[Column] The on-going project behind the posts



This year has been the toughest year in my life.

Made Fukushima Diary a corporation, got visa, operate it, by donation.


When you do something that no one has ever gone through, you have no one to ask for advice either.


I have even thought of going to a mental health counselor once or twice for too much stress and pressure.


On the other hand, the importance of Fukushima Diary is increasing more and more.

Even in Japanese blogosphere, a lot of websites are withdrawing from Fukushima (especially plant) issue as it’s becoming insanely complicated.

It’s becoming really difficult to find the on-going / concrete information of Fukushima.


No time for me to stop.


The lack of Fukushima information is crucial for Japanese.

so I decided to start Japanese version of Fukushima Diary.


but it can’t be just a simple translation considering the difference of their background, culture and the need.

I’m also expected to give them the advice about going out of Japan etc.. with video explanation.


I’m building the special Japanese page on Facebook and also Tumblr.

This is what’s going on behind the “regular” posts.


I can be free of a lot parts of the gag law and attacks because all the elements of Fukushima Diary are scattered around the world. I anticipated the situation and I have been carefully designing my life to be like this for these 2 years.


Fukushima Diary is almost like the last blog standing.

and I’m prepared to walk on.


I just wanted to let all the English readers know. Thanks.



I reject the international mass media to read this site without taking a contact with me.I know some of the mass media corporations read Fukushima Diary to understand the trend so they know when to report about Fukushima as if they were independently following it for a long time.
In short, they make you individual readers pay for this site while they pay nothing, and when they publish the “authorized news”, you pay for the “secondhand news”, which is nothing new for us.
This site is free for the individual readers, but not for corporations.In the world, this site is nearly the only source about Fukushima. I came here alone without any supporting organizations, background or anything. I’m not pleased to be exploited by the corporations that didn’t even properly report about Fukushima when 311 took place.

I demand them to take a contact with me BEFORE reading this site whatever the purpose is.


Français :

[Édito] Le projet en cours derrière les articles
Note : Si vous êtes de la grande presse internationale, ne lisez pas ce site sans avoir préalablement pris contact avec moi.


Cette année a été la plus pénible de ma vie.
Faire du Fukushima Diary une entreprise, obtenir un visa, le faire marcher, avec des dons.

Quand on fait quelque chose que personne n’a jamais faite avant, il n’y a personne non plus à qui demander des conseils.

J’ai même envisagé une ou deux fois d’aller consulter pour ma santé mentale à cause de trop de stress et de pression.

D’un autre côté, l’importance du Fukushima Diary augmente de plus en plus.
Même dans la blogosphère japonaise, un paquet de sites web se retirent de Fukushima (de la centrale en particulier) parce que ça devient compliqué de façon insensée.
Il devient vraiment difficile de savoir ce qui se passe / de trouver des informations concrètes sur Fukushima.

Pas le moment que je m’arrête.

Le manque d’information sur Fukushima est crucial pour les japonais.
alors j’ai décidé de commencer une version japonaise du Fukushima Diary.

mais ça ne peut pas être une simple traduction au regard de leurs contexte, culture et besoins.
On attend aussi de moi que je leur donne le conseil de quitter le Japon, etc. avec explications en vidéos.

Je construis une page spéciale en japonais sur Facebook et aussi sur Tumblr.
C’est ce qui se passe derrière les articles “standards”.

Je peux me dégager d’une partie de la loi de censure et des attaques parce que tous les éléments qui constituent le Fukushima Diary sont dispersés sur toute la terre. J’avais anticipé la situation et j’ai été méticuleux dans la conception de ma vie pour qu’elle ressemble à ça pendant ces 2 ans.

Le Fukushima Diary est pratiquement le dernier blog qui tient.
et je me suis préparé à avancer.

Je voulais juste que les lecteurs anglophones (et francophones) le sachent. Merci.

J’interdis à la grande presse internationale de lire et d’utiliser ce site sans préalablement prendre contact avec moi. Je sais que certaines grandes sociétés de presse lisent le Fukushima Diary pour comprendre la tendance et trouver quand rendre compte de la situation de Fukushima comme s’ils la suivaient indépendamment depuis longtemps.
En résumé, ils vous font payer à vous, simples lecteurs, ce qu’ils prennent gratuitement dans ce site et lorsqu’ils publient des “nouvelles de première main” vous payez pour des “nouvelles resucées”, qui n’ont rien de nouveau pour nous.
Ce site est gratuit pour les lecteurs individuels, pas pour les sociétés. Ce site est pratiquement la seule source au monde sur Fukushima. Je viens ici seul sans aucun soutien d’organisation quelconque, ni références, ni rien. Je n’apprécie pas de me faire exploiter par ces sociétés qui n’ont même pas été foutues de relater correctement ce qui se passait à Fukushima quand a eu lieu le mois de mars 2011.

