On eve of Olympic host selection, Tokyo governor wants media to look past nuclear crisis

Inose slams Fukushima coverage

AFP-JIJI

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, at his final news conference before the selection of the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics, blasted media coverage of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and said people should not believe scare stories.

He also stressed that the central government has stepped in to address the toxic water problem at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant as the International Olympic Committee gets ready to decide between Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid.

The crisis surrounding the plant has dogged every news conference in the last week by the Tokyo bid officials. Pointed questions were raised about the large quantities of radioactive groundwater seeping from Fukushima No. 1 into the Pacific.

Inose said he believes every necessary measure is now being taken.

“What happened in Fukushima in terms of the tsunami and the earthquake was an event that only takes place once every 1,000 years, the last time being in 869,” he said in answer to a question on if it was fair that IOC members had for the first time begun voicing reluctance last week to vote for Tokyo due to the nuclear crisis.

“With the leaking contaminated water what can we do? Well Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe said on Aug. 8 that Tepco should no longer be in charge and measures were put in place. On Sept. 3, ¥47 billion was set aside to tackle this project,” the governor said, referring to plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.

“The entire government is taking responsibility. Furthermore, this contaminated water covers an area of 0.3 sq. km and we will be able to see the direction it takes.

“So much rumor has been conveyed by the media. When it was discussed by the Cabinet on Sept. 3 on what to do, the paper was published in both Japanese and English,” he continued. “First of all you should read the statement and then ask questions. Fact and basis should be reported. We will provide all the data and that will be fair.”

Anger at the source

FUKUSHIMA
Kyodo

Residents in Fukushima Prefecture have reacted angrily to remarks by Tokyo’s Olympic bid chief in the city’s final pitch to host the 2020 Games, saying he made light of their plight.

Tsunekazu Takeda said on Wednesday in Buenos Aires that Tokyo is safe because it is far from Fukushima No. 1.

A 37-year-old housewife, who evacuated to Tokyo from Fukushima after the nuclear crisis began in March 2011, said Takeda “emphasized that Tokyo is safe, but that only serves to show that the situation in Fukushima is serious.”

  • wooster_sores

    Three China Syndromes in one location, nuclear fuel burning through containment and now possibly sitting one kilometer beneath the plant, and he is complaining about the press coverage?

    There are NO measures that can alleviate this situation Mr Inose. It would be safer to hold the Olympics on top of Mt. Vesuvius than in Japan.

    • Masa Chekov

      “Three China Syndromes in one location, nuclear fuel burning through containment and now possibly sitting one kilometer beneath the plant”

      -Citation needed

      The situation is pretty bad at the plant, but don’t go just making stuff up now. That does nobody any good.

      • wooster_sores

        U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, Nuclear Engineering Division:

        “We perform experiments simulating reactor core melt accidents in which molten core debris (“corium”) erodes the concrete floor of a containment building. This occurred during the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.”

        http://www.ne.anl.gov/capabilities/rsta/cci/

        They found that corium lava can melt upwards of 30 cm or 1 foot of concrete in 1 hour.

        Corium burning at 1ft an hour for 178 days = it could be 1.3 kilometres or nearly a mile underground by now.

      • Masa Chekov

        -Where does 178 days come from? It’s been over 900 days since 3/11. And nothing like you have described has been observed.

        -And you do realize that you can’t just linearly extrapolate something and expect it to have meaning, right? The physical world doesn’t work like that.

      • Roger Blomquist

        Actually, there is good physical and chemical evidence that little or no concrete erosion has occurred at Fukushima. Some of the products of concrete degradation are gases that are easily detected, but have not been. The Argonne reference was easily misinterpreted.

      • Roger Blomquist

        There is strong physical and chemical evidence that little or no concrete degradation was caused by molten core debris at Fukushima. The reactions that occur during such processes are easily detectable. I believe this comment satisfies all of your comment criteria.

      • wooster_sores

        Source?

      • Roger Blomquist

        The head of the Fukushima emergency support effort at Argonne National Laboratory, who is also a world authority on corium-concrete interactions. He has conducted many such experiments.

      • wooster_sores

        I see that the Argonne website has been changed recently.

        It previously stated:

        “We perform experiments simulating reactor core melt accidents in which molten core debris (“corium”) erodes the concrete floor of a containment building. This occurred during the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.”

        But it now says:

        “We perform experiments simulating imagined reactor core melt accidents in which molten core debris (“corium”) might erode the concrete floor of a containment building. There is physical evidence that little or no such erosion has occurred at Fukushima, and none occurred at Three Mile Island.”

        Thankfully the orginal text has been recorded for posterity however.

      • Roger Blomquist

        The original text was written ambiguously, permitting misinterpretation and exaggeration. The ambiguity has been removed and replaced with a more precise and accurate description of the state of the reactors.

      • David

        Blomquist wrote: The head of the Fukushima emergency support effort at Argonne National Laboratory, who is also a world authority on corium-concrete interactions. He has conducted many such experiments.

        Sounds like a joke right here when the same world authority ambiguously wrote the truth at first and then is told by the big wigs to change their tunes by the Nuke industry.
        We know the truth, the concrete is no longer there to support anything from these cores.

      • Roger Blomquist

        And you know this exactly how?

  • Toolonggone

    “if it was fair that IOC members had for the first time begun voicing reluctance last week to vote for Tokyo due to the nuclear crisis.”

    Well if he truly believes it is not, he should have come to Buenos Aires to defend a bidding organizer from recalcitrant media over the issues. It is not bidder’s responsibility to response to the questions regarding Fukushima. That’s government’s job. Period.