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Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami. Fukushima Frozen Wall Up in Smoke. Kimimasa Mayama / AFP / Getty Images More than a half-billion dollars of Japanese taxpayer money has been wasted in the struggle to contain and clean up the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to a government audit.

Fukushima Frozen Wall Up in Smoke

Japan’s Board of Audit reported that TEPCO, the company nominally in charge of the crippled facility, along with other construction and utility giants, had operated an insular and insufficiently transparent process that resulted in a lengthy list of massive expenditures on untested tactics and shoddy equipment. The biggest ticket failure was apparently a $270 million water decontamination system from French nuclear behemoth Areva. Designed to remove radioactive cesium from water gushing from Fukushima Daiichi’s three destroyed reactors, the machine was never fully operational, functioned only three months and processed only 77,000 tons of liquid — in total — a minute fraction of the 300,000 tons of contaminated water flowing from the site (and into the sea) each day.

Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun. Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s “frozen wall of earth” has failed to prevent groundwater from entering the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and the utility needs a new plan to address the problem, experts said.

Panel: TEPCO’s ‘ice wall’ failing at Fukushima nuclear plant:The Asahi Shimbun

An expert panel with the Nuclear Regulation Authority received a report from TEPCO on the current state of the project on Aug. 18. The experts said the ice wall project, almost in its fifth month, has shown little or no success. “The plan to block groundwater with a frozen wall of earth is failing,” said panel member Yoshinori Kitsutaka, a professor of engineering at Tokyo Metropolitan University. “They need to come up with another solution, even if they keep going forward with the plan.”

Fukushima: Scary Mutant Fruits & Vegetables. Posted Categories: Food Unusual and even frightening mutations of flowers and vegetables appeared in the area of the damaged Japanese nuclear power plant “Fukushima”.

Fukushima: Scary Mutant Fruits & Vegetables

Five years after the catastrophic accident, the things in Japan are not well. A brave photographer has shown that there are some unusual and frightening mutations in their nature. Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific. The Ikata Nuclear Power Plant, which was idled after the 2011 disaster in Fukushima, in the Ehime prefecture of Japan, January 23, 2014.

Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Leaking Into the Pacific

(Photo: Ko Sasaki / The New York Times) Truthout will never hide stories like this behind a paywall or subscription fee. Help us continue publishing free and uncensored news by making a donation today! "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Truthout shortly after a 9.0 earthquake in Japan caused a tsunami that destroyed the cooling system of Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan.

While this statement might sound overdramatic, Gundersen may be right. Fukushima’s Children are Dying. Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.

Fukushima’s Children are Dying

More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is accelerating. More than 120 childhood cancers have been indicated where just three would be expected, says Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project. The nuclear industry and its apologists continue to deny this public health tragedy. Some have actually asserted that “not one person” has been affected by Fukushima’s massive radiation releases, which for some isotopes exceed Hiroshima by a factor of nearly 30. The numbers have been analyzed by Mangano. The Fukushima children who have to play indoors – in pictures.

Daily News. Atomreaktor Fukushima: Wandert verseuchtes Wasser in Richtung Pazifik? 24.08.2013, 21:10 Uhr | t-online, AP/dpa Die Spezialisten am AKW Fukushima wirken nach dem Super-GAU weiterhin ratlos.

Atomreaktor Fukushima: Wandert verseuchtes Wasser in Richtung Pazifik?

(Quelle: dpa) 2 Klicks für mehr Datenschutz: Erst wenn Sie hier klicken, wird der Button aktiv und Sie können Ihre Empfehlung an Facebook senden. Schon beim Aktivieren werden Daten an Dritte übertragen – siehe i.nicht mit Facebook verbunden2 Klicks für mehr Datenschutz: Erst wenn Sie hier klicken, wird der Button aktiv und Sie können Ihre Empfehlung an Twitter senden. Schon beim Aktivieren werden Daten an Dritte übertragen – siehe i.nicht mit Twitter verbunden2 Klicks für mehr Datenschutz: Erst wenn Sie hier klicken, wird der Button aktiv und Sie können Ihre Empfehlung an Google+ senden. Fukushima ersäuft in verseuchtem Wasser: Nachdem bekannt wurde, dass täglich etwa 300.000 Liter kontaminiertes Wasser im havarierten Atomkraftwerk aus einem Kühltank austreten, fürchten Experten aktuell ein weit größeres und gefährlicheres Problem. Fukushima (Japan) nuclear power plant situation. Japan aims to exit nuclear power completely by the 2030s: report.

Tokyo (Platts)--13Sep2012/411 am EDT/811 GMT The Japanese government's new energy strategy for the 2030s calls for the shutdown of all nuclear reactors and rely more on power generated using fossil fuels, the Nikkei reported Thursday.

Japan aims to exit nuclear power completely by the 2030s: report

The cabinet led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to approve a final version of the strategy as early as next Wednesday, the newspaper reported, citing a draft on mid-term energy strategy that it had obtained. The draft aims for "a society not reliant on nuclear power as soon as possible," the report said. Article continues below... Japanese parliament report: Fukushima nuclear crisis was 'man-made' NEW: The report makes recommendations to avoid a repeat of the 2011 catastropheThe report criticizes the plant's operator, regulators and the Japanese governmentIt attributes the cause of the failings to Japan's culture of "reflexive obedience"It is one of several investigations into the nuclear crisis that displaced thousands Tokyo (CNN) -- The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan was a "man-made disaster" that unfolded as a result of collusion between the facility's operator, regulators and the government, an independent panel said in an unusually frank report Thursday.

