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Contaminated groundwater accumulating under the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has risen 60cm above the protective barrier, and is now freely leaking into the Pacific Ocean, the plant’s operator TEPCO has admitted.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is responsible for decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Saturday said the protective barriers that were installed to prevent the flow of toxic water into the ocean are no longer coping with the groundwater levels.  The contaminated groundwater, which mixes with radioactive leaks seeping out of the plant, has already risen to 60cm above the barriers – the fact which TEPCO calls a major cause of the massive daily leak of toxic substances.  DETAILS TO FOLLOW   

Contaminated groundwater accumulating under the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has risen 60cm above the protective barrier, and is now freely leaking into the Pacific Ocean, the plant’s operator TEPCO has admitted.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is responsible for decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Saturday said the protective barriers that were installed to prevent the flow of toxic water into the ocean are no longer coping with the groundwater levels.

The contaminated groundwater, which mixes with radioactive leaks seeping out of the plant, has already risen to 60cm above the barriers – the fact which TEPCO calls a major cause of the massive daily leak of toxic substances.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW   

#Tokyo, 200,000 Protesters Line the Streets of Tokyo Against Nuclear Restart in #Japan

The protesters, carrying placards which read “Rise up against the restart” and “The nuclear era is over,” lined the streets around Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s residence in central Tokyo as police watched on, according to an AFP photographer.

The main entrance to the residence was seen guarded by armoured vehicles and barricades of uniformed police.

Organisers quoted in local media estimated turnout exceeded 100,000 people, over double the turnout they estimated at a similar protest last week.

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The demonstration had been called by liberal writers Takashi Hirose and Satoshi Kamata in an online message which spread on Twitter and Facebook in what was likened by a popular tabloid to the “Arab Spring,” a wave of protests that topped governments in the Arab world last year.

The crowd blocked off a six-lane road and adjoining streets leading to the Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s official residence in central Tokyo. Police parked five armoured riot control buses in front of the entrance to prevent protesters entering the compound.

Several helicopters circled overhead as the sun went down on a clear, early summer evening.

The protest capped weeks of sporadic demonstrations and was the biggest gathering in central Tokyo since Noda said this month the restart of two reactors in western Japan was necessary to avoid damaging the economy.

All of the country’s 50 nuclear reactors were taken off line after an earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant on the northeast coast on March 11 last year, triggering the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Nuclear power had previously supplied nearly 30 percent of Japan’s electricity.

The first of the two Ohi reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Co is scheduled to be reactivated on Sunday.

The crowd, including office workers, mothers with children and elderly people, chanted “oppose restarts” and “exit nuclear power”.

The decision to restart the reactors as summer power-cuts loom was seen as a victory for Japan’s still-powerful nuclear industry.

But Japanese people have grown wary of nuclear power since Fukushima, with surveys showing that about 70 percent want to abandon atomic energy even if not immediately.

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Occupy Tokyo UStream Coverage July 3 2012 Edited Package

I live streamed from Occupy Tokyo base camp for over an hour and a half on July 3rd 2012 to show people what it is like on a daily basis at ground zero of the Anti-Nuclear movement in Japan. There was very heavy rain fall but I braved the weather, and got totally soaked, to being a live stream of Occupy Tokyo to the world. This is an edited package of some of the highlights. I hope you enjoy!

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In Containment 「格納容器の中」 part 1/5, published on Jul 2, 2012 by

In Containment: the people of Minamisoma, 15 months after the meltdown
「格納容器の中」南相馬市民、メルトダウンから15ヶ月後

camera: Ian Thomas Ash/ Koji Fujita 藤田 浩二

Part 1 STORY: People in the city of Minamisoma, Fukushima remember the victims of the tsunami fifteen months after the March 11 disaster. Ian then visits the former site of the 20 km exclusion zone and is questioned by a police officer. Later, citizens of Minamisoma share the personal struggles they continue to face.

Video by DocumentingIan

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June 30, 2012, Japan

(UPDATE 3) Germany’s Tagesschau broadcasted the protest at Ooi Nuke plant, here. (German readers, care to translate for the rest of us?)

(UPDATE 2) Another rumor that the US’s ABC and Germany’s ZDF are in Ooi-cho.

The sound of drums is deafening. (I hate drums.)

(UPDATE) Journalist Ryusaku Tanaka just tweeted that the employees at the nuclear plant, since the only road to the plant is blocked by the protesters and the police, arrived to work from the ocean, using a ferry boat. Tanaka says he heard it from a taxi driver who drove them to the ferry.

Further, someone else tweeted that the riot police who suddenly showed up had climbed the mountain to get there, because the only road to the plant is still blocked.

Both pieces of information are unconfirmed.

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(UPDATED) Ooi Nuke Plant Restart Protest at the Gate Still Going Strong, But More Police Reinforcement May Be on the Way | EXSKF

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MIT No-Evacuations Study Debunked #fukushima #longtermexposure #nuclearlobby

Olipitz W, Wiktor-Brown D, Shuga J, Pang B, McFaline J, Lonkar P, Thomas A, Mutamba JT, Greenberger JS, Samson LD, Dedon PC, Yanch JC, Engelward BP. Integrated Molecular Analysis Indicates Undetectable DNA Damage in Mice after Continuous Irradiation at ~400-fold Natural Background Radiation. Environ Health Perspect. 2012 Apr 26. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22538203

MIT No-Evacuation-Study Press Release:
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/prolonged-radiation-exposure-0515.html

MIT Awarded Nuclear Promotion Grant:
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/mit-doe-grants-fellowships.html

MIT Plan For 3X More Nuclear Energy:
http://web.mit.edu/nuclearpower/

Tanaka et al 2009, find significant genotoxicity at 1/3rd MIT dose:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19267556

Calculate number cells required to detect significance in Tanaka at 105 mGy (total dose in MIT study): http://iangoddard.com/cell_detection-limit.xls

Google search for Chernobyl-induced genetic damage:
https://www.google.com/search?q=chernobyl+chromosomal+aberrations

Fucic et al 2008, meta-analysis of Chernobyl-induced genetic damage:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18155954

Geiger counter near Fukushima Daiichi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FoWRVA6mMY#t=7m20s

Note: data in my graph of Tanaka 2009 is from Dr Tanaka (email).

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