV shooting does have a loud message...

Wait up.


svayambhu108's picture

This is more like a statement, they want this to be known, by China

old naughty's picture

Of course it is.

Chess-play moves.

BlindMonkey's picture

China doesn't have shit to worry about.  Pearl Harbor 2.0 Bitchez.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The individual chinaman on the other hand, really does have worries.  

newbie vampire's picture

"The individual chinaman on the other hand, really does have worries."

Most of them would be long past dead from bad air and Fukushima before Abe drops the bombs on them.

On the other hand, since Fukushima Abe's sees Japan as the "innocent injured" party of WWII, I would feel more confident if the US had "missing" nuclear assets in every major Japanese city.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

All real nations have secrets.  Why not Japan?  France has nuclear weapons, why not Japan?  Japan has changed a LOT, including now having terrible demographics and few resources.

It has been almost 70 years since WE nuked THEM.  If I were Japan, I would have little faith in US "guarantees" re China or even North Korea.

Both South Korea (US "ally") and China are hostile to Japan from World War II, almost 70 years ago.  Even Russia is hostile (continues to hold Kurile Islands w/out negotiation -- disputed territory).

Let`s not be too hypocritical here, PAKISTAN and ISRAEL have nukes, I find it hard to worry about Japan having this deterrent for their self-defense.  They are also a US ally.

Tough luck, China.  You pushed them into it.

Anusocracy's picture

And, of course, the US has continually pushed China and Russia into the actions that they are taking.

newbie vampire's picture

"Tough luck, China.  You pushed them into it."

"They are also a US ally."

You believe that ? 

If Fukushima Abe's administration can get upset over a few rocks in the East China Sea, HOW do you think they really feel towards an "ally"? which dropped 2 atomic bombs on them and compelled them to sue for and accept a humiliating unconditional surrender.

Even the Germans were not compelled to surrender unconditionally.

And the Japanese believe themselves to be superior to other races.

I say, watch our backs.

Rusty Shorts's picture

765 kg of Uranium burned into the atmosphere here .

JAPAN: Cosmo Oil Refinery - Ichihara, Chiba prefecture - 20110311



UNIT 4 Fukushima Diiachi - Fuel pools long gone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrp5yLLh3Dc

So What's picture

They already have nuclear weapons. US and IEAE have been turning blind eyes for years. The heat with China gets worse, you can bet on constitutional changes , followed by nuclear test, ballistic missiles test in short order.

Anusocracy's picture

Any nuclear armed country would be stupid not to cheat on treaties concerning weapons and those without nukes would be stupid not to want them.

Bazza McKenzie's picture

Bush and Obama taught that lesson very well and I'm sure most of the world has learned.

Bush would not have dared invade Iraq if the latter had nuclear weapons and a delivery capability.  Libya was seeking them but Ghaddafi stopped when Bush invaded Iraq.  Then, as his reward for stopping that and helping the fight against terrorism, Obama had him stuffed, literally, and killed.

Lesson: quitely get nuclear weapons and then tell the US to go to hell.  Which is, of course, why all Obama can do about his failed plans in Ukraine is pout and whinge.

rubiconsolutions's picture

I thought America invented Common Core accounting.

Citxmech's picture

Moving quickly to counter China's threat no doubt. 

Stumpy4516's picture

Perhaps to counter a China threat but more likely to prepare to become more aggressive in taking resources and expanding their regional influence in the future.  Japan has been a dieing society economically, closely followed by socially, for some time.  Then Fukushima occured and the govt of Japan knows the future is dark.  Could just be social unrest when the cancers become so numberous they cannot be denied or it will be much worse.

Japan's govt has been corrupted way beyond what people in the US see for a long time.  The Jap mafia has a huge influence in govt and their govt lies to the people as freely as any other.

China needs to establish ownership of resources and just allow Japan to deteriorate.  No need or reason for China to get too aggressive but China should be wary of a desperate unstable Japan.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

Japan has many faults, but being unstable is not one of them.  I bet China is 100x more unstable than Japan.

MontgomeryScott's picture

Yes, Japan has many faults.

Unfortunately, they are unstable faults.

