Day 480 Be part of Hydrangea Revolution from anywhere…

From ENENEWS at:

Local Official: Be part of Hydrangea Revolution from anywhere… test dust from your air conditioner — Evidence to prepare for medical lawsuits is right above your head

June 29, 2012 post by Koichi Oyama, Minamisoma city council member, translated by Dissensus Japan:

The Hydrangea Revolution we can practice everywhere

Let’s clean the air conditioner.Let’s collect dust.

Let’s do the examination of Alpha, Beta and Gamma Nuclides.

Let’s bring out the radioactive substances derived from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant which we inhaled to prepare for medical lawsuits.

Let’s decommission all nuclear power plants to bring openly and squarely the charge of the actual harm of our health.

This government who does not make any research is not correct.

Objective evidences are in the air conditioner above your head.

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Today’s Japanese (for reader with refined tastes): でたらめだ!deh-ta-rah-may-dah (this is bullshit)

My (possibly bad translation) from:

Basically, it’s saying…

Explanation of the circumstances at nuclear power (plant) and TEPCO’s answer: Local official criticizes it as “Bullshit”

TEPCO company president Naomi Hirose on the evening of July 3 said to the town head, regarding the town of Namie in Fukushima Prefecture, that after the accident at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant #1, on March 13 of last year, TEPCO employees explained the situation to head members of the town.

The conversation with the town head was private. when it was over, the town head was critical. “It’s total bullshit. No one, including me, was ever given any explanation. They have absolutely no business ethics.” The town head indicated they are thinking of filing a criminal complaint.

The president said they would reinvestigate exactly what was said to the town head that day.

原発状況説明と東電が回答 町長「でたらめ」と批判




I welcome readers to offer a better translation.
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Largest Demonstrations in Half a Century Protest the Restart of Japanese Nuclear Power Plants

Piers Williamson

On 29 June, Japan witnessed its largest public protest since the 1960s. This was the latest in a series of Friday night gatherings outside Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko’s official residence. Well over one hundred thousand people came together to vent their anger at his 16 June decision to order a restart of Units 3 and 4 at the Oi nuclear plant . This article discusses the events of the last several weeks which sparked this massive turnout as well as the nature of the protest. It begins by outlining the Japanese government’s recent policies affirming nuclear power, from  Noda’s nationwide address of 8 June justifying the Oi restarts on the grounds of ‘protecting livelihoods’, and continuing with the move on 20 June to revise the Atomic Energy Basic Law and establish a law to set up a new, yet potentially toothless, nuclear regulatory agency.

It then examines the main criticisms that drove people into the streets in successive demonstrations. Popular suspicions centre not only on regulatory questions, namely concerns over the neutering of a new regulatory agency, and the half-hearted temporary ‘safety’ standards applicable to restarts, but also on conditions on the ground at Oi. It concludes with accounts of the 22 June demonstration in which 40,000 citizens suddenly appeared to vent their anger, and the even larger 29 June action.

Governmental Initiatives: More of the Same

Japan shut down the last of its 54 reactors for inspections on 5 May 2012, the first time since May 1970 when Japan both of Japan’s two reactors were taken offline for maintenance. However, it now appears that Japan will only have been without nuclear power post-Fukushima for just under two months. On 8 June, Prime Minister Noda called for resumption of nuclear power generation in a nationwide address.1His national appeal reportedly came in response to requests from Fukui governor Kazumi Nishikawa, who called on Noda to show ‘responsible command’ and ‘address the issue up front’.2

Noda stated that he was ordering a restart of Units 3 and 4 at Oi, both pressure water reactors built in the early 1990s, because it was the ultimate responsibility of the state to ‘protect the livelihood of the people’. He defined ‘protecting the livelihoods of the people’ as ensuring both adequate safety measures at nuclear plants and providing a stable electricity supply. Noda explained that the Kansai area served by the Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) would otherwise face a 15% electricity shortfall in the summer. This gap could not be overcome through power saving and any power cuts that might arise would endanger people’s lives and cause disruption. Stressing the continued important of nuclear power, Noda announced that the government would produce a long-term energy plan in August.

