fukushimaleakvia ex-SKF / October 21, 2013 /

The ex-McKinsey management consultant never ceases to entertain (albeit in a bad way).

The last I heard Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi was when he said there would be more space to install storage tanks for contaminated water once Reactors 5 and 6 at Fukushima I NPP were decommissioned, casting doubt about his intelligence level. He was also pontificating over the talk between TEPCO and the governor of Niigata regarding Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPP’s application for safety review, as if it were none of his problem (it was, and is, and will be).

Now, according to the short and sweet two-line article from Jiji Tsushin (10/22/2013), Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi, who is also in charge, unfortunately, of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident management and plant decommissioning, thinks the contaminated water from the plant is not leaking into the open ocean:


In the Lower House Budget Committee meeting in the morning of October 22, Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, said about the contaminated water from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, “It’s not that it is leaking into the open ocean.” It was in response to the question by Yorihisa Matsuno of Japan Restoration Party.


The implication is that therefore it’s sort of OK, as no international entities are injured by the contaminated water from Fukushima I Nuke Plant.

Now, what’s the definition of the word “外洋” Motegi used?

It literally means “outer ocean”. But consulting an online dictionary for the usage of the word, “外洋” could mean in Japanese:

  1. ocean: a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere
  2. international (open) waters: the open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation

Territorial waters” could mean any of the following:

  1. Territorial waters: 12 nautical miles (22.2 kilometers) from the baseline;
  2. Contiguous waters: 12 nautical miles outside the territorial waters;
  3. Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 nautical miles (370.4 kilometers) from the baseline.


“International waters” could mean just outside the territorial waters, or contiguous waters, or exclusive economic zone. I am pretty sure Mr. Motegi wants the international water to start as far away from the Fukushima coastline as possible.

Just like the French minister who famously declared the radioactive plume from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident stopped at the French border, Mr. Motegi perhaps thinks radioactive materials know territorial boundaries and behave accordingly.

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  1. Ha Ha this is so funny.

    The government of Japan tells its brainwashed ‘citizens’ that the IS NO radiation and the believe all the lies. The Tepco company and the Government have told lies right from the start.
    The LAST people to listen to is them.
    NEVER, EVER, trust the atomic energy company in ANY country as they will NOT tell you they have had THREE MELT DOWNS AND MASSIVE RADIATION LEAKS AFFECTING THE WHOLE WORLD.
    No chance, they will tell you go back to sleep and chuck the microwave in the bin as the government now has installed a countrywide cooking system for everyone and its FREE.

    This ‘accident’ is the MOST serious thing that has happened on this planet and WILL kill many millions of people in time and countless animals and denizens of the sea.

    Absolute BS.
    George Bovs…

  2. Thanks James !

    • While having no lack of a sense of humor normally, I find the situation here extremely unfunny and perplexing. If we all die because of people being stupid and risking everyone’s lives in order to prop up their reputation, then there is nothing funny about it at all. To find it amusing is to partake in the dangerous denial that is going on – like it doesn’t really matter. Also getting involved in a shouting match of calling people names just puts everyone’s backs up and downgrades the seriousness of the debate. People will not take us seriously if we are not serious. Let’s have serious reporting here. Bring out in the open the cold hard facts and make every effort to wake up politicians WITHOUT making them more resistant than ever to doing anything by insulting them.

  3. The Japanese are not capable of taking care of the Fukushima danger.They cannot comprehend what must be done.They may be faced with an evacuation of Tokyo if the melting cores reach the right aquafer.All they know that such an evacuation cannot be done.And all thinking stops.They turn to overhaul the Japanese nuclear industry : an insane plan that leaves Tepco in charge of Fukushima and upsets the rest of the industry. The rest of the world cannot remain inactive here ,we must step in and take over.Put one man in charge and 100 billion dollar at his disposal.There are quite a few people who have done ,say,10 billion dollar jobs successfully.Get a hold of them.

    • Put one person in charge with a support group sounds like an excellent idea. I wonder why the United States Government are not worried about a nuclear cloud equivalent to 13.000 Hiroshima bombs wiping out the whole of the United States and making it uninhabitable. They were able to mobilize resources to protect themselves from the nuclear threat from Iraq (which of course turned out not to exist). Why on earth to they consider this infinitely greater potential threat to be so undeserving of their attention.

  4. I feel that these bitter, bordering on personal attacks only serve to weaken the credibility of an otherwise excellent blog. Yes, there are stupid people and yes, they say stupid things. Now can we get back to something newsworthy?

    • Absolutely agree.

  5. Snipe away, I say – in fact it would be better to lock up all the dis-information pundits and disaster-denialists so they can’t say anything else in public to make a bad situation worse. ENOUGH is ENOUGH. It’s clear that the Japanese Govt., TEPCO and their sycophantic so-called “experts” are either delusional or are out-right liars. PLEASE, let’s hope that those better qualified and able will prevail and that something, anything, will be done NOW to try to mitigate the Fukushima ongoing disaster.

    • Yes I feel tempted to huff and puff but I don’t think it gets results. Personal accusations should be kept to a minimum I believe. Just concentrate on cold hard facts and let those facts speak for themselves.

  6. A drastic step backwards to cover their @$$e$?

  7. The corruption within the LDP and its conservative aggression in all respects will doom Japan and the Northern Hemisphere to deadly radiation.

    The government is corrupted beyond saving. The American government is going the same way.

    • Yes but this is just hand wringing. Energy should be directed to bringing the matter to the attention of people in power in the United States and the World and let the force of logic and instinct for self preservation to its work.

  8. These dictionary exercises are usually the sign of a willful attempt to misinterpret the obvious meaning of words.

    In this case, the most obvious and likely distinction that is being drawn is between the “open ocean” and area inside the Fukushima breakwaters and silt fences. Nothing to do with territorial waters.

  9. Well, when I called them “incompetent” in my OU physics forum I probably missed somewhat the point – “they” are not just incompetent in dealing with the threat – they are even incompetent in covering up the mess they can’t handle.
    Greetings to my pro nuclear OU physics fellows -in particular to that pro nuclear gag who called himself “Michael Moore” -haha. -ha.
    Just too bad that lots of innocent beings have to suffer from that bullshit -and not just those who got their warmth and electricity from it by their own will.

  10. send me the news on fukashima

  11. The problem is that they will all die on this island an is sad that there leaders are to stupid to realize what they have done!

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