Monthly Archives: December 2013

Former MSNBC host told not to warn people about Fukushima meltdowns


Special Report: Japan’s homeless recruited for murky Fukushima clean-up



(Reuters) – Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men.
Plight of homeless in Fukushima cleanup (01:43)
He isn’t a social worker. He’s a recruiter. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan’s nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head.
“This is how labor recruiters like me come in every day,” Sasa says, as he strides past men sleeping on cardboard and clutching at their coats against the early winter cold.
It’s also how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage for one of the most undesirable jobs in the industrialized world: working on the $35 billion, taxpayer-funded effort to clean up radioactive fallout across an area of northern Japan larger than Hong Kong.
Almost three years ago, a massive earthquake and tsunami leveled villages across Japan’s northeast coast and set off multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Today, the most ambitious radiation clean-up ever attempted is running behind schedule. The effort is being dogged by both a lack of oversight and a shortage of workers, according to a Reuters analysis of contracts and interviews with dozens of those involved.
In January, October and November, Japanese gangsters were arrested on charges of infiltrating construction giant Obayashi Corp’s network of decontamination subcontractors and illegally sending workers to the government-funded project.
In the October case, homeless men were rounded up at Sendai’s train station by Sasa, then put to work clearing radioactive soil and debris in Fukushima City for less than minimum wage, according to police and accounts of those involved. The men reported up through a chain of three other companies to Obayashi, Japan’s second-largest construction company.
Obayashi, which is one of more than 20 major contractors involved in government-funded radiation removal projects, has not been accused of any wrongdoing. But the spate of arrests has shown that members of Japan’s three largest criminal syndicates – Yamaguchi-gumi, Sumiyoshi-kai and Inagawa-kai – had set up black-market recruiting agencies under Obayashi.

“We are taking it very seriously that these incidents keep happening one after another,” said Junichi Ichikawa, a spokesman for Obayashi. He said the company tightened its scrutiny of its lower-tier subcontractors in order to shut out gangsters, known as the yakuza. “There were elements of what we had been doing that did not go far enough.”
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Possible Re-criticality?
All eyes on the wrong horse?
Yellow smoke (not steam) indicates to him that it is a re-criticality
He is ringing Arnie Gunderson today about it….
Back on air-tommorrow for three hour news broadcast…
Edited for content Interview at link
I don’t like this as I have been posting all week about the new steam at three 😦
Not saying he is either right/ or wrong…..

Brief radiation spike on Kauai


SUBHEAD: We had a brief but significant spike in radiation today that was over 30 times normal background level.

By Juan Wilson on 27 December 2013 for Island Breath – 

Image above: Spiral roller coaster ride at Busch Gardens in Florida, From (

In early November I bought a Radex RD1212 radiation monitor from Amazon. The Radex is Russian made with an English menu. It’s simple ans seems to work fine. One feature of the unit is that it keeps a record of the time and strength of radiation it senses.

I used it daily at first to get an idea of what was normal here on Kauai. The unit measures in micro-sieiverts per hour. That’s a millionths of a sievert. As a reference;

  • A person can safely be exposed to 3,650 micro-sieiverts in a year or .4 micro-sieiverts/hour. 
  • A radiation worker in the US is limited to a dose of 50,000 micro-sieiverts in a year. 
  • A person who absorbs 100,000 micro-sieiverts in a year is considered to have a clear increased cancer risk. 
  • A person absorbing 2,000,000 micro-sieiverts will suffer severe radiation poisoning that could lead to death.

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Gundersen: Nuclear fuel has been moved by groundwater at Fukushima Daiichi –– It’s time to walk away from plant for next 100 years once there’s an underground sarcophagus –– Much more difficult to contain than Chernobyl (VIDEO)

Fukushima Daiichi: Why Is It So Hard To Clean-Up? from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.

So this is the warning of what is to come when they ‘locate’ the cores… you would think they could do this from Space no?

Additionally, TEPCO are now allowing workers to stay in the no go zone, to expedite their work vs travel. They purport that they will only be allowed to stay in areas over night that are less than 20 Sv per year dose (where people are allowed in for a few hours to check their pets and houses)

Sadly, with the Steaming of Unit #3, the fate of the Planet and Pacific still hangs by a thread. They can’t get near it, and we assume that there may be a new meltdown of the spent fuel…

Epidemiologist Dr. Steve Wing discusses the human impacts of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima based on his experience visiting the area.


Epidemiologist Dr. Steve Wing discusses the human impacts of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima based on his experience visiting the area.

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