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Japan Set To Release 1.2 Million Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Ocean, Causing “Immeasurable Damage”


Just in case a global viral pandemic, whose sources are still unclear and apparently now include human feces, wasn’t enough, the global outrage meter is about to go “up to eleven” with Japan now set to flood the world’s oceans with radioactive water.

In a move that will surely prompt a furious response from Greta Thunberg’s ghost writers (unless of course it doesn’t fit a very narrow agenda), a panel of experts advising Japan’s government on a disposal method for the millions of tons of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant on Friday recommended releasing it into the ocean. And, as Reuters notes, based on past practice it is likely the government will accept the recommendation.

Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, has collected nearly 1.2 million tonnes of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting since the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The water is stored in huge tanks that crowd the site.

Tepco expects the wastewater storage tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to run out of capacity around 2022

The panel under the industry ministry came to the conclusion after narrowing the choice to either releasing the contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean or letting it evaporate – and opted for the former, even though it means that Japan’s neihgbors will now have to suffer the consequences of the biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Previously the committee had ruled out other possibilities, such as underground storage, that lack track records of success. At the meeting, members stressed the importance of selecting proven methods and said “the government should make clear that releasing the water would have a significant social impact.”

Japan’s neighbor, South Korea, has for much of the past decade retained a ban on imports of seafood from Japan’s Fukushima region imposed after the nuclear disaster and summoned a senior Japanese embassy official last year to explain how the Fukushima water would be dealt with. They will soon have a very unsatisfactory answer.

The build-up of contaminated water at Fukushima has been a major sticking point in the clean-up, which is likely to last decades, especially as the Olympics are due to be held in Tokyo this summer with some events less than 60 km from the wrecked plant and the Fukushima seclusion zone which will remain uninhabitable for centuries. According to Reuters, athletes are planning to bring their own radiation detectors and food to the Games.

In 2018, the plant operator, TEPCO, apologized after admitting it lied about the cleanup efforts and that its filtration systems had not removed all dangerous material from the water – and the site was running out of room for storage tanks. Among the ludicrous proposals concocted to contain the radioactive water was an idea straight out of Game of Thrones – an underground ice wall. It did not work.

As a result, having given up on any containment approaches, Tokyo will now literally flood the world with radioactive water. Perhaps in an attempt to mitigate the angry outcry from a world that is suddenly obsessed with a clean environment, Japan said it plans to remove all radioactive particles from the water except tritium, an isotope of hydrogen that cannot be effectively removed with current technology. While it is unclear just how Japan plans on “filtering” out radiation, we with them the best of luck with that particular PR campaign.

Radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture. Picture taken January 15, 2020/Reuters

“Compared to evaporation, ocean release can be done more securely,” the committee said, pointing to common practice around the world where normally operating nuclear stations release water that contains tritium into the sea.

Needless to say, even the locals disagree: releasing treated water into the ocean would do “immeasurable damage” to a fishing sector that has tried hard to get back to work, an industry source in the Fukushima Prefecture city of Iwaki said. The evaporation proposal has fueled similar worries in farming and ranching circles, according to a source in the rice-growing business.

“The central government should understand the situation on the ground” and thoroughly consider its response, the source said. Even so, it appears that despite “considereding the situation on the ground”, the government is still set to go ahead with the discharge anyway.

Why? The reason may also be the simplest one – money. According to the Nikkei, discharging the water into the Pacific is generally seen by experts as the most logical option. Evaporation was successfully used for cleanup after the 1979 Three Mile Island disaster in the U.S. But releasing water into the sea would cost less and, by ministry estimates, cut radiation exposure by more than half compared with evaporation. Of course, this is the same ministry which for months lied about the full extent of the fallout caused by the Fukushima disaster. Surely this time they are telling the truth.

The recommendation needs to be confirmed by the head of the panel, Nagoya University Professor Emeritus Ichiro Yamamoto, and submitted to the government at a later date, which has not been set, but a hard deadline looms as the government is running out of time to make a decision. The roughly 1,000 tanks on the Fukushima Daiichi site held 1.18 million tons of water as of Dec. 12, not far from the total capacity of 1.37 million. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings expects to run out of space around 2022.

