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Japanese Trade Union Confederation Opposes Nuclear Power

The Japanese Trade Union Confederation known as Rengo has changed their stance and is now officially opposing nuclear power. Union president Nobuaki Koga made the statement at during their convention in Tokyo this week. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Japan To Freeze Fast Breeder Reactor Program

The science ministry plans to freeze the budget of Monju, Japan’s fast breeder reactor program by slashing it up to 80%. This would only leave enough funding to maintain the plant. The uncertainty of Japan’s nuclear plans were cited as a concern with the project. Monju has been plagued with problems. It has only run for an hour since its first testing twenty years ago. It suffered a liquid sodium leak that caused a fire back in 1995 along with a cover up. In 2010 it was restarted only to have a piece of equipment become lodged at an angle inside the reactor. Monju runs on MOX fuel and the liquid sodium coolant adds an additional risk due to its inherent dangers This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

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Suzuki May Move Factory Away From Nuke Plants, Cities Call For Shutdown Of Hamaoka

Suzuki has told local mayors near the Hamaoka nuclear power plant that they are considering moving their facility due to the risk from nuclear power in the area unless Hamaoka is shut down or safety assured. Chubu Electric signed a pact with the four nearby cities that it would assure plant safety and obtain the approval of the cities to continue operating the plant. This is the first large business to make such an announcement that they consider operating next to a nuclear plant too large of a business risk. Power companies in Japan have cited the electricity needs of large companies and their impact on the economy has a major reason for nuclear power. If companies begin to see nuclear power as a substantial business risk it could be a major … Read entire article »

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90% Of Japan’s Nuclear Reactors Will Be Offline

As of Sunday JST 90% of Japan’s nuclear reactors will be offline. Shikoku Electric will shut down the #1 reactor at their Ikata power plant. Earlier this year the power companies in Japan claimed there would be widespread blackouts across Japan without nuclear power. The people called their bluff, even during a very hot summer the blackouts didn’t appear. People and corporations took conservation seriously and met the challenge. With 90% of the reactors offline does Japan really need nuclear power after all? Read more at NHK News. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this … Read entire article »

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People In Disaster Area Caught In Political Dysfunction

““I didn’t do anything wrong, but I lost everything,” said Ikuhashi, who was made unemployed after the disaster and has since separated from his wife after the post-disaster stress took its toll on their marriage.” As half a year since the Fukushima Daiichi disaster nears, people’s patience is running out. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact … Read entire article »

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186,000 bq Cesium Found In Sludge 100 km From Fukushima Daiichi

Found in a ditch 100km from the disaster site. This is an extremely high reading. No clear answers yet why such a high level concentrated into that one area of sludge. As rain brings down contamination from the sky and water washes it partially away, it can concentrate around rain gutters or other places rainwater collect.  More at Kyodo News This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full … Read entire article »

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Fukushima, Four Months Later

Four months ago on March 11, 2011 life changed forever for many in Japan. It has brought a new level of concern worldwide for the environment and the safety of nuclear power. People still live in shelters, most still live a life on hold in some way. The power plant still frustrates as workers attempt to bring some sort of control over the situation. The social fallout will remain for those that survived. Please take a moment to read this excellent article by Dr. Robert Jacobs about the human toll in all of this. Dr. Jacobs has been an irreplaceable resource for all of us at fukuleaks.org/web in understanding the social, economic and personal toll nuclear disaster brings. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … Read entire article »

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Gov’t may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima

Gov’t may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima   Full article: Tuesday 07th June, 06:22 AM JST This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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The incineration of rubble OK’d amid radiation risk

The Japan Times reports The incineration of rubble OK’d amid radiation risk June 7, 2011  “The Environment Ministry plans to allow rubble from the March 11 disasters in coastal and central parts of Fukushima Prefecture to be incinerated or buried, raising the risk of radioactive contamination, officials said Sunday. While the ministry already allows 10 municipalities where contamination levels from the prefecture’s stricken nuclear plant are low enough to handle debris under normal procedures, it has decided to expand the eased limits to other parts of the prefecture outside the nuclear no-go zone and evacuation areas. The move is aimed at speeding up rubble removal in Fukushima Prefecture, but authorities are required to handle it with care, including by decontaminating and managing it properly, the officials said. The ministry plans to … Read entire article »

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Plutonium Found in Soil at Okuma

From a The Japan Times report: “Plutonium that is believed to have come from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant has been detected in the town of Okuma about 1.7 km away from the plant’s front gate… By analyzing the ratio of three types of isotopes in the plutonium, Yamamoto was able to determine that it was emitted by Fukushima No. 1 and not past bomb tests.” This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to … Read entire article »

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An Appeal for Fukushima’s Children

As a response to the ‘letter from a Fukushima mother‘ from May 25,  and on behalf of the school children who are the future of Fukushima, we are thinking of sending the letter around with an accompanying statement of support.  The text here will be edited to reflect the current version as it gels.  If you have ideas for this, or for places we should send a copy or just want to add your voice, put it in the comments.  You’ll need an email address to comment, but it’s just so we can minimize comment spam.  We’ll work out a petition-style approach for the future. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other … Read entire article »

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News Alert

81% polled in Japan do not trust the government on Fukushima, 85% say TEPCO doing a poor job. Thyroid testing shows that two Fukushima workers may have exceeded their maximum radiation dose. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Greenpeace Radiation Testing Results

Spreadsheets and pdf documents below courtesy of Greenpeace. Find the original Greenpeace information on their website along with maps. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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