AP: Link between nuclear weapons and nuclear power is “becoming increasingly clear” says Japan professor — Nuclear power industry not thrilled people are talking about it

Published: July 31st, 2012 at 9:36 am ET


Title: Japan pro-bomb voices grow louder amid nuke debate
Source: Associated Press
Date: July 31, 2012


as Japan weighs whether to phase out nuclear power, some conservatives, including some influential politicians and thinkers, are becoming more vocal about their belief that Japan should have at least the ability to make nuclear weapons.

The two issues are intertwined because nuclear plants can develop the technology and produce the fuel needed for weaponry, as highlighted by concerns that nuclear power programs in Iran and North Korea are masking bomb development.


Shigeru Ishiba, former Defense Minister and current lawmaker told The Associated Press

  • “Having nuclear plants shows to other nations that Japan can make nuclear weapons”

Hitoshi Yoshioka, professor of social and cultural studies at Kyushu University

  • “The recognition that both nuclear issues must be addressed is heightening in Japan”
  • The link between the two is “becoming increasingly clear”

Tatsujiro Suzuki, vice chairman at the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, a government panel that shapes nuclear policy

  • “If people keep saying (nuclear energy) is for having nuclear weapons capability, that is not good”
  • “Technically it may be true, but it sends a very bad message to the international community”
Published: July 31st, 2012 at 9:36 am ET


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35 comments to AP: Link between nuclear weapons and nuclear power is “becoming increasingly clear” says Japan professor — Nuclear power industry not thrilled people are talking about it

  • LegionNetworkCH

    Links "becoming increasingly clear" WTF??? AP sure doesn't have any journalist looking more than 3 days in the past.

    Here's some "awesome" material for them to learn.

    There are always warmongers, japanese people are no exception.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Oh, boys, boys, boys…always wanting a bigger stick to play with.

    • andagi andagi

      Dear VicFromVermont,
      Spot on. So, what can we learn by this?
      I am afraid to say that the possibility that humans have a limited ability to grasp/comprehend the concequences of their actions exists. Decisions are made sometimes thoughtlessly, sometimes with concepts of planning, but most of the time with ego.
      What do we do now? All of us are now paying a price for outrageous, vaguely admitted to, and now credibly substantiated, horrible truths. Quite frankly, the average good person cannot concieve of these, and shouldn't be faulted for this.
      The average good person is doing their best on their job and in their personal life, still striving to be happy and healthy (which is absolutely daunting in today's world).
      So, here we are.
      ENENews must continue in its powerful presence. I believe it will, as TPTB come to realize they're as Fukued as we are (they're waking up to the facts of the information they withheld from us). (OOPS!) They've probably had their own internal 'blame game' but the facts prevail, and now they have no choice. Let them speak here!
      If the promlem cannot be solved/remedied, perhaps with honesty, can we be educated to make our best personal decisions regarding our families and loved ones?
      My sincere thanks to ENENews and all posters past and present. The public and the healthcare industry must brace themselves now.
      Love your loved ones and fight here on ENENews!

  • arclight arclight

    from Tatsujiro Suzuki daily update on the bulletin of atomic scientists..

    Saturday, April 16, 1 a.m. ET, Tokyo

    Water samples taken from unit 4's spent fuel pool suggest that the fuel damage could be minor (220 Becquerel (Bq) per cubic meter for iodine 131, and 88 Bq per cubic meter for cesium 134). Still, the water temperature seems to be high, and cooling must continue.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) tried to absorb radioactive materials by putting zeolite into the sea. We shall see how effective this will be…"

    he stopped posting for some reason on april

    "..Friday, April 29, Tokyo

    As the situation at Fukushima is becoming less unpredictable, though not yet completely stabilized, and there is more information available, I will stop my daily writings on the nuclear power plant. Thank you very much for your encouragement and warm support…"


    • arclight arclight

      interesting that he stops posting after the big media swithch off, which was just after this damming evidence was released to the news agencies but not followed up…

      "..The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer "negligible," according to CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity. The NGO is advising pregnant women and infants against "risky behaviour," such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves.
      In response to thousands of inquiries from citizens concerned about fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Europe, CRIIRAD has compiled an information package on the risks of radioactive iodine-131 contamination in Europe…."

