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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.”

COMMENTARY:

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)

June 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM Comments (0)

IN GERMANY A NEW STUDY OUTLINES GREEN ENERGY PLANS

07 JUN 2012

GERMANY’S CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL EXPECTS MANY NEW GREEN ENERGY JOBS She is banking on a major expansion in “renewable energy” (green energy) to make up for possible power shortfalls created by the planned phase-out from the Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).  Soon after the Fukushima tragic triple meltdown of 12 Mar 2011, Ms. Merkel surprised the nuclear Industry, and the world by announcing the intention to phase-out all of Germany’s NPPs.  Now, a GWS think tank * study presented on 06 Jun 2012, showed Germany’s expanding green energy industry plans to account for over half a million jobs by 2030: that, is up more than 33% from current levels, and driven by rapidly developing solar panel, and off-shore wind generation industries.

THE GWS THINK-TANK EXPECTS MANY NEW JOBS. Jobs linked to the green energy industry, are expected to rise as much as 600,000 by 2030. Currently around 382,000 jobs are linked to the industry – equivalent to about 1 % of the workforce in Europe’s largest economy. The study included employees involved in making and maintaining renewable energy equipment, as well as workers indirectly serving the sector such as scientists, suppliers and service industries.  Germany plans to derive 35 % of its power from renewable sources by 2020, and 80% by 2050.  They currently produce only about 20% green-energy; consequently, many critics say those targets look very optimistic.  Even so, German industry prides itself on adapting to new global trends, and has already shifted some of its traditional heavy engineering to green technology in the last decade.; Not surprisingly, this has helped to shield its economy, and job market from the worst of the European financial and debt crises.

THE SOLAR-CELL GENERATING SECTOR OF INDUSTRY was boosted in the last decade by generous incentives which turned Germany into the world’s largest market for solar panels, and currently accounts for about a third of jobs in the green energy sector: However, some experts are pessimistic about the solar-cell sector due to cuts in incentives, and increased competition from abroad.  Several firms in the sector have gone bankrupt in the last year: Even so, the GWS study said the industry should hold its own.

BIOENERGY ALSO LOOMS PROMINENTLY. In Germany, it currently accounts for about 33% of jobs in the green energy.

OFF-SHORE WIND DRIVEN GENERATION TO UNDERGO A RAPID EXPANSION: Although, it currently accounts for about 25% of green energy jobs.  It is earmarked for rapid expansion.   Plans call to build 10,000 MW of offshore wind parks by 2020, but are hampered by an inadequate power grid plus regulatory and financing questions.  GWS’ Ulrike Lehr**, co-author of the study, said: “Much depends on international conditions. The development of the wind sector, for example, will be affected a good deal by export/ demand but we expect the distribution between sectors to remain roughly the same,” While the southern state of Bavaria and western state of North Rhine-Westphalia contribute the largest number of workers in the green energy sector.  Less dynamic economies in former Communist eastern states are more reliant on the industry, and growth in several of those states has been boosted in the last few years by solar cell production, and now, some are now pinning their hopes on offshore wind.

*GWS Think Tank  http://www.indiajapansummit.org/en/index.php?page=speakerdetails&id=204

**Ulrike Lehr – Bremen   http://www.gws-os.de/downloads/tagungen/ieaa08.pdf

COMMENT:

IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO PREDICT THE FUTURE; Even so, goals should be set, and expectations given a proper perspective in planning for the future at a major transition time in the history of energy generation worldwide.  In all probability, Germany’s Infrastructure (GRID) developments, and green energy planning reflect the very problems most nations of the world will need to face as soon as possible.

“A SILVER LINING IN EVERY CLOUD” We had anticipated correctly that the changeover to green energy would create many new jobs, and usher new technology.  Attempting to quantify how many jobs is another problem; difficult at best.  Only time will tell.

“WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT” that Henry Ford’s tinkering with internal combustion engines would lead to the creation of “mass-production” of autos; Hence, the now dominant Auto-industry.  Also needed were a complete infrastructure of roads, repair centers (garages), fuel distribution and selling (service stations), and even the very powerful Petroleum refining products cartel.  It took about 100 years, but it transcendentally changed humanity forever.

WE SEEM TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE WITH GERMAN PLANNING. If you read our last post you will know this.  Once again we offer kudos to Germany for showing the world both resolve and courage to face an ever uncertain and rapidly evolving world. Meanwhile in the USA, “something will have to give” to break our governmental grid-lock in the NRC. We Americans deserve better from our government,

Edward Oliver Gonzalez

Thanks to Reuters for their article on this subject on 06 Jun 2012

 

June 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM Comment (1)

GERMANY PLANNING NEW ELECTRICAL GRID LINES TO COPE WITH FUTURE

30 May 2012

ONCE AGAIN GERMANY LEADS THE WAY IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT. Once before they led the way with the creation of their “Autobohn” in the 1930’s; Now, On 29 may 2012, Germany’s Federal grid regulator (BNetzA) has introduced a “draft copy” of their first “national electrical grid development plan” to Chancellor Angela Merkel, who together with her new environment minister Peter Altmaier, and Economic minister Philipp Roesler discussed the challenges Germany is facing with regards to the much needed expansion/modernization of the power grid.  During a visit to the grid regulator office based in Bonn, Roesler said: “The grid development plan is key to the implementation of the energy transformation,”> BNetzA’s new president Jochen Homann said: “Without a transformation of the grid, the progress made in renewable energy will be in vain.” (THERE IS A MAN WITH A VISION).

