All nuclear power in Japan may come to a halt — Gov’t failing in effort to restart Oi reactors before final plant shut down — Chances “remote” says Edano

Published: April 15th, 2012 at 10:13 am ET
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Title: All atomic power to halt ‘momentarily’
Source: Kyodo
Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012

Operations at all of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants will be suspended “for a moment” starting on May 6, trade minister Yukio Edano said [...]

His comment suggests the government will be unable to restart reactors 3 and 4 at the Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture by May 5, when the Tomari nuclear power plant will go offline for a regular inspection.

[...] They have stayed offline because operators have been unable to overcome safety concerns sparked by the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 plant last year.

The government [is] apparently fearing that the political hurdles to restart them will be higher if all 54 are stopped at once. [...]

[...] Gov. Issei Nishikawa [...] did not immediately consent to the request, apparently prompting Edano to conclude that the chance of firing up the Oi reactors before May 5 is remote.

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63 comments to All nuclear power in Japan may come to a halt — Gov’t failing in effort to restart Oi reactors before final plant shut down — Chances “remote” says Edano

  • Sickputer

    Yes take note all the other nuclear countries of the world.

    It becomes so easy to shut them all down…when one of them has basically destroyed your entire country.

    When bitten by a rapid wild dog in a pack… The whole pack must be killed.


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  • hbjon hbjon

    The problem with your analogy of course is that you make comparisons of unchanging natural laws to the wild variables of animal behavior. Imho, a better analogy would be the destruction of handguns once man found that they can be used to kill people. Handguns are only good for one thing. Another one might be, when zeppelins were discovered to be flamable they stopped producing them. Remember how they got great fuel mileage?


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    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Handguns are good for protecting yourself, your loved ones, your home and property. I'm a pretty liberal Dem so chill out, I like my rifles and handguns, have alot of fun at the range shooting with my son and other relatives. We also dear hunt.

      Anyhow, the reason Germany quit building Zeppelins was because the US, which had the largest natural reserve of helium on the planet considered said helium to be a war material and would not export it to the Germans. They were forced to use Hydrogen, which along with the flamable gun-powder like chemical they painted the outsied with, well, you all saw the results. Had Helium been available they would no doubt continued with production. Besides, they still make dirigibles to this day….


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      • hbjon hbjon

        If you like his analogy better, that's fine. I was not talking about rifles as I like to hunt as well. I just feel that the handgun was made to kill people. I speak out against that. However, in my world it is not a political issue. I grew up watching Mr. Eastwood on TV and I understand how hand guns have grown to be symbolic of many things "cool" in society. Humanity has this desire like that of a daredevil who wants to bring all of society on a "Mr. Toads wild ride", through a goat trail in Yellowstone National Park. Imho, Japan is doing the right thing by not bringing their good, healthy, and hard working people down that trail any longer. Like asking a victim that had his brains blown out by a handgun, "How do you feel about guns"?


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      • richard richard

        i'm glad you're only hunting dears, cos you would upset if you were hunting deers.

        as a vegetarian who is concerned about the way humans treat animals, i can say that i wished cows had guns too.


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    • Bobby1

      The Nazis said there was "no immediate danger" just before the zeppelin blew up.


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  • Anthony Anthony

    It would be prudent to first contain the problem reactor site(s) before engaging in activities which may lead to additional problem reactor sites, no?


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Oops! Stereo Above!


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Holy cow:
      **A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared by the Foreign Ministry on the planned re-opening of talks with Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands during the next fortnight states that Russian diplomats were “stunned” after being told by their Japanese counterparts that upwards of 40 million of their peoples were in “extreme danger” of life threatening radiation poisoning and could very well likely be faced with forced evacuations away from their countries eastern most located cities… including the world’s largest one, Tokyo.**

      From the story…..


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      40 million pre-cancer patients flooding Chinese medical facilities. The Yen will become worthless, as the evacuation is the bulk of the Japanese industrial area. 40 million additional people sucking up China's last amounts of clean water.

      From a purely financial perspective, it's financial suicide to let the Japanese in, and the Chinese have never shown any humanitarian inclinations.

      And move 40 million people to the Kuril Islands, with no infrastructure in place? 40 million people freezing in tents?

