6 hours until Japan’s final nuclear plant shuts down — NHK: “No prospect of a restart of any of the country’s 50 commercial reactors” (VIDEO)

Published: May 4th, 2012 at 9:48 pm ET


Japan shutting down last nuclear reactor
Saturday, May 05, 2012 05:51 +0900 (JST)

Japan’s electricity will be nuclear-free for the first time in 42 years […]

Officials at Hokkaido Electric Power Company say they will begin reducing the power output of the Number 3 reactor at the Tomari Nuclear Power Plant at about 5 PM. They plan to stop the reactor’s generator at about 11 PM and complete the shutdown at about 2 AM on Sunday. […]

But there’s no prospect of a restart of any of the country’s 50 commercial reactors.

Watch the video here

Published: May 4th, 2012 at 9:48 pm ET


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26 comments to 6 hours until Japan’s final nuclear plant shuts down — NHK: “No prospect of a restart of any of the country’s 50 commercial reactors” (VIDEO)

  • desara3

    That is GREAT NEWS! Lets all follow !!!! Let us all work to get this disaster under control. Team Work!! Come on , LETS DO IT!!!!!!

  • CB CB

    !!!Theres a party going on right here!!!

  • We have the masses of Japanese people to thank who stood their ground against the Goliath of Nuke's Tempco !

    "Thank you people of Japan, We wish you to Leed the world to disarm the harm that awaits every human and all life on earth !

  • stopnp stopnp

    Lead the way Japan

    • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

      My broken-down old computer hates Yahoo. It runs at top speed trying to load a googlead proxy and fails. so I am very slow on that website. Please leave a comment on the above link, they are tearing me apart.

  • TerraHertz TerraHertz

    The reactors may be shut down, but the sites are now huge drains on the Japanese electricity grid. All that machinery, lights, core and SFP cooling, etc that must be kept running. For decades.

    So now Japan gets to experience the real downside of nuclear power. How much it costs after it isn't generating power any more. At some point they (and the rest of the world) have to start dismantling these sites, and finding some way to safely store the radioactive rubble and fuel wastes – for tens, even hundreds of thousands of years.

    We (opponents of nuclear power) tried to tell you. Now you're going to find out how right we were.

    It would have been better if it didn't take the radioactive corruption and death of life on Earth to prove a point.

    • desara3

      Well I dont have Cable. I kept the hope that the people of Japan can make the difference by speaking out. Apparently they did and I am happy that thier message was heard. Now we have to see that those in charge actually do something about it. I am keeping hope, although I am not certain. It is almost ominous.____NOT OUR FAULT____ Now we are Trying to fix it! Not our fault now,we asked for help! Nobody wanted to help us! It may be late for that now!! I am still hoping they are telling the truth?????????????

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    And keep 'em shut down. Next is U.S. and Europe. This will happen.

  • This is very good news but the propaganda machine won't give up easily. This headline can be found through many news services

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi Mark, Mainichi says:
      "Some experts see a model in Germany, which turned decisively against nuclear power after the Fukushima crisis, shutting down eight reactors and planning to close the remaining nine nuclear power plants by 2022. Yet its greenhouse gas emissions decreased 2 percent last year from 2010, and by 26.5 percent compared to 1990. (…)
      "If the government puts in place the right set of policies and incentives, then Germany is an example that you can reduce nuclear and greenhouse gases at the same time," said Jennifer Morgan, director of climate and energy program at the World Resources Institute in Washington.
      Germany, however, has a safety net that Japan lacks. If it has shortfalls or blackouts, Germany can buy electricity from neighboring countries through the European power grid. The island nation of Japan has no such fallback. (…)
      If Japan can put its collective mind to expand renewable energy, it too can achieve similar levels as Germany, said Sei Kato, deputy director at Environment Ministry's Low Carbon Society Promotion Office.
      "We have the technological know-how. Japan can do anything Germany can," Kato said.

      Go Japan!

