Five years ago Tokyo was on a “paper-thin margin” of a nuclear disaster

March 11, 2011 at 14:46 in the afternoon the train started shaking
March 11, 2011 at 14:46 in the afternoon the train started shaking

On March 11, 2011 in Saitama, Japan on business, I decided to get on the train for home which was unusual since I usually stay around for lunch with the people I work with. After buying the train ticket noticing the ticket was stamped at 12:44, I got on the train and headed back home. I still have the ticket. When the train stopped at the station before the station I get off on at 14:46, the train suddenly began vibrating and thought it was the emergency brakes. As the vibration intensified the train started loudly rattling and I immediately knew it was rattling because of an earthquake.

Usually when there are earthquakes in Tokyo, the first place I look for confirmation when outside are electric utility lines hanging between utility poles. This time the electric utility lines were bouncing up and down violently. I immediately got off the train to start walking home because I knew the train wouldn’t be moving anytime soon. Then the entire train station building started moving back and forth and that’s when I noticed the nine story building in front of the train station swaying back and forth like a card board box. I have never seen a concrete building sway back and forth like that. That’s when it suddenly occurred to me buildings must be collapsing in Tokyo not knowing where the earthquake was centered. This is it I thought, this is the earthquake everyone has been waiting for in Tokyo. Quite frankly, it scared the shit out of me. Apparently, Japan’s Prime Minster Kan had the shit scared out of him as well.

Source: The Telegraph

March 4, 2016

Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister

Five years on from the tsunami, the former Japanese prime minister says the country came within a “paper-thin margin” of a nuclear disaster

Naoto KanNaoto Kan talking to The Telegraph Photo: Julian Simmonds for The Telegraph

Mr Kan admitted he was frightened and said he got “no clear information” out of Tepco, the plant’s operator. He was “very shocked” by the performance of Nobuaki Terasaka, his own government’s key nuclear safety adviser. “We questioned him and he was unable to give clear responses,” he said.

“We asked him – do you know anything about nuclear issues? And he said no, I majored in economics.”

Mr Terasaka, the director of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, was later sacked. Another member of Mr Kan’s crisis working group, the then Tepco chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, was last week indicted on charges of criminal negligence for his role in the disaster.

Japan’s prime minister at the time of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has revealed that the country came within a “paper-thin margin” of a nuclear disaster requiring the evacuation of 50 million people.

In an interview with The Telegraph to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, Naoto Kan described the panic and disarray at the highest levels of the Japanese government as it fought to control multiple meltdowns at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

He said he considered evacuating the capital, Tokyo, along with all other areas within 160 miles of the plant, and declaring martial law. “The future existence of Japan as a whole was at stake,” he said. “Something on that scale, an evacuation of 50 million, it would have been like a losing a huge war.”

Read the entire article at The Telegraph.

Can somebody please telephone Pyongyang and ask them to calm down a bit, their neighbors are getting nervous?

See what happens when the UN with US oversight (UN was created for Anglo-American global hedge-money, sorry, I mean hegemony) placed economic sanctions on North Korea which apparently were the “strictest sanctions in decades“? South Korea’s foreign minister, Yun Byung-se, called it a “land mark resolution with the strongest ever non-military sanctions.” In light of this, Japan’s Shinzo Abe decided to stop plans to relocate US Marines on Okinawa. Too bad for the people who live in Okinawa, the military buildup trumps local resentment. Sort of justifies further military buildup going on in Japan, after all, can’t let the North Koreans get too uppity can we?

Notice financial structures are always followed by the military as China continues its economic, military and technological advances to say nothing of massive gold reserves and its planned currency being used world-wide. The news on television all morning focused on Japan’s purchasing American manufactured THAAD missile systems and joint American-Japanese military exercises. Don’t worry, there will be no nuclear war with North Korea, it’s just another round of intentional provocation for further weapons systems development and lucrative militarization. I find it interesting USA Today uses embedded url hyper links to their references to Wikipedia. As if Wikipedia is the final word on facts used in USA Today news stories?

Source USA Today

Japan PM suspends work on U.S. base on Okinawa

by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated

March 4, 2016

Okinawa US MarinesThis aerial Oct. 29, 2015 file photo shows Henoko of Nago city, Okinawa prefecture, where the Japanese government plans to relocate a U.S. air base from one area of Okinawa’s main island to another. (Photo: Kazuhiko Yamashita, AP)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he has decided to temporarily suspend preliminary work on moving a U.S. Marine Corps base on Okinawa and will resume talks on the contentious relocation plan.

TOKYO – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he has decided to temporarily suspend preliminary work on moving a U.S. Marine Corps base on Okinawa and will resume talks on the contentious relocation plan.

The central government and Okinawa’s prefectural government have been locked in a legal battle over relocating the base, with both sides suing the other.