Je leur demande de prendre contact avec moi AVANT de lire ce site dans quelque but que ce soit.

  1. Hello,
    I have 5 acres in South Carolina, US. I could help a couple of famalies who are looking to get out. This is farming land. Please make announcement on Japanese website. Joe

  2. Iori,

    It would be valuable to international readers if you would post about Japanese blogs that are shut down or cease publication, and if you would give us some kind of overview of the situation. For example, if Japanese bloggers say they are being targeted, it would be good to know that, and to hear their stories in English.

    If the official secrets law really is aimed at stopping information about the ongoing catastrophe, rather than, say, strictly military matters, the public should know. The public must not be misinformed about ongoing radiological emissions. Suppressing that information would be criminal.

    You’re in a unique position to give a voice to persons who are being silenced in Japan, if that’s gong on now — at least to give them a chance to say exactly what is happening to prevent them from blogging. We need to know.

    1. I agree, it would be very interesting, and important to expose such a scandal internationally.
      But if Iori now also starts writing a Japanese blog, it will require a lot more work on top of this blog in English, and since he is alone, there is only so much a man can do in a day. So I will not blame him if he has not the time to write about everything in every language.

        1. Lingua Franca

          A medium of communication between peoples of different languages.

          plural lingua francas or lin·guae fran·cae

          For the totally ignorant and TROLLISH.


          Bill Duff

        2. France has a huge pro-nuclear lobby, and French-speaking people need to be better informed about the dangers. There are also millions of Africans who speak and read French.In addition, it helps some of us who speak French as a second language to learn how to argue about those issues in French. So, please appreciate the effort and the concern which went into producing the French version. I certainly do.

          Iori —

          Congratulations on the visa.

          Mental health professionals are like any other experts — it’s hard to find a good one. You need someone who knows something about the Japanese culture, who is anti-nuke, who is sensitive to issues of poverty and cultural alienation. Very hard to find. Don’t bother, unless it happens as a lucky circumstance. Instead learn to meditate, preferably something like taijiquan or yoga, and cultivate friendships with like-minded people.

          1. Let us not forget the excellent example Germany provides.

            Last May, 22 GigaWatts of electricity were generated from solar alone, if i remember correctly. That is approximately equivalent (during the day) to the production of twenty “nukular” reactors, with NO radioactive waste.

            I think Michael Moore, now a “nukular” proponent, missed that fact too.

          2. France:

            France is on a timetable to eliminate approximately 1/3 of their nuclear power plants.

            To that end, France is constructing natural gas, infrastructure in, if memory serves, Algeria and/or other North African nations. There have been some (so-called) ‘*terrorist’ strikes on railways and natural gas gathering stations.

            * Not every local group that sabotages projects by former colonial powers, is objectively an irrational terrorist organization.


            Bill Dufff

          3. France,

            France outright BANNED the use of the modern shale oil/gas fracking technologies in the French Nation, early in the game. I suspect that was mostly a rear-guard action by ‘Team Nuke’, to prevent the competition.

            Fukushima has DRAMATICALLY altered the French Energy Plan. The growing LNG supply has facilitated this trend.


            Bill Duff

        3. I think some French readers are doing the translation for him. I am French, and I like the convenience of reading this very important blog in my language. Also, maybe a significant part of the donations come from French people like me, who just donated a hundred bucks.

        4. The more you spread the information, the better it is.
          More translation = more readers.
          Most of french people don’t read english.
          Eventhough french langage might not look populare for some english native speak like you, it does stand as an important langage around the world.

  3. Domo arigato Mochizuki San.
    Please never stop Fukushima Diary, I read it every day.
    Fukushima Diary is very important.
    Magnus Magnuson
    B.C. Canada

  4. Keep up the good fight. People need to know the info you provide, I share & share & share, it is dreadful what is happening and how the truth is not being told by msm. Thank you for all your hard work. God Bless.

  5. You are providing valuable information to the World. We are very thankful for honest reporting in stark contrast to the corrupt government’s distorted pro-nuclear fascist propaganda

  6. I think it’s quite amazing if you had actually anticipated the so-called gag law from the very beginning; it shows that you have quite an analytical mind in terms of socio-politics.

    In any case, good luck with the second project and congratulations on everything you’ve done so far, not just this year (which was obviously a huge achievement in and of itself).

    I also agree with one of the posters here – it would be constructive if you made a habit of mentioning how the ongoing media blackout is affecting other Japanese bloggers such as yourself.

