- Soon after Japan's triple disaster, I suggested that
an official cover-up of a nuclear-weapons program hidden inside the Fukushima
No.1 plant was delaying the effort to contain the reactor meltdowns. Soon
after the tsunami struck, the Tokyo Electric Power Company reported that
only three reactors had been generating electricity on the afternoon of
March 11.. (According to the initial report, these were the older GE-built
reactors 1,2 and 6.). Yet overheating at five of the plant's six reactors
indicated that two additional reactors had also been operating (the newer
and more advanced Nos. 3 and 4, built by Toshiba and Hitachi). The only
plausible purpose of such unscheduled operation is uranium enrichment toward
the production of nuclear warheads.
- On my subsequent sojourns in Japan, other suspicious
activities also pointed to a high-level cover-up, including systematic
undercounts of radiation levels, inexplicable damage to thousands of imported
dosimeters, armed anti-terrorism police aboard trains and inside the dead
zone, the jamming of international phone calls, homing devices installed
in the GPS of rented cars, and warning visits to contacts by government
agents discouraging cooperation with independent investigations. These
aggressive infringements on civil liberties cannot be shrugged off as an
overreaction to a civil disaster but must have been invoked on grounds
of national security.
- One telltale sign of high-level interference was the
refusal by science equipment manufacturers to sell isotope chromatography
devices to non-governmental customers, even to organizations ready to pay
$170,000 in cash for a single unit. These sensitive instruments can detect
the presence of specific isotopes, for example cesium-137 and strontium-90.
Whether uranium was being enriched at Fukushima could be determined by
the ratio of isotopes from enriched weapons-grade fissile material versus
residues from less concentrated fuel rods.
- Now six months after the disaster, the smoking gun has
finally surfaced, not on a Japanese paddy field but inside a pile of steer
manure from a pasture near Sacramento, California. Bull crap though it
may be, a sample of bovine excrement provides incontrovertible proof.
- Dropping from the Sky
- The sample of cattle dung and underlying soil was sent
to the nuclear engineering lab of the University of California, Berkeley,
which reported on September 6:
- We tested a topsoil sample and a dried manure sample
from the Sacramento area. The manure was produced by a cow long before
Fukushima and left outside to dry; it was rained on back in March and April.
Both samples showed detectable levels of Cs-134 and Cs-137, with the manure
showing higher levels than the soil probably because of its different chemical
properties and/or lower density.
- One interesting feature of t the Sacramento and Sonoma
soil samples is that the ratio of Cesium-137 to Cesium-134 is very large
- approximately 17.6 and 5.5, respectively. All of our other soil samples
until now had shown ratios of between 1 and 2. We know from our air and
rainwater measurements that material from Fukushima has a cesium ratio
in the range of approximately 1.0 to 1.5, meaning that there is extra Cs-137
in these two soil samples. The best explanation is that in addition to
Fukushima fallout, we have also detected atmospheric nuclear weapons testing
fallout in these soils. Weapons fallout contains only Cs-137 (no Cs-134)
and is known to be present in older soils ..Both of these samples come
from older soils, while our samples until this point had come from newer
- To cut the bull, permit me these simple observations:
The last atmospheric nuclear blast at the Nevada Test Site occurred in
1962, whereas the manure was presumably dropped less than 49 years ago.
Over the past year, the approximate life-span of a cow patty, the rain
that fell on the plain came not from a former province of Spain. Within
that short time-frame, the only possible origin of radioactive fallout
was Fukushima.To think otherwise would be lame.
- Sun-dried manure is more absorbent than the rocky ground
of Northern California, which explains the higher level in Sacramento dung
than in the Sonoma soil. As a rule of thumb, the accuracy of radiation
readings tends to improve with higher concentration of the test material.The
manure acted like a sponge for the collection of radioactive rainfall.
Its ratio of Cs-137 (resulting from enriched uranium) to Cs-134 (from a
civilian fuel rod) is more than 17-to-1. Larger by 1,700 percent, this
figure indicates fission of large amounts of weapons-grade material at
- What about the findings of lower ratios in samples gather
earlier? The recent higher readings were probably based on either late
releases from a fire-destroyed extraction facility or the venting of reactor
No.3, a Toshiba-designed unit that used plutonium and uranium mixed oxide
or MOX fuel. Unannounced nighttime airborne releases in early May caused
radiation burns in many people, as happened to my forearms. Those plumes
then drifted toward North America.
- Enrichment of uranium for nuclear warheads is prohibited
under constitutional law in Japan and by terms of the Non-Proliferation
Treaty. Since no suspects have been charged by prosecutors, this cannot
be a plot by a few individuals but stands as the crime of a national entity.
Japan is a rogue state and international outlaw.This should not come as
a surprise, considering its past.
- Yellow-Cake Factory 608
- Fukushima Province has a history of involvement in atomic
weapons development, according to a New York Times article by Martin Fackler
titled "Fukushima's Long Link to a Dark Nuclear Past" (Sept.
6). Following the lead of Japanese news reports, the correspondent visited
the town of Ishikawa, less than an hour's drive south of the Fukushima
No.1 nuclear plant. There he interviewed Kiwamu Ariga who as a student
during the war was forced to mine uranium ore from a local foothill to
supply the military-run Factory 608, which refined the ore into yellow-cake.
