Day 462 11,000 protest Oi restart – Media Silent

11,000 turn out at Prime minister’s official residence.

Restarting the Oi nuclear power station is UNFORGIVABLE. Period.

This, from FukushimaVoice at:

JUN 15, 2012

A Moving Video by a Protester

There was a huge demonstration in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo by ordinary citizens, on June 15, 2012, against the restart of nuclear power plants in Japan, all of which have been stopped for routine inspections since May 5, 2012.The Japanese government is on the verge of approving the restart of Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture.

People have actually been protesting in front of the PDespite the greatest-ever turnout of 11,000 protesters, the demonstration was not broadcast on TV, shielding the rest of the country from learning what was going on.

What is so moving about this short video is that you can hear the person who took the video crying.  You feel like you are in the crowd with her, sharing the emotion of people who gathered there, desperately wanting to change the future of Japan, not only for the sake of their children, grandchildren and future generation, but also for the sake of the planet Earth.

You hear the crowd shouting in unison, “Saikado hantai! (再稼動反対!) meaning “We oppose the restart!”

“11,000 public citizens gathered in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence today to  protest against the restart of Oi nuclear power plant.  I videotaped from the middle of the crowd all the way to the end of the line.
I was so moved by the power and energy of 11,000 people that you can hear me sobbing from part of the way.  Please watch it!  You will feel the power!”

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 This is the world-famous musician, Sakamoto Ryuichi, speaking out against nuclear power, from yesterday’s (6/15) Asahi Shinbun newspaper. It says:
Raise your voices. Continue to raise them. Don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged, be patient. I think that is all we can do ultimately to change the world.
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From EX-SKF at:

(What Kind of Joke Is This?) Japanese Mainstream Media Report on June 16 Protest Against Ooi Restart, Pretend As If 11,000-Strong Protest on June 15 Never Happened

They must be feeling safe to report, because the scale of the protest was much smaller in the morning of June 16. 300 to 400 people showed up in the rain to protest the ministerial meeting that PM Noda was having at that time.

The Japanese mainstream media show no embarrassment for not having reported anything at all on the June 15 protest of 11,000 people. None of them even say there was a protest on June 15.

Who are they kidding? Majority of Japanese people whose sources of news are still traditional newspapers and TV, and/or who would rather not hear anything combative like a protest against a government policy.

TBS Television:

Nikkei Shinbun:

Jiji Tsushin:

NHK News:

Mainichi Shinbun:

Reuters is one of the very few news outlets worldwide who reported on the June 15 protest that drew 11,000 people:

…But the decision risks a backlash from a public deeply concerned about nuclear safety. As many as 10,000 demonstrators gathered outside Noda’s office on Friday night amid a heavy police presence to denounce the restarts, urging the premier to step down and shouting “Lives matter more than the economy.”

I heard that BBC also reported in the news program, but I haven’t found it myself.

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Another protest… tomorrow 17 June 2012 against the restart of the Oi Nuclear Power Plant.
Stand with Fukui (Prefecture) Part 2
In the city of Fukushima, Chuo Koen (Park)
Begins at noon with speeches. Parade (demonstration) begins at 2:30.
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Locals near nuclear plants divided over decision to restart reactors

Demonstrators raise clenched fists during a rally, protesting against restarting the Oi nuclear power plant's reactors, in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, on Saturday, June 16, 2012. A slogan, center, reads: "Stop restarting nuclear power plant." (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Demonstrators raise clenched fists during a rally, protesting against restarting the Oi nuclear power plant’s reactors, in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, on Saturday, June 16, 2012. A slogan, center, reads: “Stop restarting nuclear power plant.” (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

A government decision June 16 to restart the No. 3 and 4 reactors at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant received a mixed response in areas surrounding the nation’s nuclear power plants, with some residents welcoming the restart and others expressing anger and dissatisfaction over what they see as a rushed move.


In the city of Fukushima, 47-year-old Mari Kobayashi, who evacuated from her home in the Fukushima Prefecture village of Iitate to a friend’s house because of the nuclear disaster, remained angry.

“I’m exasperated and speechless. The nuclear disaster did not just upset our lives; it also crushes people’s spirits. I can only conclude that the Fukushima disaster hasn’t served as a lesson. When I think that in the end it is only considered someone else’s problem, I’m full of regret and sorrow,” she said.

