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Govt 'rejected U.S. offer to help cool damaged reactors'
The Yomiuri Online ^ | 19 March, 2011 | Yomiuri Shimbun

Posted on 03/18/2011 8:36:57 PM PDT by Errant

The government turned down a U.S. offer of technical help to cool overheating nuclear reactors in Fukushima Prefecture soon after last week's massive earthquake because it believed the offer was "premature," The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The reactors have since been hit by several explosions and radiation has leaked out. Some observers believe this could have been prevented if the government had accepted the U.S. offer.

(Excerpt) Read more at yomiuri.co.jp ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: darwinaward; fukushima; help; japan; nuclear
Pretty interesting ...
1 posted on 03/18/2011 8:37:04 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

The article seems to leave out the part that in return for US help Japan was supposed to permanently deactivate the 10 Fukushima (1 and 2) reactors.


2 posted on 03/18/2011 8:43:20 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (I don't prep for the disaster. I prepare for the rebuilding.)
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To: Errant

and HERE, they are making the situation CUTE..!!!

Sounds incredible, huh? check it out..!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sELJPnwC8aI

Amazing...


3 posted on 03/18/2011 8:44:47 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Drill Thrawl

The more info the better. Do you have a link?


4 posted on 03/18/2011 8:46:52 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Errant

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2690553/posts

2226: The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, quoting a senior official of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said the US made the offer immediately after the disaster damaged Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant. According to the unnamed senior official, US support was based on dismantling the troubled reactors run by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) some 250 km (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo. However, the government and TEPCO thought the cooling system could be restored by themselves, the report said.


5 posted on 03/18/2011 8:46:56 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Drill Thrawl
I noticed that too. Could this be a misinformation campaign?

Many articles popping up now blaming TEPCO.

6 posted on 03/18/2011 8:49:47 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

Yeah cause we know having more people is always better. Especially people who aren’t familiar with the plant and don’t speak the language.


7 posted on 03/18/2011 8:50:24 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Errant

And the linked post...

http://market-ticker.org/cgi-ticker/akcs-www?post=182524


8 posted on 03/18/2011 8:50:36 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

Thanks for the link. It doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. Build (rebuild) it on higher ground so this doesn’t happen again.


9 posted on 03/18/2011 8:53:24 PM PDT by allmost
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To: HangnJudge

Thanks


10 posted on 03/18/2011 8:55:47 PM PDT by Errant
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To: gaijin

Made by a leftwing anti-nuclear group not letting a good crisis go to waste in order to take pot-shots at the powers that be?


11 posted on 03/18/2011 8:58:21 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: allmost
It doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. Build (rebuild) it on higher ground so this doesn’t happen again.

Or we let the whole thing blow up.

12 posted on 03/18/2011 8:58:44 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Errant

Having dealt with several weather related IT disasters during my career I can attest that these callers from on-high who interrupt you to insist that you entertain their extemporaneous “plans” only ever make things worse. You have to let the people you have in place to handle crisis situations do their job. If those people can’t handle it then it’s too late and you’re already screwed. Trying to make or remake disaster plans in the middle of a disaster is the worst possible circumstance.


13 posted on 03/18/2011 9:01:56 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Errant

And from Singapore...

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_646444.html


14 posted on 03/18/2011 9:03:04 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: D-fendr

We didn’t cause this. Who is the “we” you refer to?


15 posted on 03/18/2011 9:03:04 PM PDT by allmost
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To: HangnJudge
Obama Regime looking to help clean up GE's Mark 1 reactor mess at Fukushima, payback for Jeff Immelt's purchase of 25,000 Chevy Volts?
16 posted on 03/18/2011 9:06:55 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: gaijin
That was.... well, strange!

They do have an interesting sense of humor.

17 posted on 03/18/2011 9:15:41 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: DTogo

Bump that, more info on why they should be rebuilt with newer designs elsewhere.


18 posted on 03/18/2011 9:16:46 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Errant

Good use could be made for our abandoned missle silos. Put new design nuke reactors in them and seal them for the life of the power plant or forever. They’ve been putting nuke power plants on submarines for years.


19 posted on 03/18/2011 9:18:18 PM PDT by Waco (From Seward to Sara)
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To: Errant

Interesting that this article doesn’t have the “strings” of yesterdays reports


20 posted on 03/18/2011 9:21:54 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Waco
Good use could be made for our abandoned missle silos.

You have the right idea in my opinion; just not deep enough. I'm thinking a mile or two inside a mountain, salt domes, underground in limestone formations and etc. :)

21 posted on 03/18/2011 9:23:15 PM PDT by Errant
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To: allmost
Bump that, more info on why they should be rebuilt with newer designs elsewhere.

