Day 478 “To the world… we tried. And we’re not giving up!”

Msg from a viewer on the IWJ Ustream site from last night (posted around 17:30  today:

愛知県の皆さん!昨日の大飯原発再稼働抗議行動への暴行事件を起こした機動隊は愛知県の機動隊です。動画をチェックして、知り合いがいたら市民に暴力をしない様に.

Rough translation:

Folks in Aichi Prefecture! The riot police that assaulted participants in yesterday’s protest against the restart of the Ooi Nuclear Power Plant were from Aichi Prefecture. Watch the video carefully, and if you know any of them, please let them know not to use violence [on peaceful protesters].

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From EX-SKF at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/07/protest-at-ooi-nuke-plant-peacefully.html

Protest at Ooi Nuke Plant Peacefully Ends (for Now), Reactor 3 Restarted by Senior Vice Minister

It rained all day, on both the protesters and the police who had to guard the plant.

It is a little confusing, but from bits and pieces on Twitter, it looks the police, after trying to forcibly remove some protesters who entered the plant compound, decided to withdraw. The protesters, particularly the younger people who had taken turns to protest for 2 days and nights, decided to take a break and withdraw themselves. The protest ended peacefully. There is a report of one arrest, and an allegation that one protester was kicked by the police. If the latter is true, it should be all captured in the live video.

Here’s one photo (by Megumi Ikeda) of the protest on July 1, when the rain was particularly heavy. Many in Japan sympathize with these young men who have to stand guard. They look miserable in the photo.

An interesting piece of information from Yasumi Iwakami, who went there on July 1: The riot police was not local but brought in from Aichi Prefecture, where the governor is determined to at least bury the ashes in landfills in Aichi after the disaster debris is burned elsewhere.

In addition to the US’s ABC and Germany’s ZDF, many Japanese TV stations and newspapers seem to have descended on Ooi-cho. Protesters note some of them:

Since it was pouring rain, the reporters from the major news outlets hired taxis to the protest site, and remained in the taxis to file their report on their PCs and take a nap. One of the protesters look at the taxi meters – 78,000 yen (US$976), 44,000 yen (US$550), 27,000 yen (US$338).

Osaka ABC (Asahi) TV’s crew were later seen dumping the garbage in the garbage bins at a local convenience store. (The photos are from this tweetby the same person who read the taxi meters.)

In this age of the internet, social media and mobile smart phones, you can’t get away with doing what you’ve been doing .

Jiji Tsushin (7/1/2012) reports that the Senior Vice Minister of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry arrived at the plant by sea, on a ferry boat, to bypass the protesters. Senior Vice Minister Makino was on hand to remove the control rods from the reactor core of Reactor 3 at the plant to start the chain reaction.

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From BBC at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18662892

Japan switches on Ohi nuclear reactor amid protests

Police try to move a protester at the Ohi nuclear plant in Japan on 1 July 2012
Many in Japan distrust the government’s assurances that nuclear power is safe

Japan has restarted the first nuclear reactor since the meltdown at the Fukushima power plant last year.

Hundreds gathered near the plant in the town of Ohi to protest against the move, which has divided public opinion.

Last month, the prime minister urged support, saying a return to nuclear power was essential for the economy.

All 50 of Japan’s nuclear plants were shut after the meltdown at Fukushima, which was triggered by a tsunami and earthquake.

The crisis was regarded as the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Road blocked

It will take until Wednesday before the No 3 reactor at Ohi, in Fukui prefecture on the west coast, can start supplying electricity.

The reactor is expected to be fully operational by the end of the week, the operator, Kansai Electric Power Co (Kepco) says.

About 100 of the 650 protesters at the nuclear plant blocked a nearby road overnight, but a Kepco spokesman said the reactivation was not affected, according to the Reuters news agency.

Map showing location of Ohi reactor in Japan

The restart of the reactor follows an order by Mr Noda last month authorising the reactivation of both it and another reactor at Ohi – No 4 – following stress tests. Reactor No 4 is to be restarted on 14 July.

At the time, he called on the Japanese to support the move, saying it was needed to bolster the economy and prevent energy shortages over the summer.

The decision was welcomed by businesses who had voiced concern over the lack of power for industry.

Dissent

On Friday, tens of thousands took part in anti-nuclear rallies in Tokyo outside Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s official residence, chanting “Saikado hantai,” or “No to nuclear restarts”, in what correspondents say was a rare show of dissent in Japan.

