Nuclear Expert: Fukushima “like the worst nightmare becoming reality” — Released as much as 1,000 atomic bombs worth of radioactive material — “Everyone on earth has been exposed… an increase in cancer will be the result”

Nuclear Expert: Fukushima “like the worst nightmare becoming reality” — Released as much as 1,000 atomic bombs worth of radioactive material — “Everyone on earth has been exposed… an increase in cancer will be the result”:

Interview with nuclear engineer Hiroaki Koide (translation by Prof. Robert Stolz, transcription by Akiko Anson), published Mar 8, 2016 (emphasis added):

  • As for the scale of the [Fukushima] accident… we simply don’t know… all the measuring equipment was destroyed at the time of the accident…
  • The Japanese government has reported estimates [of] 1.5×10^16 Becquerels of Cs-137, which would make it a release of 168 times more radioactive material than the Hiroshima bombing. And this is only material released into the atmosphere…

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Prof. Hiroaki Koide: Fukushima ‘Is Not Under Control At All’ – ‘Accident Is Still Progressing After 3 Years’ – ‘We Can’t Do Anything’

– AP: Radioactive material spews into air & sea at Fukushima — Asahi: Exposure levels spike — Nuclear Expert: We don’t even know where 3 melted reactor cores are… it’s not under control at all; Still getting worse 3 years later (AUDIO) (ENENews, March 11, 2014):

Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2014: The number of workers who were exposed to more than 5 millisievert – the benchmark annual exposure level for seeking labor compensation for developing leukemia – had fallen to 98 in June 2013 but surged back as high as 398 in October before slightly leveling off to about 250 in January.

Asahi Shimbun, Mar. 9, 2014: About half of the workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the three years since the triple meltdown have been exposed to more than 5 millisieverts of radiation, a level used as a radiation exposure reference for humans. The levels of radiation exposure among workers at the crippled Fukushima plant have decreased since the 2011 nuclear accident, but there was a spike from last summer with the problem of dealing with the growing volume of radiation-contaminated water.

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BBC Interview: “News about Fukushima… keeps getting worse” — Japan Professor: “Rash of disease” in Fukushima children, rate of cancer in thyroid up to “dozens of times higher than usual” — Expert: Forcible radiation exposure by gov’t

BBC Interview: “News about Fukushima… keeps getting worse” — Japan Professor: “Rash of disease” in Fukushima children, rate of cancer in thyroid up to “dozens of times higher than usual” — Expert: Forcible radiation exposure by gov’t (AUDIO) (ENENews, Jan 1, 2014):

Professor Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Reactor Research Institute, Apr. 24, 2013: […] the Sendai High Court […] acknowledges a danger of low-level radiation exposure, it says no immediate risk on health.  In addition, it concludes the only solution is to evacuate or relocate; changing schools is not enough to avoid radiation exposure over 1mSv/y. Yes, that point of the conclusion is absolutely right.  In order to avoid radiation exposure over 1mSv/y, there’s no other way to evacuate from contaminated areas including Koriyama city.  The government has responsibility to do so, and I’ve been insisting so. In spite of that, the judgment dismisses a claim of plaintiffs saying they may be able to evacuate or relocate anywhere if they want safer environment below 1mSv/y. The problem is clear that the government is responsible for this forcible radiation exposure toward children; people in contaminated areas are not responsible for.  The Court which cannot recognize this point is very much like a slave of nation.

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Prof. Hiroaki Koide: Humans Must ‘Decommission’ Fukushima Reactors – Robots Can’t Do Anything Basically (Video)

Japan Nuclear Expert: Humans must ‘decommission’ Fukushima reactors — Robots can’t do anything basically (VIDEOS) (ENENews, Oct 23, 2012):

Watch video of the interview here

Interview with Hiroaki Koide
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Filmed: Oct. 18, 2012
Published: Oct. 23, 2012
Translation: Fukushima Diary

Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Reactor Research Institute: You should think robot can’t do anything basically. It has nothing to do with settling the situation. […] They can’t be a help at all. […] Japan hasn’t developed a robot for nuclear emergency at all on the assumption that nuclear accident can never happen. However, some European nations and US have such robots indeed, but their capacity is very limited regardless of remote controlling technology. After all, it must be done by human.

