Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Fukushima Video From Sep 2011 Worth Reviewing

This video was posted Sep 3, 2011. It is worth reviewing. The editor's comments points out anomalies:

Readers Duped on Tokyo Real Estate?

On Wed Sep 26 The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled: "Foreign Investors Take New Look at Tokyo" on page C10 by K. Narioka

The opening paragraph reads: "Hungry for yield and a haven from Europe's woes, foreign investors are returning to an asset they once shunned: Tokyo property. Investors from Singapore state-investment firm Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd to Goldman Sachs Group Inco are hoping Tokyo office rents, which have fallen for four years on the back of the global financial crisis, will rise as as vacancy levels drop"

Majia here: Notice that the article does NOT state that Temasek and Goldman are actually investing in these office spaces.

Instead, what the article provides as evidence for its claim about "returning to" is an assertion by Ian Hally Chief Executive of Asia Pacific real estate that "We are positive about the Tokyo market."

Majia here: No doubt Asia Pacific is positive because with their Tokyo based partner they already are invested in Tokyo real-estate, which they no doubt fear will drop precipitously with increasing levels of contamination from Fukushima (exacerbating Japan's existing economic woes).

In fact, the article provides NO evidence that large institutional investors are actually now investing in Tokyo beyond the one example: Aviva Investors partnership with Tokyo-based real-estate investor Secured Capital Investment Management Co..

The article does tell readers that the office vacancy rate in Tokyo was 9.2% in August, compared to 2.5% in Nov 2007.

It also tells us that Morgan Stanley "one of the most aggressive buyers of real estate in Japan in the last decade, has been selling some buildings. A person familiar with Morgan Stanley's investments said the bank has cut back in Japan."

The next line in the article asserts that foreign investors "are back." However, again, the only specific example of investors back investing in Tokyo is the single Aviva partnership with Tokyo-based Secured Capital Investment Management.

Careful reading of the text of this article provides no compelling evidence that "foreign investors take new look at Tokyo," as bellowed by the headline.

So, the careful reader will induce that this seemingly neutral article is, in fact, an ADVERTISEMENT promoting investment in Tokyo real-estate.

Now let us consider some headlines drawn from Enenews about rising radiation levels in Tokyo:

Japan Scientists: Radiation dose has been “significantly increased” around Tokyo metropolitan area after Fukushima 

Japanese Veterinary Physician: Rate of deformed babies in Tokyo area will skyrocket from Fukushima 

Mystery yellow substance on rooftop near Tokyo has cesium at 177,000 Bq/kg (VIDEO)

Japanese Researcher: They remind me of Godzilla (PHOTO) — 95% of worms die, survivors grow 10 times average size when raised on Tokyo soil contaminated with Fukushima radioactive material

Japan Newspaper: Tokyo area turned out to be as contaminated as Fukushima -Kyoto Professor

Majia here: Not too long ago Arnie Gunderson described some of his soil samples taken from public places in Tokyo, including parks, as "radioactive waste."
I am very saddened for the people of Tokyo and Japan more generally.
However, those who seek to hide this tragedy so that they can regroup losses on Tokyo real estate are the worst kind of sociopaths and the Wall Street Journal has revealed its complicity in propagandistic efforts to deny the scale and significance of the Fukushima disaster.


Saturday, September 29, 2012

How Much Fukushima Fuel is IN the Ocean?

Majia here: I am quite concerned about a recent comment made by the founder of Japan's Skilled Veterans Corps, a group of retired skilled professionals who are committed to stabilizing the Fukushima plant. This inspired group of volunteers has been denied access to the Fukushima plant by Tepco.

The founder of the Skilled Veterans Corps recently remarked that the fuel from Fukushima reactors may be in powder form, as reported by Enenews:

“I Don’t Know What Would Happen”: Fuel from Fukushima reactors may be powder — If so, work almost impossible (AUDIO)
Mr. Yastel Yamada, a retired engineer and founder of the Fukushima Skilled Veterans Corps
Uploaded by: OccupyUkiah
Filmed: July 30, 2012
Uploaded on: Sept. 27, 2012

Majia here: Perhaps the powdered core is a component in the highly radioactive black soil being detected around Japan.

