Official Fukishima nuclear accident report

Posted: July 11, 2012 by tchannon in Earthquakes, Energy, government, Incompetence, Legal, Nuclear power, Politics


h/t to commenter Mark at WUWT who gave a link to a fascimile of the official report into the Fukishima nuclear accident.

[update] Users are having trouble accessing the report. On digging I discover the Japanese government complex at has a site wholly dedicated to the investigation. As of today only the executive summary and appendix are available.

English language site


Link to report at slideshare (opens in new window)

I’ve not had the time to wade through the report but I gather it points at a catalogue of human incompetence at all levels. Perhaps readers here can review what it says.

My personal position is it was not an accident but a result of incompetence at the very highest levels in government, reasoning: it was known that the region has a history of magnitude 9 earthquakes but the plant was designed to survive a magnitude 8; a 9 occurred. In which case either quit whinging (known possibility reckoned to be an acceptable compromise) or act on the incompetence.

Perhaps the readers have  a different opinion.

I am sorely tempted to add something else which would reveal why I have a very special interest in nuclear accidents and high level cover-ups. Must not, too much else going on.

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  1. Scute says:

    I’m mobiIe at the moment. I clicked the link but it says it won’t work for mobiles. Shame, but you’ve prompted me to do a search for it elsewhere so thanks for posting this.

  2. Truthseeker says:

    I click on the link and get a fairly basic web page and no real indication of how to get to the report itself. Perhaps some further instructions for those of us still on their training wheels?

  3. tchannon says:

    First if I may say a word. damn.

    I usually have trouble with fancy web sites so in this case I am amused.

    In no particular order.

    Opera 12
    Palemoon (mozilla variant)

    All just display immediately even though there is a proxy blocking some content.

    Need to think about this.

  4. Andrew says:

    @Truthseeker… the link sends you to a slideshow. Just page down, there are 88 pages.

    Page 9 has a Message from the Chairman “…It was a profoundly man made disaster- that could and should have been foreseen and prevented…”

  5. tchannon says:

    Article updated with direct link to the Japanese site, executive summary and appendix only at this time.

  6. Tenuc says:

    No trouble finding the slide show and was unsurprised to find the shocking catalogue of complacency, cover-ups, misconduct and greed. The Fukishima catastrophe is far from over and I think it will be many many years before it will cease to be a risk.

    In my youth I lived within 5 miles of a large nuclear fuel rod manufacture and reprocessing plant built in a village near Preston called Salwick (pronounced Savic). Many stories of serious incidents, malpractice and deaths which were brushed under the carpet and never hit the news.

    Seems wherever you go, nothing ever changes and greed is the root of all evil!

  7. gallopingcamel says:

    “The Fukishima catastrophe is far from over and I think it will be many many years before it will cease to be a risk.”

    An economic catastrophe for TEPCO and their customers perhaps. An artificial catastrophe owing to people unnecessarily prevented from returning to their homes and power plants unnecessarily shut down by a government reacting to mass hysteria.

    Get some sense of proportion. The tsunami killed tens of thousands of people and devastated several densely populated areas.

    The root of all this non-science surrounding radio activity is the “Linear, No Threshold” dogma that leads to all kinds of follies.

  8. kuhnkat says:

    You may be interested in this gentleman’s thoughts on Fukushima:

  9. kuhnkat says:


    it is always a good idea to include this study when trying to convince people the “Linear, No Threshold” mantra is not useful.

    It is the study done of apartment dwellers, schools, and businesses in Taiwan where the building steel had been accidentally contaminated with Cobalt 60. Enough Cobalt 60 so the “Linear, No Threshold” projection would have been for an easily measurable number of deaths above an average population and large numbers of cancers and other health issues. To sum it up, the exposed people were healthier than the average Taiwanese!!

  10. tchannon says:

    Places such as Aberdeen (Scotland) the granite city pose problems too.

    If you want a tale on this subject, been wondering about whether to raise it but it is extremely contentious and very difficult to decide on what is safe to take as fact. My view is the evidence points to massive incompetence regardless of whether the idea is right or wrong, and that is highly suspicious.
    Once again it points back to the same group as core to the AGW and so on.

    What’s your opinion on risking a firestorm on someone else’s blog?

  11. kuhnkat says:


    I did a quick look and radon seems to be involved with granite. This might be interesting:

    baiscally exposure to radon seems to be inversely correlated with lung cancer risk at levels seen in homes..

  12. kuhnkat says (July 15, 2012 at 2:56 am),
    Thanks for the suggestion! By a strange coincidence I had mentioned the same study to Ian Soutar earlier today:

  13. tchannon says:

    kunhnkat, I’ve risked it, new post.