One Year Ago, I Woke Up in Fukushima…/ Meanwhile: Good News: All Spent Fuel Removed from Fukushima-Daiichi SFP4

Crestone, Colorado (USA) –  November 9th, 2014

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NOTE:  This blogpost was expanded upon since its original posting, so much it was practically altered “beyond recognition”.  I’ve since returned it more-the-less to one of its original shorter versions, and created two separate blogposts:  

– One raises serious questions about the factuality of the recent SFP4 news:  PLUME GATE – Internal NRC Communications Released under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) proof deliberate Cover-Up of Severity of global Fukushima Fallout in 2011.  Recent SFP4 News May Have Been Part of Cover-Up.

– The other has [or will have as soon as I publish it] the expanded ponderings and reflections this blogposts briefly had, plus more:  Further Reflections On the Nuclear Industry’s Occult Dark Side. [Nuclear Shamanism, EXPANDED]  –> link will be inserted here when that blogpost’s finally done.  Could be awhile… .

 I have been advised to call this fiction.  So, there:

This may be regarded as FICTION. ;-)

See also my Disclaimer 

This blogpost consists of roughly 4 parts (which really should have been two blogposts):

– (1) The news that Fukushima F1’s Spent Fuel Pool # 4 (SFP4) has been emptied of its spent fuel, directly below, as well as more details in ‘What Was Averted’, further down.

– (2) Reminiscing about The Journey that drove me to Japan in 2013.  Here I touch upon some of the preceding shamanic journeys that were a big part of this.  This aspect is essentially additions to the (written in Japan) Nov. 17, 2013 blogpost, Why I’m in Japan, Aside from Tourism: Spiritual Pilgrimage, Ceremony & Bearing Witness.  Many additional reflections have been added in an attempt to make more sense of a series of “inspirations” that at the time didn’t make all that much sense to myself, most of which have been transferred to the extra blogpost mentioned above [link will be added when that blogpost is done].

– (3)  The third part of this blogpost belongs with the SFP4 news, but I put it at the end to accentuate what was averted.  It includes some details about the serious risk SFP4 posed when it was in the structurally compromised building.

– (4) At the very end there’s some additional afterthoughts re. the journey and its aftermath and where I’m at with all of this just over a year later in late 2014.

  • SFP4 Emptied of Spent Fuel

Some good news from Japan:  Over the course of the past year, spread over 62 cask transportations, ALL 1331 assemblies of spent fuel have been removed from Spent Fuel Pool (SFP) # 4.   Yeah!   :-)  Nice work!  Additionally, 22 unirradiated (new, unused) fuel assemblies were also removed, leaving only 180 unused fuel assemblies.  

From The Japan Times, November 6, 2014, 03:00PM JST: 

“TOKYO —The operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant removed 400 tons of spent uranium fuel from a damaged reactor building, the first of four sets of used rods to be removed in a cleanup expected to last decades.

The year-long operation is a rare success for Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) since the meltdowns at the plant more than three years ago. The overall clean-up has been plagued with delays and leaks of radioactive water. […]

The No. 4 building was a source of concern during the disaster because of fears it would collapse in another earthquake, leading to exposure of the spent fuel. […]”  


The situation in Japan still concerns me very deeply, but there was an edge last summer (2013) I could not shake.  Aside from a heightened visceral sense of urgency, a lot had been in the news about SFP4 before its spent fuel removal had started.

Briefly, the seriousness of it all had even reached mainstream outlets.  AP even pointed out in 2012 (relayed by ENEnews’ “More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant“), that,

“The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long been a major concern among experts because a collapse of its spent fuel cooling pool could cause a disaster worse than the three reactor meltdowns.”

Towards the end of this blogpost (or @ Washinton’s blog) are more details about what was averted: how extremely serious the threat actually was, and how incredibly lucky we’ve been that no major quake struck during the year-long precarious operation.   

Note:   It is unknown whether or not TEPCO and related news outlets can be believed, given they have a very bad track record, packed with lies and distortions, going back to well before this crisis.  In this blogpost, I am assuming that the spent fuel hadn’t burned up already, and was ‘intact’ and truly moved to a slightly safer place.  

Even for that optimistic scenario, don’t get too exited, though:  There, of course, these irradiated (and now thus highly radioactive and hot) nuclear fuels will need to continue to be cooled for many years, or even decades, before they can be stored in dry casks, for which a geologically stable place on this geologically unstable planet still needs to be found… to keep it from contaminating the environment somewhere in the next 100,000 years.  The irresponsibility, or outright insanity, of the nuclear industry (worldwide) has merely been more exposed.  Fundamentally very little has changed.  Fukushima is one of dozens of places where nuclear waste is piling up in unsafe conditions.  In any case, that remains the case.  If things don’t change dramatically, future nuclear accidents are only a matter of time.   The remaining issues at hand in Fukushima are astronomically daunting, and they are but a fraction of the menace the nuclear industry as a whole.  

