Japanese scientists to use giant undersea drill to reach Earth’s mantle


Japanese scientists to use giant undersea drill to reach Earth’s mantle

Earth’s elusive mantle is too much to resist for a team of Japanese scientists who plan to be the first to reach it. The team will use a giant drill to reach the molten rock, located six kilometers (3.7 miles) beneath the planet’s surface.

“If we dig into the mantle we will know the whole Earth history, that’s our motivation to search,” researcher Natsue Abe, who is involved in the project, told CNN.

Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) are undertaking the massive project that will see a drill dropped four kilometers into the ocean, before drilling through six kilometers of the planet’s crust to reach its destination…. read more

Japan Moves to Highest Alert Level After North Korea Fires Missiles


Japan moved to the highest possible alert level after North Korea fired four ballistic missiles simultaneously into nearby waters, the latest provocation from Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Three of the missiles fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, with one dropping about 350 kilometers west of the nation’s northern Akita prefecture, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters after a meeting of Japan’s National Security Council. Authorities were still analyzing the type of missile launched, he said.

The launches “clearly show that this is a new level of threat” from North Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers in Tokyo. American officials held phone calls afterward with counterparts in Japan and South Korea, which rely on the U.S. for security… [read more]

After years of media coverups, the truth about Fukushima’s radiation catastrophe is starting to get coverage


Image: After years of media coverups, the truth about Fukushima’s radiation catastrophe is starting to get coverage

(Natural News) The radioactive horrors of the dilapidated Fukushima nuclear power plant continue to haunt the world. When a tsunami took out the cooling system of Fukushima in 2011, three reactors melted down. Since then, analysts estimate that 300 tons of radioactive water leak into the Pacific Ocean every day. It has now been six years since the meltdown. Japanese officials and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) have repeatedly assured the public that the problem is contained. Media-cover-ups have ensued. Official reports have been contradictory. For instance, on March 11, 2011, when the the tsunami struck the plant, TEPCO knew that a multi-reactor nuclear meltdown was underway. The public wasn’t informed until April.

Through the years, the U.S. military has questioned whether TEPCO provides accurate information. People around the world don’t understand the severity of the situation or how the radioactive material affects the marine life of the Pacific Ocean…. [read more]

Extremely high radiation breaks down Fukushima clean-up robot at damaged nuclear reactor


Extremely high radiation breaks down Fukushima clean-up robot at damaged nuclear reactorA clean-up mission using a remotely operated robot at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has had to be aborted, as officials feared they could completely lose control of the probe affected by unexpectedly high levels of radiation.

The robot equipped with a high-pressure water pump and a camera designed to withstand up to 1,000 Sieverts of cumulative exposure had been pulled off the inactive Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex earlier this week, The Japan Times reported Friday, citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The device reportedly broke down just two hour into the probe.

The failure led experts to rethink estimated levels of radiation inside the damaged reactor…. [read more]

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Tokyo could ban US troops from stationing on disputed isles if Moscow hands them over – report


© Ekaterina ChesnokovaAhead of Vladimir Putin’s December trip to Japan, diplomatic sources told local media that Japan could block the US from being stationed on the islands off Hokkaido in the strategic Sea of Okhotsk, if this helps persuade Russia to give them back.

The islands are inhabited, and in Russia are called the Southern Kurils – but for Japan they are Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and the Habomai islet group. These territories, which became Russian after Japan’s defeat in World War II under the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951, saw a rift between the two countries preventing them from signing the peace treaty to formally end the war. Tokyo insists the four islets are not part of the Kuril chain and should be returned under its control.

In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Bloomberg that Russia does not “trade territories.” But ahead of his visit to Tokyo in mid-December, Japan’s diplomatic sources told Kyodo News that Moscow would hand over Shikotan and Habomai islet group following the peace deal, as stated by the 1956 Japan-Soviet Joint Declaration….. [read more]