See how they found the melted fuel at Chernobyl here

Japan Nuclear Expert: ‘There Is No Solution’ For Fukushima – ‘We Will Have To Give Up’

Japan Nuclear Expert: “There is no solution, we will have to give up” at Fukushima plant (VIDEO) (ENENews, Oct 22, 2012):

Interview with Prof. Hiroaki Koide
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Published: Oct. 21, 2012
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Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Reactor Research Institute: There are a lot of problems and Tepco and Japanese government state they are going to pick the melted fuel up someday, somehow. I personally think it’s impossible. Because there is no solution, we will have to give it up. We will have to build stone coffin like Chernobyl for reactor 1, 2 and 3. However, at least they must remove the fuel assemblies on the bottom of spent fuel pools somehow before building stone coffin.

Watch Koide’s interview here

Prof. Hiroaki Koide: Tokyo Area As Contaminated As Fukushima

Japan Newspaper: Tokyo area turned out to be as contaminated as Fukushima -Kyoto Professor (ENENews, Aug 11, 2012):

August 4, 2012 report in the Hokkaido Newspaper translated by Fukushima Diary:


Professor Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Reactor Research Institute, during July 29, 2012 lecture at Doshisha University: According to government’s research, Tokyo area turned out to be as contaminated as radiation controlled area like in Fukushima. Millions of people are living in radiation controlled area, where I work with a small nuclear reactor.

ABC Interview: ‘So If There Was A Problem With Reactor No. 4 SFP It Would Be The End Of Japan?’ – ‘Yes, There Is No One Who Denies That. We Cannot Sleep Peacefully’, Says Japan’s Former Ambassador To Switzerland (Video)

YouTube Added: 25.06.2012


In-depth update from ABC-Australia’s Mark Willacy, the ABC’s Japanese-speaking correspondent based in Tokyo.

Willacy interviews Japanese nuclear professor Hiroaki Koide, US energy policy adviser Robert Alvarez, TEPCO spokesman Yoshimi Hitosugi, undercover journalist Tomohiko Suzuki and most importantly retired diplomat to Switzerland, Misuhei Murata.

Murata states he has written to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, urging international intervention to save the world from another bigger nuclear catastrophe of the spent fuel pool at Unit 4 failing and releasing huge extra amounts of deadly radiation.

Experts Warn Of Possible Catastrophe At Japan Reactor (The Hindu)

Experts warn of possible catastrophe at Japan reactor (The Hindu, June 13, 2012):

Some nuclear experts are warning that spent fuel rods at a damaged plant in Japan could trigger a major catastrophe despite the government’s declaration in December that the emergency phase of the nation’s worst nuclear disaster was over.

Fifteen months after a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant and led to meltdowns, fears about reactor 4 have grown as its building holds a storage pool filled with 1,535 nuclear fuel rod assemblies.

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‘Even if the Japanese gov’t goes into bankruptcy, it still won’t be enough to compensate all the damages that will be produced’ from Fukushima Daiichi

‘Even if the Japanese gov’t goes into bankruptcy, it still won’t be enough to compensate all the damages that will be produced’ from Fukushima Daiichi (ENENews, June 1, 2012)

Japanese Nuclear Expert: ‘When I try to figure out the true magnitude of damage, I am overwhelmed’ – Almost all of Fukushima Prefecture would be abandoned if gov’t regulations were applied (VIDEOS)

Japanese Nuclear Expert: ‘When I try to figure out the true magnitude of damage, I am overwhelmed’ — Almost all of Fukushima Prefecture would be abandoned if gov’t regulations were applied (VIDEOS) (ENENews, June 1, 2012)

Nuclear Prof. Hiroaki Koide: 5,000 Hiroshima Bombs Worth Of Cesium-137 In Reactor No. 4 SFP A ‘Low Estimate’ (VIDEO)

Nuclear Professor: 5,000 Hiroshima bombs worth of cesium-137 in spent fuel pool No. 4 — “Low estimate” (VIDEO):

Footage of the NYC Press Conference May 4th 2012
Cinema Forum Fukushima

New York — Description: Japanese Nuclear Scientist and Japanese and US medical doctors to discuss current radiological health conditions and concerns in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor catastrophe.