THE NEW GRID EXPANSION/MODERNIZATION PLAN Contains the measures needed for a secure power transmission system for the next ten (10) years, and will incorporate inputs from the four (4) Transmission System Operators (TSOs). It is based on the so-called “scenario framework”, which forecasts generation and demand scenarios in 2022.  The plan draft was  approved at the end of 2011.  According to a report by the government-sponsored think-tank “Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)”, Germany needs to expand its power grid by 3,600 km (2,232 miles) of new high-voltage lines to accommodate the rapid expansion of renewable energy; That, would cost about  Eur10 billion ($12.5 billion) and include connecting offshore wind farms.  Dena “Netzstudie II”, was published   last on Nov 2011;  “dena”-head, Stephan Kohler said: “The grid must not become a bottleneck for the change in energy policy…Wind and solar power are useless if we cannot transport it to where it is needed or where it can be stored. It is now in the hands of politicians to set the framework for faster integration of renewable energy through the expansion of the grid…key to the identified grid reinforcements in the [draft] are powerful north-south lines in order to connect the high-consumption regions in southwestern Germany, most affected by the planned phase-out of nuclear energy with wind -energy dominated northern Germany,”

THE FOUR GERMAN TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OPERATORS (TSOs) ARE: 1. neT,   2. .Amprion, 3. 50 Hertz, and 4. TransnetBW. They will publish the draft on 30 May 2012. The grid regulator will oversee the consultation process, and will also have to approve the reworked draft following the consultation period, it stated: By design, and fabrication of uranium fuel for nuclear reactors.egn, and fabrication of uranium fuel for nuclear reactors.side the optimization and enhancement of the existing grid, the use of innovative technologies such as high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) will play an important role…under the existing premises a considerable expansion of the grid as well as new lines will be needed.”

COMMENT:


One has to admire German tenacity and determination to provide for their future.  First they decided to abandon Nuclear Power generation; and now, they have began to plan for the extensive electrical grid improvements/modernization needed  to make a “Green energy” future possible, and without obstacles. They realize that such infrastructure changes are long-term expensive, but see them as an investment in their future.  Such programs have an often forgotten benefit in that they provide a lot of new (more modern, and often create new technologies) jobs to benefit the working people.  Kudos to Germany!  Wish more countries would follow their example.  Many countries like the USA, have only GRID-LOCK in many governmental functions. What a shame!- specially in these times of transcendental change for humanity.  History seems to favor those who prepare for the future.

WORDS OF APPRECIATION to the SA-Express news for having provided mySa forums for several years.  Our appreciation is genuinely extended to Sandra (moderator), and her fine assistants.  As we all know, 31 May 2011 is the last day they will provide the mySA forum.  We deeply regret the attitudes that led to their discontinuation decision. This will be our last post at mySa.

WORDS OF APRECIATION TO THE mySa READERS who honored us with their readership so long and faithfully.  Our readership had grown steadily until it reached 40,000 reads per month, and a total reads tally of about 625,000.  We believe these many reads are significant, and a good indicator that the Mainstream Press has failed to “tell it like it is” (our mantra) whenever the information is contrary to powerful financial interests – their advertisers. There is work to do.

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Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

 

May 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM Comments (0)

JAPANESE NUCLEAR NEWS BLACKOUT CONTINUES TO HURT JAPAN’S IMAGE

18 May 2012

THIS POST BEARS REPEATING. FIRST PUBLISHED ON 08 FEB 2012,it is a is a sequel to JAPAN’S GOV. AND TEPCO ARE LYING AGAIN ABOUT A “COLD-SHUTDOWN” AT FUKUSHIMA NPPs At: http://energymaters.com/?p=480  The post has been substantially updated and expanded.

WE TOLD YOU THEY WERE LYING THEN, AND THEY ARE LYING STILL. A former “special(nuclear)adviser” to Naoto Kan, who was prime minister during 12 Mar 2011 as the crisis started, warned that the Fukushima situation is far from resolved, and has exposed a multitude of serious nuclear problems that Japan will have to confront for years. Dr. Hiroshi Tasaka, who has a doctorate in nuclear engineering, and is now a professor at Tama University, said in an early Feb 2012 interview with The Japan Times: “I would say (the crisis) just opened Pandora’s box” of nuclear perdition.

DR. TASAKA SAW THE SECRET DOCUMENT. He recalled viewing the government’s “FUKUSHIMA DAI NO.1 – WORST CASE SCENARIO” late March 2011, When he was officially appointed “special advisor to the prime minister”.  The document detailed a hypothetical Fukushima crisis worst case scenario: 1. Eventual contamination from the plant would require the government to assist residents in the Tokyo area to evacuate if they wanted to voluntarily “migrate” based on the same evacuation protocols adopted for the 1986 Chernobyl accident. 2. The scenario assumed another hydrogen explosion would occur in the reactor #1 building, and radiation would force all of the workers at the plant to evacuate. 3. All of the pools storing hundreds of nuclear fuel assemblies would eventually lose their cooling ability, and the assemblies would melt down and breach the pools (spill on the ground, and most probably initiate an uncontrollable chain reaction of unimaginable magnitude). SCARY, ISN’T IT?

“SPENT FUEL POOLS” STILL THE BIGGEST DANGER” Acording to Dr. Hiroshi Tasaka who was one of a select group allowed to glimpse the secret “WORST CASE SCENARIO” document written up by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC). According to the scenario, the biggest risk during the meltdown crisis wasn’t the reactors themselves, but the spent fuel pools sitting atop them, particularly the one above reactor 4, which still contains about 1,500 nuclear fuel assemblies. Unlike reactors 1, 2 and 3, the No. 4 unit was “offline for regular checks” when disaster struck on 11 Mar 2011, and thus the reactor (NUKE) didn’t suffer a meltdown. But its fuel rods were in the pool outside the reactor, and the pool’s coolant water fell dangerously low. Adding to that danger, the fuel pool was (is) now directly exposed to the outside environment after a hydrogen explosion blew off the upper part of the reactor building on 15 Mar 2011. The Spent Fuel Pool now appears to be dangling over the edge of the reactor building;  Dr. Dr. Tasaka added ominously: “The potential heat from the pool was also much higher than other pools because 204 of the 1,535 assemblies were still “new ones” that had been temporarily removed from reactor 4 for regular checks”

