Report: Japan to abandon nuclear power — “Comes in response to mounting calls among public for eliminating all reactors”

Published: September 12th, 2012 at 6:56 am ET


Title: Post Fukushima disaster, Japan to abandon nuclear power by 2030s: report
Source: AFP
Date: Sept 12, 2012

Japan will abandon nuclear power within the next three decades under new government policy on the post-Fukushima energy mix, a newspaper said Wednesday.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s administration will declare its intention to permanently shut down reactors by some time in the 2030s, the Mainichi Shimbun reported, citing unnamed government sources.


The government “will formally decide at an energy and environment meeting this weekend” to stop the use of nuclear, the paper said.


Title: Japan PM hints at a nuclear-free energy policy
Source: AP
Date: Sept 12, 2012


[Prime Minister] Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday during a debate among party leadership candidates that he respects that the majority of Japanese support a nuclear-free society.


he said the new policy would be a “major shift” from Japan’s decades-long pro-nuclear energy policy.

Japanese media reported Wednesday that Noda and key minsters have agreed that the new energy policy will include eventually abandoning nuclear power.

Title: Zero-nuclear policy ready for inclusion in new energy and environment strategy
Source: Mainichi
Date: Sept 12, 2012
Emphasis Added

The government has entered the final stage of incorporating a zero-nuclear policy into a new energy and environment strategy that is expected to be determined as early as the end of this week, government sources have revealed.

The zero-nuclear policy is to stipulate halting the operations of all nuclear power stations in Japan by the 2030s, and comes in response to mounting calls among the public for eliminating all nuclear reactors in the country in the aftermath of the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.


The government is also making fully fledged coordination with the U.S. government over the new energy and environment strategy after Washington showed a strong interest in Japan’s atomic energy policy.


The energy policy is also subject to modification if the regime changes after the next House of Representatives election.

Published: September 12th, 2012 at 6:56 am ET


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33 comments to Report: Japan to abandon nuclear power — “Comes in response to mounting calls among public for eliminating all reactors”

  • Sickputer

    The politicians in Japan appear to me like cornered rats looking to avoid the farmer's shovel.

    To offer a carrot to the people that they will "eventually" shut down the reactors is a self-serving attempt to save the nucleocrats once again. They hope things will improve at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and people will begin to forget about the deadly radiation fallout all across Japan.

    That is a plan easier conceived than accomplished. This is not your ill-informed 1986 constituents. You can't hide the coming tsunami of birth defects, thyroid cancers, leukemia, and heart attacks. Everyone has a cellphone, most have the Internet not only at home and work, but also on their phone.

    This is the communication Matrix that will be the nucleocrat's undoing:

    "I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid… you're afraid of us.
    You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to
    end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin.

    I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you."

    —Final words from The Matrix

  • Urban27

    It is absolutely nonsense to set a timeframe 18 years in the future. And they know it.
    They use this to show they are giving in for peoples opinion.
    BUT they know it is absolutely no binding, if you say like that.
    No One of politicians in charge today will still be in charge by 2030.
    This is absolutely NONSENSE – It needs a much more planned and schemed withdrawal – Year by year – even month by month from now on.
    Otherwise this is just not worth anything.
    This is actually just an other way to say – they are NOT going to turn the nukes off.
    This is exactly what have happen in other countries. First they had a referendum and they said: They will follow the result of the referendum. And the result was that all Nukes should be closed down in 25 years. Now these years have past, and seven more, and still there is as much Nuclear power in this country (Sweden).
    So don't let them fool You With this talk. It is just loose talk, without any obligations.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      +1000 TY, Urban27. They just want to stop the protestors. This is from Sept. 6, 2012

      “…We believe that it is necessary to take advantage of nuclear power as an important electricity source and to promote the nuclear fuel cycle, in cooperation with host communities. As a major component of this, we will dedicate all our strength to securing the safety of nuclear power. In order to secure the diversification of energy resources, we strongly ask that the Government of Japan not abandon the use of “nuclear power” when they decide the national energy policy.

      * Due to legal agreements, if the Government of Japan decides to abandon spent fuel reprocessing, all spent fuel currently stored at Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant must be returned to their owners, Japan’s electric power companies. As a result, nuclear power facilities will be forced to shut down eventually due to shortages of onsite spent fuel storage space….”……%2F2012%2F…%2F120906_FEPC_Stance_Paper.pdf&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

    • aSpadeisaSpade aSpadeisaSpade

      You are a good student, Urban. The criminals in charge are masters of lies, half-truths, obfuscation, and misdirection. They have many tools to keep the sheeple asleep at the feeding trough. Promise anything you want for the distant future. They know all too well that the public attention span is short.

    • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

      Agreed wholeheartedly.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I don't see the word "renewables" anywhere in that statement.
    If the US allow Japan to "eventually" abandon nuclear in the 2030's (how long was the operational time those reactors were initially designed for? Right), then the US might try to sell their "abundant natural gas" to Japan, I'm afraid.
    Or help them fracking their islands.

