BBC 14 September 2012. Japan unveils plan to phase out nuclear power

The Japanese government has unveiled a plan to phase out nuclear power by 2030, in a major policy shift after last year’s Fukushima disaster.

Under proposals put forward by a government panel, the reactors would be shut down completely by the year 2040.

Before the Fukushima disaster, nuclear power supplied about a third of Japan’s energy needs.

Japan aims to increase the use of renewable energy and import more oil, coal and gas for its power needs.

The plan faces strong opposition from businesses. Before the nuclear disaster, Japan had wanted to raise its nuclear energy use to 50% by 2030.

“There is no way we can accept this – I cannot think this is technologically possible,” Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

Nuclear energy has become a key public issue in Japan.

Nuclear plants were shut down for safety checks in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami which led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The restart of reactors in the town of Ohi in July sparked large public protests.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who had previously urged a return to nuclear power, could face a general election later this year. Whether a future administration would back the same energy policy is not clear.

‘Key pillars’
The panel said energy policy would be overhauled.

“Based on facing the reality of this grave accident and by learning lessons from the accident, the government has decided to review the national energy strategy from scratch,” a policy document said.

“One of the key pillars of the new strategy is to achieve a society that does not depend on nuclear energy as soon as possible.”

Under the proposals, nuclear reactors would be shut down after 40 years and new ones would no longer be built.

Reactors may also be restarted before they are phased out – something Mr Noda has pushed for in order to meet energy needs – but only if they meet strict safety standards from a new regulatory agency.

The government says it plans to utilise more renewable energy sources, increase investment in renewables and look for cheaper sources of LNG and other fossil fuels.

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As for the BBC request for ordinary people in Japan to contact it with their personal comments and experiences, well, Lori at Fukushima Diary and other such bloggers (independent observers and reporters) who are Japanese, have been sharing the same with the world since March 2011. And world authorities have slammed them for it. The Japanese government has spent millions of Yen in an attempt to compete and control the information the independents have presented to the world for the last 18 months. As a result conventional media, such as the BBC, are now scrambling for information previous deemed “unverified”.

So long as the Japanese government instructs its hospitals to turn away people asking for blood tests to check their exposures, such people will have a valid complaint. For thousands of school children in Japan’s Fallout Zone have been issued by the government with dosimeters. The children live in areas where measured radioactivity in air (from radio chemical flecks in air) matches that experienced by adult uranium miners at work.

When I worked in radiation related laboratory/workshop, my film badge and dosimeter readings were periodically verified by employer sponsored blood tests. Blood changes in response to radiation exposure are very sensitive and accurate. So, as far as I can see, the Japanese government knows very well that the monitoring of its fallout exposed children is cut price, third rate and un professional. It is inexcusable that children, babies and infants in parts of Japan are forced into the same exposure regime as an adult uranium miner. The uranium miner is better off in fact because the monitoring is better and the food at uranium mines far from the Fukushima food basket, is not contaminated with fission products.

So why does the Japanese government turn away people seeking blood tests? Either it has too much faith in dosimeters or it wants to suppress from publication in any medium a body of data which it might find confounding.

The Japanese government’s multi million Yen attempt to enforce conformity to its view of events via its sub contracted role of internet watcher and responder has failed.

The money would have been better spent helping Japanese Nuclear refugees and children forced back into the Fukushima Hot Zones by government edict. Where they are advised to stay indoors yet need to walk to school. Schools where contaminated soil has been bulldozed up and covered with tarps. Left laying there, in the school yard.

Meanwhile, the reactors at Fukushima Diiachi remain broken and venting and are likely to remain venting and aging for the next 40 years. The time the Japanese government says it will take to “decommission” them.

The world for next 40 years will be treated to the vision of steam and smoke constantly rising from the broken vessels. TEPCO will continue to pour water into the hulks and will continue to attempt to recapture it and store it. Meanwhile, they do not know the locations of the fuel within the vessels. They have plans to instal a thermometer in one.

Mr Noda says the reactors are in cold shut down. What does that mean for the people who have to live in areas where the measured radioactivity 1 foot above the ground is higher than what it is in the permanent exclusion zone?

Why is it so high in parts of Fukushima? Because they conduct decontamination processes, including steam cleaning, on buildings and streets where people still live, walk and drive. And where fallout is still arriving.

The Japanese people know all this. Mr Noda and his nuclear friends have a major problem because the mums and dads of Japan know too much. It is in fact 2012, people have had 18 months of lies because the nuclear leadership seem to think it is 1954. It isn’t.

It’s mainly the women who have the most penetrating gazes as they look upon the nuclear experts and government.

They will not forget the lies. Ever.

One Response to “BBC 14 September 2012. Japan unveils plan to phase out nuclear power”

  1. CaptD Says:

    This describes why the Japanese date of 2030 is just so much Nuclear Baloney* (NB) and the Japanese people know it!

    Bye Bye PM Noda at the next election!

    Japanese People, almost all your Leaders are in Nuclear Denial* and unless they keep your reactors shut down you may have ONE OR MORE Trillion Dollar Eco-DisasterFukushima’s because Fukushima proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    A year and a half exactly after Fukushima’s Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster Japan is the poster “boy” for Control by the Nuclear Industry and Utility Gangs:

    The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy In Japan

    This is one of the most well written articles on this Debacle…
    BTW It contains a great number of links to back up all points…


    The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

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