You been listening in Japanese — any takes on the current situation?
Unfortunately not a lot yesterday/today, but there haven’t been a lot major reported changes - outside the power hookup - which I lend to the following: every day that residule heat dissipates is another day closer to a cold shutdown.
I have seen more and more the japanese storyline shifting to the humanitarian issues unassociated with the nuc plants, remember it’s going on a week now and they still are having trouble getting into some of the worst areas due to all the road/bridge/tunnel wash outs (actually washout is a bit weak - complete eliminations would be a better description). I think that is a good thing.
The nuc stories are more often reporting msvt levels, the air drop and water cannon results, power being hooked back up at one of them (that is a big deal), and a lot of stories on how the gaijin are scurrying away in terror and ridiculously fighting over salt and iodine pills.
I can feel from both US and Japanese press that they sense the worst is past and they need to start getting on to other stories quickly so people forget how ridiculous some of their reporting was getting. Had an AF vet (strategic bomber pilot) practically cursing in an open forum when describing how one of the networks said that there was “a nuclear detonation at one of the japanese reactors”. Now both of us being ex-vets, we knew what they were trying to say - there was an explosion inside one of the buildings due to hydrogen buildup. “nuclear detonation” has a very specific connotation - and for us it was an unmitigated act of irresponsibility to use those words. Now I think they are scurrying away from their sensationalism.
Every day brings it closer to a cold stop - then starts years of cleanup. Noted on another thread the govt has booked entire hotels as far away as Osaka to hold the survivors once they can be reached and evacuated. It’ll be some time before there is anything to house them in anywhere near the disaster area. They need to get the cleanup started, but that will need to happen after the survivors are addressed.