Day 481 Put it to a vote!

Ok, fans… get that cup o’ java. Lots of news today. Hope to see some of you at the protests tomorrow evening, 18:00 – 20:00 – Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Gifu, Fukushima – the Hydrangea Revolution is coming to a town or city near you! 

Keep calm. Stay focused. Be aware of those around you. Keep it peaceful. Remember to pick up your trash as you leave.

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Editorial: Japan’s energy future must be decided by its people

The people of Japan must soon choose one option from among three mid- and long-term energy policy scenarios — including levels of reliance on nuclear power ranging from zero to 25 percent — announced recently by the government’s Energy and Environment Council. The government is expected to adopt one of them by the end of August based on a national debate, and map out an “innovative energy and environment strategy” based on it.

It will be a crucial choice that will determine the future of Japan. It is necessary to hold calm discussions on the issue and draw a conclusion that will convince every member of the public. To that end, it is indispensable for the government to provide accurate information such that the Japanese people can judge each option on its merits, and to hold discussions that will reflect the popular will.

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Report calls Fukushima disaster “man-made”

A Diet-appointed expert panel has released a report on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, calling it “an obviously man-made disaster.”

The panel, set up by the Diet last December, submitted the more than 600-page report to both chambers of the Diet on Thursday.

The report says that for years there had been a number of missed opportunities to take steps to prevent the disaster.

It says willful negligence and self-serving inaction by both government regulators and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company left the Fukushima plant unprepared for the earthquake and tsunami.

The report also says the Prime Minister’s office intervened in emergency work at the plant, causing a breakdown in the chain of command in the first critical hours of the crisis.

The report recommends the creation of a permanent Diet committee to oversee the work of nuclear regulatory authorities.

Jul. 5, 2012 – Updated 09:04 UTC (18:04 JST)

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Population shift from Fukushima Prefecture to Tokyo up 26 percent in 2011

Last year 8,610 people moved from Fukushima Prefecture to Tokyo, an increase of around 26 percent from the previous year, a Tokyo population movement report has shown.

Many of those who moved from Fukushima Prefecture are thought to be evacuees from the nuclear disaster.

According to the report, 743,750 people moved between Tokyo and other prefectures during the year. Movement to Tokyo exceeded movement to other prefectures for the 15th year in a row, reaching 44,482 people. From April last year, more people moved from Fukushima Prefecture to Tokyo each month than during the same months the previous two years.

In 2011, 2,224 more people moved from Fukushima Prefecture to Tokyo than during the previous year — around a 26 percent increase. Significant increases were seen in April, with 696 more people making the move, and May, with 615 more people moving to Tokyo.

People moving from Tokyo to Fukushima Prefecture fell to 4,009 in 2011, a decrease of 641 from the previous year.

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Sakamoto gently rallies the troops for No Nukes 2012

Staff writer

The demonstrations against the restarting of the Oi nuclear power plant held recently on Friday nights outside Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s residence are very much directed at the occupant of that abode, but they are attracting attention around the world, too. One of their closest followers is a Japanese expatriate based some 12,000 km away: Ryuichi Sakamoto.

News photo
Normalizing force: Ryuichi Sakamoto, who organized the two-day No Nukes 2012 concert event, says he intended to include bands not normally known for any kind of political activism in an attempt to show that participation in such an event should not be considered “radical.”

“There was a large demonstration tonight, and they were there till a few minutes ago,” Sakamoto mentioned to The Japan Times by telephone from New York last Friday. It was as though the man whose stellar career with the electro-pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra took him to New York some 22 years ago was reporting from the picket line himself.

Yet, Sakamoto’s close observation of his home country’s still-nascent antinuclear-power movement stems partly from a fear that it might not achieve anything. “For so long in Japan it has been normal for people to not voice their opinions,” he said. “The Fukushima crisis changed that, making dissent more acceptable, but I’m worried that this mood could fizzle out at any moment.”

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From ENENEWS at:

Financial Times Covers Japan Protests: Public has shifted significantly against nuclear power and have taken to streets — Opposition has grown considerably — Protesters from all walks of life and age groups (VIDEO)

Anti-nuclear sentiment grows in Japan
Financial Times
Michiyo Nakamoto
Published on Jul 4, 2012

As Japan ends its nuclear shutdown, demonstrations against atomic power and the nation’s energy policy have been growing.

FT’s Michiyo Nakamoto
: Opposition to nuclear power in Japan has grown considerably since massive tsunami on march 11 last year led to a nuclear meltdown at Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.In the wake of the disaster popular opinion has shifted significantly against nuclear power
and those opposed to nuclear energy have taken to the streets.


Those protesting include the young as well as the old and come from all walks of life.


Farmer: (Translation) “Of course the number of people is important. As the numbers of people increase government officials can’t help but think during elections ‘What should we do?’ and that’s where our power can be realized.”

