Day 514 “There is no difference between atomic bombs and nuclear accidents.”

Published on Monday, August 6, 2012 by Common Dreams

Japan Honors Anniversary of Hiroshima as Thousands Call for End to Nuclear Weapons, Power

– Common Dreams staff

People release paper lanterns on the Motoyasu river facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome in remembrance of atomic bomb victims on the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (Photo:Reuters/Kyodo)Tens of thousands gathered in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Monday to mark the anniversary of the atomic bomb seven decades ago. As crowds gathered throughout the city, speakers and anti-nuclear activists reminded the crowds that nuclear catastrophe is not a distant memory, but a continual threat owed to nuclear power and disasters such as Fukushima.

A bell rang out at 8:15 am (2315 GMT Sunday), the time of detonation, to begin a moment of silence at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, as up to 50,000 people joined hands.

“We pledge to convey to the world the experiences and desires of our atomic-bomb sufferers and do everything in our power to achieve the genuine peace of a world without nuclear weapons,”said Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui at the rally.

Demonstrations, marches, forums, and concerts against global nuclear weapons took place in the city throughout the day.

In separate rallies on Monday, more than 7,000 people, including atomic bomb survivors and evacuees from the Fukushima area, staged anti-nuclear power demonstrations, the latest in a series of protests after last year’s crisis at Fukushima.

“We want to work together with people in Fukushima and join our voices calling for no more nuclear victims,” said Toshiyuki Mimaki, 70, an atomic bomb survivor.

Kumiko Okamoto, a 38-year-old mother of two, said: “There is no difference between atomic bombs and nuclear accidents.”

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Hiroshima’s dead remembered amid protest chants from Fukushima

Hiroshima honors A-bomb dead; protesters chant

Staff writer

HIROSHIMA — Inside Hiroshima’s Peace Park, tens of thousands of survivors, relatives, government officials and diplomats observed the 67th anniversary Monday of the city’s atomic bombing, while just outside others marked the occasion by loudly protesting the decision to reactivate two nuclear reactors.


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Ground zero: Students feigning death lie on the ground in front of the A-Bomb Dome on the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Monday. KYODO PHOTOS


About 50,000 people, including Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba and the heads of the Lower and Upper houses, Takahiro Yokomichi and Kenji Hirata, took part in the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, organizers said.

Noda told those on hand that the calamity 67 years ago must never be forgotten and vowed Japan would act to ensure a nuclear-free world.


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From ENENEWS at:

Bloomberg: Tepco considered shooting firearms at No. 3 reactor building

Title: Tepco Weighed Using Firearms to Avoid Fukushima Explosion
Source: Bloomberg
Author: By Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada
Date: Aug 7, 2012 1:24 AM ET

As the first hydrogen explosion rocked the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) officials scrambled to prevent a second blast, at one point weighing the use of firearms to shoot a hole in the reactor building to release the pressure.


Officials were discussing methods to release hydrogen gas building up inside the facility housing the No. 3 reactor after the first explosion rocked the No. 1 unit on March 12, 2011. Videos show officials considering the use of firearms and a helicopter to drop an object into the reactor housing to make a hole, with those who proposed the actions at one point suggesting they may sound “wild” or “absurd.”


Some in the U.S. government were coming up with similar plans:

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31,000 Bq/Kg of #Radioactive Cesium in Wild Mushrooms in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, Highest “Official” Measurement Ever

As one of the readers noted in the other post, the radiation contamination in Tochigi and Gunma Prefectures (northern Kanto) has been little noted.

The highest official measurement for wild mushrooms was last year, when 28,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium was found in wild mushrooms in Fukushima Prefecture.

The reason for the quotation marks for the word “official” in the blog post title is that there were unofficial measurements done last year by private entities with much higher numbers. One of them was done by NHK when the crew, including Dr. Shinzo Kimura, went to Fukushima soon after the accident and started measuring radiation levels and warning residents who still remained in the high-radiation areas. They found 420,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in mushrooms harvested in Akougi District of Namie-machi on March 28, 2011. (For snapshots of the NHK Documentary aired on May 18, 2011, go here. In Japanese.)


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Minister Edano says Japan can abandon nuclear power by 2030

TOKYO, Aug. 7, Kyodo

Industry minister Yukio Edano said Tuesday it would be possible for Japan to abandon nuclear power by 2030, saying doing so would stimulate the nation’s economy through the promotion of renewable energy and energy-saving technologies.

“I rather think it would be a plus for the economy,” he said.

Edano said the government plans to compile “as soon as possible” a list of issues that would need to be overcome for the nation to reduce its dependence on nuclear power to zero, following an instruction to draw up the list by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda the previous day amid persistent public concerns over nuclear safety.

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Some articles from The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus at


Rebecca Jennison

Oguma EijiDavid H. Slater

Linda HoaglundChim ↑Pom

Jon Mitchell


Yamaguchi Jiro

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Footage shows rift between PM’s Office and TEPCO over initial handling of nuclear crisis

Then Prime Minister Naoto Kan, center, visits the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and gives instructions to senior officials of the utility early on the morning of March 15, 2011. (Photo courtesy of TEPCO)
Then Prime Minister Naoto Kan, center, visits the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and gives instructions to senior officials of the utility early on the morning of March 15, 2011. (Photo courtesy of TEPCO)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) released video footage on Aug. 6 of teleconferences it held in the crucial first days of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, underscoring a deep rift between the Prime Minister’s Office and the utility over the handling of the world’s worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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Pro-nuclear power experts used secret meetings to manipulate deliberations

Secret meetings of pro-nuclear power experts organized by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) “manipulated” deliberations by a subcommittee on Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle by removing policy scenarios that would adversely affect power suppliers, a report by a Cabinet Office investigation team has revealed.

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TEPCO meeting video shows decision to not announce cancellation of rolling blackouts

The vice president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said at a teleconference in the early morning hours of March 14, 2011, the first day of rolling blackouts after the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster, that the company would not announce its decision to cancel rolling blackouts that day, it was learned from video released by TEPCO.

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NHK: With support growing for the 0% nuclear power option, gov’t to delay deadline for deciding on an energy policy (VIDEO)


Title: Noda to examine issues to end nuclear dependence
Source: NHK World
Date: Aug. 6, 2012

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he’ll ask his ministers to clarify what issues lay ahead if the country should end its dependence on nuclear energy. 

Noda told reporters in Hiroshima on Monday that he wants to see a thorough discussion on the matter, rather than rushing to reach a conclusion.

He indicated that he won’t insist on sticking to the government’s initial target of the end of this month in deciding the country’s new energy policy.


Mitsuko Nishikawa, NHK Reporter: The Japanese gov’t plans to decide on the energy policy by the end of this month, but with support growing for the 0% nuclear power option it is considering postponing that deadline.



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