Hiroaki KOIDE / Nuclear Reactor Specialist and Assistant Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute

Now, even taking low estimate the amount of cesium-137 that is contained in the [No. 4] spent fuel pool, it’s roughly 5,000 times the amount of cs-137 released during the Hiroshima bombing.

Hiroaki Koide: ‘Adults in Japan Should Eat Contaminated Food’ To Atone For The Sins Of Having Allowed Nuke Power


Hiroaki Koide: “Adults in Japan Should Eat Contaminated Food” to Atone for the Sins of Having Allowed Nuke Power (EX-SKF, May 4, 2012):

During the press conference in New York after the lecture on the status of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident and radiation contamination in Japan, Dr. Koide of Kyoto University repeated his mantra (or curse, to many Japanese) that the food contaminated with radioactive materials from Fukushima should be consumed by adults who have allowed the nuclear power plants.

From the Japanese transcript by Portirland blog (5/5/2012):


There is no clean food.

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Prof. Dr Hiroaki Koide On Asahi TV: If Reactor 4 SFP Cracks And Leaks This Would Be THE END … For A Wide Area Including Tokyo (Video)

Tokyo is already lost and finished.

More here:

Evacuate Tokyo And All US Forces From Japan! (Veterans Today): ‘Tokyo Radiation Level 25 Times The Fukushima Mandatory Evacuation Zone’

(Links on what will happen if Reactor 4 collapses are down below.)

YouTube Added: 09.03.2012


This video clip is part of a morning news & information TV program called “Morning Bird” by TV Asahi, aired on March 8, 2012.

The reporter is Mr. Toru Tamakawa. The expert is Dr. Hiroaki Koide, Research Associate at the Research Reactor Institute of Kyoto University.

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TEPCO And NHK Obfuscation Of Fukushima Reactor No.1 Corium Into The Concrete

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Study Shows Worse Picture of Meltdown in Japan – Prof. Hiroaki Koide: ‘I Have Always Argued That The Containment Is Broken, And That There Is The Danger Of A Wider Radiation Leak’

Institute of Applied Energy: Corium Could Be 2 Meters Deep Into Concrete

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 1: TEPCO and NHK’s Obfuscation on Corium in the Concrete (EX-SKF, Nov. 30, 2011):

In the first post on the subject, I translated what NHK reported:


It has been discovered by TEPCO’s analysis that the significant amount of Reactor 1’s melted fuel pierced through the steel Reactor Pressure Vessel and dropped onto the Containment Vessel, then melted the concrete at the bottom of the CV. It is estimated that the melted fuel may have eaten into the concrete to maximum 65 centimeters deep.

Maximum 65 centimeters deep from the bottom of the concrete floor, right?

Well no. It’s 65 centimeters from the bottom of the deep groove on the concrete floor.

And neither NHK nor TEPCO would bother to tell you how deep the groove is.

At least, NHK Kabun (NHK’s last remaining conscience, as far as I’m concerned) tweeted and gave the link to its blog post, where NHK’s analysis of the concrete-eating corium is shown with the screenshots from the program:

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Study Shows Worse Picture of Meltdown in Japan – Prof. Hiroaki Koide: ‘I Have Always Argued That The Containment Is Broken, And That There Is The Danger Of A Wider Radiation Leak’

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Institute of Applied Energy: Corium Could Be 2 Meters Deep Into Concrete

AND NOW … TEPCO Admits Reactor 1 Corium May Be 65 Centimeters into the Concrete Pedestal of Containment Vessel


Prof. Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University: ‘Massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again’ – Fukushima Reactor Core May Have Sunk Into The Ground – ‘We are now head to head with a situation that mankind has never faced before’

Prof. Hiroaki Koide of Kyoto University On The UGLY TRUTH About The Nuclear Disasters Of Chernobyl And Fukushima (Video)

Study Shows Worse Picture of Meltdown in Japan (New York Times, Nov. 30, 2011):

TOKYO — Molten nuclear fuel may have bored into the floor of at least one of the reactors at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the complex’s operator said Wednesday, citing a new simulation of the accident that crippled the plant in March.

