Day 458 “He’s inhuman and I can never forgive him.”

From Ten Thousand Things at:

http://tenthousandthingsfromkyoto.blogspot.jp/2012/06/womens-die-in-against-restart-of-ooi.html

Watch to the very end.

 

Women’s “Die-In” against the Restart of Ooi Nuke Plant (Jun/07/2012)

On June 7, 2012, about 70 women including 10 women from Fukushima did a “die-in” in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence to protest the restart of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant [in Fukui prefecture]. Before the die-in, 10 Fukushima women visited the Cabinet Office and met with officials to submit a letter of requests addressed to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
This video clip shows the words from the Fukushima women and part of the die-in.
On the very next day, June 8, 2012, Prime Minister Noda held a press conference and declared he would restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant.
The original video by OurPlanet-TV: http://youtu.be/ODNhDhw_-VY
Translation and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.
Video editing by sievert311 (http://www.youtube.com/user/sievert311).
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Japan State-Wide Nuclear Restart on the Horizon

Reactor approval meeting moved to private venue after anti-nuclear protests

– Common Dreams staff

In Japan on Sunday, a local nuclear safety commission effectively approved the restart of two nuclear reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in the Fukui prefecture, a necessary step likely to prompt a stamp of approval by the local government.

Protestors outside Noda’s Tokyo home this weekend. The banners read “We strongly oppose restarting of the Oi nuclear plant” (Itsuo Inouye/ AP).The move came after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s national call to reactivate the reactors on Friday, claiming Japan could not do without nuclear energy.

In addition, Noda said that he plans on instituting a state-wide permanent nuclear restart, not just in Oi. He said he planned to start up more of Japan’s 50 reactors whenever their safety is confirmed.

About 1,000 protestors gathered in the rain outside Noda’s Tokyo home over the weekend, chanting “No to restarting nuclear plants”.

Sunday’s safety comission approval of the nuclear start-up in Fukui was met by a group of protesters who disrupted the public meeting chanting, “This commission should be for the people,” and “Pushing it through is an act of violence.”

The safety commission members then postponed the meeting, moving to a private venue wherein the approval took place.

The governor of the Fukui prefecture, where the reactors are located, is expected to give the final approval.

A survey by the Pew Research Center found 70 per cent of Japanese believe the country should reduce its reliance on nuclear energy, up from less than 50 per cent last year.

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From EX-SKF:

June 15 Protest Planned Against Ooi Nuke Plant Restart in Front of PM Official Residence, KEPCO

Net citizens in Japan are planning for large demonstrations in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo and in front of the Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) headquarters in Osaka on Friday June 15, 2012.

If you are in the area (whether you live in Japan or are traveling in Japan), stop by and take in the atmosphere, and feel free to report your experience here in the comment section. (As someone commented in one of the posts about Ooi Nuke Plant restart, the Japanese media do pay a bit more attention if they see people who don’t look like native Japanese.)

Last Friday, 4,000 people of all walks of life gathered in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence to protest the then-ongoing press conference by Noda in which he said he would restart Ooi Nuke Plant to “protect the people’s living”. The organizers are hoping to have 10,000 people or larger this Friday.

I’ve been asked if I could spread the information to the foreign residents in Japan by writing a post, so here it is.

Information from a @twitnonukes on the demonstrations is as follows, from their website (I added the addresses):

Date: June 15, 2012
Time: from 6PM
Places:

  • Prime Minister’s Official Residence [東京都千代田区永田町2丁目3−1 2-3-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, google map]
  • Kansai Electric Power Company headquarters [大阪市北区中之島3丁目6番16号 3-6-16 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City, google map]

Please refrain from carrying political signs not related to “anti-nuclear”.
Please follow the general guidance from the organizers.

Probably by Friday, PM Noda is expected to make his final decision (foregone conclusion, as we all know). And then he’s off to Mexico, I hear, to attend G20 meeting.

You can also view the translation of @twitnonukes webpage at this blog.

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Panel to suspend work on devising basic policy on use of nuclear power

TOKYO, June 12, Kyodo

The government’s nuclear panel said Tuesday it will suspend work on devising a basic policy on the use of nuclear power, after acting in a manner that could raise questions over the fairness of its decision making.

The Japan Atomic Energy Commission has been under fire for holding numerous study meetings only with promoters of nuclear power, such as utilities, and even distributing to them a draft report on nuclear fuel cycle policy options.

The panel, led by Shunsuke Kondo, decided to stop moving ahead with its key task for the time being as the existence of the commission itself has been questioned following the revelation of the study meetings held behind closed doors.

 Read the entire article at:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/06/163384.html

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Professor Yukio Hayakawa Takes #Radioactive Drive in Namie-machi, Iitate-mura in #Fukushima, and Finds Young Policemen at High-Radiation Checkpoint

Professor Hayakawa woke up on Monday June 11 and decided to drive to Namie-machi and Iitate-mura in Fukushima Prefecture with his personal survey meter and two pieces of bread for lunch.

津島小学校 on TwitpicI noticed he was up somewhere in Fukushima when I saw his tweetyesterday with his survey meter showing 8.157 microsieverts/hour with a school building in the background. “Tsushima Elementary School”, he wrote. It did turn out to be the school in Tsushima District of Namie-machi.

Hayakawa says in his series of tweets that it took him 14 hours round-trip from Saitama Prefecture, from 6 in the morning to 8 at night.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/professor-yukio-hayakawa-takes.html

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From ENENEWS at:

 http://enenews.com/ways-believe-fukushima-exceeds-level-7-rating-4-reactors-involved

Japan Times Interview: “In some ways, I believe Fukushima exceeds the level 7 rating as there are 4 reactors involved”

‘Flyjin’ feel vindicated, worry for those left in Japan
The Japan Times
By PATRICK BUDMAR
June 12, 2012

Kate (not her real name), worked in Tokyo’s Harumi Triton office tower

[…]

By March 12, Kate’s father was advising her that the situation in Fukushima was dire, the media could probably not be trusted, and that she ought to think about leaving.

“Based on his experience on Three Mile Island, he knew that the media reports would be filled with inaccuracies and outright lies told by the government to prevent panic,” she says.

[…]

While Kate admits that the level 7 classification has vindicated her decision to leave Japan, she still feels that the INES scale is “insufficient to describe the higher-end disasters.”

“In some ways, I believe Fukushima exceeds the level 7 rating as there are four reactors involved,” she says. “I suspect that the government wants to ensure that Fukushima does not exceed Chernobyl’s radioactive element output, and fudges the calculations to see that it does not.”

[…]

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/analyst-if-truth-admitted-about-fukushima-it-would-have-broken-backbone-of-japans-economy-video

The Fukushima Business Decision (Don Harold and I Talk)
Warren Pollock
Date Published: Jun 11, 2012

Envisioning the Total costing of Fukushima allows you to understand the issues with clarity. Presently, and as usual, people are being manipulated by the details. We each have to conduct our own analysis and build a decision making process for uncertainty. We have to admit that facts and impact cannot (or by design) be presented and organized to an action plan.

At 13:00 in

Pollock: I think that Fukushima, if the truth was admitted, I think it would have broken the backbone of the Japanese economy to this day.

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