June 2011

News on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

“Less nukes, more tofu”. From a manifesto in Tokyo.

  • A reconnaissance drone crashed on the roof of the Unit No. 2

    THawk RQ-16 on the roof of the Unit No. 2. June 2011

    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.

  • Revealed: British government’s plan to play down Fukushima
    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.

  • Fukushima gives radiation meters to pregnant women and children
    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.

  • What Happened to Media Coverage of Fukushima?
    Coverage of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has practically fallen off the map.
    Anne Landman, PRWatch, June 23, 2011.

  • Fukushima: It’s much worse than you think
    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.

  • Fukushima City to give children radiation dosimeters
    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.

  • Japanese Nuclear Cleanup Workers Detail Lax Safety Practices at Plant
    “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.

  • Researchers call for nuclear data release
    Trove of data from Fukushima and beyond could improve nuclear monitoring and benefit research.
    Geoff Brumfiel, Nature, June 13, 2011.

  • BEHIND THE MYTH: ‘Nuclear village’ rules itself in TEPCO hierarchy
    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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