Why Fukushima Will Soon Lump Even More
By Yoichi Shimatsu
|The government of Japan is now setting the time-table for release of more than 1 million tons of water from containment from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant. Regulatory agencies are claiming the soon-to-be released waste-water will be filtered of its radioactive cesium and strontium. Similar cynical claims have been issued during previous sea-dumps, which is why fishermen in northeast Japan are protesting for being the final blow to recovery hopes for offshore fish stocks. More than flounders are going to die in this next round of ecocide.
To modify that old saw, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me a hundred times, shame on apathetic idiotic dying me.” Though in this situation, there are far more apt descriptions than “idiotic”, jackass being a slightly more accurate description for a complacent public that makes bleating shorn sheep seems like the Resistance. Never has human dignity fallen into such dark depths of sullen silence and mute acceptance of final genocide. At a certain point, and by now we are long past that mark, as an accomplice to mass murder you all deserve to die horribly.
Let It Bleed
The one fellow in this ongoing slaughter of innocents who realizes the ever-steeper risks is the recently retired prime minister, Shinzo Abe. It was he, out of sheer cynicism and ambition, who enabled Tokyo to become host city for the (since delayed) Summer Olympic Games, with his memorable comment to IOC delegates: “Some may have concerns about Fukushima. Let me assure you, the situation is under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.” Never say never, Shinzo, or your butt could be soon on the line.
Abe was recently forced to retire for medical reasons after years of uncontrollable vomiting of blood and a bleeding rectum. Wake up and smell the matcha tea gasp! The horror, the horror, and the stench of corruption! So, all you millions of self-hating suckers, raise a toast to your idol Shinzo and gulp down a glass of strontium-laced water from its pristine source, the massively radioactive Tama Reservoir, the Japanese capital’s sole source for everything wet from that bowl of ramen, boiling pot of rice, the hot shower, hi-tech toilet bowl and liquid in the tea ceremony. So with editorial apologies to the Stones:
In the run-up to the delayed Olympics just nine months away, it makes zero sense in terms of public relations to announce the upcoming release of 10.2 million tons of radioactive water into the Liman-Oyashio Current that flows toward the Tokyo region. So why is the Big Dump being rushed ahead?
Among the many grounds for urgency, at the top of the list is that the life-span of those steel storage tanks holding the reactor water is a mere 5 years. The expiry date passed nearly 5 years ago. The safety Inspectors at the nuclear-storage site have been reporting over recent years more tanks have sprung leaks and are at increasing risk of bursting at the seams, which would make the high-radioactivity site completely inaccessible, and along with it the nearly towns that are gradually being re-inhabited by returning evacuees, in short, situation hopeless.
Therefore, the push is on to dump the 1 million tons of “hot” water into the Pacific, months prior to the landing at Haneda Airport of foreign coaches, athletes and Olympic officials. It is completely impossible to filter a million tons of radioactive within the next couple of months, so here again is another Olympic-scale lie.
So to save the Olympics, the human, marine species and wildlife populations around the Pacific Basin must die, horribly, from cancer, heart failure, chromosome damage, organ damage, skin lesions and brain disorders, just so some gold medals can be slung on the necks of athletes or at least those youngsters who are not yet showing symptoms of radiation illness.
Pacific Extinction Event
Since my initial field studies along the Japanese coast from Fukushima to Tokyo Bay, and later in Southern California, have indicated without a glimmer of doubt, a global extinction event has expanded since the 311 disaster and deliberate release of airborne fallout and sea-dumping from Fukushima. An ozone hole was ripped open over the Arctic Circle, expanding just a month after the meltdowns, followed by the cracking to bits of the polar ice-sheet. Then came the increasingly ferocious tornadoes, radioactivity-charged conflagration of West Coast forests, and still births of monstrous embryos, non-recognizable as human. All this just to power your microwave oven, smart phone and electric car. Sticker Shock: the price is your death.
The circle is closing. Solid debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has circumnavigated the Pacific and is starting to beach on the tropical Ryukyu islands, aka Okinawa. Similarly, the rotation of the northwest-Alaska current has been delivering levels of radioactivity high enough for a massive kill-off of seaweed, fish and marine mammals along the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East near Alaska. Against this planetary scale of mass slaughter, who should really care about shaving a tenth of a second off some world record? Get priorities straight or put a revolver to your temple and do the right thing. First, check your underpants since it already could be much to late for you sushi addicts.
Restarting the Tohoku reactors
The announcement to start preparations to empty the Fukushima storage tanks coincided with an announcement from the governor of Miyagi Prefecture, immediately north of Fukushima, to authorize the restart of the Onagawa Nuclear Plant operated by the Tohoku regional power company. The simultaneity of these announcements indicate that the coming Fukushima water-dump will provide cover for Tohoku Electr5ic Co. to empty its stored radioactive water into the Pacific. Onagawa is a mere 110 km (70 miles) north of TEPCO No.2. Here again, blatant deception is the new normal in Japan.
During one of my early visits to Minami-soma, the Miyagi region city closest to Fukushima, I detected fairly high radioactivity along the narrow shoreline behind the Onagawa facility. The warning signs were from a back bay used to dump nuclear waste-water from the nuclear plant. That marine area was a source of seaweed, being dried and packed at a small factory to be used to wrap sushi rolls. Oishi!
Contrary to Tohoku Power’s claim that Onagawa sustained absolutely no damage from the 2011 triple disaster, there was indeed radioactive leakage from burst pipes inside the reactor facility during the 311 earthquake. The leak could be detected with a dosimeter in front of the shut-down structure, on its western edge. Local residents had spotted plant workers being rushed, futilely, to a hospital in the nearby port city of Onagawa. More than 90 percent of Onagawa city was flooded by the tsunami and leveled in the quake. More than 4,000 structures were destroyed, yet only a mere 400-plus deaths reported, an obvious underestimate as in the case of many depopulated towns along the coast. Statistics lie.
Store the Nuclear Waste in Japan
If indeed the multi-nuclide removal facility, known by the earlier acronym ALPS, were to be truly effective at waste-liquid filtration as claimed by TEPCO, there should be no objection from the Government of Japan to store the cleansed water inside local dams or large underground caverns similar to the underground concrete tunnels that hold flood-waters underground beneath northeast Japan’s major rivers. Nothing of the sort is being considered, despite the ready availability of large-scale boring equipment in Japan.
As explained earlier in my Fukushima series, the Abukuma Plateau adjacent to the Fukushima No.1 site is a hard-rock massif, which is ideal for boring tunnels for storage of radioactive water as the only safe and sane means of storage until past the half-life expiry date of nuclear waste.
An alternative containment strategy is to lease two aging supertankers during the present global economic downturn for the energy sector, to safely float that million tons inside Tokyo Bay.
If the decontaminated water is indeed safe as claimed, it should be recycled for industrial purposes at Japanese steel mills, automobile plants food processing facilities and even for brewing beer and sake rice wine. Of course, if the truth be told, nothing of the sort is being seriously considered inside the death zones of Fukushima, Onagawa and Tokyo. Radioactive water is obviously lethal.
Now raise both arms up high to greet the honorable guests arriving for the unforgettable Tokyo Summer Olympics. Banzai! (This translates as “10,000 years” may you live, which is less than half of the 24,000-year half-life of the plutonium-39 inside the MOX fuel rods that exploded in the No.3 reactor of the Fukushima No.1 plant.) Drink deep from the cup of death, young athletes! Life is harsh, short, painful and then soon thereafter, it’s game over.