Day 461 70% of Japanese polled say that reliance on nuclear power should be “reduced”

70% of Japanese polled say that reliance on nuclear power should be “reduced”

Summer Nuclear Plant Restarts and Japanese Public Opinion
Jun. 13, 2012

Matthew Penney

Amid the Noda government’s push to restart Japan’s idled reactors, a new Pew Research Center poll of Japanese public opinion shows that support for nuclear energy continues to decline.

70% of Japanese polled say that reliance on nuclear power should be “reduced” compared to 44% last year. Just 4% say that reliance on nuclear power should be “increased” compared to 8% last year. 25% say that current rates of nuclear reliance should be “maintained”, down 21% from last year’s 46% level.

There are also indications that the current DPJ government may be headed for disaster at the polls. A burst of communal feelings and optimism, encapsulated in the “kizuna” (bonds) buzz-word chosen as the Chinese character most representative of 2011, appears to be waning. In answer to the question “Has the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami made Japan stronger or weaker?” 39% said “stronger”, down 19% from last year. 47% said “weaker”, up 15% from last year. These numbers may be tied to the high rate of dissatisfaction at the government’s response to 3.11 – 60% disapprove of the government’s approach while only 37% are positive.

Article continues at:

http://japanfocus.org/events/view/153

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Unintentional Infanticide

Life Under the Radioactive Cloud

by LINDA PENTZ GUNTHER

Mothers in Fukushima, Japan, worry that the food and milk that they must feed daily to their infants and children may one day kill them. Is that a fear that an American parent can even begin to fathom? That because of the secrecy, the intransigence and, ultimately, the criminality of your own government, you might be unwillingly killing your own children by feeding them produce contaminated with radioactive fallout? And yet, that is life in Fukushima Prefecture today.

You are a grandmother whose grandchildren can never visit you. You are a farmer whose crops are too contaminated to sell. You are a teacher who must tell children to jump into the school swimming pool’s cesium-laced waters. You are suffering ailments not unlike those found among populations exposed to the Chernobyl fallout. And whether your sufferings are physical or mental they are all equally real and equally serious and they are all caused, one way or the other, by the devastating nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi that, far from being over, could actually get worse. Much worse.

Article continues at:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/06/14/life-under-the-radioactive-cloud/

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/professor-hayakawa-we-have-to-surmise-that-the-radiation-may-have-spread-to-osaka

Professor Hayakawa: We have to surmise that the radiation may have spread to Osaka

Subscription Only: Radioactive ‘black soil’ patches: A scourge or a solution?
Asahi Shimbun AJW
By SHOJI NOMURA/ ASAHI SHIMBUN WEEKLY AERA
June 14, 2012

[…]

“We have to surmise that the radiation may have spread at least as far away as the Tokai region, and it may have even reached the Kansai region,” [Yukio Hayakawa, a professor of volcanology at Gunma University] said.

The Tokai region includes Shizuoka Prefecture, where levels of radioactive cesium exceeding provisional government standards were detected in tea leaves.

While Hayakawa has not personally conducted a study in the Kansai region, there has been a reported recording of 0.14 microsievert per hour, or double the airborne radiation level at 1 meter above ground, on fallen leaves that had accumulated in a ditch of a park in Mino, Osaka Prefecture.

[…]

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Real Fukushima 2. River contamination means Rice crisis and Ocean contamination.

(Clip from NHK documentary)

(h/t NuclearFreePlanet)

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June 15 Protest Against Ooi Nuke Plant Restart, in Front of PM’s Official Residence in Tokyo

It will start in about 45 minutes (at 6PM). Tokyo Brown Tabby just sent me a note on the way to the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in central Tokyo. Tabby’s blog will be updated from the cellphone. If you read Japanese, the blog is here.

(I’ve just checked TBT’s blog, and it’s bilingual, at least the latest post is.)

Meanwhile, the official ceremony to restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant for the sake of the Japanese citizens (whose voices don’t count unless it is in elections) continues.

Jiji Tsushin reports that the governor of Fukui met with the president of KEPCO the plant operator, and the governor was very satisfied with the KEPCO president’s “determination to try to make the safe operation the first priority” (安全運転を最優先するよう努める). KEPCO says it will try, and the governor is impressed.

Governor Nishikawa will meet with Prime Minister Noda in the morning of June 16, and the restart will be formally decided after the prime minister confer with his three ministers.

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/nhk-extremely-high-levels-of-radiation-detected-just-above-reactor-2-containment-vessel-radioactive-substances-suspected-to-have-moved-through-location-video

NHK: Extremely high levels of radiation detected just above Reactor 2 containment vessel — Radioactive substances suspected to have moved through location (VIDEO)

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 2 Reactor Building Inspection Result (3rd-5th Floor) (June 13, 2012)
Tepco Press Handout
June 14, 2012

High radiation one floor above reactor
NHK
Jun. 14, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has detected extremely high levels of radiation on a floor just above the No. 2 reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

[…]

The company said a reading of 880 millisieverts per hour of radiation was detected on the fifth floor, which is 4.5 meters above the reactor containment vessel.

