Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#Radiation in Japan: Tokyo to Accept Miyagi's Disaster Debris in Addition to Iwate's

Governor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara is ready for more "disaster" radioactive debris from Tohoku. After having started on Iwate's debris and scolded the residents to shut up and put up, he is eager to sign the deal with Miyagi Prefecture and bring in Onagawa's debris to Tokyo to crush, burn, and dump in the landfill in Tokyo Bay.

Reading the Mainichi article linked below, it is clear that the Tokyo government is going to circumvent the pesky residents completely by running the idea of accepting disaster radioactive debris with the Assembly of Special Ward ("ku") Mayors. There are 23 of these mayors, and as long as they're OK (they seem quite eager to help out Miyagi and Iwate for some reason), Ishihara will just do it. The Tokyo residents and the Metropolitan Assembly will be bypassed.

To remind you, the company who will do the incineration and burying the ashes in the landfill is Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Power, a TEPCO subsidiary receiving subsidies from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment and sweetheart land deal with the Tokyo Metropolitan government. Perfect regulatory capture.

From Mainichi Shinbun (11/16/2011):


Regarding the slow progress of wide-area processing of the disaster debris from the March 11 earthquake/tsunami, it has been revealed that the Tokyo Metropolitan government and the Assembly of the Special Ward Mayors have been discussing the acceptance of disaster debris from Onagawa-machi in Miyagi Prefecture. The formal decision may be made by the end of this month. If Tokyo accepts the debris from Onagawa, it will be the second such case since the debris of Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture.


According to the secretariat of the Special Ward Mayors, they have been discussing the acceptance of flammable plastics since October at the request from Miyagi Prefecture. The disaster-affected areas have debris that exceed the areas' capacity to process, but concerns of radiation contamination has so far prevented the wide area processing outside Tohoku. The Secretariat of the Special Ward Mayors says, "If there is no place that would accept the debris, there will be no recovery for the disaster-affected area. We would like to listen to the residents [of Special Wards] and decide."


If the Assembly of the Special Ward Mayors agree, the Tokyo Metropolitan government plans to sign an agreement with Miyagi Prefecture. The Tokyo government signed the similar agreement on September 30 with Iwate Prefecture, and has announced that 500,000 tonnes of debris from Iwate and Miyagi will be accepted in Tokyo in two and a half years until March 2014.

Listening to the residents is as democratic as listening to the residents when a nuclear power plant is being planned; the meetings will be filled with government shills who will support the idea while expressing some concern for the safety. A farce.

Governor Ishihara is also calling the prime minister of Japan "incompetent" over the prime minister's inability, in his view, to explain the difference between the disaster debris and the radioactive debris. (From Sankei Shinbun 11/8/2011 article; Sankei is a paper whose editorial include gems like "Let's share the pain".)

Here's where Onagawa-machi, Miyagi Prefecture is located on Professor Hayakawa's map (blue circle):


Anonymous said...

Less hope every day. I cannot even imagine how things will be in Japan next year... my relatives and friends there...

no6ody said...

It seems to me that 'they' are shipping slightly radioactive debris a very long way. Are they going to use the debris to dilute the more radioactive stuff? Or is this just another way of funneling money into 'loose nukes' Tepco? Why must they incinerate this stuff near a city of thirty million? The corruption is heartbreaking.

Anonymous said...

no6ody,,, yur righttt!! funneling money , yessss.! corruption,

selfish way, murderer,

Greyhawk said...

The people who run TEPCO and the people in the Japanese governments seem to think radiation is not deadly, that it dose not maim and kill. This baffles me. What is wrong with them? I just do not understand.

Anonymous said...

laprimavera, you don't even need to show Hayakawa's map. MEXT map already shows Onagawa as more contaminated.

Anonymous said...

It is asad thing, but tokyo is the biggest consumer of nucleur energy, esp what came from fukushima and thus must take its share, what saddens me is the manner in which this is done.

Anonymous said...

"must take its share"? of radiation contamination? That is a ridiculous remark. Are you Goshi Hosono or his side kick (the one who drank Fuku water)? Does electricity generated by nuclear power have any particular color or something?

Darth3/11 said...

What prevented keeping all radioactive materials near the already basically permanently hot Fukushima TEPCO plants? This solution is obvious but *never* mentioned in the press. What am I missing here?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@Darth3/11, in post-Fukushima PC Japan, that kind of thinking is often called "discrimination" and "hurting the feelings" of the victims of the disaster. Some even call that "racist".

Anonymous said...

"Darth3/11 said...
What prevented keeping all radioactive materials near the already basically permanently hot Fukushima TEPCO plants? This solution is obvious but *never* mentioned in the press. What am I missing here?"

What you are missing is the fact that money can be cunningly made from radioactive trash. A TEPCO subsidiary is burning it in Tokyo. You can bet lots of hands got greased real good up until the incinerator was loaded.

Making money from dangerous or discarded shit(like recalled pharmaceutical drugs too) is not uniquely a Japanese thing by far, as big companies all over the globe find criminal cronies to cooperate and morf their shit into new products or get the government (known as "the clueless people") to unconcernedly hire their subsidiaries for cleanup jobs.

ex. US companies send their radioactive contaminated commercial grade stainless steel scrap to China, who buys it, and then manufactures cheap knives and such that are reimported back to the US. Win Win ! Same for radioactive scrap copper. Google it.

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