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From ENENEWS at:

Watch: Inside “the center of where it all began” — Japan’s massive weekly protests started with a few sweet ladies from Fukushima in a tent — Now 300th day of Occupy Tokyo on Friday (VIDEO)

Occupy Tokyo UStream Coverage July 3 2012 Edited Package
Published on Jul 3, 2012
Published by freedomwv

I live streamed from Occupy Tokyo base camp for over an hour and a half on July 3rd 2012 to show people what it is like on a daily basis at ground zero of the Anti-Nuclear movement in Japan. There was very heavy rain fall but I braved the weather, and got totally soaked, to being a live stream of Occupy Tokyo to the world. This is an edited package of some of the highlights. I hope you enjoy!

At 5:45 in

This is the center of where it all began. Where it all happened at.

At 8:00 in

Occupy Tokyo movement was basically started by the women of Fukushima who originally came down here and you see they are very, very sweet ladies — just your average women in Japan… and it’s grown to what you see now with the large protests.

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Muto Ruiko and the Movement of Fukushima Residents to Pursue Criminal Charges against Tepco Executives and Government Officials

Tomomi YAMAGUCHI and Muto Ruiko

Translation by Norma Field


Muto Ruiko is a long-time antinuclear activist based in Fukushima. She is also one of 1,324 Fukushima residents who filed a criminal complaint in June 2012 pressing charges against Tepco executives and government officials.

This article introduces Muto’s activism on nuclear energy, her life before and after the Fukushima Dai’ichi disaster, and her recent effort to mobilize citizens for the criminal complaint. An English translation of Muto’s speech at the University of Chicago on May 5, 2012, follows.


Muto Ruiko, Fukushima, Criminal Complaint, Nuclear power plant, Energy policy, Community divisions, Tepco, Women, Nature and Environment

Introduction by Tomomi YAMAGUCHI

On September 19, 2011, Muto Ruiko traveled from Fukushima to Tokyo to speak at the Goodbye Nuclear Plants (Sayonara genpatsu) rally in Meiji Park. Her delivery, quiet yet confident, conveyed a deep sense of sorrow, anger, and power. “One by one, each of us citizens is demanding that the state and Tepco acknowledge their responsibility.  And we are raising our voices to say, ‘No more nuclear reactors!’ We have become ogres of Tohoku, quietly burning with fury.” (Muto 2012: v; translation modified)1 The voice of a person who had committed her life to antinuclear activism since Chernobyl, and whose own livelihood was destroyed by the catastrophe, had a powerful impact on the audience of 60,000 gathered in the park in Japan’s largest antinuclear power rally. Posted on the internet, the video traveled far and wide, generating a ripple effect.

Muto delivering her speech at the Goodbye Nuclear Plants Rally. (Source)

While engaging in multiple antinuclear actions—organizing gatherings and participating in sit-ins, and giving speeches around the country—Muto’s most recent commitment is to a movement seeking to file criminal charges against the officials of Tepco and the government.  She is one of 1,324 Fukushima residents (including some who have evacuated) who filed a criminal complaint with the Fukushima Public Prosecutors office on June 11, 2012, demanding that charges be brought against thirty-three Tepco executives and government officials. Muto played a central role in organizing this movement and is the leader of the group of complainants.

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Why the media is not reporting the truth on Fukushima?

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Panel admits no safe radiation level, says CAP

The Malaysian InsiderThe Malaysian Insider – Thu, Jun 2, 2011

By Shannon Teoh

PUTRAJAYA, June 2 — The team of international nuclear experts reviewing the controversial rare earth plant in Kuantan has admitted radiation was never safe but that exposure can be justified, the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) said today.