Even before then, the most important task in decommissioning the plant – removing spent nuclear fuel – is set to begin in 2021 at reactor No. 2. The tanks take up space that will be needed for this work.

67 Comments on "Japan Set To Release 1.2 Million Tons Of Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Ocean, Causing “Immeasurable Damage”"

  1. makati1 on Mon, 3rd Feb 2020 10:09 pm 

    I say again…Tiny Davy, you cannot read an article about your hypocritical, lying country can you? The truth would shatter your delusions. Aww!

  2. Anonymouse on Mon, 3rd Feb 2020 11:06 pm 

    Of course ZOGgie does not use Global Research dumbass. He prefers his jews, I mean, ‘news’ sources on an entirely different plane of (un)reality. He prefers to quote almost exclusively from the only news source that matters. Get ready for it dipshit…

    The Daily Mail.

    Of course, its the goto news source for idiots everywhere, so why not?

    A british trash tabloid that caters to the lowest common denominator, and that is being generous. A rag that pays photographers to stalk pregnant women and is probably 75% celebrity gossip and horoscopes by weight. You;re right again davytard, Global Research has nothing on those guys. Not hard to see why ‘cloggo’ (stupid name for an idiot like him, btw, but look where that came from), constantly quotes from it.


  3. DerHundistLos on Mon, 3rd Feb 2020 11:43 pm 

    “Read this Zero Hedge whiners. There are many here on PO dot com that can’t stand their binary agenda trashed. makati, annoymouse, juanPee, Outcast, der hund, cloggo, all the extremist liberals. LOL”

    When I entered binary agenda into the search browser, the single usage of this term is in reference to a transgendered person (trans person or other non-binary person).

    You claim I am unable to understand the complexity of the human condition beyond heterosexual/homosexual. Conversely, your sexual sophistication allows you to accept heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual, and transsexual.

    That’s really lovely, Davy. Time for a visit to your local mental health facility.

  4. world supremacist muzzies bag day feb1st 2021 on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 12:43 am 

    congratuatlins on second gay president (remember sinclair?) he’s a butt lovr and a muzzie lover.
    his experience in the navy burying dead muzzies according to muzzie custom but it’s not a muzzie

    head spun

    this is the president we need to make our navy grater again. we need a navy that’s capalbe to cary out function to burry dead muzzie according to muzzie custom but it’s not a muzzie. right now we give muzzie carcass to phils navy then dutch navy bury it.

    only 364 days to supremacist muzzies bag day

    only 45 days to world grater nedertardland day

  5. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 3:40 am 

    Boris Johnson, the Turk from Kalfat, Anatolia, who dyes his no doubt black hair to fool the Brexit rubes, like joe esquire:

  6. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 4:27 am 

    “The Impact Would Be Big” – Fears Rise Over iPhone Output As China Shutdown Continues” zero hedge

    “A source told Reuters with direct knowledge of the matter that Foxconn, which makes Apple smartphones, has halted “almost all” of its production in China until Feb. 10. The source added that delays after Feb. 10 could dramatically impact Apple’s iPhone shipments abroad…Bloomberg macro strategist Mark Cudmore suggested last week that the outbreak in China could be a ‘black swan’ event exposing the fragilities, and vulnerability, of financial markets that long ago de-tethered from any fundamental underpinning.”

  7. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 4:27 am 

    “China To Lower 2020 Economic Growth Expectations On Coronavirus Outbreak” zero hedge

