Gov’t to End Nuclear in Japan? “It’s trickery with words and numbers” — “They’re ignoring the terror that many of us feel”

Published: September 14th, 2012 at 10:28 am ET
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Title: URGENT: Japan targets phasing out nuclear power in 2030s
Source: Kyodo
Date: Sept. 14

Japan decided Friday to seek to phase out nuclear power completely in the 2030s against the backdrop of heightened public concern over atomic safety following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The decision, reached at a ministerial meeting, marks a major policy shift for the country, which had planned to boost the role of nuclear energy before the nuclear accident triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March last year.

Title: Japan targets phasing out nuclear power by 2030s
Source: Kyodo
Date: Sept. 14

Japan will seek to phase out nuclear power completely by the 2030s, the government decided Friday, approving a massive shift in national energy policy 18 months after the Fukushima Daiichi plant disaster spurred very strong public opposition to nuclear power in this earthquake-prone nation.

The target means the world’s third-largest industrial economy has set a goal of eliminating an energy source that prior to the March 2011 Fukushima disaster provided almost a third of Japan’s electricity.

Under the new energy policy, the government will aim to achieve the zero nuclear goal by not allowing utilities to build new reactors and limiting the operation of existing reactors to 40 years.

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Title: Japan Will Try to Halt Nuclear Power by the End of the 2030s
Source: NY Times
Author:  HIROKO TABUCHI
Published: September 14, 2012

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Critics blasted the strategy as too vague and long term to have meaning.

“It’s trickery with words and numbers,” said Tetsunari Iida, director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, a research group based in Tokyo. “The zero number might be symbolic politically, but in reality, it holds little meaning.”

“How is the government going to push through reactor restarts when there’s still so much opposition? It has no clue what to do next month, never mind by the 2030s,” he said.

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“They’re ignoring the terror that many of us feel toward nuclear power,” said Kumi Tomiyasu, an employee at a Tokyo-based printing company who attended a rally in front of Mr. Noda’s office on Friday. “By sticking with nuclear for so long, the government has put the interests of power companies and big business above those of the Japanese people.”

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Title: Japan set to reject nuclear
Source: The Australian
Author: Rick Wallace
Date: September 15, 2012 12:00AM

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doubts persist over the effectiveness of the plan and whether it will be enacted.

Japan-watcher Richard Katz, who publishes the Oriental Economist Alert, said it was “an election commercial, not an energy plan” and a “desperate gamble” by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to cut its electoral losses.

He said if the final plan was as expected – where reactors older than 40 years would be shut down and no new ones built – it would take until 2050 to reach zero.

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24 comments to Gov’t to End Nuclear in Japan? “It’s trickery with words and numbers” — “They’re ignoring the terror that many of us feel”

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    How to overcome opposition to nuke restarts? Promise no nukes by 2030!
    This is nothing but more lies and deception. The only goal of this is to get nuke plants back up and running now. (Hopefully, people will not be so anti-nuke by 2030, when they will quietly begin to build new nukes.) Do not be deceived, people of Japan. Throw the bums out of office.


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    • aSpadeisaSpade aSpadeisaSpade

      Philip,

      The criminals in charge are masters of lies, half-truths, obfuscation, and misdirection. They happily promise anything you want for the distant future. They know all too well that the public attention span is short.

      Memo to Mankind: If we do somehow manage to survive the Fukushima disaster, never again let yourself be beguiled by the promises of all-knowing, all-caring government. Governments exist solely for the aggrandizement of those in power – nothing else. Promises are made to the populace in order to keep them docile and asleep at the feeding trough – nothing more. Government is simply the ultimate manifestation of organized crime – nothing more.


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    • takedake

      Yes, how many more accidents by 2030-something?

      And, many of the currently-running plants aren't certified to run until then, in fact they're at or beyond they're planned lifespan. What about them?

      I agree, this is just a delaying tactic.


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  • weeman

    Sign a legal document with no escape clause that makes nuclear power in Japan illegal.
    Be a human being and sign the document.
    It is mute anyway the cost of clean up will bankrupt Japan and their for no one will lend them the money to build new reactors?.

    No reactor should be operated by a private firm, a private firms first priority is to its share holders and safety and R&D are neglected, this is a recipe for disaster as more and more nuclear facilities are under the control of private companies.
    I don't want any reactors to exist but I have to be realistic and know we can not close all immediatly and would love to see a plan to close them in time, but not operated by the private sector, them money hungry MF,s.


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    • RichardPerry

      But we know that they will mouth ball the plants and storage of fuel not decommission them, the cost will be minable this way and the plant owners get back the money they have put up for decommissioning, if they actually did put up funds, I have my doubts they did or they put up stock options of their companies as collateral and we know they will all be worth nothing when they are shut down.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Japanese People, almost all your Leaders are in Nuclear Denial* and unless they keep your reactors shut down you may have ONE OR MORE Trillion Dollar Eco-DisasterFukushima's because Fukushima proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    A year and a half exactly after Fukushima’s Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster Japan is the poster “boy” for Control by the Nuclear Industry and Utility Gangs:

    The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy In Japan
    http://www.japansubculture.com/the-nuclear-mafia-derails-democracy-in-japan/#comment-7846

    This is one of the most well written articles on this Debacle…
    BTW It contains a great number of links to back up all points…

    * http://is.gd/XPjMd0

    The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Ending nuclear power in Japan in 2030..is almost a moot point..the immediate crisis on-going at Fukushima…taking precedence.
    This is mere political positioning..and frankly..the people of Japan and the world..don't have time for the long-winded (and false) plans of the government.


