Stories From Sendai

This will be a night to be remembered.  We have one of the best venues in the city, world class dancers and DJ’s, amazing prizes for raffle and silent auction and a great charity that we are supporting.  All of the relevent details are below.

Stories From Sendai

Cover: $15 – includes a free drink ticket

DJ: K 2the C

Dance Crew: Supernaturalz

Raffle:  Prizes include Toronto FC tickets (VIP!), Raptors tickets, Getaway For 2 To Niagara Falls and much more.

Japanese and Canadian food

Great beer – Steam Whistle Pilsner

Location: Steam Whistle Brewery

If you are heading to the Blue Jay’s home opener, you should consider walking for two minutes to the Roundhouse to join us for our event.  It will be amazing and will go to support Habitat For Humanity to help people rebuild their lives and homes in the areas hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

 

Fundraising Event…Confirmed!

Hurray!

There was way too much emotion earlier today as we walked into the LCBO to see about getting a liquor license for our event this Friday.  We knew that we were under the 30 days needed to get the license, but we decided to go for a long shot.

A quick explaination, a few tears, being cut off and told it was a go, being told by the store GM that it’s not possible, a few more tears, a confirmation phone call and then BAM – done.

Oh did I mention hours upon hours spent worrying about whether we could get the license in time?  Or the fact that we had no idea where we could hold it if it wouldn’t be at the Steam Whistle Brewery?

A big sigh of relief and now the real work starts.

Event Details – Stories From Sendai

Location:  Steam Whistle Brewery – Map and Details

Doors Open at 9pm on Friday April 1st, 2011.

There will be a raffle to raise funds for Habitat For Humanity Japan.

I will post the event poster here (wait the 20 seconds for free download – this is the first draft of the poster).

The Facebook event can be found here.  You can also follow us on Twitter – @SendaiStories – and the web site will go live late Monday night – www.storiesfromsendai.com.

Needless to say there is a lot more work that has be done over the next few days.  I will post updates and details here once they become available.

Interesting Read….

The full article can be found on the NHK web site here.

Nuclear safety agency orders Tepco safety measures

Japan’s nuclear safety agency says it ordered the Tokyo Electric Power Company to step up safety measures at the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima after another case of workers exposed to radiation.

Three people working to restore cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at the Number 3 reactor were exposed to 173 to 180 millisieverts of radiation on Thursday. They were working in the turbine building, when they stepped in highly radioactive water, 15 centimeters deep. Two of the men are suffering from suspected beta ray burns.

It was later learned the water contained 3.9 million becquerels of radioactive substances per cubic centimeter. The detected figure is 10,000 times higher than levels of water inside a normally operating nuclear reactor.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency told reporters on Friday there were problems with measures taken by the power company to prevent the accident.

It said the firm did not properly measure radiation levels at the building where the accident occurred before the recovery operation began and failed to equip workers with adequate protective gear. It also said the workers did not immediately pull out of the building despite alarms set off by their gauges measuring radiation exposure.

The safety agency said it ordered the power company to take appropriate steps to measure radiation in the power plant. It also told the operator to take steps to prevent another accident, including more effective protective gear for the work crews.

Friday, March 25, 2011 13:47 +0900 (JST)

Guess what – A Message To Canadians

Here we go –  the latest message from the Canadian Government to their loyal subjects living in Japan:

From: tokyo-consul@international.gc.ca
Date: 23 March, 2011 6:29:24 PM EDT
To: hspooner@me.com
Subject: Message to Canadians / Avis aux Canadiens

Nuclear Emergency in Japan

The Japanese Government is working closely with the (IAEA) and is taking extreme efforts to manage the radiation event.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travellers monitor the updated situation reports about the event posted by the Japanese government and the Western Pacific Regions of the World Health Organization.

For more information on Japan and travel security, visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/issues_enjeux/article-eng.asp?id=1106 .

Recommendations

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travellers:
1.      to follow the advice of the Japanese government particularly where
it concerns the ongoing or future protective measures around the nuclear facilities.
2.      to observe an evacuation zone of 80 km around the Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear power station as a precautionary measure, given the evolving situation.
3.      to avoid consumption of spinach and Chinese colza from Fukushima,
Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma Prefectures and raw milk from Fukushima Prefecture.
4.      to follow the advice of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and
Welfare  regarding food and water consumption and protective measures such as potassium iodide (KI).
5.      to choose foods produced and manufactured in other regions less
impacted by the current emergency as an extra precaution.

