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More than 300 bags of decontaminated waste swept away by floods in Tochigi

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More than 300 bags containing decontaminated waste from Fukushima Prefecture are still missing after flood waters swept them away in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture last week.

According to Nikko City and the Environment Ministry, 334 large bags of decontaminated waste material were temporarily being stored at Kobyakugawa Sakura Park, Sankei Shimbun reported Friday. So far, only 14 bags have been recovered.

A similar incident occurred in Iitake, Fukushima Prefecture, last week and more than 400 bags are still missing.

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Isn't Nikko rather far from Fukushima". Is this part of the "share the burden?" If so, we can see how spreading the joy, as it were, has consequences. Not in backyard should be the refrain and keep that stuff in Fukushima.

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So a total of 700+ "bags" missing. Are they talking shopping-bag-sized bags or big ones which can keep several hundreds of kilogram?

Whatever ..... the bad news just continue. But TEPCO and Mr. Abe's government have the answers: "Don't worry, no problem, no danger, everything under control" I wonder whose control!

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@klausdorth: 1000 liters per bag.

This is criminal, is anyone checking the areas for radiation? Someone needs to be fined heavily for this? Why is the government not concerned?

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These town governments were given money for controversial storage of the waste, despite the people being against it, and now the towns have lost and cannot find nearly ALL of the waste they said was safe. So, I suggest the public shun and spread the word about these areas not being safe, specifically the towns that were holding the waste, so that pressure is put on them not only to recover the trash and ensure it is kept in a place where it won't just sit in a park and float away, but also that they never decide to 'share the misery' again. They wanted it, they got it, I say.

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Excellent. So now there are bags of contaminated soil all over the place in Tochigi. So much for the purity of the soil and the water in that area. Sort of makes a mockery of Japan's "strict" food safety laws.

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Saw some of these bags on TV. They are big. And knowing what's inside ... they are scary looking ...

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How convenient! They won't have to worry about storing those bags anymore. "It's under control!"

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Please cast another vote of non confidence in Mr.Abe and his nuclear cronies.

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If the bags contain decontaminated waste, what's the problem? Is that an accurate description, or should it read "bags containing waste gathered during decontamination."?

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Delightful!

The residents of Joso catch them floating down the Kinugawa: more gifts from the ineptocracy.

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"A similar incident occurred in Iitake, Fukushima Prefecture, last week and more than 400 bags are still missing."

OMG

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LLRAD not a big problem all fuss and no worry. What is 334 bags more compared to what has been spewed and continues, Abe is so proud to be Japanese.

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Won't be buying any products from Tochigi any time soon.

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Some government official somewhere is saying, "Well, problem solved"

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That why there is a need for any environmental group to put more of their telescopes around fukushima, but it now looks meaningless as many of those contaminations already winded up with nature.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2013: "Let me assure you the situation is under control." Before an international audience. Even at that time it was a blatant lie.

The situation is still far from being under control, and will continue to be so for a long time. Abe and his government have spent far greater political capital on the Olympics, reinterpreting Article 9 of the constitution, and on redirecting even more wealth to the already rich than on fixing this massive problem. Almost a quarter of a million people are living in temporary or interim housing more than four years after the earthquake. Absolutely shameful!

The government does not care. And the media for the most part are more interested in anything less passé. Anything at all.

Cleanup contracts continue to be outsourced to the yakuza, at public expense. The homeless and disadvantaged continue to be manipulated (i.e. grossly underpaid) to bandage the situation. Of course, it's all beyond TEPCO and the government's control.

The TEPCO officials who directly contributed to this catastrophe are enjoying a new life of luxury working for other corporations as a result of the glorious tradition of amakudari.

300 bags of contaminated waste swept away . . . Yet another mess. Lives ruined.

It's all so pathetic, and too much. No wonder the public is numbed.

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334 large bags of decontaminated waste material were temporarily being stored at Kobyakugawa Sakura Park

This is becoming absurd, is there zero regulation in Japan regarding radioactive waste storage so that you can just drop them in a... park ? Who did it ?

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Almost a quarter of a million people are living in temporary or interim housing more than four years after the earthquake. Absolutely shameful!

Is that true? It's pretty shocking, if so. Why haven't we heard more about this?

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I'm alarmed by the sparsity of information about this. This sounds so scary but not much information is out there. How dangerous are they? How come the media response on this so muted and matter-of-factly? I don't want to touch any produce from the area

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There seems to be some discrepancy about whether or not this was "decontaminated waste." Another news site calls it "radioactively contaminated waste." http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150918p2a00m0na001000c.html

I think this was soil and leaves that were contaminated, and taken to a decontaminated site. I don't think the waste was decontaminated in any way, was it?

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Well, THAT was convenient! brushes hands off

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@Farmboy

I think you're right.

There's no indication of the level of contamination. My own view is that it will be very low. (top soil from parks and schools removed as a precaution) But it would be good if we had more information.

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http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASH9K627WH9KUUHB00P.html

保管場所周辺の現在の空間放射線量は地上1メートルで毎時0・14マイクロシーベルトで、除染基準の毎時0・23マイクロシーベルトを下回っている。

0.14 micro SV/hr nearby the storage area, below the 0.23 micro SV/hr limit for decontamination.

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0.14 micro SV/hr nearby the storage area, below the 0.23 micro SV/hr limit for decontamination.

Nearby, what distance ? and what about at that the storage place ? And what about inside the bags ? Measured by who ? the same people who did put the bags there, right ? As usual sources are never mentioned, I am reading today 0.08-0.15 microSV in Tokyo inside so there is no way those Fukushima contaminated bags are 0.14., open a bag and put a radiation scintillation counter inside and disclose the real information.

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I read 0.7microSv last time I was in Fukushima on a bunch of bags next to the river. They were over a meter tall. Had a nosebleed for 3 days after.

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Nearby, what distance ? and what about at that the storage place ? And what about inside the bags ? Measured by who ? the same people who did put the bags there, right ? As usual sources are never mentioned, I am reading today 0.08-0.15 microSV in Tokyo inside so there is no way those Fukushima contaminated bags are 0.14., open a bag and put a radiation scintillation counter inside and disclose the real information

The article states where is located. If you are so curious and worried, knock yourself out and measure it and let me know later.

小百川桜公園

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Decontaminated? In other words they just bagged it and left it there till is washed away. Now that there is no more proof, it was only decontaminated waist that washed away, how convenient.

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See this fascinating video to get an idea of what "a bag" is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCP7PFT9coU How many stored there along the OCEAN shoreline! wow!!

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jpntdytmrow

Deep video it looked like millions of bags of contaminated waste near the shoreline. Too many bags... All the people who bagged the radioactive waste are at risk from exposure.

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