Day 429 No. No. And No.

Stick to your guns, Govs.

Hamaoka plant’s neighboring governors not ready to permit reactivation: survey

Seven of the eight governors of prefectures located close to the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant in central Japan — whose operations were halted under government orders two months after the massive quake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan last spring — are wary of restarting the plant, a Mainichi survey has found.

The governors said there remain large obstacles to restarting the plant, including obtaining “the consent of local bodies.”

On May 14, 2011, some two months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis, the national government ordered the halt of operations at the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant in the Shizuoka Prefecture city of Omaezaki.

In early May this year, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the plant’s halt, the Mainichi surveyed the governors of eight prefectures within 150 kilometers of the plant — Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Nagano, Aichi, Gifu and Mie prefectures. The governors were asked about their views on the possibility of reactivating the Hamaoka plant and their assessment of the national government’s handling of the issue.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120514p2a00m0na018000c.html

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What part of NO do you not understand?

Local town assembly OKs Oi nuclear reactors’ restart

TOKYO, May 14, Kyodo

The assembly of Oi town, Fukui Prefecture decided Monday to support the restart of two idled reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear power plant.

The assembly made the decision in consideration of the damage to the local economy and employment that a prolonged halt of the reactors could bring, and is expected to convey its view to town Mayor Shinobu Tokioka later in the day.

Article continues at:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/05/157831.html

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3100 Bq/kg of #Radioactive Cesium from Wild Mice in Kawauchi-mura, Fukushima

Kawauchi-mura is inside the former evacuation zoneswhere the volunteers including small children planted rice over the weekend. The location where the mice were caught is 6 to 7 kilometers south of the rice farm.

NHK reports (5/14/2012):

3100 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected from wild mice caught in the mountains about 30 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The experts say it will be necessary to continuously monitor the effect [of radiation] in wild animals.

In October and December last year, the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, an independent administrative corporation [under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries] caught wild Japanese mice in Mitsuishi District of Kawauchi-mura in Fukushima Prefecture, about 30 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, and in Ogawa District in Sekimoto-cho, Kita-Ibaraki City in Ibaraki Prefecture, about 70 kilometers from the plant. The mountains where the mice were caught are away from the residential areas.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/05/3100-bqkg-of-radioactive-cesium-from.html

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And then, this:

Radioactive Japan: Volunteers Including Small Children Plant Rice Just Outside 20-Km Radius in Fukushima Prefecture

From the photograph by Mainichi Shinbun, both the small girl and the mother (I think) are planting rice with bare hands and bare feet. The location is Kawauchi-mura, Fukushima Prefecture, just outside the 20-kilometer “no-entry” zone and inside the former “evacuation-ready zone” which was abolished in September last year.

Why is this happening? Mainichi Shinbun(5/13/2012; emphasis is mine) reports:

[snip]

Akiko Komiya (age 22), college senior from Fujisawa City in Kanagawa said, “As baseless rumors spread, I wanted to see things for myself. I want to believe in safety, and want to support people doing their best in a positive manner.” Yoshitaka Akimoto (age 69), the farmer who planted the rice last year, said, “Even if this is only an experiment, it is the first step toward the agricultural renewal. Even if it cannot be sold right away, I want to continue to slowly persuade the consumers.”

With a college senior like Ms. Komiya, the future for Japan is as bright as in the past 20 years or so.

Fukushima’s local paper Fukushima Minpo(5/13/2012) reports on the same news, and saysthis experiment is part of the project to develop new sales routes for the rice grown in Kawauchi-mura. The project is called “Revival of Rice Project (復活の米プロジェクト)”, and is hosted by Mr. Akimoto. The paper quote him as saying:

コメ作りが始まると考えると、気分が高揚する。消費者と交流の輪を広げながら、一歩ずつ前進していきたい

I’m excited to think that rice growing is just about to start. One step at a time, as I interact with more consumers.

As Mainichi article says, Mr. Akimoto planted and harvested rice last year, too, despite the ban. The harvest rice is supposed to have been tested and discarded. I haven’t found the result of the test, if it was ever done. Looking at the photo at Fukushima Minpo, he looks like he means well.

The Ministry of Education and Science’s cesium deposition map of Kawauchi-mura, and the map roughly indicating where Mr. Akimoto’s rice farm is located (from Kobe Shinbun last year):

Contamination in most of Kawauchi-mura seems less than areas in Fukushima City or Date City, 50 kilometers or more from the nuclear plant. Still, the MEXT map shows Mr. Akimoto’s farm to have soil with 100K to 300K Bq/m2 of radioactive cesium. It doesn’t seem like the “safe” enough level for a mother to let her small daughter go bare feet and hands to play in the mud.

Read the entire article at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/05/radioactive-japan-volunteers-including.html

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People without jobs, children who should be evacuated, victims of 3-11 still in temporary housing and you’re spending that money on WHAT?????!!!!

Gov’t to accept price hike for F-35; each jet to cost over 10 billion yen

The Japanese government agreed May 14 on plans to accept a price hike on Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth jets that it will buy from the U.S. as next-generation fighters.

The government had reserved 9.9 billion yen for each fighter under the fiscal 2012 budget, but that figure is now set to pass 10 billion yen. The increase is a result of procurement delays in the U.S. that have lifted the price tag for each jet.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120514p2a00m0na017000c.html

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Does Japan Have a Nuclear Free Future?

Maggie and Arnie Gundersen, guests, on Nuclear Free Future Conversation

 

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