Day 377 Teaching the truth about NP? Really?

A little more on the change of heart within the EdMin:

Ministry wants pro-nuclear power message out of schools

by Umimasa Yoshida

In light of the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the education ministry wants the plug pulled on pro-nuclear power instruction in Japanese classrooms.

The education ministry has decided to lift the requirement that at least 30 percent of a school education subsidy, nominally aimed to promote the use of nuclear power, be used on the education of nuclear power instead.

“The government as a whole used to promote the use of nuclear power until the Fukushima disaster, but there are a diversity of opinions on energy policy now,” said Kazuhiko Ikegawa, who heads the education ministry’s Office for Regional Relations for R&D Facilities. “There is a need to learn about the negative aspects of nuclear power generation.”

Article continues at:

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201203210067

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Nuclear commission endorses Oi reactors’ initial stress tests

TOKYO, March 23, Kyodo

Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission endorsed Friday the results of initial stress tests on two idled reactors at the Oi power plant in Fukui Prefecture, moving procedures for their reactivation to the final stage.

The five-member commission, tasked with supervising the government’s nuclear safety regulations, took the action at an extraordinary meeting on the matter, which finished after about five minutes amid angry voices from nuclear opponents who observed the meeting.

Article continues at:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/03/148592.html

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Gov’t aims to secure two-thirds of voting rights to reform TEPCO

The government aims to secure more than two-thirds of voting rights to bring Tokyo Electric Power Co., (TEPCO) under state control and drastically reform the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, according to a comprehensive business plan whose details were made available to the Mainichi on March 22.

TEPCO and the governmental Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund are currently working to map out the business plan within this month. Leaders of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) agreed to set the ratio of voting rights — the focus of debate on TEPCO’s future — at more than two-thirds with certain conditions.

Article continues at:

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US Gov’t: Widespread contamination throughout northern Japan, including Tokyo — “Entire region would be required to be posted as radiological area”

http://enenews.com/govt-widespread-contamination-northern-japan-including-tokyo-entire-region-be-required-be-posted-radiological-area

Subject: RE: Draft read-out 1600 Telecon 04/07/11 Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposition
Date: 04/08/2011 12:53 PM

Dr. [Deanne J. Idar, CIV OSD POLICY],

Given that much of the call was spent describing the current radiological status on the ground in Japan, I think a short summary of that status would be useful in the telecon summary. Here is a proposed paragraph:

“The nuclear accident in Japan has resulted in widespread deposition of radioactive contamination throughout the northern part of Japan, including the metropolitan Tokyo area. Surface contamination levels in this entire region would be required to be posted as radiological area if they were at a U.S. licensed facility or DOE site. Any materials leaving Japan have the potential for low levels of radioactive contamination. Thus, the discussion about materials in DOD possession is indicative of similar materials that are entering commerce from Japan. In the DC and IPC meetings earlier this week, it was agreed that the limit of 4 Bq/cm2 for commerce was going to be acceptable and posed no health risk.”

[…]

Jeff Steele
Naval Reactors

h/t Enformable

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Panel sets standard for shipments of radiation-tainted stones

The tolerable upper limit for radiation in such products was set at 100 becquerels per kilogram, and the standard will likely apply from May, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.
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Iwaki City, #Fukushima Will Start Burning the Contaminated Disaster Debris in the City in April

Not a problem, says the city. The debris from the natural disaster (earthquake, tsunami) was doused with radioactive fallout from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

As I wrote earlier today, plutonium isotopes were found in Iwaki City on a metal plate that had been outside since March 11, 2011, and they were of Fukushima I Nuke Plant origin.

But the city will start burning in earnest in April so that the city is debris-free by the end of 2013.

The residents of the city don’t seem totally on board, but just like Tokyo’s governor and Shimada City’s mayor, the Iwaki City’s unnamed officials (in the article below) say the city will do it anyway.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/03/iwaki-city-fukushima-will-start-burning.html

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From:

http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/2012/03/22/fukushima-farmers-face-decades-of-tainted-crops-as-fears-linger/

Fukushima Farmers Face Decades of Tainted Crops as Fears Linger

March 22, 2012

Bloomberg News, Aya Takada and Yasumasa Song, March 18, 2012

Farmers in Japan’s Fukushima face years of additional losses as consumers continue to doubt the safety of produce from the region devastated a year ago by the tsunami and nuclear fallout, which may taint crops for decades.

Full article

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Nuclear commission approves draft of revised nuclear guidelines

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission on Thursday approved a draft of revised guidelines on nuclear power, featuring the expansion of an area subject to strengthened disaster mitigation measures in the event of a nuclear power plant accident.

Countermeasures against large tsunamis hitting nuclear power plants are also newly added to the guidelines which will be submitted to a new nuclear regulatory agency to be set up under the Environment Ministry.

The draft calls for the expansion of the zone with special disaster preparedness measures from the current radius of between eight to 10 kilometers from a nuclear power plant to 30 kilometers.

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120323p2g00m0dm013000c.html

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More on the plutonium find in Iwaki-shi:

Low-Level Plutonium of Fukushima Origin Detected in Iwaki City, 40 Kilometers South of Fukushima I Nuke Plant

It was originally reported on a blog called “Alpha rays and metal plate (α線と鉄板)” on March 18, 2012.

Email from Professor Masayoshi Yamamoto, Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology at Kanazawa University about the analysis of dust off the metal plate that had been left outside since the March 11, 2011 accident, as reported by the blog:

測定結果をお送りします。

Puが検出され、正直なところびっくりしました。

Here’s the result of the analysis. Frankly, I am surprised that plutonium was detected.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/03/low-level-plutonium-of-fukushima-origin.html

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Finally, a 3.2 quake western Aichi today at 17:32. 40km deep. Felt it at a 1. We haven’t had that many quakes in the Aichi area recently, so anything that quivers makes me reach for the phone to find out where/ how strong.

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