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Goodbye Nuclear Power — and Hello More Carbon?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 9, 2012


A demonstration in Tokyo celebrating the suspension of Japan’s nuclear power plants on May 6, 2012

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As the only victim of an atomic bombing, Japan has always reacted ambivalently at best toward nuclear power. This is the country of the hibakusha — the survivors of the American attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, victims of both long-term radiation and social discrimination. It’s the nation that gave us Godzilla and countless other fictional manifestations of nuclear shock and awe. But it is also a country that was able to rise from the atomic ashes stronger than it had ever been, building a world-class industrial economy that was powered in part by nuclear energy. By the beginning of 2011, Japan had 54 operational nuclear reactors providing almost 30% of the country’s electricity, with government plans on the books to build more than 14 new reactors and raise nuclear’s share of the electricity mix to 53% by 2030.

We all know what happened next. The Fukushima meltdown forced the exodus of more than 100,000 people from their homes, overshadowed even the tsunami that had caused it and had killed more than 20,000 people, and spurred fears that Tokyo itself would need to be evacuated. Though it appears now that the disaster wasn’t as serious as many experts first believed — with even the Fukushima emergency workers spared dangerous exposure to radiation — the meltdown did reveal a certain rot in Japan’s state-sponsored nuclear power industry. One by one, Japan’s nuclear reactors were shut down, ostensibly to toughen safety standards, but just as much to reassure a skittish public that no longer trusted nuclear power. Finally, over the weekend, Tomari Nuclear Power Plant’s reactor 3 in the northern island of Hokkaido was shut down for maintenance, and for the first time since 1970, Japan was without nuclear power.
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Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan Says He Will Consider Resigning

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2011

Just to complain is not a problem, but it was unbearable tragedy.
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Japan Earthquake 2011: Cabinet Approves Nearly $50 Billion In Spending For Post-Earthquake Rebuilding

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 22, 2011

This wonderful country spoiled a lot due to this dreadful tragedy, however; this country will be able to do everything to bring the country in a normal stage soon.
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Fukushima operator to start compensation payouts with $600 million

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 16, 2011

TEPCO will pay up to $12,000 to each of over 50,000 families residing in the 30km evacuation zone around the

Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant (AFP Photo / HO / TEPCO)

disaster-stricken nuclear plant.The company has also decided to dispense a radiation absorbing mineral along the coastline near the facility.

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima-1 nuclear plant, announced on Friday it will advance up to one million Yen of urgent compensatory damages to every household within the 30km evacuation zone around the plant. Families will be entitled to the whole sum, while single residents will receive 750,000 Yen each ($9,000).

The final compensation packages are yet to be defined and the current payouts will not be regarded as a settlement of the damages claims, said TEPCO president Masataka Shimizu, as reported by NHK news agency.

The decision was taken by the company after Banri Kaieda, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, voiced his recommendation to swiftly provide short-term living expenses to those who have been ordered to evacuate from the hazardous zone or to stay indoors. Most people who chose to flee from the area are now staying in emergency centers and have lost their jobs, according to ITAR-TASS news agency. Read the rest of this entry »

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Operator Of Japan Nuclear Power Plant Says Radiation-Tainted Water Has Stopped Leaking Into Ocean

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 6, 2011

Todays good news. World leaders must take lesson from this accident and we world citizen must give pressure to world leaders to be serious with nuclear plant.
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Japan Nuclear Crisis: Radioactive Water Leaks Into Sea From Crippled Plant

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2011

This is really terrible.
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Nuclear energy 101: Inside the “black box” of power plants

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2011

By Maggie Koerth-Baker

This morning, I got an email from a BoingBoing reader, who is one of the many people worried about the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan. In one sentence, he managed to get right to heart of a big problem lurking behind the headlines today: “The extent of my knowledge on nuclear power plants is pretty much limited to what I’ve seen on The Simpsons“.

For the vast majority of people, nuclear power is a black box technology. Radioactive stuff goes in. Electricity (and nuclear waste) comes out. Somewhere in there, we’re aware that explosions and meltdowns can happen. Ninety-nine percent of the time, that set of information is enough to get by on. But, then, an emergency like this happens and, suddenly, keeping up-to-date on the news feels like you’ve walked in on the middle of a movie. Nobody pauses to catch you up on all the stuff you missed.

As I write this, it’s still not clear how bad, or how big, the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant will be. I don’t know enough to speculate on that. I’m not sure anyone does. But Ican give you a clearer picture of what’s inside the black box. That way, whatever happens at Fukushima, you’ll understand why it’s happening, and what it means. Read the rest of this entry »

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