Day 530 In large print: ZERO NUKE POLICY.

90 percent of public submissions favor zero nuclear power plants

About 90 percent of public comments solicited by the government over the nation’s future energy policy support the abolition of nuclear power, an analysis of the data released Aug. 22 has shown.

The results of the analysis were reported Aug. 22 at a meeting to review public debate. Of the 89,124 submissions from the public, the government analyzed about 7,000 of them. It found that 81 percent favored immediate abolition of all nuclear power plants, while 8.6 percent favored a shift to a society free of nuclear plants in stages. Altogether, about 4 percent of people said they either supported or permitted nuclear power.

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Antinuclear Japan: Nearly 90% of Public Comments on National Energy Policy Are “Zero Nuke”

That’s the number from analyzing 7,000 comments from the public on the national energy policy. 80,000 more to go.

The committee members who have been analyzing the public comments have already started to stress the importance of “quality” over the “quantity”.

From Mainichi Shinbun (8/22/2012):

パブリックコメント:原発ゼロ支持9割 7000件分析

Support for “No nuclear plants” 90% of the 7000 public comments analyzed so far

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Meteorological Agency plans to use advanced devices to speed up earthquake early warnings

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has decided to start using advanced deep underground and underwater seismometers by the end of this fiscal year so that it can issue earlier alerts for major earthquakes hitting Tokyo and the Kinki and Chubu regions.

The JMA plans to use data from “deep underground seismometers” installed at least about 500 meters underground in the Kanto region as well as the so-called DONET (Dense Oceanfloor Network System for Earthquakes and Tsunamis) installed in the Kinki and Chubu regions. In the event of an inland or near-field earthquake hitting the metropolitan area, an alert could be issued one to three seconds faster than the current system. In the case of a powerful earthquake striking the Kinki and Chubu regions, an early warning could be issued seven to 10 seconds faster than the current system.

The National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) installed the “deep underground seismometers” on solid bedrock about 500 to 3,500 meters below ground in order to accurately monitor temblors on the Kanto Plain that consists of soft sedimentary layers. According to the JMA, data from the seismometers will be sent to the JMA’s processing equipment for early warnings. Because the seismometers are installed closer to the focus of quakes than monitoring points set up on the surface of the Earth, an alert for an inland earthquake hitting the metropolitan area could be issued one to three seconds faster and more accurately.

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Worker dies after collapsing at Fukushima nuke plant

A 57-year-old worker died after collapsing at the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant on Aug. 22, police have announced.

The incident marks the latest in a series of deaths of workers trying to bring the plant under control following the outbreak of the nuclear disaster in March 2011. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says it is aware of four such workers having died in the past.

According to TEPCO, the man was found collapsed at the plant at around 10:35 a.m. on Aug. 22 and was rushed to a hospital in the Fukushima Prefecture city of Iwaki after suffering cardio-respiratory arrest. The man died that afternoon, Fukushima Prefectural Police said.

“It is not known why he collapsed, but it was not because of the effects of radiation, judging from his exposure dosage,” TEPCO said.

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Cesium-laden fish may point to ocean hot spots

Staff writer

A record-high 25,800 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium has been detected in fish caught within 20 km of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co., indicating there may be hot spots under the sea that need further investigation.

Fishy business: Record-high levels of radioactive cesium were found in these two “ainame” greenlings caught Aug. 1 off the coast of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. KYODO/TEPCO

That level is 258 times the government limit for safe consumption. The cesium was found in two “ainame” (greenlings) caught Aug. 1 at a depth of 15 meters, Tepco said Tuesday. It was the most cesium found among seafood samples so far.

A person could get a dose of 0.08 millisieverts by eating 200 grams of the greenlings, Tepco said. A cumulative dose of 100 millisieverts increases the risk of dying from cancer by 0.5 percent.

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Fukushima co-ops to resume trial fishing for 7 more species

IWAKI, Fukushima — Fisheries cooperatives in Fukushima Prefecture have agreed to additionally permit trial fishing of seven more fish species amid a voluntary ban on coastal fishing off the prefecture following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The fisheries cooperatives reached an agreement with the Fisheries Agency, the Fukushima Prefectural Government and distributors during their meeting in Iwaki on Aug. 22. A formal decision will be made at a meeting of heads of fisheries associations on Aug. 28.

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Japan Nuclear Professor: Fukushima smoke stacks releasing radiation on a daily basis (VIDEO)

Atomic Age Symposium II: Fukushima, May 5, 2012 – Session III Roundtable
Published: August 22, 2012
Published by: University of Chicago

At 9:00 in

Hiroaki Koide, nuclear reactor specialist and Assistant Professor at Kyoto University’s Nuclear Research Institute: I think you saw some pictures of the Fukushima power plants today, and what you saw there is that it’s got huge stacks, smoke stacks, and there’s stuff coming out of that, and that there’s radiation coming out of that on a daily basis.

There’s also radioactive material in fluid form coming out from the water that is released in trying to keep the radioactive material cool.


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Scientists to call for review of nuclear disposal

Japan’s national scientists’ organization is to propose a radical review of the government’s plan for disposing of highly radioactive nuclear waste. The group says an initial plan to bury the waste more than 300 meters underground for tens of thousands of years is wrong for the country.

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