“All efforts have failed to stop very high levels of radioactive materials flowing into Pacific Ocean.  Top Plant Official: “Little cause for optimism”.” (November 2014)  – NHK News & ENEnews

My Journey to Fukushima 1 Year Ago…

This nuclear disaster has affected me intensely in the past few years…  As I relayed in blogposts from Japan in autumn 2013, I went to Japan because of it…   That’s what I want to share a few more things about.    

Other blogposts leading up to sharing more about the shamanic dimensions of the nuclear crisis started with: ‘Four Levels of Perception‘ and  ’Three types of Time‘, as well as ‘Ayahuasca Documentaries‘, (all from 2013), which delve into the basics of my exploratory process.   Before I went, a long intense series of prayer ceremonies, many including Ayahuasca (a powerful Amazonian Entheogenic plant medicine brew, which I wrote about in ‘Ayahuasca Documentaries‘), in both North and South America, brought about a set of ‘inspirations’

Previous similar solo medicine ceremonies in the US (such as on the edge of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation) had given me the impression that, unlike most shamanic energy healing work, could not be done from a distance.  There is something localized in time and space about this nuclear technology that required getting fairly close to the region where the energies at play would be heightened and present in ways that are not the case, and strangely difficult to affect, much further away.

After much inner work, involving facing shadow (in the Jungian sense) akin to the archetypal Darkest Dance at play in the Manhattan-Project-spawned Nuclear Fission industry, and clues about the seemingly identical outer archetypal dynamics at play, I could not go in denial anymore:  this issue required my immediate action.  

The calling to go to Japan ultimately had more to do with the aim of shifting underlying energetics ‘to avert a future nuclear war’, rather than with subduing the nuclear discord in the Fukushima region.   But they all actually are linked through the shared darkest-of-dark (heart-disconnected) archetypal dynamics.  [The blogpost with extras will go deeper into that aspect].

The dire gist is this:  if these underlying archetypal dynamics are not pacified, the world will remain on track for increasing consequences of the modern era, which has been brought to a head with “The Nuclear Era”:  consequences that are akin to war, including chemical, biological and nuclear war.  It is ultimately irrelevant if this will come about through all-out warfare or through more meltdowns and nuclear waste accidents, and all the other poisonous and destructive aspects.  Because of its urgency and long term potential consequences for hundreds of generations to come, I focus on this part.

The archetypal dynamics at play within and underlying the Nuclear Era, which in past years I’ve dubbed, “The Darkest Dance“, involve “Dark Masculine” (such as heartless directional indiscriminate violence, such as rape, or nuking a city full of children) and “Dark Feminine” (such as heartless enveloping/embrace such as deception), have a strong presence in international politics.

If these dynamics are not pacified, meaning: if we do not radically start living from our hearts, then the world remains on course to nuclear armagheddon, possibly through full-scale nuclear war.

My set of ‘inspirations…’ were not completely understood by myself at the time and in hindsight.  I trusted my inspiration and acted on it.  Repeated sessions with DMT-containing Ayahuasca in 2013 had lead to a state of mind that included an acutely heightened sense of faith in what I experienced ceremony after ceremony:  Perhaps I can best describe it as a non-theistic “divine inspiration” in which the depths of ‘the fabric of reality’ itself urged me, with aliveness akin to thriving rainforst and a crisp clarity and purity akin to the Earth, Air and Water of the high mountains, to do everything in my power to ‘Bring an End to the Nuclear Era’.   It was overwhelming, not entirely rational, but it all came through viscerally with extreme visionary clarity and a sense of urgency.

There were quite a number of aspects to the inspirations, ranging from Crestone Composite rocks from high up in spiritually charged Sangre de Cristo mountains being placed in the Fukushima Prefecture as energetic assistance to Other-Dimensional Light Workers, as well as with Japanese whose family ancestry traces back to ancient imperial Kyoto in Japan’s Heian Era; tracking for “nuclear sorcery anchors” of “the nuclear spell” while on Ayahuasca in the former blast zones of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, calling in remnant distortions in the regional energetic field for purging (purging in Hiroshima was really intense…); visiting Kami Shrines to communicate my intentions and ask for protection from the land’s benevolent spirits, etc.

The majority of preparations involved making sure I wasn’t just projecting outward some unhealed aspect of my own inner trauma, but seeing clearly.

Before I got to the point of leaping into JUST DOING IT, there were many months of resistance (á la “What will people think?“, “What if I get arrested?“, “What if I actually AM going insane?” etc.).   By the time I bought my plane ticket to Japan, it pretty much felt “choiceless”.  Even if I were sadly delusional, so I reasoned, what I had in mind wouldn’t do harm to anyone, at least that much I felt confident about.