IT’S THE POOLS – FOOLS! The Fukushima No.1 Triple meltdown has highlighted the dangers of spent fuel pools, which are outside the robust primary containment vessels of the reactors themselves. Dr. Tasaka said: “Under the current circumstances, the nation has no prospect of starting up the experimental high-level nuclear waste processing facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, because of both technical difficulties and the sentiments of antinuclear activists: This means utilities must (continue to) store their spent fuel assemblies in cooling pools at their respective reactor sites as a “temporary measure…That situation greatly increased the danger at Fukushima No. 1 on March 11…The storage capacities of the spent fuel pools at the nation’s nuclear power plants are reaching their limits”. According to Dr. Tasaka: “The utilities’ fuel pools were about 70 % full on average in 2010, but the figure was 80 % at Fukushima No. 1. The makeshift cooling systems set up at Fukushima No. 1 to stabilize the stricken reactors and fuel pools have greatly reduced the possibility of another catastrophe; Even so, the improvised system for decontaminating the coolant water, is nevertheless generating large amounts of highly contaminated waste every day… Making matters worse, the government (OR INDUSTRY ?) doesn’t have any place to permanently store it”.

WORST CASE SCENARIO “SO SHOCKING” IT NEEDED SECRECY. The simulation was “so shocking” that top government officials decided to keep the paper secret by treating it as a “mere personal document” of JAEC Chairman Shunsuke Kondo, who compiled the simulation. The government only gave it official recognition at the end of Dec 2011 – More than 10 months after Tasaka saw the worst-case scenario paper. Dr. Tasaka is still not sure if such scary information should immediately be made public during a nuclear plant crisis; He said: “The assumed worst case was extreme and people did not need to immediately flee the Tokyo area even in March or April”, Dr. Tasaka added that, disclosing the simulation could have caused panic in the capital” Dr. Tasaka was obliged to keep secret the “worse case scenario” learned at the prime minister’s office, and did not feel in a position to decide “what information” was to be made public during the crisis.

GROUNDLESS OPTIMISM” – A SOURCE OF CONCERN Dr. Tasaka is also deeply concerned about the “groundless optimism” displayed by bureaucrats and business leaders as they rush to restart dozens of reactors that remain halted for safety checks since March 11. He said: “I understand quite well the intentions of the government, which now wants to send out a message of hope. But at this stage, all the risks should be put on the table…The nation’s nuclear regulators must carry out drastic reforms to regain the people’s trust. This is an imperative for the government if it wants to keep pushing nuclear power”.

WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC ?. That is still an unanswered question that crosses moral, ethical, and “salvation of the many” grounds not yet broached satisfactorily by “nuclear” countries. Dr. Tasaka said he decided to start talking about the “worse-case scenario” only after Prime Minister Kan mentioned some of its highlights during an interview with the media in Sep 2011. Dr. Tasaka recently wrote in a new book, “Kantei Kara Mita Genpatsu Jiko No Shinjitu” (The Truth About the Nuclear Accident as Viewed From the Prime Minister’s Office). Dr. Tasaka now believes the media and government should lay some ground rules in advance, on what sensitive information should be made clear in a nuclear crisis. MOST PEOPLE NOW AGREE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW – NO MATTER HOW GRAVE THE SITUATION!

IT’S THE POOLS – FOOLS!!!  Even though this article is self-explanatory, the concerns expressed herein bear careful scrutiny, and the realization that Japan is not alone in its plight with “Toxic Nuclear waste” produced by Nukes, with nowhere to go. There are literally thousands of Nukes worldwide (mostly old ones) with “Spent Fuel Pools” serving as “Nuclear Waste Repositories; worse yet, most spent fuel pools are located on the same building, and above the Nuke itself to facilitate spent fuel removal, and re-installation by the use of remotely controlled davit/cranes. Convenient, but potentially deadly, and security wise, extremely vulnerable. Strange isn’t it ?(perhaps sheer stupidity). Reactors are designed to be strong enough to withstand an aircraft crashing into them; yet the most toxic materials(transuranics) sit under a light roof in a blue water pool; located above most reactors.  Keep in mind there are now “many years” of nuclear waste stored in that fashion all over the world – wherever Nukes exist. The Nuclear Uranium-fueled Industry has truly painted humanity into a corner.  It took the Fukushima tragedy to bring that awful truth to the attention of the world.   

DR. TASAKA ALSO AVOIDED “RELEASE OF INFORMATION” RESPONSIBILITY” “He was just an advisor” THEY ALL SAY THAT! Even so, the IAEA could perform a useful function (for once) in writing proposals regarding the release of information, critical to the survival of potentially thousands of innocent victims of nuclear catastrophes; Unfortunately they, and most of the Nuclear Regulatory Agencies of the world, consider it their primary duty to hide such information to protect powerful financial interests. – Yes, here, there, and everywhere! IT IS A HELL OF A WAY TO RUN A RAILROAD!
REGRETABLY, NOTHING HAS CHANGED AT FUKUSHIMA DAI NO.1. It is still a doomsday machine awaiting an earthquake, or another hydrogen explosion, and those in authority worldwide seem in a state of denial still.  Recall the United Nations(UN) received an “Urgent request” last 02 May 2012 signed by at least 70 separate Japanese organizations to assist Japan in every possible way in dealing with the Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima No.1.  Some are already in a critically dangerous situation; To date, there has been no pubic response by the president of the UN, himself a former Nuclear Industry executive in Japan.  What shall we read into this?  It could be he is still in collusion with the Japanese Nuclear Industry in trying to make “lemonade out of lemons” to protect powerful financial interests.  Indeed, there is a strong Public Relations (PR) thrust in Japan right now, using the world media, to restart some NPPs.  On the other hand Japanese public, and Japanese governors, have strongly opposed (successfully to date) any more Nuclear Energy in Japan;  As heretofore, the Japanese central Government, and their lackeys, continue to advocate Nuclear energy.  THE JAPANESE NUCLEAR NEWS BLACKOUT IS PROOF OF COLLUSION.  BIG MONEY MAKES FOOLS OF MANY PEOPLE.  I SUPPOSE THEY FIGURE THEY CAN GET THEIR GOLDEN PARACHUTE, AND LEAVE BEFORE OTHERS DO.  BIG MONEY CORRUPTS SO ABSOLUTELY, THAT IT EVEN DESTROYS THE BUSHIDO SPIRIT WHICH HAS FOR CENTURIES BEEN THE BACKBONE OF JAPAN. WHAT A SHAME!

