Secret Cask Structure

As you may have heard, TEPCO started removing fuel elements from the spent fuel pool of reactor 4 at Fukushima Daiichi NPP. Looking through some images of the operation TEPCO released this Friday, I noticed a peculiar note: “These photos include information concerning physical protection, etc. and therefore include altered parts.” Obviously, I immediately becameContinue reading “Secret Cask Structure”

That’s Not Bad News

Time and time again I get annoyed at how the German media report on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Reports are frequently imprecise in a way that exaggerates dangers, while positive developments tend to go unreported. Here’s a recent example from WDR 5, a public radio station in Germany. On September 26, TEPCO created anContinue reading “That’s Not Bad News”

The Price of Fear

“Radiation can’t be seen, but if you use a dosimeter you can see it in the form of numbers. By measuring radiation, you can remove unnecessary fear, and properly fear what should be feared.” — Hirotoshi Sano, quoted in The Mainichi Recently my Japanese teacher mentioned that people from Fukushima prefecture still suffer discrimination inContinue reading “The Price of Fear”

They lied, all the time

Last week, TEPCO released about 150 hours of video documenting the proceedings at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant during the first few days after the disaster. The videos were only released after intense public and media pressure, are still incomplete, and two thirds of it lack sound (TEPCO claims technical issues). Hiroko Tabuchi wroteContinue reading “They lied, all the time”