  • Bread and Butter thats what my article said too. Probably from the same news outlet. I'll take the green house gases over the swathes of unusable farmland! This should be a model to shut down USA nukes.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi Mark, greenhouse gases are of huge concern, thanks to us living so dandy the past 100 years we must now tackle both challenges at the same time…bugger. But if we don't do it, who will?

      *cheers, now breakfast here!!

  • dosdos dosdos

    Japan is currently nuke-free. The last switch has been pulled.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    5500 people in Tokyo celebrate Japan being nuke-free!
    Front page article in Der Spiegel, with a video:


    The statements of the people are interesting. The man at 0:40 in says: "We're here to show our determination. All nuclear plants should be kept offline forever."
    The lovely lady in the kimono says:"My friend in Iwaki died from cardiac arrest. People around me die. They die because they live in regions where the radiation is high. Those deaths can not directly be linked to radiation, but very many people die."

    The little boy (how cute is he??) says:"It would be terrible if so many people would die ever again from an earthquake or a tsunami."

    • apostrophes

      I wish English speaking Tokyo-ites would come on here and tell us what is really happening. Particularly anyone with knowledge of the undertaking/hospital/morgue/autopsy issues or death statistics.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi apostrophes, I agree. I read recently that there are many demontrations and the like, but the Japanese media doesn't do much coverage (yet, I guess).
        It's a very happy day today, despite all the ongoing horrors. One must celebrate also the small steps! πŸ™‚

  • glowfus

    happy cinco de mayo! great, fantastic news!

  • Kevin Kevin

    Majia asked the other day in another thread about the development of a petition.

    Here is one started by Dutchsinse, looking to launch a review of Americas plants in light of the Japan experience.

    See it here.


    • Kevin

      I don't think these types of petitions will work.

      I'm talking about a petition similar to the one produced by the Japanese civic organizations that include lots of highly recognizable names.

      Citizens' petitions are being ignored big time.

      I'm talking about a petition that has lots of BIG TIME university names and IN THE NEWS NGOS.

      • Kevin Kevin

        yes good points majia.

        I agree petitions are typically not worth the paper they are written on.

        Big names petitions do have the added plus that they garner some attention, however it is precisely this aspect that makes them a challenge.

        "In hte news NGOS" are competetive outfits with agendas and more often than not operate within a paradigm commonly referred to as "controlled opposition."

        That said, a cross section of academics, notable prominent individuals and activists often has appeal to ENGOs, largely because they need actions that have broad appeal and are anecdotal to the criticism I have raised. So offering something like that helps to overcome the challenges these dynamics present.

        So while I am typically dismissive of petitions, a creative one with purpose beyond the example I provided that attracts a cross section of participants willing to combine their signature with an action of one sort of another probably has some currency.

        One that is based in the factual information we have uncovered here ranging from the intentional falsification of information provided by official agencies and authorities responsible to the actual threat that exists today arising from Fukushima and in the future as a result of aging infrastructure and renewed renaissance may have some currency and appeal to the more notable individuals and groups interested thereby giving the effort some potential to succeed.

        • Kevin Kevin

          Also, A while back when Bush kicked off the "renaissance" with 50 Billion dollar in loan guarantees a "movement" of sorts was quickly spawned involving artists and other celeb types. Combining the effort you speak of with that already established action and relatively decent amount of people who garner attention could be a good place to start.

          • I agree. Petitions and agitations must be combined with the rigour of alternative work, employment in action generating money to plough back into the viable different new resource conserving ways. Example: No Nukes agitation combined with harnessing enjoyable human pedal power using asynchronous generators to feed electricity to run the armada of computers a la internet.
            Apartments having lifts working with capstan operated by hand. Handlooms making creative design cloth. In india production by the masses. Think of the way these things will avoid destructive mining. This was the way Mahatma Gandhi had the backing of millions for his constructive work. Nuclear power is backed by negative energy audit. Constructive work by full employment.