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More than half of Japanese oppose NPP restarts – poll

26 January 2014, 16:13 0

The majority of Japanese oppose the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan. More than 60 percent of people (60.2%) polled by Kyodo News reject nuclear power. The same poll shows that the Shinzo Abe-led government has slightly improved its rating to 55.9 percent.

0Anti-nuclear sentiments and calls for a complete end to nuclear power are still strong in Japan. The country’s thermoelectric plants are operating at maximum capacity. Japan has been forced to import more oil and gas to meet its energy needs.

0After the 2011 tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP, all nuclear reactors throughout the country were shut down. But Premier Shinzo Abe insists that Japan needs nuclear power to be able to boost economic growth. Two reactors at Oi NPP in the Fukui prefecture have been put back into operation.

0Fukushima Daiichi was damaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit northeast Japan on March 11, 2011. A subsequent 14-meter tsunami flooded four of the plant’s six reactors and crippled their cooling systems, causing partial meltdowns and a series of hydrogen explosions. Each of the reactors had 25,000-35,000 fuel rods when earthquake struck.

0The Fukushima disaster became the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl.

0Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome: 5 years for meltdown aftermath disclosure

0Last month, the ruling Japanese coalition parties quickly rammed through Parliament a state secrets law, under which the government alone decides what is and is not a state secret and any civil servant who divulges those newly defined “secrets” could be jailed for up to 10 years. If journalists get caught up in this web of this vaguely defined law, they might face up to 5 years in Jail.

0Government officials have been upset by the constant disclosures of laxity among regulatory officials both before and after the Fukushima nuclear power disaster in 2011.

0Week after week, press reports have continued to reveal the seriousness of the contaminated water flow, the inaccessible radioactive material deep inside the reactors and the need to stop the radioactive leaks from further poisoning land, food and ocean. Officials now estimate that it could take up to 40 years to clean up and decommission the reactors.

0Another factor feeding this sure sign of a democratic setback is that militarism is raising its democracy-menacing head, prompted by friction with China over the South China Sea. Dismayingly, various US militarists are pushing for a larger Japanese military budget. China is the latest national security justification for the US “pivot to East Asia” provoked in part by the US own military-industrial complex.

0Draconian secrecy in government and fast-tracking bills through legislative bodies are bad omens for freedom of the Japanese press and freedom to dissent for Japanese people.


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