Asahi: Gov’t admits for 1st time “all nuclear reactors will be shut down in Japan” — 45 years since no plants were operating in country

Published: April 16th, 2012 at 8:53 am ET


Title: Edano: All reactors temporarily offline in May
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: April 16, 2012

Industry minister Yukio Edano said April 15 that all nuclear reactors in Japan will be offline temporarily from May 6 […]

The central government has been trying to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, but it has met local opposition. […]

It was the first time for the government to acknowledge that all nuclear reactors will be shut down in Japan. Japan has always had at least one reactor online since the years immediately after the nation’s first commercial reactor started operations in 1966. […]

Read the report here

Published: April 16th, 2012 at 8:53 am ET


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63 comments to Asahi: Gov’t admits for 1st time “all nuclear reactors will be shut down in Japan” — 45 years since no plants were operating in country

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45


    Japan cannot take another nuclear catastrophe especially while Fukushima is still ongoing.

    Wish we could start shutting some more nuclear plants down in the USA, just hope it doesn't take a similar catastrophe in the USA to get people motivated.

    • The planet and it's life forms cannot take ANOTHER catastrophe.

      We should never have had this one in the first place. (or two or three etc…) There will be more. No doubt. Statistically, similar catastrophes are bound to happen. Probably sooner than later.

      As these death machines continue to be extended past their designated life spans and they continue to FAIL because the cost of demolition/decontamination and waste storage was grossly underestimated. In my opinion these 'costs' cannot be estimated in any realistic way.

      A VALUE cannot be placed on the destruction of life and the dumping of toxic materials into our air, water and soil.

      Japan is making a good move by STOPPING the NPP's. A step in the right direction. Hopefully, it's not too late for them and the world.


    When you think about, it's not all-that difficult a decision. It's either running these plants or running their nation into the ground. Now, if only the rest of the world would wake-up to the – real – cost of this technology…

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    4/16 News from the Edge | Fukushima Radiation Found in US Milk | unknowncountry:

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      I wish writers of articles like this would stop comparing an internal dose of radiation, via milk in this case, to an external dose of radiation from an airplane trip.

  • Cdog Cdog

    Developed a stomach ache after having a small amount of cream in my coffee on Friday. Headache like I've rarely experienced on Saturday and after taxing myself
    on Sunday retching for hours. I bet it was the milk. I've got to leave the bay area!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Oh no cdog! No More Milk!!

      • Cindy Cindy

        Hi Whoopie…
        As Cdog mentioned…what is left to eat? I have always been "organic" and was raised on eating healthy Non Processed foods. I take a lot of Spirulina/Chorella, Vitamin D and have recently started ingesting Bentonite Clay. I'm wondering…as long as I am doing this…can't we eat what we used to? I LOVE my raw milk and Grass Fed Beef..and I "believe" I'm doing everything necessary by taking these powerful supplements to protect myself from radiation. We DO have to eat…but I'm wondering if since what I'm doing..i'm ok eating what I normally ate. Or maybe I'm just too hardwired mentally in believing Organic IS better for you No Matter what. Geez…this is SO F'd UP!

        • StillJill StillJill

          Yes Cindy,…and try healing cancer with irradiated produce! One simply can not eat 'regular American Fair', and heal cancer! Period! One must have clean fruits and veggies in mass quantities.

          Yesterday I spent my first hungry day. Nothing was SAFE,…so I didn't eat. What I did make, tasted like shit and was thrown out. I am down to flesh and bones.

          God know it all and He's right here with us. Believe that I pray! 🙂

          • Cindy Cindy

            Hi StillJill,
            My heart so goes out to you! I've been here with you for a Long time and have read most of your posts. You are such a strong person! May the powers that be, bless and heal you.

        • Bobby1

          Organic has no meaning anymore. Instead of pesticides and herbicides, we now have radiation.