CAP vice president Mohideen Abdul Kader told reporters that the International Atomic Energy Agency-led (IAEA) team had agreed a cost-benefit analysis should be done before Australian miner Lynas Corp is allowed to fire up its plant in the Gebeng industrial zone.

“They agreed that their standards are not based on what is safe but how great is the benefit. That’s how IAEA provides recommendations,” he said after meeting the panel.

Local residents and environmentalists have opposed the Lynas plant due to fears of radiation pollution that has been linked to health concerns such as birth defects and leukaemia.

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Monju costs far surpass usual nukes

Trouble-prone reactor has rung up far higher tab than initially planned


If the troubled Monju prototype fast breeder reactor project continues, its costs will swell to more than ¥1.4 trillion and its power generation costs will be ¥10,000 per kwh, roughly 1,000 times greater than a regular reactor, according to data compiled by Kyodo News.

News photo
Does it have the future?: The prototype fast breeder reactor Monju sits idle in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, last November. KYODO

Construction of the reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, started in 1985 as part of the government’s goal to establish a nuclear fuel cycle to make use of spent nuclear fuel at conventional atomic plants that run on uranium. Monju uses a uranium and plutonium mix known as MOX as fuel.

The facility operated by the government-affiliated Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. first reached criticality — where a chain reaction of nuclear fission is sustained — in 1994.

But sodium, used as a coolant, leaked during its test run in December 1995. Around 640 kg of leaked sodium reacted with air and sparked a fire, forcing a prolonged suspension.

The operator was also caught trying to cover the incident up. Workers made a false report about and truncated video footage of the accident.

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From ENENEWS at:

Wall St. Journal: “Area around Fukushima Daiichi sank half a meter” after 3/11 quake — May have damaged critical piping at reactors

Report on Nuclear Disaster Holds Key to Japan Reactors’ Fate
Wall Street Journal
July 2, 2012


A number of seismologists, engineers and policy makers say they believe last year’s magnitude-9 quake may have played a part in damaging the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and contributing to massive radioactive releases there—despite the government’s view that such a scenario is “unlikely.”


“The possibility of the quake contributing to the Fukushima disaster should not be ruled out,” said Sumio Mabuchi, a senior ruling-party lawmaker, who calls for new safety guidelines on the assumption that a major quake could strike anywhere in Japan.

The area around Fukushima Daiichi sank half a meter after the March 2011 quake. But data received so far indicate the ground movement didn’t significantly damage key parts of the plant […]

critics say the earthquake may have damaged some of the myriad pipes that circulate water through the reactors.


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From ENENEWS at:

Swiss Think-Tank: Dire situation for global environment if No. 4 fuel pool releases all radioactive material — Gov’t appears to be keeping information classified

Collapse of spent fuel storage pool at Fukushima Daiichi could be worse than initial accident, says new report – Bellona

A collapse of the already tilting reactor No 4 building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant […] would lead to a “significant global impact”[…]

According to the report [released by Holpchi CH, a Swiss-based industrial analytics think-tank], radiological fires would lead to some 30 to 100 percent of the cesium and strontium being released from the pool.

“If a radiological fire occurs and further cooling is impossible, more than 10 percent of the radioactive material of the [spent fuel pond] cold be released,” read the report. “Release of 100 percent of the cesium, strontium and other isotopes would scale the base case results by a factor of 10 and would clearly present a dire situation for areas of Japan, marine life in the Pacific and the global environment.”

The report acknowledges that it is not fully comprehensive, saying that many modeling structures about what could happen should the spent fuel pool fail “have been developed by government, but appear to be classified.”