COMMENT TODAY:  Recently many reports have surfaced about radioactive fallout in the Tokyo area. Followers of this blog have read about it, and now there are even clandestine reports that the Japanese Government may be looking for a place, or country(outside Japan)to evacuate (relocate, if you will) the some 40 million, or so citizens of Tokyo. We suggested that possibility/need early after the three meltdowns + became evident. At that time it must have sounded as preposterous to many Japanese. So did unconditional surrender to America in Aug 1945.  But in the final analysis(with American help) It helped Japan to become a highly industrialized nation, and a world class commercial competitor.  It is ironic that a nuclear explosion in Nagasaki during Aug 1945, caused Japan to close the door on pre-war domination ambitions, and opened the door to NPPs as a solution to their perennial energy problems. Then on 12 Mar 2011, a nuclear explosion of a different kind, closed what turned out to be a false door to Japan’s economical dominance to be achieved through NPP sales with maintenance/logistical strings attached;  Now, they cannot even give NPPs away.

JAPANESE VISIONS OF WORLD DOMINANCE THRU ENERGY CONTROL, HAVE GONE UP IN BLACK AND WHITE SMOKE; AND THIS TIME, THEY HAVE SPOILED THE WORLD’S ECO-SYSTEMS.  TIME WILL SHOW MUCH WORSE THAN THEY ARE WILLING TO ADMIT, OR THE WORLD TO ACCEPT;  AND STILL…THEY CONTINUE TO DRAG THEIR FEET IN REMEDIATION EFFORTS AT FUKUSHIMA.  THIS TIME THERE WILL BE NO GEN. DOUGLAS Mc ARTHUR, AND THE USA TO ASSIST THEM IN RECONSTRUCTION OR RELOCATION.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez(gonzedo)

 

May 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments (30)

TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER CO. (TEPCO) TO BE NATIONALIZED BY BAILOUT

09 MAY 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Co, Japan’s biggest utility, and owner of the devastated Fukushima Dai No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, will be taken over by the government, after Japan’s trade minister approved a $12.5 billion bailout plan on 09 May 2012, in what is effectively a “nationalization plan”. We suppose TEPCO is believed to be “too big to fail” since they supply electrical power to almost 45 million people, in and around Tokyo, with a large fleet of non-nuclear utilities. TEPCO lodged a formal request for government “support” last Apr 2012, after months of dragging its feet as it sought to retain management control.

YUKIO EDANO, JAPAN’S “TRADE AND INDUSTRY” MINISTER told a news conference: “Without the state funds, (TEPCO) cannot provide a stable supply of electricity and pay for compensation and decommissioning costs…Even though the firm will be under so-called state control, I want the company to do its best to step out of this situation soon…Under the new management, I urge that the firm builds a fresh culture, listening to voices of those who have been harmed [by the nuclear crisis], to customers, to society, and starts actively releasing information.”  Finally, Mr. Edano gets the “fundamental people’s right to information” correctly. Edano added that granting approval to the utility’s “10-year turnaround plan”, paves the way for the Central government to inject 1 trillion yen ($12.5 billion) thus bringing total government support for the company to at least 3.5 trillion yen since the triple meltdowns at Fukushima last Mar 2011. The eventual cost of the nuclear disaster, including compensation and clean-up costs, has been estimated at more than $100 billion.  Fukushima Dai No.1,  is a true “Money-pit”.

TEPCO PRES. TOSHIO NISHIZAWA SEES THE BAILOUT AS TEMPORARY.  Referring to the government’s intention to own TEPCO only until it recovers. (HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL AMONG CEO’s).  TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata will be replaced by a member of the bailout body, and a new president was chosen this week from within TEPCO to replace Nishizawa in June 2012.  TEPCO IS SADDLED WITH DEBT OF TRILLIONS OF YEN in compensation and clean-up costs from the Fukushima triple meltdown radiation crisis, as well as surging fossil fuel costs to compensate for lost nuclear power capacity.  TEPCO has been facing insolvency risks since the disaster.

THE  BAILOUT PLAN STIPULATES that the government will get more than half of TEPCO’s voting rights, allowing it to choose board members. It will also take convertible stock that, when converted, will increase its control to more than two-thirds, enabling it to make unilateral decisions on major management issues including mergers. Even so, the bailout and takeover must first be approved by a general shareholders’ meeting in June, as a formality; Additionally…

1. The government will inject $12.5  billion dollars, and  provide TEPCO with an additional 850 billion yen for compensation,  Major creditors will provide the firm with an additional 1 trillion yen in compensation funds.

2. TEPCO WILL SELL OR LEASE some of its thermal power plants, a move Edano suggested could be an initial step towards loosening the grip of Japan’s 10 regional monopoly utilities including TEPCO, by opening markets to competition.

