Japan looks to giant washer to clean Fukushima debris

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    Farmboy

    We will put northeastern Japan into a washer, then? Certainly that will boost employment.

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    Cricky

    Ahh, quirky Japan.

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    Patrick Hattman

    "The plan is a joint scheme between Tokyo-based construction company Toda Corp. and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency."

    Scheme or scam? I guess it will be a bunch of years before we have a definitive answer.

  • 2

    NuckinFutz

    I'm thinking SCAM!

  • 2

    CrazyJoe

    It is estimated there are about 500,000 tons of debris within the danger zone (20 kilometer radius).

  • 1

    tigerguy

    It's more and more ridiculous. It seems like they have no plan of attack for this situation which seems to be worsening everyday.

  • 1

    thepro

    The government sure is thinking of a lot of creative ways to spend their budget money these days

  • 4

    hatsoff

    Don't laugh too soon. If it works, that's all that matters. At least they're thinking outside the box for a change.

  • 5

    sensei258

    That's gonna take a lot of 100 yen coins to run

  • 0

    paulinusa

    First, will it be effective? And yes, how in hell will they be able to wash such a huge amount of debris. Could take years.

  • 0

    Jared Norman

    How are they going to dry, do they need a super giant dryer

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    telecasterplayer

    ..a cleaning plant will be built near the Fukushima Daiichi power station.

    Isn't that kind of like putting the exit to a car wash right next to a spewing and tar pit? One it comes back out.....

  • 0

    Darren Brannan

    Hope they give it a good blast of Fabreeze too. .. And the water will quickly become the next problem even if they can filter it. At least they are being proactive instead of sending it around Japan to be someone else's problem.

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    Equality

    When I first read the headline, it looked like something from The Onion. On the surface, the giant washing machine' sounds pretty wacky, but hopefully it will help.

  • 1

    moomoochoo

    Good luck with that.

  • 1

    nandakandamanda

    Remember this is the place where people traditionally sweep up leaves in the fall/autumn. More leaves cover the ground every time the wind blows, but out they go again. Morning after morning they are out there sweeping up leaves with little brooms, to Western eyes surely an excercise in futility.

    Everyone seems happy, and the shrines and temples do actually appear clean. (Apart from a few scattered leaves...)

    So if they are going to start feeding junk into a giant laundromat, then perhaps step by step we will eventually reach Rome.

  • 1

    minello7

    Now that going to take a lot of water. ???? what are they going to do with all that used water ?? I hope they have a good answer and a solution .

  • -2

    herefornow

    Wow, a super-sized Maytag is going to solve all the contamination problems for Fukushima. How wonderful.

  • 2

    WilliB

    I´d like to see that "washing machine".

  • -1

    Elbuda Mexicano

    How about closing down all these stupid! dangerous! nuclear power plants in Fukushima!! Not idiotic hair brained ideas like this.

  • -1

    Elbuda Mexicano

    Come to think about it...does do anything to solve the Dai Ichi Tepco nuclear power plant radiation mess??

  • 0

    choiwaruoyaji

    They'd better head over to Costco to get the huge boxes of Tide detergent, too...

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    oberst

    pipe the waste water to the west coast and dump it into the China sea as radioactive defense zone.

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    kurisupisu

    The Japanese think that 'washing' radiation away will work?

    There is a complete misunderstanding about the phenomenon

  • 1

    NetNinja

    By Jolly, I think they've got it. Brilliant idea!! A Giant Washing Machine, Gromit.

    Introducing the Wash-O-Radio9000 Gromit. Our latest invention.
    Wallace - I've got patent pending of course.

  • 1

    saru_au

    minello7Dec. 04, 2011 - 02:14PM JST

    what are they going to do with all that used water

    pump it in to the ocean of course, someone else can deal with it (it's the tepco motto i think)

  • 1

    MaboDofuIsSpicy

    Just leave the junk where it is.

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    Elvensilvan

    So the garbage gets a new cleaner?

    In an initial test they will use a tub 120 centimetres (four feet) long and plan to install multiple washing drums three times larger than that once the project fully launches, he said.

    How long will it need to run to de-contaminate a single load? A ton? How much pure water and detergent would Japan need to stock up?

    Will there be a waste water cleaner as well?

    The possiblities are endless! But I do hope we get a functional washer soon.

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    Jack Stern

    It may be cheaper to build a giant one way rocket to the sun and fill it up with as much debri as possible.

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    MaboDofuIsSpicy

    You can also get rid of the debris by detonating a Neutron bomb over it.

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    deepstar6

    Government planners have said radiation-contaminated debris could be stored in a facility in Fukushima prefecture for at least 30 years until its final destination is determined.

    Final destination? I am now nervous. How about using cesium consuming microbes? If that doesn't work then fire it towards a black hole star.

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