Kyodo: Move to restart reactors blasted as misinformed haste — Gov’t under fire from public, experts

Published: April 15th, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET


Title: Move to restart Oi’s reactors blasted as misinformed haste
Source: Kyodo
Date: Apr. 16, 2012

Assurances Friday by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and key ministers that two idled reactors are safe to restart has drawn fire from the public that the government is moving way too quickly to bring atomic power plants back online […] 

The safety declaration for the two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s power plant in the town of Oi in Fukui Prefecture was issued after Noda and three ministers scrambled to cobble together extra safety standards for the reactors in just three days. The quartet then simply announced the reactors had cleared the new criteria just a week later — on the same day that a suspected North Korean missile was launched.

That sequence of events has raised skepticism that the Noda administration may be rushing to fire up Oi’s reactors by May 5, when the only reactor still up and running will be closed for a mandatory checkup. […]

[…] some observers doubt whether the power supply will really be in danger without nuclear power. They also doubt that all possible power conservation measures have even been taken yet. […]

Masashi Goto, former nuclear power plant engineer and member of a panel that is advising the nuclear safety agency on reactor stress tests

  • [He said angrily] “I can’t help but feel that they are moving toward a conclusion that has already been set”
  • “Is it OK to put off safety measures on nuclear power? Earthquakes and tsunami will not wait for us”

Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida

  • [He] criticized the decision as presumptuous, given the fact that the hazardous events that transpired at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant disaster haven’t even been verified yet
  • “I have serious concerns that they are taking steps toward the reactivation in a quick manner”

Trade minister Yukio Edano

  • [He] admitted at a press conference after announcing the decision to seek the restart of Oi’s reactors that the public has lost faith in Japan’s gung-ho nuclear policy since the Fukushima crisis
  • “After an accident that was not supposed to occur happened on March 11 last year, I do not think citizens will trust the government so easily […] Knowing
    that, we have to do our best to win people’s understanding”

Read the report here

Published: April 15th, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET


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20 comments to Kyodo: Move to restart reactors blasted as misinformed haste — Gov’t under fire from public, experts

  • dear jones

    This is not to win people’s understanding.
    This is live and dead

  • richard richard

    Hey, they've got my understanding.

    I understand that government and corporations are lying dogs. I understand they don't care about people they represent, they just care about their profits, the money and their mates.

    So, lying dog Edano – I understand that you are stupid and/or evil.

    I understand you have no sense of the scale of this disaster, nor do you have any ability to deal with it.

    And I now clearly understand that superannuation companies and organised crime run this world .. and it's time for them to be stopped.

    I understand that there should be NO MORE NUKES.

    I'm also checking with my (compulsory) superannuation to ensure it is not invested into anything related to uranium.

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    so im seeing this report about a 40 million person evacuation in japan… is this true??

    • richard richard

      I saw someone had done the maths on this evac idea, it's a logistical impossibility (almost).

      You would need a 1000 cities to take 30,000 people.

      I'm not going to redo the maths, but you can bet it equals leaving millions to die from radiation poisoning.

    • eatliesndie eatliesndie

      …..well, yes, but…… you need a certain understanding of the situation that will then enable you not to notice details like that.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Yes, Tokyo has 33 million, and throw in another 7 million for those living between Tokyo and Fuku.

      40 million total.

      Of course, China would have to agree to take them all in, or Russia maybe? Fat chance.

      Say no to new nuke plants.. sign petition

    • Misitu

      IIRC Ex-SKF said yesterday that this information was based on misunderstanding by the (English language) translator of the (I think Asahi) Shinbum's original article.

      Alternatively, or correspondingly (the water is as murky as the contents of RPV 2), someone is flying a kite. There's a high level Japanese visit to Russia right now, I believe.

      If true, smacks of desperation and a wakening reality. But caution with this level of news. I suppose watch this space… even so, ANY sizeable migration out of Japan would be interesting to observe, mindful of the ability of the most bellicose nations on earth to wage war successfully in a few poor countries, I can't see them putting their heads together on this one.

      Of course, much of Japan is "probably" unsafe to inhabit from now.

  • dosdos dosdos

    The central government will not try to override the local governments on this, as they do not wished to be voted out of power. They are already skating on thin ice with the increased sales tax issue, their dishonesty about Fukushima, their limiting benefits to victims, and this would be a game breaker if they tried to force their way. They want a restart very badly, but not so badly that they are willing to pay for it with their careers.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    They haven't been able to restart any reactors in Japan because the pressure is mounting ..people are done with the failed nuclear technology.

  • c

    Controversial Fukushima Film "Surviving Japan" to play in Tokyo

    The foreign made Fukushima disaster documentary "Surviving Japan" will play in Tokyo at the end of this month on April 29th at 6:30pm JST and 30th at 13:30, 17:30 at Genki Municipal Museum Shinjuku, just a short walk to Tokyo Government City Hall. "The Government wanted to keep it out of the media so we will bring the story to the Government, since it seems they have forgotten." – Anonymous Event Organizer Information for the showing in Japanese is as follows; サヴァイヴィング・ジャパン Surviving Japan 上映会 上映時間は約90分。29日は18:30~のみ、30日
    は13:30, 17:30。各上映の後に、大目に時間をとってあるので、何でもいいから、話しましょう。各回定員30名です。一応。料金はカンパで被災地に寄付します。

  • The Government will have to live up to the loans received of late if they took them, simply put, investors (undisclosed whom) do not want to lose their money and Japans Gov, needs the money they must restart reactors !
    I posted the article about a week ago in several places !

    • The loan would be on condition the reactors are restarted !!!!

      The lenders are concerned if two conditions — raising power tariffs and the restart of the utility's nuclear power plants — can be met in the face of public and political opposition following the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster a year ago.

      Sources said the most likely option under discussion is for Tokyo Electric to issue bonds backed by collateral to the lenders in exchange for the funds.

      "We have a fiduciary duty to our clients and shareholders," said a banking source.

      "We cannot make a commitment when we are not sure about these things. We could get sued if things do not turn out as we expect and we cannot recover our loans," said the source, who is not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so did not want to be identified.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    God I typed this over an hour ago..but forgot to SUBMIT:
    "What to do DJ?! I mean how long, how hard do we have to PUSH THE TRUTH ABOUT JAPAN? I see no one waking up! I see no one taking this to another level! I see no countries INVOLVED…that IS WHATS WRONG! THAT'S WHAT IS MISSING IN THE WHOLE DAMN THING

    • Jebus Jebus

      But Whoopie! Did you here about the new IPhone coming out!

      That is what is wrong in a nutshell! Everyone is so self centered.
      They only care about what affects them directly, today, right now!

      If they only knew….

    • Jebus Jebus

      If nuclear bombs started dropping, the masses would be runnin, screaming in the streets.

      Except, invisible nuclear bombs did drop, and no one noticed…