Day 473 TEPCO shareholders with a conscience(?)

TEPCO shareholders’ meeting marked by calls to break away from nuclear power

Anti-nuclear activists hand out flyers to TEPCO shareholders in front of the venue for the shareholders' meeting in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on June 27. (Mainichi)
Anti-nuclear activists hand out flyers to TEPCO shareholders in front of the venue for the shareholders’ meeting in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on June 27. (Mainichi)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) came under bitter criticism over its corporate management and handling of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant at a general shareholders meeting in Tokyo on June 27, the utility’s second since the outbreak of the crisis.

At 10 a.m., 3,112 shareholders filed into Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward for the meeting — highlighting the high interest in a horde of issues including huge compensation payments over the nuclear disaster triggered by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. The shareholders’ meeting kicked off in a highly tumultuous atmosphere, with civic groups and ordinary citizens also gathering outside the venue, calling for a nuclear-free energy policy.

Individual shareholders and other interested parties started turning up shortly after 8 a.m., about two hours before the start of the meeting. Among them was a 45-year-old company employee from Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward, who held a fan reading “No nuclear power.”

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120627p2a00m0na020000c.html

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TEPCO shareholders approve public bailout plan

Shareholders of the Tokyo Electric Power Company have accepted the utility’s proposal to receive billions of dollars of public funds to help rebuild its finances.

The decision, made at TEPCO’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, formalizes a plan to effectively put the utility under government control.

The plan calls for the central government to acquire a stake of up to 75 percent in the utility in exchange for an injection of about 12 billion dollars in public funds.

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http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120627_34.html

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/japan-tv-anonymous-penetrates-govt-computers-posts-message-opposing-nuclear-restart-on-ministry-website-video

Japan TV: ‘Anonymous’ penetrates gov’t computers — Posts message opposing nuclear restart on Ministry website (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Hackers target Japanese govt. websites
NHK
Jun. 26, 2012

Screenshot of Message (Source: NHK)

Japanese government websites have been targeted by hackers. An international hacking group, Anonymous, had earlier threatened to attack official sites.

The Finance Ministry says it shut down part of its website on Tuesday after the content was tampered with.

The altered page carried a photo of an overseas protest rally and a superimposed message opposing the restart of a nuclear power plant in Japan. A statement by Anonymous also appeared on the site.

[…]

The hackers’ group released a statement on Monday protesting Japan’s new copyright protection law and threatened to attack government websites.

[…]

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Naoto Matsumura, Japanese Rice Farmer, Refuses To Leave Fukushima Japan FarmerNuclear Zone

TOMIOKA, Japan — Vines creep across Tomioka’s empty streets, its prim gardens overgrown with waist-high weeds and meadow flowers. Dead cows rot where they were left to starve in their pens. Chicken coops writhe with maggots, a sickening stench hanging in the air.

This once-thriving community of 16,000 people now has a population of one.

In this nuclear no-man’s land poisoned by radiation from a disaster-battered power plant, rice farmer Naoto Matsumura refuses to leave despite government orders. He says he has thought about the possibility of getting cancer but prefers to stay – with a skinny dog named Aki his constant companion.

Article continues at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/japan-farmer-fukushima-nuclear-zone_n_943012.html

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Seismologists Warn Japan Against Nuclear Restart

– Common Dreams staff

Despite widespread public opposition to a restart of nuclear reactors across the country, Japan recently approved the restart of two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant which could go back online as early as July 1st. Today, however, two prominent Japanese seismologists, have argued that that plant reactors sit far more precariously than their operator, Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO), has claimed in order to rush their restart, that officials are moving too fast and that grave dangers still exist.

A mother and her child join a protest against the Japanese government’s decision to restart two nuclear reactors, in front of the Japanese embassy in Bangkok June 15, 2012. (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang)

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Oi nuclear power plant reactor to be reactivated July 1

TOKYO (Kyodo) — One of the two reactors slated to be fired up again at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear power station is expected to be restarted on July 1, utility officials said Monday.

Work to restart the No. 3 reactor at the Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture has been largely progressing well, said officials, noting rods used to control nuclear fission reactions will be pulled from the reactor core sometime during the evening to late night on July 1.

The operator suggested earlier it would reactivate the No. 3 unit between July 1 and 3.

In a related development, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency suggested it will not immediately disclose incidents involving some alarm activations at the seaside power plant, following several recent incidents when alarms sounded, indicating abnormalities with equipment used to monitor power transmission lines.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120626p2g00m0dm027000c.html

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Internal vs. External Radiation Exposure Explained (Arnie Gundersen)

(h/t ENENEWS)

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Local residents file suit against Hokuriku Electric, demand Shika nuke plant be halted

KANAZAWA — One hundred and twenty local residents filed a lawsuit with the Kanazawa District Court against Hokuriku Electric Power Co. on June 26, demanding the utility stop operating the Shika Nuclear Power Plant, which they say is not fully resistant to major earthquakes.

