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The Fukushima Elephant In The Room

The Fukushima Elephant In The Room

The NY Times published an article today looking at the limbo Fukushima evacuees live in. Most in Namie and other towns where large amounts of nuclear fallout fell on their communities know they will never go home. Yet they can’t start life over elsewhere. The government won’t admit defeat and either compensate them for their homes & businesses, or offer any relocation assistance. Cited as the reason why this is allowed to happen, admission of … Read entire article »

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Fukushima & TEPCO Become Political Football

Fukushima & TEPCO Become Political Football

In a recent interview with a DPJ politician involved with the early response to the Fukushima disaster he stressed that TEPCO should be forced into bankruptcy or fully nationalized as the government has been forced to take over more of the disaster response. He also pointed out that TEPCO had promised to implement an underground wall around the reactors in 2011 in exchange for the government not announcing the actual wall. This was all to manipulate … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Fukushima Merchants Of BS

Japan’s Fukushima Merchants Of BS

UPDATE: Kyodo News is reporting that PM Abe had no actual knowledge of the situation at Fukushima Daiichi’s port when he assured the IOC and international community about the safety and condition of the port. While Abe was at the plant for a tour this week he asked the plant supervisor to show him where the area he referred to in public assurances was. Japan’s head of METI made this rather interesting statement to the press … Read entire article »

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Atomic Scientists Urge Obama To Discourage Japan On Rokkasho

In an open letter to US President Obama the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists urged him to change his support for Japan’s nuclear reprocessing program. Currently the US and the State Department have been pressuring Japan to continue building the reprocessing facility and MOX plant at Rokkasho. The logic had been that the full fuel cycle provided an outlet for spent fuel to be reused but the actual process extracts plutonium into a form that has great proliferation risks. With Japan’s nuclear program in doubt and their MOX and fast breeder programs all but dead the country has no outlet for any reprocessed nuclear material. Read the full letter here. http://thebulletin.org/web-edition/features/open-letter-to-president-obama-the-time-the-doomsday-clock-five-minutes-to-midn The reprocessing plant at Rokkasho is already in testing mode and is already releasing large amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and Pacific … Read entire article »

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Faster Than Unit 1 Melted Down

The power companies in Japan are already demanding reactor restarts after the LDP won the election. via Jiji 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’s Election Offers Little Promise For Change, Exposes Entrenched Interests

Japan’s upcoming election one would assume to be a referendum on nuclear power. Even with considerable interest on the subject and large numbers of the public opposing nuclear power, it may not mean anything will change. Japan’s political system favors entrenched political power as the LDP has taken advantage of for decades. While there has been some disruption by new parties, they have not managed to take large percentages in polling. One new party being the far right Japan Restoration Party that wants to toss out post war agreements, increase Japan’s military and even hinted at having nuclear weapons. The other party that has been able to at least field candidates is the Party for Japan’s future. This is the closest Japan has to a green party fielding candidates with a … Read entire article »

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Only 9.6% In Japan Want Continuation Of Nuclear Power

A recent Jiji News poll asked about public sentiment on nuclear power. Only 9.6% want a continuation of nuclear power. 86.4% want a reduction of nuclear power or a zero nuclear energy policy. 54% want a reduction and 32.4% wanted zero nuclear. For those who wanted zero nuclear power, who they would vote for was rather diluted with no party holding a considerable lead.   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 … Read entire article »

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The Real US Motivation For Japan To Keep Nuclear Power

Last week the odd political dance between the US and Japan ended with Japan backing off of their plan to phase out nuclear power. The US claimed heavily that is was over proliferation issues but mentioned as an aside it would hurt the US nuclear energy sector. This seemed quite odd, why the US would be so worried about Japan’s civilian nuclear power program. The proliferation excuse was very flawed and made no sense. Ending nuclear power generation would stop the fuel cycle in Japan meaning no new plutonium would be created. This then would only leave the issue of what to do with all the spent fuel and plutonium already created in Japan. A wide array of options exist to deal with the proliferation issue yet the US pretended to … Read entire article »

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Japan’s New Nuclear Agency Shuts Down Public Document Access

The new nuclear regulatory agency in Japan intended to bring more public disclosure and transparency to the industry has closed the public nuclear documents library. As the agency transitioned from the old agency (NISA) to the new one (NRA) no provision was made to move or keep open the library. This library contains important nuclear documents and public records. The records included things like application documents and safety reports. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster about 100 people a day used the library. This action comes on the heels of criticism of the agency for blocking many reporters from their press conferences and forbiding reporters from entering the agency’s new offices. Source: Mainichi  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 … Read entire article »