  7. Domo arigato Mochizuki San.
    You are amazing and I thank you for all you are doing.
    Good luck. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers
    to the gods…

  8. Hello man, sorry for my so poor english

    It’s a french man who want to congratulate you and want to give a part of mine to greet your job on this blog and tell you to take heart and continue to move on.

    I am not the only man in France who read you EVERY DAY : we know the danger of nuclear in France and how much the nuclear lobby in France is powerful.

    You don’t know how it’s a shame for some frenchy like me to be the most pro-nuclear country in the world.

    You are more important for me than all work of Arnie Gundersen or other, man, you do what it have been to do and I tell you : your job is unique, information that you can give because you are a japanese is the only one I know.

    Thank you.

  9. Hi,
    Just want to tell you that your choice to leave Japan is very hard but it is the good choice, I did the same if it was arrive in France.

    How it is hard for you, I can not imagine. I lived so much trouble in my life that I am sure you will arrive to move on !

    You are a great man and you deserve to be happy soon in your life.
    Thank you for your job and a “houra” for your determination.

  10. I hope you can keep informing the world about what is really going on in Fukushima. I will start sharing relavant news on my facebook page as you deliver it. Please keep it going! The world needs to know!!!


  11. 51 Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan Suffering Thyroid Cancer, Leukemia, Brain Tumors After Participating in Fukushima Nuclear Rescue Efforts

    Thursday, 12 December 2013 20:00

    December 12, 2013 — (TRN http://www.TurnerRadioNetwork.com ) — Crew members in their mid-20’s from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan are coming down with all sorts of radiation-related illnesses after being deployed less than 3 years ago to assist with earthquake rescue operations off the coast of Japan in 2011. It looks as though the onboard desalinization systems that take salt out of seawater to make it drinkable, were taking-in radioactive water from the ocean for the crew to drink, cook with and bath-in, before anyone realized there was a massive radiation spill into the ocean.

    Charles Bonner, attorney representing sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan said “the crew members were not only going to the rescue by jumping into the water and rescuing people out of the water, but they were drinking desalinated sea water, bathing in it, until finally the captain of the USS Ronald Reagan alarmed people that they were encountering high levels of radiation.”

    Bonner says that as a result of this exposure, the 51 sailors have come down with a host of medical problems, “They have testicular cancer, they have thyroid cancers, they have leukemias, they have rectal and gynecological bleeding, a host of problems that they did not have before … people are going blind, pilots who had perfect eyesight but now have tumors on the brain. And it’s only been 3 years since they went in.” Bonner pointed out that these service men and women are young people, ages 21, 22, 23 years old and no one in their family had ever suffered any of these kinds of illnesses before.

    At present, 51 sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan are named as Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and Bonner says he anticipates adding twenty additional Sailors soon, bringing the total to 70 to 75 because “The Japanese government is in a major conspiracy with TEPCO to hide and conceal the true facts.”

    In an utterly shocking admission at a meeting of the Japan Press Club on December 12, 2013, the former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, who was in-office when the Fukushima disaster took place, told assembled journalists “[People think it was March 12th but] the first meltdown occurred 5 hours after the earthquake.” This means that the government of Japan KNEW there was horrific radiation being released, but did not tell the U.S. Navy which had deployed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to assist with rescue efforts. Our story covering this new aspect of the Fukushima incident is available HERE.

    According to “Stars and Stripes” one Plaintiff in the lawsuit is Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Hair. When the earthquake struck, Hair and his Reagan shipmates were en route to Korea. They immediately turned around and steamed to the affected area. “There were people in distress,” he said. “This is what we signed up for.”

    The Reagan passed through debris as far as the eye could see: wood, refrigerators, car tires, roofs of houses with people riding on them. Hair was told they were five to 10 miles off the coast from Fukushima, which had been damaged by a massive tsunami spawned by the quake.

    Sailors were drinking desalinated seawater and bathing in it until the ship’s leadership came over the public address system and told them to stop because it was contaminated, Hair said. They were told the ventilation system was contaminated, and he claims he was pressured into signing a form that said he had been given an iodine pill even though none had been provided. As a low-ranking sailor, he believed he had no choice.

    The Navy has acknowledged that the Reagan passed through a plume of radiation but declined to comment on the details in Hair’s story.

    Shortly after the disaster, Senior Chief Mike Sebourn was sent from his home base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, to Misawa Air Base, 200 miles from the faltering power plant. As a designated radiation decontamination officer, he dealt with aircraft and personnel that had flown into the area.

