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Japan’s Business Lobby Bails On Nuclear

Japan’s Business Lobby Bails On Nuclear

We have tracked this issue since 2011, but this is an unexpected turn. Japan’s business lobby(Keidanren) has been loudly pushing nuclear power. Now Reuters is reporting that another influential business lobby, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives is pushing for changes to Japan’s energy policy. They want the government to shift to more renewables and away from nuclear power. “We have a sense of crisis that Japan will become a laughing stock if we do not … Read entire article »

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Ex NRA Head Blasts Japan’s Nuclear Safety Screening

Ex NRA Head Blasts Japan’s Nuclear Safety Screening

Former regulator and seismologist Kunihiko Shimazaki blasted the current safety screening methods being used by Japan’s NRA. He cites that the current methods underestimate potential earthquake intensity near nuclear plants in Japan. The Kyushu earthquakes in April caused him to see new concerns with these methods in use. Shimazaki raised concerns about a number of nuclear plants in Kyushu but didn’t mention the Ikata plant specifically. This plant is one we identified as being quite close to … Read entire article »

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Takahama Reactor Fails Days After Restart

An issue in the turbine systems caused unit 4 at the Takahama nuclear plant in Japan to automatically shut down just days after it was allowed to restart. The same unit had a problem 9 days earlier when a pipe leak caused a problem. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved 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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Japanese Govt. To Reuse Fukushima Contaminated Soil

Japanese Govt. To Reuse Fukushima Contaminated Soil

The Environment Ministry has announced they plan to “reuse” contaminated soil in public construction projects. Last week they announced that some contaminated materials and soil below 8000 bq/kg of contamination would be released from government oversight. The ministry has a business plan to reuse the contaminated soil. There is a vague mention of attempting some sort of decontamination on the soil but no clear play if this is even possible. Convincing the public and construction companies … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Craziest Nuclear Idea To Date

Japan’s Craziest Nuclear Idea To Date

The Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry is exploring the idea of storing their high level nuclear waste under the sea floor. That would be in the Pacific ocean, or Sea of Japan. Efforts to find a land based site has been met with obvious resistance from local communities. This disturbing new concept offered no idea how they planned to prevent this burial from leaking back into the ocean for tens of thousands of years. There … Read entire article »

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How The US & Japan See India As Ripe For Nuclear Exploitation

How The US & Japan See India As Ripe For Nuclear Exploitation

The groundwork goes back decades. After WWII the US looked to shed the reputation gained after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The tactic brought about the Atoms for Peace program. The plan was to divert attention away from nuclear weaponry and war towards nuclear power and other uses that could be seen as “peaceful” uses of the technology. Opposition to nuclear weapons had grown in Japan after with war with groups pushing for the abolition of … Read entire article »

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Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

UPDATE: Volcanic gas found bubbling up in the water 5km from the volcano. Image of the eruptions below from FNN. NHK is reporting that officials have raised the alert level around Sakurajima to level 5. They have urged those living near the two craters to evacuate. There were five volcanic earthquakes by 9am on the 19th, JST. They also observed swelling within the volcano. All of these are of course signs of concern but do happen … Read entire article »

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Japan First Restarted Reactor Now Under Volcano Threat

Japan First Restarted Reactor Now Under Volcano Threat

Scientists have tried to warn Japan’s NRA and other decision makers of the high risk for volcano danger to impact the Sendai nuclear plant. Just days after the nuclear plant was allowed to restart the nearby Sakurajima volcano has gone into a high level alert. People within 3km of the volcano have been told to evacuate. The nearby volcano has the potential to take out incoming power lines, block roads and foil machinery even far away … Read entire article »

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Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

NHK is reporting that Sendai nuclear plant may restart as early as August 10th. This also happens to be around the time of the Obon holiday season when many are on vacation. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing … Read entire article »

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This Week’s Japanese Nuclear Industry Scandals

This Week’s Japanese Nuclear Industry Scandals

As Japan’s current government tries to force through reactor restarts, the process is running into some harsh reality. The NRA has found two major problems and it came out that Toshiba has been significantly falsifying their financial statements to hide major losses. Japan’s NRA determined for a second time that faults under the Shika nuclear plant may stop it from being allowed to operate. A fault under the unit 1 plant as documented by the NRA … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Restarts; BWR Restart Following Extended Shutdown Report

