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Radiation monitors in Fukushima broken; malfunction 4,000 times

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Pretty convenient, have you ever seen anything in Japan broken and not working for any length of time?

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Oh wait, this one shows 10 times above the acceptable level. We better list this one as malfunctioning."

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Looks like the plan is to simply remove most of the monitors.

what you can’t see, can’t hurt you.

problem solved...Japanese style.

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I would like regular updates of radiation levels in the air and ocean.

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I hope that TEPCO is the one shouldering the expenses. If that’s not the case, then this is a waste of tax money.

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Oh wait, this one shows 10 times above the acceptable level. We better list this one as malfunctioning."

exactly.

Looks like the plan is to simply remove most of the monitors.

what you can’t see, can’t hurt you.

problem solved...Japanese style.

You got it.

Honestly even developing economies with nukes would have handled the situation better than the gov here. This is pathetic.

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Proof JGov doesn't work for the Japanese people. Basically there have been no monitors working the entire time

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"But the move can also be seen as an attempt to cut costs as the government is expected to terminate by the same year a special budget account for rebuilding northeastern Japan areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis."

Hmmm... so, just after the Olympics are finished, in which Abe touted that things are under control and the Olympics would show the world Japan's progress in reconstruction and would lift the spirits of the people of Tohoku, they're going to stop helping them out and remove a bunch of radiation meters that haven't been reporting the amount of radiation correctly?

Sounds like Japan alright.

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I hope that TEPCO is the one shouldering the expenses. If that’s not the case, then this is a waste of tax money.

Hate to break it to you but the government owns a majority stake in TEPCO now as a result of Fukushima. As a result, tax payer money is already being used.

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3000 devices operating over 7+ years.

3900 failures. That's not much more than one maintenance call per device in 7 years.

"The makers of the device and security system companies were called each time to fix the problems." 

Are they battery or solar power operated?

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The story that keeps on giving. Nuclear power in the hands of incompetents and a government in cohorts with a dangerous cabal of greedy sham artists. Don't think this is what Einstein quite had in mind. Not only a danger to themselves, but to the region and the world. Thanks fellas. Subarashii.

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Malfunctioning Radiation monitors? That's like having an air bag that kills, Oh.....got it. Couldn't they just have falsified the data for the next 30 years and say sorry? Been used before. Thank goodness the government has the publics "understanding".

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Very good. This radiation scare has been way overblown, here in Japan and elsewhere. Except for a safety radius round ground zero, there is no reason to be fearful of resulting radiation elsewhere.

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"But the move can also be seen as an attempt to cut costs..." what costs? The costs of responsability? It is only a move to avoid potential tourists flooding in for the forthcoming Olympics and possibly heading around there - following the super-boasted ads - that there is no radiations anymore and everything is back to normal.

By the way, how convenient the... 4000 glitches... I suppose that displaying a lower dose may hve also be included in the garden variety...

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One would have thought that they would have had at least a five-year guarantee. Why weren't the manufacturers responsible for the repairs?

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Since the situation at the power plant is clearly 'not all under control' - after all, nuclear disasters are rare enough for each one to throw up an unpredecended set of problems - accurately functioning monitoring devices are needed to alert residents quickly of any future leaks. I certainly wouldn't be relying on the government to inform me of any potential need to evacuate having witnessed the farce in 2011.

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Scandalous, once again. The formation of the NRA was suppose to improve the safety and not degrade it.

As for the monitors, no reading would be better than an incorrect one.

I have stated since 2011 that there needs to be an oversight committee. Monitoring every taxpayer yen spent to ensure we are getting value for yen.

Trillions of yen with some companies and groups making vast fortunes. While often abusing and ripping off their workers has with the decontamination works.

How can we continue to believed or trust the NRA and government?

The figures.

But during the five years since fully starting the operation of the devices in fiscal 2013, there have been 4,000 defects over 5 years.

3,000 devices for 5 years with 4,000 defects. 800 defects per year is an average of 2.7 defects per device per year. ¥500 million per year for 800 repair costs which is ¥500 million divided by 800 defects is ¥625,000 per repair. I'm in the wrong business? Total cost of defects over 5 years is ¥2.5 billion, (¥2,500,000,000).

That's what many people would call a "nice little earner!"

The repair company would need to send a team to the repair location. But a repair cost of ¥625,000 is beyond excessive by any any standards.

The government wants to end the program in 2 years, 2020 so the defect costs will be a further ¥1 billion. Total defect costs over 7 years, ¥3.5 billion.

These costs don't include the initial cost of buying the device.

Could have been set up better. Devices leased instead of bought. The costs of repairs falling on the lease company.

Every single citizen of Fukushima needs issued with their own personal dosimeter. There needs to be warning signs. Beyond that point personal dosimeters should be worn.

To date the cost of the nuclear disaster to the tax payer is about ¥25 trillion when originally the government stated it would cost no more than ¥5 trillion all in.

The eventual costs will exceed ¥50-¥70 trillion.

https://www.jcer.or.jp/eng/research/policy.html

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How.... convenient. They will now dispute any reported reading saying that "We have a History of Malfunctioning devices which as you can imagine would lead to inaccurate readings being taken"...

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8 ( +8 / -0 )

Very good. This radiation scare has been way overblown, here in Japan and elsewhere. Except for a safety radius round ground zero, there is no reason to be fearful of resulting radiation elsewhere.

I can sell you a decent carpet, if you need somewhere to sweep that debris under.

It is quite a concern that dodgy devices are malfunctioning and also that they may be removed anyway in time for the Games to paint a possibly unrealistic picture of serenity and safety.

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This column title: "Radiation monitors in Fukushima broken; malfunction 4,000 times". "And the description: The makers of the device and security system companies were called each time to fix the problems. Managing the monitoring posts has cost the central government about 500 million yen ($4.5 million) a year".

The question is: Who is getting the profit from there? I don't believe Japanese technology be the best in the world to find uncountable malfunctions like those. Very cheap devices the govt. decides to makers install or the makers installed "Made in Somewhere".

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3,000 devices for 5 years with 4,000 defects. 800 defects per year is an average of 2.7 defects per device per year. 

zichi, I don't follow your calculation. Is it not one defect per device every 3.75 years?

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The radiation monitoring devices are made by several companies, including NEC, Fuji Electric, Alpha Tsushin and JB Japan Brand. They are powered by a small solar panel of the type you see sometimes with street lighting.

From Safe cast with photo's

"Alpha Tsushin, whose units were inadequately tested before being installed and were subsequently taken offline, and the company’s contract rescinded. We’re amazed to see a nearly identical scandal involving new droids from a different manufacturer unfold again."

https://blog.safecast.org/2015/05/more-droid-trouble/

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Now doubt has been cast upon all radiation readings from the area. The results could be way over the scale, or way under the scale, but no-one will want to bother looking at available figures any more if they are not trustworthy. Someone has done a great job of destroying the credibility of any radiation figures. Smokescreens, anyone?

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Without citizen science, Japan would literally have no dependable data on the crisis

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albaleo

zichi, I don't follow your calculation. Is it not one defect per device every 3.75 years?

Sorry error in the number of defects =0.26 breakdowns per device per year. Costs are still the same.

Summary

2013-2018

3000 devices

4000 breakdowns/ repairs average 0.26 breakdowns per device per year.

Total cost of 4000 repairs over 5 years, ¥2500 million or ¥625.000 each repair.

¥2.5 billion for 5 year and a further ¥1 billion up to 2020.

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Scandalous is right but TIJ.

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