    • or-well

      Hi B&B, renewables was mentioned in the top report from AFP as well as shale gas – and undersea resources, which maybe means under the new territorial waters they hope to claim around rocky bumps in the sea. New deals with North America?

  • or-well

    unnamed gov't sources -this policy hasn't been "officially" announced.

    last week – policy recommendation, put every political resource-

    3 steps – safe restarts, 40 yrs & done, no new builds.

    renewables, energy saving, offshore undersea resources, new foosil fuel deals

    Election time. Policies subject to revision if elected. Or under a new gov't, as in "Irresponsible former Admin hamstrung Japan's growth."
    FULL implementation subject to internal Party agendas.
    If memory serves, there's not much new construction pipelined.
    40 year limit very possibly subject to amendment.
    Restarts fully white-washable.
    Gov't/taxpayer loans funding nuke Corps renewables expansion.
    Territorial water disputes around claimed rocks in the sea.
    USA/Canadian gas deals to supplement existing suppliers?

    If/when officially announced, I'll cheer. In 18 years, if done, I'll rejoice, if alive.

    Now, about the present multiple situations…

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Agreed that it is but loose talk & simply a way to ensure that the Nukes keep running as long as they can.

    But in a way I say thank you government for once again proving what many of us knew…you have been bought & in no way do your represent the people. Please Continue to prove our point & you will awaken more & more citizens to reality. And with that awakening they will fight back.

    Japan & the US coordinating their energy policy. Now is there any doubt that the US has been & continues to Directly control Japanese Nukes? So no need to shout for their help with the ongoing Nuclear disaster, they are already controlling what goes on there.

    The draft says nuclear reactors confirmed safe will be allowed to continue operating until all demand for electricity can be met without nuclear plants, but some have pointed out that this conflicts with the fact that Japan has not been subjected to wild mass blackouts since shutting down its nuclear power plants, leaving the real issue still undefined.

    The draft adds that reprocessing plants for spent nuclear fuel in Aomori Prefecture will continue to operate, and the government will find a location for final disposal of nuclear waste.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Public comments will be accepted through October 22nd, 2012: proposal from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow nuclear power plants to skip inspections and inservice testing

    ~I expect Japan will follow this new proposal too.~

    A new draft document released for public comment by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, would allow nuclear power plants to skip inservice testing and inspection of key safety components such as pumps, valves, welds, nozzles, vessels, and other components due to impracticality, hardship, unusual difficulty, or when they would like to use a different approach for meeting requirements.


    awesome posts on the part of Sickputer, Urban27, anne, BreadAndButter, or-well and MaidenHeaven. You guys have totally nailed it! Nothing less than formidable…

  • Maggie123

    Hear, hear to Aftershock's summary – thank you all for healthy skepticism strongly worded! And thank you MaidenHeaven for the enformable link – an NRC "sleeper" policy of stunning, reckless, irresponsibility! "…draft document released for public comment by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, would allow nuclear power plants to skip inservice testing and inspection of key safety components such as pumps, valves, welds, nozzles, vessels, and other components due to impracticality, hardship, unusual difficulty, or when they would like to use a different approach for meeting requirements."

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The plants are obsolete and unneeded. And just as dangerous as ever.

  • many moons

    In 18 years will anyone want to work at a nuclear reactor???

    I think this is a good starting point for the world….it sounds cruel but if we put pressure on those who work at reactors and try and encourage them that they are doing a disservice to their country…we may be able to shut plants down because there is no one willing to cause so much harm to others.

    • Andres Arce Andres Arce

      ha !
      Japan will run out of nuclear-worker hands with all this mess.

    • Andres Arce Andres Arce

      Japan will run out of nuclear-worker hands with all this mess.

      • many moons

        I wish all the nuclear plant workers all over the world would all quit…stop producing…just concentrate on making a difference with the mess they have already made. Perhaps Tepco is more to blame but without their worker bees they would/will never be able to produce nuclear plants that have the same effect on people as the cremation ovens in auschwitze.
        I wish they would realize what their job really is!

  • Mack Mack

    This is a con and a shell game. This whole "zero nuclear" policy is not "zero nuclear" at all. —->

    Here are the actual terms of the policy:

    1. "no new or additional construction of nuclear reactors"
    2. "strict application of the 40-year limit to the operation of existing reactors"
    3. "only reactors that were confirmed to be safe by the nuclear regulatory commission will be allowed to be reactivated."

    See how sneaky #3 is ??

    This policy is just a way for them to re-start the reactors as soon as possible.

    And then in 3 years, they'll change terms #1 and #2 —- because the article says that "the country's energy policy is required to be reviewed every three years," and can be modified than.

    What a bunch of con artists.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      Mack, you are so right.. They think that everything will have been forgotten by then, and public opinion will be apathetic once again..

      Tepco already said, they can not afford any alternative energy producing, as they have all of their funds, and Tokyo's tied up in Nuclear..

      This is the biggest obstacle we have, the sheer amount of $$ tied up in R and D, nuke plants, treatment plants, weapons and du plants etc.. this industry is not going to stop fighting for it's life, while it kills the rest of us.