    “We noted even before the virus outbreak, that China’s credit growth rapidly decelerated to the weakest pace since at least 2017, as a continued collapse in shadow banking, weak corporate demand for credit and seasonal effects all signaled that a massive rebound in China’s economy was unlikely in 1Q20. Bloomberg Economics said China’s 1Q20 GDP figures could print around 4.5% Y/Y: “That’s a drop from 6% in the final period of 2019 and the lowest since quarterly data that begins in 1992. Most of China’s provinces said before the virus became widespread, they’re expecting slower economic growth in 2020, with at least 22 out of 31 major cities, provinces and autonomous regions cutting their targets as of January 21, according to their work reports which layout plans for this year.” The coronavirus shock from China has already sent commodities tumbling; for instance, copper futures are on the longest losing streak since 1986. Dr. Copper suggests China’s economy is headed for a hard landing, along with continued deceleration across the world. What does this all mean? Well, China was responsible for more than 60% of all new credit created globally in the past decade. With a slowdown in the country gaining momentum, creeping economic paralysis unleashed by the coronavirus epidemic, hopes for a rebound in the second-largest economy to rescue the global economy have faded. This could only suggest the world is headed for below-trend growth.”

  8. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 4:28 am 

    “In Latest Sign Of Imminent Market Collapse, Investors Dump Everything ‘China” zero hedge

    “the coronavirus outbreak in the country led to the creeping economic paralysis that risks a hard landing. At least two-thirds of China’s economy has ground to a halt, many firms have already shuttered manufacturing plants and closed retail stores across the country. And what does this all mean? Investors are now de-risking their portfolios of US-listed firms with the most significant revenue exposure to China. The reason: these companies will likely see depressed business activity in 1Q and lead to terrible earnings ahead. A plunge in the CEI has usually been seen as a leading indicator, suggesting that a much broader stock market correction could be around the corner.”

  9. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 4:30 am 

    This will be a test for value chains of all kinds that rely on just-in-time production combined with multiple delocalized sourcing characterizing globalism. How bad will disruptions affect liquidity of capital and knowledge. A high value engineer that can’t travel will lower knowledge transfer. Fearful investors will not finance projects. These things could cascade. We don’t yet know how because previous examples are much smaller events. In retrospect we have the UK fuel strike, Thailand floods, and Japan’s Tsunami that are examples of systematic disruption to value chains.

  10. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 4:31 am 

    “Krieger: “The Bannings Will Continue Until Thought-Crimes Are Extinguished” liberty blitzkrieg

    “At that point, a certain segment of the population went completely mental and started demanding social media companies fight and censor “fake news.” This anti-liberal perspective, largely promoted by self-proclaimed liberals, deeply affected how social media executives think about and treat platform content in the subsequent years. The result has been that Twitter and other tech giants have effectively created a caste system on their platforms. Though they won’t explicitly admit it, the executives at these companies now seem to believe certain people and organizations should be given priority to shape the national narrative, while others should be diminished. While they tolerate the latter group until they become too influential and disruptive, the former class exists at a level entirely above Twitter’s terms of service. Certain people and organizations are permitted to do whatever they like on the platform, while others are subject to increasingly arbitrary and subjective bans. It’s rapidly becoming an intentionally rigged system designed to reallocate narrative control in a certain direction. Ask yourself, do you think there’s anything CNN could do to get banned from Twitter for life? I don’t. I genuinely think the news organization CNN can do absolutely anything it wants on or off Twitter and never be considered for a lifetime ban. Why? It’s a protected organization. CNN is above the Twitter law, and as such exists at the very top of the social media caste system. It’s not just CNN of course, there are many individuals and organizations simply not subject to Twitter’s terms of service in the way you or I are.”

  11. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 4:39 am 

    “Tehran’s Chinese Dream Can’t Replace Its Nightmare” gate stone institute

    “Could General Qassem Soleimani’s dramatic demise provide the shock therapy to persuade those who wield real power in Tehran to admit the failure of a strategy that has led Iran into an impasse? This was the question discussed in a zoom conference with a number of academics from one of Iran’s leading universities. The fact itself that the issue could be debated must be regarded as significant. It indicates the readiness of more and more Iranians to defy the rules of silence imposed by the regime and raise taboo issues more or less openly. In the course of the discussion one participant drew a parallel between Soleimani’s death and that of Marshal Lin Biao, the Chinese Communist defense minister whose demise in an air crash in 1971 opened the way for a radical change of course by Maoist China…even Soleimani’s most ardent admirers are unable to name a single battle which he fought, let alone won. Even now his adulators only claim political successes for him, including his supposed success in preventing the fall of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and seizing control of the Lebanese state apparatus through surrogates. Nevertheless, Soleimani’s demise does provide an opportunity for a serious review of Khamenei’s policy of “exporting revolution” which has cost Iran astronomical sums and countless lives with not a single country adopting the Khomeinist ideology and system of government.”

