Warning from Japan: Fukushima Risk Continues


We have received the following urgent Report from former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, M. Murata. Murata-san keeps the readers of Open Source Truth up-to-date on the Fukushima developments not covered by the “main stream media.”

08 February 2018 — I am sending you a message sent to me from Mr.Mycle Shneider, who is quoted in the article of The Independent, shown in the attached site, as warning against the serious deterioration of the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi.

He calls upon the international community to be involved in the development of long-term problem-solving strategies,the challenge of the situation exceeding Japan’s capacity.
It goes without saying that the ongoing Fukushima crisis deserves  greater attention and involvement of the international civil society. Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
From: Mycle Schneider
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2018 12:30 AM
To: Mitsuhei Murata
Subject: Re: Fukushima: massive radiation leak

Dear Mitsuhei,

Thank you for your message. I can hardly comment on this as I’m already quoted in the original piece by The Independent.
However, while they did not misquote me, I think they may have overblown the headline (as media do quite often).
I tried to make the point that a lot of the waste management on-site remains sketchy at best. This does not only concern the contaminated water, but specifically also the highly radioactive sludge that stems from the decontamination of water. Where are they? How are they conditioned? What will happen to them in case of severe weather events?
These are part of the forgotten unsolved issues and a potential disaster to happen.
Concerning the hundreds of thousands of tanks — many of them still make-shift tanks that were not built to contain radioactive water in a salt-saturated atmosphere for years — I’m worried about a potential snow-balling effect, if even one of them collapses. This could release a large quantity of contaminated water to the environment in an uncontrolled manner. It could also mix with highly contaminated water in the basements and reach the ocean. As the ocean has no borders, it would have a global effect. This may not mean global apocalypse, but an effect that is not limited to Japan or its domestic waters.
The unprecedented complexity of disaster management of three molten reactor cores that will need to be cooled for decades far exceeds the capacity of a company like TEPCO that, as the name indicates, is a simple power generating company with no particular expertise in post-accident management.
The challenge of the situation also exceeds Japan’s capacity to deal with the problem and it is part of the responsibility of the international community to pro-actively search for involvement into the development of long-term problem-solving strategies.
I have said this immediately after 3/11 and my opinion has only been reinforced by consecutive reports of failures of TEPCO’s disaster mitigation strategy.
Best regards,
Le 7 févr. 2018 à 15:52, Mitsuhei Murata a écrit :
Dear Mycle,
Natural disasters surpassing prevision and imagination are increasingly happening
worldwide. Your short comment on the attached information will be most valuable.
It will be disseminated widely.
I am seriously worried about powerful earthquakes and tornadoes befalling the Fukushima Daiichi
that could bring about the dreaded collapse of the Unit 2 reactor building and the adjacent exhaust
emission tower.
With warmest regards,

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