The BBC’s Mariko Oi, in Tokyo, says it was one of the largest demonstrations seen since the reactors at Fukushima were damaged in March 2011.

The most important thing for us is sustainability of the Earth for the next generation”

Nobuhiko ShudoTokyo protester

Reports differ on the number of attendees, but organisers say 200,000 people took part, our correspondent says.

The government is continuing to assess whether other nuclear plants are safe to be reactivated.

But demonstrators say they are not convinced by assurances over safety. They argue that Japan should take the opportunity to move to alternative energy sources.

Tokyo-based protester Nobuhiko Shudo told the BBC the problem of disposing of radioactive waste was key.

“The most important thing for us is sustainability of the Earth for the next generation so if we have some problems to keep the planet clean and beautiful, then we have to change the industrial structure” to foster alternative energy sources, he said.

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Senior Vice Minister Is Displeased with Ooi Protesters Who Blocked His Land Route to the Plant

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/07/senior-vice-minister-is-displeased-with.html
Mr. Makino, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry who had to take a ferry boat to reach Ooi Nuclear Power Plant because of the only road to the plant was blocked by protesters and the police, is not happy with the protesters.

Sankei Biz (7/1/2012) reports:

【原発再稼働】「一歩踏み出した」経産副大臣、反対派には不快感

Restart of nuke plant: “One step forward”, says Senior Vice Minister of Economy, while showing displeasure against the opposition

牧野聖修経産副大臣は1日夜、大飯原発3号機の起動操作に立ち会った後、おおい町内の別施設にいる記者団とモニター画面を通じて会見。「国論が二分する中、政府として避けて通ることができない再稼働に一歩踏み出した」と緊張した様子で語った。

Seishu Makino, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, was present at the starting operation of Reactor 3 at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant on the night of July 1. Afterwards, he held a press conference via the monitor screen with the press corps who were at a different location in Ooi-cho. The tense-looking Senior Vice Minister told the press, “With the nation divided [over the restart], this is a one step forward toward the restart that the government cannot avoid.”

反対派グループによる道路封鎖で海路での現地入りせざるを得なかった点については「いろんな考えを持っていることは分からないではないが、ルールを踏み越えた行為は避けてほしい」と不快感を示した。

Commenting on the opposition group whose road blockade forced him to arrive at the plant by sea, he showed his displeasure by saying, “It’s not that I don’t understand people have different opinions, but I want them to observe the rules.”

I guess he means citizens and residents of Japan cannot block a road that has been paved over and over again in a mint condition thanks to their tax money over the past 20 years (also known as “the Lost Decades”). Or maybe Mr. Makino got seasick.

And how about the government observing the rules? It sure does. Pro forma. On technicality. In an exemplary manner.

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Oi plant’s No. 3 reactor reaches criticality

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120702p2a00m0na013000c.html

FUKUI — The No. 3 reactor at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture attained criticality, or a self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction, at 6 a.m. on July 2.

The nuclear plant operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) is the first in Japan to restart after mandatory inspections and regular checkups following the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

KEPCO will accelerate the 1.18-million kilowatt reactor’s heat output while checking the movement of the turbines. If everything goes as planned, the reactor will start generating electricity July 4 before becoming fully operational July 8.

Plant workers reactivated the reactor at 9 p.m. on July 1. They then pulled out the reactor’s 53 control rods that prevent nuclear fission and lowered the concentration of boric acid before it reached criticality.

Once the reactor’s heat output reaches around a dozen percent, workers will pump vapor into the generator turbine before starting electricity transmission. If the reactor operates without a hitch for about a month , the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency will give the go-ahead for resumption of commercial operations.

Meanwhile, demonstrators at the Oi plant, some of whom had blocked the road to the plant, ended their anti-nuclear rally and left the area in the wee hours of July 2.

July 02, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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More on the Ooi restart protest of 30 Jun – 1 July from FukushimaDiary. Read the entire article at:

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/07/ohi-on-a-rainy-day/

[Ohi] On a rainy day

Young generation are always sent to the front line whether it’s police or army.

But this is the fight against nuclear. so we must protect them from black rain.

