Day 401 Japanese children’s’ futures sold out for jobs

Responding to a quote from the article below:

A company employee in his 50s who cast his ballot in the city’s Ikeshinden district questioned the credibility of the huge tsunami prediction and said, “I want opponents of nuclear power to know how the lives of nuclear power plant workers will be affected.”

Look at Fukushima. Daiichi exploded. The people who used to be “invested” in the plant and in nuclear energy lost not only their jobs but their homes, their communities, and quite possibly their health.

You still have a chance to find work, to demand other jobs, to demand cleaner energy (which would provide you with a job).

Your children’s lives and health are at stake, not to mention your own. The future of your grandchildren is at stake. Should the same thing happen at Hamaoka, there will be no turning back. You will have lost everything. Are you willing to gamble your children’s’ lives in return for having a job?

Today you might have work. If the plant suffers the same fate as Daiichi, you will have lost everything. Is that the future you want?

Everyone’s yelling about “tsunami, tsunami”, and saying if the tsunami wall is built high enough, there won’t be another Fukushima at Hamaoka. It is clear now that the tsunami was not responsible for the melt-throughs at Daiichi. It was the earthquake that caused the damage. Why is it that for money you will believe the lie that it was the tsunami that caused the melt-throughs?

Incumbent in nuclear host city re-elected as voters give priority to livelihoods

Incumbent Omaezaki Mayor Shigeo Ishihara in Shizuoka Prefecture receives a bouquet of flowers from a supporter after re-election on April 15. (Mainichi)
Incumbent Omaezaki Mayor Shigeo Ishihara in Shizuoka Prefecture receives a bouquet of flowers from a supporter after re-election on April 15. (Mainichi)

OMAEZAKI, Shizuoka — Voters in this city, home to the controversial Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant, reluctantly helped incumbent Mayor Shigeo Ishihara win re-election in the April 15 mayoral election, saying their livelihoods will be in trouble without a nuclear power plant.

Ishihara, 64, the only candidate who did not voiced opposition to the reactivation of the plant, was re-elected to a third four-year term by collecting 12,018 votes, compared with 6,840 for former city assemblyman Katsuhisa Mizuno, 58, and 1,891 for travel agent Haruhisa Muramatsu, 60.

The election came after an expert panel under the Cabinet Office in late March predicted that a tsunami of up to 21 meters — or far higher than an 18-meter levee under construction — may strike this Pacific coastal city.

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Japanese citizens and NGOs protest METI Minister Yukio Edano’s visit to Fukui Prefecture to pressure Fukui to restart nuclear power in Japan.

April 15, 2012

14 April 2012
Japanese citizens and NGOs protest METI Minister Yukio Edano’s visit to
Fukui Prefecture to pressure Fukui to restart nuclear power in Japan.

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Nuclear operating rate hits record low in FY2011

Japan’s nuclear power plants were operating at a record-low rate during the just-ended fiscal year, due to the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The Federation of Electric Power Companies says that the average operating rate for Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors stood at 23.7% for the year that ended in March.

The figure is down 43.6 points from the year before and the lowest since 1966, when commercial nuclear power generation began in Japan.

Before the Fukushima disaster in March of last year, about 37 reactors were in operation. But many have since gone offline for regular inspections, with no clear prospects for reactivation. Only one reactor, in Hokkaido, northern Japan, remains online.

During the past fiscal year, Japan’s 10 regional power companies generated or purchased about 937 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.

The figure was down year-on-year by a record margin of 5%, due partly to nationwide efforts to save power in the wake of the nuclear disaster.

Monday, April 16, 2012 16:08 +0900 (JST)

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All atomic power to halt ‘momentarily’


Operations at all of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants will be suspended “for a moment” starting on May 6, trade minister Yukio Edano said in a speech in the city of Tokushima Sunday. 

His comment suggests the government will be unable to restart reactors 3 and 4 at the Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture by May 5, when the Tomari nuclear power plant will go offline for a regular inspection.

All 54 reactors except for No. 3 at the Tomari plant have been taken offline for scheduled checkups. They have stayed offline because operators have been unable to overcome safety concerns sparked by the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 plant last year.

The government had been trying to restart the Oi reactors before the shutdown of the last reactor at Tomari, apparently fearing that the political hurdles to restart them will be higher if all 54 are stopped at once.

Antinuclear activists have argued Japan can get by without atomic power, while the state and its utilities have warned of power shortages this summer if all the units are stopped.

Edano visited Fukui Saturday to assure Gov. Issei Nishikawa that the Oi reactors are safe to restart and there is no possibility of a meltdown. But Nishikawa did not immediately consent to the request, apparently prompting Edano to conclude that the chance of firing up the Oi reactors before May 5 is remote.

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 4’s Slowly Changing Look: Photos from March 2011 to March 2012

 It’s so slow that nothing seems to have been happening.

March 15, 2011, the day Reactor 4 had an explosion. At that time, “fire” was emphasized not “explosion”, and the condition was described as “a hole in the wall, and damage to the ceiling”. More accurate would have been “8-meter hole in the wall that is crumbling, and no ceiling except for steel beams.”

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This, from Bob Alvarez, Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, and past Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, 1993-1999.

The spent fuel pool at reactor no. 3 holds 548 spent fuel assemblies, including 32 assemblies with added plutonium (MOX). The spent fuel contains roughly 18 million curies of long-lived radioactivity (~6.7 E+17 Bq). Of that roughly 6.7 million curies (~ 2.5E+17 Bq) is cesium-137 — about 4 times the amount released at Chernobyl.
Tepco recently admitted that the spent fuel in this pool is damaged from heavy debris and will be the most difficult to remove at the damaged reactors.

Machine fell into MOX spent-fuel pool: Tepco | The Japan Times Online

A hydrogen explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 plant last March sent a 35-ton machine plunging into the spent-fuel pool of reactor 3, which uses highly dangerous mixed oxide fuel, Tokyo Electric has reported.
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From the Safecast listserv:
        Just a short note to spread the word about the AirQualityEgg, a network of people gathering real-time, persistent air quality data across the world. This is enabled by an extremely affordable ($100) device that reports data continuously to the internet where it can be shared.
        The project is currently on Kickstarter and is almost 200% funded by 750+ backers, with 11 days to go still:

        We just announced the fact that our open source sensor box has incorporated a modular design. Additional sensors can be added at any time beyond the initial air quality sensors that we launched the system with. We’ve also announced that we will be offering some of our own additional sensors, one of which is a radiation module which I think could be of interest to this community. The cost of a complete Egg + radiation module is $160.
        The circuit we are building for the radiation module accepts a wide range of tubes, and so while we haven’t set on a specific tube yet, in the interests of affordability and wide availability the tube will most likely be J305β or SBM-20 (both sense gamma and beta). Again, you might build or offer/sell your own designs as well.
        Since data precision is most likely of particular interest to this community, I’ll include a link to our approach to this issue here:

         Thanks! It’s exciting what the internet+open source is making possible!

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