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  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    "Japan-watcher Richard Katz, who publishes the Oriental Economist Alert, said it was “an election commercial, not an energy plan” and a “desperate gamble” by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to cut its electoral losses."

    This


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  • Sickputer

    Next stop… Time to be alert for election fraud.

    Atomic Pusher Man Sam ready to back their homies up. They don't want the addiction to end because it will mean a rise in world oil prices.

    The Japanese government made a big concession to the dissenters in shutting down the plants. The American nucleocrats are trying get them back in control and business as usual.

    We will see if the people in Japan have the stomach for a hard political fight. Maybe they don't. Old habits did hard.

    The biggest weapon the dissenters have is the continuing saga of the out of control plant. The government certainly can try and say the emergency is over, but if their wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

    Terrible as it sounds, a worsening Fukushima NPP is the biggest stick the Japanese people possess to become nuclear free. Not in decades, but today.


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    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      The economics of Japan must be getting dismal. Population in decline, agricultural products shunned, their own population giving up Pacific seafood, radioactive cars being turned away at foreign ports. TEPCO is broke, the Japanese government is teetering, little is being done to rebuild after the tsunami, little cleanup going on at Fuku. Things must be getting pretty desparate. Besides, everyone is feeling ill these days. Must be depressing to be in Japan.


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    • CaptD CaptD

      I agree the 2030 is just a feel good reason to let things slide as the Leaders of Japan restart because they are at the mercy of the Nuclear Industry "Gangs"…

      You posted a great comment!


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Not expectable to wait. The reactors are not needed now. And not wanted.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    New words to help describe what is happening at SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency) California and too many other places around the World:

    Nuclear Fix*
    * http://is.gd/DzSrY1

    The nuclear industries (aka nuclear fascists) policy of donating massive amounts of money to insure that all levels of Government support Nuclear Energy to protect their market share despite it’s enormous environmental RISK of yet another Fukushima, instead of supporting less expensive, NON RISKY Eco Friendly Solar energy.

    and

    Nuclear Conflict of Interest**

    ** http://is.gd/WiYZpz

    A Nuclear Conflict of Interest happens when elected Leaders give their support to the Nuclear Industry because they have received some form of Nuclear Payback without disclosing it to the public.

    and

    Energy Fascism***

    *** http://is.gd/8MKQs0
    The Big Energy Companies conspiring to limit their customers choice as to the source of lower cost Energy in order to maintain their market share and cash flow at record levels.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Japanese People, almost all your Leaders are in Nuclear Denial* and unless they keep your reactors shut down you may have ONE OR MORE Trillion Dollar Eco-DisasterFukushima's because Fukushima proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    A year and a half exactly after Fukushima’s Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster Japan is the poster “boy” for Control by the Nuclear Industry and Utility Gangs:

    The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy In Japan
    http://www.japansubculture.com/the-nuclear-mafia-derails-democracy-in-japan/#comment-7846

    This is one of the most well written articles on this Debacle…
    BTW It contains a great number of links to back up all points…

    Enjoy and please consider saving it to disc just in case it gets "disappeared"…


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Salute to all those that have spoken out instead of remained silent while we are being Nuked (in slow motion) by the Japanese…

    ====

    A year and a half later and TEPCO continues to allow the Pacific Ocean (and the atmosphere) to be radioactively polluted like never before in history!

    Now the Government of Japan is a accomplice in this crime against humanity by enabling TEPCO to continue polluting, instead of replacing them with an international Group of experts.

    In reality the Japanese and TEPCO are now "NUKING" the Planet in slow motion while MSM remains silent except for the occasional "blip" on the news radar…

    Adding insult to Global injury, TEPCO is even now wanting to restart #5 and #6 reactors at Fukushima despite #1 through #4 still spewing radioactivity, despite the fact that about 90% of the Japanese people want nothing to do with Nuclear Reactors!

    It now appears that the Government of Japan is much more like the Government of N. Korea than anyone outside Japan would have thought possible before 3/11/11.

    Above comment was posted here: http://wp.me/pDwKM-2G7


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Maybe a bit off topic but relating to Japan's need for Nuclear:

    For all those that continue to spread disinformation about Solar not working:

    The Germans are leading the world and here is what they say:

    The Future of Nuclear and fossil fuels: Only for Back-up for renewables
    http://wp.me/p26pKF-2Ff
    snip
    The two largest electricity utilities in Germany – E.ON and RWE – have declared they will build no more fossil fuel generation plants because they are not needed, challenging a widespread belief that the phasing out of nuclear in Europe’s most industrialised economy will require more coal-fired generation to be built.