      "..CRIIRAD says its information note is not limited to the situation in France and is applicable to other European countries, as the level of air contamination is currently the same in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, for instance.

      Data for the west coast of the United States, which received the Fukushima radioactive fallout 6-10 days before France, reveals that levels of radioactive iodine-131 concentration are 8-10 times higher there, the institute says…"


      interesting document that.. the smoking gun!! imo

      • andagi andagi

        Dear Arclight,
        'The risks associated with I-131 contamination in Europe …no longer negligable according to CRIIAD'
        You're awesome! 🙂

  • arclight arclight

    this was interesting

    ""A group is starting to take a stand to assert the significance of nuclear plants as military technology, a view that had been submerged below the surface until now," says "Fukushima Project," a book by several experts with anti-nuclear leanings.

    Adding to their jitters, parliament amended the 1955 Atomic Energy Basic Law in June, adding "national security" to people's health and wealth as reasons for Japan's use of the technology…."


  • dosdos dosdos

    Japan already is in possession of enough weapons grade plutonium to destroy the world. Why do they need to generate more?

    • ion jean ion jean

      Y'know, what's the worst any of these bastard nations can do to us? Nuke us??

      Ooh, I'm sooooo scared…they already have nuked us AND themselves and their offspring!! Ha! Bring it on!

      • andagi andagi

        Dear Ion Jean.
        Thank you for your passion. I'm on the record for 'should have died already'. Dispicable … what is internationally intentionally ignored and ongoing (especially with regards to innocent children). Too much time/exposure for all of us now.
        I've made up my mind to post here and support ENENews and the remarkable posters here. This is the best place you could be! But, we can't ever stop!
        We can't stop believing/validating eachother. We cannot stop validating the nearly incomprehensible humanitarian reality of this horror.

  • arclight arclight

    well if GE dont want it then only the military and oncology crowd are left…

    Nuclear power has had its day – General Electric’s chief

    "..Nuclear ‘hard to justify’, says GE chief FT.com By Pilita Clark, 31 July 12, Nuclear power is so expensive compared with other forms of energy that it has become “really hard” to justify, according to the chief executive of General Electric, one of the world’s largest suppliers of atomic equipment.

    “It’s really a gas and wind world today,” said Jeff Immelt, referring to two sources of electricity he said most countries are shifting towards as natural gas becomes “permanently cheap”…. It’s just hard to justify
    nuclear, really hard. Gas is so cheap and at some point, really, economics rule,” Mr Immelt told the Financial Times in an interview in London at the weekend. “So I think some combination of gas, and either wind or solar … that’s where we see most countries around the world going.”

    Mr Immelt’s comments underline the impact on the global energy landscape of the US shale gas revolution, Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown and falling prices for some types of renewable power……."


    • arclight arclight

      also tepco started a consortium to sell its powergharger system for electric cars.. this would help the need for nuke power instead of utilising steam, wind and waterways for transport that would take us away from using electricity as much..

      these "plugs" are being used on the hybrid version BMW`s being used at the olympics, though they have diesel versions in use too?? go figure!!

      they should have used the canals and other waterways imo! 🙂 with horses pulling!! thats where we got to get back to.. victorian tech updated for the 21st century.. sounds interesting huh??

  • nedlifromvermont

    … the gun is smoking, and the IAEA is holding it, and the WHO is fingering the curtain hiding this all from view … the gun was made by GE and certified absolutely safe by the Toothless Toadies of the NRC …

    … a few British, Russian and French co-conspirators ambling around backstage …

    …. bought and paid for by GE who brings such good things to life … and the cover up … the cover up would make the other Josef, Goebbels I mean, blush!!!

