Three Years later, Japan Finally Tells The Truth: More Fuel Melted At Fukushima

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After years of obfuscation and, simply put, lies; TEPCO has admitted in a new report that more nuclear fuel had melted at the Fukushima nuclear reactor than previously stated. While this is dreadful news, it gets worse, as the report further confirms that despite Abe's promises and TEPCO's state-funded efforts to build ice-walls, it may miss an important deadline binding it to clean radioactive water stored inside the Fukushima nuclear plant. Bloomberg reports officials commenting "we are doing everything we can do," but it appears, that is not enough as tens of thousands of tons of toxic water are expected to remain at the site by the imposed deadline.


As NHK reports, the meltdown was far more significant that originally publicly stated...

Tepco finds meltdown of the fuel at Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 3 nuclear reactor began at about 5am on March 13, 2011, five hours earlier than co. previously estimated, NHK reports, citing co.’s latest findings.


Most of the fuel may have melted through the base of the reactor into the containment vessel by 6am the next day: NHK

And now we find that TEPCO's clean-up plans are failing...

TEPCO's attempt at removing toxic cancer-causing substances from the reactor's waters may exceed the stated deadline. Earlier, TEPCO's president pledged to terminate the filtering process by the end of March 2015.


The country’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed the deadline to journalists. The official, though, did not clarify the penalties TEPCO face if it failed to meet the target date.


The isotope Strontium-90 is believed to cause cancerous diseases. It has a half-life of about 30 years and can be deposited in fish bones. The fear of the radioactive substance's presence in the water has already become the reason for South Korea’s ban on seafood imports from Japan.


As of July 29, the site had more than 370,000 tons of water contaminated with radiation, with its levels rising at a rate of 400 tons a day. The measures taken by TEPCO included the launch of the so-called ALPS filtration system, capable of cleaning about 500 tons of water daily. The system is set to be expanded to process more than 600 tons a day additionally starting September. Also, another system to filter about 425 tons daily is to be launched in October.


However, even with the use of additional facilities, such as the U.S.-based Kurion Corporation’s truck-mounted filtration system, Bloomberg expects tens of thousands of tons of toxic water to remain at the site by the imposed deadline. Familiar with Bloomberg’s data, TEPCO's spokesperson has said: "We are doing everything we can do."

And then there's this...

Police have arrested four people on Saturday on suspicion of defrauding Tokyo Electric Power Co. of ¥12 million in nuclear compensation.


The four included a 42-year-old former official of a Tokyo nonprofit organization that does paperwork on behalf of clients for claiming damages from TEPCO from harmful rumors related to the March 2011 nuclear accident at the company’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.


They are suspected of filing false claims in April and May 2012 that an event company, based in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, faced a raft of cancellations from its customers due to concerns over radiation exposure.


The company was not actually operating, according to the police.

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We anxiously await Shinzo Abe's statement of calm and that everything's ok...because he has been so honest so far. But we leave it to TEPCO to conclude:

"We have been saying that we cannot say when the (restart) will be," a TEPCO spokesman said.

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Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:58 | 5053329 Sudden Debt
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Isn't anybody going to cry on television??


Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:05 | 5053353 Sudden Debt
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It's okay, most of the nuclear fallout goes to America and it kind of shields Europe from the dangerous stuff.

thank god...

So don't worry! We'll be fine!



Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:07 | 5053365 freewolf7
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Thanks, zh. If it wasn't for you, I'd still be eating Pacific seafood.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:13 | 5053388 pods
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If dophins were as shitty as people they would be laughing their little asses off.

Karma is a bitch.  Let the Japs eat all their seafood.


Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:31 | 5053461 daemon
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" I'd still be eating Pacific seafood. "

I'm still eating salmon from Alaska (at least, that's what is written on the packages)....

I still have only 2 balls....... for the time being.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:02 | 5053973 Seek_Truth
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Hope you're using a Geiger counter before putting that crap in your body.