          I have had some success with finding Mexican produce. Though you can't trust it completely either, still it ain't from California. Greens like collards and mustard are mostly grown in Georgia & South Carolina. Grass fed beef and lamb are available from Australia and New Zealand, they are actually very good.

        • yogda yogda


          Be sure to check the dates on your Spirulina and Chlorella supplements. Most of these are made in open pools exposed to atmosphere.

          One of the better brands Kyo-Chlorella is made in Japan.

          Just a heads up.

          • Cindy Cindy

            Hi Yogda,

            I actually bought Tons of Spirulina/Chorella on March 14th, 2011. I've been watching this macabre incident unfold from the get-go. I am halfway through my "stash" now I'm researching where to get "non-irradiated" herbs so I don't panic when I run out.
            This is just SO horrible…and the part that totally F'n blows me out of the water is that NO Main Stream Media is reporting any of this! I honestly DO believe this is an ELE…not immediate, of course…but it's not nice to *uck with Mother Nature!

            • Bobby1


              I have seen websites where they sell seaweed from the New Zealand south island. Expensive, but that area is probably still ok. Namibia and South Africa also produce seaweed & spirulina/chlorella too. The southern tip of Africa is probably as far as you can get from the contamination.

    • StillJill StillJill

      Cdog,……room for a stowaway? 🙂

      I ate some California produce this past week and both my roommate and I have been exactly the same kind of 'sick', you speak of! 🙁

      He's in denial though,……I KNOW what's eating me alive! 🙁

  • Cdog Cdog

    We are told 2000 bq for the seaweed here in Santa Cruz. But how many sieverts does that represent I wonder? Guess I'll never know unless I buy my own detector.

  • Cdog Cdog

    Our milk is shot because of the fallout that the cows are also eating. So meat is also contaminated as well as anything that eats greens as well as all the greens and the seafood. I can't figure out were I should draw the line. What's left to eat? Anyone see the reports on people in the middle of the country getting sick at Sushi restaurants and the gov. saying it's salmonella even though it doesn't match the symptoms. Have told everybody that I could to not eat Sushi a year ago and I might have just told everybody to ostracize me.


      @Cdog: consume foods that are low on the food-chain and from regions with lower radioactive exposure. It's all about bio-accumulation. You won't find a place on earth that hasn't been affected by radioactive fallout. But if you do your best to minimize your exposure, you're likely to survive this nightmare. Almost as important as anything else, is the water…

    • StillJill StillJill

      "Have told everybody that I could to not eat Sushi a year ago and I might have just told everybody to ostracize me."

      Good one Cdog!

      I sure know what you mean! 🙂

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      good point… 🙂

    • Cindy Cindy

      OMG! You're Right! I never put those 2 and 2 together before! I knew NOT to eat any Clams or bottom feeders since the Oil Gusher in the gulf…but it never occured to me that what these people are getting sick off of is Radiation…not Salmonella! Thanks for the "eye-opener"!

  • SteveMT

    #1: This is a distraction from the present crisis.
    #2: I'll believe it when it's a fait accompli.
    #3: Too little, too late.
    #4: These are the same people that caused this disaster in the first place. Nothing that they say should be believed. Are there any prisons located in Fukushima? If not, Building #1 looks good enough to house these government people.

  • SteveMT

    Germany Faces Another Fight With The Rest Of Europe Over Nuclear Power
    Wolf Richter|April 15, 2012

    The meltdowns at Fukushima Number 1 that have caused so much havoc have also paralyzed Japan’s nuclear power industry. The last of its 54 reactors will be taken off line in May for scheduled maintenance, but none has been restarted due to local resistance.

    “Deindustrialization” is gripping the power-starved country. TEPCO, owner of the Fukushima plant, is being bailed out with trillions of yen in taxpayer money, or rather in debt that Japan has to issue even as it’s sinking deeper into a fiscal quagmire.