3. TEPCO PLANS TO CUT COSTS by 3.3 trillion yen over 10 years, and said it aims to turn profitable in the 2013/14 business year, forecasting a net profit of 106.7 billion yen. But this goal depends on many uncertain factors.  Yeah!, we reckon as how!

4. TEPCO AIMS TO RESTART SEVEN(7) REACTORS at its Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant from 2013/14;  However, this is viewed as improbable due to mounting public opposition –  Kashiwazaki Kariwa is not an exception;  Furthermore, the government has yet to decide what role nuclear power will play in Japan’s future energy policy. They just don’t want to smell the coffee!

5. TEPCO PLANS TO RAISE ITS RATES for three(3) years for households by 10 %, and for corporate customers by about 17 %.  The household electricity rate hike, unpopular among the public, must first be approved by the government.

TEPCO President Nishizawa said:  “The only thing we can do is to try to seek the public’s understanding. If we can’t realize this, then the impact would be big on our revenues and expenditures … But we do not have a plan B or a C now,”  Many Japanese believe TEPCO downplayed the risks of earthquakes and tsunamis at its nuclear stations and covered up safety lapses. “Public understanding” (forgiveness?) after their cover-ups and news blackouts are not likely.

COMMENT:  Very large utility companies are usually managed by people who safeguard their position first, and who seem perennially optimistic – even when faced with financial disaster.  TEPCO stock is down to 10% of its value before Fukushima.  Go figure! Many people have lost most of their financial investment; still, the magnates wish us to think TEPCO’s predicament is temporary.  I do not thiink so! As soon as the re-organization is over, such TEPCO magnates will be relegated to posterity – return or no; Good riddance!  Their misdeeds and recalcitrance has hurt direly the people of Japan, and the world’s Uranium Nuclear Industry worldwide. President Nishizawa should have had a plan “B”, as in B-gone! Pronto hombre! – OH! No golden parachutes please!

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

 

May 9, 2012 at 8:27 PM Comments (0)

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)

 

 

May 5, 2012 at 6:26 PM Comments (2)

TODAY IS WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY. CAN WE BELIEVE IT? – NOT REALLY

03 MAY 2012

 WIKIPEDIA SAID  Only a year ago (exactly): “The 2011 World Press Freedom Day celebration is being held in Washington, D.C., USA on May 1-3. This will be the first time the United States has hosted the World Press Freedom Day celebration. The theme of this year’s event is 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The event will affirm fundamental principles of media freedom in the digital age—the ability of citizens to voice their opinions and access diverse, independent information sources—20 years after the original declaration was made in Windhoek, Namibia”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Press_Freedom_Day

IT SOUNDS SO GOOD I WISH IT WERE TRUE! – Guess the SA-EN(San Antonio’s only newspaper) decided to celebrate the anniversary by cancelling our access to their paper. Was this decision timed to coincide with WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY? Sure it was! They have sent us a veiled message that they do not care what their readers think. The “Powers of B” have the arrogance to rub it in!  Check it out…

Notice: mySA will discontinue these forums on June 1, 2012. Thank you.

DEAR mySA FORUM MEMBERS  The terse announcement above, was made by the San Antonio Express-News (a Hearst Newspaper) on 02 May 2012.  No explanation was provided, or a reason for the discontinuation.  My posts are receiving about 40,000 views /month.  I have grown accustomed to having traditional media shun my articles, and even Google, relegate my important work to the backwaters of daily news, to give preference to people whose work does not match its degree of accurate information, conciseness, exactness, and timeliness.  It is small consolation to have my style of Journalism imitated by many of them.  Someone once said: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”; There is truth in that.

I HAVE OFTEN THOUGHT THE POWERS OF B” ARE BEHIND IT ALL.  They do not like to have anyone telling it like it is(my mantra).  Their problem is that the world has come to recognize that traditional media serves the very wealthy and powerful interests who pay for their adds, and advertisement, and even to avoid certain topics adverse to their financial interests;  So it is, that Blogers like me are rapidly becoming the only source of  news, and events placed in their real context, with reading between the lines to provide accurate, truthful comment, and even why events happen, or fail to happen;  Fortunately, there is a growing number of Blogers who understand this, and have decided to make a difference in people’s opinion and thinking.  I feel sorry for media news reporters, and their editors(in TV too), because they do not enjoy my freedom of expression.  Remember how even PBS soft-pedaled on their recent Fukushima report?  Their betrayal of public trust was pathetic!  However, they need funding too.

NOT TO FRET: WWW TO THE RESCUE!  For more than a year now, I have offered these same articles on my own web site.  I was surprised to find that it costs very litle to own a domain and site.  This website has been very well received worldwide, and is normally read in over 70 countries(some in the 400 reads/month range). We get reads from, Germany, England, France, Spain, and even from the Arab World currently in the decision making process regarding NPPs. The number of reads are not as precise as those in the mySA Forum, but it is clear to me, that it has been highly influential in moderating and forming public opinion, as well as useful in the decision making process of many countries regarding the down side of NPP’s.

THE FUKUSHIMA TRIPLE MELTDOWN TRAGEDY awakened the entire world (with our help) to the fact that all Nuclear Power Plants(NPPs) unavoidably create highly toxic/deadly Transuranics, now piled-up all over the world in “spent fuel pools”; Truth is: There is enough of that transuranic(toxic) crap all over the world to create an Extinction Level Event.  Hell! Fukushima alone may do that! Just read our last article about that.  With each NPP conservatively valued at $9,000 million, you bet these people are concerned, and highly defensive.  As far as they are concerned “no nuclear news or blogs” is best.  Our ignorance is needed, but…It’s “No sale”, the entire world is now aware of the misdeeds and greedy, highly corruptive ways of the NPP Industry.  Big money is highly corruptive.  Just read some of my posts, and you will see why the nuclear Cartel’s M.O. is as is, and does not flinch.  Hell, they are between the rock, and the hard place;  Specially, Nuke making/selling countries like France, Japan, Russia, and a few minor purveyors.  They wanted to Colonize the world with their exclusive nuclear energy technology, and now, can’t even give it away.

