Time: Can Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Protesters Keep Reactors Shut Down? — Things starting to change in their favor — Country’s mood shifting away from nuclear power

Published: September 28th, 2011 at 10:34 pm ET


Can Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Protesters Keep the Reactors Shut Down?, Time by Lucy Birmingham, September 28, 2011:

For months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima power plant, sparking fears of a possible nuclear meltdown, the country’s anti-nuclear groups struggled to be heard. A few small rallies were held, but they failed to generate much media coverage. As debates raged from Germany to China about the safety of nuclear reactors, commentary in Japan, of all places, was strangely absent. Protests are just that unusual in this conservative country.

But this is starting to change. As Fukushima continues to spew more radioactivity into the air and trust in the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. plunges, the mood in Japan is slowly shifting away from nuclear power. On Sept. 19, the mounting anger and fear culminated in a rally of some 60,000 anti-nuclear protesters in Tokyo […]

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Published: September 28th, 2011 at 10:34 pm ET


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11 comments to Time: Can Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Protesters Keep Reactors Shut Down? — Things starting to change in their favor — Country’s mood shifting away from nuclear power

  • dpl dpl

    mood swings eh .. well I guess they have had enough
    exposure for a lifetime anyway.

  • “”Country’s citizens (Japan) mood shifting away from nuclear power.””

    A little too late not only for them but for the rest of the planet too.

    …Party like its 1999

    red red wine

  • kintaman kintaman

    That is great and all but it is far TOO LATE. The radioactive monsters have already been let loose.
    This is akin to deciding to start wearing condoms after you have contracting a disease. Too late. This should have been decided 10+ years ago with alternatives already in the works.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Fukushima’s Contamination Produces Some Surprises at Sea By DAVID JOLLY September 28, 2011, 5:11
    Ken Buesseler on his boat.Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionKen Buesseler on his boat.

    Six months after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, the news flow from the stricken nuclear power plant has slowed, but scientific studies of radioactive material in the ocean are just beginning to bear fruit.


  • Anthony Anthony

    Japan’s Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster Syndrome: An Unprecedented Form of Catastrophe

    Hirose Takashi Translated by C. Douglas Lummis

    The seismologist Ishibashi Katsuhiko (presently Emeritus Professor at Kobe University) predicted that a nuclear power plant accident like the present one was possible, and issued warnings from the late ‘90s. People had been warning of the danger of earthquake-caused nuclear accidents since the 1970s, but Ishibashi, from the specialized standpoint of seismology, proposed a new concept, which he called genpatsu shinsai [Translator’s note: this expression literally means Nuclear-Power-Plant-Earthquake Disaster. As there is no English expression for this (the phenomenon itself is new) in this work we will render it as genpatsu shinsai syndrome.]. By this he meant a situation in which, as the damage from the earthquake widens, the situation is made doubly worse by nuclear radiation damage. It was in the hope of preventing this that he was issuing warnings. Ishibashi wrote many books on this, including Daichidouran no Jidai (The Age of Shifting Earth) (Iwanami Shinsho) and he is a very well-known scholar, so it is impossible that his warnings were unknown to the officials of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

    I myself published in August of last year (2010) Genshiro Jigen Bakudan – Daijishin ni Obieru Nihonretto (Nuclear Reactor Time Bomb – The Japanese Archipelago under the Danger of Great Earthquakes) (Diamond) in which I tried to give the warnings of Ishibashi and others a wider audience, and to call for preventive measures to be taken against a genpatsu shinsai syndrome. Though as for earthquakes and tsunamis I am no more than a layman, I forecast the possibility of such a catastrophe, and wrote about nuclear contamination. It is a terrifying subject. Nevertheless, on the possibility of a genpatsu shinsai syndrome I wrote as follows.

    “If you ask, “Will Japan still be here in ten years?” I have the evil foreboding that the answer might be, “There is a very strong chance that it will not” . . . . In the future there awaits an unknowable, vast dark age. I don’t want to contemplate its form, but it is the fear of a genpatsu shinsai syndrome brought about by movements of the earth that no human knowledge can control.”

    Today this evil foreboding has become a reality, and is getting worse day by day. If I, neither a scholar nor a specialist, was able to foresee this, and the nuclear power specialists from TEPCO and from the government’s nuclear-related agencies were not, then for what do they exist?