    Both E.ON and RWE say the rapid expansion of renewable energy, particularly solar but also wind, would make up for the loss of capacity from nuclear. “We won’t be building any more gas and coal power generation plants in western Europe, because the market does not need them,” a spokesman for E.ON told reporters at a briefing at the group’s headquarters on Friday. RWE made a similar statement a week earlier. A third major operator, Vattenfall, agreed that the market in Western Europe is oversupplied but said some limited capacity may be needed in the southern part of Germany.


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  • CaptD CaptD

    More info you need to know about Nuclear:

    Nuclear Controversies
    http://is.gd/9wfPeU

    snip

    In 1995, the Director General of WHO Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima, tried to inform on Chernobyl by organizing in Geneva an international conference with 700 experts and physicians. This tentative was blocked. The International Agency for Atomic Energy blocked the proceedings, which were never published. The truth on the consequences of Chernobyl would have been a disaster for the promotion of the atomic industry.

    This film shows the discussions at the following WHO- congress in Kiev in 2001, that lead to the fatal disregarding of internal radiation consequences throughout the nuclear world.

    The full transcript can be found here:
    vivretchernobyl.blogspot.com/2008/06/w-tchertkof-nuclear-controversies.html


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Construction of Oma nuclear plant to be continued

    "Industry minister Yukio Edano said Saturday the government does not intend to withdraw permission for constructing the Oma nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture, despite the government's new energy policy calling for the end of atomic power generation in the 2030s.

    "I am not considering changing (the construction plans of) nuclear power plants for which the industry ministry has given the go-ahead," Edano, minister of economy, trade and industry, said during his talks with local leaders in the northern Japan prefecture in the city of Aomori.

    He also said approval of the newly-established Nuclear Regulation Authority would be necessary to start operating these plants."

    http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/09/182519.html

    *so much for phase-out….


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    • CaptD CaptD

      Great Post Salute!

      THIS PROVES THAT THE JAPANESE ARE NOT BEING TRUTHFUL ABOUT NUCLEAR!


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    • or-well

      B&B, that's 2 out of 3 "policy positions" as BS.
      No new builds, one, "safe" restarts, well we know that's smoke, that leaves 40 yr lifespans & that can change anytime.
      Isn't Oma going to be a 100% MOX reactor?
      Nice little Bluefin Tuna fishing village.
      Yup, spread 'em to every conceivably vulnerable coast, make the odds even worse!

      Now I ask how can the ruling party possibly consider this phony phaseout a pre-election tactic when Edano has just gutted it?

      I guess I'm not numb enough to avoid being astonished at the speed and blatancy by which they reveal themselves to be utterly corrupted.


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  • Sickputer

    There are two unfinished plants they want to open. Probably been working on them all along:

    "The government hasn’t decided what to do about nuclear power plants now under construction, National Policy Minister Motohisa Furukawa told reporters at an evening press conference in Tokyo.
    Chugoku Electric Power Co. is building a new reactor at its Shimane nuclear plant in western Japan and Electric Power Development Co. is constructing a nuclear plant in Oma near Hokkaido.
    “We have outlined the course of the new nuclear policy, that’s the thrust of this strategy,” Furukawa said, when asked about the possibility the country would still have operating reactors after 2039. “There are various factors to be decided to achieve the goal.”

    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-14/japan-draws-curtain-on-nuclear-energy-following-germany.html

    SP: Now the Japanese people know the score. Big Brother 311. People 0.


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  • Sickputer

    This latest Big Brother initiative came swiftly…supposedly the nuclear commission didn't exist as recent as 3 weeks ago:

    "Evaluating the results of NISA's reinvestigations and creating a new set of standards for coping with unforeseeable events will be the job of a new nuclear safety regulatory commission.

    Because of the turmoil in the Diet, however, the legislature has yet to approve the members of the commission, including who should become chairman.

    The commission must be launched as early as possible to ensure the safe utilization of nuclear power plants.

    (From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Aug. 25, 2012)"

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/editorial/T120825002605.htm

    SP: As the reality TV show Big Brother says: "Expect the unexpected".

    Government machinations are turning quickly in Japan and I suspect also in the occupying country that has silently steered them for 67 years along a similar energy path.

    They say the Emergency at Fukushima NPP is over. The IAEA said that happened in December 2011. By the end of November (after the American Big Brother race of GE handpicked candidates is concluded) Japan will begin to phase out coverage of the crisis. The camera coverage will disappear, news coverage will trickle and protests will be dealt with harshly.

    Mark my words…the Japanese people have scarcely begun to feel the power of the nucleocrats. The people are like rice grains and Big Brother is the grinder.


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    • or-well

      The new Commission's an easier sell,
      some new faces, same old smell,
      everyone in Big Nuclears' graces,
      re-arranged deckchairs as Titanic races
      into Burghs aging, de-populating,
      signaling "Nuclear's invigorating!
      Nobody wants their town to die,
      hospitals closed, no schools High -
      here you go Oma, Kaminoseki -
      a nuclear plant with funding ready!
      Higashidori, Tomari, Tsuruga, Shimane,
      Here we come and we're shovelling money!
      Your kids will have futures, power, economy -
      we operate with complete autonomy!
      Oppose us and we'll say you need a lobotomy!"


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