Former Japanese Ambassador: No single weapon competes with potential damage from Fukushima Unit 4 — Nuclear reactors potential ‘super bombs’ (VIDEO)

Published: September 25th, 2012 at 11:57 am ET
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CAN Briefing: Mitsuhei Murata, Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland
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Mitsuhei Murata, Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland: […] Ignoring the conditions of the Fukushima nuclear reactors continue to be promoted at home and abroad. Fukushima must not be forgotten. In the name of the victims and 170,000 refugees, I call for a total ban of nuclear energy. The world must realize that any radioactive contamination creates immense and permanent harm for mankind and the earth.

1. Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima are no less dreadful than atomic bombs. Nuclear reactors are potential “super bombs.” No single weapon can compete with the potential damage that can be caused by Fukushima unit 4 or reprocessing plants. […]

Published: September 25th, 2012 at 11:57 am ET
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29 comments to Former Japanese Ambassador: No single weapon competes with potential damage from Fukushima Unit 4 — Nuclear reactors potential ‘super bombs’ (VIDEO)

  • Sickputer

    Yes, and with plutonium-fueled reactors they are Doomsday Machines.

  • NRC blog is a good place to place comments. Try to make a point while being somewhat civil, I saw this one in response to "Atomic-rod" who is a jerk of herculean proportions.

    Fred Stender September 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Rod, nuclear increases our risk in the pursuit of “cheap energy” and yet we know the nuke is some of the most expensive energy on the planet, with an annual rate of return on investment of 1.666%. After waiting ten years, AND if they don’t blowup or melt down, which more than 1% of reactors do. Fukushima released tens of tons of uranium and plutonium and the EPA air sampling data proves it beyond it, just watch the videos of the reactors blowing up.

    This is not rocket science. Nuke comes with huge risks, and pursuing MOX makes it all the riskier. We can do nuke out of desperation, but that's it
    —————–
    Here is Rod complaining that the NRC actually listened to anti-nukers
    Rod Adams (@Atomicrod) September 25, 2012 at 3:45 am

    The scary thing about this blog post is the title, which implies that the meeting included “all sides”.
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    http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2012/09/22/spending-a-saturday-afternoon-at-the-nrc-listening-to-all-sides/comment-page-1/#comment-16839

  • Anthony Anthony

    It is almost weird to consider Murata the *former* Ambassador when he does more on topic than whoever the current Ambassador is. If this thing called life goes down the toilet, he will be known for his legendary attempts to do the right thing.

    He is who Id like to see running-shutting down this TEPCO mess. I could actually trust him as we moved forward through warts and all.

    • Mack Mack

      Mitsuhei Murata is a hero in a sea of villains.

      • Mack Mack

        I hope everyone will watch this video.

        Mitsuhei Murata said POWERFUL things.

        Here are just a few —>

        — Fukushima released ten times more Cesium-137 than Chernobyl

        — A strong earthquake could mean collapse

        — "Sound judgement would not have permitted construction of 54 nuclear reactors in a Japan menaced by frequent earthquakes and tsunamis."

        — "Only the lack of ethics and responsibility made it possible. Money and the corruption of power plant management sewed the seeds of catastrophe."

        — "The same technology that produces nuclear energy produces nuclear weapons. The proliferation of nuclear power plants leads to the proliferation of nuclear weapons…"

        — "There is no way to insure the safety of future generations except to eliminate the use of nuclear fission technology across the planet."

        — "Today mankind faces a crisis of civilization. The true cause is lack of ethics. Fundamental ethics would prohibit the abuse and exhaustion of natural resources leaving permanently poisonous waste and enormous debt in its wake."

        HE should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

        • Mack Mack

          Correction:

          He said "Unit 4 contains ten times more Cesium-137 than Chernobyl."

          not released ten times more.

          Apologies

        • Maggie123

          Thanks, Mack, for urging the video. I've bookmarked it and am listening as I type. Direct link here: http://youtu.be/qYOoHfEUmAY. ""A Plea for a Total Ban on Nuclear Energy" by Professor Mitsuhei Murata""

          You are right – his words, his language, his message is strong and brings in salient, critical points including associating nuclear with shift to aggressive, competitive culture.

