Asahi: Japan schools required to “promote the use of nuclear power” — Not allowed to buy teaching materials discussing dangers — Policy to change?

Published: March 21st, 2012 at 6:03 pm ET
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Title: Ministry wants pro-nuclear power message out of schools
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: UMIMASA YOSHIDA
Date: March 21, 2012

In light of the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the education ministry wants the plug pulled on pro-nuclear power instruction in Japanese classrooms.

The education ministry has decided to lift the requirement that at least 30 percent of a school education subsidy, nominally aimed to promote the use of nuclear power, be used on the education of nuclear power instead. [...]

The education ministry has instructed local governments to abide by the 30-percent minimum requirement since 2006, when the finance ministry pointed out that the subsidies “should be focused more on the promotion of support of nuclear energy.”

That requirement was never modified even after last March, when the Great East Japan Earthquake triggered the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. [...]

The education ministry will modify the guidelines for the subsidies and make eligible the purchase of teaching materials on the danger of nuclear plants. Such purchases are not allowed under the current guidelines.

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Published: March 21st, 2012 at 6:03 pm ET
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15 comments to Asahi: Japan schools required to “promote the use of nuclear power” — Not allowed to buy teaching materials discussing dangers — Policy to change?

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    Creepy theme – perhaps to be remedied now, perhaps not, but it got me wondering – what do all countries teach their kids about nuke these days? Who even thought it might be in the K-12 curriculum?

    I've been out of touch with K-12 world for over half a century. Someone was advertising a book called "12 Year Sentence" recently. Suddenly, I "get it".


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    • americancommntr

      Public schools have become the tool of evil. I think the system should be abolished and replaced by one with vouchers. The total of federal, state, and local funds for education is divided by the number of kids of school age in a district. The parents get a voucher for that amount for each one of their kids. It can be spent on any private school with absolutely no government strings attached. Parents want to send them to a secular, Christian, Islamic, Bhuddist, Satanist, or whatever school, they can. Many US districts spend over $10,000 a year per pupil, and all have scores of millions in assets. Just 20 kids worth at $10K per voucher would be enough for a 1:10 student teacher ration, to rent or finance a nice building, with all the needed books, supplies, laptops, internet, etc., and for solid teaching of the 3Rs, as well as needed science, geography, etc., and then half a day of individualized instruction tailored specifically toward a kids natural interests. Freedom would be born again. Children would not become sales parrots for the technology which threatens their very lives, and will indeed kill a percentage of them.


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      • americancommntr

        In an efficient system, children would also get out earlier than grade 12, like about 2 years earlier, and the remaining two years of vouchers could go to higher education or vocational or trade school. If the post-secondary schools were efficient, they might graduate kids one to two years earlier, too.

        But no, we have to have homosexuals teaching sex ed, the library having 'Daddy's Friend Ken' for the primary school children to read, kids having 12 years of life go by while their natural interests go without any cultivation and development, and Uncle Nuclear indoctrinating them.


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  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    When I was a kid in the early 60s, they presented the delusion that "Nuclear energy will be too cheap to meter".
    We were told that the next phase was that every home would have a small nuclear reactor half the size (or smaller) than a conventional furnace….and then…no more electric bills!!!
    WoooooHooooooo!!!!!
    Some how that just never came to be.

    They even went so far as to not insulate new housing construction in some areas of the US, assuming that there would be plenty of cheap electricity in the near to long term future.

    They prophesied no traffic jams because we would all be flying helicopters to work.
    But hey, we did deliver on Pop Tarts, Tang, and Aspartame.
    I remember as a kid feeling like I had "arrived" because I was
    lucky enough to being living in the astronaut era, and drinking astronaut fake orange juice.
    In hind sight, just as delusional as the concept of nuclear energy.

    No doubt that the propaganda in the US and Japan education (dare I even call it that) system simply got more refined, like the majority of commercial advertising. Subliminal has since been taken to a whole new level from those bygone days.

    Think of how void the nuclear story to the public at large was on the long term consequences (meltdown, fallout, SFP storage) that were ignored for the sake of short term profits.

    I have no doubt that the whole nuclear story fro K-12 (and after!) got reduced to something sounding and looking a lot like a Dick and Jane reader.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    They will do ANYTHING to avoid TAKING RESPONSIBILITY!! This will never change. This will go on for years and years to come!! It makes me absolutely SICK TO MY STOMACH. On an added note, OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD BE THE VERY SAME WAY!! THAT is A FACT. All I can think is OMG…OMG…we have been watching ILLNESS AND DEATH – ALL FOR NUCLEAR!?? WTH!?!? Pandora's Nuclear Box has been opened and it's UGLY HORRIFIC NAME WITHOUT A FUCKING FUCKING DOUBT IS DAIICHI FUKUSHIMA. omg


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Pandora's Nuclear Box has been opened and it's UGLY HORRIFIC NAME WITHOUT A FUCKING FUCKING DOUBT IS DAIICHI FUKUSHIMA.
      I'm using that quote HERE ON OUT. EVERYWHERE I GO. IT'S THE TRUTH!!


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Please help spread THIS OUTSTANDING POEM around. An Anonymous poster FROM HERE sent it to me which I posted in Feb on a Blog I have done nothing with…but like I said: THE ONLY PLACE I KNOW WHERE IT WAS POSTED, WRITTEN WORD FOR WORD. (i have been out of it lately and spaced on IT)

    The Magic Fairy Dust of Fukushima
    By Anonymous
    http://imaginenomorenuclear.blogspot.com/2012/02/magic-fairy-dust-of-fukushima.html
    Stock and others with blogs, PLEASE POST IT on your blogs!!
    LETS MAKE IT GO VIRAL!!


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  • I did a pretty detailed feature on Japanese radiation/nuclear educational material a short while ago – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeV0j06jAWA

    Please check it out.


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  • Kevin Kevin

    what this stuff is not good enough?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUzBvxdnCFM
    (needs translation as cc does not work)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pd5HfmmTZo


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    Can someone please clarify the following statement?

    ". . . nominally aimed to promote the use of nuclear power, be used on the education of nuclear power instead."

    Was something lost in translation?


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  • Administration

    This sounds not cool: "Japan schools required to “promote the use of nuclear power”" I used to think that Japan is one of the most democratic and peacful country! I don't actually remember where, seems to be that at writemypapers.org I have seen the article about the annual Japanese budget that they spend on democracy. It doesn't really match the topic above. I am confused.


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