As Japan teeters on the brink of nuclear disaster, has it learned any lessons at all?
When the worst earthquake in Japan’s history pulverized its northern coastline in 2011, walls of black saltwater from the deep Pacific surged over four of six nuclear reactors located on the Fukushima coast. Though they were supposedly designed to withstand the worst quake imaginable along the Ring… Continue reading
March 11, 2014, was the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdown disaster.
Here is a graphic showing the original 211 evacuation zone, within 20 km of the plant, and the band between 20 km and 30 km where people were ordered to be “evacuation ready.”
The town of Iitate — a bit more than 30 km northwest of the plant — also had… Continue reading
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What did you take away from the Sochi Olympics? Was it the dazzling, digitized opening ceremony? The fantastic hockey? A heartbreaking ski crash? Whichever moments you choose to remember, hundreds of millions of others – proud of their athletes, proud of their countries – will select their own after yesterday’s closing ceremony. Above all, the Olympic Games… Continue reading
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Since the Fukushima accident, I have presented the opinions of several eminent scientists on the Fukushima disaster and we have received many insightful responses from other experts in many fields. Many thanks to our friends for constantly translating this work into French, Spanish, Japanese, and German – hard work that brought in thousands of new readers. Our joint efforts have gained a… Continue reading
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by Akio Matsumura
“Thirty seconds into what may ultimately be regarded as one of the defining speeches of his career, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slowly raised his hands chest high, then spread them out sideways in a gesture of confidence.
“Let me assure you,” he said, addressing members of the International Olympic Committee on… Continue reading
To follow our recent introduction of Frank von Hippel and Masafumi Takubo’s report on alternatives to Japan’s plan to reprocess at the Rokkasho plant, Finding the Missing Link interviewed Gordon Edwards, PhD, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, discusses the environmental hazards associated with reprocessing programs.
http://youtu.be/uUNtpbRyE8c… Continue reading
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Introduction by Akio Matsumura
I decided to work full time on expanding the conversation on the Fukushima accident and cleanup process because of one reason: nuclear power plant accidents have the ability to alter our land and society for tens of thousands years. We have seen major conflict over the last centuries, but even in the case of World War II, in… Continue reading
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Scott Jones, Ph.D.
There is historical evidence that the Titanic’s orchestra heroically continued to play until the ship made its final plunge to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. There is some temptation to compare that snippet of history to what is playing out in Japan following the decision of the Olympic Committee to award the 2020… Continue reading
A Choice for Japan. Prime Minister Abe and the Pacific Ocean.
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Japan is an island nation, connected to the rest of the world through… Continue reading