    Meanwhile, new revelations seeped out about the nuclear industry’s controlling relationship with the government: conspiracies had squashed stiffer regulations. Japan Inc. at work. Five years later, the people of Fukushima paid the price. For that fiasco, the emails that documented it, its deadly and ongoing impact, and the anger it caused,

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  • Organic

    cdog, I live in Northern California and problems with soreness in my thyroid and headaches after rain. What's left to eat? Good question. I'm an Organic Farmer and truthfully I don't know anymore either. Follow your gut, but also realize there is no getting around it for any of us, we are all in the same boat. We all must be gluttons for punishment trying to warn friends and family and feeling ostracized in return. A new reality post 3/11, a paradigm shift at hand. My first post here, but been here from the beginning, and have learned so much. Thanks to all of you and enews of course.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Me too Organic. Learned so much from Members here. Spot on post.

    • StillJill StillJill

      organic! Thanks for being an organic farmer!!!! You rock!

      I KNEW we had lovely lurkers just like you! 🙂

      O.K., so please dish,……what fruit and veggies should I in northern Cali. also,…be eating, buying, and from where? If you don't mind friend! 🙂

      • StillJill,
        I believe you folks in Ca, are not going to have too much trucked in since you grow so much of the thing you need there !

        : |


      I was getting all my wild rice from California. That's over. Now with all of Asia being exposed to Fuku fallout, I guess I'm without options. And I won't even buy any organic produce that's coming from out west. Oh well. Enough of my problems; sure others are having far-worse nightmares…

        You know cranberries are grown there too in big wet lakes !

        California Commercial Crop Database
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        California remained the No. 1 state in cash farm receipts in 2010, with $37.5 billion in revenue. The state accounted for 16 percent of national receipts for crops, and 7 percent of the U.S. revenue for livestock and livestock products. …

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      • Bobby1

        Aftershock, Indian rice is a staple here…


          Thanks Bobby1. For years, I was trying to source only organically grown rice from within the US. After hearing so many reports of lax controls over what was coming from abroad, I felt it prudent to stick with domestic sources. That's not to say we couldn't eff-up what we're growing here (MonSatan anyone?) , but that there may be some assurance of quality if it's grown domestically. That's all out the window now. What was once my worse fear (chemical pollution) pales in comparison to what we're now seeing.

          I've decided against giving people Fukushima updates, as it's becoming obvious that (aside from a global shutdown of all nuclear power plants) nothing can be done about the 'Fukuspew'.

          As said in earlier posts, my only reassurance is in knowing that the people who got us here are equally exposed. I hope when they're laying in the death beds, they can still profess the benefits of an industry that destroyed what was left of this planet…

          • Bobby1

            The sona masoori rice from the Oriental store is organic, and it comes in 20 lb. burlap sacks. I get basmati too, but I haven't seen organic basmati rice.

            I think we're finding out now that the so-called "controls" on American food were a crock to begin with. It has been a fraud all along.

            For example, sewage sludge containing strontium-90 has been spread on American soils for decades. There is no regulation about radioisotopes in sludge, only for some heavy metals and organic chemicals. And I doubt they enforce even those.


              Agree with your suspicions; that we've been snookered by our so-called regulatory agencies for decades.

              I'll make a mental not of your purchasing suggestions. I already have a pre-Fukushima store of rice on hand but haven't decided – yet – to go into it. I was buying a ton of foodstuffs the year before in anticipation of something like this. My girlfriend is advising that it's time to "break the seals" on the buckets. I'm reluctant to do so, until we know more on the status of SFP4. This is all so much of a bummer…

              • Au Au

                You might to pop the top on one of the them to check it's status, as rice does not keep over a year as a general rule. Not even in the freezer. I made that mistake going though Chernobyl and ended up throwing out the rice because it went rancid. It was white rice too which I thought would have lasted longer than brown rice.

                • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

                  I would always go for the whole grain, and then package it with inert gas, so no oxgyen is in the container, then seal it air tight, using wax, etc.

                  Wheat put in pottery and stored for 2,000 years sprouted and grew after it was taken out of the tomb in Egypt.

