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IN JAPAN, MASSIVE ANTI-NUKE DEMONSTRATIONS IN TOKYO

19 Sep 2011

ANTI-NUKE DEMONSTRATIONS In a country like Japan where a majority of the residents is now against nuclear power, demonstrations attended by ordinary citizens are a vital and significant method of expression; And in fact, they are becoming a daily fact of life.  About 60,000 people marched in Tokyo on 19 Sep 2011(Monday) in the biggest show of public opposition to nuclear power since the start of the Fukushima Dai No.1 crisis in March 2011. The demonstration was the biggest the country has seen in years. Police said 20,000 people had taken part, while media reports put the number as high as 60,000 (notice the broad disparity in numbers).  The protesters, who included residents of Fukushima prefecture, called for the immediate closure of all of Japan’s nuclear reactors, and a new Energy Policy focused on renewable energy sources.

JAPANESE NOTABLES DEMONSTRATED;  Among them were: Nobel Literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe, who told protesters: “We need to let leaders of major(political) parties, and the ‘Japan Business Federation’ to know that we intend to resist nuclear power.”  MUSICIAN Ryuichi Sakamoto, and ACTOR Taro Yamamoto, who was forced to leave his production company earlier this year because of his opposition to nuclear power. Yamamoto (Illustrious name) said: “We already have enough electricity, even without nuclear plants…if we don’t act, Japan will become a disposal site for nuclear waste.”  (SOUNDS LIKE TARO WAS A VICTIM OF THE POWERS OF “B”-  What a shame!!!)

JAPAN HAD HOPED FOR 50% NUCLEAR. Before the Fukushima accident, Japan depended on nuclear for about 30% of its electrical power. The government has abandoned plans to increase its share to 50%.  Now, almost three-quarters of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors are inoperative due to “emergency safety checks” and/or regular maintenance. Pro-nuclear groups, including Japan’s biggest industry lobby, ‘Keidanren‘, have warned that the country faces power shortages unless idle reactors are brought back online.

FORMER PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN, supported phasing out nuclear power. In recent media interviews he said that at the height of the Fukushima DaiNo.1 crisis(About 13 Mar 2011), he had feared Japan would cease to function as a nation, and that 30 million people would have to be evacuated from Tokyo. No wonder he got sick!

NEW PRIME MINISTER JOSHIHIKO NODA on the other hand, has hinted that reactors which pass newly introduced stress tests, will go back on line, although he accepts that Japan must also look to other sources of energy. According to a recent poll by Associated Press and the market research firm GfK, 55% of Japanese residents want to reduce the number of reactors, while 35% believe the number should be kept the same. Only 4% wanted an increase, while 3% supported abolition.

GOSHI HOSONO, Still Japan’s Environment Minister, has been in charge the government’s response to the Dai No.1 crisis from day one.  Hosono, in my opinion, has demonstrated a “PIE-IN-THE-SKY” attitude.  Totally unrealistic, and often indifferent, and, or disingenuous.  Now he said on 19 Sep 2011, that Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) would stabilize the reactors earlier than planned. Hosono is also quoted as saying that Japan  would accept a team of The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquartered in Vienna.  IAEA inspectors due to arrive next month(OCT 2011) again, to advise on how to clean up the grounds surrounding the Dai No.1 plant. We would hope the Pacific Ocean’s coastal waters also.  Unfortunately, any such hopes are ill founded.  We know from experience that the IAEA (as in: Ea..EA – OH! – Old Mc Donald had a Farm, you remember the song, don‘t you?). Is nothing more than an INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR WHITEWASH GROUP, Funded by the powers of “B”, and until recently under a British Chairperson.  Truth is, they’ve been there, done that already – They left Fukushima with praises for TEPCO, and their work crews, AND NO RECOMMENDATIONS. THAT! IS WHAT THEY DO!  The Japanese Nuclear industry Is calling on foreign organizations to get them “Back to normal” – AS IF THAT WERE POSSIBLE!!

For the full demonstration story see:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/19/fukushima-protesters-japan-nuclear-power

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MY TAKE

This protest group seems very well organized, intent in its purpose, reasonable in its demands, and peaceful in seeking their demands.  WE CONGRATULATE THEM!

FUKUSHIMA – ONE HELL OF A TRAGEDY Six months after three(3) of its Dai No.1 , suffered core meltdowns, the plant continues to release radiation. The leaks have contaminated the water supply and food chain, and forced the evacuation of 100,000 people living near the Nukes. Residents of towns closest to the facility have been told it could be years, perhaps decades, before radiation levels are low enough for them to return.  It would be harsh, or perhaps cruel, to tell them the truth: THERE IS NO GOING BACK TO POISONED LANDS – Except for those who choose ending to their life, abandoned, shunned, mostly deprived of public and medical services; And yet, there will be some who opt so.

POPULAR DEMANDS MADE BY DEMONSTRATORS :

1. Shut-down of all Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) presently online – ASAP.

2. Permanent suspension of governmental consideration to authorize a Re-activation” of Nukes currently idle for any reason. New Prime Minister Joshihiko Noda is no so inclined- Perhaps that is the reason he was “Elected”.

3. An acknowledged governmental prohibition of any future plans/approval for NPPs construction. – Wonder how P.M. Noda feels about that?

4. A full revocation of the 20 mSv/year radiation exposure level for children.  That level is considered too high by most health organizations. – Wonder how Goshni Hosono feels about that?

5. An acknowledged shift in political policy, from nuclear power to natural energy.

COME TO THINK OF IT, THEIR DEMANDS ARTICULATE THOSE OF MANY PEOPLE IN NUCLEAR GENERATING COUNTRIES WHO WISH TO CHANGE THEIR COUNTRY’S ENERGY TACK.

gonzedo

 

September 19, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments (3)