I believe we former mySA forum members have good reason to feel “let down” by Hearst Newspapers, and the only newspaper in San Antonio, TX -The SA-Express News.  They should stop and consider the effect of their actions on their readership.  Computers have opened many news portals for us all(such as they are).  WE URGENTLY NEED TO EXPLORE THEM ALL, TO FILL-IN THE INFORMATION VOID, AND DISINFORMATION/PROPAGANDA OF TRADITIONAL NEWSPAPERS AND TV.

Your Friend,

Edward Oliver Gonzalez(gonzedo)               

May 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM Comments (8)

72 JAPANESE CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS MAKE URGENT REQUEST FOR UN INTERVENTION

02 May 2012

MEMO FOR THE RECORD

FROM: 72 GRAVELY CONCERNED CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS    ——-    30 APR 2012

SUBJECT:  URGENT REQUEST TO the  UNITED NATIONS(UN) 

TO: UN SECRETARY GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON

THIS IS AN URGENT REQUEST FOR UN INTERVENTION to Stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi no.1-Unit 4 Spent Nuclear Fuel Pool.  Nuclear experts from the USA and Japan such as: Arnie Gundersen, Robert Alvarez, Hiroaki Koide, Masashi Goto, and Mitsuhei Murata, a former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, and, Akio Matsumura, a former UN diplomat, have steadily warned against the high risk of the Fukushima Daiichi  No. 1-Unit 4, Spent nuclear Fuel Pool.  Recently, former diplomats and experts both in Japan and abroad (HAVE)stressed the extremely risky condition of the Fukushima Daiichi no.1-Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool.  Although not in Japan, deep concern is being widely reported by world media.

WE 72 JAPANESE CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST CONCERN that our government does not inform its citizens about the extent of risk of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool (FAILURE TO INFORM THE PUBLIC). Given the fact that collapse of this Spent Nuclear Fuel Pool could potentially lead to catastrophic consequences with global implications.  The Japanese Central Government, as a responsible member of the international community, should be doing all it can to avoid an even greater disaster by mobilizing all the wisdom, and the means available, in order to stabilize this spent nuclear fuel pool.

DAIICHI NO. 1 SPENT FUEL POOLS ARE A GLOBAL CONCERN It is clearly evident that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool (sitting precariously atop Unit no. 4) is no longer just a Japanese issue, but a global concern with potentially serious consequences; Therefore, it is imperative for the Japanese Central government, and the international community, to work together on this crisis before it becomes too late. FURTHER: We are appealing to the UN to help Japan, and the planet in order to prevent the irreversible consequences of a catastrophe that could affect generations to come. We herewith make our urgent request to you as follows:

1. The UN should organize a “Nuclear Security Summit” to take up the crucial problem of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool full of deadly Transuranics.

2. The UN should establish an independent assessment team on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4, and coordinate international assistance, in order to stabilize the unit’s spent nuclear fuel, and prevent radiological consequences with potentially catastrophic consequences.

SIGNED BY:

Shut Tomari (Japan)
1-2, 6-4 Higashisapporo, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo 003-0006 Japan
TEL: +81-90-26951937 FAX:+81-11-826-3796 email: kaori-izumi@ta3.so-net.ne.jp

Green Action (Japan)
Suite 103, 22-75 Tanaka Sekiden-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8203 Japan
Tel: +81-75-701-7223 Fax: +81-75-702-1952 email: info@greenaction-japan.org

Endorsed by:
1. Hiroaki Koide Kyoto University Nuclear Reactor Research Institute (Japan)
2. Mitsuhei Murata Former ambassador to Switzerland and to Senegal
Board member, Global System and Ethics Society (Japan)
3. Akio Matsumura Former United Nations diplomat
4. Robert Alvarez Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C. (USA)

5. Masashi Goto Former Nuclear Plant Engineer (Japan)

ATTACHED FIND A LIST OF 72 JAPANESE ORGANIZATIONS THAT SIGNED THE PETITION(as of 30 April 2012).
1. Shut Tomari, Hokkaido
2. Green Action, Kyoto
3. Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center, Tokyo