In the suit, the local residents from Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures said, “The present quake-resistance guidelines for the nuclear power plant have serious flaws.” They argued that the nuclear power station was not built on the assumption that multiple active faults near the nuclear plant could work together and the utility does not take into account an assessment made by experts that the “Togikawa-nangan fault” immediately next to the nuclear plant is an active fault.

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http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120626p2a00m0na009000c.html

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TEPCO to pay damages to Tohoku hotels

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has offered an expanded compensation plan for hotels in northeastern Japan.

Tokyo Electric Power Company presented the plan to an innkeepers’ association in Yamagata Prefecture on Monday.

The utility is to cover a portion of the losses incurred by inns and hotels due to booking cancellations from March 11th to April 22nd last year.

Payments are to be made for facilities in 5 prefectures in the Tohoku region, except Fukushima.

Article continues at:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120626_28.html

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News photo
Incalculable loss: Mikio Watanabe holds a photograph of his wife, Hamako, on Monday. He blames Tokyo Electric Power Co. for her suicide and is seeking compensation from the utility. THE WASHINGTON POST

Nuclear redress will never approximate losses

By CHICO HARLAN
The Washington Post

It was 15 months ago that the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant suffered three meltdowns and contaminated a broad circle of countryside and left hundreds of thousands of people without homes, jobs or both.

But for all the damage and despair it wrought, the disaster so far has unfolded without one conventional element: a widespread and contentious legal fight by those who say they should be compensated for their losses.

Victims of the worst nuclear crisis in a quarter-century have filed roughly 20 lawsuits against Tokyo Electric Power Co., according to the utility. That compares with the several hundred suits filed against BP within weeks of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, including the near-finalized settlement of a class-action suit that will pay 120,000 plaintiffs upward of $7.8 billion. BP also paid out some $6.2 billion to victims via a neutral claims settlement process, administered by a lawyer appointed by the Obama administration.

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From ENENEWS at:

Japan Bird Assoc.: It reminded me of ‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson; Forest of no chirp — We found only a few swallows in Fukushima town, other summer birds missing as well

Tweets by Japan Wild Bird Association translated by Fukushima Diary:

June 25 at 3:53a

Visited Iidatemura Fukushima to research how radiation affect swallows. Atmospheric dose was 4~5μSv/h at average, the highest reading was 8μSv/h on the ground. Rice fields were abandoned, all the villagers evacuated, we found only a few swallows.

June 25 at 4:07a

It is not only swallow, we couldn’t find other summer birds such as Narcissus Flycatcher or blue-and-white flycatcher either. It reminded me of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Louise Carson. Forest of no chirp.

See also: Bird Study: “Increases in frequency of selective deaths due to mutations” as consequence of Fukushima — “Results suggest significant mortality costs of low-dose radiation” — 0.05 microSv/h considered contaminated

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http://enenews.com/australian-tv-report-many-fish-caught-off-fukushima-contain-dangerous-levels-of-radioactive-material-around-30-of-samples-above-contamination-limit-video

Australian TV Report: Many fish caught off Fukushima contain dangerous levels of radioactive material — Japan TV: Fukushima seafood now on sale (VIDEOS)

Fukushima fish still hard to stomach
ABC Radio Australia
26 June 2012

An ABC report shows that many fish caught in the oceans around Fukushima contain dangerous levels of radioactive material.

[…]

Fishing cooperative spokesman Takashi Niitsuma says in samples of fish caught 40 kilometres from the nuclear plant, just under a third have been above the contamination safety level.

[…]

[Fukushima fisherman Akira Kaya] says he thinks it is impossible for Fukushima’s fishing industry to recover in his lifetime.

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Video:
Contamination could spell end of Fukushima fishing

Quarter of catch was above safety limit, worst contamination was 16 times above safety limit

First catch off Fukushima since disaster sold
NHK
Jun. 25, 2012

Seafood caught off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture went on sale at local stores on Monday.

[…]

A type of shellfish and 2 kinds of octopus caught near Soma City are being sold at a local supermarket. The seafood can also be purchased in Fukushima City.

Sales were approved after the prefectural fisheries association found no unsafe levels of radiation in last Friday’s test fishing catch.

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The association says it hopes to ship the next catch to Tokyo and other large cities if customer response is positive.

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