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The meeting of protesters opposed to restart nuclear power plant became like Tahrir Square

Original text from Ryusaku Tanaka Journal 15.06.2012

Protesters holding a “portrait of a decreased person” of Prime Minister Noda and Mr Sengoku, surrogate of The Chairman of the Policy Research Council in front of the PM’s Office on June 15 at 6pm. Photo by Ryusaku Tanaka
“The meeting of the opposition to the restart of Ôi Nuclear Plant” on every friday started to show the National Movement. (The promoter is the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes) The number of people who protest records more by each meetings and on June 15th, it increased to 11000 protesters. (Information by the promoter)
That day the sidewalk was filled with people who were on the roadway as well. The huge line were not only made in direction of Kasumigaseki but also made at the direction of Tameike. Salaried workers, office ladies and housewives who finished to prepare the diner packed there. People on sightseeing were filming the protest with their cell phones. The scene looked like the rise in revolt at the Tahrir Square where The authoritarian government of Mubarak was brought down. (There’s my article about the civil revolution followed by photos of cell phone from Cairo on 10.02.2011)
A 15 years old boy shouted with a microphone. “It’s us who have to carry the adverse legacy! Isn’t it too wrong to restart the nuclear power plant although the Fukushima nuclear accident is not over?” A mother of a three years old baby from Yokohama appareled all her voice: “I have the responsibility of rearing my child. I want her to live her life in safety!”
A woman in her thirties working as a high school teacher said: “I was seriously alarmed and came from Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture. I don’t want nuclear power plants which force the nuclear plant workers to be exposed to the radiation and destroy our lives. I don’t want any nuclear power plant. I don’t want the government to force to restart the nuclear power plant”.
Old people, young people, men and women appealed their will to oppose to the restating of nuclear power plant from a humanitarian standpoint.
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Ooi Restart Protest Continue in Saturday Morning in Tokyo

Yasumi Iwakami’s IWJ in multi-channel format, in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence:

(I just wish USTREAM didn’t force the viewer to watch the commercial…)

No major madia outlet has said a thing officially about the protest, even though some have at least admitted to its existence:

Asahi Shinbun’s group who is stationed at the PM Official Residence (Asahi Shinbun Kantei Club)tweeted about one hour ago:


Good Morning. The entrance hall of the PM Official Residence is packed with reporters even though today is Saturday. Outside the Residence is full of people demonstrating despite the rain. The meeting to decide on the restart of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant is about to begin.

Why don’t you report just that on your paper and on your TV, Asahi?

Some people who participated in June 15 demonstration reported that they were asked by a reporter from one of the major weekly magazines in Japan about Taro Yamamoto, actor-turned-antinuke activist. He recently got married, and is evacuating to a less contaminated area. According to these people, the reporter asked them:

What do you think of Mr. Yamamoto? Don’t you think he is deserting under enemy fire?

One countered the reporter with a question:

Why don’t you instead report on this protest, as it is happening?

The reporter’s answer, according to this person, was:

I cannot write about it, I am just a reporter.

The person further asked:

Isn’t it because writing about it is against the editorial policy of your magazine?

The reporter didn’t answer.

Others suggested that the reporter, critical of people escaping the radiation, should volunteer to work inside the Containment Vessels at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant to see how unafraid he is.

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From ENENEWS at:

Japan Prime Minister orders restart of nuclear reactors under ‘intense pressure’ from banks — “The dustbin of history is waiting for him” says expert — Protests as 70% of public opposed

Japan Nuclear Freeze Ends as Voter Backlash Begins for Noda
By Jacob Adelman and Yuji Okada
Jun 15, 2012 10:49 PM ET

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda approved the first restart of Japan’s power reactors since last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, a decision that could undermine his political support and force early elections.


A Mainichi News poll shows more than 70 percent of the population opposes restarting the Ohi reactors


Noda “could end up like all his predecessors in the dustbin of history very quickly,” said Robert Dujarric, director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University’s Tokyo campus. “The dustbin is waiting for him.”


Noda’s “under intense political pressure from the banks and the utilities who want those restarted,” Andrew DeWit, a professor at Tokyo’s Rikkyo University who focuses on energy policy. “They want to get those income streams back in operation.”


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Fukushima evacuees distrust nuclear plant restart

People forced to evacuate their homes by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and still living in temporary compounds have voiced strong doubt about the government’s decision to restart the nuclear reactors.

Many evacuees who lived near the Fukushima Daiichi plant are still in temporary housing in a city in Fukushima Prefecture.

