Kyodo News: Fukushima raises concerns over “viability of Japan’s future” — Former Prime Minister: Reactor restarts “a criminal act toward future generations”; “Fate of country” at stake; “Myth that nuclear power clean and safe has collapsed”

Published: January 22nd, 2014 at 11:12 pm ET


Wall St. Journal, Jan. 22, 2014: “Restarting nuclear reactors while we still have no place to dispose nuclear waste is a criminal act toward future generations,” [Former Prime Minister Morihiro] Hosokawa said during a news conference where he laid out his campaign promises for the Feb. 9 election.

Bloomberg, Jan. 22, 2014: “The myth that nuclear power is clean and safe has collapsed,” Hosokawa told reporters in Tokyo today. “We don’t even have a place to store nuclear waste. Without that, restarting the plants would be a crime against future generations.”

Kyodo News, Jan. 22, 2014: “Nuclear power is out of date and the most costly source of energy,” Hosokawa said. “The severity of risks associated with nuclear power is high. We have to switch to renewable and environmentally friendly energies, and lead the world in that field.”

Reuters, Jan. 22, 2014: “I foolishly once believed the myth that nuclear energy is clean and safe,” he told a news conference. “That myth has completely broken down.”

Kyodo News, Jan. 22, 2014: “Nuclear power is out of date and the most costly source of energy,” Hosokawa said. “The severity of risks associated with nuclear power is high. We have to switch to renewable and environmentally friendly energies, and lead the world in that field.”

Kyodo News, Jan. 18, 2014: Many voters, however, may cast ballots for anti-nuclear candidates because the man-made Fukushima disaster, triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, raised questions about the viability of Japan’s future. Naoto Kan of the DPJ, also a former prime minister, is urging Tokyo residents in his blog to concentrate on backing Hosokawa if they think Japan should phase out nuclear power, calling Hosokawa’s run “a nightmare for the LDP.” “Japan has faced many problems, and the issue of nuclear power generation leads to the fate of this country,” Hosokawa said after securing Koizumi’s support.

Mainichi, Jan. 15, 2014: […] former prime minister [Hosokawa] said the issue of nuclear power will determine the fate of Japan. […] Despite the outbreak of the unprecedented disaster at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, the nuclear power policy was not sufficiently debated in the two post-disaster national elections. […]  As Koizumi points out, the outcome of the election will have a huge impact on the direction of national politics.

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Published: January 22nd, 2014 at 11:12 pm ET


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53 comments to Kyodo News: Fukushima raises concerns over “viability of Japan’s future” — Former Prime Minister: Reactor restarts “a criminal act toward future generations”; “Fate of country” at stake; “Myth that nuclear power clean and safe has collapsed”

  • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

    Woo Hoo!

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    "restarting the plants would be a crime against future generations".

    Will some one in our government please make running these plants a federal crime.

    Thanks you!

    • Michele

      They are unable to stop the running of nuclear plants for two important reasons. The madmen in charge of our federal government and the 1% are making money off of the military industrial complex, and need the nuclear power plants for the manufacturing of weapons. And they have just increased the acceptable levels of radiation in our water and soil which means that they would have to tell the truth. The NDAA actually has a ruling that justifies the federal government making false statements as well as creating fear through false flags.

      • dosdos dosdos

        Actually, we already have more than enough weapons grade fissionables in storage to make nuclear weapons for the next 300 years. They just want the profit from a process that is already running and won't cost much to prduce as long as they don't have to make expensive safety upgrades.

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    "What a parcel of rogues in a nation" Robert Burns 1759-96

    • atomicistheword

      "Save Japan, save the world." Jewish Talmud, Holy Koran.


      "We bring good things to life. " General Electric.

      99% vs 1%. It's all coming on now!

      " You shall know the truth & the truth shall set you free. " Bible

      • atomicistheword

        To be more specific, saving the Japanese economy, is beyond the fact that leaving this catastrophe "caused by man" is not an option.

        When you have a major car manufacturers engine plant less than 100km from Fukushima you can see the absolute economic collapse coming. Nations sending back atomic radiated cars and Professor Busby finding atomic radiated car air filters showing particles of radiation from different parts of Japan, the writing is on the wall.

