WSJ: Japanese gov’t is now most likely to decide to eliminate all nuclear power -Officials

Published: August 21st, 2012 at 1:38 pm ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: Tokyo Ponders End to Nuclear Power
Source: Wall St. Journal
Author: MARI IWATA And TAKASHI MOCHIZUKI
Date: August 21, 2012, 11:48 a.m. ET

The Japanese government is likely to decide to eliminate all nuclear power over the next two decades in a new long-term energy plan that comes amid strong public opposition to atomic energy and ahead of national elections expected in the next few months, said government officials familiar with policy discussions.

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While it had been widely expected to choose the middle option [reducing dependence to 15%], government officials said Tuesday that the council [set up by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda] is now most likely to select the zero-nuclear option. “Zero nuclear is our hope and goal,” one of the officials told Dow Jones Newswires. “We are moving toward it, and I don’t think others will be aggressively against it.”

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The policy is seen as a way for Mr. Noda and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to soothe public opinion, which has been especially hostile since the enactment earlier this month of legislation to double the sales tax

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(Subscription Only) Title: Noda to meet with antinuclear rally organizers Wed. afternoon
Source: Kyodo
Date: Aug 21, 2012

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will meet Wednesday afternoon with organizers of the weekly antinuclear demonstrations outside his office, government officials and organizers said Tuesday.

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan will also attend the meeting between Noda and members of the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes at the premier’s office.

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Published: August 21st, 2012 at 1:38 pm ET
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29 comments to WSJ: Japanese gov’t is now most likely to decide to eliminate all nuclear power -Officials

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Two decades? So the clunkers will be 50+ years??
    Unacceptable.


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  • ITSNOTABANANA

    Shut them all down like they were a few weeks ago… Stupidity


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  • chrisk9

    Make up your mind WSJ, two days ago you ran a piece about how everything was fine in Japan. Why would they close the plants if everything is fine?? What is one to believe?


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Shame on ENENEWS for poor title…
    Over 2 decades is just media PR Nuclear Baloney* (NB) talk from Japan…

    When they shut their reactors and start de-commissioning then I'll believe it…

    Until then, actions speak louder than Japanese words…

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nuclear+Baloney


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    One bad reactor contaminates whole continents. So, every country will abandon nuclear. Sooner, the better.


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    "The policy is seen as a way for Mr. Noda and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to soothe public opinion"

    … until the fuss dies down, after which….


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      you got it aigeezer! Every word in that article spoke volumes…


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    • Anthony Anthony

      I think Japan will use its struggling economics and dwindling reserves to justify turning on the machines. They will force the people to force them turned on.

      They could only achieve this through using time against the people.

      I would hope for a better technology to emerge and relieve us of having to argue this so much – what a waste of human energy. Until then, if Japan HAS to turn them on, I am supportive ONLY if they put serious remedies in place in terms of operations and regulations.

      No more bullshit because already this country is seriously HURTING the world. These reactors were already in a heap of trouble well before 311. The thorn about that for me is that they knew it.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Unfortunately..political decisions such as ..only detract from the immediate and critical nature of the situation.
    Twenty years later in Japan…with the ongoing and accumulate radiological disaster..the priorities will be quite different.

    PS.Other priorities..like say..THE PROTECTION OF THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN..should be taken up immediately.


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  • johnnyo

    yes Heart, and everyone, a weak promise should not suffice while there is so much more to do. Avoiding even worse catastrophe, identifying AND helping the radiated. Lots and lots of testing, monitoring, everywhere, constantly with daily verifiable and trustworthy results publicly posted. Air, water, fish, insects, yes even children. It aint gonna be cheap. Money for housing the displaced. Lots and lots of money for new power sources: hydro, wind, TESLA toys we never even heard of. This is NOT the time to pull back the protests. They are on the run, caving…strike while the iron is hot.

    Get all the above signed into law with money flowing and money streams locked in, all NPP's shut down cold. How ever in hell they hope to "de-commission" started….THEN IS THE TIME TO CONSIDER CALLING OFF THE DOGS.

    When you have a winning hand, you make a raise, you do not fold. Trials must begin for all in TEPCO, Gov, media and academia who have been lying and minimizing for money over life. When they are found guilty, life in cleanup gangs/prison and ALL assets seized. No time for breaking, put the pedal to the metal. Outrageous evil has been perpetrated. Outrageous demands must be made as restitution.


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  • kintaman kintaman

    That's great and all but it is TOO LATE. This is like saying you will no longer keep venomous snakes in your home after your entire family has already been bitten to death by a cobra.


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    • Sickputer

      I agree with Kintaman…The news from the central west coast will continue to be so bad that it won't be just a question of keeping the other units closed… It will be a question of how many funerals will occur in the next few years and what happens when 100 million people (75%) wake up and get the terrible feeling they are dead men/women walking. That epiphany may not be far away. The anger and despair will be enormous…protests of 10 million in Tokyo seem possible.

      100,000 nuclear jobs will not be lost immediately because they will need them for 40 years to close and seal the monster plants. Japan will need to reclaim assets in America to pay for some (not all) of the decommission costs. Sorry American banksters… you will see a huge loss in the stock market and it will be terrible for both economies.

      But be thankful it is not worse…imagine if Indian Point exploded. With some unforseen tragedy Entergy could easily become the next Tepco.