      I pray for all the innocent victims of this disaster. The politicians of the world don't give a damn, and they all knew this day would come, sooner or later. But there's just too much money involved:

      http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/13-11


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Extraordinary link to information! Thanks for posting this. Unreal man!


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  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    Nuclear Industry Welfare. Way off topic, but another outrage re: US Gov, taxpayer's money and Nuclear Power.
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/13-11


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  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    This guy has put alot of info and links together, and posted it on zerohedge

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-15-15/visual-tour-fuel-pools-fukushima


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Wow! A Style Magazine is posting on JAPAN! My Tweet: #Fukushima Radiation Hits Southern and Central California TY Adistinctivestyle! http://www.adistinctivestyle.net/fukushima-radiation/


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Outstanding! I recommend forwarding this link to all the women you know.

      The cat is well out of the bag.


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    • HoTaters

      I have an issue with their parroting the "EPA raised its acceptable levels of radiation" statement.

      Mike Adams reported they were PLANNING to do it, but where is the proof this ever occurred?

      The real issue is the PAG's (Protective Action Guidelines) never got implemented because the DoE issued a set of guidelines for implementing the PAG's. Since the DoE doesn't believe in the linear no-dose threshold model of radiation exposure (i.e., no exposure is safe, even at low levels), the PAG's never got implemented.

      Unless someone can show me otherwise, I simply don't believe the EPA changed the "acceptable levels."

      Why would they bother doing that when the DoE guidelines for implementing the PAG's trump the EPA's oversight of the PAG's? The sleight of hand that allowed the PAG's to be overlooked had already occurred. The DoE published its recommendations for the PAG's back in 2010.

      I get really tired of seeing such blatant mis-statements of fact. These people have zero credibility with me when they believe everything someone else has written w/o doing any of their own fact checking. It's intellectual laziness and just plain old lousy journalism.

      That being said, can someone produce the evidence of a change in the PAG's or acceptable levels? If so, my apologies. I'm NOT pro-nuclear and I'm not a "shill.

      Sometimes you've just got to call a spade, a spade.


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      • HoTaters

        In other words, the DoE's interpretation is relatively high levels of radiation are not harmful, therefore there is no need to implement the PAG's. That's my interpretation of what I read in the DoE doc's anyway.

        How are we ever going to have any credibility when people keep parroting mis-statements of fact on such serious issues?


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      • HoTaters

        Whoopie, please be clear I do not mean you! I just happened to notice the article made the statement the EPA had raised the acceptable exposure levels. So unless I missed something big it never happened.

        They didn't need to do it (the EPA) because the DoE had more or less already stepped in and did it for them!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    "All nuclear power in Japan may be halted"

    Every country is at risk of "losing everything" if they don't abandon this failed technology.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi TheBigPicture

      I agree every Country is at a risk with these Nuclear Plants. However the fat cats are still walking around asking each other, what's in your wallet? Love of money, they don't want to lose that. They want to have the most among their friends, being the top dog. They would rather pee on the environment and the public, than to loose their so called wealth. Yes, they are the lowest dogs to do the damage they have and are causing to this earth and the people that God has created.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    RT @Angama_Market One of the last two heating gauges was broken in reactor 2 | Fukushima Diary: http://t.co/tuwVKrjU


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Damn it, I'm heading out…hope it lasts awhile!

    "Hi Everyone! The central Hub for livestreaming from the #A15HanfordRally today at noon will be through the link. They should be broadcasting it on that main page, but if not, these are the names you want to watch. There will be a red "Live" next to their names when they are streaming: portlandism, occupyportlandcollective, and occupybeaverton. I have to go to my daughter's soccer game, but when I get back I will post the best of the streams once I determine that. :)
    http://opdxlive.org/


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  • pure water

    Have you seen this:
    An interdisciplinary team from MIT have estimated that given the expected growth of nuclear power from 2005 – 2055, at least four serious nuclear accidents would be expected in that period.[30][31]
    It is in Wikipedia, at the end of section Safety:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_reactor
    Fukushima is enough!


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    THEY ARE SPEAKING AT ANOTHER LINK NOW
    http://www.livestream.com/occupyportlandcollective
    HELEN IS NEXT UP


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  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    Hi all supporters of the people of Japan.

