News: Ministerial aid promised to drink low level of contaminated water

Ministerial aid, Sonoda promised to drink low level of contaminated water to show how low level it is.

Following the previous post News: Tepco is showering contaminated water

10/7/2011, Tepco started sprinkling “low level” contaminated water around the forest area in the plants.

A freelance journalist Mr.Tanaka Akira asked Tepco, “we journalists are forbidden to get into the plants. We can not check if it’s really “low level” at the press conference on 10/10/2011.

Tepco answered “It’s even drinkable.”

Mr.Tanaka requested to drink the low level of contaminated water, but Tepco replied,”It’s not for drink.”

Later, Mr.Tanaka was forbidden to attend at the press conference.

However, another journalist Terasawa, who took over Mr.Tanaka, managed to make Sonoda ministerial aid promise to drink low level of contaminated water. (10/13/2011)

It’s a traditional performance to eat food when a harmful rumor spreads about the products.

Sonoda ministerial aid said, “It’s not a performance. I will drink the low level of contaminated water”.

Journalists are promised to be let in the plant to report when he drinks the water.

Now we must make him keep his word.

Press conference 10/13/2011

Starts at 56:18

Video streaming by Ustream

Press conference 10/17/2011

Starts at 2:00

Video streaming by Ustream


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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


October 2011