Tokyo Electric Power Company blundered inspection results at Fukushima nuclear reactors
If you want to know what's really going on at the crippled Fukushima nuclear-power plant, one of the best sources is the English-language Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
This month, the international media have woken up to a serious problem of radioactive water leaking from the facility into the Pacific Ocean.
But the Asahi Shimbun was offering insights into this problem a long time ago, notably by reporting sky-high radioactivity levels in fish in the area.
Today, the paper revealed the highest levels of radioactive tritium in seawater since June from the No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Levels have risen eight to 18 times in the past week.
"It seems highly likely that the contaminated water is spreading into the sea beyond the port," the paper reported.
The Japanese nuclear-regulatory agency has told the owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company, to strengthen inspection and management of contaminated water.
This came after TEPCO failed to properly record inspection results on the storage tanks.
"TEPCO is also grappling with the problem of halting contaminated groundwater around the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors from flowing into the sea," the Asahi Shimbun stated in the article. "The government estimates that about 300 tons of groundwater is flowing daily to the sea."