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/thn-csv/japnuc-eng.php

Best regards,

Consular Section / Section consulaire
Embassy of Canada / Ambassade du Canada
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8503
Tel/Tél:3.5412.6200   Fax/Téléc:3.5412.6289
www.japan.gc.ca (English)
www.japon.gc.ca (français)
www.voyage.gc.ca
E-mail/courriel: tokyo-consul@international.gc.ca

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Heading Back To Sendai

Well it’s almost official – I’ll be heading back to Sendai soon.   Land and real estate prices are sure to drop in Sendai over the coming months, and there’s a group of guys in Canada who are eager to start an agricultural project that should help ease the concerns of radiated vegetables coming from Tohoku region.

Without going into too much detail, this project should be fulfil a few personal requirements:

1.  Solve the food issue with produce being grown in Tohoku region.

2.  Create jobs (so important over the coming months in helping Sendai rebuild)

3.  Create a sustainable and environmentally friendly business that can be replicated in other parts of the world

4.  Experienced management team that can be quickly deployed

5.  The business requireslittle startup capital and will become cash flow positive within six months

I’ll admit that when I got back to Toronto, the last thought on my mind was to head back to Sendai region to help start a new business (maybe another part of Japan, but Sendai was not at the top of the list).  Now I find a strange attraction to that part of Japan.  Maybe I’ll become one of the newly coined “flygin” and return to an office full of people who decided to stay and face weeks of ostracization and ridicule.  Or I can talk about the great vacation that I had on the other side of the world non-stop and brag about the great tan that I now have from the Toronto weather.
I’m still hammering out the details for the fundraiser next week.  I’ll keep everyone posted.  Signing off with one of my favourite quotes:

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today. Let us begin.

Mother Teresa (1910–1997)
Albanian missionary
Nobel Peace Prize winner

Fundraisers and Radiation

Still in the planning stages of the fundraiser for next week.  Once we have nailed down a few more details, I will post an event on Facebook and shoot out an email to see if we can get people out.  Needless to say it will be an event that I would want to attend – beer, videos, and lots of prizes.  Did I mention beer?

There are a few other fundraisers that are going on over the next few weeks.  I’ll post some details here once I have them.

Radiation could affect people outside of 30km zone.

You can find additional information at Japan’s main news station at NHK World.

TEPCO Update – March 22, 2011

The information below was pulled from the TEPCO web site under their Press Release section.

Press Release (Mar 22,2011)
Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 0:00 PM Mar 22st)

*new items are underlined

All 6 units of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have been shut down.

Unit 1 (Shut down)
– Reactor has been shut down. However, the explosive sound and white smoke were confirmed after the big quake occurred at 3:36PM Mar 12th. It was assumed to be hydrogen explosion.
– We have been injecting sea water into the reactor pressure vessel.

Unit 2 (Shut down)
– Reactor has been shut down and the level of reactor coolant had dropped and the reactor pressure had increased because the Reactor Core Isolation Cooling System stopped. Measures were taken to lower the pressure within the Reactor Containment Vessel and to inject sea water into the Reactor while carefully confirming safety. The level of reactor coolant and the pressure of the Reactor resumed.
– At approximately 6:00AM on March 15, 2011, an abnormal noise began
emanating from nearby Pressure Suppression Chamber and the pressure within this chamber decreased.
– We completed receiving electricity from the external transmission line
up to the auxiliary transformer. We installed the power cable from the
transformer to the temporary power panel. At 3: 46 PM, March 20th, we
started energizing the load-side power panel.
– At 6:20 on March 21st, white smoke was confirmed arising from the top of
the reactor building. As of 7:11 am on March 22nd, smoke decreased to
the level where we can hardly confirm
– We have been injecting sea water into the reactor pressure vessel.