Japan’s Nuclear Restarts; BWR Restart Following Extended Shutdown Report

BWR RESTART FOLLOWING EXTENDED SHUTDOWN By Dean Wilkie All of the reactors in Japan were shut down subsequent to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi site on March 11, 2011. Since that time there have been extensive efforts addressed at recovering from the worst nuclear accident in the history of commercial nuclear power.  Since the accidents the question was and has been asked over and over about the possibility of restarting any reactors in Japan. The … Read entire article »

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Ikata Reactor Passes NRA Safety Approval

Ikata Reactor Passes NRA Safety Approval

There are still additional inspections, design reviews and local approval needed, but the Ikata nuclear plant has gained one portion of the needed approval to restart the #3 reactor at the plant. If these other approvals go through the reactor could restart as early as the end of the year. Local sentiment for the restart is not known currently but there have been criticisms of the earthquake estimates used by the power company to justify … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Decommissioning Plan Released

Fukushima Unit 3 Decommissioning Plan Released

TEPCO released significant new information about the plan and progress for dealing with unit 3′s spent fuel pool. The report was buried among other documents related to periodic reporting and didn’t receive any press in Japan. Radiation levels are a constant problem for this work effort. A significant portion of the planning has gone into ways to lower the radiation doses on the refueling floor even though work such as crane operations will be done remotely … Read entire article »

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Sendai Nears Restart, Mihama May Be Down For Good

Sendai Nears Restart, Mihama May Be Down For Good

Workers began installing fuel in the unit 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant in Japan last week. They expect to be done July 7th. This would complete the next phase towards officially restarting the reactor. Once the fuel loading is completed workers would begin testing safety systems before they could power up the reactor. A full restart is expected in mid August unless someone finds a way to stop the process. Sendai sits in … Read entire article »

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Sendai Nuclear Plant Restart Rescheduled As Inspections Fall Behind

Sendai Nuclear Plant Restart Rescheduled As Inspections Fall Behind

The potential restart of the Sendai nuclear plant has now been pushed back to mid-August at the earliest. JAIF is now saying the plant may miss the entire summer energy peak season. A number of pre-start inspections will need to be re-done after NRA found discrepancies that required physical inspection to determine the correct nature of the issue. Since pre-start inspections began in March, only 30% had been completed by May. This article would not be possible … Read entire article »

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Japan Plans To Restart Reactors Surrounded By Active Volcanoes

Japan Plans To Restart Reactors Surrounded By Active Volcanoes

Japan’s NRA has given the go ahead to restart two reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant. A recent court decision rejected the concerns of the public related to the safety of the plant. The needed local approvals are expected to permit the plant to restart even though public opinion is about two to one against restarts. The first reactor could restart as early as July. One volcano 64km from the nuclear plant erupted last October. Now … Read entire article »

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Takahama Reactor Restarts Appeal Rejected By Court

Takahama Reactor Restarts Appeal Rejected By Court

The restart attempt of the nuclear reactors at the Takahama plant in Japan has again been rejected by the courts. The initial injunction stated that safety could not be guaranteed and that the new safety rules lacked rationality. KEPCO immediately appealed the ruling but now the appeals court has upheld the injunction. This new ruling could give the financially troubled power company another problem to deal with. This also makes two court rulings confirming that … Read entire article »

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Scientists Think Mega Quake May Hit Kyushu Region Soon

Scientists in Japan released a new study that indicates that a mega quake could hit the Kyushu region of Japan soon. What makes this even more noteworthy is that this region is where the Sendai nuclear plant is located. This is the plant the Japanese government has been pushing to be the first to restart in Japan. Slow slip earthquakes that can be monitored by sophisticated undersea equipment are considered a possible hint at larger quakes if they coincide with a low frequency earthquake. “These are another type of slow earthquake that is caused by processes deeper down under ground than tremors and usually indicate fault motions near the dangerous area where the tectonic plates meet. If all these types of slow earthquakes take place, along the faulted zone at different depths, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

When Yuji Onuma was in 6th grade he wrote a phrase. What started as part of a homework project, won an award and eventually became the slogan on large signs as you enter Futaba Fukushima. “Nuclear power the energy of a promising future“ The now ironic signs are to be torn down. The town claims the signs are a safety risk as they have deteriorated. Mr. Onuma wants the signs to stay. “The signboards should be preserved as … Read entire article »

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45,000 Rally For End To Nuclear Power In Taiwan

