2012年12月17日月曜日

Merry Christmas !

(A Christmas tree given by Mr.& Mrs. Tanimura of AIM)

Exactly One Year Had Passed Since...


"The crippled nuclear reactors at Japan's Fukushima power plant have finally been stabilised, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has announced."

"An earthquake and tsunami in March knocked out vital cooling systems, triggering radiation leaks and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.Mr Noda's declaration of a "cold shutdown" condition marked the stabilisation of the plant. "

This is what BBC website reported exactly one year ago.

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And we would like to remind you Mr. Noda's Japan Democratic Party had a disastrous result yesterday (Dec 16, 2012) in the general election ;  they lost seats in the Lower House by 75%!  (230 → 57)




IAEA to advise Fukushima

"The Fukushima prefectural government and the International Atomic Energy Agency have agreed to send IAEA experts to the prefecture to give technical advice on decontamination." reports the Daily Yomiuri.

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2012年12月14日金曜日

"Japan largely excludes foreign firms in Fukushima clean-up"


"Nearly two years after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan is failing to keep a pledge to tap global expertise to decommission its crippled reactors, executives at nuclear contractors from the United States and Europe say." reports the Reuters website.

"The result, they warn, is that a process expected to take more than 30 years and cost at least $15 billion could take longer and cost more as contracts are channelled through domestic heavyweights such as nuclear reactor makers Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd, and general contractors such as Taisei Corp."

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"Draft calls for stricter N-evacuation standards"


"The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Thursday proposed a safety standard calling for the evacuation of residents within a few hours in areas with radiation levels higher than 500 microsieverts per hour in the event of a nuclear crisis." reports the Daily Yomiuri website.

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"Anti-nuclear parties fail to specify how energy gap will be overcome"



"The future of nuclear power in Fukushima-scarred Japan has emerged as a major campaign issue for Sunday’s election, but experts warn little thought has gone into how to replace atomic energy."reports the Japan Today website.

"Environmental issues have rarely topped the agenda in Japanese elections, which tend to focus on the country’s moribund economy and a policy drift fuelled by the passage of seven prime ministers in six years."

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Errors In Data For Every Atomic Power Plant


"The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Thursday a thorough review of its mistake-plagued projections for the spread of radiation turned up errors in the data for every atomic power plant in Japan." reports the Japan Times/Kyodo Press.