Unit 3 (Shut down)
– Reactor has been shut down. However, the explosive sound and white smoke were confirmed at 11:01AM Mar 14th. It was assumed to be hydrogen
explosion.
– At 8:30AM on March 16th, fog like steam was confirmed arising from the
reactor building.
– At approximately 6:15AM on March 17th the pressure of the Suppression
Chamber has temporarily increased. We were preparing to implement a
measurement to reduce the pressure of the reactor containment vessel
(partial discharge of air containing radioactive material to outside) in order to fully secure safety. However, at present, it is not a situation to take a measure immediately to discharge air containing radioactive material to outside now. We will continue to monitor the status of the pressure of the reactor containment vessel.
– We are working on receiving external power supply to Units 3 and 4.
– At approximately 4:00 pm, March 21st, light gray smoke was confirmed
arising from the floor roof of the Unit 3 building. On March 22nd, the
color of smoke changed to somewhat white and it is slowly dissipating.
– We have been injecting sea water into the reactor pressure vessel.

Unit 4 (outage due to regular inspection)
– Reactor has been shut down. However, at approximately 6AM on March 15th.  We have confirmed the explosive sound and the sustained damage around the 5th floor rooftop area of the Nuclear Reactor Building.
– On March 15th and 16th, we respectively confirmed the outbreak of fire at the 4th floor of the northwestern part of the Nuclear Reactor Building. We immediately reported this matter to the fire department and the related authorities. TEPCO employees confirmed that each fire had already died down by itself.
– At this moment, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside
the reactor containment vessel happened.

Unit 5 (outage due to regular inspection)
– Reactor has been shut down and the sufficient level of reactor coolant to ensure safety is maintained.
– At 5 AM, March 19th, we started the Residual Heat Removal System Pump (C) in order to cool the spent fuel pool.
– At this moment, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside the reactor containment vessel happened.
– At 2:30 PM, March 20th, the reactor achieved reactor cold shutdown.

Unit 6 (outage due to regular inspection)
– Reactor has been shut down and the sufficient level of reactor coolant
to ensure safety is maintained.
– We are working on receiving external power supply to Units 5 and 6. We
completed the repair work on the emergency diesel generator (A).
– At 10:14 pm, March 19, we started the Residual Heat Removal System Pump
(B) of Unit 6 in order to cool the spent fuel pool.
– At this moment, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside
the reactor containment vessel happened.
– At 7:27 PM, March 20th, the reactor achieved reactor cold shutdown.

Cooling of spent fuel pools
– In Unit 3, water discharge by Self-Defense Force’s helicopters was
conducted from 9:48 AM in the morning on March 17th. Also water
discharge by the riot police’s high-pressure water cannon trucks and
Self-Defense Force’s fire engines was conducted from 7PM on March 17th
and finished at 8:09PM.
– In Unit 3, water discharge by Self-Defense Force’s fire engines and US
army’s fire engines was conducted from 2 PM and completed a quarter to
3 PM.
– After that, from 0:30 AM, Mar 19th, water discharge by Tokyo Fire
Department’s Hyper Rescue was conducted to Unit 3 and completed at 1:10
AM. At around 2:10PM, water discharge by Tokyo Fire Department¡Æs Hyper
Rescue to Unit 3 was conducted once again. At approximately 3:40 am,
they had finished water discharge.
– At approximately 8:21 am, March 20th, water discharge to Unit 4 by fire
engine has started with the cooperation of Self-Defense Forces and
finished at approximately 9:40 am. At approximately 6:45 pm, March 20th
water discharge to Unit 4 by Self-Defense’s water cannon trucks was
conducted and finished at approximately 7:45 pm.
– From 3: 05 PM to 5: 20 PM on March 20th, 40 tons of seawater was
injected into Unit 2 by TEPCO employees.
– From 9:30 PM on March 20, water discharge by Tokyo Fire Department’s
Hyper Rescue was conducted to Unit 3 and completed at approximately 4:00
AM today.
– At approximately 6:30 AM today,, water discharge to Unit 4 was started
by Self-Defense Force’s fire engines and US army’s fire engines and was
finished at approximately 8:40 AM.
– We are considering further water discharge at Unit 3 and others subject
to the conditions of spent fuel pools.

