Pr. Christopher Busby believes that the reason why Japan is discreetly trucking tons of radioactive waste to the everywhere in Japan is to increase the rate of cancers over the whole country so that future legal claims will not be able to show any discrepancy between the national cancer rate and the rate of the initially most contaminated areas. In order to prove that a child who will die in Tokyo from heart failure, thyroid cancer or leukemia in a few years, his parents will need to compare the rate of such deaths in Tokyo and in a nuclear-free area such as Kyushu island. Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims who saught indemnities from the Japanese government were often not compensated and class-actions were still going on into the XXI century. Presumably, the government learnt from these that claims could be made groundless if control groups were suppressed, i.e. if the whole country shared a homogeneous level of contamination.
This conspiracy theory is backed by the previous official statements that “we should all share the pain of Fukushima” and that plans were made and publicly annnounced for waste disposal throughout Japan before being subdued. The links between politician election campaigns and promises, the contruction sector, the shadow workers and the intermediaries that we cannot name for fear of our lives are well documented in Japan and make this kind of under-cover operation very easy. Besides, citizens report increased radiation everywhere and the government announced that they wanted to outlaw such individual initiatives.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) English page FAQ number 1 seems to date back from 2003 and has not been updated since. Even the copyright notice for the English website, 2010, predates the Fukushima disaster. It appears that “Where exactly the nuclear waste is deposited?” is not a frequently asked question…
A1. In Japan, highly radioactive liquid waste arising from the reprocessing of spent fuel is solidified in a glass matrix. This is termed high-level waste (HLW).
As of December 31st 2003, the total volume of spent fuel that had been produced is equivalent to around 17,300 canisters of vitrified waste. The number of canisters currently being stored in Japan (as of September 30th 2004) is 1,022.
In Japan, spent fuel is reprocessed to extract uranium and plutonium for re-use in the nuclear fuel cycle. The remaining highly active liquid waste has no further use. It is immobilized in a glass matrix which is surrounded by a stainless steel fabrication canister. Internationally, countries such as Sweden have opted for direct disposal of spent fuel. In such cases, the concept of geological disposal is also applied.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) website does not give any more information about storage sites of what they call “Low Level Radioactive Waste” (LLR) except that it is supposed to be buried “into near surface or intermediate depth （50 to 100m deep） of terrain.” We could see in recent newspapers that it is actually buried in 3 meters deep excavated ground on top of a tarpaulin like the ones Japanese use to watch cherry blossoms during the “hanabi” picnics. NISA depends of the all powerful METI and from its website, it looks like a perfect amakudari (golden retirement) institution – the only green about them must be their great golf clubs.