    Sebourn, with only two days of training, was tasked with testing seven points on an aircraft’s skin for radiation. He and others crawled all over the crafts for months, he said, with only gloves for protection. At one point, he said, they took the radiator out of one aircraft and tested it. The radiation was four times greater than what should have required them to wear a suit and respirator, he said.

    The level of radiation “was incredibly dangerous,” Sebourn said. “Navy aviation had never dealt with radiation before. Nobody knew what to do. Nobody knew what was safe. It was a nightmare.”

    Sebourn said he suffered nose bleeds, headaches and nausea in the immediate aftermath — symptoms consistent with radiation poisoning. Months later, he felt weak in his right arm; excruciating pain followed. He said the command fitness leader in charge of physical training at Atsugi watched as his arm atrophied to about half its size.

    “I have issues that can’t be explained,” Sebourn said. “It just seems like I am deteriorating.”

    Sebourn said he went to doctors more than a dozen times, but no one knew what had caused the former personal trainer to lose 70 percent of the strength in the right side of his body. He retired after 17 years in Japan.

    Sebourn is alarmed that the word “radiation” doesn’t appear anywhere in his service record, even though that was his job and he was exposed to it. He believed troops exposed would be red-flagged in their service records and be tracked for medical problems.

    According to “The Huffington Post” another Plaintiff in the lawsuit is former Navy Quartermaster Maurice Enis.

    Enis says it was more than a month after arriving off the coast of Japan — and circling at distances of one to 10 miles from the crippled reactors — when sailors aboard the carrier got word that a nuclear plant had been affected. “Even then, it was rumors,” he said. And it wasn’t until the USS Ronald Reagan had left Japan and sailors were scrubbing down the ship that they were offered radiation protection. Enis said the enlisted sailors were never offered any iodine. He said he later learned the “higher ups” — officers and pilots — had received the tablets to protect their thyroids from radiation damage.

    “They had us sign off that we were medically fine, had no sickness, and that we couldn’t sue the U.S. government,” Enis told The Huffington Post, recalling widespread anger among the sailors who saw it as “B.S.” but who also felt they had little choice.


    The first video below is when the Captain tells the crew they have moved the ship to fresher water and radiation is now down to acceptable levels, so they can begin using the water again! The second is what the Captain told the crew when the ship WAS HEADING BACK INTO the radiation!

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite the facts above, the mass-media in the U.S. has said nothing about this story. One more example of how the Turner Radio Network “provides facts the mass-media won’t.”)







    Sourcing for this story came partially from “The Nuclear HotSeat #129” http://www.NuclearHotSeat.com

  12. Thank you Iori for your constant commitment to this website, and the constant hard work, to collate, explain, present the information about this catastrophe in a very high standard of journalistic integrity.

    Can people who read this site and the comments, please make a donation if they have not done so already, or consider making a regular donation, so that Iori can survive in the Arctic!

    It is likely that if the original explosions were known by Tepco to be a complete catastrophe at the beginning, then the misinformation since then may have been a scripted dribble of nonsense as the truth would have led to mass panic. The effect of mass panic would have been for the public to demand immediate assistance. That assistance, such as iodine distribution, and proper medical screening would have been of real benefit to the people, and most especially the children. The toll on workers at the plant must be terrible, most over exposed because of the LIMITED gieger counters and other stupid strategies. Lies are never the best policy. It is very sad situation, and it takes an enormous amount of determination to keep focus.

    Good luck with the Japanese language site, lets hope some of the young people who read this, who are most at risk for their whole lives can convince their parents to move somewhere safer.

  13. Dear Iori,

    Good job! Ganbatte iru desu ne!
    You are suffering enough on this earth. When the world rulers crucified you, God will resurrect you as soon as possible and will abbreviate your suffering in the Hell. Of coarse, if you continue FUKUSHIMA DIARY! If you do not give up your mission on this planet.
    Don’t worry about other people. Just inform them, in Japanese, in English, in Chinese, in French, in Swahili, in Russian, in Portuguese, in Spanish.
    They are busy, but very curious to see THE FUKUSHIMA SHOW. JAJAUMA!!!! It’s funny, isn’t it?
    We will die, but we need good health.

    Good health and good luck for you!

  14. Hi Iori!
    Like Michel bellow, I am french too, I read you since the beginning, everyday or almost, I notice how you have turn to a reference and FD is on many foot pages, congat!
    There is pressure only in pressure we want to create for ourselves! It was what I had been told when I was in it…
    A therapist could help you to maintain your natural balance and to not be lost in that work as single individual. It is hard but l know you can handle it great… We have faith in you, go on in your mission!!!…
    I can give a hand for translations from english to french, just email me.

    Cheers man!
    You are great!

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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
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.


December 2013