Wednesday, January 8, 2014

TEPCO to Return J-Village to #Fukushima Prefecture by 2018 for Use in Preparation for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

TEPCO's President Naomi Hirose says, "2020 Olympics seems like a good target."

J-Village, located in Naraha-machi about 20 kilometers south of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, has been used as the staging area for the emergency and restoration work at the plant since March 15, 2011. It was originally built as a non-monetary "donation" by TEPCO to Naraha-machi and Fukushima Prefecture to compensate for the "inconvenience" of having TEPCO's nuclear power plants, in line with the common practice in prefectures in Japan where nuclear power plants are located or being planned.

Naraha-machi was designated as "no-entry zone" around Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant until August 10, 2012. Since then, it has been designated as "areas in preparation for the lifting of evacuation order" - i.e. residents are allowed to return.

It was the ex-mayor of Naraha-machi who demanded that J-Village be "returned" so that the town could use it for the original purpose (soccer (football) training).

Optimism abounds in Fukushima and in Japan in general these days.

From Jiji Tsushin (1/8/2014):


J-Village to be returned to Fukushima Prefecture in 2018 to be utilized for prep for Tokyo Olympics [in 2020], says TEPCO president


TEPCO's president Naomi Hirose met with Governor Yuhei Sato on January 8 at the Fukushima prefectural government building, and indicated TEPCO will return J-Village (in Naraha-machi, Fukushima Prefecture) to Fukushima Prefecture. Hirose said, "Tokyo Olympics in 2020 is a good target. I would like to have it [J-Village] ready by 2018 to be utilized for the Olympic." J-Village has been used as the staging area for the work dealing with the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident.


J-Village was operated by the Football Association of Japan and was used as a training camp for the national team. Since the nuclear accident, it has been used by TEPCO. It is where TEPCO's Fukushima Revitalization Company is located, which deals with compensations and decontamination.

J-Village, by the way, was one of the three locations where a small amount of plutonium-241 of Fukushima origin was found by the researchers at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS). The researchers measured the soil samples as early as April of 2011, and didn't tell the world until March 8, 2012. Half life of plutonium-241 is relatively short at 14 years, and it decays into americium-241 which is readily absorbed into legumes.

TEPCO's Japanese homepage showing the sign of Fukushima Revitalization Company at J-Village:

"Revitalization of Fukushima is our starting point," TEPCO says.


Anonymous said...

OMFG, Naomi Hirose talks says 'Olympics 2020 looks like a good target'

Excuse me while I wipe the coffee off my keyboard... Bwahahahahaha

Tepco shot the Olympics dead with a direct bullseye hit.

What are they going to use J-Village for? Ahh yes, they will be using it to train those poor Japanese athletes who will be too terrified of bucking the system to say no.

Better idea, send the Japanese athletes to Chernobyl to train. They will get a great advantage by becoming acclimatized to performing in high radiation environment.

Olympics in Japan in 2020? Not gonna happen.

VyseLegendaire said...

Score one for the criminal elites.

Anonymous said...

And J-village is very near Dai-ini, where the radiation levels inside the buildings are higher than outside.

J-village was the "cleanup" staging area?

Anonymous said...

Yup, plutonium 241 with half life of only 14 years decays into americium 241 with half life of only 432 years. So that's only 4.320 years before it decays into insignificance.

Only FOUR THOUSAND YEARS wherein it is readily absorbed into legumes.

Ok, so forget eating the veggies, eat fish... Hmm maybe not... Well how about some lovely beef from a new breed of white spotted cows?

This idiosyncratic madness is aptly described in the vernacular as 'pissing in your own strawberry bed', an activity in which Japan is becoming the world leader.

Anonymous said...

Pu-241@ J-Village: 4.52 becquerels/kg (quite low)
When converted to Am-241: ca. 30x less, so 0.15 Bq/kg
(K-40 in your body: 50 Bq/kg)
(Rn-222 indoors: typ. 100 Bq/m3 alpha, with daughters)
So it's not pretty, but it's quite likely that another cause than americium will take us to our graves…

Anonymous said...

Daiini May 9, 2012

Anonymous said...

May 3, 2011

Japanese Government Finally Divulges What It Has Been Hiding: SPEEDI Radiation Simulations from March 12

Anonymous said...

Anon @1:14 so are you saying you'd be happy to train as an athlete at J-village?
No? I didn't think so...
Are you saying that the small quantities of Pu241 and smaller quantities of Am241 are not that bad? It seems so.

Are you happy to be the apologist for those few (or many) who contract ontological diseases as a result of the increased levels of ionizing radiation as a direct result of the Fukushima Daichi meltdown?

If you were an actuary, would you continue to maintain low levels of health insurance premiums? Or would you see the need to increase those premiums to cover those diseases yet to metastise?

Anonymous said...

Oops, spelling...oncological

Anonymous said...

" .. for weeks Tokyo remained “deserted, empty and dark”,

2nd aircraft carrier detects radiation (USS George Washington at Yokosuka)
March 15th, 2011

Anonymous said...

It's 'not that bad' until it affects one personally

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