Casualty
– 2 workers of cooperative firm were injured at the occurrence of the
earthquake, and were transported to the hospital on March 11th.
– 4 workers were injured and transported to the hospital after explosive
sound and white smoke were confirmed around the Unit 1on March 11th.
– Presence of 2 TEPCO employees at the site is not confirmed on March
11th.
– 1 TEPCO employee who was not able to stand by his own holding left chest
with his hand, was transported to the hospital by an ambulance on March
12th.
– 1 subcontract worker at the key earthquake-proof building was
unconscious and transported to the hospital by an ambulance on March
12th.
– The radiation exposure of 1 TEPCO employee, who was working inside the
reactor building, exceeded 100mSv and he was transported to the hospital
on March 12th.
– 2 TEPCO employees felt bad during their operation in the central control
rooms of Unit 1 and 2 while wearing full masks, and were transferred to
Fukushima Daini Power Station for consultation with a medical advisor on
March 13th.
– 11 workers were injured and transported to Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power
Station etc. after explosive sound and white smoke were confirmed around
the Unit 3.One of the workers was transported to the FUKUSHIMA Medical
University Hospital on March 14th.

Others
– We measured radioactive materials (iodine etc.) inside of the nuclear
power station area (outdoor) by monitoring car and confirmed that
radioactive materials level is getting higher than ordinary level. As
listed below, we have determined that specific incidents stipulated in
article 15, clause 1 of Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear
Emergency Preparedness (Abnormal increase in radiation dose measured at
site boundary) have occurred.
·Determined at 4:17 PM Mar 12th (Around Monitoring Post 4)
·Determined at 8:56 AM Mar 13th (Around Monitoring Post 4)
·Determined at 2:15 PM Mar 13th (Around Monitoring Post 4)
·Determined at 3:50 AM Mar 14th (Around Monitoring Post 6)
·Determined at 4:15 AM Mar 14th (Around Monitoring Post 2)
·Determined at 9:27 AM Mar 14th (Around Monitoring Post 3)
·Determined at 9:37 PM Mar 14th (Around main entrance)
·Determined at 6:51 AM Mar 15th (Around main entrance)
·Determined at 8:11 AM Mar 15th (Around main entrance)
·Determined at 4:17 PM Mar 15th (Around main entrance)
·Determined at 11:05 PM Mar 15th (Around main entrance)
·Determined at 8:58 AM Mar 19th (Around MP5)
From now on, if the measured figure fluctuates and goes above and below
500 micro Sv/h, we deem that as the continuous same event and will not
regard that as a new specific incidents stipulated in article 15, clause
1 of the Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency
Preparedness (Abnormal increase in radiation dose measured at site
boundary) has occurred. In the interim, if we measure a manifestly
abnormal figure and it is evident that the event is not the continuous
same event, we will determine and notify.

– The national government has instructed evacuation for those local
residents within 20km radius of the periphery and evacuation to inside
for those residents from 20km to 30km radius of the periphery, because
it’s possible that radioactive materials are discharged.
– At approximately 10AM on March 15th, we observed 400mSv/h at the inland
side of the Unit 3 reactor building and 100mSv/h at the inland side of
the Unit 4 reactor building.
– We checked the status of spent fuel in the common pool, and confirmed
that the water level secured. We are planning to conduct a detailed
inspection.
– We found no signs of abnormal situation for the casks by visual
observation during the patrol activity. A detailed inspection is under
preparation.
– At Units 5 and 6, in order to prevent hydrogen gas from accumulating
within the buildings, we have made three holes on the roof of the
reactor building for each unit.
– In total 12 fire engines are lent for the water discharge to the spent
fuel pools and water injection to the nuclear reactors by various
regional fire departments* as well as Tokyo Fire Department.
*: Koriyama Fire Department, Iwaki Fire Brigade Headquarters, Fire
Headquarters of Sukagawa District Wide Area Fire-fighting Association,
Yonezawa City Fire Headquarters, Utsunomiya City Fire Headquarters,
Fire Headquarters of Aizu-Wakamatsu wide area municipal association,
Saitama City Fire Bureau, and Niigata City Fire Bureau.
– On March 21st, we detected cobalt, iodine and cesium from the seawater
around discharge canal of Unit 1, 2, 3 and 4.
– We will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety and to
continue monitoring the surrounding environment around the Power
Station.