A good doctor in Kumamoto, Japan who writes a blog in Japanese on Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident and the ensuing nuclear and radiation disaster that's slowly unfolding telephoned the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of METI and asked for the names of the IAEA team that has been sent to investigate the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident.
(He wrote about how much the ground upon which Fukushima I Nuke Plant sits may have shifted by the quake, which I posted here.)
NISA told Dr. Ono the list was released to the press, but not to the general public, but they sent him a fax anyway.
Here's the fax, with his permission:
18 people total:
6 people from IAEA, 2 of them from PR department;
1 from UK (leader)
1 from France (deputy leader)
1 from Argentina
1 from Turkey
1 from Russia
1 from China
1 from USA
1 from South Korea
1 from India
1 from Hungary
1 from Indonesia
1 from Spain
The list reads like the attendance list of G20. More power to emerging economies!
Does anyone know anything about these people, whether they are actually capable of assessing anything? Or is this just an international political theater?
Many Japanese, including the doctor, are really counting on the IAEA investigation to reveal what's been hidden by the Japanese government and TEPCO. But I have a sinking feeling that won't happen, looking at the list.
On May 26, the IAEA team went to a nuclear power plant to learn about what happened on the day of the earthquake. No, not Fukushima I. They went to Tokai II Nuclear Power Plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, where 1 of the 3 emergency power generators stopped temporarily and the seawater intake pump broke after the tsunami.
That should help them assess the Fukushima I's situation. No doubt.