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US Pressures Japan To End Nuclear Phase Out Plan

The US state department has apparently pressured Japan to end their new policy of nuclear power phase out. The US cites proliferation issues and mentions in passing the US energy policy being at risk. Former Deputy Energy Secretary Martin cites this as part of the government’s issue:  “The US energy strategy would be more likely to suffer a direct damage“. The news articles posted on September 25th and then quickly pulled back off of news websites heavily cite proliferation issues. Japan has an agreement with the US that allows them to reprocess nuclear fuel at the Rokkasho nuclear fuels facility. The facility has been under construction for 19 years and is still in a testing mode, so actual reprocessing has yet to happen at the plant. Part of the issue is that … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Program; Rearranging Deck Chairs On The Titanic

Japan announced last week a vague plan to end nuclear power in the 2030′s that was retracted within days after protest from the US and Japan business groups. The head of Japan’s power companies the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan complained that the energy policy shift would cause the government to “lose the confidence of nuclear-hosting communities”. The complaint is more likely due to issues like KEPCO losing 125 billion yen over the summer as they were forced to keep all but 2 nuclear plants offline. The Keidanran business association continued to hammer the current government, demanding they draw up a “responsible” energy policy. The US government also announced this week they would station a new missile defense radar system in Japan to help protect the country. The US doesn’t come out … Read entire article »

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Japan To Close 3 Nuclear Plants Or Another Campaign Game?

The current government in Japan has declared they will shut 3 older nuclear reactors in Japan at the Mihama and Tsuruga nuclear plants. A bit further into the story they admit they won’t actually be making this decision it will be up to the new nuclear agency that takes over this week. So the decision isn’t really a decision or their decision… The three reactors are past their 40 year shut down dates and all sit above a crush zone making them more prone to quake damage. Mihama unit 1 is 320MW Mihama unit 2 is 470MW Tsuruga unit 1 is 357MW These are tiny compared to newer nuclear reactors that come closer to the 1000MW range. So the idea of shutting these units down may be a good campaign promise and would take three … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Government Already Backs Off No Nuclear Pledge

Kyodo news is reporting Japan’s DPJ government has already began to back off of their campaign promise to end nuclear power in Japan. The entire plan will no longer be included in a document to be considered by Noda’s cabinet leaving it now not even a campaign promise. This concept lasted about one week and raised the ire of the worldwide corporate nuclear industry and the US government. The US government still has not made clear why Japan’s decision to phase out nuclear was their concern. 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 … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Exit; Nuclear Farce Or Who Is Behind The Resistance To Change

Japan’s DPJ has announced that they intend to phase out the use of nuclear power by 2030. While the campaign promise has many hopeful it is quite vague, without immediate actions and leaves open the potential to un-do the policy in the future. It is also newsworthy that the  DPJ’s new effort to avoid election defeat is causing some very telling reactions throughout the world. Most in Japan proclaimed it as progress though many were cautious about the lack of concrete action. The phase out states “2030′s” as in it could stretch it out to 2039 actually making it 2040. Also that all of this policy will be revisited periodically and could be changed. The future of the nuclear reprocessing plant in Aomori prefecture then became a question. The officials there insisted … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Establishment Grasping At Straws To Keep Nuclear Status Quo

Two Japanese politician made claims predicting greater doom and gloom if Japan ends nuclear power. Japan’s defense chief claimed nuclear power provides a deterrent against a foreign attack, that they give the impression Japan could build a nuclear bomb on short notice. The government put out a claim that electricity bills would double by 2030. Something research by Mitsubishi Research Institute among others say is just not true. Another issue that has been brought up to try to excuse continuing nuclear power in Japan is that many nuclear plants do not possess enough funds in reserve to pay for decommissioning. The new head of TEPCO has proclaimed they don’t have any money to invest in renewable energy as the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi and paying victim compensation are taking all their funds. … Read entire article »

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Japan Government To Ignore Public Opinion, Scientific Warnings & Law

Recent statements by the governing political party in Japan have taken things into surreal territory. The recent public polling showed 90% of the public want an end to nuclear power use in Japan. Yet the government experts charged with handling the public opinion information have deemed the public opinion to be lacking in “deep consideration”. Prime Minister Noda apparently made this comment on NHK: “The opinions expressed in the public comments are biased, and cannot be taken seriously. I would like to listen to the silent majority [who do not submit public comments].” It also came out this week that predicted blackouts were just scare tactics. New projections show no energy shortfalls in Japan for the remaining summer. Today Kyodo reported that NISA will simply change the rules when it comes to the nuclear … Read entire article »

