March 31, 2016

The long-awaited F. Daiichi “ice wall” is finally approved. On Wednesday, the Nuclear Regulation Authority gave Tepco the go-ahead to activate the soil freezing project. The process will be completed in stages, with the nearly 700 meter-long sea-side barrier frozen...

March 28, 2016

Another evacuee housing complex in Minamisoma is finished. The Odaka District site contains fourteen one-story houses with two bedrooms each, and six two-story homes with three bedrooms. Seventeen families have decided to move in once the evacuation order is lifted,...

March 24, 2016

Muon detection to be used in unit #2 later this month. Tepco says the detection system worked well in unit #1, showing no fuel debris larger than one meter remains in the core barrel. The system will be at ground level on the west side of unit #2 reactor building to...

March 21, 2016

All seafood caught within 20 km of F. Daiichi is below cesium limits. Tepco has been running tests on the near-station sea life every three months for more than two years. Of the 263 specimens from the 39 species tested between October and December of last year, none...

March 17, 2016

Before getting to the Fukushima News, I want to share a blog article posted by colleague Rod Adams on the 5th anniversary of the accident. He asks “Why haven’t world leaders learned the most useful lessons about Fukushima?” Among his points are the needless evacuation...

March 14, 2016

A Fukushima researcher says Fukushima’s web-image is unrealistic. Dr. Sae Ochi, Director of Internal Medicine at Fukushima’s Soma Hospital, says, “I often log on to my personal computer in a joyful mood, but then get appalled at what I find there: a dark image of...

March 10, 2016

Please excuse the lateness of this posting. The Japanese Press has obsessed on yesterday’s Court Injunction which stopped operation of Takahama units #3&4. It has not only the lead story with most major outlets, and the number of side-bar articles is huge, so...

March 10, 2016

Please excuse the lateness of this posting. The Japanese Press has obsessed on yesterday’s Court Injunction which stopped operation of Takahama units #3&4. It has not only the lead story with most major outlets, and the number of side-bar articles is huge, so...

March 7, 2016

Rural decontamination is complete in more than half of the evacuation zone. Fukushima Prefecture has completed decontamination in six of the 11 municipalities inside the Tokyo-mandated exclusion zone. In addition, it has been finished in 11 of the 36 communities...

March 3, 2016

Washington Post says we can rest easy about Pacific seafood. The Post article summarizes a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in late January. Lead author of the PNAS report, Hiroshi Okamura, said Fukushima-contaminated foods get...