    … come out of the woodwork, you truth tellers, everywhere!! …

    … safe and clean, reliable nuclear power …. WHAT TRIPE!!! …

    … peace …

  • arclight arclight

    USA military top brass call for revising USA’s nuclear weapons – DOWN

    "..There may not be agreement on the size and shape of the future force, but there is growing consensus among the nation’s leaders that it’s time to bring U.S. nuclear strategy into the 21st century. This consensus includes two former commanders of U.S. Strategic Command….
    “The current U.S. nuclear force remains sized and organized operationally for fighting the “last war” – the Cold War – even though threats from that era posed by the Soviet Union and China have greatly diminished or disappeared,” reads Gen. Cartwright’s joint testimony with Ambassador Thomas Pickering before the Senate Appropriations Committeelast week…."

    "..These two former STRATCOM Commanders are part of a growing consensus
    of U.S. leaders who recognize that the current nuclear posture
    isoutdated and unaffordable…"

    "..Gen. Cartwright is not the only STRATCOM commander to determine that the U.S. nuclear force, which numbers some 8,000 warheads, is unsuited to today’s strategic environment…"

    exotic depleted/refined uranium weapons they can use are the way forward.. reaing between the lines here..


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    As its turned out, there's zero need for nuclear warheads. Zero.

  • weeman

    In modern warfare you do not have the time to develope new weapons, they have the bombs already just add nuclear payload if threat occurs and can claim to be a nuclear weapons free nation.

  • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

    Truth is very bad , it sends a very bad message about me to the people i try to keep in the dark ( victims of my deeds) .

    Yep , thats a toughtproces all criminals have to go tru one day or another in their miserable life.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    It's common sense that there is a link between Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

    • andagi andagi

      Dear WindorSolarPlease,
      Yes, but what about egos? Can this be overcome?

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Aloha andagi

        There are many who are trying to end Nuclear Power and also end Nuclear Weapons for the benefit of this world.

        I won't say the people will fail at ending Nuclear, but I will say they have a difficult battle ahead of them.

        This battle has been going on as long as I can remember, I hope the fight continues, with the people of the world never giving up on protecting our environment.

        I believe we have to realize that Fukushima disaster is not going to end Nuclear. We can't sit back in our easy chair yet, there is more to do.

        There will always be greed, ego, and so on. Sorry, I don't believe this will change.

        Love and Peace
        Be Safe


  • many moons

    The poor souls don't realize that holding on to the power to make nuclear weapons actually puts us all at a much higher risk than letting go. Not only have we seen the level of destruction much higher from nuclear accident than a bomb could create, but the fact that a bomb has to be dropped by someone or group, a nuclear accident can happen all the time, depending on natural event or other events.


    Great article on the history of U.S. influence over Japan's nuclear technologies path…
    United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium

  • Lacsap Lacsap

    Ones i posted on a Dutch site Elsevier (big site) that nuclear power plants are used for creating plutonium / uranium for nuclear bombs and weapons and are not really for powering the people. My post was quickly removed and my account was closed with no warning/message whatsoever. My post was on topic and not against site rules. Glad Enenews is still spreading each day so people hear the TRUTH.


  • WindorSolarPlease

    There are times I act as if this catastrophic disaster is not going to change our lives or our generations.

    We already know we are continually getting layers after layers of this radiation with No End in Sight.

    It's time..enough is enough..End Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons.

    Remember you also live here.

  • JustmeAlso

    Beyond Treason: The True Story of Depleted Uranium

  • Atlantis

    Well, no big news. Any not brainwashed person who worked for the nuclear industry know that "civil nuclear industry" never existed and say it openly. I'm one of them (they sponsored my PHD, nobody's perfect). What is new is that censorship in summer is weaker and that at least this trainee AP is going to be fired soon.