Monday, April 4, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Cloth Caps Over Reactors Coming, and All That's Left for Japan is a Luck

The only way I can think of right now that would make a difference in tackling the Fukushima I nuke plant disaster is for a foreign country or two to declare war on the government of Japan for endangering its own citizens and endangering the rest of the world by their totally incompetent handling of the crisis, and go occupy the country, arrest all the officials and pols and bureaucrats and throw them in jail, and the occupation force get to work.

But alas, the Japanese government, and the Japanese people to some extent, has squandered the goodwill and willingness to help from the rest of the world. Now, no one cares. The rest of the world look on with bemuse, as the next amusing episode unfolds, of what the Japanese government can screw up.

The next amusing episode is going to be the cloth caps that they declared on Sunday that they would be building very shortly to put over the reactors.

According to Kyodo News Japanese (4/4/2011), the Japanese government overrode the objection from even the researchers who had been cheerleading the government every step of the way. Their objection was that the radioactive materials coming from the Reactor buildings were actually far less than the radioactive materials that had fallen on the debris around it, and by capping the reactors they would run the risk of concentration of the radioactive materials inside the reactors, and of further hydrogen explosions.

But this stupidest administration since the admin during the World War II led by a grandstanding prime minister and politicians who think they know things nuclear decided to go ahead on the plan which was apparently submitted by a big general contractor who has little expertise in nuclear reactors, saying "This is a political decision", according to the same Kyodo News article.

By the way, the Kyodo News article was not carried by the major Japanese newspapers, nor did the major Japanese newspapers reported it themselves. I didn't find the English article on the subject by Kyodo. Only local papers like Kahoku Shinpo and Hokkaido Shinbun carried the Kyodo News article. South Korea's Arirang reported it, from its own reporter.

Good luck Japan. You need it, as no one is helping you, and/or you've refused help, and you clearly cannot help yourself. All you have left is a luck.

(Oh, and Mr. Rogers over at, good luck to you too. You should have listened to the US Embassy instead of the Japanese government, but it's just me thinking that way.)


Anonymous said...

It's interesting that Mr. Rogers is a pr guy hired at the end of last year to to promote All Nippon Airways, which I'm sure is losing a huge bundle of money due to the fact people don't want to fly to a radioactive country.
Another case of money over morals.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Interesting. No wonder. So he is in the same boat with those nuclear "experts" spouting "radiation is safe" mantra while receiving money from nuke industry.

I never understood a strange fascination in Japan to foreigners and half-and-halfs.

So much for The link to Lew's site will be removed from my blog...

Anonymous said...

Well lets see when Christo wrapped the Reichstag it took 10 companies about one year to make the materials and for his crew to do the installation. I'm sure TEPCO will take what it can get to expedite matters but it gives you a little perspective on the scale of this endeavor.

"Ten companies in Germany started in September 1994 to manufacture all the various
materials according to the specifications of the engineers. During the months of April, May and June 1995, iron workers installed the steel structures on the towers, the roof, the statues and the stone vases to allow the folds of fabric to cascade from the roof down to the ground.

100,000 square meters (1,076,000 square feet) of thick woven polypropylene fabric with an aluminum surface and 15,600 meters (51,181 feet) of blue polypropylene rope, diameter 3.2 cm. (1.25?), were used for the wrapping of the Reichstag. The façades, the towers and the roof were covered by 70 tailor-made fabric panels, twice as much fabric as the surface of the building."

And just think TEPCO only has to do this three times over highly radioactive hulks and they only have to last for decades instead of 2 weeks like Christo's work. Of course they may leave off the tailor-made fabric panels. Actually after the handful of baby diapers and saw dust and bath salts I'm fully expecting TEPCO to buy 100 10'x 10' blue tarps and 20 rolls of duct tape to cover the entire facility. Maybe Kan can unveil the shrouded power plants as an international work of art you'll need to photoshop an artists beret on his noggin for your blog.

