via RT.com /April 24, 2015 / A 40-year-old Japanese man has taken responsibility for launching a drone with radioactive material that landed on the roof of the office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He said he took the course of action to protest the government’s nuclear policy

The man turned himself in at a police station in Fukui Prefecture – nicknamed Japan’s ‘nuclear corridor’ because it contains 14 reactors lined up along its coast – sources close to the investigation told Kyodo news agency on Friday.

The self-confessed drone owner said his actions were provoked by the gradual restart of the country’s 48 nuclear reactors, which is scheduled by the government to commence this summer, despite surveys showing significant public opposition.

A Chinese-made Phantom drone was found near the helicopter-landing pad above Abe’s office on Wednesday. However, it could have been there for several days before it was eventually discovered. The 50 cm diameter remote controlled device was clutching a water bottle containing liquid with trace amounts of cesium – a radioactive compound.

The suspect said the cesium came from sand he picked from a beach near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which suffered multiple reactor meltdowns following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The cesium levels were too low to cause any danger to humans, and it was below the exposure experienced by those flying inside commercial planes. The drone may have remained on the rooftop for an extensive period of time, if it had not been spotted by an employee giving a tour of the building to potential recruits.

According to Kyodo, the police are now reviewing the validity of the drone operator’s claims.

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  1. ..it’s all too late..
    the real threat is not war, it’s possible that a bom or bullet kills me..but with radiation..it’s for sure!
    ..2015.. ..this year.. ..my year.. . . … . .. …. … ….. … .. …….. . .. … . . . . . … . . . . . . . ….. . . . . . . …… . . …

    • …Your comment is very heavily loaded with ignorance. The Fukushima power plant was and is outdated. I am not aware of what the conditions of the 48 other reactors in Japan are in regards to updates… But around 90% of all the nuclear reactors in the world are out-dated and the ones being built today or are planned for in the future are of a different design where different fuel would be used; a different method of transferring the heat into electricity is available; higher standards, regulations and policies exist today for most nuclear facilities, if not than some facilities. The fact that you say “..2015.. ..this year.. ..my year.. . . …” already proves that you are not educated in this matter and thus are just perpetuating the misconceptions about nuclear power and it being a viable alternative fuel.

      Sure, there are cons to having a Nuclear power plant that was built with a 50’s design and technology… but that’s where you, as a citizen, of where ever it is you live should speak up, with knowledge on the matter to make sure that your government does it’s up-most to ensure that the nuclear facilities that are being used/”rebooted” are up to (as much as it can be) standards for modern living.

      We are not in the 50’s… we are living in the year 2015… if you do the math, which is relatively simple, that means that all these nuclear facilities are 65 years old if they were built in 1950… which most were not. Also, once they were built, little was done to change the overall design of these facilities. Sure you can switch out the turbines or implement newer safety precautions and systems… but that’s like restoring a vintage vehicle where there is only so much you can do without altering the actual vehicle before it would meet todays standards for emissions.

      So sure, my response might not be well educated in the matter and subject at hand… but it’s far better than just saying what you just stated… which is just flat out ignorant and irrational.

  2. …Your comment is very heavily loaded with ignorance. The Fukushima power plant was and is outdated. I am not aware of what the conditions of the 48 other reactors in Japan are in regards to updates… But around 90% of all the nuclear reactors in the world are out-dated and the ones being built today or are planned for in the future are of a different design where different fuel would be used; a different method of transferring the heat into electricity is available; higher standards, regulations and policies exist today for most nuclear facilities, if not than some facilities. The fact that you say “..2015.. ..this year.. ..my year.. . . …” already proves that you are not educated in this matter and thus are just perpetuating the misconceptions about nuclear power and it being a viable alternative fuel.

    Sure, there are cons to having a Nuclear power plant that was built with a 50’s design and technology… but that’s where you, as a citizen, of where ever it is you live should speak up, with knowledge on the matter to make sure that your government does it’s up-most to ensure that the nuclear facilities that are being used/”rebooted” are up to (as much as it can be) standards for modern living.

    We are not in the 50’s… we are living in the year 2015… if you do the math, which is relatively simple, that means that all these nuclear facilities are 65 years old if they were built in 1950… which most were not. Also, once they were built, little was done to change the overall design of these facilities. Sure you can switch out the turbines or implement newer safety precautions and systems… but that’s like restoring a vintage vehicle where there is only so much you can do without altering the actual vehicle before it would meet todays standards for emissions.

    So sure, my response might not be well educated in the matter and subject at hand… but it’s far better than just saying what you just stated… which is just flat out ignorant and irrational.

    • ..is it fixed..?! ..or is it still leaking..?! ..ignorance is not on my side.. sleep tight..

    • ..if Fukushima is ‘outdated’..that means that chernobyl was nothing more than a joke..?!

      • Martijn, Chernobyl’s nuclear plant was obviously designed with very old standards. It was built more than 30 years ago, and wasn’t even respecting the safety rules of that time.

    • When I was a kid I loved science so much and was impressed with the idea of energy from the atom. Then I stopped being a kid. I learned and grew up. I also grew up in the same state as HANFORD where the Us government intentionally exposed people to “Green” fuel rod radiation. You know in the USA… where the strontium level in the Savannah River Aquifer (rising and rising) determines what the official “safe level” is at any given time. The Savannah River plant is where GE was dumping high level waste in cardboard boxes. So I grew up a lot.

      Funny thing about this technology is that once you start it up… it is too dangerous to do much of anything with it. You can never let power to the cooling systems for the waste stop (not ever) and the amount of power over time dramatically exceeds what you get out of the plant. Then again the cost in “black fossil fuel energy” spent to mime, purify and enrich fuels rods also exceeds the power you ever get out of them. It’s like playing “Western Union” with cash (but it can kill you). How much are you willing to pay to have the energy you WANT to have… right where you want to generate it (instead of building your society differently)?

      The old USSR used to dump their old reactor vessels into the Arctic sea ice (now slowly melting away).

      Incidentally, There are currently 31 reactors very similar to Fukushima plant #4 in the Continental United States. None of them have any plans to change a thing.

  3. Even though the importance has moved to more important topics, I believe it is still contaminating this planet every single minute of every single day? Just my ignorant opinion!

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