4. Osaka Group against MihamaOoiTakahama Nuclear Power, Osaka
5. Aging Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Group, Tokyo
6. Stop Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant!, Shizuoka
7. Espace des Femmes, Hokkaido
8. “Let’s learn Pluthermal” Shiribeshi Citizen’s Network, Hokkaido
9. Hairo Action Fukushima, Fukushima and Evacuation Areas in Japan
10. STOP MOX! Fukushima, Fukusima
11. Fukushima Moonlight, Fukuoka
12. Yawatahama Women’s Group to Protect Children from Nuclear Power Plant, Ehime
13. Ikata People Against Mox, Ehime
14. We Do Not Want Plutonium! , Tokyo
15. Genkai Nuclear Power Pluthermal Trial Support Group, Fukuoka
16. Genkai Nuclear Power Pluthermal Trial support Group, Fukuona
17. Pluthermal and 100 Years of Saga Prefecture Group, Saga
18. No Nuclear Plants! Yamaguchi Network, Yamaguchi
19. Food Policy CenterVision21
20. Genpatsu Yamenkai, Fukuoka
21. Japan Environmental Law Lawyers Association JELF22. Nonviolent Direct Action Network (HANET)
23. Anti-Nuclear-Power and Nuclear Fuels Reprocessing Protest Advertising Group, Tokyo
24. Kochi Green Citizen’s Network, Kochi
25. Kaku-no-Gomi Campaign, Chubu, Nagoya, Aichi
26. Aloha from Hawaii
27. Tohoku Asia Information Center, Hiroshima
28. No-Nukes Citizen’s Network, Tokushima
29. No-nukes Net Kushiro, Hokkaido
30. Fukushima Meeting for Environment, Human Rights and Peace, Fukushima
31. FoE (Friends of the Earth Japan), Tokyo
32. Citizen’s Group on Nuclear Waste, Horonobe, Hokkaido
33. Team From Now On, Hokkaido
34. No Nukes! Protect Children from Radioactivity
35. Concerned Citizens for Children’s Human Rights, Ehime
36. Protect the Sea of Sanriku from Radioactivity, Iwate
37. Iwate Organic Farming Study Group, Iwate
38. Dandelion House, Tokyo
39. Decommission All Nuclear Power! Women’s Group for Protection of Kariwa Village,       Niigata
40. Sapporo Shoku Machi Network, Hokkaido
41. Citizens Wind for Peace, Tokyo
42. Together with the Earth NPO, Osaka
43. Kawauchi Tsuyukusa Group, Kagoshima
44. Group against Construction of Kawaunchi Nuclear Plant, Kagoshima
45. Hassei Group against Ikata Nuclear Plant, Ehime
46. For Citizen’s Autonomy, Hokkaido
47. No-Nukes Women GroupHokkaido, Hokkaido
48. Hokkaido Peace Net, Hokkaido
49. Future for Fukushima Children, Hokkaido
50. Good Bye Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Project, Niigata
51. Weaving A Better Future Mothers’ Group
52. Group Aozora MeeMee
53. Mothers and Fathers’No-Nukes Declaration 2011
54. Southern Osaka Network for Protection from Radioactivity, Osaka
55. Kansai Network on Protection of Children from Radioactivity, Kansai
56. Journey To the Future
57. Morinokoya
58. Kaburaya
59. Nishiyashiki
60. Dandelion Fortress, Fukuoka
61. Dohatsuten Wo Tsuku Kai, Fukuoka
62. Global Ethics Association
63. Buppouzan Zenngennji
64. STOP Nuclear Plants BEFORE Huge Quake Strikes65. Lee Group to Prevent Earthquake Disaster and Nuclear Accident
66. Rokkasho Village Home of Flowers and Herbs, Aomori
67. Anti-TEPCO-Nuclear-Power Consumers Group, Tokyo
68. Miyazu Mitsubati Project, Kyoto
69. Citizen’s Plaza, Minoh , Osaka
70. Monoh Citizen’s Group on Good Bye Nuclear Power, Osaka
71. Campaign Fukuoka against Nuclear and Uranium Weapons, Fukuoka
72. Seeking for Japan-US Security Treaty Termination Notice, Tokyo

ROBERT ALVAREZ, SENIOR SCHOLAR at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), who is one of the best-known experts on spent nuclear fuel, warned that in Unit 4, there is a spent nuclear fuel pool which contains Cesium-137 (Cs-137) equivalent to 10 times the amount that was released at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident; Thus, if an earthquake, or other event were to cause this pool to drain, this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident; FURTHER nearly all of the 10,893 spent fuel assemblies at the Fukushima Daiichi plant sit in cooling pools vulnerable to future earthquakes, with roughly 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than released at Chernobyl.

USA SENATOR ROY WYDEN (D-Ore.), after his visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 6 Apr 2012, issued a press release on 16 April 2012, pointing out the catastrophic risk of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4, calling for urgent US government intervention. Sen. Wyden also sent a letter to Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, requesting Japan to accept international assistance to tackle the crisis. (NOW USA HAS TO BEG JAPAN TO ACCEPT FOREIGN HELP?)

OUR COMMENT:  ON THE ONE HAND, WE ARE PLEASED TO SEE ACTION TAKEN BY SO MANY RESPONSIBLE JAPANESE GROUPS,  But…WHAT WILL IT TAKE? To get the Japanese Central government to say “NO” to the Nuclear Cartel, and the IAEA global financial interests ?.  In plain language, what will it take to get them off their ass? , and recognize that their laissez-faire attitude will not help Japan(or the world) in its hour of need.  Indeed, Japan’s “Hour of need” is here already, and the “big hush” is still on.  Is this inscrutable Japanese philosophy, or money driven madness?  They stand to loose EVERYTHING in just a few years(if that much).  Just listen to this…

NUCLEAR PLANT EXPERT ARNIE GUNDERSEN recently reported having taken several random samples of soil in, and around Tokyo.  He sent these to an independent lab which reported: “This is nuclear waste”, and we will need to send it to Texas for disposal”.  Yes I know, it is a relatively small amount of contaminated Tokyo soil, but truth be told, we do not want their nuclear turds in Texas either (NIMBY).  JAPAN’S HOUR OF NEED IS HERE !  DENIAL OF THE PROBLEM WONT HELP.  May our creator help them, and us, if  the Fukushima spent fuel pool should topple over.  If that should happen, Japanese citizens will no longer be welcome members of the global community anywhere.  Who would want them, or have compassion  for them?  Not me!  Japan would in my opinion, become a radioactive leper colony.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

Thanks to:  http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/2012/05/01/an-urgent-request-on-un-intervention-to-stabilize-the-fukushima-unit-4-spent-nuclear-fuel/

P.S. We have taken some literary license to clarify the concerns/issues.

 

May 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM Comments (7)

JAPAN “SPILLS THE (NUCLEAR) BEANS” AGAIN – IN YAMAGUCHI

23 April 2012

On 22 APRIL 2012, Iwakuni Otake Petrochemical Complex, of Mitsui chemicals, was said to have been hit by lightning, and to explode.  PROBLEM IS: The complex is still on fire, and 3379 units of radioactive waste (200L in each unit), and Uranium for nuclear fuel, are preserved on the site.  The state/condition of the uranium and radioactive waste is not reported yet. Windows were broken, several people were reported injured, and one dead.

