Day 639 Atop a powder keg

There was an election in Kuwana City, Mie. One of those running, Mizutani, had been mayor five times and was seeking re-election but lost to a new Mirai Party candidate, Ito Narutaka, who received more than twice the number of votes as the previous mayor did. Ito supports stopping all nuclear power plant operation within 10 years. 

Ito-san ran for mayor before but didn’t win.

Mizutani received 16,254 votes. Ito received 42,352, roughly 2.6 times as many.

One would think that this shows powerful public support for the end of nuclear power in Japan.

 

One person on a listserv (sent to me by “M”) was wondering why this was not covered more broadly in the press:

 

桑名市では12月2日、自公民主と維新が推薦する、3期目かを狙う現市長を新人で未来塾生が2.6倍の票差で勝ったったそうです。
ご存知のこととは思うのですが、なぜこれがネットの話題にならないのか不思議です。
原発反対の方のはずなのですが、ネット検索しても詳しいことがわかりません。
私が技術的に未熟なせいもあります。
反原発の方々の大きな力になるはずです。

Well, it seems to have been… here:

 

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/mie/20121204/CK2012120402000019.html

伊藤さんに当選証書 桑名市長選で初当選

 

桑名市長選から一夜明けた三日、現職を大差で破り初当選を果たした伊藤徳宇(なるたか)さん(36)に、当選証書が手渡された。伊藤さんは「実感が湧いてきた。市長として市民のために働けると思うとうれしい。責任も重大と感じている」と語った。

 四万二千票余りを得票し、現職との差は二倍以上になった。伊藤さんは「驚いた。市長を変えなければという人が非常に多かったという印象を受けた」との見方を示し、投票率53・25%(前回比3ポイント増)に対しては「有権者の関心は高かったのではないか」とした。

 最優先の事業には、二〇一五年開院を目指す新病院の整備を挙げた。自らが地域に出向き市民と対話する場の設置や、情報公開にも意欲を示した。来年度予算については「当初は骨格とし、六月の補正で自分の色を出せれば」と話した。

 選挙後は午前三時半に床に就いた三日も午前六時に起床。桑名駅でお礼のあいさつに立ち、市民の激励を受けたという。

 (渡辺聖子)

and here:

 

2012年12月7日金曜日

12月2日開票の桑名市市長選挙で新人の伊藤徳宇氏が現職を大差で破り当選し ました。

http://www.tokyopressclub.com/2012/12/blog-post_7.html

[WARNING: My translation of Japanese may not be accurate. Check with credible sources before quoting😉 ]

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“Active Fault Right Under the Reactor Building in Tsuruga Nuke Plant”, Japan’s Nucleaer Regulatory Authority Concluded After 2-Day Field Research

 

 

All five experts on the Nuclear Regulatory Authority’s panel agree it is highly likely that the fault that runs right beneath the Reactor 2 building at Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant is an active fault.

Chairman Shunichi Tanaka doesn’t think it is even possible at this point to proceed with the safety evaluation to restart the plant.

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When asked by a reporter from Fukui TV why it was taking months for the operator of the plant to reach any conclusion but the Nuclear Regulatory Authority’s experts were able to reach a conclusion (that an active fault runs beneath the reactor building) in two days, Dr. Shimazaki answered:

After all, the plant operator is in a very delicate position, particularly those who actually do the investigation may be placed in a very delicate position, I suspect. Basically, [the operator] continues the investigation in order to prove that it is not an active fault, and as long as it cannot prove that it has to continue the investigation, so to speak. That is a totally different position than ours.

 

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Japanese nuclear plant ‘sitting on active fault line’

The operator of Japan’s Tsuruga nuclear power plant may be ordered to decommission the facility after seismologists confirmed that it sits directly atop an active fault line.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9736271/Japanese-nuclear-plant-sitting-on-active-fault-line.html

 

 

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Restart of Tsuruga plant appears difficult due to possible active fault

 

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121210p2g00m0dm078000c.html

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Urasoko fault near Tsuruga nuclear plant underestimated for over 30 years

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121211p2a00m0na022000c.html

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Scrapping Tsuruga nuclear plant faces legal hurdles

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121211p2a00m0na019000c.html

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Messages on Twitter show citizens’ interest in nuclear power

TOKYO, Dec. 11, Kyodo

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/12/198567.html

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Cause Still Unknown for #Fukushima II (Daini) Nuke Plant Pressure Rise in Reactor 1 Building

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/cause-still-unknown-for-fukushima-ii.html

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RyokichiKawashima94

‎”A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do…”

94 year old Ryokichi Kawashima is the oldest candidate standing in next month’s Japanese elections (Saitama). He i

s funding his candidacy with 3 million yen set aside for his funeral.His campaign pledge is adherence to Article 9 of the Constitution (which prohibits war by the state), opposition to nuclear power plants, and having the emperor as “head of state” instead of “symbol””Right-leaning (LDP President Shinzo) Abe and (Japan Restoration Party Leader Shintaro) Ishihara are moving to the right, they say “military” with ease. (Japan Restoration Party Deputy Leader Toru) Hashimoto is just absurd. We surrendered unconditionally. What has happened to Japan? I got worried.” At 21, Kawashima-san was drafted in 1939 to fight in World War II, fighting in China for seven years: “I survived the war, I have had a good time. If I don’t do anything now, I don’t know how I can justify myself to the soldiers who died.” On November 30, he gathered his family members to his house and declared that he would run for office. His family was initially against it, but he prevailed. “I thought I would ask my friends to help me, but they were all dead.””To be honest, I don’t think I will win. But I want to make myself heard.”Kawashima-san, you’re making yourself heard….

http://ex-skf.blogspot.fr/2012/12/election-in-japan-94-year-old-candidate.html

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Well worth reading:

Chernobyl factored in the fall of a corrupt regime — Fukushima may too

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20121209rp.html

They found that “abundance of invertebrates decreased with increasing radiation,” concluding that “the ecological effects of radiation from Chernobyl on animals are greater than previously assumed.”

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Book reveals human drama in Fukushima No. 1 crisis

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121211f2.html

…little has come to light about the human drama of how the plant workers who came to be dubbed the “Fukushima 50,” fought against incredible odds to avert catastrophic reactor explosions that would have led to the contamination of all eastern Japan.

But now a recently published book sheds light on dozens of those workers…

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Fukushima Evacuee: Many kids in region with symptoms of health damage — Abnormal changes began to occur on my son; Stomatitis, eczema, fever, epistaxis

http://enenews.com/fukushima-evacuee-many-kids-in-kanto-region-with-symptoms-of-health-damage-abnormal-changes-began-to-occur-on-my-son-stomatitis-eczema-fever-epistaxis

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Gundersen: I’m sure there’s a lot of damaged nuclear fuel in Fukushima spent fuel pools — The tubes are cracked — May be completely severed (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/gundersen-im-sure-lot-damaged-nuclear-fuel-fukushima-spent-fuel-pools-tubes-cracked-be-completely-severed-video

LIsten here:

http://www.fairewinds.org/content/fairewinds-podcast

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6400 Bq/Kg from shimeji mushroom in Koriyama Fukushima, cesium from 91% from the samples

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/6400-bqkg-from-shimeji-mushroom-in-koriyama-fukushima-cesium-from-91-from-the-samples/

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