The Political Background to The Fukushima Disaster

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe
“Mister President, distinguished members of the IOC. It would be a tremendous honour for us to host the Games in 2020 in Tokyo – one of the safest cities in the world, now… and in 2020. Some may have concerns about Fukushima. Let me assure you, the situation is under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.”
https://youtu.be/frLZeeU9760?t=32m44s
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Presentation by Tokyo, Japan / Olympics
45-minute presentation followed by Q&A. 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires — Saturday 7 September.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frLZeeU9760
Presentation by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Saturday, September 7, 2013
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/96_abe/statement/201309/07ioc_presentation_e.html
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Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
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From Hiroshima to Fukushima:
The political background to the nuclear disaster in Japan
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2011/06/fuku-j23.html
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2011/06/fuku-j24.html
Hidekatsu Yoshii, a nuclear physicist and lower house deputy, challenged the chairman of the Nuclear Safety Committee during a parliamentary debate in October 2006, as follows: “There is a risk of meltdown due to failure of the cooling systems in 43 nuclear power plants (including Fukushima I), because they are so designed that power transmission lines would be damaged by earthquakes, thereby causing a complete power failure; or the supply of cooling water would be disrupted in the event of large tsunami waves”. In December of the same year, Yoshii again urged the cabinet in writing to take measures to protect the population against nuclear hazards caused by major earthquakes affecting the operation of nuclear power plants. The prime minister at the time, Shinzo Abe (LDP), rejected the request on the grounds that a failure of emergency diesel generators or a failure of the cooling systems of reactors had never occurred in Japan.
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toxic nuclear barrel
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Parliamentary Debate in 2006, Hidekatsu Yoshii, Shinzo Abe
第165回国会256 巨大地震の発生に伴う安全機能の喪失など原発の危険から国民の安全を守ることに関する質問主意書 質問答弁
http://www.shugiin.go.jp/internet/itdb_shitsumon.nsf/html/shitsumon/165256.htm
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This is the radioactive sludge and toxic water.
Inside Fukushima Reactor 2 Melted Core
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAfqo0Ophjo
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Inside Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 2 Containment Vessel – Longer Version (1/4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR–2dASoJA
Inside Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 2 Containment Vessel – Longer Version (2/4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL1Jd-ct1j4
Inside Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 2 Containment Vessel – Longer Version (3/4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8-FxFpA_Nc
Inside Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 2 Containment Vessel – Longer Version (4/4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZizoPtjk12g

TEPCO : News | Photos and Videos Library
http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/news/library/index-e.html

Japan Official: Fuel from Fukushima reactors is “melting down daily” — AP: No way of confirming melted fuel is at bottom of containment vessels — Tepco Adviser: “Schedule for decommissioning the plant is pure supposition” — The Economist: This is ‘Mission Impossible’ (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/japan-official-fuel-fukushima-reactors-melting-down-daily-ap-confirming-melted-fuel-bottom-containment-vessels-tepco-adviser-schedule-decommissioning-plant-pure-supposition
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Nuclear Waste: Drone buzzes Fukushima temporary storage facility / RT

Nuclear Waste: Drone buzzes Fukushima temporary storage facility / RT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCP7PFT9coU

The word “meltdown” was so explosive, that TEPCO, the nuclear industry, and the Japanese government were loath to apply it until it could no longer be ignored.

Nuclear Meltdown: Releasing radiation and containing the truth | Enformable
http://enformable.com/2016/02/nuclear-meltdown-releasing-radiation-and-containing-the-truth/

Returning to Fukushima 5 years after Japan’s worst nuclear disaster with @willripleyCNN

Fukushima: Five years after Japan’s worst nuclear disaster
CNN, Updated 0919 GMT (1719 HKT) March 11, 2016
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/08/asia/fukushima-five-year-anniversary/index.html

Not as bad as Chernobyl? 4 biggest lies about Fukushima disaster
https://www.rt.com/news/335294-4-biggest-lies-fukushima/

‘Shocking how many people died in Fukushima’documentary director to RT
https://www.rt.com/news/335219-deaths-fukushima-nuclear-jousan/

The Robots Sent Into Fukushima Have ‘Died’
Reuters On 3/9/16 at 10:15 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/robots-sent-fukushima-have-died-435332

Fukushima’s ground zero: No place for man or robot
Reuters, Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:38am EST
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-disaster-decommissioning-idUSKCN0WB2X5

GALLERY | Fukushima: five years later

Fukushima: Five Years Later
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/multimedia/Fukushima-Five-Years-Later-20150310-0027.html

Greenpeace report reveals Fukushima disaster will wreak environmental havoc for centuries

Fukushima Disaster Will Wreak Environmental Havoc for Centuries
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Fukushima-Disaster-Will-Wreak-Environmental-Havoc-for-Centuries-20160304-0039.html

Mutations, DNA damage seen in Fukushima forests: Greenpeace
Yahoo News, March 4, 2016 12:00 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/mutations-dna-damage-seen-fukushima-forests-greenpeace-050000001.html

Fukushima 5yrs on: Botched response, radiation danger, murky prospects
https://www.rt.com/news/335199-fukushima-five-years-cleanup/

‘Japan’s existence was at stake’: Fukushima disaster nearly prompted Tokyo evacuation – former PM
https://www.rt.com/news/334682-fukushima-tokyo-nuclear-disaster/

Ex-Japan PM: nuclear power remains unsafe and too costly
Naoto Kan, who presided over country during Fukushima disaster in 2011, cautions over plans to build new UK plants
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/11/japan-naoto-kan-nuclear-power-unsafe-fukushima

‘Hearts are in pieces’ five years after Japan’s tsunami

‘Hearts are in pieces’ five years after tsunami hits Japan
Reuters, Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:12pm GMT
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-japan-disaster-anniversary-idUKKCN0WC2Q6

Japan: Drone captures TONNES of nuclear waste being stored at Fukushima / RT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZI9xrqTByY
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2015/04/16Thursday
Millions of tonnes of radioactive soil and debris, filmed by drone footage, can be seen packed in black bags in a temporary storage site at Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture, Thursday.
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Shinzo Abe’s older brother Hironobu Abe, Mitsubishi
http://www.mcpackaging.co.jp/english/corporate/statement.html
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Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems (MNES) Nuclear Services, Nuclear Reactor Design, Nuclear Technology
https://www.mnes-us.com/

Nuclear Power Generation | Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Global Website
https://www.mhi-global.com/discover/earth/technology/nuclear_energy.html

MHI Receives Order for Two Steam Turbine Generators For Sanmen Nuclear Power Plant in China — Contract Signed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing | Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Global Website
http://www.mhi-global.com/news/story/200709281198.html

MHI Completes Final Shipment of Turbine Rotors for Nuclear Power Plants in China — Installation in Units No.1 & 2 of Sanmen and Haiyang NPPs —
https://www.mhi.co.jp/en/m/news/story/1304251650.html

MHI Receives Order for Control Rod Drive Mechanisms For Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden | Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Global Website
https://www.mhi-global.com/news/sec1/200608211131.html

MHI Receives Full Turnkey Order from CFE, Mexico, | Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Global Website
http://www.mhi-global.com/news/story/1209061571.html

Mitsubishi Heavy Says Edison Claims $7.57 Billion in Damages – Bloomberg Business
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-28/mitsubishi-heavy-says-edison-claims-7-57-billion-in-damages
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