          Emphasis on maternal culture's wisdom is astounding, well put, and vital!

          The farther he goes, the more I listen, the more astonished and grateful I am for this man's thoughts to be offered. (I don't expect officialdom to offer wisdom of this caliber, but should remember he's with diplomatic core and they are a different breed.)

          Link notes also include link to an address by Kucinich – will take that in later.

          I'm grateful – thanks.

    • Maggie123

      I've wondered if there's a phenomenon of outgoing leaders shifting to truth-telling. Eisenhower waited until leaving office to drop big hints about a military-industrial complex – what if he'd been willing to risk the truth with backup data much earlier? (I know, I know … in the US he'd have likely not lived to tell if he'd shown any sign of such intent. As it was, his 'hint' was not sufficiently alarming to shake people awake.) 🙁

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear plants are the most dangerous thing known to man. And only provide 15% of the world's electricity. We want them decommissioned.

  • jayjay jayjay

    A man with a lot of sense. Sadly most people (as I was) are ignorant of the damage caused to humanity and our planet earth by the madness and insanity of Atom splitting!

  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    surprised to see someone from the ranks of the privileged, speaking unvarnished truth. He must have a – NICE – pension package! Then again, maybe it's dawning on some of them, they'll be coming with us…this time around…

  • Mack Mack

    Greed wins again.

    "Japan Plans Restart of Controversial Reactor"

    This is that really dangerous fast-breeder reactor

    http://www.voanews.com/content/controversial-japanese-breeder-reactor-preparing-for-restart/1514340.html

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      "…This is that really dangerous fast-breeder reactor…"

      'Danger' only exists if the results produce some verifiable damage.

      – Censor the news.
      – Disperse the victims.
      – Deny testing or medical benefits.
      – Use disposable Yakuza contractors for clean-up.
      – Control the release of clean-up progress.
      – Censor constant leakage.
      – Cover-up weapons work in #4
      – Censor measurements.
      – Censor research.
      – Apologize for inconvenience to Japanese people

      See? No damage, no danger. Move along, people. Nothing to see here.

      They will make the fast-breeder reactor a success even if they have to kill every last man, woman and child in Japan in order to prove it. Japan NEEDS the magical plutonium-cloning box for energy independence (and a few nukes on the side). People are replaceable – plutonium IS NOT.

      • Mack Mack

        You're too right, PV!

        And hot off the press —>

        Japan did 6 Plutonium tests for the U.S. last month!

        http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/us-completes-sixth-nonexplosive-plutonium-trial/

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          So I'm really confused by your comment, Mack. I never heard of Japan doing these tests for the U.S., but that's what the article seemed to imply. And apparently this was in Hiroshima! That's just… disturbing, to say the least.

          Then I read the article about the 5th test here:

          http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/us-conducts-fifth-nonexplosive-plutonium-test/

          It turns out the first article was poorly worded. The second article clears up the confusion by explaining that Sandia Labs in New Mexico had actually conducted the tests in their new Z-machine. But the web site, NTI, is citing Kyodo News as the source, thus causing the confusion. The only thing I saw in the U.S. press was something about crushing a can in this thing and nothing about plutonium. Turns out the U.S. has been zapping plutonium in this thing for a couple of years.

          So this is how bad things are? WE have to rely on the Japanese media to find out that weapons research is going on in the U.S.? Maybe its just me and I missed the 'plutonium' part.

          I'm not sure if this is hilarious or just disturbing…

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          This is from the article:

          "…
          The machine uses electrical currents of about 26 million amps to reach peak X-ray emissions of 350 terawatts, an X-ray output of 2.7 megajoules and pressures greater than those at the center of the Earth.

