Japan to have zero nuclear plants in future, says newly-appointed top Japanese official

Published: September 6th, 2011 at 12:48 pm ET
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No of Japan’s nuclear plants to be zero in future: Hachiro, Kyodo, September 6, 2011:

Industry minister Yoshio Hachiro said today that the number of Japan’s nuclear power plants would be “zero” in the future, based on Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s policy of not building new nuclear power plants and decommissioning aged ones.

“Considering the premier’s remarks at press conferences, it would be zero,” Hachiro told reporters in answer to the question whether the number of nuclear plants would reduce to none in the future. […]

“Public opinion is generally united in reducing (nuclear plants), instead of increasing them,” he said. […]

Published: September 6th, 2011 at 12:48 pm ET
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22 comments to Japan to have zero nuclear plants in future, says newly-appointed top Japanese official

  • ocifferdave

    I hope Germany throws Japan a bone on this one, helps them out with the planning and the pioneering of going green after a 180 from going nuclear. If they team up and help each other do it well then we all can follow suit that much sooner. This is what could save us all.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hey officer, the leader of our green party (really green) was in Japan in April to explain to people and officials how Germany does it. After his return he sounded quite happy because the big interest. Let’s hope it lasts!

    • lam335 lam335

      Yes–the prospect of Germany and possibly Japan really investing in renewable energy research and development is the one glimmer of hope in all of this. They are two very technologically sophisticated countries, and if they drive forward those technologies, other countries may eventually come to see them as viable and gradually start switching too. Let’s hope it works that way.

      Nuclear is not only far too dangerous in the event of accidents (and unclean even apart from accidents, as the AP story about the frequency of tritium leaks demonstrates), but the industry and government have no idea what to do with all of the waste that it generates. This waste will stay dangerous for literally hundreds of thousands of years, and over time, even the strongest storage materials will gradually become embrittled and fail as a result of constant bombardment by radioactivity. Even if we bury the stuff, it will sooner or later start leaking out–and eventually some of it will find its way into ground water. By creating this nasty stuff and burying it, we are planting the seeds of a future environmental disaster. But by creating it and not burying it, we are leaving an enticing target for terrorist attacks as well as a vulnerability in the event of natural disasters. There is simply no safe way to deal with the waste that nuclear processes produce.

      People need to wake up and look at the big picture with nuclear technology, from the filthy and destructive process of mining uranium all the way through to the intractable problem of what to do with its waste, which will remain too radioactive to handle for a span of time that exceeds the whole of recorded human history thus far.

      • ocifferdave

        The ultimate Catch 22. No wonder the bible says that the old earth and heavens will fall and be burn up in fire and a new one will be created. It will have to be recreated because nobody will be able to live on Earth after His return, judgement, and eternal reign on earth in the new Jeruselem. 100+ years ago that would not have been the case.

    • Steven Steven

      Who would have guessed back in the early 1940’s that Germany and Japan would be leading the world in saving the planet.

  • Darth

    Not to worry about nuclear’s future. China will take up the slack. And when China has its first melt-out it will hose Japan again. Poor Japan – they will not be able to win for losing.

  • Japan’s ex-PM Kan feared ‘uninhabitable Tokyo’: Report he said in an interview published on Tuesday in which he recalled the ‘spine-chilling’ thought.
    Sep 6, 2011
    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_709980.html

  • New industry minister Yoshio Hachiro said he wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assess the safety of the reactors and hoped they would be able to restart as soon as possible.
    Published on Sep 6, 2011
    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_709875.html

    • Darth

      So, is his “zero” a political ploy? A means to diffuse criticism? Double speak. Only a mentally ill person would talk like this.

    • Darth

      Mother’s caring is a strong gene. For all those in Northern Japan it is already too late – the damage has been done. Maybe even for this mother and her children – “feed” up to the gills in radiation.

  • Siouxx Siouxx

    It’s people not politics that will make the change. Germany has made a huge commitment but not if they are still going to continue to ship nuclear waste across France and buy from the EDF (80% Nuclear). All of us, worldwide, need to be safe and Nuclear Power has been a disaster from its inception. This not only because it is so incredibly dangerous but also because it has continued ruthlessly and systematically to starve out Alternative Energy. As individuals we need to cut our consumption of both oil and electricity, it is totally feasible. We can not keep borrowing from the future, if we do then we won’t have one. How can we expect our children to come up with technological solutions we ourselves have been unable to provide. Fukushima and its aftermath are the litmus test for humanity, if we don’t act now we are dead – it’s that simple.
    And Good Folks of Enenews, just because people don’t comment here doesn’t mean we are not out there reading, thinking and doing and so saying, I’m off to feed the chickens.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    dont forget this thread
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/06/kenzaburo-oe-nobel-winner-japan-nuclear_n_950085.html
    I’m sooooo busy today – family coming thurs

  • pg

    Let me guess, the first plant will be shut down in 2030…

  • odylan

    All those 55 nuclear reactors only supplied 30% of the country’s energy. So there’s a 30% shortfall to make up. I’d suggest 10% could be saved by cutting wastage and the other 20% gained from other sources: wind, sun, waves, hydro, geothermal etc., including the simple new method being developed in California of alternating rainwater and saltwater in an accumulator.

    What’s more by using non-nuclear they will save themselves a fortune as well as being environmentally friendly. I wish them good luck and I hope they have the courage to see it through.

  • alasanon

    They learned the real hard way!!…

    But, it’s great to hear some degree of common sense occurring there, finally.

  • catweazel

    although everyone praises merkel here:
    before fuku she disabled a left wing law agreed upon ca. 10 years b4 to stop reactors in germany in 2022. After fuku and 2 earthslide-loss elections (because of fuku, losses in favour of green party) for her party she just did a new law to stop 8 nukes in the near future. But, as this kind of law should not be touched and it has been touched maybe it will be touched as needed in the future. So it might look like a win for nukes end, this fuku …. but me thinks interested people have to stay alert to stay alive (as a jingle on british forces radio in germany stated multiple times daily). for merkel and story-telling big companies: just a (good) comedian telling the story of the last 50 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4H_E8b-qmo
    and a side remark… maybe mass media did not follow fuku because all of the dirty bomb campaigning against terrorists … how to explain why and how a good nuke company made the biggest possible dirty bomb ever. They played the card and got trapped.

  • mikael

    There will be a interlude, and a timegap in the issue of energy. The bassis for the nuclear ind. is the marked it stole from the Coal ind.
    The lie is not the fact that it possible to cøean, it is, but CO2(we are responsible for aprox 3-5%, huh), a notion that is false.
    CO2 have absolutly nothing to do with global warming. Polution in genneral is a issue that has slided into darkness, replased by a religion based of fals profets and lies. Nobody talks about chemicak waist anymore, they all speak in tungs in this New age religion, the AGW(aka: the carbonazis).

    Compared with danger a coal plant is harmless, in the bigger picture, while a nuclear accsident, just one real event and its potentiale for damage, goes far beyound Coal.

    Pest or Colera

    Whtas at stake, this is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNL9Lole-iE&feature=related

    peace

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    That statement sure faded away fast?!!They won’t need nuclear power because there won’t be any people left!