Abe said that his government is accepting a court proposal not to force the reclamation work over Okinawa’s objections. The court in February made the proposal as an interim step allowing talks. Details of the proposal were not made public.

The sudden reversal of his policy to continue with the reclamation work is seen as a vote-buying attempt ahead of this summer’s parliamentary elections.

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga last year issued an order to suspend permission for the reclamation work. Then the central government sued to reverse the order, to which Okinawa counter-sued, seeking a court injunction.

The work involves filling in part of a bay to create off-coast runways for Futenma air station, which is now in a more densely populated area on the island.

Japan moves to space for its “structural reform” placing its own satellites up in an already crowded low orbit

"Bunker-like" NEC Satellite manufacturing facility in Fuchu, Japan can manufacture up to eight satellite at a time.
“Bunker-like” NEC Satellite manufacturing facility in Fuchu, Japan can manufacture up to eight satellites at a time.

There weren’t too many people I don’t think that caught the significance of the news two years ago in which it was stated Japan’s tech giants would “turn to space for growth” with several articles published one in the Wall Street Journal. Reading this news sort of makes people wonder if this is the equivalent of Japan saying that, “well, we’re about economically spent here so let’s move into space”? Sure would like to connect this ongoing news with the Bank of Japan making the decision it did on “negative interest rates” as part of Japan’s “structural reform.” Satellites in low orbit represent what Britain fought wars over to protect and those were the sea lanes for its global trade. Today, it looks as if those “sea lanes” are trade that will go on through satellites and Japan will need to secure that trade through its own satellites.

In Fuchu, Japan, a “bunker-like manufacuring facility” was constructed after NEC decided to drop its smartphone and semiconductor businesses to manufacture satellites. NEC, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Electric, are now working to increase their presence in the space industry. Japan’s domestic space industry generates about US$3 billion in sales a year of which 90 percent of this business is from the Japanese government. Currently, Japan has about 3.2 percent of the world-wide market share of US$195 billion in total space industry expenditure mostly being satellite manufacturing. One of the biggest reasons I can think for Japan turning to robotization and space is because of Japan’s shrinking population. In world-wide total satellite expenditure, it’s not the amount of money spent on satellites that is significant. What is significant is the digital information being transferred by satellites. That figure is in the trillions and trillions of dollars. And get ready for Galileo (makes global governance possible) because this European Union-based system is going operational this year. And furthermore, if anyone has any hesitations about whether or not private interests and governments will not go to great lengths to protect their new satellite “sea lanes” of trade, Russia developed a ground-based electronic weapon that can knock out competing satellites.

Transporting materials into space in a space elevator made from carbon nanotech graphene
Transporting materials into space in a space elevator made from carbon nanotech graphene

This kind of space related news is read quickly going past our computer screens and then easily forgotten, but this move into space by Japan is continuing including the announcement Japanese engineers were theoretically planning a space elevator. This is entirely within the realm of scientific possibility especially with the news released from the Japan-based Obayashi Corporation, one of Japan’s top five construction companies. Obayashi has been working on the feasibility of constructing a space elevator. The elevator Obayashi is panning would be constructed of carbon nanotechnology along the lines of utilizing the still developing carbon material graphene. When graphene is reduced to highly economical production costs, it is entirely possible a space elevator could be built by 2050 as Obayashi announced:

“Obayashi Corporation stated that the elevator would reach 96,000km (59,652 miles) into space (for reference, space lies beyond the Kármán Line, at an altitude of 100km, the International Space Station is 330km, and the moon is 384,400km from Earth), and use robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors (maglev, as seen in high-speed rail lines around Asia and Europe) to ferry cargo and humans to a new space station.”

Solar powerNow that everyone has a smart phone ( we are all Apple citizens now) and a smart meter, so it seems, this will require further sources of energy. Space-based solar power seems even more likely since Japan was crippled by the destruction of nuclear reactors in Fukushima, and so will be forced to explore alternative forms of energy. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), added further weight to the notion of a space-based solar power system:

“The agency is developing a complex road map involving a 1 GW extraterrestrial solar farm, a microwave beam and a man-made island in the Tokyo harbor which could be used collect solar energy in space and supply power to Earth by 2040.”

Japanese scientists reported from various news sources, are developing a spacecraft that will have a square screen of solar panels measuring more than 1.2 miles along on each side and use microwaves to beam energy down to Earth. The Japanese researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are working with Japan Space Systems to solve what they say is “one of the enduring problems associated with the most common form of renewable energy; it does not work at night and is inefficient in bad weather”. As Japan moves into space there will be further news coming on these developments including transmitting energy by using microwaves. Japanese scientists have already succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly which may make their plans for solar power generation in space a very real possibility. We are seeing the U.S., Russia, China, Japan and European countries all moving into space faster than most people realize when people consider there have been more than 7,000 satellites launched since Sputnik. Call it “ariel electron”…


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