Day 193 Henry, maybe we could get Junior to tweet for Ministry of Foreign Affairs?

Breaking News: 60,000 people stood up against nuclear

Posted by Mochizuki on September 19th, 2011

An anti-nuc demonstration was held in Tokyo,from Meiji koen.

50,000 people were assumed to attend but at least 60,000 people are in the demonstration for now.

From an unconfirmed report,over 100,000 people are in the demonstration at this moment.

This time,a lot of lawyers attended at the demonstration,also, they have learnt to take videos of police,so police could not touch the demonstration.

Demonstration was on the live stream at 6 different locations.

Even major media,such as Kyodo and Tokyo shimbum reported the demonstration.

The feature of this demonstration is the variety of the attendance.

From young family with babies and old people attended at the demonstration.

A 94 years old man attended with a wheel chair.

Reports from the scene:

sayakaiurani SAYAKA

94歳のおじいさんが車椅子でデモ参加。『私はあの時、怖くて、言えなかった。非国民にされてしまうと怯えた。だから多くの日本人が死んでしまった。この国はまた形を変えて、戦争を始めている。決して原発という名の兵器を可動させてはならない。あの時の悔しさを今ここで!』と訴えてます。

“During WWW2,I was scared of the government like all the other people.We didn’t want to look like renegades against the nation,so a lot of Japanese went to the battle field and died.Now alternative war has started.Nuc is the weapon.We must never start it again.
During the WWW2,I deeply regretted.I don’t want to repeat that again,that’s why I’m here.”

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Thousands march against nuclear power in Tokyo

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110919p2g00m0dm065000c.html

TOKYO (AP) — Several thousand people are marching in downtown Tokyo calling on the government to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The demonstrators chanted “Sayonara nuclear power” while holding banners and placards as they marched Monday, a national holiday in Japan.

Police gave an initial estimate that just over 20,000 people participated, but protest organizers put the figure at 60,000.

Either way, it is one of the biggest demonstrations since the March 11 accident, in which the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant spewed radiation into the air in the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

(Mainichi Japan) September 19, 2011

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They won’t give up without a fight, will they?

Noda to emphasize continuing need for nuclear plants in Japan at U.N.

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/09/115609.html

TOKYO, Sept. 19, Kyodo

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is set to emphasize the continuing need for nuclear power plants in Japan and will pledge to ensure the highest level of operational safety during an upcoming U.N. conference, according to a draft of his speech obtained by Kyodo News on Sunday.

Noda will adopt a different position to that of his predecessor Naoto Kan, who sought to reduce the country’s reliance on nuclear power in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

According to the draft, Noda will tell a session of the U.N. high-level meeting on nuclear safety and security on Thursday that his government will ”raise the safety of nuclear plants to the highest level.”

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And still might?
Monday, Sep. 19, 2011

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110919a1.html

News photo
Eye-washing: A crane lifts a panel into place Thursday at the remnants of the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Tepco is putting a giant cover over the building — one of two ripped apart by violent hydrogen explosions early in the crisis — to contain its radioactive emissions. The enclosure is expected to be completed by the end of October. AP

Exodus eyed early in nuke crisis

Tokyo faced evacuation scenario: Kan

Kyodo

In the days immediately after the crisis began at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government received a report saying 30 million residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would have to be evacuated in a worst-case scenario, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan revealed in a recent interview.

Kan said he contemplated the chaos that would ensue if such a measure were taken.

“It was a crucial moment when I wasn’t sure whether Japan could continue to function as a state,” he said.

After the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant, Kan instructed several entities to simulate a worst-case scenario. One of those assessments said everyone residing within 200 to 250 km of the plant — an zone that would encompass half to all of Tokyo and cut clear across Honshu to the Sea of Japan — would have to be evacuated.

“I felt risk was at its highest during the first 10 days of the crisis,” said Kan, who resigned earlier this month.

He also said that when the catastrophe struck, there were no effective safeguards in place because “we had never foreseen a situation in which a quake, tsunami and a nuclear plant accident would all happen at the same time.”

As for Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s failure March 11 to vent the radioactive steam being generated by the plant’s ailing reactors despite his repeated requests, Kan said that issue remains a mystery.

“Even the Tepco officials (who were with me) at the prime minister’s office were unable to explain why they were not doing the venting, so I wasn’t sure whether there was good communication between Tepco’s head office and the Fukushima plant,” he said.

Because of this, Kan said he decided to take action and go to the plant himself the next day. That was when Kan reportedly had a heated exchange with the on-site manager.

Later, a few days after returning to Tokyo, Kan heard March 15 that then Tepco President Masataka Shimizu wanted his staff in the Fukushima facility to evacuate.

Kan said he was outraged.

“I thought that was intolerable,” he said. He subsequently rejected Tepco’s request.

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As long as Japan is ok, to hell with everyone else?

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011

Japanese Government to Use Seafood, Goods Made in Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate as Aid to Developing Nations as Part of ODA

reported this already in late June, but now it’s a formal request from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the appropriation for the 3rd supplementary budget for the fiscal 2011.

Back in June, the talk was only for processed seafood like canned fish. Now, as part of the ODA(Official Development Assistance) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants to use 5 billion yen (US$65 million) to buy up canned fish, wheelchairs and other industrial products from the disaster-affected areas and offered them to developing nations, says NHK News Japanese (9/19/2011).

By “disaster-affected” areas, read Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate Prefectures.

The purposes for this plan is two-fold, according to NHK. First, to aid the developing nations of course. Second and more importantly, to erase for once and for all the “baseless rumors” about radiation contamination of the Japanese produce and products in the minds of people in the developing nations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is asking for 17 billion yen (US$221 million) total in the 3rd supplementary budget. If you look at the planned projects at the ministry, they read like a sublime lesson in irony and cynicism:

  • 5 billion yen for this ODA fish and wheelchair for development countries scheme
  • 4 billion yen for giving the earthquake and tsunami analysis and early warning systems to nations in Southeast Asia and in the Pacific Rim
  • 1 billion yen for inviting IAEA experts for their advice on how to wind down the Fukushima I Nuclear Plant accident
  • (from the 2nd supplementary budget) 1.5 billion yen for inviting people with big Facebook and Twitter followers in the US, Europe, and Middle East to Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate and wine and dine them with local produce, with the hope that they will spread the word to their followers “Japan is safe”; launching a media blitz overseas using celebrities to appeal safety of Japanese products (Mainichi Shinbun, 9/19/2011)

For the last one, the ministry is hiring 2 people with college or graduate degrees with English proficiency to tweet for the ministry, and take care of the Facebook/Twitter writers when they come to Tohoku. The ministry’s elite bureaucrats seem to think the revolutions in the Middle East happened because of Facebook and Twitter. What they’ve decided to ignore is that they were used by the anti-regime protesters, not by the regimes.

Despairing of their own government, some Japanese are hoping that the US will occupy Japan again. But then, under the current US president, all they would get would be killer drones.

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