        The (deliberate) shifting of particles throughout the nation make a study of atomic radiation exposure very difficult. Thus those seeking compensation have a great fight ahead of them. No control area = no proof of negligence.

        ¥¥¥¥¥¥¥ That's all they think of, soon you'll be able to make kites with it.

  • name999 name999

    Thank You for SPEAKING OUT Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokowa. Please defeat ABE.

  • combomelt combomelt

    I give thanks for my many blessings
    Just for today I will not anger
    Just for today I will not worry I will do my work honestly
    I will be kind to people and every living thing


    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      combo….thanks for reminding me everything beyond this moment is an illusion.

    • PeterC

      I never read that before… It is how I am feeling – most thankful for each moment… except when I read a politcal article… seems that politics is how this problem came to be.

      For those who are new… or those who are saddened by all this… and especially for the Fathers and Mothers:

      Your soul… may very well be inside a temporary body.

      SpiritScience on YouTube will show you more about that.

  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    “Myth that nuclear power clean and safe has collapsed”

    Myth that anyone in power actually cares about the destruction of planet earth and all the life who depends on it has collapsed.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    "…is a criminal act toward future generations,…"


    The truth is, the whole world is now threatened with this horrendous evil disaster in hellhaven japan. They knew it then, they now admit it today.

    What will save them and the world from here on out?

    IMMEDIATE WORLD ACTION to stop this insanity that seems to be far out of control in fukushima japan.

    IMMEDIATE cessation and cold shutdown and safe disposal of ALL NUKLEAR SITES NOW!



  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Very disturbing video here, fukushima aquarium with eurasian otters trying to kill eachother in front of very young school children. Is the radiation making these critters turn against eachother like this?

    • Q1988 Q1988

      With the eventual demise of Japan I guess this will mean they will stop slaughtering dolphins.
      Give the strength to change those things I can
      The patience to accept those things I can't
      and the wisdom to know the difference.

      Sorry kids but I f**ked up
      Fire all the guns at once, explode into space.

    • deaddolphins simonhhh

      250 dolphins await slaughter, lifetime of captivity at Japan's Taiji Cove
      (CNN) — Japanese fishermen rounded up more than 250 bottlenose dolphins in a secluded cove to kill for meat or sell into a lifetime of captivity, U.S. conservationists warned.

      The annual hunting of dolphins at Taiji Cove highlights the rift between conservationists worldwide who see it as a bloody slaughter and Japs who defend it as a local custom.

      The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society first raised the alarm over the plight of the dolphins Friday, saying five separate pods of bottlenose dolphins had been "driven into Taiji's infamous killing cove."

      The group warned that the dolphins would "face a violent and stressful captive selection process. Babies and mothers will be torn from each other's sides as some are taken for captivity, some are killed, and others are driven back out to sea to fend for themselves."

      By the end of Saturday, 25 dolphins had been removed from their pod and taken "to a lifetime of imprisonment," the group said. One of them died in the process and will be butchered, it said.

      The dolphins will be kept penned in the cove for another night before the selection process begins again Sunday…'Panicked, frightened and fatigued'///The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

      Disgraceful…disgusting…pure evil…no small wonder the internationally criminal negligence at FUKU…say no more

      • GOM GOM

        Simon. I watched a killer whale being moved [on a sling] once and it was crying in pain. The gravity must be torture. Taiji is criminal. But know this. The Spirit of Destruction is upon the Earth. Many can see it. Many can feel it. This massive negative energy will gravitate to places that feed hate, death and destruction. Eventually it will cover the world. Humanity was doomed from the start.

    • SadieDog

      More otters… This time saving the kelp forests and the climate, and what do they get from us?

  • humptydumpty humptydumpty

    I wonder how well informed the Japanese people are, and whether their media machines are controlled by the industrial elites and bankers to the extent they are in the U.S. Maybe some knowledgeable person can comment on whether Japanese election laws prohibit foreign contributions — which unfortunately are legal in the U.S. thanks to the Citizens United ruling. That may be the only hope for preventing undue influence on their election by U.S. nuclear interests.