    A Mass Media that Reports Neither Facts nor Predictions


    • Anthony Anthony

      However, even though now that the genpatsu shinsai syndrome has actually occurred, the people of Japan seem not to have grasped the nature of the crisis. Unbelievably, though anyone who looks can see that the situation is getting worse day by day, television and the other media keep repeating “there is no crisis”, “There’s nothing to worry about” over and over, and show no inclination to report the critical nature of what is happening at Fukushima Daiichi. The obfuscations such as those I mentioned above, “The tsunami was beyond our expectation”, “Such small amounts of radiation have no effect on health”, and other statements by government people that obscure the dangers of exposure to radiation step outside the realm of the permissible.

      In the past, on television only scholars who are proponents of nuclear power have given commentary as “experts”. We listened to them telling their fantastic lies and offering their impossibly optimistic predictions, and as a result the people, having been given none of the facts, have gone on living as normal right up to the edge of the collapse. Now everything the “experts” told us has proved wrong, and the worst has happened. What is remarkable is that these people who failed to predict the genpatsu shinsai syndrome are shameless enough to put on their “expert” masks, reappear on television, and give their commentaries on the accident. The people responsible for the horror of this nuclear accident are the people who promoted nuclear power. The people in the TV stations who brought in this criminal gang and put them on the air day after day are equally responsible. Has there ever been even once that a television station warned the public that a nuclear power plant might be destroyed by an earthquake? Or a station that warned of the danger of a tsunami? After it has happened, even a child can do it.

      Their ignorance and incompetence is proved day by day. I will treat this in more detail in Chapter 1, but on 12 March, 2011, when the No. 2 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi underwent a hydrogen explosion and it was clear that the worst had happened and a large amount of radioactive material had escaped outside, the commentators were at pains to persuade us that the crisis was very slight. The mainstream media not only did not warn the people about the danger of a genpatsu shinsai syndrome before it happened, but even after it had, went on broadcasting as if it hadn’t. This is going on right now. This is as terrifying as what is happening at the actual site.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Nuclear Concern Washes Ashore Following Japan’s Crisis
    By: Hilton Collins on September 28, 2011

    Japan suffered its worst nuclear accident in spring 2011: On March 11, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Japan’s east coast caused tsunami waves in the Pacific Ocean that crippled power plants, rendering them incapable of pumping coolant to nuclear reactors. Fatality and injury estimates by Japanese authorities worsened by the day, with the number of deaths totaling 15,726 on Aug. 23.

    And nuclear-related complications made things worse.

    Tremors triggered the automatic shutdown of 11 nuclear reactors. Emergency generators started to run mechanics and water pumps to cool the reactors, but tsunami waves were higher than the seawalls built to protect the reactors. Flooding destroyed electrical power and cooling ability, causing reactors to overheat and some to melt down. The government evacuated more than 200,000 people to escape potential radiation exposure. Four days after the waves hit, radiation leakage prompted then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan to warn residents in northeastern Japan to stay indoors to avoid sickness.

    Rapid containment efforts helped avert nuclear destruction, but the work is far from done. Power plant fissures have leaked radioactive water into the ground, requiring massive purification efforts that could take years — or even decades — according to some estimates.

    The disaster raised an interesting question: If tremors and waves compromised Japan’s nuclear power plants, could other disasters threaten coastal nuclear power plants in the United States and elsewhere?

    Pacific Threats

    California is arguably more famous for temblors in coastal regions than anywhere else in the country. Countless fault lines crisscross the land, comprising major faults like the San Andreas, as well as smaller, collateral faults.

    Southern California is home to two commercial nuclear plants: the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo and the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station that’s southeast of Long Beach. They have two reactors each in the heart of earthquake country.

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  • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

    “Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”


    MSNBC covered Michael Moore and Occupy Wall St., but I didn’t notice any anti-nuclear signs or anti-nuclear protestors.

  • “For months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima power plant, sparking fears of a possible nuclear meltdown, the country’s anti-nuclear groups struggled to be heard.”

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2095296,00.html#ixzz1ZLmAx3HU

    Could someone bring Time up to speed? Or are they purposely practicing subterfuge? Hasn’t Fukushima created a new word in the nuclear disaster lexicon?
    Namely melt through.