The simulation suggested that the meltdown may have been more severe than had previously been thought.

Soon after an earthquake and a tsunami on March 11 knocked out cooling systems at the power plant, nuclear fuel rods in three of its six reactors overheated and slumped, the operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, has said.

In the No. 1 reactor, the overheated fuel may have eroded the primary containment vessel’s thick concrete floor, and it may have gotten almost within a foot of a crucial steel barrier, the utility said the new simulation suggested. Beneath that steel layer is a concrete basement, which is the last barrier before the fuel would have begun to penetrate the earth.

Some nuclear experts have warned that water from a makeshift cooling system now in place at the plant may not be able to properly cool any nuclear fuel that may have seeped into the concrete. The new simulation may call into question the efforts to cool and stabilize the reactor, but the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, says it is not worried more than eight months after the accident.

The findings are the latest in a series of increasingly grave scenarios presented by Tepco about the state of the reactors. The company initially insisted that there was no breach at any of the three most-damaged reactors; it later said that there might have been a breach, but that most of the nuclear fuel had remained within the containment vessels.

“This is still an overly optimistic simulation,” said Hiroaki Koide, an assistant professor of physics at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, who has been a vocal critic of Tepco’s lack of disclosure of details of the disaster. Tepco would very much like to say that the outermost containment is not completely compromised and that the meltdown stopped before the outer steel barrier, he said, “but even by their own simulation, it’s very borderline.”

“I have always argued that the containment is broken, and that there is the danger of a wider radiation leak,” Mr. Koide said. “In reality, it’s impossible to look inside the reactor, and most measurement instruments have been knocked out. So nobody really knows how bad it is.

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TEPCO Opens Fukushima Nuclear Plant To Journalists – Prof. Hiroaki Koide: ‘Nobody Knows Where Exactly The Fuel Is, Or In What Condition’

“I think it’s remarkable that we’ve come this far,” Hosono said. “The situation at the beginning was extremely severe. At least we can say we have overcome the worst.”

The worst is yet to come:

Silent Death – Horror Scenario Awaits Japan (The Low-Level Radiation Myth Exposed)

A possible worst case scenario looks like this (Flashback):

If Fukushima Reactor No. 4 Fuel Rods Spill On The Ground Tokyo And Yokohama Will Be Lost

Excellent Arnie Gundersen Interview: Leave Tokyo If There Is A Severe Aftershock And The Unit 4 Building Collapses, Now That The Winds Have Turned

See also:

Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool Is Completely ‘EXPOSED’ – Ambulances Heard At Least 10 Times A Day At Fukushima Nuclear Plant (Video) (Nov. 9, 2011)

Tepco officials and journalists look at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from inside a bus. Photograph: Reuters

Japan’s Fukushima plant opened to journalists (Guardian, Nov. 13, 2011):

Conditions inside the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan remain grim and shambolic eight months after the site was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami, according to the first journalists allowed inside since the disaster.

Officials showed reporters around the plant for the first time since March when the natural disasters triggered a meltdown in three of the plant’s reactors, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Martin Fackler, the New York Times’ Tokyo bureau chief, said the site was strewn with piles of rubble virtually untouched since the tsunami struck.

He said: “There’s debris all around where the reactors are – twisted metal, crumpled trucks, large water tanks that have been dented and bent.

“You can see that this stuff has been strewn around and it has not been picked up and it’s been there for eight months.

“So I think that more than anything is a testament to how difficult a time they’ve had in trying to get those reactors under control.”

Radiation levels were still “very high”, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

The visitors all wore full protective suits, double layers of gloves and plastic boot covers and hair nets, and carried respiration masks and radiation detectors, as the site remains highly radioactive. (Shaking my head in disbelief.)

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The Fukushima Melt-Outs: Chernobyl Versus Fukushima – An Overview

What must be done for melt out (Fukushima Diary, Oct. 30th, 2011):

Currently, at least 3 reactors are having melt out.