The one that wiped out Fukushima Prefecture pegged at 9.0 (initial estimates were 9.2).

Oh, yeah, I WOULD store unused plutonium in spent fuel pools on the coast sandwiched between faultlines in an area historically prone to tsunamis. That's REALLY stable thinking.

Going long on Abenomics...


COSMOS's picture

The Chinese dont have to do anything to Japan, except just sit back and watch that island turn into a nuclear wasteland from contaminatinon from a few more earthquakes wiping out reactors and fuel rod storage pools.  All that radiation will render the population sterile and within a few generations the Chinese can use Japan to store all their nuclear waste

DoChenRollingBearing's picture


I am a bit more worried about China than I am about Japan.

COSMOS's picture

So far the Chinese have not contaminated the Earth with Radiocative waste like Fukshima.  The Japanese are set to give the world a few more rounds of Fukushima like contamination from their other reactors.  All the Chinese have done is reassert their claims to islands in the South China Sea, going back since before Vietnam and Philipines even existed as nations.

Bazza McKenzie's picture

Yeah, and all that radioactive waste they released at Hiroshima and Nagasaki without the slightest hint of an apology -- just despicable those Japanese.

And those benificent Chinese, pretty sure at some time one of their emperors claimed the whole world, so if past claims without occupation mean anything, the rest of us are squatters being momentarily tolerated by those dear, harmless, Chinese.

newbie vampire's picture

"And those benificent Chinese, pretty sure at some time one of their emperors claimed the whole world, so if past claims without occupation mean anything, the rest of us are squatters being momentarily tolerated by those dear, harmless, Chinese."

It was the Mongols who conquered half of the Western world. And they laid waste to anyone who resisted.

At the end of the day, we are all squatters.  How about the American Indians before the white men arrived ?

All civilizations flourished and then decay.

ShrNfr's picture

Well, Duh!! The Japanese are many things, but stupid isn't one of them. Do you really think they believe that Obama has their back? Yeah sure, I do. With a knife in his had if the moment were necessary to advance his political adgenda.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

He is, like, the greatest political mastermind of all time! So many amazing ideas!


*Unnessesary /sarc tag*

ebworthen's picture

You have to believe that Japan is a non-nuclear weaponized nation first.

I'd wager they have at least 10 nukes of various means of deployment.

dart67eb's picture

They have a "Friday" nuke.  They can have one by Friday...any Friday.

medium giraffe's picture

There might be some spare MOX smeared across Fukushima prefecture. And the Gulf Stream. And the Pacific floor.  And in your sandwiches.  Have they tried looking in any of these places?

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Nobody is taking my sandwiches so forget it.

MontgomeryScott's picture

That's like the story of the 'illegal North Korean Gold' showing up in semiconductor assembly plants.

How do you know it's THEIR MOX? How can you tell if gold game from North Korea, or the FedRes vaults? (Damn, that's a stupid question. There IS No GOLD in the FedRes vaults.)

The MSM has told me that I shouldn't be worried, so I'm going to make a fish sandwich now, and go buy a new computer.

TomGa's picture

Just reclaim it from the Tuna during canning.

One And Only's picture

Given their record after Fukushima just let keep it and destroy themselves. We can use Japan as our long term storage site for nuclear waste.

JuliaS's picture

Let's hope they don't hold a grudge against us for the... well... you know.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

That was whale and dolphin.

newbie vampire's picture


Let's hope they don't hold a grudge against us for the... well... you know."

Do you believe they don't ? 

Spungo's picture

Hopefully they have nukes. That might prevent china from invading.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

China wants the oil Japan burns, not the mouths it feeds.

No reason to invade.

christiangustafson's picture

No, sir.  China wants some sweet sweet payback for 1938.

Homemade nukes are the only thing protecting the Japanese people from genocide, complete extermination from the islands.

Japanese high school kids can probably whip up a nuke over a weekend.  Good for Japan; we (USA) are unreliable.

navy62802's picture

How many kilos did the Israelis steal from the US again?

Kassandra's picture

I read that as "How many dildos did the Israelis steal from the US again?"
Gotta quit speed reading...