Fukushima, Japan’s Happiest Nuclear Power Plant

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continued: http://fukunukeblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/fukushima-japans-happiest-nuclear-power.html

 

The Wall Street Journal noticed this futuristic documentary on the history of the Fukushima nuclear plant from 1985. It looks like the Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds episodes I watched as a kid, and it’s impressive to see how it was all put together and run, and evolve from the first paper teletypes to the PC’s of the 1980s. Here is the original Japanese posting from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTshYXmN1AY (1985 27min) In 1966, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) started construction of this nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. This movie explained the mechanism of nuclear electric power generation, and the procedure of construction of the power plant. Many Japanese people visited the movie theater to watch this movie at that time. This movie was digitized by the support of Saitama Culture Promotion Grant. This movie was kindly provided by Science Film Museum for free (http://www.kagakueizo.org/english/). I have personally obtained permission of the head of the museum, to upload this video . If someone can translate this film to any language, please feel free to do so. We truly appreciate your cooperation.

And here is somebody that put english subtitles in it:

1985 Movie: Fukushima, The Happiest Nuclear Power Plant in Japan

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Some highlights:
* unbelievable attention paid to safety!
* built on sturdy land, built three times stronger than a normal building to withstand earthquakes easily.
* containment built of two meter thick concrete (thank goodness that’s holding the molten mass of uranium there now!)
* pressure vessel made from 16 cm sheets heated to a moldable temperature. (that’s what the uranium burned through)
* Fukushima is a thriving , healthy community (now a ghost town)

 

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