Akira Ono, plant chief for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of TEPCO, speaks to the media inside the main anti-earthquake building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushimaby Yuka Obayashi / via Japan Times / April 20, 2014 / The manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the world the matter had been resolved.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s operator, has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water since Fukushima was wrecked by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Abe’s government pledged half a billion dollars last year to tackle the issue, but progress has been limited.

“It’s embarrassing to admit, but there are certain parts of the site where we don’t have full control,” Akira Ono (pictured) told reporters touring the plant last week.

He was referring to the latest blunder at the plant: channeling contaminated water into the wrong building.

Ono also acknowledged that many difficulties may have been rooted in Tepco’s focus on speed since the 2011 disaster.

“It may sound odd, but this is the bill we have to pay for what we have done in the past three years,” he said.

“But we were pressed to build tanks in a rush and may have not paid enough attention to quality. We need to improve quality from here.”


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By Broc West| 3 Comments | Featured, News


  1. There were actually four exploding buildings. Three meltdowns. Why doesnt reporters ask questions, – They build text – writing same things over and over again, and when there is a bit of New information, they do not try to follow it up. I.e. asking about more precise what part is missing control, and what is the situation for other parts. For instance, the three melted cores. Do they still cool these with water, and where does this water go?
    Have reporters any perspective of history? Do they understand that one such core is more than all nuclear tests that ever have been done?

    • Very good comment!!
      300 tons of radioactive water are running out daily into the pacific ocean.
      Lets help to find out more of the truth.
      Bosse /Sweden

  2. Seriously…. you couldn’t make this up: if you were a scripting a tele-drama and presented this whole debarcle as a “believable drama” the producer would tell you to piss off.

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