  12. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 5:01 am 

    “End of Globalism” latest:

    When people in the West avoid sitting next to a Chinese in the bus or train or plane (hint, not it is not “racism”):

    “Cruise ship with 3,711 people on board is quarantined in Japan over coronavirus fears after former passenger is diagnosed with the illness in Hong Kong”

    “An Outbreak of Racist Sentiment as Coronavirus Reaches Australia”

    It doesn’t take much for the NYT to launch their favorite “racism!” missile, but Australia is different. There is an anti-Chinese sentiment brewing, because on the geopolitical plane, the Chinese are the #1 threat.

    “Our fear of China is not loathing”

    Regarding Corona… currently China is too busy with containing the grave crisis, but when it is all over, the evaluation of why this happened will be put on the agenda. Expect some surprises. If China would begin to openly accuse the CIA-MI6 of a black-op (regardless if it is true or not), it would be an unmistakable sign that China will finally make The Move. That moment will coincide with Spain taking back Gibraltar.

  13. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 5:24 am 

    “Regarding Corona… currently China is too busy with containing the grave crisis, but when it is all over, the evaluation of why this happened will be put on the agenda. Expect some surprises. If China would begin to openly accuse the CIA-MI6 of a black-op (regardless if it is true or not), it would be an unmistakable sign that China will finally make The Move. That moment will coincide with Spain taking back Gibraltar.”

    China is imploading on its own but the cloggo can’t fathom that because the cloggo needs WWIII in the pacific to destroy the US as a major part of his fantasy puzzle. He then somehow thinks the PBM and a grand Napoleonic eurotard army will materialize and sweep the earth. He is puzzled alright. The cloggo and the makato are gut shot on just how different current events are unfolding.

  14. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 5:27 am 

    cloggo, tell us all about BRI and the Eurasian Phoenix now. LMFAO. What at dupe. Who knows how this will unfold down the road but all the happy Eurasian hype it is not.

  15. Davy on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 5:36 am 

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day. LOL. Remember the cloggo’s iron curtain and fighting in the English Channel. Yeap, cloggo was talking about war and such. LMFAO

    “Brexit: Predictions Of Economic Doom Show Why People Ignore “Experts” mises

    “Now that the British exit from the European Union is a legal reality, the economic situation in the UK has been surprisingly sedate. This will be a surprise for those who believed the assurances of media pundits and economic experts that the UK’s economy would become every more crippled as Brexit edged closer…Predictions of Doom It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Opponents of a British exit—and the economists they employed—insisted that not only would the eventual withdrawal be disastrous for the UK economy, but that even the market uncertainty associated with an eventual withdrawal would cripple the British economy.”

  16. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 6:06 am 

    “Now that the British exit from the European Union is a legal reality, the economic situation in the UK has been surprisingly sedate.”

    That is because Britain is de facto still part of the EU, even if they formally have withdrawn. The trade is still BAU. If a no deal Brexit emerges, and there is a real good chance there will be, the picture will change dramatically.

    But what does Mises know. They probably can’t find Europe on a map either.

  17. joe on Tue, 4th Feb 2020 8:52 am 

    Well since the EU insists that the uk is in full regulation alignment with the EUSSR ie food and safety and legal etc and the uk insists that this is optional not prerequisite as in ‘we will align where it suits us’ then it’s simply a matter of whether or the EUSSR will budge on its idealism since the UK is clearly the pragmatic one. My guess is that the EUSSR wont budge because politically it cannot afford to. Therefore expect a higher chance of a shallow, very basic deal with commitments from both sides to continue talks into the future. I call it ‘extension in all but name.’ It also implies that a comprehensive free trade deal wont be done.

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