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Public Outrage as Japan Officials Push Nuclear Restart


Science & Tech  (tags: anti-nuclear protests, corporate lobbying, Oi nuclear plant. Fukui Prefecture, Japan, "limited" restart, two nucler reactors, P.M. Noda, Parliament against restart, fear, distrust )

Judy
- 907 days ago - commondreams.org
On Thursday, despite popular opposition, Japanese leaders approved a nuclear power restart for two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in the Fukui Prefecture. Critics blame an intense corporate lobbying campaign and a strong push from the central government



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Jason S. (57)
Friday June 1, 2012, 9:55 pm
No nuclear
 

Naoko I. (259)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:16 pm
Thanks Judy for the post. Yes, the government is really disgusting and I'm even ashamed as a Japanese..since so many of the friends...members here welcomed and kindly noted news/articles reporting that "Japan becomes nuclear-free"...but what a shame !!
 

Judy C. (109)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:32 pm
Thanks Naoko, my friend. I think we all share your disappointment, and we are all in sympathy and support with the Japanese people. The nuclear industry is very powerful, and it is going to take a lot of opposition from the world to get rid of this dangerous technology. It's hard to believe that after all that has happened in Japan, thet the nuclear industry would be pushing to restart. However, in a way it isn't so surprising that they would push now, while people are still reeling from the shock of the whole disaster. There probably hasn't been enough time yet to get concrete plans lined up to replace nuclear power. I hope this restart is not allowed! It sounds like the people do not want it.
 

Frank S. (461)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 5:59 am
When, will they learn their lesson?
 

Naoko I. (259)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 6:58 am
And Frank, we must all learn our lessons.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 9:50 am
I'm glad you brought that up Naoko as I even posted some news stories of Japan haulting and moving away from Nuclear Energy. Of any Country in the World that should know and understand the damage that comes from having Nuclear, Japan is one of two, and the other had Chernobyl.

It all comes down to money and power and as I did a story about our own Country that stated Exxon is more powerful than our President, I'd say this is the case with your Country as well. It will have to be every citizen to rise up against these giants, otherwise they will not back off even if it means killing us all in the process.

They do not care, they are drunk on profits, their gold, they are like addicts they can't stop and won't stop. So it will have to take each one of us in the world to rise up against the powerful that would destroy the world. I do not honestly know how much more our species can take before we start dying off enmass from one form of pollution to another. We, as a species had no business going into this most deadly form of energy, nuclear.
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 11:25 am
All nuclear should be abandoned in favor of renewable energy which is cleaner, sustainable and much safer. Thanks Judy.
 

Angela N. (0)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 12:31 pm
thank you =D
 

Jim Phillips (3203)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 4:38 pm
On Thursday, despite popular opposition, Japanese leaders approved a nuclear power restart for two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in the Fukui Prefecture. Critics blame an intense corporate lobbying campaign and a strong push from the central government for the move.

Quite a change from no to nuclear power to a restart of the above plant. While not Fukoshima, the seriousness of another nuclear plant going bad would have very serious consequences for the people in Japan as to the rest of the world.

Already, the fish are now contaminated with cesium and have affected the 600,000 square miles of the Pacifuc Ocean.

The government and corporate power peers are destroying Japan with this insane return to nuclear power.

Ty, Judy.
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Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 5:51 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Terry V. (30)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 6:20 am
Sadly noted. Life is about choices, and their is NO vaccine available to ward off STUPIDTY
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 10:02 am
There is a story on the site that discussed Japan's PROBABLE mix of green energy, and nuclear. The start up of these plants is not surprising, in the meantime, they are sadly necessary considering the energy crisis Japan is under.
 

Brianna B. (0)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 12:04 pm
thnx
 

DORIS L. (61)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 12:04 pm
No to nuclear.
 

Christeen Anderson (538)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 2:55 pm
No,no,no.I can't beleive they would even consider it.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 11:29 pm
before the children start being born without arms, or grow extra legs and ears, let's hope some of the other officials grow some KAHOONAS and stand up to the industry!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 4, 2012, 4:20 am
thank you for article
 

Jim Phillips (3203)
Monday June 4, 2012, 10:41 am
Nuclear Tuna

New Yorker:
http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/279-82/11714-focus-nuclear-tuna-and-nprs-trivialization

Nuclear Tuna and NPR's Trivialization
By Robert Alvarez, IPS
01 June 12

Yesterday, National Public Radio (NPR) ran a story asserting that cesium-137 from the Fukushima nuclear accident found in Bluefish tuna on the west coast of the U.S. is harmless.

It's not harmless. The Fukushima nuclear accident released about as much cesium-137 as a thermonuclear weapon with the explosive force of 11 million tons of TNT. In the spring of 1954, after the United States exploded nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands, the Japanese government had to confiscate about 4 million pounds of contaminated fish.

Radiation from Fukushima spread far and wide. Like American hydrogen bomb testing, the Fukushima nuclear accident deposited cesium-137 over 600,000 square-miles of the Pacific, as well as the Northern Hemisphere and Europe. With a half-life of 30 years, cesium-137 is taken up in the meat of the tuna as if it were potassium, indicating that the metabolism holds on to it.

According to a previously secret 1955 memo from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission regarding concerns of the British government over contaminated tuna, "dissipation of radioactive fall-out in ocean waters is not a gradual spreading out of the activity from the region with the highest concentration to uncontaminated regions, but that in all probability the process results in scattered pockets and streams of higher radioactive materials in the Pacific. We can speculate that tuna which now show radioactivity from ingested materials have been living, in or have passed through, such pockets; or have been feeding on plant and animal life which has been exposed in those areas."

In 2001, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry noted that "...concentrations of cesium within muscle tissue are somewhat higher than the whole-body average. Cesium has been shown to cross the placental barrier of animals..."

There are several reasons why it's not advisable to eat Bluefin tuna:

Cesium-137 adds to the contaminant risk of harm to humans eating the Bluefin tuna, especially pregnant women and infants, who are the most vulnerable, and will for some time to come.
Bluefin tuna is an endangered species because of over-fishing and contamination.
Bluefin tuna accumulate other contaminants such as mercury from sources such as coal-fired power plants.

Another article:
Nuclear Tuna is hot news, but not because it is going to make you sick

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/05/30/153925233/nuclear-tuna-is-hot-news-but-not-because-its-going-to-make-you-sick
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Kristen H. (25)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 7:45 am
noted, thanks.
 

Judy C. (109)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 8:18 pm
Thanks for that info, Jim. Some of the literature I read talked about the radioactivity contained in "plumes", and that's consistent with what you said above. Unfortunately, there is just a lot we don't know. The Earth has been a living laboratory for the study of nuclear energy since the first atoms were split. We just have to assume that the tuna is contaminated, to be safe.
 

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 10:37 pm
Forgive them Lord for they know not what they do!
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 12:22 pm
putting their hands in the fire twice?!?!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 8, 2012, 1:55 pm
Thanks, interesting article.
 
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