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90% In Japan Want Zero Nuclear Power

Initial counts of the public responses on Japan’s future nuclear power use report 90% want an end to nuclear power. 81% want zero nuclear plants immediately. Another 8.6% want a phase out. Only 4% want nuclear power use to continue in some manner. The information has only been in Japanese language media so far, EX-SKF has a full translation of the Mainichi article. PM Noda announced yesterday there will be a national election in November. How the election, the public push against nuclear power and the government’s actions on the issue play out could prove interesting. Some are likening this to be the most important election since the 1960′s. 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. … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Protest Coordinators Tactical Failure, National Resistance Continues

The organizers of the Friday night protests in Tokyo had their meeting with Prime Minister Noda Wednesday. At the meeting Noda repeated his claim that restarting the reactors was necessary to “save lives”. Noda made no concessions to the organizers and the organizers made none to Noda. The protest organizers stated that the protests were growing and that they are determined to continue the protests. The group urged Noda to shut down the reactors at Oi and abolish all nuclear power in Japan. The group also asked for the people nominated to the new nuclear regulatory agency to be withdrawn citing a lack of transparency. Noda continued to repeat his already tired statements about reactor safety and the supposed need for reactors to be operating right now. Neither said gave in, both sides … Read entire article »

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Noda’s New Leaf Or Pandering Hollow Promises?

During the Hiroshima bombing anniversary memorials Prime Minister Noda made a series of sweeping statements. “Japan needs to teach younger generations about the horrors of nuclear weapons. He also says it is time for Japan to end its dependence on nuclear energy” “The government is determined to clean up districts contaminated in last year’s nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. He said the government will do all it can to rebuild infrastructure so that residents can return home as soon as possible.” “He also pledged to stick to the country’s 3 principles of not allowing the production, possession and entry of nuclear arms into Japan.” “Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he’ll ask his ministers to clarify what issues lay ahead if the country should end its dependence on nuclear energy” Noda also made … Read entire article »

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More Protests Planned In Japan, Political Upheaval Grows

This weekend brought a number of unusually large protests against the reactor restart at Oi and nuclear power in Japan. A protest on Friday in Tokyo had about 200,000 people according to reports from organizers. There was also a protest in Chiba in PM Noda’s home town. There was a huge multi-day occupation of the Oi nuclear plant. It was a landmark weekend of protests but even more are planned. On July 7th the “No Nukes Allstars” rally is planned in Shibuya Tokyo.  Anonymous has a public engagement effort the same day July 7th,  in Shibuya Tokyo. The regular Friday night protests in front of the Prime Minister’s residence are expected to continue. There is also a large demonstration planned for July 29th at the Diet. July 29th (Sunday, not a Friday), at … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Absolves TEPCO, Blames Public For Oi Restart

Former Prime Minister Kan provided his testimony to the national Diet in Japan recently. In his comments he fended off criticism for his actions during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. He also clarified how the disaster turned him completely off of the idea of nuclear power.  “In his testimony, Mr Kan said Japan’s plant safety was inadequate because the energy policy had been hijacked by the ”nuclear village” – a term for the power companies and pro-nuclear regulators and researchers that worked closely together to promote the industry.” “He said the prospect of losing Tokyo made him realize that nuclear power was just too risky, and the consequences of an accident were too large for Japan to accept. ”It is impossible to ensure safety sufficiently to prevent the risk of a … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Politicians & Advisors Behind The Reactor Restarts

While there has been an almost hyper-focus on METI minister Yukio Edano related to the issue of reactor restarts and Japan’s energy policy, he is not the key player. A list of politicians who are likely behind this out of touch government push has been slowly developing. Their comments on nuclear energy in Japan and the reactor restarts indicate they are likely behind this effort. We are looking into others. If you have some related political insight share in the comments or stop by the live chat and let us know. Yoshito Sengoku: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshito_Sengoku DPJ’s Sengoku describes halt of all nuclear plants ‘mass suicide’ NAGOYA, April 16, Kyodo Yoshito Sengoku, acting chief policymaker of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, on Monday described the halting of all nuclear power plants in Japan as its ”mass suicide.” ”If … Read entire article »

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Japan Government Releases New Last Minute Safety Measures

