Over 100,000 Protest Nuclear Restart in Tokyo
On hottest day of the year, protesters call for Prime Minister Noda to quit
Over 100,000 protesters took to the streets in central Tokyo on Monday to protest the country’s return to nuclear power. The demonstration was one of the largest of its kind since Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced that the country would restart its nuclear reactors last month.
Protest organizers estimated the crowd at 170,000 people. Demonstrators marched through the streets in Tokyo’s record setting heat chanting: “Don’t resume nuclear power operation. Prime Minister (Yoshihiko) Noda should quit.”
“We are so angry because no progress has been made in terms of compensation and decontamination,” said Noboru Shikatani, a 71-year-old man who evacuated Fukushima after the disaster.
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Tokyo Rally Is Biggest Yet to Oppose Nuclear Plan
Tens of thousands of antinuclear protesters gathered on Monday in central Tokyo in the largest rally since last year’s Fukushima disaster.
TOKYO — In Japan’s largest antinuclear rally since the disaster at Fukushima, tens of thousands of protesters gathered at a park in central Tokyo on Monday to urge the government to halt its restarting of the nation’s reactors.
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A protester shouted slogans during a large antinuclear rally in Tokyo.
I have been fortunate enough to take part in many vibrant demonstrations calling for social change in such areas as peace, clean energy and other justice-related causes in various cities around the world for years. Here in Tokyo, Japan, where I have lived for the past decade, I have felt the demonstrations against nuclear power following last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster growing steadily. Nothing, however, compares to the size and intensity of yesterday’s Sayonara Nukes Rally, held in and around the city’s Yoyogi Park.Deciding to take advantage of the summer sun by biking to the event, I understood that this demonstration was going to be different as soon as I approached police officers stationed more than a kilometer outside the park, followed soon thereafter by endless throngs of people clamoring to enter the demonstration grounds from all sides. Although the scene was familiar—event-goers of all ages waving placards, playing instruments, and shouting out various messages—the sheer immensity of the scale was absolutely unlike anything I had ever before experienced. The event had been extremely well-organized, catering to the many different demographics of protesters by arranging different marching contingents for the three major categories of attendees that were expected to attend: leftist labor groups, Gensuikyo and other anti-nuclear organizations, and NGOs/grassroots groups together with individual citizens—the latter of which constituted the newest historical element to protest culture in Japan. There was something here for everyone, and the combined energy felt vibrant, palpable—unstoppable.
Research shows Shika atomic plant may sit on active quake fault
TOKYO (Kyodo) — Governmental research has suggested a strong possibility that a fault beneath Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika Nuclear Power Station may be active, raising questions about the utility’s claim in the late 1990s that it is inactive, sources familiar with the research said Monday.
Government regulations do not allow construction of a nuclear reactor above an active quake fault. If it is confirmed active, the Shika power station may be labeled as sitting on premises ineligible for a nuclear power plant.
The research by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency shows the fault — technically named S-1, which runs southeast to northwest within the premises — moved sometime after 130,000 to 120,000 years ago, the sources said.
Hokuriku Electric Power conducted excavation surveys when it applied for building a second reactor for the plant in 1997 and, based on it, said the fault “does not indicate activity.”
In a review of fault lines after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, NISA went through excavation data presented by Hokuriku Electric and came to a conclusion that the research suggests a strong possibility that S-1 may have been active in a relatively recent period.
Geological layers comprised not just bedrock from ancient periods but sand and pebbles from a period dating back to 130,000 to 120,000 years and they were deformed, according to the sources.
It remains unknown at this point if S-1 generates a quake on its own or shakes ground in association with nearby active faults. Given that another fault lies beneath the No. 2 reactor, if the two faults jolt at the same time, it could throw the plant into danger.
Mitsuhisa Watanabe, a geomorphology professor at Toyo University, said, “I must say Hokuriku Electric is making a far-fetched assessment in saying that geological layers of 130,000 to 120,000 years have not been morphed.”
Watanabe said the fault is suspected of having been active in a later period.
Research and surveys by NISA have suggested that a soft fault layer, called a crushed zone, could move at Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga Nuclear Power Station in Fukui Prefecture, raising the possibility that the plant may have to be shut down.
Citizens are also calling for research into Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear power plant relating to a similar soft fault layer.
July 17, 2012(Mainichi Japan)
US Newspaper reports on link between birth defects and eating radioactive contamination — One piece of contaminated food may deliver radiation of hundreds of x-rays
Title: Geneticist charts effects of nuclear disasters
Author: Sally Pearsall Ericson
Date: July 16, 2012, 7:15 AM
Dr. Wladimir Wertelecki, a physician, geneticist and professor, could rest on the laurels of a prestigious career with international accomplishments.
According to the British medical journal Lancet (www.thelancet.com) of April 24, 2010, the results of Wertelecki’s child development investigations have re-ignited a controversy among international agencies and scientists concerning the impact of internalized radiation through contaminated food on birth defects.
At a recent scientific colloquium at the University of South Alabama, Wertelecki pointed out two main lessons learned from the Chernobyl and the Fukushima-Daiichi disasters:
“It is not the scale of a nuclear accident itself that makes a human disaster it is the response by officials afterward and the public panic produced. The public should not be treated as idiots and told only the ‘good half’ of the story, as is often done by official agencies. People have the right to know, the need to believe those who are in charge.”