My first week included visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  After scoping out the scenes there, after visiting the Atomic Bombing Museum & Peace Memorial, plant medicine-assisted journeys in the former blast zones of both cities drew me to head straight to the Fukushima region from Nagasaki.  (I also thought, if I get this medicine-journeys-aspect of my trip out of the way, then I can just play tourist and simply enjoy being in Japan…)

Sunrise in Iwaki, Fukushima, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013.   The following Monday, 5 days after my (unintentionally very brief) visit to the disaster stricken region, the removal of spent fuel would begin. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

Sunrise in Iwaki, Fukushima, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013. The following Monday, 5 days after my (unintentionally very brief) visit to the disaster stricken region, the removal of spent fuel would allegedly begin.
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

Un-annotated image, see After The Media Has Gone: Fukushima, Suicide and the Legacy of 3.11 @

Un-annotated image, see After The Media Has Gone: Fukushima, Suicide and the Legacy of 3.11 @

Long story short, that morning…  I drew a picture of a beach for a cab driver in Iwaki City (Fukushima Prefecture).  He took me just a couple miles from the 20 mile Exclusion Zone, many miles north of Iwaki…

November 13, it will have been a year ago…  I remember walking on the beach there in Fukushima Prefecture, less than 25 miles from the disaster site…  

Fukushima is a beautiful region.  It was all a bit surreal… Surfers, joggers, fishing boats,… and then hours of sitting there and ‘doing my thing’…  At first I saw the possibility for regional healing, a very beautiful future… Later I got ‘beyond disturbed’.

(Also later, I got majorly distracted by the findings of very radioactive seaweeds, which I did not know yet at the time would actually have been fine, even healthy to eat due to their very high Potassium content.  Getting to the bottom of that scientific side-puzzle took up much of my time in January 2014.)

At the time, in pre-SFP4-emptying 2013, having few other avenues of action (besides blogging, and we all know how effective that is… ;-/ ),  I felt called to do something shamanically to help shift the surrounding subtle energies, in such a way that the chances of a worse outcome in this physical realm would be reduced.

I know I’m repeating myself a little bit, but drinking this ridiculously powerful medicine by myself in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and finally on the Yotsukuramachi Beach just north of Iwaki, Fukushima required a leap of trusting gut feelings.  There was a lot of otherworldly assistance.   More details and other aspects of that comic-strip-like journey I won’t delve into here.  [See the other longer blogpost soon-ish.]

I feel okay sharing this now, ’cause I’m pretty sure I will never do such a thing again anyhow.

To reflect some more on that mission of sorts a year ago, I guess I could say in all honesty that it involved “risking life and liberty.”  It all seemed a little crazy, but the thought of a bad outcome, as well as the surreal negligence of the nuclear industry itself, is far more crazy/ungrounded, as far as I could tell…   At this juncture in my life, though, I guess I could just as well call it ‘fiction’ and let it be whatever it was.  It’s only a story now… (See also – again, yup: – my disclaimer).   In my increasingly vague recollection, the decision was made in clarity and sanity, however.  At least that’s my sense about a year later.  It wasn’t all that impulsive, it grew over the course of over a half year, with much introspection and body-awareness and psychological work.

The reasoning to go forward was ultimately very simple:  If SFP4 would collapse, would I regret not having carried out my inspiration? What about nuclear war in my life time?    Of course I would regret my inaction in such a case.  Who could get harmed by my own actions, besides possibly myself, regardless of outcome?  My sense was ‘no one else’.

And so I found myself weighing the risk (“the demise of the Northern Hemisphere for centuries to come”, versus… a chance to contribute positively in an un- but potentially immeasurable subtle way, with some unknown risk of personal injury, maybe even death, but more likely some major inconvenience for my sorry ass if I were arrested or somehow would not manage to move to peace and safety afterwards…    I leaped on pure faith.   The rest is history.


A beach south of the reactor site in the Fukushima Prefecture, north of Iwaki. Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

Someday I’ll go into even more detail, but in any case…  No harm done.  No regrets. (And who knows, right?)   (And the trip in Japan itself was an amazing journey.  Japan has a lot of beauty.  I’d love to visit Japan again just to explore more for fun.  See some photos of my trip HERE.)

Many others were inspired similarly (to affect the subtle or other-dimensional) in their own unique ways.  Sound healer Tom Kenyon offered a Fukushima Sound Healing mp3, for instance, which is very helpful for the caretaking spirits in the affected areas.  (I found out about this later, but that was shared in the same month as I went to Japan!)

See also the links under my Prayers for Fukushima painting).

