Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Latest #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Videos from Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Japan

The Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) has just replaced the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) and the Nuclear Safety Commission as the new regulatory body over the nuclear industry in Japan. The appointment of the commissioners was done without the Diet's approval, though I don't think the Diet would have prevented the appointment anyway.

Unlike its predecessors, NRA may be well advised by a media-savvy PR agency, and it already has its Youtube channel and Twitter account.

I found these videos on the Youtube channel, taken on September 15, 2012 when the commissioners-to-be visited Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The videos are short, as they have been edited, and they even have a horrendous BGM in the intro parts and in transitions (to me, a tell-tale sign that the videos were compiled by a PR agency).

Some of the voices have been edited out for nuclear security concerns, according to NRA. Unlike videos released by TEPCO, these are clearly taken by a professional cameraman.

Locations they visited (from the Youtube video description):

Anti-earthquake building
Pumps for water injection into the reactors
Storage tanks for treated water
Reactors 1 through 4, from outside
Reactor 4 building operation floor
Reactor 4 building seismic reinforcement
Cesium removal system
Ocean side of Reactors 1 through 4 turbine buildings
Dry cask storage
Reactors 5, 6
Power transmission tower that fell in the March 11, 2011 earthquake
Multiple nuclide removal system (Toshiba's system)

The second video shows the operation floor of Reactor 4. "1.9 millisievert/hour" behind the Reactor 3 turbine building (ocean side), someone from TEPCO explains as they ride the bus.

People against nuclear power have been vehemently against these commissioners, particularly against the chairman Shunichi Tanaka, accusing them of "Nuke Village" insiders.

I am dead set against that silly music in the videos.


Anonymous said...

OT: Has any group put together a list of anti-nuclear political candidates in each electoral district? How do Japan citizens know where to cast their votes if they are against nuclear power?

Atomfritz said...

Thank you LaPrimavera for this very interesting news!

But I somehow doubt the NRA will approve my comment to their channel:

Great channel!
I love the NRA!

A personal Davy Crockett for everybody!

Please make instructive videos of Monju and Rokkasho, too, and add English subtitles, please!
Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful.
But, it tells me that I don't understand anything.

I don't understand entire walls that r now off NR4 & they do this weird juggling leaning up of camera to match building leaning

big panels R surrounding NR#3 from recent FukuCAM action

I don't understand what is going on w/ NR5&6, What was w/ the 2 steel cross section structures, 1 was around something, 1 was around nothing.

I don't see any workers

I don't really understand what my take away is

Anonymous said...

Wow are you right about the music. Just...not good.

Anonymous said...

THIS is how Japan addresses an international catastrophic disaster? It looks like they are trying to figure out how to plant shrubbery, or what color to paint the garage. GET SOMEONE in there that can rise to the level needed!!!!!

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