                  Of course, it was kept dry, dark, and cool.

                  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                    Thanks Au and AGR. I was under the impression that rice kept forever; at least the kind I got. But I'll do the pop thing and check them out. Of course, even rancid beats what's on my plate now…

  • Organic

    Thanks Whoopie for all your efforts. I admire your passion and commitment to spreading the word. You are this communities Paul Revere, the female version of course.
    Disappointed this morning too…the California Nuclear Initiative did not garner enough signatures to get on the November Ballot here in CA. We didn't seem to have the groundswell that was needed. A major accident here unfortunately seems to be the only way, as the Japanese are learning. The powers are too entrenched and in control.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      What? It didn't?!?! oh no! Damn it all. We must DOUBLE OUR EFFORTS, getting word out! Fudge…but really mean f**K. I'm so sorry to hear about this organic.

    • Ron

      I am very disappointed to hear that the signature drive failed. I have to tell you though I had doubts about it's success, not because I didn't believe that CNI could get enough signatures, but because I believe the signature gathering process is ripe for abuse by vested interests that don't want them to succeed.

      Think about it: all the nuclear industry had to do was get industry friendly petition people out there posing as anti-nuclear activists to ensure that the signatures would either be faked (and discovered) thus invalidating whole blocks of legitimate signers or not turned in at all. Very easy as anyone can get a job gathering signatures.

      The only way to do it and be able to trust it was done honestly would be to physically pick the people who you want to gather signatures. For the future I'd suggest longtime members of Greenpeace et al.

      Maybe someone will do an investigation…

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      It either needs a huge donor who will pay to gather signatures, as many initiates do, or it has to have a lot of groundswell movement behind it.

      In the public eye, nuclear is still ok, at least in the US, because the mass media is controlled and has shut down all discussion, debate and information about what is going on with Fuku, etc.

      Sadly, the next 'warning' may mean the extinction of the human race..

      12 reasons why all nuclear power plants must be shut down; via A Green Road Blog

      Super Solar Storm To Hit Earth In 2013 'Carrington Effect'; Year Long Power Outage? via A Green Road Blog

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    f311wd's brings this just now
    Nuclear Titanics » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names:
    BBL Off to watch Right This Minute!
    Maybe they'll show that Chernobyl Simpsons clip!

  • Cdog Cdog

    Hey thanks for the suggestions. Parts of the midwest seem to be handling better than the coasts and far out east so collard greens from the area is an excellent suggestion. New Zealand and Australia are probably the least affected places on the planet so I am going to pursue products from their as well. I knew if I asked this forum I would get excellent suggestions.
    StillJill, if I hop on a plane to Ausie or New Zealand I'll let you know. Try to eat something or will have to start calling you SkinnyJill

  • arclight arclight

    i am seriously happy for the japanese people. the working reactors arent much better than the smoldering in a heap and on the edge of a precipice ones if you ask me!

    and some honesty starting to burst out! maybe now we will see some proper disaster management and radioactive testing!!

    go solar wind geothermal and tidal!!

    cheery news indeed!!

  • stopnp stopnp

    This is some great news. Coupled with the congressman sending a call to action to Japan. That's awesome for one day. I hope to God something really happens. For our worlds sake.

  • Now if they would just clean up Fukushima, instead of their 45-year plan (or however long it was).

  • It's another good step. But, my question is… What will it truly COST to 'demolish' and remove the 54 death machines located on the island of Japan? …and don't forget the cost of spent fuel and where/how to store it.

    When will the ocean cleanup begin? What will that cost? Is it even possible?

    I really don't think they,(TEPCO, Japan, World Governments, Nuclear Experts), have had a plan or a clue regarding a man made catastrophe of this magnitude.

    • CaptD CaptD

      They will allow the Ocean to cure itself, no matter how long it takes!

      heck even TEPCO says that once radiation leave the Complex it is someone else's problem…

      I say expect the worst from the Powers to be and hope to be surprised!