A 62-year-old man from Kawauchi village said that those who decided on the restart must be thinking that the Fukushima disaster was not their own affair.

He said he is doubtful if the government can take responsibility in the event of a nuclear emergency, as even compensation payments for the Fukushima accident have not been completed.

An 80-year-old woman from Futaba town who has been forced to evacuate 6 times so far said she is willing to cooperate in conserving electricity if nuclear plants are stopped and she is asked to cut back on power usage.

She said that the government put priority on the economy and ignores the sanctity of people’s lives.

Jun. 16, 2012 – Updated 06:28 UTC (15:28 JST)

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Fukushima town mayors criticize plant restart

Mayors of towns affected by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have criticized the government’s hasty decision to restart the Ohi nuclear plant.

Katsuya Endo, Mayor of Tomioka town, which was designated as a no-entry zone, said he feels strong indignation at the government decision. The mayor said that the Noda administration put an emphasis on the economy and energy supply and forgot the suffering of people in Fukushima.

Tamotsu Baba, the mayor of Namie town, also sharply criticized the decision. The entire town lies within the evacuation zone.

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From ENENEWS at:

Nuclear engineer identifies ‘weakest link’ at Unit No. 4 — “Potential catastrophic drain down” of fuel pool (PHOTOS)

Nuclear Engineer Identifies Mechanism for Potential Catastrophic Drain Down of Fukushima Unit 4 Spent Fuel Pool
Lucas W. Hixson
June 14, 2012

During a review of events concerning the status of Fukushima Unit 4, nuclear engineer Chris Harris identified the “weakest link” which may initiate a spent fuel pool draindown event.

A major portion of the water in the Fukushima Unit 4 Spent Fuel Pool remains over the Fuel because of the, “Refueling Bulkhead and Bellows” Seal (see drawing above).

Although this component has received little attention, its integrity is vital to maintaining Spent Fuel Pool Level.  This is because in the current configuration (Refueling Mode) of Unit 4 and the known problem of leaking Refueling Slide Gates, the Drain Down of the Spent Fuel Pool could occur via Failure of the “Refueling Bulkhead and Bellows”.

Source: Chris Harris, Enformable

The Gate is a long rectangular “dam” in the side of the Fuel Pool which can be removed after the Reactor Refueling Cavity Well is filled so that Fuel can pass through the opening (Slot). The Fuel Handling Machine is then able to pass the fuel safely submerged. The Gate has seals so that the Fuel Pool doesn’t drain into the Cavity and dangerously expose Fuel Assemblies when not in Refueling Mode.

TEPCO noted that the refueling gate seal is maintained by adequate pool water levels, and may be lost in the event of a LOCA sequence.

The leakage through the Gate is caused by an apparent physical distortion which causes an unintended Flow Path between the Reactor Refueling Cavity Well and the Fuel Pool. Evidence of this condition includes a January incident where Fuel Pool water level had been maintained by water from the Reactor Refueling Cavity Well.

If the Gate were undamaged and installed correctly, then there should have been no direct communication between the Well and the Pool.

Because the damaged Gate provides a non isolable Flow Path, any loss of water from Reactor Refueling Cavity Well will Drain the Fuel Pool to the Bottom of the Gate.


Source: Chris Harris, Enformable

Read the full report here

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10 thousand sardines found dead in South Kanagawa

Posted by Mochizuki on June 15th, 2012 at:

Following up this article..A few tens of tones sardines washed up on fishing port in Chiba

10 thousand sardines were found dead on the beach in Minami shitaura machi Miura city Kanagawa as well.
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation staff reported it to the city government around at 15:00 6/14/2012.
Probably it’s been a few days since they were washed up.

From the result of simple water quality testing, nothing abnormal was found. Prefectural government is going to investigate more.
Staff talks there is a possibility that the sardines were chased after large predators from offshore, but a farmer near this area talks he hasn’t seen such a thing before.