Even Prof. Hiroaki  Koide from Kyoyo University, who has been the most insightful advisory of us says, there is no major risk of explosion as long as the fuel rods are underground.

Tepco announced they started building the impermeable wall on the sea side of reactor 1~4 on 10/28/2011. They say it takes 2 years to build.

However, in Chernobyl, the biggest concern was the explosion underground after melt out.

They put tons of human robots to settle it down.

They assumed if melted fuel touches the underground water vein, it would cause hydrovolcanic explosion so the entire area of Europe would be uninhabited.

Soviet union was also afraid of the contamination of river.

They ended up putting 800,000 people to settle it down and they suffer from severe health damage.

In Japan, everything is concealed and nobody seems concerned about hydrovolcanic explosion and water contamination though it is likely to be going on already.

Though Fukushima had container vessel, now that all of them were destroyed,the situation is similar to Chernobyl.

Roughly estimating,Chernobyl needed 800,000 people.

In Fukushima, reactors 1~6 are in crisis, which means 800,000×6=4,800,000 people are needed to dedicate their lives.

The video is very insightful.

It explains what Soviet did to avoid hydrovolcanic explosion.

600 pilots died.

10,000 coal miners were put (all in 20s or 30s) into digging the hole under the reactor, and at least 2500 of them died before 40s.

In short, we must pay 6 times more price for Fukushima.

Yes, nuclear is cheap, and environmentally friendly.


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Researchers Find 6.15 MILLION Becquerels Per Square Metre In Fukushima City (Over 290,000 People), 4 Times Higher Than Chernobyl Mandatory Evacuation Area

Critics urge Japan to widen nuclear evacuation zone (Monsters & Critics, Oct 20, 2011):

Tokyo – Scientists, environmentalists and citizens groups have called for Japanese authorities to evacuate more areas in the wake of March’s nuclear accident after finding wider radiation contamination than officially reported.

Researchers have found up to 6.15 million becquerels per square metre of soil in Fukushima city, 60 kilometres north-west of a nuclear power plant that has been leaking radioactive material into the environment since it was damaged in an earthquake and tsunami in the spring.

The measurement is four times higher than the levels used to declare mandatory evacuation areas around Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the 1986 nuclear accident there, the Japanese branch of the environmental organization Friends of the Earth said.

‘The government should encourage children and pregnant women to evacuate’ the affected areas, Kanna Mitsuta, a Friends of the Earth researcher who participated in the survey, said Thursday.

Residents in the town’s district of Watari also found their Geiger counters going off their scales, which go up to 10 microsieverts per hour, Mitsuta said.

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Tokyo’s Setagaya Officials: Radiation Spike Unlikely From Fukushima

Oh, sure!

And I bet they will have to find a lot of ‘unidentified substances in bottles’ all over Japan soon.

More on Tokyo here.

And these ‘radiation terrorists’ sprinkle everything with Strontium-90:

News: This is where strontium is … It actually looks like everywhere (Fukushima Diary, Oct. 12, 2011)

Tokyo’s Setagaya Says Radiation Spike Unlikely From Fukushima (Bloomberg, Oct. 13, 2011):

Tokyo’s Setagaya district officials said an investigation today of a “high” radiation reading in the area indicates it may not have come from the crippled Fukushima reactors.

The district in the western part of the capital said earlier today it will expand tests in 258 locations after a local resident alerted authorities to a radiation spike that required partially blocking off a sidewalk to the public.

Investigators entered an unoccupied house alongside the sidewalk and radiation readings led them to remove floorboards where they found a case of unidentified substances in bottles, public broadcaster NHK reported.

“When a dosimeter was brought close to the bottles the radiation readings exceeded the limit of the device,” Setagaya Mayor Nobuto Hosaka said in a press conference carried by NHK. No further details were given on the possible contents of the bottles.

The reading was more than 30 microsieverts per hour, NHK reported, which equates to a dose of 157.7 millisieverts per year, or more than 150 times the internationally recommended safety level for the general public, according to a Science Ministry formula.

The discovery follows a flurry of reports this week on a rise in radiation readings in Tokyo and Yokohama, indicating fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has formed “hot spots” in the cities.

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