Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 6:46 PM
I hope all goes well for you.
I received a mail from Madame Scilla Elworthy to which
I replied with my feeling on the totally renewed world situation.
I would very much like to have your frank comment on
my appreciation of the Trump presidency.
With highest regards,
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 5:26 PM
Dear Dr. Scilla Elworthy,
Thank you very much for the alarming information.
The regrettable nuclear contamination of the globe is thus unstoppable.
Just like theUK media you refer to,the mainstream of the wold continues to ignore the ongoing disaster at Fukushima.
It is for this reason that I evaluate the advent of the new
President-elect Donald Trump as having decisively deepened the already
commenced change of the main stream of the world, persistenly attached
to nuclear energy.
It is a maternal way of thinking that will secure the acceptable transition of power in the States.
The meeting between President Obama and President-elect Trump realized
thanks to President Obama’s inimitable maternal initiative seems to
have been extremely significant. Mr. Trump has shown his capacity
of understanding and wisdom, expressing readily his support for the
essentials of the Obama care.
I can only hope for the birth of a new main stream in conformity with the will of heavens and the earth.
The latest initiative of Pope Francis to apologize the poor for having
ignored them and to have invited some of homeless people to the Vatican
is quite meaningful.
The world is too complex to describe and foresee its future.
We can, however, depend on philosophy, that is to say, the will of
heavens and the earth or the law of the history researched by
philosophy, such as the inevitable fall of the arrogant and
We could thus stay always hopeful for a better future.
With warmest regards,
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland
From: Scilla Elworthy
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2016 5:53 AM
Subject: FW: Crippled Fukushima reactor now fully exposed
No doubt to the satisfaction of the nuclear industry and our
energy ministry, the UK media continues to ignore the ongoing disaster
Crippled Fukushima reactor fully exposed for first time since meltdown
Published time: 11 Nov, 2016 03:56
Fukushima’s Nuclear Plant reactor No. 1 has been fully exposed for the
first time since the March 2011 tragedy, after the utility company
safely removed the last cover sheet of the temporary protective
TrendsFukushima nuclear disaster
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) used an industrial crane to lift the
last of its 18 protective panels Thursday. Each of the panels
weighs around 20 tons and measure 23 by 17 meters.
The protective cover was erected in October 2011 as a temporary measure
to halt a radiation leak following a meltdown caused by a powerful
earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The dismantling of the panels
started in July 2015 and was concluded on Thursday.
At Unit 1, rubble from the damaged building caused by the hydrogen
explosion remains scattered and needs to be removed. The entire site is
highly contaminated and will now be covered with tarpaulins to avoid
the spread of radioactive waste. TEPCO is using anti-scattering agents
to keep the dust down. Small pieces of rubble that can create dust are
being vacuumed up while mist sprinklers are being used inside the
building to keep radiation under control.
TEPCO next plans to remove 392 fuel assemblies from the spent pool and
clean out the melted nuclear fuel from inside the building, NHK news
reported. The utility company is assessing the level of radiation
before continuing the cleanup process.
Scientists are also installing the necessary equipment to complete fuel
extraction which will only start in four years. Fuel removal from Unit
1's depleted fuel pool is scheduled to begin around March 2021,
according to TEPCO’s Mid- and Long-Term Roadmap that was revised in
In March 2011, a tsunami destroyed emergency generators at the plant.
They had been cooling the reactors. The tsunami led to three nuclear
meltdowns and the release of radioactive material. In Reactor 1,
overheating caused the creation of hydrogen gas. On March 12, an
explosion in Unit 1 destroyed the upper part of the building.
TEPCO’s decommission plan for the Fukushima nuclear power plant implies
at least a 30-40 year period before the consequences of the
meltdown are fully eliminated. So far the clean-up efforts have already
cost Japan in excess of $21 billion. According to the latest estimates
from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the decommissioning
costs will top $105 billion.