Whose fault is it that the U.S. doesn't have newer & better designs built? I guess if the government puts a halt on licenses, there can be no new plants built! Ya think?

And with all the MSM hysteria, I doubt this will change!

22 posted on 03/18/2011 9:23:43 PM PDT by blondee123 (Japan in MAJOR CRISIS & ZERO PARTIES ON! IMPEACH HIM!)
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To: Waco

Need to make em God proof ...


23 posted on 03/18/2011 9:24:13 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
Yeah, bring in the (marginally literate) country that couldn't build a dam in New Orleans to fix a nuclear reactor - that's the ticket!

Maybe we should offer the assistance of Homer Simpson? He's got industry experience.

24 posted on 03/18/2011 9:29:40 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: blondee123

Media hysteria is the big one. A few molten salt reactor designs seem promising to me. Thorium in particular. India is kicking our collective a$$ here IMO.


25 posted on 03/18/2011 9:30:35 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_646444.html

Do a Bing as well. It's all over the place now.

26 posted on 03/18/2011 10:25:59 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (I don't prep for the disaster. I prepare for the rebuilding.)
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To: Errant

Based on what has been coming out the last few days, TEPCO does make an easy target.


27 posted on 03/18/2011 10:27:12 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (I don't prep for the disaster. I prepare for the rebuilding.)
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To: fso301

There were no strings attached when Obama sent a Billion or so in financial aid to Hamas.


28 posted on 03/18/2011 10:45:20 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: SeeSharp

What they needed were large generators on site quickly.

The US military could have provided that in all likelihood.

That didn’t happen.

That fact is, they needed help as evidenced by the results.


29 posted on 03/18/2011 10:59:44 PM PDT by DB
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To: DB

C’mon. Japan doesn’t have generators? Seriously? The generators our navy uses were probably made in Japan.


30 posted on 03/18/2011 11:02:18 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: HangnJudge; TigerLikesRooster
"According to the unnamed senior official, US support was based on dismantling the troubled reactors run by Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) some 250km north-east of Tokyo, the mass-circulation daily said. "

Is Carol "Director of Socialists International" Browner still Climate Change Commissar?

Energy and Climate Change Nazi Browner to distraught Japanese, "Barak Hussein bin Obama al-Kenyata will send you aid to cool your nuclear reactors and prevent catastrophy to millions of people if you meet his political agenda extortion demands."

yitbos

31 posted on 03/18/2011 11:06:03 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: SeeSharp

You may not have noticed, a large part of Japan was heavily damaged by an earthquake and tsunami... It had a pretty big impact on what they could transport where and how...

We have heavy lift capabilities and could have brought in resources from beyond the damage zone quickly if pushed.


32 posted on 03/18/2011 11:07:31 PM PDT by DB
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To: Errant

First and foremost, an offer to help does not mean that help will actually occur. Does American have some magic medicine? Fusion in a bottle they could have hooked up to the power point? Or maybe send over superman to use his super flutter kick down in the cooling pond? What, exactly, would they have done that the Japanese could not do?

Second, Japan botched this design. Unless I missed something, there was 1) reactor with a power plant to cool said nuclear material and 2) back up generators somewhere within tsunami range. More or less about right? Why no pads with hard point power hook-ups whereby a generator could not be air lifted into place, hooked to the hard point and then set to run? The generator does not stay there to a) protect it from any localized disaster and b) rot unused or not work when needed due to insufficient maintenance. Just a thought. If something is useful, maybe you don’t need a back up. If it is important, a back-up plan is good. If it is life and death critical, there is the plan, the back-up, the back-up to the back up and the oh sh%& back-up.


33 posted on 03/18/2011 11:31:09 PM PDT by plaidness (B of A Criminal Action)
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To: gaijin

Obviously explaining it in a way that a kid can understand. Sounds like a good approach to a complex situation.


34 posted on 03/18/2011 11:51:46 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: HangnJudge

Never waste a crisis!
Use it to push your personal beliefs.


35 posted on 03/19/2011 8:02:33 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Drill Thrawl
The article seems to leave out the part that in return for US help Japan was supposed to permanently deactivate the 10 Fukushima (1 and 2) reactors.

If true, it brings "never let a crisis go to waste" to an entirely new level.

Despicable, just as I would expect from the Obama regime...

36 posted on 03/19/2011 3:31:07 PM PDT by SteamShovel ("Does the noise in my head bother you?")
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