News on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
“Less nukes, more tofu”. From a manifesto in Tokyo.
During a reconnaissance flight over the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in June, a T-Hawk drone crashed on the roof of the reactor unit No. 2, apparently without causing damage to the structure of the building.
The drone Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk is a small remote-controlled reconnaissance aircraft of the U.S. military, which since March 2011 has been used to explore the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant buildings from above, providing images and videos of the damages at the plant.
Released emails by “The Guardian” reveal that the British government launched a PR campaign specifically to play down the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The correspondence shows the level of coordination between government departments of businnes and energy, and the nuclear industry (EDF, Areva and Westinghouse) during the crisis. Emails show a particularly concerned about what comparisons to Chernobyl might do to the public image of the nuclear energy industry.
The Guardian, June 30, 2011.
About 300,000 children and pregnant women in Fukushima Prefecture will get dosimeters to monitor their exposure to radiation spewed from the hobbled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Asahi Shimbun, June 26, 2011.
Coverage of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has practically fallen off the map.
Anne Landman, PRWatch, June 23, 2011.
Scientific experts believe that the nuclear disaster in Japan is far worse than the governments to admit publicly.
Dahr Jamail, Al Jazeera, June 16, 2011.
Japan’s Fukushima city is to give radiation dosimeters to 34,000 children to measure their exposure from the tsunami-hit nuclear power plant.
BBC News, June 14, 2011.
“Smart people know about sieverts and becquerels, so they’ve really got this sense of self-preservation, fear, suspicion,” says Mr Sakamoto. “When you think about it, it’s a real plus to be uneducated and ignorant.”
Phred Dvorak, Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2011.
Trove of data from Fukushima and beyond could improve nuclear monitoring and benefit research.
Geoff Brumfiel, Nature, June 13, 2011.
This is the first in a four-part series on the problems, such as the safety myth, inherent in the nation’s nuclear power generation industry.
Atsushi Komori, Asahi Japan Watch, June 7, 2011.
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