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From FukushimaDiary at:

JP Gov sends the second most requests for Twitter to disclose account information in the world

Posted by Mochizuki on July 4th, 2012 ·

Related to this article..A troll caught asking to raise his salary to his manager on Twitter

Japanese government is the second most scared of internet power.

The government with the worst internet-phobia in the world was US.

According to Twitter Transparency Report from Jan 2012 to Jun 2012, Twitter received the second most user information requests from Japanese government, which was 98 cases.


This initial Twitter Transparency Report includes data from January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. We’ll be updating this information twice a year.

This data includes government requests we’ve received for user account information, typically in connection with criminal investigations or cases.

・We notify affected users of requests for their account info unless we’re prohibited by law.
・More information is available in our Guidelines for Law Enforcement.
・To minimize potential risk to ongoing investigations, we’re not including specific numbers for countries where we’ve received      fewer than 10 requests; instead you’ll see ‘<10′ in the relevant cells.
・Same holds true for number of ‘Users/Accounts specified’ – to minimize potential risk to our users, we’re not including specific numbers where fewer than 10 ‘Users/Accounts specified’ are affected; instead you’ll see ‘<10’ in the relevant cells.
・’Users/Accounts Specified’ includes the accounts identified in government requests we’ve received, and may include the same account being requested more than once or requests for accounts that do not exist or were misidentified.
・We may not comply with every request for a variety of reasons. For example:
・We do not comply with requests that fail to identify a Twitter user account.
・We may seek to narrow requests that are overly broad.
・In other cases, users may have challenged the requests after we’ve notified them.



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From ENENEWS at:

Kyodo Feature: Residents complaining of unexplained hair loss, diarrhea, fatigue around Fukushima plant -Retired Doctor

Subscription Only: FEATURE: 95-yr-old retired doctor worried about Fukushima radiation risks
Kyodo News
By Megumi Iizuka
July 5, 2012

A 95-year-old retired doctor is continuing to warn of possible health dangers to residents near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after some of them developed symptoms similar to those seen among atomic-bomb survivors he had treated for decades.[…]

[Shuntaro] Hida said he has already received calls from residents around the Fukushima plant complaining of unexplained fatigue and diarrhea as well as hair loss, symptoms he suspects were exhibited as a result of internal exposure to radiation.


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Former teacher expresses Fukushima evacuees’ distress in poems

Hideyuki Hashimoto is seen in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. (Mainichi)
Hideyuki Hashimoto is seen in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. (Mainichi)

KORIYAMA, Fukushima — A former school teacher here has penned over 1,000 poems over the past year depicting problems faced by disaster evacuees in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the ensuing nuclear crisis.

The former teacher, 71-year-old Hideyuki Hashimoto, lost his water supply and experienced other inconveniences following the Great East Japan Earthquake. For a long time he wanted to express this thoughts, and he subsequently began writing short tanka poems about the problems.

“Polyethylene tanks, teapots, bowls, bottles, trash bags — the containers for receiving water are varied,” he wrote in one poem.

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NHK, “3 years old children are stressed from the anxiety of radiation”

Posted by Mochizuki on July 4th, 2012 at:

Following up this article..Nausea and headache of Fukushima children increased from 6% to 38%. Gov “It’s stress.”

The same researching group from Fukushima university conducted a research for 3773 parents with 1 year and 6 months old children and 3 years old children in Fukushima.
The research was made from November to March.

The result shows 97% of 3 years old children have emotional instability such as being hysteric to be angry or frightened at trivial things.

99% of parents also answered they feel anxious about radiation exposure, they can’t leave windows opened, or let children play outside.

The researching group concludes from these results that children are stressed from the anxiety about radiation.
However, the result showed the stress level of the children are different from 6 areas in Fukushima.
NHK did not report the connection among the distance of those areas from Fukushima plant, contamination level, and the stress level of children.

7月5日 6時14分



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Japan regains nuclear power supply with Oi reactor’s transmission

FUKUI, Japan (Kyodo) — Japan regained supply of nuclear-generated electricity early Thursday when a reactor at the Oi plant in western Japan was connected to the generator and transmission grid, with all other reactors in the country remaining idled for prolonged checkups in the wake of last year’s Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Following its reactivation Sunday after being idled for 15 months for mandatory checks, the No. 3 reactor at the Kansai Electric Power Co. plant in Fukui Prefecture had its turbine linked and began generating and supplying power around 7 a.m. It will gradually increase output and run at full capacity as early as from Monday, officials said.

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For those with Japanese ability, Hirose Takashi gave a lecture about the Ooi restart, the fault lines underneath, etc. on 4 July at the Bunkyo-ku min Center

(h/t J)

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TEPCO expected to trim electricity rate hike to 9.3% or lower

TOKYO, July 5, Kyodo

An industry ministry panel member said Thursday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. will likely have to trim its planned 10.28 percent electricity rate increase for households by around 1 percentage point, as the panel concluded that some of the costs should not be passed on to customers in line with the utility’s request.

