Prime Minister of Japan was talking about his own "0.3 square kilometer" of the harbor where the "effect" of contaminated water is supposedly completely contained, according to none other than himself. (Even TEPCO was baffled at his comment.)
That's what the national government "at the forefront" is, in reality.
From Kyodo News (9/20/2013):
So he didn't know the extent of the effect of contaminated water? "Where is the 0.3 square meter?" asks PM
It was revealed on September 20 that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had asked "(Where) is the 0.3 (square kilometer)?" to the TEPCO management at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on September 19, as they explained to the prime minister how the effect of radioactive materials on the marine environment is contained.
At the General Meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which voted for Tokyo, Prime Minister Abe explained "The effect of contaminated water is completely blocked within the 0.3 square meters of the plant harbor." He may have been saying it without knowing the actual extent [of the effect of contaminated water].
Prime Minister Abe was briefed by TEPCO's Plant Manager Akira Ono on the countermeasures to prevent radioactive materials from leaking into the ocean and spreading in the ocean, when he asked "Where is 0.3?"
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Just as Expected, "National Government at the Forefront" of #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Problems Is All Talk, Little Money, Relies Entirely on TEPCO
To win 2020 Olympic for Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared to the world that his government will be "at the forefront" to deal with problems at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Reading the article by Nikkei Shinbun about his most recent visit to the plant and comments from his ministers, it sure looks all talk, nothing but talk.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Weekend Fun and Farce -2: Minister of Economy Says "More Space for Tanks if Reactors 5 and 6 Are Decommissioned" at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant[…]
汚染水処理については「５、６号機の廃炉で出来る空きスペースに、汚染水のタンク増設を行うことができる」と語った。２０１４年度内に貯蔵タンク内の汚染水を浄化することに改めて意欲を示し、「前倒しできることは、全て前倒しする」と強調した。"Happy", one of several workers who have been tweeting from the plant since the beginning of the accident, gently reminds his followers that:
As to the contaminated water treatment, he said, "In the empty space created by decommissioning Reactors 5 and 6, we can build additional tanks to store contaminated water." He expressed his desire again to have all contaminated water stored in the tanks treated by the end of fiscal 2014, and emphasized he would "do anything ahead of schedule that can be done ahead of schedule".
- Spent fuel assemblies in the Spent Fuel Pools of Reactors 5
and 6 should be removed first, and that won't happen until July 2014
at the earliest (tweet);
- After spent fuel assemblies are removed, dismantling will
start with equipments and pipes with low contamination. It will
be at least 10 years before we start dismantling the reactors
- In dismantling a reactor, pipes and equipments in the primary
line will be chemically cleaned and decontaminated, but dismantling
doesn't happen at least until 5 years pass. (tweet)
- It's because Cobalt-60, major source of radiation for
pipes and equipment, has the half life of about 5 years. (tweet)
- Even the decommissioning of small-scale or experimental
reactors like the one in Tokai-mura is problematic, with unforeseen
I do feel sorry for TEPCO managers who have to kowtow to politicians like Motegi.