Furthermore, if it is powder, then it is already in the ocean spreading and entering the water cycle.

Tepco has been spraying hundreds of tons of water on the reactors each day. This water is accumulating in trenches around the plant and, no doubt, is ending up in the ocean.

I was writing up my chapter on Fukushima and the ocean today and reviewed older news articles.

Tepco is struggling to store contaminated water at the site. Tepco stated that it had been spraying about 70 tons of water that had been stored around the Daiichi compound a day since early October and that water in some trenches measured at 10,000 millisieverts an hour, which is 10 sieverts an hour, a fatal dose.

Robert Mackey and Ravi Somaiya (November 1, 2011) 14 Japanese Official Drinks Water From Fukushima Reactor Buildings. The New York Times By ROBERT MACKEY and RAVI SOMAIYA

Majia Here: This morning Enenews has a report detailing cesium detections from Fukushima on the ocean floor 2000 kilometers from the plant:

“Like Green Starlight”: Radioactive ‘marine snow’ covered seafloor 2,000 kilometers from Fukushima by July 2011 (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Majia here: I have reported that radiation in the ocean doesn't necessarily stay in the ocean. Radioactive isotopes can enter the water cycle from the ocean and then be rained upon land.

The assertion that some of the corium could be in powdered form takes on heightened significance when one considers its ease of transport (via both water and air).

I would like to note also that the recent claim by Tepco that there is no fuel left in building 4 to burn implies that the remnants of the spent fuel are probably now primarily in the ocean.

Please see the "before" (may 2011) and "after" images of building #4 I posted on my blog yesterday in relation to this assertion

Fukushima is truly a nightmare beyond our wildest dreams.

Radiation in US Going Up?

NukePro (who is anti-nuke)  notes

Radiation going up slowly and quickly across the US 


Friday, September 28, 2012

Yes, Its True, We've Fallen Down the Rabbit Hole and the World is Insane

The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction: “Owning the Weather” for Military Use


Sometimes It's Helpful To Go Back and Read What the Experts Were Saying About Fukushima Over 1 Year Ago

JUNE 10, 2011 Democracy Now Interview: Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks

ROBERT ALVAREZ: Well, I think it means that the accident was much more prompt and severe, and its radiological consequences are going to be — unfold in a more serious way. As you mentioned earlier, the contamination of land nearby, or not so nearby, is proving to be quite extensive. The reports that I’ve seen suggest that land contamination, in terms of areas that are technically uninhabitable because of cesium-137 contamination, is roughly 600 square kilometers, or about 17 times the size of Manhattan Island....

And if you watched the accident unfold at the Daiichi station, the explosions basically showed you that the spent fuel pools were exposed to the open sky. We, in the United States, are currently storing on the order of three to four, five times more radioactivity in our pools than in Japan, and that the amount of radioactivity that we are storing in unsafe, vulnerable pools constitutes the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet....

.... — the Soviet Union and Russia basically have claimed that about 50 million curies of radioactivity were released to the environment — this is roughly comparable to what the Japanese government has currently admitted — and that this site continues to release significant amount of radiation in the atmosphere, nowhere near as large as it did during the first week or two, but it’s still quite significant.... 

[read the entire interview]


Unit 4: Is There Intact Fuel Left Unburned?

Majia here: When I listened to Arnie Gundersen's recent interview and heard him make the following remark I wondered whether there was any truth in Tepco's assertion that there is nothing left to burn in fuel pool #4.  Here is the Enenews headline:

Enenews 9/27/2012: Gundersen v. Tepco: Watch audience uproar after official says “there’s nothing in the fuel pool to burn” (VIDEO)

I had suspected that this might be the case because we saw so much smoke coming from the general area of units 3 and 4 in the winter of 2011-2012. We saw few recent images of unit 4 until the late spring of 2012.

The images of unit 4 in the late spring of 2012 looked considerably different than earlier images of this building.

Below see an image of unit 4 from the spring of 2012. Below that find an image of unit 4 approximately 1 year earlier: