Japan Paper: We face a problem so large at Fukushima… we’re unable to grasp what’s happening — “Battle against radioactive water in doubt… impossible to deal with” at this time — Journalist: “3 years after nuclear disaster, nothing solved”

Monday, May 19, 2014
By Paul Martin

May 18th, 2014

Mainichi Daily News, May 17, 2014: Outcome of battle against radioactive water at Fukushima plant in doubt — We are facing a problem so large it’s impossible to see all its dimensions. Eventually, we’ll be able to grasp what’s happening, but for now, no. […] There is the relentless flow of the groundwater, a massive amount of it gushing into the plant’s basements every day. […] If this water pours into the reactor buildings and touches the atomic fuel inside, it picks up high concentrations of radioactive material […] At the moment, this radioactive water is impossible to deal with. […] I remembered the afterword from the historical novel “A Record of the Battle of Leyte” by the late Shohei Ooka. Ooka wrote that one’s own experience of combat cannot define an entire war, and that he had written the novel from his own reminiscences combined with prolonged research. […] We are now three years into the Fukushima nuclear crisis. We still cannot see everything that’s going on. What we can say for certain, though, is that neither the radiation nor the contaminated water at the plant is getting any less, and there is no guarantee that the battle against them will turn in our favor.

From earlier today: Japan Times: “Radiation has spiked to all-time highs” in ocean off Fukushima plant — Jiji: “Record-high radiation levels have been observed” Tepco says — Officials: “Cause of seawater spike is unknown”
Mainichi Daily News, May 18, 2014: Journalist makes documentary film after spending 2 years in Fukushima […] He would spend 20 years reporting on Palestine, and 10 years covering Iraq’s depleted uranium rounds. […] Despite his time reporting from battlefields, [Naomi] Toyoda was still struck with doubt while working in Fukushima Prefecture. “I didn’t know what I should do,” he says, to help the residents there who have been forced to live their lives together with the threat of radiation. […] Toyoda, in an expression of determination, says, “Three years after the nuclear disaster, nothing is solved. I’m going to keep on reporting.”

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