For the story with pictures, click on link below.  It was written by someone in Japan who likes to tell it like it is. A man after my own heart  http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/04/chemical-complex-is-on-fire-with-nuclear-fuel-in-yamaguchi/

MORE BAD NEWS FOR JAPAN, AND THE URANIUM CARTEL.  The “nuclear news” blackout appears to be on still.  Let us remember what was recently said here about the “people’s right to know” – Evidently no such right in Japan! – PLEASE SEE: IRISH ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIVIST, AND CHILDREN’S BENEFACTOR, VISITS FUKUSHIMA (25 MAR 2012) http://energymaters.com/?p=761

MY COMMENT:  It was the lack of the fundamental “people’s right to know”, that got Japan into a catastrophic war against America, and its allies in WW-II.  Once again the question must be asked:  Is another radiation  “leak” in the works for Japan and the world?  The Japanese government continues to act irresponsibly toward its people, and the world community; That, is what happens when Big Money rules.  We will keep a watch on these potentially damaging developments.

gonzedo

April 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM Comments (16)

JAPAN WANTS TO RE-START TWO (2) NUKES AT FUKUI PREFECTURE ASAP

13 April 2012

JAPANESE TRADE MINISTER EDANO SAID on 13 April 2012 (Friday): …Two(2) idled “Kansai Electric Power Co” Ohi No.3 and No.4 , located in the “Fukui prefecture” have been declared safe, and need to be restarted… We’ve confirmed safety and necessity for restart of the reactors, and we’re now entering into a stage to seek understanding of local communities and the public…We will visit and meet Fukui prefecture governor on 14 Apr 2012 to explain the central government’s assessments”.  Local government agreement is not required by law, but the Japanese Central government has made clear its reluctance to override wary public opinion.  Three(3) other prefecture governors have stated a position of : Not In My Back yard(NIMBY);  Accordingly, the restart is now up to the Fukui Prefecture governor.  Lookout gov!  The eyes of the world are upon you.

JAPAN’S PRIME MINISTER YOHIHIKO NODA, and two other ministers (no names given to protect the parties) agreed at a meeting, that the Ohi NPPs would be “resilient” against a severe events like the 11 Mar 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the tragic chain of events which led to the triple meltdown that wrecked the Fukushima Dai No.1 NPP about 150 miles North of Tokyo.  Apparently industrial needs /big money are driving the wagon once again.  The key word is no longer public “safety”, but rather “resilience” of the NPPs;  That, is what they said about Fukushima too.

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT APPEARS IN ACCORD TO RE-START KANSAI’S TWO NPPs. The four(4) Ministers also agreed that the restart of Ohi 3 & 4 would be necessary to avoid a sudden power shortage during the summer, when Kansai’s power supply might fall short during  peak-hour demand by 20% (according to the latest government estimate), so…

TOKYO IS TRYING TO ASSUAGE LOCAL CITIZENS, AND THEIR GOVERNORS who normally oppose any further use of of NPPs.  Currently, only one of Japan’s 55 NPPs remain in operation, and public worries over nuclear safety, has left communities reluctant to approve NPP restarts.  54 NPPs are currently “idled for routine maintenance”(for over a year now).

OSAKA’s INDUSTRIAL ENERGY NEEDS DRIVE P.M. NODA.  The region surrounding Osaka Japan (Kansai Electrical Service region), met more than 40 % of the its power need by NPPs, before Fukushima.  Problem is: Osaka, is Japan’s 2nd-biggest metropolitan area, and home to the factories of several top electronics makers, and heavy industries…and, they have threatened to leave the country with their factories elsewhere, unless they can be assured of abundant electrical energy;  TALK ABOUT A SQUEEZE PLAY! ; HENCE…

MINISTER EDANO IS BETWEEN “THE ROCK AND A HARD PLACE” regarding his stated advocacy to re-start the two idled NPP’s against clearly expressed Japanese citizenry opinion.  Since may 2011, a majority of Japanese Industrialists have advocated relocating  their respective industries outside of Japan; so, going down the slippery slope, is no doubt viewed as disastrous by Mr. Edano.

COMMENT: The Japanese press has recently conducted a massive worldwide Public Relations campaign aimed at assuaging the Japanese people of the need for nuclear energy, and the improved safety of their nuclear fleet.  Sorry, the public at large is not buying any of it.  Main concern most of us have, is the continuing tragedy and drama still being played out in slow motion at Fukushima.  The Japanese nuclear industry “peed in the bath water”, and have been trying to deny what is clearly evident: Fukushima continues to (and will do so for many years – with or without British help) pour out highly radioactive transuranic elements into the world’s air, sea and land. Yes that too will arrive soon to USA coastal waters in the form of poisoned seaweed, radioactive floatsam, worse yet, poisoned fish.  Our USDA will need a large quantity of Geiger counters to check food safety against radioactivity…Maybe cars too. 

INDIFFERENCE SHOWN BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT to the dire global consequences of their Fukushima tragedy has led me to the belief that perhaps the best way for the world to express their disapproval, is refusing to buy Japanese products. Perhaps greatly reduced exports will open their eyes to reality. The World Uranium Cartel wants Japan to succeed by denial of the facts.  Enter the Brits who will soon be helping with the decontamination (They are world-class PR people) who will scarcely help the real problem, and love to stick their finger on everybody’s pie.

Thanks to Reuters for quotes. 13 Apr. 2012.

Pls.see Related article, dated 11 Jul 2011: IS AN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL EXODUS BEGINNING IN JAPAN?  IT SEEMS SO   http://energymaters.com/?p=108

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo) 

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April 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM Comments (3)

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