          The "Z" machine is part of Sandia's Pulsed Power Program. Pulsed power is a technology that concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which are then used to generate X-rays. Produced in the laboratory, this controlled radiation or magnetic pressure creates conditions on a small scale similar to those caused by the detonation of nuclear weapons, which is why from its earliest days pulsed power has been used to study weapons effects.
          …"

          And we're tossing chunks of plutonium in this thing? I don't know… my junior high shop teacher (only had one arm) warned us NEVER to get plutonium anywhere near '2.7 megajoules of X-rays' because something bad would happen. We never questioned him. It seemed to make perfect sense.

  • Maggie123

    We need people like Murata in wide circulation, giving lectures to students and at public venues. I hope he has plans or can be persuaded to do so. I hope any publicity he gains with his views is not short clips on MSM interview programs where interviewers dampen impact of strong statements he can make.

  • I wish we had a sure-fire method of breeding and/or nurturing more people like the Honorable Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata.

    As hopelessly bad as is the nuclear energy issue, there's a larger (and yet more hopeless) one: the technologies we're attempting to limit or abolish in the public interest –are quite beyond the general public's understanding, which means that technology itself has trumped the democratic processes for participating in its investigation, assessment and limitation. That is to say: we increasingly live in a de facto technocracy

    > http://www.technocracyinc.org/ (techno idealist site)

    –which must be managed and run by the relatively few who understand –their little part of it –which effectively means that the technology is running itself. The alternative would be "intentional technology" or "humanly appropriate technology". Although we're eons away from embracing such concepts, a good use of our remaining precious time (even if it's for just a few of us) would be to explore such ideas –and attempt bridging them to some future society/civilization (per:

    > http://webpages.charter.net/123goto/00_clay.html

    Craig

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      all good points Craig-123…

    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      BTW Craig-123, I'm reading through the bios on the founding members of the technocracyinc organization, one of which (CHARLES PROTEUS STEINMETZ) turns out to have been involved in GE's early formation. He was quoted as saying "Some day we make the good things of life for everybody." Obvious how they tweaked his broken English into GE's banner slogan.

      Very cool reading. I'm off to see what other 'nuggets' are being held at this website…

      • I'm glad you're enjoying the TI trip, Aftershock, and thanks: I was unaware of the origin of GE's motto or that Steinmetz was a TI member –but that would be consistent (as I vaguely remember from reading agreeable biographical notes about him).

        Another fascinating character: Thorstein Veblen, was considered to be TI's godfather (or of the association immediately previous to TI).

        TI had the astounding agenda of rolling up all political entities, states, nations and borders into a new North American Continental order –one big "Technate" (rhymes with caliphate) –yet: they were never gone after as was the IWW, nor were they given the HUAC treatment –so I expect they had the blessings of TPTB. Now-a-days, this curious chapter of American history has been pretty much erased.

        Since you're interested, I've reposted my 2003 web page about TI:

        > http://webpages.charter.net/123goto/00-technos.htm

        Craig

        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          brilliant dissertation Craig-123. I'm glad to see you're not only been receptive to the concepts of technocracy, but measured in your critique of its objectives. Though obvious to many at point in history, I agree that social consciousness is not on par with technical innovation. Unfortunately, this awareness is not being actualized by decision makers; resulting in the pervasive destruction of our natural environment.

          As to a more contemporary look: "TI" has evolved into a juggernaut of evolutionary change. It never disappeared but rather morphed into a more productive movement. It was eventually understood (by early proponents and 'other' visionaries), there were too many 'competing interests' to effect an overt movement towards structured change; that such efforts would require decentralization of their efforts. As things are now progressing, the 'timeline' looks very promising.

          Forgive the effusive praise, but I'm genuinely impressed by your comprehensive intuition. And the HUAC thing was 'entertaining'. I'll be watching for more of your brilliant light…

          BTW. I simply loved the 'old' couple!

          • Goodness, Aftershock: you're quite the motivator here at Energy News 🙂 –and it's going to be tough living up to that praise (but thanks much).

            The old couple send their regards.

            Craig

  • Ron

    "Nuclear reactors are potential “super bombs.”

    When I think of all the hundreds of reactors strategically placed around the world just waiting for a Carrington Event or EMP burst, I think of them as extinction level devices.

  • richard richard

    "Turn back the Nuclear Tide" – a protest song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUION74pB4I