    In Europe, the EU just announced from the Brussels conference its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 including at least 27% from renewable sources. No reductions in using nukes like France does extensively, but Germany has the economic strength and leadership to move the whole region away from nukes in the longer term and France has become weaker economically. This may all be too little too late, but it shows an increased public awareness and more responsible government leadership (except for the UK which opposed the deal, but lost the vote).

    • weegokiburi weegokiburi

      Japanese election law is very restrictive regarding campaigning.
      No forgien money.
      Strict limits on funding and spending…
      No advertising allowed. Campaign period limited to one month before polling date.
      Lots more.
      I believe many of the rules have been in place since the post war constitution.
      However corruption seems endemic.
      There have been countless scandals regarding 'gifts' and 'loans'
      The Tokyo mayoral race was started cos the last Mayor is being investigated regarding a 50 million yen loan he received during his campaign

  • Elmer Fud

    The reason they are acting so STRANGELY is because Fukushima Diachi is not the only nuclear reactor that has gone bad. This is the one the press found out about, the 9M quake covered a LARGE area, THINK ABOUT IT, there are MANY reactors in Japan certainly there are others with even bigger problems, Fukushima, is the cover up for bigger problems!

  • Did you know that the new fascist minister for the environment, nuclear reactors and for decomissioning Fukushima is a senior member of a Japanese doomesday cult?

    • yep. but most everyone else doesn't. all of this is sacrifice.
      if we think Japan will escape this and politics to fix Fukushima, we are living in dreamland.

    • bo bo

      Very disturbing. Thank you for sharing.

    • Au Au

      Next time, remind me not to get born onto a planet run by Sidewinder snakes.

      A doomsday cult running the show over there would make perfect sense in why this has been allowed to fester into what will be annihilation for living things. Madness.

  • Thanksforplaying

    Elmer. Really? There have been a few allusions to this on ENE, but very litte hard facts, names etc. Your source? I would have thought that 'newsers would have the data, if anyone would. monitors been very quiet on Japan lately.

    To get back to topic, surely this guy has signed his death warrant, other than by just living in Japan? Perhaps that's his point, and motivation…..

  • SpeakEZ SpeakEZ

    Elmer, I too have suspected that the primary reason for the urgent push for passage of Japan's secrecy law had more to do with the desire to prevent information related to the status of Japan's other nuclear plants from being released. It has been proven that it was the earthquake that initially caused the damage at Fukushima Daiichi and that the tsunami exacerbated and escalated the situation. The total lack of information about the status of other reactors, besides the fact that they have been shut down to supposedly upgrade safety protocols, makes me wonder….especially after several other earthquakes throughout Japan since 3/11. I fear what we don't know far more than what we already know….

    • only 2.1% of ENENews visitors are visitors from Japan.

      A majority are Americans (and men). IMO, this is in the United States' hands. And we're an occupied bunch. Nonetheless, we must wake the world up, both with boots on the ground and through the internet. All, do your best to wake folks up

      Practical approaches to approaching the People with Fukushima

      If you didn't know, would you want to? Why are we all here, if not to wake each other up?

      Thanks All, for all that you do. There's also radiation remediation information at that link for you, too.

      • artika rama

        chemfood i think many japanese people are afraid to even think about fukushima , they can be labeled as terrorists . Secresy laws and all ,, even on facebook and twitter etc its hard to find many japanese talking discussing about fuku.
        Must be a new japanese way of freedom of speech .

        • RJ RJ

          I wouldn't say that Rama. I live here, they haven't wanted to talk about it since it happened, publicly, anyway. IMO, the old boys network is running (ruining) this country, since the people cannot elect the prime minister directly. People here are getting strange high fevers with no other symptoms. Any mention of radiation and the faces go blank and the conversation ends.

          "The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. In short….protective stupidity."

          • roger0ne2

            The mental denial could also be a result of exposures.Just finished reading, 'Deadly Deceit' by Jay M. Gould and Benjamin A. Goldman. A study of the affects of low-level radiation written in 1991. What an eye opener about high death rates in specific groups of people. Non white babies at higher risks, causes doubling of deaths of Aids cases, causes 'mental dullness', lowers SAT scores, and more. The more I learn about radiation the more EVIL it becomes. This is truly a Human Life verses Pure EVIL battle. People must wake up and act if we are to continue as a species.