Wertelecki’s investigations in Ukraine show elevated population rates of certain types of birth defects, mostly of the brain and spinal cord, according to his 2010 article in “Pediatrics,” the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/125/4/e836). However, the geneticist noted, statistics illuminate realities but cannot prove causes.
The impact of the bombs was external radiation, which was intense but short-lived, said the physician. The impact of Chernobyl and Fukushima-Daiichi is ongoing and radiation still in the environment is inhaled or swallowed, leading to accumulation in the body. One mushroom eaten in affected areas may deliver as much radiation as hundreds of chest x-rays, he concluded.
This accumulation is most worrisome for pregnant women. Radiation is an agent that can not only cause birth defects, but alter the human genome with long-term effects on future generations, he stated.
A recent review of the results of these studies warranted additional funding from the NIH to expand ongoing investigations. Among his aims, said Wertelecki, is the expansion of the current international research consortium of scientists, “because no single scientific or humanitarian discipline alone can address the complex issues arising from the Chernobyl and Fukushima-Daiichi disasters.”
He will soon address other groups in Baltimore, Glasgow, Tokyo, Kyoto and Budapest.
Wertelecki is the former chairman of the Medical Genetics Department at the University of South Alabama from 1974 until 2010, and continues his work along with child development research teams from California, SUNY, Indiana and Emory Universities
36 Percent Of Fukushima Children Have Abnormal Growths From Radiation Exposure
There are about 360,000 Fukushima residents who were 18 or younger in March 2011.
Of more than 38,000 children tested from the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, 36 percent have abnormal growths – cysts or nodules – on their thyroids a year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as reported by ENENews.The shocking numbers come from the thyroid examination section of the “Sixth Report of Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey,” published by Fukushima Radioactive Contamination Symptoms Research (FRCSR) and translated by the blog Fukushima Voice.
Shunichi Yamashita, M.D., president of the Japan Thyroid Association, sent a letter to members in January with guidelines for treating thyroid abnormalities. In 2001 Yamashita co-authored a study that found normal children in Nagasaki to have 0 percent nodules and 0.8 percent cysts.
Fukushima Mother: Many children are showing symptoms of contamination — Nosebleeds, colds and coughs don’t end; Many kinds of eye problems — Tepco and gov’t ruined my life, I cannot forgive them
Ms. Chieko Shiina, Founder of Fukushima Women against Nuclear Power, speaks at Creation of Care
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Ms. Chieko Shiina, Fukushima Mother: The people who have ruined my life and changed so many other lives, Tepco and the country, I cannot forgive them and I cannot forgive the contamination that’s been caused.
I’m here to be connected with all of you, and to create more connections to fight nuclear power and the larger powers that control it.
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Shiina: But already since last May, many children are also showing symptoms of contamination.
The children have been complaining about nosebleeds that don’t end, coughs that don’t end, diarrhea that last too long, many kinds of eye problems, colds that don’t end since last May, and many mothers have come together worried sick about their children.
NHK admitted birds are dying in Fukushima
NHK reported in Iidatemura, where the radiation level is the highest, bird’s population is only 70% and the sorts of birds are only one in fifth compared to Nihonmatsu city, where the radiation level is the lowest among the 4 local governments in Fukushima.
The researching group to consist of French, American researchers and Prof. Ueda from Rikkyou university conducted bird survey at 300 points of 4 local governments for the population of 45 types of birds such as swallow and titmouse. The survey has been done since last July.
The result showed the more contaminated the place is, the more population and kinds of birds decrease.
The researching group commented it can be because of the direct effect of radiation and also because people evacuated to leave the farms ruined to reduce the insects to eat.
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Nuclear Expert on Unit 4: They’re very concerned about what the salt water has been doing to spent fuel — Can they actually even put it in the larger pool? (VIDEO)
Interview with Nuclear Engineer Chris Harris
July 13, 2012
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Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator and engineer: Unit 4 spent fuel pool… They are going to try and move some of the fuel…
They are concerned about the seawater…
They need to move this to another storage facility. They’re very concerned about what the salt water has been doing to this and whether they can actually even put it in a larger pool…
This is going to be a pretty arduous task.
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(Humor) PM Noda as “I’m a Real Wild One…”
I’m a real wild one…
See how I restarted Ooi without surveying the faults…
There is no vent…
Don’t tell anyone that thermal power was shut down, worth 3 nuclear reactors…
TEPCO’s Space-Age Decon Tool Can Visualize Nuclide, Direction and Intensity of Radiation
How Fukushima Challenged a Core Tenet of U.S. Nuclear Safety: An Expert’s View
“Nuclear power is an unforgiving technology,” says Peter Lam, nuclear safety expert, whose thinking was changed by Japan’s disaster.
Peter Lam’s resumereflects a lifetime of experience in the nuclear energy industry–including 20 years in the private sector, followed by 18 years as an administrative judge at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
He’s a retired nuclear engineer with 110 published judicial decisions and more than 70 technical papers in industry journals and company publications. And he’s considered an international expert on nuclear reactor safety and risk assessment strategies.
So nuclear opponents were stunned last year, when Lam revealed how the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown had changed his views on the importance of accident probabilities—a key tenet of America’s nuclear safety policy.
In a presentation before the California Energy Commission in July 2011, Lam raised questions about the NRC’s reliance on “likelihood calculations” to guide its safety and plant design regulations. He said the industry practice of not planning for statistically improbable accident scenarios—like the disasters that struck Fukushima—could be catastrophic and needed to end.
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