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Japan to open Fukushima reactors to media for 1st time since March 11

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Thank god I am not 1 of these 30 reporters, camera men etc..but good luck and I do hope and pray this TEPCO mess there in Fukushima is one day brought UNDER CONTROL.

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I read on another website that the journalists have been hand-picked by the govt and that the use of cameras will be severely restricted. It's nothing but a PR stunt by TEPCO and the govt.

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What do you mean by "hand picked", hoserfella? There's only 30 of them, how else would they be chosen?

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Welcome to NHK! Your first assignment will be....

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Carefully selected individuals with background checks done. A big fat lie is coming any day now.

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And here I thought the "New Fukushima Road Map" would be an actual map showing roads safe to drive on without getting a major lungful of plutonium/cesium/whateverium that has just escaped the never ending meltdown over theah. Meh!

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pawatan - You'll understand what "handpicked" means after you see the number of foreign journalists allowed in to do their job freely, not the empty suit Japanese "journalists".

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Welcome to NHK! Your first assignment will be....

...to ask these pre-approved questions written by the Japanese government. (exactly how the Diet works)

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You spin me right round baby right round...

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Fighting fire with fire. More cheat and lies to cover the cheats and lies.

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zichi - any word on the number of foreign journalists allowed? I heard it was 3 or 4

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LOL! Who needs to worry about terrorists when you have TEPCO!?

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In consideration of conditions at the nuclear power station, we ask that women refrain from applying.

Even those past child-bearing age? I would have thought they were a safer bet than men who can pass on their irradiated DNA well into their 60s or 70s.

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If they just allow reporters over the ago of 70 it should be a safer bet. What is the radiation level inside the reactor that they are going into?

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Joseph - I don't think you will find anybody is going inside a reactor as such.

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Right you are, Zichi-san. I know the "climate change" of my own life on this planet has changed for the worst thanks to TEPCO. Me and millions of others. Thank you TEPCO...Totally Empty Profit-mongering Corporate Obstructionists!

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It needs to be understood that the core did not undergo any normal criticality event. If it had done so, then extremely high external radiation dose rates would have been recorded. What happens is that certain nuclides of uranium, plutonium, curium, americium and other trans-uranium element radioisotopes produced during normal core criticality operations, ie when the reactor is running, have a natural, but low intensity, tendency to undergo spontaneous fission. This cannot result in any normal criticality excursion providing suitable measures are taken to ensure that boron compounds are in the cooling water to absorb the neutrons which are produced during the spontaneous fissioning events which might initiate a criticality excursion. TEPCO have taken those full precautions.

It was unfortunate that a misleading statement was initially made when xenon - I believe - radioisotopes at very low intensity were detected. A TEPCO press statement indicated that core criticality had occurred. That was wrong. The trans-uranium nuclides present to which I referred to above will have been continuously spontaneously fissioning at a very slow rate ever since shutdown of the cores.

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