45,000 Rally For End To Nuclear Power In Taiwan

45,000 people attended rallies around Taiwan Saturday in an effort to reform the country’s energy policy. Among the issues in Taiwan are a permanent closures of a new nuclear plant being built and a promise to shut down existing plants by their end of life dates. A newer issue also being fought is a plan to ship Taiwan’s nuclear waste to France, process it into MOX fuel, then return the waste and the fuel to Taiwan. … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Safety: 4000 Falsified Safety Checks & Alarm Ignored For 1 Year

Japan Nuclear Safety: 4000 Falsified Safety Checks & Alarm Ignored For 1 Year

JAEA ignored an alarm on a radioactive liquid waste tank for a year, allowing the waste to leak. The incident happened at the materials testing reactor in Ibaraki. NRA called the JAEA dysfunctional. NRA also found that the Onagawa nuclear plant had over 4000 improper entries into inspection records at their #2 reactor. These included incorrect equipment information and even entries for equipment that didn’t exist. The company has not begun similar reviews for the … Read entire article »

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US – India Nuclear Liability Deal Explained

US – India Nuclear Liability Deal Explained

The US and India have signed a nuclear power deal that drastically changes the liability of the industry that wants to build new reactors in India. Our infographic covers the main points about this unusual new deal. The deal seems to benefit not just US private industry but the same private industry in Japan. The entire agreement should raise some serious questions about why both the US and Japanese governments have been so keen to put … Read entire article »

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Bizarre Nuclear Evacuation Drill Held In Kyushu Japan

Bizarre Nuclear Evacuation Drill Held In Kyushu Japan

A drill was held that included three prefectures near the Genkai nuclear plant. The drill included a scenario where the plant had a power loss and coolant water leak. The NHK report didn’t specify to what extent the actual damage to the plant was considered to be for this drill. The scenario from the description sounds nothing like the extent seen at the Fukushima disaster in 2011 where large amounts of infrastructure were wiped out … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Plant Would Have To Charge Double To Stay Profitable

US Nuclear Plant Would Have To Charge Double To Stay Profitable

Bloomberg has an interesting article about the major problem for US nuclear reactors. The economics are killing them. They blame subsidies other power generation gets (conveniently avoiding mention of the considerable subsidies nuclear power receives) and other (cheaper) power sources. What was so startling in this Bloomberg article is that Ginna nuclear plant would have to charge consumers double the current retail power rates in order to turn a profit. This was vs. all other power … Read entire article »

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Niigata Fails 2nd Nuclear Disaster Drill

Niigata Fails 2nd Nuclear Disaster Drill

The first nuclear disaster drill in Niigata in 2013 resulted in a considerable failure. This year another supposedly easier drill also failed. The 2013 drill involved a large number of volunteers to evacuate the area near the plant by bus. This ended up taking evacuees not to safety but right into the path of the simulated radiation plume. For 2014 the ran a severely handicapped drill. They skipped having an evacuation and declared the radiation release … Read entire article »

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Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple significant safety issues are being ignored while Japan appears to be rushing into a restart of their nuclear power plants. Evacuation plans are not approved or rejected by any government body yet the national government has had a hand in running evacuation drills. Each of these evacuation drills run has had major breakdowns and failures. One saw residents evacuated into the simulated radiation plume. The most recent one near the Shika nuclear plant found they … Read entire article »

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Sendai Nuclear Plant Closer To Restart And What Might Stop It

Sendai Nuclear Plant Closer To Restart And What Might Stop It

The local city council of Satsuma-sendai approved the restart of the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima prefecture. 19 members approved, 4 opposed. The local approvals are not required by law but are being done to try to pretend the restart has some sort of public acceptance. The prefecture government and the governor are also to be asked for restart permission. This process has become problematic in Japan for a number of reasons. The temporary restart of … Read entire article »

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Japan Diet Approval Required To Join Nuclear Liability Treaty

Japan Diet Approval Required To Join Nuclear Liability Treaty

The US has been pushing for Japan to sign on to a nuclear liability treaty, withholding some cooperation on the Fukushima disaster as pressure. In order for Japan to sign on to this treaty the Diet will have to give approval of the agreement. Currently only a few nuclear countries in the world have signed on to this liability treaty pushed by the US. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/24/national/government-seeks-diet-approval-treaty-international-funds-following-nuclear-disaster/#.VE6xEvl4pkA This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

The response from the government picked volcano expert wasn’t kind. He made it very clear that the Sendai nuclear reactors are at risk from a number of nearby volcanoes and that the ideas concocted by the plant owners to combat a possible eruption are pure fantasy. Toshitsugu Fujii, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo is the head of Japan’s panel on volcano risk. He is also a member of the NRA’s hastily assembled volcano … Read entire article »

