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52 of 54 Nuclear Reactors Shut Down in Japan

52 of 54 Nuclear Reactors Shut Down in Japan

52 of the 54 nuclear reactors in Japan are currently offline for a variety of reasons. Mainly the disaster at Fukushima, which occurred March of last year, is driving an anti-nuclear sentiment and an interest in other energy sources, including natural gas.

Until recently, Japan was one of the world leaders in nuclear power, so such a shift is very significant, both culturally and economically. It has been revealed the central government did not let on to the public how damaging some of the possible scenarios may have been. About 10,000 spent fuel rods were being stored in pools of water near the damaged Fukushima reactor, and the government officials didn’t know if those fuel rods were in danger of releasing additional large amounts of radiation. It took them a long time to check to see if the water levels in the pools were safe or unsafe, “We barely avoided the worst case scenario, though the public didn’t know it at the time,” Mr. Funabashi. (Source: ETF Daily)

According to the Washington Post, there was talk amongst some officials of even evacuating Tokyo, which is an enormous city with nearly 13 million people. It also was not revealed at the time that contaminated areas might be not safe for decades.

The prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, is for a gradual phase-out of nuclear power over the coming decades, but wants some of the nuclear power plants to come back online soon, because about one third of country’s electricity has been supplied by nuclear. Without nuclear, they are even more dependent on imports of oil and natural gas. The Prime Minister said he won’t have the plants switched on, unless local community leaders agree, and they haven’t so far.

Germany reacted to the radiation leaks in Japan by moving to phase out their nuclear plants quickly. The fact nuclear power in Japan is currently offline mostly, and is being shuttered in Germany means pro-nuclear advocates are on less steady ground for continuing to promote that form of power.

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5:37PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Only 2 more to go... :)

11:43PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Thankyou for posting this, Jake!

12:16PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Good plan. I'm glad they seem to be learning from Fukushima. Of course I'm saying this with hindsight, but it doesn't seem like a good idea to use such dangerous sources of energy in a country that is so prone to natural disasters...

Ang H. please correct me if I'm wrong, maybe my memory of the event is incorrect, but I don't think many people have died from the radiation poisoning. The people who were lost in the tsunami would have died whether Japan was using nuclear power or not...

10:24PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

I still cannot understand why Japan never went into geothermal power. They have it on their doorstep created by mother nature.
It's just depressingly sad that so many people had to die, before their countrymen and other countries sat up and took notice.
Even more disappointing is that other countries are burying their heads in the sand with 'Oh that wont happen to us!'

9:07PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

This sounds like good news. Go wind and solar!

10:04AM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

Two countries known for their practicality and intelligence. Too bad others can't learn from them - even their mistakes!

9:27PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

I wish the whole world would shut them down.

12:08PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

PS
Now all you have to do is be convinced that WHALE AND DOLPHIN MEAT is appalling!

12:07PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

BRAVO JAPAN.....learned a sad lesson. 20,000 had to die horribly for this to be understood.

11:40AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

good news

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