- "Then one day, Mr. Ariga recalled, an officer finally
explained what they were after: 'With the stones that you boys are digging
up, we can make a bomb the size of a matchbox that will destroy all of
- Following up on Fackler[s account, I did a quick search
to find that Tohoku University, located in nearby Sendai, was and continues
to be a leading center of nuclear physics research. In 1934, faculty professor
Tadayoshi Hikoshaka wrote a paper stating the atom contains unimaginably
enormous energy, suggesting its use as a weapon. Nuclear theory frm the
Imperial universities - Tokyo, Kyoto and Tohoku - were based on calculations
reputedly more accurate than those of Werner Heisenberg and the German
physicists working on the Nazi-sponsored A-bomb program.
- Several research groups worked on building a super-weapon
for militarist Japan. The Naval Technology Research Institute was best-positioned
due to its secret cooperation with the German Navy. Submarine U-234 was
captured in the Atlantic after Germany's surrender with a cargo of uranium
along with two dead passengers - Japanese military officers .Soon after
departing Norway, U-864 was bombed and sunk, carrying a load of two tons
of processed uranium..
- U-Boats Break Blockade
- Other submarines slipped through the Allied blockade
transferring a variety of advanced technologies, some of which would later
spur Japan's postwar economic miracle. As the Red Army converged on Berlin
in summer 1945, German leaders determined that Japan was key to the future
triumph of Nazism and so the Gestapo set up its new international headquarters
in Kobe. My relatives, belonging to a naval family in Yokohama, remember
arrivals of huge U-boats with crews of "fair-haired German sailors,
such polite young gentlemen", some of whom performed concerts of Bach
at receptions. (That's compared with the uncouth behavior of American GIs
who went on rampages of rape, robbery and assault, which forced the Japanese
government to revive "comfort women" or sex slavery at the gates
of U.S. military bases.)
- The Japanese military labs in Nagoya came close to completion
of an atomic bomb, but then had to flee the incendiary attacks on Japanese
cities, relocating its 3,000-member staff to the uranium-rich island of
Konan, since renamed Hungnam, in north Korea (soon to be taken over by
Stalin and now the center of the DPRK nuclear program). This transfer deprived
Japan of three critical months in the race against the Manhattan Project.
- Running Hog Wild
- In the article for the Atlanta Constitution, dated, Oct.
2, 1946, David Snell reported that the Japanese military had successfully
tested a nuclear weapon off Konan on Aug. 12, 1945. There are detractors
who dispute the account by a decommissioned Japanese intelligence officer
to the American journalist, stationed in occupied Korea with the 24th Criminal
Investigation Detachment of the U.S. Army. A cursory check on his background
shows Snell to have been a credible reporter for Life magazine, who also
contributed to the Smithsonian and The New Yorker magazines. A new book
is being written by American and Russian co-authors on the Soviet shoot-down
of the Hog Wild, a B-29 that flew over Konan island soon after the war's
- Due to its endemic paranoia about all things nuclear,
the U.S. government had a strong interest in suppressing the story of Japan's
atomic bomb program during the war, just as Washington now maintains the
tightest secrecy over the actual situation at Fukushima. Despite these
best-laid plans of officialdom, pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are falling
- The emerging picture shows that nuclear-weapons development,
initiated in 1954 by Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi and supervised by Yasuhiro
Nakasone, was centered inside civilian nuclear plants, since the Self-Defense
Forces were bound by strict Constitutional rules against war-making and
the Defense Agency is practically under the direct supervision of the U.S.
Joint Chiefs of Staff. Funding came from the near-limitless budget of the
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which today claims financial insolvency
without explanation of how its vast cash holdings disappeared. A clandestine
nuclear program must be expensive, since it would include the cost of buying
the silence of parliament, the bureaucracy and foreign dignitaries.
- Underground Testing
- The bomb program was accelerated during the media-inflamed
"North Korean crisis" of 2005-06, which led to the ascendancy
of Kishi's grandson as prime minister. On taking office, Shinzo Abe repeated
verbatim his patriarch's statement that nuclear weapons are defensive and
permissible under the postwar "peace" Constitution.
- The final step of warhead testing was likely given a
wink and nod from the Bush administration, which favored a militaristic
regime in Tokyo. In early 2011, an unannounced underground nuclear test
was conducted in northwest Japan, according to sources in Japanese intelligence.
A slight atmospheric shock wave was picked up by GPS monitors in South
Korea and China, and blogs later speculated that a nuclear blast had caused
the Tohoku earthquake. Though implausible since these test devices are
miniscule compared with the Soviet blockbusters that triggered quakes in
Iran and Turkey, northeast Japan is a geophysical zone with extraordinary
seismic sensitivity. An international investigation is urgently needed,
and if a causal relationship can be established, the bomb planners should
be indicted for mass murder.
- Following the March 11 disaster, TEPCO sent a team of
250 emergency personnel into the plant, yet only 50 men were assigned to
cooling the reactors. The other 200 personnel stayed out of sight, possibly
to dismantle an underground plutonium-extraction facility. No foreign nuclear
engineers or Japanese journalists were ever permitted entry into the reactor
- Radiation leakage from Fukushima No.1 prevented local
police from rescuing hundreds of tsunami survivors in South Soma, many
of whom consequently went unaided and died of wounds or exposure. Tens
of thousands of farmers have lost their ancestral lands, while much of
Japan's agriculture and natural areas are contaminated for several generations
and possibly longer, for the remaining duration of the human species wherever
uranium and plutonium particles have seeped into the aquifers.
- TEPCO executives, state bureaucrats and physicists in
charge of the secret nuclear program are evading justice in contempt of
the Constitution. As in World War II, the Japanese conservatives in their
maniacal campaign to eliminate their imagined enemies succeeded only in
perpetrating crimes against humanity and annihilating their own nation.
If history does repeat itself, Tokyo once again needs a tribunal to send
another generation of Class-A criminals to the gallows.