  • lovE lovE

    Finally, a world leader with a conscience.

    Where is our beloved Obama? Why doesn't his "Obama-caring" for the poor, the disadvantaged, the unemployed, the illegals trigger his conscience about the dangers of nuclear power?

    Where is Caroline Kennedy (the US ambassador to Japan) on this issue? She laments the poor dolphins being mistreated and yet says nothing about the radioactive slaughter taking place in Japan and its Frankenstorm of new creations quietly being aborted.

    The ObamaNation is a party to the Abomination and Desolation visiting us in our time.

    • Sickputer

      LovE typed these pixels of light: "Where is our beloved Obama?"

      SP: A columnist asked the same thing today about the strange silence concerning the chemical massacre of the Elk River in West Virginia:


      SP: The world wonders… Where do you stand Mr. President? You're a lame duck so do you really feel the need to continue enthusiastically supporting the industries that brought you to your throne? Apparently the answer is you do owe a debt to your masters.

    • SS4U SS4U

      Its about maintaining order. We will not speak of fukishima but if we do, we will frame it our way. " the results of testing are not yet in " except they never tested in the first place. Order must be maintained. There is a lot at stake here: real estate fortunes, prime farmland, etc.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Sweet deflection.
    Almost unbearable to watch.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Things we used to do
    How we thought
    What we knew
    Starring down
    Lifes twisting roads
    Knowing not what unfolds
    Yet to be
    Is what we are
    Though nothing holds
    When we stack the cards

    There is no more science only the always was and always will be

  • Sickputer

    “The myth that nuclear power is clean and safe has collapsed"

    SP: To even read nuclear seditious words in Bloomberg means accurate nuclear news is disseminating with major implications for humanity. A country where two major cities of civilians were nuclear annihilated in 1945 to end a world war is the poster child to show the world that commercial nuclear power is a secret world war in itself.

    Japan faces great heartache over the massive health issues and economic disaster in the coming years. Self inflicted by the kamikaze bombing of themselves 1,000 times worse than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. They survive as a sick, contaminated nation dealing with a wrecked nuclear complex that is still out of control approaching three years of deadly releases. An ecological disaster that can't be compared to Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, or even the 1945 ruined wreckage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The other events pale in comparison. 311 is the most important human event since the Ice Age.

    Future shock has arrived with a vengeance. Egotistical greedy humans built a Doomsday weapon and called it a gift to society. If this is Atoms for Peace, please do not send us Atoms for War.

    Blame it on greed, militaristic ambitions, or just Mother Nature proving a beyond design basis event is far more convincing than scientist propaganda. The nuclear genie crossed the Rubicon and laid siege to not only Japan's fragile ecosystem, but also the Pacific Ocean nations.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, very disturbing! 🙁

  • Sol Man

    The myth was stillborn, but nobody noticed.

  • ftlt

    Japan as an island nation is perfectly situated for wave and wind power production.

    Renewable power puts people to work too..

    The smellybucks don't like that though

  • Socrates

    Mad – dog Abe has no real solution but more cash flow from restarting reactors the bank loans.

    His wife is anti-nuclear. Japan cannot go out in a blaze of military glory. Japan still wants to showcases its nuclear technology to sell to the rest of the world.

    Abe needs to go.

    • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

      Smart dog Abe – he knows how to fetch. Why would anybody want to get rid of such a smart dog like that?

    • myau

      Well, the US should go and lock up this mad dog now and take over Tepco's assets and the Olympic fund and start whatever cleanup procedure necessary to try and save the Pacific and the west coast.The US should chip in half the total fund and manpower, Obama should come clean with the American people that he has nothing to do with the original Japan-US security treaty that has brought about this Fuku mess, with the American ingenuity and the military might, I am sure some form of cleanup be successful, thus leaving Obama a well deserved legacy! Thanks.

    • Angela_R

      Socrates, do you know who owns the nuclear plants? As I understand it Tepco is only the Managing Agent.