    With the Sesame Street, Muppets, and Mickey Mouse (TEPCO) crew still in charge of the worst man-made disaster in recorded history, it is frightful to watch events unfolding, and dreadful to see and anticipate what is possible from world leaders to deal with it.

    From what I can understand of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation summit in South Korea, the internal Japanese problem of nuclear plant destruction is just that. An internal issue for Japan. Did I get this wrong? I hope so.

    After first looking at the url post from JAHDESM from "The European Union Times", my family were shocked at what was reported there. Not having any idea as to the credibility of this, I looked at what RationalWiki had to say. There were quite a few others.

    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/European_Union_Times.

    Credibility aside, the article did lead me to look at the ongoing dispute regarding the Kuril Islands dispute between Japan and Russia with the following url links.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=aIWontzUtGI.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=UE3B6ypfQvU.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sOmA6RuWVmU.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3G8-oMYHo7k.

    The video links above and many more on youtube were informative. On the article's statement about whether China is in secret talks about allowing Japanese mass evacuation to their country,…


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Agreed , it is a stunning read on the overall topic of Japan. If it is accurate and true, it fills in all the gaps of info and reaction for me on the outside. It paints a horrible but realistic picture of the life and death dance Japan is in for her life, as we know it.


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      • Anthony Anthony

        This got me: *** To how dire the situation is in Japan was recently articulated by Japanese diplomat Akio Matsumura who warned that the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant may ultimately turn into an event capable of extinguishing all life on Earth.***


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        • Anthony Anthony

          and this: *** Disturbingly, the desperate situation facing Japan is, also, facing the United States as Russian military observers overflying the US this week as part of the Open Skies Treaty are reporting “unprecedented” amounts of radiation in the Western regions of that country, a finding that was further confirmed by scientists with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who have confirmed that a wave of highly radioactive waste is headed directly for the US west coast.***


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  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    I apologize for exceeding my comment space on the previous post.

    From a humanitarian mindset, and in light of what this radioactive atrocity means for the Japanese people, I applaud the PRC for these negotiations, if they are going on. As far as secrecy goes, it would be understood by most, I believe, that until fruition of some meaningful outcome, that these negotiations would be in secret.

    In contrast, I don't know that I can say the same for what is being told to the people of Japan on the ongoing radiological disaster.

    For the people of Japan, and all humanity, the question remains. Are we at the point of considering Japan to be lost and looking towards a mass evacuation?


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Nuclear Power Is Expensive and Bad for the Environment … It’s Being Pushed Because It Is Good For Making Bombs

    Since the 1980s, the U.S. Has Secretly Helped Japan Build Up Its Nuclear Weapons Program … Pretending It Was “Nuclear Energy” and “Space Exploration” …

    As demonstrated below, nuclear energy is expensive and bad for the environment.

    The real reason it is being pushed is because it is good for helping countries like Japan and the U.S. build nuclear weapons.

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/nuclear-power-is-expensive-and-bad-for-the-environment-it-is-really-being-pushed-because-it-is-good-for-making-bombs.html


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  • dear jones

    All Government the same that they are servicing a small group of people not for the people or the people who vote for them.


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  • dear jones

    The US want China and Japan to kill each other


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Dear Jones, I'm afraid your right. :( It's the POWER OF MONEY AND NO CARE FOR THE WORLD…MUTHER FUCKERS!!! I've been OUT for a bit but agree with you totally!! Hugs!


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  • c

    Controversial Fukushima Film "Surviving Japan" to play in Tokyo

    The foreign made Fukushima disaster documentary "Surviving Japan" will play in Tokyo at the end of this month on April 29th at 6:30pm JST and 30th at 13:30, 17:30 at Genki Municipal Museum Shinjuku, just a short walk to Tokyo Government City Hall. "The Government wanted to keep it out of the media so we will bring the story to the Government, since it seems they have forgotten." – Anonymous Event Organizer Information for the showing in Japanese is as follows; サヴァイヴィング・ジャパン Surviving Japan 上映会 上映時間は約90分。29日は18:30~のみ、30日
    は13:30, 17:30。各上映の後に、大目に時間をとってあるので、何でもいいから、話しましょう。各回定員30名です。一応。料金はカンパで被災地に寄付します。


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