Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Japan is facing its greatest crisis.  From March 12th, news of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant worried people across the nation.  Hydrogen explosions in the No. 1 and No. 3 reactors were shocking, but information of today’s explosion of the No. 2 reactor seemed different, and at TEPCO’s morning press conference there were only things that TEPCO had done wrong.  The announcement was filled with the word “seems” and even to the untrained eye, it was clear the truth was not being told.  We were able to read the unusual situation from their attitudes and their holding of a press conference. 

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located in the town of Okuma in the Futaba District of Fukushima Prefecture. 
Operation start date and plant prime contractors are as follows.  (From the TEPCO website.)

No. 1 March 1971 GE


No. 2 July 1974 GE and Toshiba


No. 3 March 1976 Toshiba


No. 4 October 1978 Hitachi


No. 5 April 1978 Toshiba


No. 6 October 1979 GE and Toshiba

Japan’s first maritime accident in 1978 with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant  (No. 3 reactor)  has been published about 30 years after the accident.  Even if the extent was not to the level of this accident, if Japan and TEPCO continue to proceed with the same response, because times are different, we want them to get rid of their old fashioned way of thinking. 

On another subject: TEPCO’s website.  As of 10am on March 15th, according to the site, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the nuclear power page was all in operation (as represented by smiley face icons).  ※When checked at 10:50am this had been edited.  Because this is a situation, and maybe they are not in a position to do something, however we feel that as a company, they should be a little nervous and take appropriate action. 

According to NHK news regarding the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, there was an explosion noise in the vicinity of the facility that adjusts the pressure of the containment vessel that holds the reactor, and the containment vessel pressure decreased.  Because the amount of radiation around the site has risen sharply, some of the employees began to leave the facility under the direction of the plant director.  At that time, radiation was 16 times the limit when tested around the main gates of the plant.  
The information above came from Prime Minister Kan’s morning press conference.

The extent of the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake and the tsunami were of a scale unforeseen by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, however from its 1971 beginnings major earthquakes have taken place both in Japan and abroad, and so we have to wonder about the experts answering that it was “unforeseen.”    Just as Japan is promoting being a technological powerhouse,  falling into a situation that calls into question risk management technology/capability is unexpected.  The assumed time is supposed to be adequate.  Even with this kind of damage, so that the general public is not affected, it is said that Japan is a true technological powerhouse.  From what various experts have said, it is assumed that this can be handled.  Even if other countries and the foreign media criticize them, the situation is self-invited.  Japan’s downfall is that it is a capable country, but sometimes it doesn’t do anything, and situations arise where nothing can be done.   Perhaps it is the nature of the Japanese people, however with this accident things won’t be dismissed with this explanation. 

Written on March 15th morning

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