Protective benevolent energies near Mount Fuji were among the most helpful in the aftermath of my destabilizing shamanic journeys, without which I am not sure I would have been okay.

Protective benevolent energies near Mount Fuji were among the most helpful in the aftermath of my destabilizing shamanic journeys, without which I am not sure I would have been okay.

What Disaster Was Averted at SFP4?  (A look back)

If the intense seriousness of that threat of SFP4 was somehow lost on you, the rather-often-awesome ‘Washington’s Blog’ ran a comprehensive overview on April 7, 2012, detailing the gravity of the situation as it was a year ago:  “The Top Short-Term Threat to Humanity: The Fuel Pools of Fukushima” [Go read it!], from which this long, but extremely telling, quote [emphasis added]:

“Matsumura was told that if the fuel pool at unit 4 collapses or the water spills out, so much radiation will spew out for 50 years that no one will be able to approach Fukushima.  [See video and much more at Washington’s Blog]

Even more dramatically, Matsumura writes:

Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4—with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground—collapses,not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced. He stressed that the responsibility of Japan to the rest of the world is immeasurable. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries. Ambassador Murata informed us that the total numbers of the spent fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site excluding the rods in the pressure vessel is 11,421 (396+615+566+1,535+994+940+6375).

I asked top spent-fuel pools expert Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, for an explanation of the potential impact of the 11,421 rods.

I received an astounding response from Mr. Alvarez [updated 4/5/12]:

In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.

Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.

Many of our readers might find it difficult to appreciate the actual meaning of the figure, yet we can grasp what 85 times more Cesium-137 than the Chernobyl would mean. It would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.

There was a Nuclear Security Summit Conference in Seoul on March 26 and 27, and Ambassador Murata and I made a concerted effort to find someone to inform the participants from 54 nations of the potential global catastrophe of reactor unit 4. We asked several participants to share the idea of an Independent Assessment team comprised of a broad group of international experts to deal with this urgent issue.

I would like to introduce Ambassador Murata’s letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to convey this urgent message and also his letter to Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for Japanese readers. He emphasized in the statement that we should bring human wisdom to tackle this unprecedented challenge.

Ambassador Murata’s letter says:

It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor.   This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

Anti-nuclear physician Dr. Helen Caldicott says that if fuel pool 4 collapses, she will evacuate her family from Boston and move them to the Southern Hemisphere. This is an especially dramatic statement given that the West Coast is much more directly in the path of Fukushima radiation than the East Coast.

Will humanity rise to the occasion, and figure out how to stabilize fuel pool number 4 before catastrophe strikes? […] “

[read more at Washington’s Blog]

There is so much more to be pacified, like 3 runaway molten cores and a quickly (2013-2014) worsening groundwater contamination situation on-site…, (so what’s yet to be tackled is nothing to make light of), but what they pulled of is something very significant.  TEPCO disaster management and the workers doing the work, have my greatest respect for this accomplishment.   Same goes for all who contributed one way or another.    

Thank you!

Humanity did.  :-)  

And thanks, Rock!  You Rock! ;-)

And some Mountain Beings may have assisted too…  Thanks, Rock!   You Rock! ;-)

G r a t e f u l 

Additional Afterthoughts…

And yet…  Aside from draining savings, I can’t say I didn’t pay a price.  The weeks and months that followed my visit to Fukushima were steeped in disorientation. A few times the inability to focus and think straight was so bad I could not even manage to get a hostel bed and literally slept like a homeless guy in the streets of Kyoto.

I was plagued by concerns for my own well-being, bordering on the paranoid.  Almost 4 weeks after Iwaki, I spent sick in bed with muscle contractions, heart pain, 102 F (39 C) fever, and bouts of uncontrollable bawling.   Feeling just a tiny bit, from just 25 miles away (albeit blown open by DMT), the energetic discord of the Fukushima F1 nuclear disaster was a nightmarish heart-wrenching experience I rather not repeat.  Ultimately, I ended up feeling defeated, broken… full of doubts whether it had helped in any way at all.

In later hindsight: while my intentions and sense about what is called for still feels right-on, and it very well may have helped in ways I can never objectively confirm, I lacked the embodied spiritual realization to truly shift the momentum of this heart-detached dynamic to the extent I felt called upon.   It was all-in-all a very humbling experience, one that called me to return to daily practice of meditation and drop psychotropic explorations, for the time being.   But the mountains that were part of emboldening me showered me with a peaceful gratitude upon return, a sensation I had not experienced like that in their presence before.

There is a lot more personal healing work to be done before I would even consider ever doing anything remotely like that again.  ‘Cause… although I’m okay now, I feel it nearly killed me.   Peace Out.

In other news:  Beautiful sunset tonight…


Hello fellow Earthlings. ;-)  Greetings from Crestone, Colorado.

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