TOKYO PEOPLE CELEBRATE THE DEACTIVATION OF THEIR LAST OPERATING NUKE
05 May 2012
THOUSANDS OF JAPANESE PEOPLE MARCHED TODAY to celebrate the deactivation of the Tomari Nuclear Power Plant(NPP) on the northern island of Hokkaido. The event coincides with “Children’s Day” in Japan; and, anti-nuclear activists say that is fitting, because they’re concerned about protecting children from radiation. Many people in Japan view the deactivation of Japan’s NPPs as a cause for celebration; Accordingly, they marched to celebrate the last of this nation’s 50 nuclear reactors which had remained active on Saturday(05 May 2012), Celebrants were shaking banners shaped as giant fish (now a potent anti-nuclear symbol). Participants also raised banners with the slogan: “Good bye, NPP”
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 42 YEARS Japan is without electricity generated by NPPs. “Tomari”, The last active NPP, of the country’s 50 remaining NPPs was deactivated for what’s described as “mandatory routine maintenance”. Since the Fukushima triple meltdown tragedy on 12 Mar 2011, no nuclear reactor in Japan has been restarted after being shut down for routine maintenance.
HOKAIDO ELECTRIC POWER CO. TECHNICIANS as of May 5, 2012, continue to monitor operations of their other power plants in the central power supply control center at the utility’s headquarters in Sapporo (northern Japan). On 17 Aug 2011, the Japanese Government approved the restart of reactor No. 3 (Tomari NPP complex has three reactors) Thus; Tomari No.3 was the first Japanese NPP reactor that was permited to be placed on line again after the Fukushima triple meltdown of 12 Mar 2011; Even so, “Tomari” NPP became Japan’s last operating commercial NPP. The reactor is of Mitsubishu design, and generated about 912MW.
THE MAYOR OF TOMARI TOWN, IN THE FURUU DISTRICT, where the reactor was shut down, calls the deactivation: “extremely regrettable.” Understandably, many local people want the plants back in operation because they stand to loose jobs, subsidies, and other benefits to their local economy. The Japanese Central government has warned of blackouts, and rising carbon emissions, as Japan is forced to turn to oil and gas to produce electricity, and other energy.
COMMENT: We know from other posts, that Japan’s Central government actually contemplated reactivating many idled reactors, but desisted in their efforts after most District Governor’s heeded their constituents to oppose any such initiatives, when (NIMBY) became the local cry. We are happy to see that the governmental system of “checks and balances” appears well and working in Japan, despite their Central government’s recalcitrance, inaction, and misdeeds.
Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)