IN JAPAN, THE POWER OF DEMOCRACY TO BE TESTED IN Oi NUKES RE-START
16 JUN 2012
TWIN NUKES TO BE “RE-STARTED” As anticipated, the Japanese government on 16 Jun 2012, ordered two nuclear reactors in the town of Oi to “re-start” despite stiff public opposition all over Japan. Many nuclear-knowledgeable people all over the world fear that “The lessons of Fukushima” still haven’t been implemented to ensure public safety. Naturally, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has been arguing that appropriate safety checks have been taken, and that nuclear power is necessary to meet the country’s energy demands without debilitating blackouts, and sky-high electricity costs.
ANOTHER PUBLIC WORRY IS THAT the Japanese ruling party is using the Oi twin-Nukes to set a precedent to re-start Nukes all over Japan, where 50 Nukes are still idled after the Fukushima triple melt-down tragedy of 12 Mar 2011.
CITY OF OSAKA ASSEMBLY MEMBER OPOSSES DECISION Asahi Takayama, assembly member from the city of Osaka, within the region served by the Oi plant, said: “The decision has been made to restart the Oi nuclear plant. But there (STILL) isn’t an adequate plan for taking care of an accident, if one occurs. Work is still incomplete on the filtered vents that are supposed to prevent the spread of radioactive materials and the earthquake-proof building that’s essential for accident response. We can’t let this restart serve as a precedent for other plants to restart. Because this time they were only using provisional standards.”
MAYOR OF SETAKA WARD, IN TOKYO DEPLORES DECISION. Nobuto Hosaka; who campaigned on an anti-nuclear platform said: “The government has decided to move forward with a consumption-tax hike as well as reactor restarts. What has this country learned after March 11, and where is it going? The thing that’s really producing this huge force trying to push us back to the days before March 11 is the old guard with its vested interests. The time of the fake `change in ruling party’ is over; we’re approaching a time when the power of democracy will be tested.”
LOWER HOUSE MEMBER OPPOSES DECISION. Yukiko Miyake, (Gunma, Democratic Party of Japan) said about the news of the decision to restart the Oi reactors: “ As a member of the ruling party, I have to apologize from the bottom of my heart for my powerlessness. This is truly unfortunate, and I am now convinced that this Cabinet doesn’t listen to either the voice of the people or the opinions of its many colleagues in Parliament.”
JAPAN’S BUSINESS LOBBY IS SUPPORTIVE OF DECISION. Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of Keidanren’s said: “We welcome this decision, which was based on the government’s efforts to ensure safety and the understanding of local authorities toward restarts. The restart of nuclear power plants will contribute to the stable supply of electricity and help control the risk of rising prices. We hope other nuclear plants will restart as well, premised on the assurance of safety and understanding of local communities.”
THE “NUKE RE-START” NEWS IS NOT REALLY NEWS. The global press has been flaunting the event as if it were not only probable, but indispensable. Of course it is, when the Uranium global cartel is still staggering from its present precipitous financial losses, and perceived demise. Notice that in Japan, the “Green Energy” Industry has yet to surface, at least for use in Japan. Such is the Nuclear Industry dominance in that ill fated Country! No doubt about it!- In japan, “the tail is wagging the dog”!
THE URANIUM NUCLEAR CARTEL MUST BE PLACING EXTREME PRESSURE ON JAPAN TO BEGIN A “RE-START PRECEDENT”. You Know! – If Oi does it, why not at other idled Nukes ? - Sorry, we do not buy it ! - bad enough that that the “Fukushima safety lessons” have not yet been implemented anywhere. The “spent fuel” disposal problem is already extreme in Japan (and a few other countries), and “reactor restarts” will inevitably add more deadly transuranics (highly toxic, persistent radioactive elements) to the global total.
MOST JAPANESE GOVERNORS OPPOSE A RE-START; they, must now form the battle lines against the Central government, if they are to make Japanese democracy system of “checks and balances” work. Most Governors have already expressed their constituents’ desire to forego Nuclear Power. “Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)” is the popular stance, AND WITH GOOD REASON!
Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)