Not to mention the mercury.

Canary in a coal mine.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:23 | 5054968 Jack Napier
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As if all the pink slime, wood pulp, and feces in the food that's been served throughout the US for years is any better. Then there's contrails, fluoride in the water... the list goes on. There's no escaping exposure to toxins. If you have a garden none of that matters. Fruits and veggies will always be superior to pharma. Sure the contrails are putting aluminum in the soil and killing the bees, but once Alzheimer's sets in you won't care. For those who don't know, berries and greens can cure cancer. It's not rocket science. _____ in, _____ out.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:09 | 5055285 SilverDOG
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Jack Napier



Greenhouse and water filtration.

Pretend you are in orbit.

Which in reality; we are.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 05:09 | 5072146 Adahy
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You said it.  Don't forget the herbs and nuts too.  Most herbs are ridiculously easy to grow and many will overwinter and even thrive during the cold season in most places.
What isn't mentioned enough is the food quality.  Nothing else comes even close.  With a nice garden, you eat like a king every night for pennies.

How are your gardens doing ZH?
Mine is really making me happy this year.  Bumper year for peppers, squash, toms, pears, and maize in my area.  We start canning jellys and jams this week.
One of the mildest summers we have had in a while thanks to the occasional arctic blast that seems to come along just when it's starting to really heat up.
Winter is going to be a bitch though.
All the more reason to put up another greenhouse.  It's nice always having a project to work on.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:37 | 5055081 daemon
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" Canary in a coal mine. "

I guess I, too, will play that role.


Thanks for the link.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 19:14 | 5056462 Seeing Red
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Seek_Truth -- consider this:

Works great with heavy metals (I had mercury poisoning [from giant amounts of tuni sashimi] and other mishaps), but there is an art to using it correctly.  Take too much and it will start removing good minerals like zinc, copper, and even iron.  I was turned onto the product by a biochemist.  Does NOT remove aluminum, so if you're getting pre-Alzheimer's brain fog, lay off the processed food (their salt has aluminum) and exercise till you're sweaty or use a steam room.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:01 | 5057287 The_Prisoner
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Dandelion root tea is a good chelating agent. The leaves can be eaten as salad too.

Free, grows everywhere and it works. That's why you don't hear about it on the tube. 

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:03 | 5054630 WillyGroper
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my fish monger told me last week they no longer get anything from AK or west coast.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:34 | 5055100 daemon
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" my fish monger told me last week they no longer get anything from AK or west coast. "

In Switzerland, when I buy wild salmon, according to what is written on the package, it comes from AK.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:55 | 5055219 WillyGroper
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When I eat salmon now, there's an atlantic source called duck trap. 

It's some of the best i've had. Can we believe in the labels with so much food fraud?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:14 | 5055308 daemon
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" Can we believe in the labels with so much food fraud? "

Probably not, you are right. I don't even know if it's really "wild salmon" in fact.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:20 | 5055327 SilverDOG
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Sincerely try Scottish Salmon, as it is not grain fed, fish fed, and is far superior to US Atlantic salmon.

I have worked the AK fishing boats and chefs line is 4 star resturants, Scottish takes the cake.

Convinced local sushi resturant to try... they are hooked. 

I am glad they did get hooked, as I do not eat Pacific fish, especially Japanese fish.

No more cohada & friends. :(

Duck Trap is Atlantic salmon and is 25 miles from... right here. 

I will continue to buy Scottish.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:08 | 5053367 outamyeffinway
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Why are world governments tolerating this asinine behavior. Damn Japanese pride! They look like fools.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:12 | 5053380 NoDebt
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Because it can't be fixed.  It can't be contained.  The genie can't be put back in the bottle.

That only leaves one thing to do:  lie.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:13 | 5053397 pods
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How could you misspell the punchline?

The "L" is not even on the same side of the keyboard as "D."