TEPCO suspects radioactive substances leaked from the No. 2 reactor moved through the location.

[…]

During the Fukushima nuclear accident the No. 2 reactor is believed to have released the largest amount of radioactive substances.

[…]

Watch the video here

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Chris Noland, creator of Surviving Japan, is working on another project. This time to get the movie transferred to Blu-ray and HDCAM to show it in festivals and theaters. If you’re interested in making a little (or big!) pledge f or this project, head on over to the Kickstarter site and enter your info at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/survivingjapan/surviving-japan-blu-ray

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Test fishing conducted off Fukushima Prefecture coast

SOMA, Fukushima — A fishing cooperative association conducted test fishing off the coast here on June 14 with a goal of restarting commercial fishing in the area for the first time in 15 months since the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Six fishing vessels belonging to the Somafutaba fishing cooperative departed the Matsukawaura fishing port at 1 a.m., heading over 50 kilometers off shore, where they took on two types of octopus and a type of shellfish. From 3:30 p.m., they unloaded around 660 kilograms at the Somaharagama fish market, and radiation tests on the catch were done. The catch this day was not released to the market.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120615p2a00m0na011000c.html

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Radioactive Japan: Professor Mori Suspects Deformity of Cedar in Ibaraki Prefecture May Be Due to Radiation Exposure

Dr. Satoshi Mori, professor emeritus at Tokyo University (Faculty of Agriculture), has the photographs of male and female flowers of a cedar tree that he collected this year in Hitachinaka City in Ibaraki Prefecture. The city is located at about 120 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

Cedar is simultaneously monoecious – i.e. bearing separate flowers of both sexes at the same time. Professor Mori explains that some branches bear only male flowers while others bear only female flowers.

But what he found in the cedar tree in Hitachinaka City was asymmetrical, malformed branches with both male and female flowers.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/radioactive-japan-professor-mori.html

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“We don’t cry ourselves to sleep” The citizens of Fukushima Prefecture lodge a criminal complaint against Tepco and The Japanese Government

Original text from Ryusaku Tanaka Journal 11.06.2012 http://tanakaryusaku.jp/2012/06/0004469
告訴団1,324人のうち約200人が告訴状提出のため福島地検に足を運んだ。=11日、福島市。写真:諏訪撮影=
About 200 People from The Complaint Group of 1324 People brought themselves at The Fukushima District Public Prosecutors Office. = June 11 in Fukushima City : Photo by Miyako Suwa
For example when a transport facilities or factories cause serious accidents, there’s always a police investigation just after the accident and the chief executive is demanded for the criminal charge. Tokyo Electric Power Company had the most serious nuclear plant accident and was the reason for more than 160 000 people to be evacuated. And the fact that TEPCO haven’t been brought to justice is just so wrong to anyone.
Article continues at:
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Source: Safecast listserv

Incineration Is Volatilizing Radiation

      From: Arnie Gundersen
      >>>The method of burning the debris is fraught with danger since it is being done in normal waste disposal facilities not equipped to handle radioactive materials. Both the central government and Kitakyushu’s local governmenthave claimed that bag filters in the incinerators will capture and contain 99.9% of the radiation. However, the various makers of these bag filters refuse to give any guarantees, and concerned scientists question whether the government has even tested the filters. (Source) The authorities are apparently relying on two different strands of research to support the safety of bag filtering. The first concerns the release of micro-particulate matters with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres or smaller. Since filters were able to contain such fine substance particles it is now assumed that they will also be sufficient to contain radiation emissions. Secondly, research conducted in 2009 by a local government in Japan found that bag filters can handle naturally occurring non-radioactive cesium 133. These findings were apparently extrapolated to suggest that the filters can also handle radioactive cesium 134 and cesium 137. (Source) However, the science regarding this is far from conclusive. For instance, in May 2012 Shimada city in Shizuoka prefecture also began incinerating tsunami debris, and initial reports suggest that some 32.6% of the radiation contained therein was released into the atmosphere. (Source)

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      The development of the Olympic site in east London after the Games have finished could be in jeopardy because of radioactive waste buried beneath the site, experts have warned.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/waste

      According to a Guardian investigation, any development of the site risks unearthing a hundred tonnes of radioactive waste dumped at the former landfill site decades ago. Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) rules reveal that, contrary to government guidelines, waste from thorium and radium has been mixed with very low-level waste and buried in a so-called disposal cell close to the Olympic stadium – about 250m to the north.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jun/20/radioactive-waste-olympic-site

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