As for Mr Rodgers I always loved him until came along and shattered my perception of him. As far as I'm concerned he'll always be the gentle voiced convicted child molester who served my nation proudly as a tattooed killer with a thousand yard stare.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

The stupid construction company who apparently proposed this idea will make the contraption in a month or two, they say.

As they say in Japan, "If it stinks, put the lid on it."

And no one says a thing about Japan dumping radioactive water into the ocean. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr Palindrome,

I've been reading your blog (via Zero Hedge) ever since this Fukushima c*ck-up started. This is just a comment to say I appreciate your dedication to the truth. Now that I'm back in the States myself, you're one of the best sources of information and commentary. Keep posting the dirt on these Tepco buffoons and their accomplices / shills in the government.

-- The Flyjin

Anonymous said...

If the shroud company is anything like an American company it'll take 12 months and cost 10x as much as they projected and they won't fit without modifications that render them useless.

I've been recording the NHK world feed since day one and I have various official saying early on the outer shells of the buildings weren't important as they blew up one after the other and now it turns out they were lying through their teeth. As a matter of fact it turns out the outer building is the only form of containment for the SFP's deadly payload when they boil dry.

"Put a lid on it"

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@Flyjin, thanks for your comment. That keeps me going! I wish I could go back to bashing Ben and Timmy, but they all seem so irrelevant at this point.

@Robbie, about the fabric cover.. I already see a spectacular failure. I don't think there is any Japanese textile company who knows anything about nuclear reactors gone bad. And since the Japanese government seems determined NOT to ask any advice from people who actually know something, inside or outside Japan, I bet they pick a clueless company to do the job.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts are the ocean winds will be harsh on whatever fabric they can scrounge up especially during typhoon season. Then there are the 100,000's of sq meters of heavily contaminated fabric to deal with when or if they can ever start the 3 or 4 city block size concrete coffins. The logistics and workforce necessary just to wrap the mess in a rag is boggling my mind. The facility is pretty contaminated and the workers are limited to 250 milli-sieverts of total exposure. Guess who won't be getting dosimeters.

Where is ジャイアントロボ, Jaianto Robo and ウルトラマン, Urutoraman when you need them?


Hayata Shin/Urutoraman: Shuwatchi!!!

Too bad our childhood memories can't come to our rescue unfortunately we are faced with adult nightmares that won't go away.

arevamirpal::laprimavera I also thank you for all your efforts you don't know how much light you shine into dark places.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@Robbie At this point workers must be receiving 250 milli-sieverts in half an hour.

You're Japanese? Though you don't need to be Japanese to be a fan of Urutoraman. My Irish violin teacher has been a great fan of Urutoraman, exposed all her kids to the wonderful episodes of urutoraman who all became fans.

Anyhooo... back to work.

Anonymous said...

I'm Gaijin but I like Japanese culture I'm a fan of Cromartie High School, Bludgeoning Angel, Milk Chan among many others (netflix is great) They even have two of the three discs from the Urotsukidoji series (not quite my cup of tea but it was like a car wreck I just couldn't look away). I am also a fan of Japanese cinema I love Katsu Shintaro's Zatoichi and Hanzo the Razor characters. His older brother did a great job in the Lone Wolf and Cub series too.

I remember watching Ultraman & Johnny Soko's flying robot (US name for Giant Robo) along with 海底少年マリン, Kaitei Shōnen Marin and マッハGoGoGo, Mahha Gō Gō Gō after school.

I became a fan of extreme Japanese game shows when I saw an tape of Za Gaman (ザ・ガマン Recently I've seen a repackaged version of Takeshi's Castle (風雲!たけし城, Fūun! Takeshi-jō in the US I also follow Unbeatable Banzuke and Sasuke on cable channel G4.

By the way I can't read or write Nihongo my Japanese is courtesy of Wikipedia.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Good good, you've got all the good stuff.

Adya Clarity said...

I can't believe that this radiation has traveled so far so quickly. They are trying to downplay the safety issues and magnifying the less harmful substance. The fact is that the cesium 137 is also approaching maximum safe levels in our drinking water and food supply. We need to be sure to rinse our foods in sea salt or nascent iodine and treat our water with detoxifying substances.

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