Wed, 08/06/2014 - 19:15 | 5056498 Seeing Red
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Wow -- that is so dark.  I love it.

p.s.  I think I need help.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:22 | 5053428 holgerdanske
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"tens of thousands of tons of toxic water are expected to remain at the site by the imposed deadline."


Na I expect it will be drained into the sea on an ongoing basis. If the Japs would just fuck up Japan, it would be their own affair. But this is polluting the rest of the world. This is incompetence of the highest degree, and it suggests there is no competence to decide upon new nu-clear power stations.

This makes the issue international and the rest of the world should be able to block nuclear development of this nature in Japan.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:22 | 5053715 rubiconsolutions
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"tens of thousands of tons of toxic water are expected to remain at the site by the imposed deadline." 

Dasani's new business opportunity....."H2Glow"

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:20 | 5054063 COSMOS
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Back in Chernobyl when they found the molten slag of the reactor core, they discovered that after a few years it started to deteriorate and break down to a fine dust of plutonium and other crap, now imagine these mofos washing this stuff into the ocean and our food supply.

I dont care how big the Pacific Ocean is, it still is a finite body of water, and four reactors worth of plutonium and uranium just might be the end of the world's oceans as we know it.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:05 | 5054641 WillyGroper
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check out how they used boron.

3 mg a day keeps the dr. away.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:34 | 5054498 PTR
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Holy-crap!  For-real Nuka-Cola!

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:44 | 5053533 Metal Minded
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"Why are world governments tolerating this asinine behavior(?)" -

Because they do what they are told by their corporate overlords(Wall St/ Fortune 500).

Fukushima is particularly bad press for GE.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:15 | 5054984 TeMpTeK
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Pssst.... Dont eat the Fukisushi rolls...

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:06 | 5053360 spanish inquisition
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Boehner's too busy with the lawsuit.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:34 | 5053798 Canadian Dirtlump
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I recall people tripping over themselves saying how "this is no chernobyl."


They were right - because long term it will be far worse. Between the Japanese government and their pathological insecurity, and the international community looking at their shoes - long term we will have Japan as a wasteland and much of the world enjoying radioactive seafood ( if we're lucky ).

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:58 | 5053330 Mister Ponzi
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Is this really the whole truth?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:00 | 5053334 JamesBond
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So help me Budda

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:27 | 5053451 813kml
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Confucius say no.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:03 | 5053351 Took Red Pill
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Good question, since we haven't had the truth so far

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:16 | 5053404 Son of Loki
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So, it wasn't just "a tiny leak" like the Japanese PM told his people?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 08:58 | 5053331 Truthseeker2
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:00 | 5053339 world_debt_slave
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ebola, war, radiation, drought, what's next?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:10 | 5053363 medium giraffe
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hordes of wild-eyed rapture-tards

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:51 | 5053580 Keyser
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But I made $9500 last month by pimping my GF down on the corner... Life ain't that bad...

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:23 | 5054098 COSMOS
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Let's see after ebola and the drought it would be something much worse, more of Nuland's cookies, Nuland is set to make a re-appearance in Eastern Europe with more cookies.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:32 | 5054487 hidingfromhelis
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More propaganda, more suspension of civil liberties, more militarization internationally and domestically, more cronyism, more inflation...wait, what was the question?

Hell, it doesn't matter.  The above covers most questions these days.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:07 | 5053366 NoDebt
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Well I DID put up the locust netting around my house last week, so.....

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:15 | 5053402 813kml
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Do the Seven Seals still apply if their flippers are fused together?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:43 | 5054542 General Decline
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With enough genetic mutation, can we call it the 7 mermaids?

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:45 | 5054547 General Decline
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Actually, upon re-reading that - it wasn't funny or clever at all.  just down arrowed myself.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:22 | 5053432 holgerdanske
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The last World War.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:52 | 5053586 Keyser
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Only if nukes are involved, which by the assertion of some, no longer work... 

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