A security camera inside the
Fukushima 1 nuclear plant reveals the final steps in the demolition
of a ferroconcrete structure. A mobile crane-mounted plasma torch cuts
through the skeletal remnant of a three-story building, methodically
cleaving the few remaining support beams, releasing dust clouds of burnt
Though the digital mosaic is often blurry, it's clear that only one
side of the structure is left standing, indicating that the three other
walls had been either removed earlier at nighttime or collapsed in the
Richter 5+ earthquakes that struck northeast Japan between June 17 and
The obvious conclusion could be drawn from the scene, which still goes
unreported by the media, but once again as throughout this crisis I
have always wished to be pleasantly wrong rather than painfully correct.
In response to my skeptical query, Japanese activists responded: "It
was definitely the No 4 reactor. We have not heard anything else
about it. It (the demolition) was done on the day when the nation was
focused on the government decision to raise the consumer tax."
The demolition of Reactor 4 - yet to be officially announced by TEPCO
or the Economy Ministry - has been overlooked by the mass media and
even the anti-nuclear movement, which are preoccupied by the ongoing
protests in the capital Tokyo against the reopening of the Oi nuclear
power plant and a parliamentary vote for a higher consumption tax. On
June 26, after a divisive debate among his party members, Prime Minister
Yoshihiko Noda and his supporters in the ruling Democratics introduced
a bill doubling the consumption tax - timed to divert public attention
from the deteriorating conditions at Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant. If
the videoclip is indeed of a collapsed Reactor 4, then Japan and the
rest of the world are in for a long hot summer and much worse ahead.
Three days after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima
No.1 nuclear plant, its Reactor 4 sustained massive damage in an engulfing
blaze on March 14 and in the subsequent re-ignition two days later. Then
and ever since, TEPCO and the government has claimed that the fire at
unit 4 was triggered by "hydrogen gas released from a nearby reactor,"
which would have been Reactor 2.
At the time of 3.11 disaster and soon thereafter over Rense radio, I
stated without equivocation that hydrogen leakage could not have been
the cause of the Reactor 4 fire, since extremely overheated gas would
have combusted in contact with the air before reaching any other reactor.
I suggested then that the actual cause was a "never-before seen type
of nuclear explosion involving high-energy nuclear isotopes."
My logical deduction back then - and since confirmed by leaks
and official disclosures - was that Reactor 4 had been recently loaded
with fresh fuel rods in preparation for start-up on March 12. Its planned
operation was kept secret and unscheduled, and therefore had to be linked
to illegal enrichment of weapons-grade uranium for the purpose of making
In contrast to the official story about hydrogen, the timeline of those
initial days indicates a reverse chain of cause and effect: A nuclear
blast inside Reactor 4 created enough heat to set its spent-fuel pool
on fire, and also intensified the neutron bombardment against a degraded
Reactor 3, which exploded in a mushroom cloud on the next day, March
15. That huge explosion, in turn, re-ignited the Reactor 4 spent-fuel
fire. These synergistic high-energy nuclear events did not constitute
a classical chain reaction, for if complete fission had occurred an
area many times larger than Nagasaki would have been leveled. Instead
of a single nuclear explosion, the Fukushima crisis is a protracted
series of nuclear events, unleashing a Pandora's Box of troubles onto
My appraisal during last year's meltdowns led to the conclusion that
melt-downs of fuel rods would quickly burn through core-reactor shrouds,
the steel containment chambers beneath, and then the concrete-block
footing. The consequences were obvious then, though not to the corps
of nuclear engineers: That the corium would tunnel into the landfill
of rock and sand, and on contact with water release enough high-pressure
steam to create a sinkhole under each reactor. Huge vents of steam,
as reported by nuclear workers, have since blown out through the ground
The unstable landfill would eventually become too weak to support the combined
weight of the reactors, spent-fuel pools, ferroconcrete structures and
all the water being pumped inside The inevitable result is a collapse
into a sinkhole, after which recovery of intact fuel rods would be impossible.
Finished Off by Earthquakes
Starting in the first hours of New Year's Day of this year, 2012, the
loose soil under Fukushima underwent liquefaction during a series of
earthquakes. The Fukushima 1 plant was completely evacuated in secret,
as police barricades were set up on incoming roads and military helicopters
sped in to evacuate remaining workers and engineers. Nighttime helicopter
flights were heard in the darkness over Minami-Soma town, indicating
that fuel rods were being airlifted into nearby river estuaries.
During the solemn New Year's holiday, when Japanese families rest at
home, few residents went outdoors. Those who did venture out with dosimeters
reported a major spike in radioactivity across northeast Japan. The
suddenly higher readings across the Northern Hemisphere indicated that
the piping for the No.4 core reactor and containment chamber had ruptured,
probably when a reactor fell into a sinkhole.
