Melted-Down Fuel Removal at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant will commence in 2021, according to new timeline

Yesterday, I was at the library, reading the English newspaper The Japan Times. One of the front page stories was about the new timeline for removal of the melted-down radioactive fuel at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

According to the new timeline, removal will begin in 2021.

I’m sure it will be done by hardy robots. It is not possible for humans to get near the melted-down fuel, due to its high radioactivity.

Three reactors melted down, and the fuel in them totals 800 tons. (Amy’s note: One ton is equivalent to 2,000 pounds.)

According to my calculations, 800 tons equals:

160 elephants


3 AN cargo airplanes


800 polar bear


266 pickup trucks


106,666 turkeys

But the 800 tons of fuel is radioactive so make that:

160 extremely deadly elephants


3 extremely deadly AN cargo airplanes


800 extremely deadly polar bears


266 extremely deadly pickup trucks


106,666 extremely deadly turkeys

Anyway, here is the article:


Here is a lovely timeline from the enemy TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company.) TEPCO owns the plant and it is their responsiblity to clean it up.

By the way, I don’t have to worry about TEPCO reading my blog and turning off my home’s electricity as payback for saying mean things about them. I don’t live in the Tokyo area, thus TEPCO doesn’t provide my electricity. Fukushima City is in Tohoku, and we get our electricity from Tohoku’s electricity company.

(numbers for determining what weighs how many tons are from


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7 thoughts on “Melted-Down Fuel Removal at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant will commence in 2021, according to new timeline

  1. Hi, Amy. Thank you for the info and timeline. We’re hanging tough here in Koriyama. The east side of Koriyama was hit hard (catastrophic flooding) by Typhoon 19. Hope all is well there in Fukushima City. Happy Holidays! Brad.


    • I’m very sorry about the flooding there…… Judi (an AFWJ member) told me about the ruined city busses…….It’s terrible, isn’t it? I was very scared when that typhoon was approaching but our home here was fine…..but lot, LOTS of others were not so fortunate…. I’ve been seeing some of the damage on the news. I went to Koriyama City last week for my JLPT, but I don’t drive (I went by local train) so I didn’t see the damaged area on the east side. Ganbatte. Hang in there. Amy

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  2. Thank you. My area was very lucky. I live on the west side of town, so no worries about the flooding where I am, thankfully. However, I know some folks who were badly affected. Water levels have receded, but the cleanup over there is going to take a while in some areas. I was told that similar flooding happened about thirty years ago and was bad in my area. Fortunately, the city widened the road in front of my house about seven years ago and took the time to improve the drainage system as well. I hope they do the same on the other side of town, especially after this catastrophe. Good city infrastructure and civil engineering is so vital here. But those of us in Fukushima-ken know all about that, don’t we?


    • oh, gosh wow……..Looks you dodged a bullet, living on the west side…My heart goes out to those in the flooded areas…….
      It is good they widened the road. I was recently watching the news about heavy rain in a country with worse infrastructure than Japan…(I don’t remember? Philippines, I think.) And the news was saying that the drainage system just wasn’t equipped to deal with the rain.
      I actually feel really fortunate to come from the US and live in Japan, both with good infrastructure compared to many other countries. (I know people say that U.S.’s infrastructure is falling apart, but I have a feeling it is still not as bad as some parts of the world.)

      Japan is going to run out of money, though, to fix things!!!!! I worry about that, with all these disasters and declining populations growth. Thanks for reading my blog, Amy

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      • I’m glad that you and your family are safe and that the typhoon wasn’t as bad in Fukushima-shi. I agree with you about the infrastructure in the U.S. Thanks again for reading my book about the March 11, 2011 earthquake and nuke disaster, and my blog, too! I hope that you found my book interesting and informative. I just published my first novel by the way. One chapter takes place in Koriyama. Sorry for the shameless plug! Season’s Greetings! Brad


      • Congratulations!!!! I am happy about your book and I’ll try to get to reading it. I have a long queue of books lined up…….Bye, amy

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