More on Fukushima’s toxic waste

There's some question as to how many bags of radioactive waste from Fukushima were washed outto sea by Typhoon Hagibis. While the Taiwan News headlined the claim (in the piece I sent out yesterday) that 2,667 of such bags were washed away, Asahi Shinbun, quoting the Tamura city government, reports that only some of that number were affected: 

According to the Tamura city government, the bags were among 2,667 that have been stored temporarily at a site in the Miyakoji-machi district here [emphasis added].

Whatever the exact number, the typhoon's impact on Fukushima is, to put it mildly, a matter of grave concern, as Fairewinds notes in the alert below, which offers more detail about those "bags," each holding over a ton of toxic matter, and yet (as Asahi Shinbun reports) they were not properly secured by the authorities ahead of time. 

By any proper journalistic standard, then, this is a newsworthy story—and one that the New York Times continues to ignore, even in its piece on Fukushima in today's paper:"Fukushima, Beaten Down by Nuclear Disaster, Takes Big Typhoon Hit." That long article, by Motoko Rich and Hisako Ueno, deals mainly with the emotional toll of Fukushima'slegacy on the people living there, with not one word devoted to the nuclear fallout (soto speak) from Typhoon Hagibis.

What explains this silence, not only by our "newspaper of record" but by the US pressacross the board? Is it to protect the nuclear industry, and/or Japan's economy? Whateverthe reason, this long blackout is indefensible, especially from a "free press" that purportsto care about the Earth, and our survival on it. 


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