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One person’s opinion (echoed by THOUSANDS):

Citizen Lane Vol.6
1: Did Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident had an effect on your way of thinking and your life?
I realized again that the government don’t protect me. I realized there’s not even a national and constitutional law which protects the people. So i understood that i have to protect my life by myself. But what shocked me more was that a majority of people are just indifferent. I did not expect to see so many people that came out to be indifferent, for their own future and for their life.
2: It’s been a year since the accident happened, what do you do to protect yourself?
I try to be aware as much as i can be of the origins of the food. It’s quite normal to try to know what will come inside my body. I think about protecting my body, and my thoughts are to protect people around me. When i become too nervous, i feel that it can destroy myself, i want to do something that i can continue rightly.
3: Do you talk about it with your family and friends ?
I don’t talk with my family about it. Because i guess my family don’t feel the danger because we live in Kansai region. I talk about it sometimes with my friends. I’m always surprised about the difference of temperature of people between who cares and who doesn’t.
4: What does worry you the most? And did you find a solution for the problem?
I’m afraid for the children who will be born in the future and about what will Japan be when the children of today will be grown ups. And what frightens me the most is that what has been created in History might disappear completely.I think this thing is worst than the positive spirit of re-establishment which is like shutting the door in front of a disgraceful scene. I don’t have the solution but people will understand the day their body will be touched, finally they will get the sense of this danger and they’ll start to move. Although it might be too late…
5: What do you think about the policy of Tepco and Japanese Government since the accident?
I’m really fed up to see that the government is still talking about to restart the nuclear plant while there’s so many earthquakes in Japan. The medias have to report the reality of the disaster victims, not just to send sympathy and treating their life as a drama but more as a reality.
On the internet, there are many different informations about Tepco and the government so it’s difficult to know which informations are true but i think to protect one’s own will and to keep informations ordered must be the exercise for the future. The response of the government is wrong but it’s necessary for us to rethink our attitude in life. We got too much accustomed to the consuming society.I think that if we change our habits, it will help us to understand better the government and we will find the way of provisions and the way of movement.
6: Do you have some activities against this or did you join in the movement against nukes like protests, petitions?
I participate to collect petitions in the street and i send public comments to the government.
7: If you have more opinions about this accident, please tell me.
This accident could not be happened in natural providence with deform our life to be born as a natural life forms and to live the life on a routine basis. Through this accident, i felt strongly that everybody is only human beings. At last.Governors, worker employees, farmers, entertainers, artists, all people are only “human beings”.Even when we do all our best by risking our lives, sometimes it can’t work and a strong force does exist in this world against which it’s even difficult to protest.Humans Sometimes die so easily.Hope and everything I have believed in completely collapsed at once.
In that sense, there must be so many people who have become depressed to realize their own ineffectuality.I think my ineffectuality made me rethink about my possibilities and capacities and in that way, i find it was some positive desperation.I think people who climbed out from the depression move actively today.From the experts specializing in this field, it is said that it’s a desperate situation but i don’t lose hope.Although i know it’s stupid i still lean on the tiny hope that it can become normal again…
I have trust without knowing which direction Japan will take in the future.
Woman・30years old・freelance・ Kyoto
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Hamadori in Fukushima Prefecture Today…

Original text from blog of Emiko Numauchi (Numayu) in Minamisoma City 11.06.2012
The other day i went to the City hall for some affair. Inside the government office building it was written everywhere “Go for it! Minamisoma”.
What efforts can we make to erase the radiation?
In Hamadori, which is situated in a maritime zone in Fukushima Prefecture, the orders to “take shelter” and “The emergency evacuation preparation zone” were canceled in the end.
And in the Odakaku district, located to the farthest south of Minamisoma City, the “Keep out” was canceled. And the inhabitants of Ookuma district and Futaba area will be issued 6 000 000 yen per family and it is said that the area will become a “repatriation difficult zone”. But in Namie City, the districts which are intended to be “repatriation difficult zone” are divided.
And more, Namie City became a place where the living conditions became unacceptable for human beings. The City is inside the 10 km zone from the nuclear power plant.
But then, “Issue of 6,000,000 yen by a family” is too odd amount, isn’t it?
My “home” is a traditional one and is a quake-resistant home.
Including the price of the land it was 40,000,000 yen. Of course nothing is broken.
And yet, what is this cruelty on Futaba City and Ôkuma City and Namie City?
With only with 6,000,000 yen, are we supposed to build a house?
It’s only worth it to buy the land…
Or government may want to say it’s to lent a place to live for the future?
Until when are we supposed to live with such a small amount of money?
It is said that inside Futaba City, there was with no infrastructures and the community wireless system was working but without knowing the situation (without credibility) and it was a total grope. Finally manipulated by the myth of safety… How can they just say without hesitation: “Go for it “?
Courtesy : Emiko Numauchi

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