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Japan Times Headline: “Power use falls; Reactors unneeded” despite hot summer — Group Leader: “Proof Japan can supply enough electricity even without any nuclear power”

Title: Power use falls; reactors unneeded
Source: The Japan Times
Date: Aug. 22, 2012

July saw 6.3% drop in demand despite heat amid efforts to save

Sales by 10 major power utilities in July dropped by 6.3 percent due to a decline in demand, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan has revealed.[…]

some say the numbers prove that last month’s reactivation of two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture may have been unnecessary.


Rolling blackouts are to be implemented if necessary this summer in the Kansai region and Kyushu, but so far none has been needed.

The decline in electricity demand also came even though higher than average temperatures were recorded nationwide last month, according to the Meteorological Agency.


“The data are solid proof that Japan can supply enough electricity even without any nuclear power generation” –Hideyuki Koyama, executive director of Mihama no Kai, which opposes Kepco’s nuclear power use

h/t Anonymous tip

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Power use falls; reactors unneeded

July saw 6.3% drop in demand despite heat amid efforts to save

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WSJ: Japanese gov’t is now most likely to decide to eliminate all nuclear power -Officials

(Subscription Only) Title: Tokyo Ponders End to Nuclear Power
Source: Wall St. Journal
Date: August 21, 2012, 11:48 a.m. ET

The Japanese government is likely to decide to eliminate all nuclear power over the next two decades in a new long-term energy plan that comes amid strong public opposition to atomic energy and ahead of national elections expected in the next few months, said government officials familiar with policy discussions.


While it had been widely expected to choose the middle option [reducing dependence to 15%], government officials said Tuesday that the council [set up by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda] is now most likely to select the zero-nuclear option. “Zero nuclear is our hope and goal,” one of the officials told Dow Jones Newswires. “We are moving toward it, and I don’t think others will be aggressively against it.”


The policy is seen as a way for Mr. Noda and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to soothe public opinion, which has been especially hostile since the enactment earlier this month of legislation to double the sales tax


(Subscription Only) Title: Noda to meet with antinuclear rally organizers Wed. afternoon
Source: Kyodo
Date: Aug 21, 2012

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will meet Wednesday afternoon with organizers of the weekly antinuclear demonstrations outside his office, government officials and organizers said Tuesday.

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan will also attend the meeting between Noda and members of the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes at the premier’s office.


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Noda meets anti-nuke activists as he ponders nuclear power

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met representatives of a growing anti-nuclear energy movement on Aug. 22 amid signs his government, pressured by public safety fears, might be leaning towards a target to eliminate atomic power within two decades.

Energy policy has become a major headache for Noda and his Democratic Party of Japan, its ratings battered ahead of a general election many expect within months.

The activists demanded a swift exit from nuclear power, with trust in it undermined by last year’s Fukushima atomic disaster, while Noda restated the government’s stance to reduce reliance on atomic energy without saying by how much or when.

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Support for nuke-free Japan rises to 47% after voter discussions

Popular support for a nuclear-free Japan by 2030 has increased sharply to nearly 50 percent, according to a new polling method that gauges public opinion after selected voters have had a chance to discuss the issue among themselves.

The system, called deliberative polling, combines conventional public opinion polls with discussion meetings. It allows for people to change their opinions as they become more informed about a particular issue, and thus is thought to more accurately reflect public sentiment.

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2 Fukushima men suffer internal radiation exposure from homegrown vegetables

Two Fukushima Prefecture men in their 70s suffered a relatively high level of internal radiation exposure by consuming homegrown vegetables contaminated with radioactive cesium, a survey by the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science has found.

The level of radioactivity in one of the men was close to 20,000 becquerels. Researchers said this would result in an annual radiation dose of about 0.85 millisieverts — under the government’s yearly limit for radiation exposure from food of 1 millisievert per year.

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From ENENEWS at:

Regarding the recent test results that detected plutonium at 10 locations in Fukushima, Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen writes to ENENews:

Pu came from the damaged fuel rods, obviously. The question is whether it was the damaged rods inside U1/2/3 reactors or whether it was the U3 spent fuel pool. Given U1/2/3 had a containment around the cores (even if damaged), this data leads me to continue to believe that the U3 SFP detonation is the most likely location for the release.

When asked if the plutonium could have been transported by smoke from the burning fuel rods inside the reactors, Gundersen replies:

Burning is oxidation, so U or Pu combines with oxygen to create U oxide… just like Carbon combines with oxygen to make CO2…. small micron size particles….. I think the Pu at Fuku is raw, unoxidized, blown out, not burned

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Mainichi: “High-radiation jungle” developing in Fukushima mountains, forests — “A natural disaster will certainly occur” if situation continues

Title: Forest near Fukushima nuclear plant turning into high-radiation jungle
Source: Mainichi
Date: Aug 17, 2012


“If degrading of the mountain progresses, a natural disaster will certainly occur,” [Kimio Akimoto, head of the Futaba regional forestry cooperative] says.


about 80 percent of Fukushima Prefecture’s Futaba district is covered in forest


If trees wither, then the ground becomes unstable, making landslides and flash floods more likely. Akimoto, who has spent time in forests for over 40 years as a worker for the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi, has many times witnessed disastrous scenes when people have abandoned forests. Now, radiation is also a problem.

“Contaminated materials from the mountains reach inhabited areas, rivers and the sea, so decontamination of the mountains is necessary. But we know better than anyone that it’s hard to get far into the mountains where there are no paths, and there’s no way you can wash down every tree and dig up the soil,” he says.


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Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Common Dreams

Record Radiation Found in Fish off Fukushima

– Common Dreams staff

Fish recently caught off the shores of Fukushima have shown the highest level of radioactive caesium detected in fish and shellfish caught in Japan since the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster last year.

Fish on sale near Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011 (Agence France-Presse)

The fish were caught 12.5 miles off the plant on August 1 and registered 25,800 becquerels of caesium per kilo, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said.

The amount is 258 times the level that the government has set for safe consumption.

The greenling fish may have fed in “radioactive hotspots”,according to Agence France-Presse, but more samples of fish and seabed soil will be taken to measure patterns of radiation in the next few weeks.

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