2/11 SF Japan Consulate Protest-Defend The Families of Fukushima and Stop Restarting Japanese NUKE Plant
Saturday January 11, 2018 3:00 PM
San Francisco Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St./California St.
The failure of the Abe government to remove the radioactive material from the Fukushima nuclear plants nearly 7 years after the meltdown is another example of the dangers of nuclear power for the world. Despite this continuing environmental and health hazard for the people of Fukushima, Japan and the world the Abe government continues to push for restarting other nuclear plants.
Families are being forced to go back to Fukushima since the government says it has been “decontaminated” and that the people can “overcome” radiation. This propaganda is far from the reality. Even the Olympics in Japan are threatened with the continued leakage of contamination from Fukushima but PM Abe said that it was no longer a problem in order to get the Olympics approved for Japan.
Even former prime ministers Koizumi and Kan are opposing the restarting of the nuclear plants and recognize that another catastrophic accident like Fukushima could lead to the destruction of the entire country.
The Abe government is also pushing for more militarization and war preparation with a secrecy law, a conspiracy law and plans to remove article 9 from the constitution that prohibits offensive war.
They also deny the role of the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War to use sexual slaves for the troops and they are retaliating against teachers who oppose militarization and war
Join No Nukes Action at our monthly rally and speak out at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco to speak out for the mothers and families of Fukushima and the people of Japan and the world who are demanding the closure of these dangerous nuclear plants.
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No Nukes Action Committee http://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/
Japan ex-prime minister Koizumi pushes bill to kill nuclear power https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Japan-ex-prime-minister-Koizumi-pushes-bill-to-kill-nuclear-power
January 11, 2018
Japan's ex-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, far right, proposed an outline Wednesday for a bill to immediately shut down Japan's nuclear power.
TOKYO -- A group advised by two former Japanese prime ministers on Wednesday unveiled the outline of a bill calling for an immediate shutdown of country's nuclear power stations in favor of natural energy sources.
Moving Japan away from nuclear power "is difficult under the [Shinzo] Abe administration," former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told a press conference at the Diet. But that goal, he said, "will absolutely be realized in the near future, with support from a majority of citizens."
The group would "cooperate with any party that makes serious efforts to advance denuclearization and natural energy," added Koizumi, who headed Japan's government from 2001 to 2006.
Fellow adviser Morihiro Hosokawa, who served as prime minister from 1993 to 1994, also attended the press conference. The group called for wide-ranging cooperation among ruling and opposition parties with the aim of submitting a bill to the regular Diet session set to convene Jan. 22.
The leader of the anti-nuclear group later took part in an energy-policy discussion with the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. During lower-house elections late last year, the party promised to deliver a bill to wean Japan off nuclear energy.
Bringing Japan's nuclear power to zero is a "moral responsibility for the future of the people," said Tetsuro Fukuyama, secretary-general of the Constitutional Democrats
Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lethal levels of radiation detected in leak seven years after plant meltdown in Japan http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/fukushima-nuclear-disaster-radiation-lethal-levels-leak-japan-tsunami-tokyo-electric-power-company-a8190981.html
The Independent February 2, 2018
Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lethal levels of radiation detected in leak seven years after plant meltdown in Japan
Expert warns of 'global' consequences unless the plant is treated properly
Workers of theTokyo Electric Power Co, which is tasked with the job to decommission the nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima EPA
Lethal levels of radiation have been detected at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, seven years after it was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which operated the complex and is now responsible for its clean up, made the discovery in a reactor containment vessel last month.
The energy firm found eight sieverts per hour of radiation, while 42 units were also detected outside its foundations.
Experts told Japanese state broadcaster NHK World that exposure to that volume of radiation for just an hour could kill, while another warned the leaks could lead to a “global” catastrophe if not tackled properly.
A sievert is defined as the probability of cancer induction and genetic damage from exposure to a dose of radiation, by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). One sievert is thought to carry with it a 5.5 per cent chance of eventually developing cancer.
It came as Tepco said the problem of contaminated water pooled around the plants three reactors that is seeping into the ground has caused a major headache in its efforts to decommission the plant.
Thousands of workers have been hired by the company to as it attempts to secure the plant, which was the scene of the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
Three of its reactors went into a meltdown after the earthquake and tsunami which killed at least 15,000 people.
Tepco has admitted that it could be until 2020 until the contamination issue is resolved. Only then can it move onto the second stage of removing nuclear debris at the site, including the damaged reactors.
Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, said the high levels of radiation found in and around the reactor last month were “expected” and unlikely to pose a danger.
He told The Independent: “Although the radiation levels identified are high, a threat to human health is very unlikely because apart from workers at the site, no-one goes there.
“The high readings from fuel debris would be expected – the higher reading from the foundations, if confirmed, would be more of a concern as the cause is at present unclear. But as officials indicate, it might not be a genuine reading anyway.
“What this does demonstrate is that, seven years after the disaster, cleaning up the Fukushima site remains a massive challenge – and one that we’re going to be reading about for decades, never mind years.”
But Mycle Schneider, an independent energy consultant and lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, said that Tepco “hasn’t a clue what it is doing” in its job to decommission the plant.
He added that the contaminated water that is leaking at the site could end up in the ocean if the ongoing treatment project fails and cause a “global” disaster, he told The Independent.
“Finding high readings in the reactor is normal, it’s where the molten fuel is, it would be bizarre if it wasn’t," he said.
Mr Schneider added that the radiation leaks coupled with the waste from the plant stored in an “inappropriate” way in tanks could have global consequences.
“I find it symptomatic of the past seven years, in that they don’t know what they’re doing, Tepco, these energy companies haven’t a clue what they’re doing, so to me it’s been going wrong from the beginning. It’s a disaster of unseen proportions."
“This is an area of the planet that gets hit by tornadoes and all kinds of heavy weather patterns, which is a problem. When you have waste stored above ground in inappropriate ways, it can get washed out and you can get contamination all over the place.
“This can get problematic anytime, if it contaminates the ocean there is no local contamination, the ocean is global, so anything that goes into the ocean goes to everyone.”
He added: "It needs to be clear that this problem is not gone, this is not just a local problem. It’s a very major thing.”
The Independent contacted Tepco for comment, but the energy giant had not responded at the time of publication.