Osaka Mayor: Japan will collapse if reactors are restarted hastily — Asahi: New safety standards for restarts written in just two days

Published: April 6th, 2012 at 4:01 am ET


Title: Ministers approve hastily written nuclear safety standards
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: April 6, 2012

The government on April 5 approved new draft provisional safety standards for restarting suspended nuclear reactors that were written in just two days after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dropped a previous stance that they were not necessary.

The hastily drafted standards, part of a government effort to get reactors that have been suspended for regular maintenance back on line to avoid energy shortages this summer, limited new demands on plant operators. […]

Operators only have to draw up plans for other mid- to long-term measures such as the construction of coastal levees. […]

Noda’s administration is eager to restart the reactors at Oi before the No. 3 reactor of the Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido, the last online nuclear reactor in Japan, shuts down on May 5.

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto (Osaka is Kansai Electric’s top shareholder, operator of the Oi nuclear plant)

  • [Hashimoto] attacked the government’s haste
  • “There is no way for the government to hastily put standards together and judge safety in a couple of weeks (properly)”
  • “Japan will collapse if (restarts are) approved based on these procedures”
  • “The role of politicians is to assemble experts who have not received money from the nuclear power establishment and tell them to put together (new) standards”

Read the report here

Published: April 6th, 2012 at 4:01 am ET


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15 comments to Osaka Mayor: Japan will collapse if reactors are restarted hastily — Asahi: New safety standards for restarts written in just two days

  • Japan will collapse anyway !

  • stopnp stopnp

    Omg this is dirty. Top shareholder huh? Get that guy out of there. I wish I could go there and just slap these people. Line them up, slap them in the mouth and say "no! Bad morons who take nuke money." Have them take a timeout. Tell them to think about the next seven generations of humans after them. Then fire them and have them do "decontamination" work in any of the hot areas. Aholes

    • kintaman kintaman

      Agreed. I have been saying this all along. The people need to yank control away and force ALL (gov, TEPCO, media, lying nuclear experts and their families)those responsible for the disaster and deceptions to perform manual labor at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor site.

    • 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.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      DearOMG…Nope. This isn't dirty. Capitalism is dirty. Oops, sorry, it's Capitalism that's saying get it going, get it going, the sooner we get it going the sooner we get to MAKE more $$$$$.

      Capitalism and Nukes are antithetical. Capitalism should not be allowed where there are nukes. Nukes should not be allowed in a Capitalist finanacial system. Together they go BOOM BOOM!

  • mungo mungo

    Analysts say morale is low at the utility with current employees becoming increasingly concerned about the company’s ability to secure a stable supply of personnel

  • nuke money! people are being doled out Rs 500 Cr and kudan is being hurried to start up in Tamilnadu.They are putting future generations at unacceptable risk by operating nuclear fuel cycle(nfc) in India and the world.My prognosis, is while they will not get any energy out of the nfc, they will get plenty wastes whose safety can NEVER be assured.And it is witch-hunt going on with false charges to be levied on non violent protesters. In fact the Radiation Risk for which the reactors are designed in India is based on witchcraft framed by the IAEA and ICRP during the PRE DNA era and is thousands of times riskier than what the European Committee on Radiation Risk(2003/2010) recommends. This is a garrison fascist state of the worst kind. With a catastrophe every five years, we shall see a nuclear wasteland developing in India(and China). In the process of setting up nuclear electrical capacity they will be burning coal at amounts which will make Chinese and Indian coastlines drown in GHG produced rise in sea levels and both will go bankrupt. The dams which they are building as a necessary adjunct to nukes will cause additional gargantuan climate change and massive earthquakes which will consume the nukes and the dams. And all life for all time will face extinction.Fukushima will be dwarfed by the world's nukes and dams. Modern civilization will destroy itself soon! The end of kaliyuga!

  • markww markww

    One thing about japan the people come last the whole society is money greed and what can they do to get more and the people are nothing but slaves in japan It is their make up

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      The people are the product of a Capitalist system. Don't blame the people. Blame the system.

  • CaptD CaptD

    Japan will now have increased radioactive pollution because of the effect that HUGE Typhoon (low pressure) will have on the Corium(s) and their interaction with the ground water below the Fukushima complex… The Very low pressure will tend to "wick" the ground water upward toward the surface where the still molten Corium(s) are…

    Additionally, if the actual Typhoon "strikes" the Complex then there is a very real chance that the #4 Spent Fuel Pool could be damaged; if that happens, then Fukushima will become the greatest disaster in Modern History as the ENTIRE 6 Reactor Complex may be destroyed sending huge amounts of radioactive pollution Globally in a massive Hydro-Corium steam "event" that could last YEARS!

    This potential EVENT has been discussed by the Japanese Irregulars* here on HP since 3/11/11 and is still yet another topic that MSM is keeping almost silent about!

    The Non-Battle of Fukushima
    Many greats comment also…

    * Japanese Irregulars

  • CaptD CaptD

    Mayor PLEASE learn from TEPCO, who is NOW Putting Life on Earth at RISK…

    If the SFP (Spent Fuel Pool) in #4 collapses or fails to be kept cool FOR ANY REASON, in a very short time, all the fuel rods in it will destroy themselves by becoming a huge molten mass. This new radioactive mass will make the ENTIRE Fukushima complex (including reactors #5 and #6 (and their SFP's) into not only the Worlds biggest nuclear disaster but it will be so radioactive that the entire complex will be off limits to humans! This new uncontrollable molten mass will spew so much radioactivity (and keep doing so for the rest of our lives) that it will change life as we know it, because it will be spread Globally by the jet stream and or Ocean currents.

    BTW: If you have not seen the 1959 movie "On the Beach" you should, it describes a very similar situation…

  • shiverca shiverca

    STUPID FU****S

    I used to respect Japanese officials now they are the scum of the earth

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The next nuclear catastrophe is only a matter of time, unless we outlaw reactors. This is fact.