RT @maya1318: “@Angama_Market:@YUKARING1222: :teroimo 泣いてる警察官。俺が「ホンマは原発の再稼働は辛いんやろ?」声をかけると歯を食いしばりながら軽くこちらを向き頷く機動隊員。本当に涙が止まらない瞬間が何度もあった。 …

— みーこさん (@miicoblog) 7月 1, 2012

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We found police crying. I asked one of the riot police officers if he’s actually against the restart of nuclear plant, he turned to me and slightly nodded to bear up in tragedy. There were numbers of times when I couldn’t stop my tears.

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RT @tokyo_sabako: 娘がさっきぽつりと「私たち選挙権もないのにこんな事故起きて、始末をずっと任されていくんだよね」 「作って推進してきたおじいさん達に本気で再稼働する気持ちを聞きたいよ」と言っていた。 本当に申し訳ないと思う。 親の世代で止めるために粘る。 …

— YUKARI(*”*)(さよなら原発)さん (@YUKARING1222) 7月 1, 2012

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My daughter suddenly and quietly told me, “Though we don’t even have  right to vote, my generation is going to have to settle the nuclear accudent, isn’t it ?” “I want to ask how the pro-nuke old generation can restart the nuclear plant.”

I really feel sorry for them. To stop it in our parental generation, we keep on fighting.

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再稼働反対のコールが鳴り止まない中、差し入れなどで出たゴミの片付け。事故が起きれば万年単位の汚染物質をばら蒔き、後片付けもせず責任もとらない電力会社の敷地でも、自分達が汚した場所は綺麗に片付ける。これが当たり前のことなんだよ。twitpic.com/a2qry7

— Saikeさん (@Saikeman) 7月 1, 2012

[Ohi] On a rainy day 3

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Though they were still chanting “No restart”, protests collected garbages which were given by the supporters. Power companies scatter around the nuclear waste in case of an accident and it lasts for tens of thousand years, take no responsibility and can not even decontaminate, but we clean where we made occupied. This is common sense.

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↓ She was eliminated by police but came back and tied herself with a chain.

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Though they were still chanting “No restart”, protests collected garbages which were given by the supporters. Power companies scatter around the nuclear waste in case of an accident and it lasts for tens of thousand years, take no responsibility and can not even decontaminate, but we clean where we made occupied. This is common sense.

 
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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/im-being-approached-all-time-scientist-having-great-difficulty-getting-reports-related-fukushima-daiichi-published-because-industrial-pressure-gundersen-video

I’m being approached all the time by scientist having great difficulty getting their Fukushima Daiichi-related reports published because of industrial pressure -Gundersen

Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima Daiichi: What is the Link?
CCTV’s Margaret Harrington
June 27, 2012

At ~27:00 in

Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates: Of course, now at Fukushima we are not throwing scientists in jail, but I’m being approached all the time by scientist who are having great difficulty getting their reports published because of industrial pressure.

People just don’t want to admit the severity of the accident releases and they’re in control of the academic journals, which makes it difficult to publish.

Maggie Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates: We know one lead scientist who did an amazing study and submitted it to five journals and finally one of the five journals took it… Four journals all received incredible pressure to not publish that work. All of them have board member from the nuclear industry.

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More from ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/inside-the-tokyo-protest-people-are-piping-mad-they-finally-got-angry-barricades-collapsed-one-after-another-riot-police-buses-blocked-crowd-from-entering-prime-ministers-office-video

Inside the Tokyo Protest: “People are piping mad… they finally got angry” — Police barricades collapsed one after another — Riot buses blocked crowd from entering Prime Minister’s office (VIDEOS)

A flood of 200 000 people shouting “Oppose to restart nuclear power plant.” Vehicles of Riot Police stopped people from bursting into the PM’s Office.
Dissensus Japan
2012/07/01

Original text from Ryusaku Tanaka Journal 30.06.2012http://tanakaryusaku.jp/2012/06/0004591

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I started to run to the roadway. As my friend told me, the roadway was filled with people and vehicles couldn’t pass through. Policemen repeated “Please go on the sidewalk!” but he couldn’t control people. A protester with white hair shouted “It’s the first time since the campaign against the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty in 1960!”. 200000 people (Issued by the promoter) advanced little by little to the direction of PM’s office. Within some minutes, the barricades of police collapsed one after another and were pulled back. A commandant of the police shouted “Protect the Prime Minister’s office!”. Some buses of riot police (usually called as Kamaboko) appeared and came in between PM’s office and the protesters. Police appealed with loudspeaker from the top of command vehicles: “Please everyone stay calm!” but he couldn’t stop people. Police officers of today must have not experienced such a large scale of demonstration before. Instead the promoter of the protest appealed: “We’ll protest next week as well. Step backwards slowly”, “nuclear power plant will not be stopped by only 200 000 people.” Before the scheduled finishing time, the demonstration was adjourned peacefully without any arrest. PM Noda’s office who restarted nuclear power plant was protected by the police. If the vehicle of riot police didn’t backed up the front gate of PM’s office, people would have rolled into the PM’s office.