      The only way for any country to move forward is with immediate plans to shut down every one of them, starting now!!!

      Even then, all of those that are currently in the field will surely die before this work is accomplished, so we should not accept the flimsy jobs argument,.. if it is ever accomplished.

      Let's face it, we have never decommissioned a nuclear power plant, don't know how, and there are no funds, but taxpayer funds to get it done, and the industry is so busy using taxpayer funds to build nuke plants etc, that there are none available for even "the Greatest Country on Earth" to pay for grannie's meds.. so the average citizen on planet earth is indeed fukd.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Fukushima's Impact on Japan's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Policy
    9 March 2012
    “Nonetheless, the pluthermal policy continues to enjoy support in some quarters. On November 25, 2011, Makoto Yagi, chairman of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) continued to express enthusiastic support for Monju. He insisted that reprocessing is congruent with Japan's national interests and should not be renounced.[17]
    “Local governments near the Rokkasho plant also support continuing with closed nuclear fuel cycle developments, no doubt at least in part because of the generous subsidies they receive from Tokyo for hosting nuclear facilities. The governor of Aomori prefecture, Shingo Mimura, approved the new safety measures of the Rokkasho facilities on December 26, 2011, and JNFL announced that it would resume a trial run at its spent fuel reprocessing plant at the end of January with the aim of starting commercial operation this October. However, the trial run was subsequently suspended due to technical problems and is expected to be delayed at least until the end of April, making the operational target date look somewhat implausible….
    “Japan has the fourth largest stockpile of civilian plutonium, after only the United Kingdom, France, and Russia, and a decision on Japanese reprocessing policy will have a significant impact on a global nuclear nonproliferation regime.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      If the Rokkasho reprocessing plant begins commercial operation as the current policy stipulates, Japan will continue to increase its domestic plutonium stockpile, separating approximately eight metric tons of plutonium per year, enough to produce 1,000 nuclear weapons.[19] As a world leader in nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, the country's credibility will be seriously questioned. Moving away from the long held goal of commercialization of nuclear fuel cycle will not be easy. But perhaps the unprecedented Fukushima disaster will force the Japanese government to reconsider its longstanding but unwise policy.”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Plutonium [journal title]
    ♦Spring 2012 No.77 [can click on; in English]
    [Contents] Opinion Stable Supply of Energy Leads to Safety Assurance of the People and Nation of Japan:

    Too Great Expectation on Renewable Energy Will Result in…..

    Interview Significance of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle — Rights Obtained Through Devotion to Peaceful Uses of N-Energy —
    Interview with Mr. Yoshihiko Kawai, President, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.

    CNFC Report Rokkasho Nuclear Fuel Cycle Complex for New Energy
    Facilities Embodied ‘Culture of Resources-First’
    Pluto 70 Cyclotrons: Mistaken for Nuclear Weapon DevicesShigeru Goto

    Info-Clip Ohi NPS Units 3 and 4 Resume Operations
    Bill Passed to Establish Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    ♦Winter 2012 No.76

  • Maggie123

    Mack re "con and shell game". I'm 'gobsmacked' when it crosses my mind just how well the mover/shaker crowd has learned the art of inconsequential patter – how thoroughly they keep it up! Surely they detect a rumbling of an awakening population beneath them – but so far, it seems, they are convinced they can "re-persuade" us. I hold my breath. The m/s crowd seems bent on pressing any advantage they think they have. Awakening millions operate on 2 fronts – one to stand against the Goliaths, the other to build alternatives. Increasingly, m/s mentality is irrelevant to any promising future – and increasingly the rest of us realize the world we hope to grasp will be far from comfortable.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Ministry to amend law to bury nuclear waste without reprocessing
    August 25, 2012

  • Andres Arce Andres Arce

    congratulations, mr Noda !
    You will lead the remains of half nation of yours, after your the whole north of your country has been ravaged up by the aerosolizing of the most poisonous substances humankind has (and will) ever known, plus (and most important) the lose of your seas and underground.
    Of course, in two decades you won't need nuclear power, neither coal, nor gas, nor anything.
    The farce of all this, is that your government doesn't have the decency to admit the extensiveness of such mess, and so you mr Noda belong to another era of this planet with kings and dictators. By chance, such policies of you are worsening the situation, so also you are an *iot.

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    It's not over till they're all being fully decommissioned right now. We can't leave it up to their discretion, it must be MADE to happen ASAP.

    • JustmeAlso

      nuke plants that do not produce electricity generally use electricity from the grid. to cool the fuel pools. Like parasites on the grid.
      Imagine nuke plants being fed with green power..

  • CaptD CaptD

    Saying they will abandon nuclear by 2030 is pure Nuclear Baloney* (NB) because that gives them decades to not only keep using RISKY nuclear but they can change their minds after the public's outrage dies down…

    Japan cannot afford another Fukushima, yet their Leaders push for not only restarts but continue to live in Nuclear Denial**…



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