Sunday, August 5, 2012

Nuclear Energy and Japan's Future

Nuclear energy, state efforts slammed at Fukushima hearing. The Asahi Shimbun 

[Excerpted] A farmer who used to live in Namie, near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant... 

"If you are going to designate areas where the evacuation order will be lifted and say people can live in those areas, the bureaucrats and politicians should live and work there first," the man said, drawing applause from the audience. 

...One event that pushed Watanabe [a judicial scrivener from Tomoika] to attend the Fukushima hearing was a comment made at a July hearing in Nagoya. He was angered when an employee of Chubu Electric Power Co. said, "No one has died from the radiation" from the Fukushima accident. 

"There are many people who died immediately after they evacuated or while leading lives as evacuees," Watanabe said. "Some people who might have lived longer if the accident hadn't occurred died, and families have also been torn apart." 

...It remains to be seen whether the central government will seriously take into consideration the views voiced in Fukushima. 

For one thing, when the central government recently approved the request by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to raise electricity rates for households, one prerequisite given was that six of the 10 reactors in Fukushima that were not damaged by the accident would be maintained.  

The government is also moving toward allowing the resumption of operations at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture... [end excerpt]

Majia here: The article states that 3 proposals have been forwarded for nuclear power in 2030
a. 0 % nuclear power
b. 15% nuclear power
c. 20-25% nuclear power

Japan's government is pushing the 15%, probably so as to guarantee the country remains in the "nuclear club" (i.e., have the capacity to produce nuclear weapons).

Relevant Links on Japan's Nuclear Aspirations

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