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GLR Special Report from inside protest, June 29, 2012:

At 11:15 in

People are piping mad, much more vocal than I noticed last time.

At 25:45 in

The people are in the streets… The people have taken over the highway now… I don’t know what the police are going to do about this.

At 29:30 in

They [the people] finally got angry.

The original:

「再稼働反対」叫ぶ20万人の洪水 機動隊車両が官邸突入防ぐ

2012年6月30日 00:16

紫陽花革命にちなんでアジサイの花を髪に刺し「再稼働反対」の声をあげる女性。=28日夕、首相官邸前。写真:田中撮影=

紫陽花革命にちなんでアジサイの花を髪に刺し「再稼働反対」の声をあげる女性。=28日夕、首相官邸前。写真:田中撮影=

予兆は集会開始前からすでに表れていた。金曜恒例となった原発の再稼働に抗議する集会(主催:首都圏反原発連合)。日が陰り始めた午後5時半過ぎ、首相官邸前に集まった市民の列は内閣府のある一角をぐるりと取り囲もうとしていた。溢れた人たちが、議事堂に隣接する歩道を埋めた。開始前の時点で前回の4万5千人(主催者発表)と同じ人出だ。

バスを仕立てて長野県から訪れた一行もいる。大飯原発の地元福井県から足を運んだ老夫婦の姿も。現場で落ち合う約束をしていた長野の代表者と携帯電話で連絡を取り合った。「東京メトロ霞が関駅から10mほど下がった所」と言われ、その地点に行ったが探し出せない。

官邸前で取材を続けているジャーナリストの友人からも居場所を教えてもらったが、こちらも会えなかった。見渡す限り人だ。

6時を少し過ぎた頃から官邸前交差点の歩道上でいつものように参加者のスピーチが始まった。学生、サラリーマン、主婦…あらゆる階層がマイクを握った。

国会議員も入れ替わり立ち替わり官邸に向かって演説した。消費税率引上げ法案に反対票を投じた議員ばかりである。「最後の最後まで諦めてはなりません。(大飯原発が再起動する)7月1日まではまだ時間があります」。こう呼びかけたのは三宅雪子衆院議員(民主党)だ。

5~6人目のスピーチに耳を傾けていると、60年安保闘争の隊列に加わっていた知人が走り込んできた。「車道を人が埋めた。解放区だ」往年の闘士は興奮しながら告げた。

官邸正門前に横付けされた機動隊車両。子供を肩車した父親の姿も。=写真:田中撮影=

官邸正門前に横付けされた機動隊車両。子供を肩車した父親の姿も。=写真:田中撮影=

筆者は車道に向かって駆け出した。知人が言う通り、市民が全車線を埋めており、車両は通行できない状態になっている。警察官が「歩道に上がって下さい」と連呼するが、人々を制御できない。

白髪頭の参加者が「こんなこと60年安保以来だ」と叫んだ。

20万人(主催者発表)が洪水となってジリジリと官邸の方に進んでいる。警察隊のバリケードは数分と持たず次々と決壊し後退した。指揮官とおぼしき警察官が「官邸を守れ」と叫んだ。それが合図だったのか。機動隊のバス(通称カマボコ)数台が官邸とデモ隊の間にスーッと割り込んできた。

警察は指揮車の上から「皆さん、冷静になって下さい」と拡声器で呼びかけるが制止できない。現役の警察官たちにとって、これほどの大規模デモは経験したことがないはずだ。

代わって主催者が呼びかけた。「また来週があります。ゆっくりゆっくり下がりましょう」「20万人では原発は止まらないんです」・・・終了時間を待たずして、デモは一人の逮捕者も出さず平和裡に散会となった。

原発を再稼働させた野田官邸は、警察によって守られたのである。機動隊の車両が官邸正門を塞がなかったら、市民がなだれ込んでいただろう。


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