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Via EX-SKF: at:

(For German Readers) Online Petition Against Burning Disaster Debris in Osaka



Die Müllverbrennungsanlage in Maishima (Osaka/Japan) ist ein Kunstwerk vom österreichischen Künstler Friedensreich Hundertwasser, der zu seinen Lebzeiten ein heftiger Gegner der Kernenergie war. Die Stadt Osaka plant, ab diesem Herbst dort Tsunami-Trümmer aus Iwate, die radioaktiv verstrahlt sind, zu verbrennen. Durch das Verbrennen radioaktiv verstrahlter Trümmer wird dieses Kunstwerk zu einem Atomofen degradiert. Davon ganz zu schweigen, man darf verstrahlte Trümmer auf keinen Fall verbrennen.

The incineration plant where they are proposing to burn the debris contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a Austrian architect famous for his anti-nuclear stance. It’s built on a landfill on Osaka Bay.

Osaka Maishima incineration plant. Not my taste, but unique:

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Live in California? Plutonium in the air:



Posted by Umi Hagitani on June 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Between July 7to July 18th, No Nukes Action Committee coordinates an anti-nukes tour with Ms. Chieko Shiina from Fukushima, an anti-nukes activist from “ Fukushima Women Against Nuclear Power”!


Sunday July 8th, Irvine
From A Fukushima Survivor to Japan: “Don’t Restart the Nukes!”

Time: 1-4PM
1PM Talk by Chieko Shiina (Japanese/ English)
2PM Discussion (English/ Japanese)
3PM Film Screening “Three Eleven”
Place: 4255 Campus Dr. UniversityCenter #A-200 Irvine, CA92612
Co-sponsor: Organize for Fukushima Women Against Nuclear Power in LA
Contact: Yukari Aoi (949)230-9002, Shuichi Ito (949)222-0777

Los Angeles

From A Fukushima Survivor to Japan: “Don’t Restart the Nukes!”

Chieko Fukushima from “Fukushima Women Against Nuclear Power” will visit Los Angeles from Fukushima. Let’s gather to learn a true story of Fukushima where its on-going melt down of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor is hardly reported. It’s time for we Californians to take initiative, and think about Fukushima as an immediate issue of our own.

Time: Monday, July 9th 6:30-9:30PM
Place; Japan American Society of Southern California at Little Tokyo #302 ( 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
This event is free of charge. Your donation to Chieko Shiina and her tour will be appreciated.
Co-sponsor: Organize for Fukushima Women Against Nuclear Power in LA
Contact: Sam Kanno

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ENERGY: In a week, California breaks three solar records and a wind mark


California set a string of new solar- and wind-power generation records over the last week, according to the California Independent System Operator, the agency responsible for managing power supply in most of California.

For the numbers below, the solar production does not include the 1,100 megawatts of customer-owned solar. These are only the big plants owned by utilities, because that’s all the ISO can measure. Also, a megawatt powers about 650 average homes. The previous record was set June 8, when the state produced 849 megawatts of solar power, or 2.7 percent of overall demand.

  • On Wednesday, California produced 910 megawatts of solar production. The ISO could not say what percent of the state’s power demand this represented.
  • At 1:38 p.m. Sunday, California produced 929 megawatts of solar, or 3.2 percent of the state’s demand. (Demand is typically lower on weekends than during the week.)
  • At 1:03 p.m. Monday, the state produced 965 megawatts of solar-generated electricity, or 2.8 percent of the state’s electricity needs at that moment.
At 1:50 a.m. Saturday, California set a new high of 3,346 megawatts of wind power, or 13.8 percent of the state’s need at that moment, the ISO said.
CalISO spokeswoman Stephanie McCorkle said new installations have helped the state break records on a regular basis.


1 comment
  1. CB in Osaka said:

    Thank you for your blog. I don’t always have time to catch up on what’s happening. I check in here once in a while and can find the latest news – saves me time!
    I really wonder what we’re going to have to do to get more people involved so that this movement can sustain itself and grow larger. If it dwindles now, TEPCO and the gov’ will continue their dangerous plans to reopen all the nuclear power plants across the country. We must stand together and stand strong.
    We also need more vocal support from the international community. From friends in the U.S., I hear that the media are not covering the power plant situation here. What should we do?
    Thanks again.

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