The new safety measures introduced at the last minute intended to sway local governors to allow the Oi reactor to restart were released today. “The guidelines, based on 30 recommendations adopted last month by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, require nuclear power plants to install filtered vents that could reduce radiation leaks in case of an accident, as well as a device to prevent hydrogen explosions. About 13 of the recommendations – the most crucial measures needed to secure cooling functions and prevent meltdowns as in Fukushima – were implemented, but the rest were not. The guidelines did not set deadlines for the steps to be finished.” So 13 “guidelines” were adopted in some manner. It is not clear if they are now binding law in some manner or simply suggestions … Read entire article »

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Japan Government’s Nuclear Kabuki

The Japanese government failed to put in place the needed changes to launch the planned new nuclear agency. This new agency was supposed to represent a new approach to safety that would be less hindered by politics and industry influence. The public has made it clear they do not trust the stress tests completed on reactors in Japan. Japan’s national government has said they will not restart reactors without local approval but they may not be legally required to obtain local permission. Questions exist about how local approval should be obtained or if it is required. The national government held a meeting on reactor restarts, in the end they were unable to come up with a consensus and decided to delay a decision of they would allow the Oi reactors to restart … Read entire article »

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80% Of Japan Does Not Trust Govt. On Nuclear Safety

An Asahi poll over the weekend showed that 80% do not trust the government on nuclear safety and 57% oppose reactor restarts in Japan. Japanese politicians have been pushing hard for reactor restarts in recent weeks. This may be a very hard sell with the public so clearly distrustful and opposed. Prime minister Noda has vowed to push for reactor restarts but lack of local support needed for restarts may still stop such a plan. The 80% lack of faith in government safety is significant to see such a public consensus on anything. Fukushima has quite obviously woke up people in Japan. 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 … Read entire article »

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Establishment Politics Oblivious To Change Happening In Japan

While the establishment political parties in Japan keep on with business as usual the people seem busy making change all around them. Osaka saw a new governor and mayor running on an independent “restoration association” platform that aimed to end nuclear power and work for related needed changes. Now that group has larger ambitions to field 300 new candidates for the national Diet with a goal of obtaining 200 seats. The youngest ever female mayor was recently elected to the capital city of Shiga prefecture. She ran as an independent against the 70 year old male incumbent. This makes Shiga prefecture the only one to have both a female governor and mayor.  Ms. Koshi graduated from Hokkaido university before attending Harvard and working as a lawyer in the US. Political commentators … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Prefecture Adopts Petition To Decommission All 10 Nuclear Reactors

The prefecture assembly has adopted a petition to force the decommissioning of all 10 nuclear reactors in the prefecture. All 10 are owned by TEPCO and include the units at Fukushima Daiichi and Daini. The decision would end any hopes TEPCO had of restarting units at either plant. In the past there were hints about the desire by TEPCO to restart units 5-6 at Daiichi and possibly units at Daini. The action then begs the question if other prefectures could do something similar to end nuclear power in their area. 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 … Read entire article »

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Edano As METI Minister May Force Change

Edano’s new role as head of METI could drastically shake up the office tasked with both regulating nuclear power companies and economic development. He has expressed concern over the way power companies have been  calculating their rates for the past ten years, saying they are overestimating their costs and that should change. He also vowed that TEPCO and their shareholders should bear the costs of the Fukushima disaster rather than the taxpayers. His experience dealing  with TEPCO, METI and the nuclear industry appears to have given him a healthy skepticism of the status quo. This combined with Edano’s commitment to move Japan away from nuclear power could spell significant change. Read more here: http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201109130341.html http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-LRG7QK1A1I4I01-6F3RN8RD63ELEHUR3GCAPGK0A0   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 … Read entire article »

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80% Of Japan’s Nuclear Reactors Shut Down

As of Thursday JST 80% of Japan’s nuclear reactors will be shut down. Kyushu Electric’s #2 reactor at Sendai will shut down for maintenance. It is unclear when or if it will be allowed to restart. Kyushu has been under fire since they were caught using employees to influence public meetings on nuclear power approvals. 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 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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Noda Elected New PM of Japan

Yoshihiko Noda was elected as the new Prime Minister of Japan. Little is known of Noda outside of Japan. How he intends to lead or where his allegiances are remains to be seen. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/29_h24.html 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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NISA Colluded With Seven Power Companies To Influence Public

The official count so far has risen to seven power companies that NISA colluded with to fake public support for dangerous MOX plutonium fuel programs. This collusion used these power company’s employees as shills, posing as regular citizens expressing support for approval of the otherwise unpopular MOX programs. This practice becomes even more criminal considering that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 at  is proving to be a significantly greater threat to public safety due to the MOX fuel installed in it. Kyodo News story on the issue. 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 … Read entire article »

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