Japanese parliament report: Fukushima nuclear crisis was 'man-made'

The report by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission outlines errors and willful negligence at the plant before the earthquake and tsunami that devastated swaths of northeastern Japan on March 11 last year, and a flawed response in the hours, days and weeks that followed. Nuclear disaster spreads to houses, food.

Fukushima gets mixed radiation report from WHO. Radiation exposure caused by last year's accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was below levels thought to increase the risk of cancer in almost all parts of Japan, according to a World Health Organisation report.

Fukushima gets mixed radiation report from WHO

But in its preliminary estimate [pdf] released on Wednesday, the WHO said infants in one town near the plant could be at a greater risk of developing thyroid cancer after exposure to radioactive iodine-131. The study is the first by a UN agency since the Fukushima plant was hit by a 14-metre (46ft) tsunami following a magnitude-9.0 earthquake on 11 March last year. Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare. Part One: Japan, Democracy, and the Globalization of Nuclear Power (Updated throughout 3/20/2011) Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare (Part Two) On Location: Japan Fukushima October 2011. 5 Months After Meltdown, Fukushima Citizens Still Face Radioactive Risks. After Fukushima: families on the edge of meltdown. Perhaps one day Aiko and Kenji Nomura will laugh about the Birthday Cake Incident.

After Fukushima: families on the edge of meltdown

It happened last autumn. Aiko, a care worker from the city of Koriyama in Japan's Fukushima prefecture, was celebrating her 35th birthday. Her husband Kenji decided to surprise her. On the way home from his job at the post office, he picked up the biggest cake he could find. It was filled with whipped cream and decorated with pink roses. "I couldn't help myself," recalls Aiko.

日本, 福島県双葉郡浪江町. Fukushima: It's much worse than you think - Features. "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera. Japan's 9.0 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan.

It also led to hydrogen explosions and reactor meltdowns that forced evacuations of those living within a 20km radius of the plant. Fukushima radiation alarms doctors - Features. Scientists and doctors are calling for a new national policy in Japan that mandates the testing of food, soil, water, and the air for radioactivity still being emitted from Fukushima's heavily damaged Daiichi nuclear power plant. "How much radioactive materials have been released from the plant? " asked Dr Tatsuhiko Kodama, a professor at the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology and Director of the University of Tokyo's Radioisotope Centre, in a July 27 speech to the Committee of Health, Labour and Welfare at Japan's House of Representatives.

Radiation in Ocean. Fukushima - emissions of radioactivity. Press Release from NILU The study estimates the emissions of the radioactive noble gas Xenon-133 and the aerosol-bound nuclide Caesium-137 from the Japanese NPP Fukushima Daiichi by combining a large set of measurements from Japan and worldwide, atmospheric transport model calculations, and available information and reasonable approximations on radionuclide inventories and accident events at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP. - Our calculations are based on about 1000 measurements of activity concentrations and deposition conducted in Japan, USA and Europe.

Fukushima: Mehr radioaktives Xenon als bei Tschernobyl: Größte Belastung bereits unmittelbar nach dem Erdbeben - vor dem Tsunami - Fukushima, Xenon, Erdbeben, Tsunami, Cäsium-137, Freisetzung, Atomkraftwerk, Japan, ABklingbecken, Reaktorkern, Tokyo, Tsche. Die vom Norwegian Institute for Air Research erstellte Fukushima-Studie errechnete eine Freisetzung von 16700 Peta-Becquerel Xenon-133 in den Tagen vom 11. bis zum 15. März - den Autoren zufolge "die größte zivile Freisetzung in der Geschichte der Menschheit". Für die bisher wohl umfangreichste Untersuchung haben die Wissenschaftler Daten von rund 1.000 Messungen der Konzentration und Deposition von Radioaktivität in Japan, den USA und Europa herangezogen.

Impact of radiation. Schilddrüsenkrebs in Fukushima. Die Ärzteorganisation IPPNW sieht die drastische Erhöhung der radioaktiven Strahlenbelastung an den Katastrophenreaktoren in Fukushima mit großer Sorge. Auch im Hinblick auf die gesundheitlichen Folgen gibt es keinen Grund zur Entwarnung. Fukushima Women Demand Better Protection for Children Exposed to Radiation. The following is a guest post from TIME contributor Lucy Birmingham. Startseite - ZDF Mediathek. Fukushima, die Massenmedien und die sich formierende Stimme des Volkes - The Intelligence. Nach Angaben der Atomlobby hätten die Fukushima-Reaktoren das Erdbeben schadlos überstanden und seien erst durch den Tsunami zerstört worden, so dass es zur Kernschmelze kam. Eine internationale Studie widerlegt diese Annahmen bereits im letzten Jahr und ließ damit an der Erdbebensicherheit aller Meiler zweifeln. Die Reaktoren in Fukushima waren für ein Beben der Stärke 8,0 bis 8,3 ausgelegt worden.

Das Erdbeben am 11. März hatte aber die Stärke 9. Im Schatten des Mythos von der sicheren Atomkraft, welcher eine ganze Nation - nein, immer noch viele Nationen - in seinen Bann hat, stellt sich die Frage, wie und von wem ein solcher Mythos vorsätzlich aufgebaut wurde. Fukushima: Fukushima: So werden die Menschen für dumm verkauft. Totgeburten und Nasenbluten: Fukushima ist nicht überstanden. Politik Montag, 12. Radioactive cesium blankets 8% of Japan's land area. Some 8 percent of Japan's land area, or more than 30,000 square kilometers, has been contaminated with radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Highly Radioactive Rice, Hydrogen Checks, Burning Radioactive Waste Fukushima Update 9/25/11.