Highly radioactive particles littering the ground were soon spotted
by local residents - the first of the "black dust" reports - which I
suggested, were fragmented pieces of heat-cracked fuel rods airlifted from
atop Reactor 4. The New Year's season was not the first occasion for
helicopter airlifts. In the days immediately after the March 11 disaster,
a long cigar-shaped casket - suspected of containing weapons-grade fissile
material smuggled in from the U.S. military stockpile in Armadillo,
Texas - was hooked and pulled out of the Reactor 4 fuel pool by a Special
From June 17 to June 22, another series of 5+ quakes apparently snapped
the heat-weakened steel beams that supported the spent-fuel pool, sending
more than 1,500 fuel rods tumbling down over the twisted-metal wreckage of
Reactor 4. Thus, the nuclear-emergency minister, Goshi Hosono, must
have rushed out a secret order to tear down the heat-warped concrete
structure, while his prime minister diverted media coverage and public
attention with a grandstand speech to double the consumption tax. Behind
this media spectacle staged less than 18 months after the 3.11 disaster,
the Fukushima nuclear crisis has reached the point of no return.
In an otherwise hopeless situation, I stick to my early-on recommendation
that the only feasible method to neutralize sunken reactors is to pump
in borax brine (not boric acid, which eats away at metal) that will
gradually crystalize to create a vast subterranean neutron-absorbing
barrier, an artificial salt bed that an take solid form even under watery
Secret Activities by GE-Hitachi
The nuclear industry, regulatory agencies and the IAEA deliberately
lied about the presence of nuclear fuel inside Reactor 4 and 5 (and
earlier inside No.3 before it exploded), which all supposedly had been
emptied for scheduled maintenance and down time. Only three reactors
- Nos. 1, 2 and 6 - were authorized for electric-generation
in the month of March 2011. In fact, uranium enrichment for weapons-production
was being prepared inside the supposedly idle reactors.
Nearly a year after the blast at Reactor 4, TEPCO finally gave into
the public pressure and disclosed the refitting of its core reactor
with a new shroud, needed for the switch from uranium fuel rods to more
powerful MOX, or mixed oxides of uranium and plutonium. In total secrecy,
GE had brought in an American crew for the work with Hitachi engineers
to install the denser neutron shield.
While in the autumn of 2010, a Diet committee had approved experimental
test-runs of MOX fuel, Japanese legislators were never informed of the
specifics and most understood that only Reactor 3 would be tested. Some
Diet members had protested in committee hearings with TEPCO and the
Economy Ministry representatives that the GE reactors were not designed
to handle MOX fuel, but their objections were brushed aside under the
rubric of nuclear safety.
The executives of GE, Hitachi and Toshiba, Economy MInistry officials,
and nuclear regulatory agencies, including the IAEA and DOE, are undoubtedly
guilty of falsification of safety studies, deliberate subversion of
democratic procedures, and at the very least manslaughter abetted by
corruption and bribery.
Justice Must Be Served
These murderous business executives and government leaders - salesmen
of death, disease and destruction - still maintain the pretense that
nothing is happening inside Fukushima 1, while they shamelessly bribe
government officials and politicians in Lithuania, Britain and dozens
of other countries for multi-billion euro contracts to install
new nuclear reactors, practically identical in design to the ones that
exploded in Fukushima.
Their plans are nothing short of diabolical. GE-Hitachi (hybridized
as GEH) is proposing to build a plutonium breed reactor at the troubled
British Sellafield plant, which once reprocessed Japan's MOX fuel just
south of the Scottish border. This type of reactor, which produces more
high-grade plutonium than it consumes, has already failed years of money-wasting
and radiation-leaking operations at the Monju facility in Tokai Province,
GEH is now getting ready to test its new laser plasma extraction technology,
which is claimed to separated out uranium and plutonium from spent MOX
rods more efficiently than the tributyl phosphorus chemical treatment
system. Disastrous laser plasma accidents have been routinely covered
up since an initial test run in the 1960s torched the U.S. lab facility
and seared a tunnel through solid rock. Like stupid little boys who
play with matches and lighters, the nuclear industry never worries about
burning down the neighborhood.
At an ethical level, our leaders are guilty of a fast-approaching
mass murder and environmental devastation, and possibly genocide, depending
on how the cancer toll over the coming decades is counted. The
dead, the dying and the soon-to-die cannot rest until justice is done.
Those responsible must be brought before stern justice to receive the
ultimate punishment and nothing less.
If the undeclared war against victims with radiation-triggered illnesses
across northeast Japan offers any indicator of things to come, it will
not be long before the World Health Organization, partner agency of
the IAEA, unleashes a super-flu virus and then distributes cyanide capsules
to the sickly survivors around the world. The globalist madmen who dare
claim ownership of this once living, now dying planet must be stopped -
taken out - by people who still have a conscience and their courage
intact before the clock runs out.
Yoichi Shimatsu, former general editor of The Japan Times Weekly, is
an environmental consultant working in Southeast Asia and Japan.