May 6, 2015
The Worsening Situation in Fukushima
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland
Update Note from Murata-san: 04:43 AM EDT, 05/30/2015
Dear Fucetola-san,.Another leakage at F-I was reported today.
.The initial commitments of the Tokyo Olympic Games are less and less kept. There will be no cover at the main stadium. Tokyo alone cannot offer necessary facilities,etc.
.The IOC has not responded to the totally legitimate request of Dr. Caldicot made in January 2014 to reassure the safety by sending neutral scientists. The morality of the IOC is now being questioned.
We are reminded of the article of the “Economist”(28 February,2015),severely criticizing FIFA and IOC.
.The International Community can no longer remain indifferent to what is taking place to the molten fuel rods under the buidings of the Units 1,2,3. The consequences are spreading worldwide,via the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere(the increase of heat attack in California,England,Australia ,Canada,Brazil).
.Recent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are reminding us that the presence of nuclear reactors in Japan results from a huge mistake.
.I will stay in contact..With warm regards,Mitsuhei Murata
Since early April, a soaring level of radiation has been reported in some parts of Fukushima. The weekly magazine “Playboy” (dated May 4, 2015) carried a shocking four-page article with photos and such subtitles as: “Melting out of nuclear fuel”; “Horrors of critical chain reactions at the depths of the earth”; “Steam gushing out of Unit 3”; and “Rising of the temperature of the spent fuel pool water at Unit 2”.
This article alarms us by pointing out that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has detected materials that suggest re-criticality at Fukushima Daiichi. It also tells us that, since the beginning of this year, we notice an increase in the amount of Cesium 134 and tritium that show the recurrence of a nuclear fission reaction.
The article warns us that if critical chain reactions at the depths of the earth happen to the debris of Fukushima Daiichi, the mass of which is extraordinarily voluminous, it will lead to a gigantic nuclear disaster of global scale.
On April 21th?Tepco announced that contaminated rain water had leaked into the sea due to the failure of the pumping system. The president of a subcontracting company contacted me to convey his anger over this incident, stressing the following points:
- The incident is attributed to power failure, but, instead of carrying out verification every three hours as required by the rules, nothing was done for 20 hours. This is totally unpardonable. It was a telephone call he received from a relevant fisherman that helped to discover the incident.
- Tepco lacks qualified staff to work out a solution on the site. So many blunders committed by Tepco followed by repeated apologies justify the joke that Tepco had better produce apologizing robots.
- In the new energy policy recently announced, the cost of nuclear power generation is presented as 10.1 yen/KW, a number universally considered as a huge lie. It mocks the whole population.
- My plea for installing dust sampling gauges to cope with internal radiation problems made immediately after the 3/11 accident remains totally ignored.
Under such circumstances, I have established contact with authorities in Fukushima Prefecture. On April 22nd, they informed me that the instruments for measuring radioactivity (77 in all) were out of order and would be replaced in due course. They told me that they have stopped publishing the radioactivity-related numbers on the homepage of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
On May 6th, I asked them for their comments on the above-mentioned article in “ Playboy”. They do not deny the dangers pointed out by the article, but, unless they take concrete steps like removing the nuclear fuel, they think there will not be any increased dangers under present circumstances.
The foregoing should be regarded as a serious warning against an eventual severe nuclear accident. On individual, regional and national levels, serious efforts are needed to improve the situation.
The Tokyo Olympic Games give the false impression that Fukushima is under control. The fact is, however, that the situation in Fukushima is worsening. Japan is, alas, damaging the global environment with never-ending radioactive contamination.