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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

No-nukes movement definitely surging in Japan

This video shows thousands of people in the streets of Tokyo -- something we're not used to seeing in that part of the world. So many people are being exposed to radiation in that country, and they can't get a straight answer from anyone in power. It's chilling. But at least the general population appears to be catching on.

Meanwhile, the operators of the triple-meltdown Fukushima site are now admitting that the earthquakes that have pounded the plant on a daily basis since the big one in March have so trashed the foundations of the reactors that groundwater is coming in through the walls. Uh huh. And that must also mean that highly radioactive waste water is probably going out through those same cracks.

Still no official word on where the deadly radioactive lava, known as "corium," has gone. If it hasn't eaten through the concrete floor of the reactor and started burning its way through the soil below, we'd be surprised.

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thousands of people in the streets of Tokyo -- something we're not used to seeing in that part of the world

Anti-nuke sentiments and sensitivities prevailed in Japan for at least a generation after WWII. Maybe longer. The pro-nuclear power advocates had to work hard to overcome this resistance, which was done mainly by emphasizing the dichotomy between atomic weapons and peaceful uses of atomic energy. It seems logical that Fukushima accident and the government's dissembling about it would reawaken public antipathy towards nukes, because it was already there, just lurking beneath the surface.

And another serious typhoon is headed to the area in the next few days.
What a mess; and no one seems to be telling the truth, much less actually doing something, anything constructive.

I wonder how much coal and/or natural gas Japan will need to replace what had been their unfair advantage of cheap Nuclear power?

Or, will they do the Green Thing and just give up their manufacturing economy?

Arrival of the Japanese Nuclear Enforc---er, Representative:


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