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Three Dead At Nuclear Plant In India

Three guards at the Kalpakkam nuclear plant were shot by a colleague in a building at the plant. The circumstances around the shooting are not known. The guard who shot the others is in custody. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/3-CISF-personnel-shot-dead-by-colleague-at-Kalpakkam-atomic-plant-in-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/44679818.cms  This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved 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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Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

JAEA has announced it will decommission the Tokai nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. Needed safety upgrades would be too costly so the plant built in the 1980′s will be shut down. This removes another portion of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling program. The Monju fast breeder reactor has been in forced shutdown after thousands of safety violations were found there. This leaves just the Rokkasho reprocessing plant as possibly operating. That facility has been under construction for … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Asahi Shimbun continues to investigate Japan’s nuclear evacuation plans. This time they looked at the availability of buses to evacuate those who can’t flee in their own vehicles. The evacuation plans rely on chartered buses. Some of the prefectures could only find half the buses needed, at least one could only find one fourth of the needed buses. Some areas would need thousands of buses but could only find a few hundred. The chartered bus idea quickly … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Nuclear restarts in Japan have taken a political turn. Japan’s industry minister revived previous administration’s claims that Japan “needs” nuclear power, citing claims of energy independence. Japan has no domestic uranium resources so even their nuclear program is dependent on importing nuclear fuel materials. The country has long tried to make a fuel reprocessing program work but has run into the reality of costs and viability. The minister also brought back the nuclear safety myth, … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. May Financially Help Nuclear Utilities Cover Losses From Decommissioning

Japan Govt. May Financially Help Nuclear Utilities Cover Losses From Decommissioning

The Japanese government is considering giving some sort of financial assistance to nuclear power utilities that decide to scrap their aging reactors. The decommissioning process would require the companies to move the value of those plants from assets to losses. This could cause some of the utilities that over invested in nuclear power to become insolvent or financially at risk. The government didn’t say how they would arrange any financial compensation but taxpayers would ultimately pay … Read entire article »

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KEPCO To Scrap 2 Reactors At Mihama Nuclear Plant

KEPCO To Scrap 2 Reactors At Mihama Nuclear Plant

Asahi Shimbun announced via the Facebook page that KEPCO would be decommissioning two of the three units at Mihama nuclear plant. The two oldest units are PWR reactors built in the late 1960′s. PWR units have been considered to have a higher potential to pass a restart review. Most older BWR reactors have been considered less likely to be considered for restart due to safety issues brought to light by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Kyodo … Read entire article »

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NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

Without saying how this might impact the potential restart of the Sendai Nuclear Plant, NRA said it would take about a year to determine a plan for dealing with volcano risk. Current laws state that plants at risk from volcanos must take steps including removing nuclear fuel from the plant. We previously documented the known risks of volcanoes to nuclear plants. This includes not just lava flow risks but a considerable risk due to ash … Read entire article »

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NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA began their review of nuclear safety related to volcano’s this week. This would be considered a good thing for a country full of volcanoes. The first meeting exposed some inconvenient problems with the notion of nuclear power plants and volcanoes peacefully co-existing. “The Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, guidelines require nuclear power plant operators to take specific actions if volcanic activity could affect operations. The actions include taking nuclear fuel out of the facilities.” TEPCO has been … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Part of the plan in Japan to attempt to restart reactors including trying to establish evacuation plans based on what was learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The reality of the cost and difficulty of doing so is coming crashing down around the government plan to restart reactors. Minamata City, near the Sendai nuclear plant can not deal with what is being expected of them should an evacuation be required. The city, about 40km from Sendai … Read entire article »

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Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

A former Kansai Electric (KEPCO) executive came forward to admit the nuclear company had been giving huge amounts of secret cash to prime ministers and other government officials. Prime ministers had been receiving about 20 million yen a year for about 18 years while he was involved. The secret money was delivered as cash to the government officials. This was funded ultimately by consumers who paid for the “donations” through higher utility bills. Chubu Electric had … Read entire article »

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US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

The US department of Energy has granted billions in guarantees to get these projects off the ground. The promised efficiency and quality from making components offsite hasn’t happened. A new Associated Press report shows they may even be worse than the cost and quality of building plants on site. Since these factors were reasoned by the nuclear industry for why a previous generation of nuclear power plants were over budget and plagued with problems, it … Read entire article »

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