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      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        hello s.p., the "epiphany" you describe is a feeling I've known in my gut since that first day which held mention of a loss of cooling to a nuclear mega-complex that I knew wasn't going to end well even before the 1st explosion took place. I also concur regarding the lack of any chance that their wouldn't be employment prospects for those who'd chosen this field of work and I made that point to the boy geniuses on their forum on the subject at Berkeley early on as well while they were counseling their CA neighbors and peers "not" to take any precautionary measures while they should've been advising to load up on stable iodine at the very least?!! what a nasty world it wound up being thanks to a handful of d-bags…..take care :(


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  • johnnyo

    Kinta, I feel your pessimism and defeatism. Of course it is too late for a lot of things like a clean planet. But maybe not too late for our species to survive. Maybe it is. Doing zilch makes it certain.

    And even as we are all radiated into mutant zombies, it is NEVER too late too make the bastards pay. Even zombies need healthcare.


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    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      It's strange how many items found here hold ironic reminders of personal issues I contend with in my life that is threatening to strip me of my reason and will to preserve my own life?!~tomorrow my wife gets her first of thirty-five radiation "therapy"(?!)treatments after losing a breast and several lymph nodes only a month ago. Then my 20-yr. old daughter who lives nearby told me to "hang on dad-someone here wants to see you" during an unannounced visit I paid her,and one of her best friends-a kid who she'd grown up with pops out the door wearing his service-dress uniform after he'd come home on leave prior to deployment overseas following his 2 week home leave of absence. It was a bittersweet moment and one that's making my eyes well up again for the umpteenth time after learning what his H.S. diploma and scoring in the top upper percentile of all enlistee's,which netted him a nearly 100K sign on bonus~his rating is a recently designated one combining several MOS's-but the kicker is "nuclear engineering" amongst "other" things which require high-level security clearances and for the next four years he's being stationed in Japan??!~OMG!-I feel like my heart is being ripped from my chest with every new day's news anymore!!~I spent a couple hours telling him "things" in case his handlers didn't,or "won't"-and I wish I knew a way to stop him even if he wound up hating me for it!!! Ahh,fuck it all!!-what a shit world we live in….:(


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      • Maggie123

        Johnny Blade – this site's concerns must touch to you powerfully right now. I hold you and those around you in my heart/mind this evening, and will continue in coming days.

        I know you know this – but will say as a reminder – the apparent "meaningfulness" of the connections may be only that – "apparent". I don't know about other people, but it's my experience that "converging coincidences", even those that feel very strong, don't have easily understood meaning, if any. I don't dismiss these, but I've learned for my own sake to "let go" trying to fathom any meaning, and to carry on. I especially don't use these as a guide to taking action or making changes. Usually I remain mindful, sometimes for years … and seldom have an 'aha' over them. Best Wishes!


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      • Maggie123

        I hope my reply here makes sense … had not yet read the above comments, am doing so now. :)


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      • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

        Hi Johnny B,

        You are certainly getting a double whammy right now. Many people like you who rage against the insanity of the nuclear industry and atomic weapons have faced this double edged sword of battling radiation, needing it and seeing those they care for having to face it either medically or in their work environments. It is an unfair irony. Those of us anti-nuclear people usually only have to face this on a small scale like when we realize we need an x-ray or being happy for a friend who finally got a job then deflated to discover it is in a nuclear plant. Although many others have experienced this irony, like you are now, in its more extreme form. I know of a life-long anti-nuclear activist who has had to battle cancer and it just so wrong that this person of all people got cancer. Then there is Kevin D. Blanch on Youtube who has been raging against the nuclear issue in his life for years and now battles publicly with Leukemia.

        Today I had a conversation with a neighbor who has a college aged kid that loves the Japanese language since taking it in high school and thinks maybe going to college in Japan is a good idea. It was all I could do to stop myself from going into a dissertation on the dangers in Japan right now. I also have friends who live in Hiroshima and it drives me crazy that the circumstances of life and their sense of security from living at the other end of Japan from Fukushima keep them there.

        continued…


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      • Johnny B I will send some serious energy mojo your way, I have lots of it, I do solar every day


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    • Maggie123

      I think this is really OT, but it seems to fit comments here:

      Today on my mind has been the broader reality of earth-life destruction. Radiation is among the worst, and there are plants all over the world that may be discovered problematic. But as we know there's also the Louisiana Corne Bayou mess. We know mountain top removal continues in pursuit of coal, shale oil mining and processing continue, fracking remains "acceptable" … and earlier I heard a report on coal mining (Montana I think) + long distance train shipping of the coal to Portland for export to China (and India I think). All these are massively destructive in Canada and the United States – with similar activity all over the world. People already suffering much (platinum miners in South Africa – quite a story behind the recent strike met with military force and miners killed.)

      I think humanity will survive. But I feel like "we" haven't learned a darn thing. One thing that troubles me is the number of people I know personally in my community who believe themselves "aware and thoughtful" who also believe "there's nothing much going on that's unusual". They hold this view in politics and economics also… business as usual. Tearing the earth apart, and having abundant energy, are – for them it seems – the path of return to personal prosperity. This econ downturn, to them, is like all the others "soon will pass and normalcy will return".


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  • dosdos dosdos

    What politicians can do, politicians can undo as easily.

    Noda is using two decades to milk the NPP's for all they've got with reduced safety expenditures (they are, after all, to be shut down soon, why waste money?) while buying time on his failing term.

    Screw 'em. Noda is the former finance minister, his mind is on profit for the fat cats. That is his adgenda, always has been, always will be. Soothing is a side step.


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    “Zero nuclear is our hope and goal”
    Zero Nuclear!
    I like the sound of that.
    Zero Nuclear!
    Has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

    Zero Nuclear!


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