Daily Archives: 2011/06/23

How Japan’s Low Carbon Society and Nuclear Power Generation Came Hand in Hand via Japan Focus

While tackling global warming issues has gained popular approval in the names of Eco and LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), in recent years the voices of citizens against nuclear power have been suppressed in Japan’s environmental protection movement. It … Continue reading

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Safecast Website Crou[w]dsources and Aggregates Radiation Data on Japan via PRI World

Since the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, people in Japan have been keeping up on the radiation levels in their area. And, like people all over the world, they look for information on the Internet. Surprisingly, one of the most … Continue reading

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Suicides upping casualties from Tohoku catastrophe via The Japan Times Online

Yamada, Iwate Pref. — On June 11, a dairy farmer in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, chalked a note on the wall of his cattle shed. “If only there wasn’t a nuclear power plant,” the message read, in reference to the damaged … Continue reading

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Nuke power to remain key energy source: METI via The Japan Times Online

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to retain nuclear power generation as one of three pillars of energy supply during discussions by a ministry panel to be created this month, sources said. The move comes as Prime Minister … Continue reading

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82 millisieverts outside zone seen via The Japan Times Online

Cumulative radiation outside the 20-km radius of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the past three months has reached as high as 82 millisieverts, more than four times the limit of 20 millisieverts a year, a science … Continue reading

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Failure guru probes nuclear crisis for lessons, not culprits via The Japan Times Online

Engineering professor Yotaro Hatamura has built a career on failure. Looking for answers: Yotaro Hatamura, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, chairs the first meeting of the committee investigating the disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. … Continue reading

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Nuke regulatory reform easier said than done via The Japan Times Online

VIENNA — Japan faces renewed pressure this week from the International Atomic Energy Agency to rethink its nuclear safety regulatory system, which has been attacked for allowing overly close ties between the watchdog agency and the ministry promoting atomic power. … Continue reading

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Fund to track Fukushima health via The Japan Times Online

The government plans to establish a ¥103 billion fund to track the health of all Fukushima Prefecture residents for 30 years, because of radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, government sources said Thursday. The government plans … Continue reading

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全福島県民対象に健康調査 基金設立、国主導で30年間 via 47News

 全福島県民を対象に、福島第1原発事故による被ばくの影響を調べる健康調査を今後30年間実施するため、政府が1千億円規模の基金を新たに設立する方針を固めたことが23日、分かった。2011年度第2次補正予算案に780億円を計上し、東京電力からも250億円の拠出を求める方向で調整している。  長期間にわたって放射性物質の放出が続く事態に住民の不安が強まっており、原発建設を推進してきた国と東電が資金を負担して健康を管理し、影響を見守る必要があると判断した。  事故後に県外に避難した人も含め、約200万人が対象の異例の大規模調査となる。 全福島県民対象に健康調査 基金設立、国主導で30年間

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楽天、経団連に退会届 原発事故への対応不満 via asahi.com

楽天は23日、経団連に退会届を提出した。2004年に加盟したが、三木谷浩史会長兼社長は、東京電力福島第一原発事故をめぐる経団連の対応を批判。退会を示唆していた。  三木谷氏は先月、ツイッターで「電力業界を保護しようとする態度がゆるせない」と経団連を批判。「中から破壊してください」という反応には、「無理っぽい」と答えた。翌日には記者団に対し「(楽天と経団連は)方向性が違う。政策が違えば政党を離党するのと同じ」と述べていた。 楽天、経団連に退会届 原発事故への対応不満

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