You can’t make this stuff up!
– Government Official’s Ultimate “Performance”: Drink Up Fuku-I Water (EX-SKF, Oct. 31, 2011):
Yasuhiro Sonoda, 44-year-old official in the Cabinet Office, made good on his promise and drank the treated water from Reactors 5 and 6 basements. Iodine-131 and radioactive cesium were ND (not detected). If TEPCO’s analysis of the water the other day is correct, there is no alpha nuclide, but with a good dose of tritium (H-3).
The photo is from Sankei Shinbun (10/31/2011). It was top news at NHK.
The Japanese government is good at proceeding fast with totally meaningless performance, and the Japanese media is good at reporting it.
According to Sankei, the water was taken from the storage tank of treated water on October 22, and it was boiled to remove any bacteria.
Someone asked Sonoda in this press conference, “Is there anything that you do that has made progress?” (as tweeted by Ryuichi Kino, independent journalist)
– Scientist Marco Kaltofen’s Presents Data To APHA Confirming Hot Particles – Highest US Topsoil Radioactive Cesium Findings Over 10,000% Higher Than Highest Findings By UC Berkeley – ENORMOUS Radiation Exposure To The Population In Japan After The Earthquake