Junji Annen, the head of the panel, made the remarks as he submitted the panel’s report on TEPCO’s rate hike plan to industry minister Yukio Edano, who has the authority to give permission on it.

Edano is expected to make a final decision on the issue later this month, but the operator of the accident-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant could be asked to further lower the rate hike percentage because the Consumer Affairs Agency is calling for further cuts in personnel costs.

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From FukushimaDiary – read the other entries from Anonymous at:

We are the people. Of the United States of America. And of Japan. And of Europe and Africa. Canada and South America too. United we fight.

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 Good reasoning once again from EX-SKF at:

Anti-Nuclear Movement Radicalizing? A Man Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Stab Self inProtest in Tokyo

There were rumors of agitators at the June 29 protest at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo where a great number of people (between 17,000 and 200,000, depending on who you ask) gathered to protest the restart of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. There were also rumors of certain people behind the protest (certain large PR agency in Japan, for example).

Recently, there have been people who strongly advocate violence as a way to attract more attention to their anti-nuclear (or anti-Noda administration) causes. There are also people on Twitter who seek to remove certain “elements” from the protest (one of their target seems to be Mr. Kouta Kinoshita and his followers, for some reason). There are rumors that some of the organizers of the Tokyo protest are in favor of accepting and burning the disaster debris that are contaminated with radioactive materials.

Now, what may be a sign of radicalization is happening. Yomiuri Shinbun reports that a man was arrested on July 1 for trying to stab himself in protest against the restart of Ooi Nuke Plant.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (7/5/2012):


Knife-wielding man during the ant-nuclear protest, to stab himself in protest


It has been revealed by talking to persons whose duties involve investigation that the Metropolitan Police arrested a man on July 1 on suspicion of violation of the Swords and Firearms Control Law (illegal possession of a knife) on the scene of the protest against the restart of KEPCO Ooi Nuclear Power Plant in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. The man is exercising the right to remain silent.


According to our source, the man took out a fruit knife from the bag in front of the PM Official Residence in the evening of July 1. The riot police subdued him. The man allegedly said at that time, “I was going to stab myself in protest.”

If such a thing actually happens, I think it will instantly turn off the majority of people protesting. This man could be a plant to split up the opposition to the restart of Ooi Nuke Plant, to nuclear power in general and to the Noda administration. He could well be genuinely frustrated enough to do what he said he wanted to do.

Protests being split up is not necessarily a bad thing, tweets this seasoned veteran on protests:


It is inevitable that some young people with too much energy get radicalized soon and resort to direct action. There will be cases where the senior members of TEPCO and Democratic Party of Japan are attacked. There will be people who will call these young people radicals and exclude them from the movement, which will then split into pieces. But that is OK. The movement should split up, and proceed with many, different intentions [or purposes] and in various formats.

We’ll see. I am still hoping that Japan, having always been very good at adopting foreign ideas and products and improving on them, can somehow improve the way the “revolution” progresses, if it is a revolution they want.

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 From ENENEWS at:

Asahi: MOX reactor to restart this month in Japan — Nine fault lines run underneath

NISA calls for reviews of fault lines near Fukui nuclear reactors
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
July 04, 2012


The Shiraki-Nyu fault, which is recognized as active, runs […] 500 meters west of the Monju reactor […] while nine others run under the Monju reactor.

KEPCO and the JAEA have maintained there are no traces of recent activity along those fault lines. They have also denied the possibility that the faults could move if sliding occurs along the Shiraki-Nyu fault.


June 22, 2012 report in the Asahi Shinbun (Fukui local version)translated by EXSKF:

Monju to be restored next month [July] 

Fast breeder “Monju” (in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture), whose operation has been suspended due to numerous problems, is expected to be fully restored in mid July. Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) showed the restoration work to the press on June 21


Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization (JNES) […] will confirm the operation of the electro-magnetic brakes attached to the control rods, and the test operation is set to resume in mid July.

Monju costs far surpass usual nukes
July 4, 2012


Monju uses a uranium and plutonium mix known as MOX as fuel.


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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Monju Fast Breeder Ready to Restart in Fukui Prefecture in Mid July

(The horror, the horror…)

The troubled fast breeder that has cost a fortune just to maintain (sort of) over the past 30 years is now ready to restart, after the IVTM (In-Vessel Transfer Machine) that had fallen into the reactor in August of 2010 was finally removed in June last year after two failed attempts.

Just like Ooi Nuclear Power Plant (and couple of other plants in the same area), Monju is accessible by land by only one road, which ends at Monju. There are faults running under the plant, as the Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency says it will review the faults in and around all the nuclear power plants in Japan.

NISA is on the way out, as the regulation of the nuclear industry will fall on the yet-to-be-created regulatory agency and adjunct commissions of experts and politicians.

Remember also that this reactor uses liquid sodium as coolant, which ignites on contact with air.

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