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U.N. nuclear ban treaty to take effect on Jan. 22 via Kyodo News

The U.N.-adopted nuclear ban treaty will enter into force on Jan. 22 with a required threshold of 50 ratifications being achieved, a nongovernmental anti-nuclear organization said Saturday.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted in 2017, will become the first international norm outlawing the development, testing, possession and use of nuclear weapons.

The pact will enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries and regions. Honduras was the latest country to complete the ratification procedure, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, known as ICAN.


Although it will not be able to legally require nuclear power states to get rid of their arsenals, the launch of the world’s first treaty banning nuclear weapons is likely to gain global momentum toward reducing stockpiles.

But some experts have questioned the effectiveness of the nuclear ban treaty as it does not involve any of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, all of which are nuclear power states.

The United States has reportedly pressured some of the signatories as part of its opposition to the pact.

Other nuclear weapon states — India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea — do not join the treaty.

Japan, the only country to have suffered the devastation of atomic bombings, has decided not to sign the treaty in consideration of its security ties with the United States.

Survivors of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with others are calling for the Japanese government to ratify the pact.

“In countries that have not joined, it is up to us to make sure that companies, governments and people know that nuclear weapons are illegal and that they need to stand on the right side of history,” ICAN said in the statement.

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総連 NHK投稿で救済申し立て via NHK News Web



続きは総連 NHK投稿で救済申し立て

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【社説】福島原発の汚染水放流方針を撤回すべき via 中央日報










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‘Radium Girls’ Review: When Work Takes a Toxic Turn via The New York Times

This narrative debut by the directors Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler tells the true story of the factory girls who suffered from misleading information about radium.

By Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

In the 1920s, when radium was advertised as a luminous substance with health benefits, two teenage sisters make ends meet working at New Jersey’s American Radium Factory. Bessie (Joey King) wants to be a Hollywood star, while Jo (Abby Quinn) aspires to become an archaeologist, but for now, they’re on a factory line where girls paint the tiny radioactive faces of glow-in-the-dark watches, repeatedly licking their brushes to a point.

Their dreams quickly shatter when Jo develops concerning symptoms — including losing a tooth — and the sisters learn about a group that believes radium is toxic and exposure can be fatal. This realization coincides with Bessie’s budding romance with a Communist and her own radicalization, as she becomes aware of capitalist greed trumping employees’ safety.

A worthy entry in the category of workers’ rights movies, “Radium Girls,” like “Silkwood,” is based on actual events. In it, the directors Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler reveal a little-known part of history with a loudly beating feminist heart and a narrative grounded in reality.

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東電刑事裁判 控訴審の勝利をめざすオンライン集会 via 福島原発刑事裁判支援団

福島第一原発事故について東電元経営陣の責任を問う刑事裁判は、検察官役の指定弁護士が控訴し、東京高裁へと舞台が移ります。 東京地裁の無罪判決の誤りをただす控訴趣意書について、福島原発告訴団弁護団が解説します。 福島県在住3名の方が、この10年の想いを語ります。 福島原発刑事訴訟支援団が主催するオンライン集会の録画です。 (2020/10/9) 弁護士報告の資料は福島原発刑事訴訟支援団のHPにもアップしてあります。


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Editorial: Consent to restart Japan nuclear plant won’t sweep away concerns via The Mainichi

The Miyagi Prefectural Assembly has approved reactivation of the No. 2 unit of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant in the northeastern Japan Prefecture of Miyagi, and Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai is set to make a final decision on the restart as early as next month after hearing the opinions of the heads of local bodies involved.


A safety inspection of the reactor was completed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority in February this year. The municipal assemblies in Ishinomaki and Onagawa, which the plant straddles, have already indicated that they will approve the restart.

But many issues remain unsolved. First is the question of other surrounding local bodies.

If a major nuclear accident occurs, then the damage could spread over a wide area. The government has asked local bodies within a 30-kilometer radius of nuclear power plants to formulate wide-area evacuation plans. In the case of the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant, seven municipalities have mapped out such plans, but there are misgivings about their viability.

For one thing, the Oshika Peninsula where the plant is located does not have a comprehensive network of roads, so there are fears that evacuation vehicles could get stuck in traffic jams, thereby delaying people’s escape. And the local bodies to which these people would evacuate are not yet prepared to accept them.

Furthermore, among the five local municipalities excluding those which house the nuclear power plant, some are opposed to reactivation of the reactor. In spite of this, consent of such local bodies has not been made a prerequisite in procedures to resume operations.

In addition, lingering safety concerns cannot be swept away. Tohoku Electric has invested 340 billion yen into safety measures that include bolstering the quake resistance of the reactor building and building a coastal levee that rises to a height of 29 meters above sea level. Gov. Murai says that the plant adopted “the toughest regulations and standards in the world, and safety has increased.” But Japan earlier learned from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that such disasters can exceed people’s expectations.

Another point is that the Onagawa plant is near the focus of large quakes that have occurred repeatedly in the past, and the reactors are boiling water reactors, the same type as those hit by the devastating disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

During the 2011 disaster, waves from the tsunami reached just below the Onagawa plant grounds, and many cracks appeared in the reactor buildings. The Diet’s accident investigation committee concluded that it was “plain luck” that the Onagawa plant evaded serious damage like that which occurred at the Fukushima plant.

The position faced by local bodies seeking reactivation of the reactor is complicated. Their local economies have still not recovered, and they have faced both depopulation and aging of those remaining. Amid such difficult circumstances, they have had no option but to choose to coexist with the plant.

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Ruling Party Chief Urges Japan to Fully Disclose Information on Radioactive Water via KBS World


Lee made the request when he met with Japan’s Ambassador to South Korea Koji Tomita at the National Assembly on Thursday.

Following the meeting, Lee said to reporters that he had told the ambassador that Japan should fully disclose all data regarding the disposal of the radioactive water and pursue the matter by gaining approval from the international community. 

Lee said Tomita had accepted his request though the Japanese government has yet to make an official decision on the matter.

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汚染土壌で栽培した野菜、収穫へ〜飯館村・帰還困難区域 via Our Planet-TV












次回から会議は公開へ また注目を集めている「覆土なし」土壌での野菜栽培については、「安全が基礎となって進めてほしいということで、汚染土の受け入れを決めた」「(汚染土を活用した栽培は)慎重に考えていきたい」と、除染土での野菜栽培に否定的な見方を示した。また「50センチの砂だけでは、作物や農産物を作るのは難しい」とした上で、汚染土とまぜずに、元の土壌と同じような肥沃な土壌が蘇るよう、県や関係者に協力を仰ぎたいと期待を寄せた。





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Murray City votes to withdraw from nuclear power project via The Salt Lake Tribune

By Taylor Stevens 

The Murray City Council voted unanimously this week to back out of a first-of-its-kind nuclear power project that has the support of a number of Utah municipalities. 

It’s the fourth Utah city to exit the small modular nuclear reactor pursuit over the last few months amid pressure from opponents who have raised concerns about environmental and financial risks of the proposed 12-module plant, which would be located at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls and produce a total 720 megawatts of electricity.

During the city’s Tuesday council meeting, Murray Power Manager Blaine Haacke outlined several advantages of the project, including the potential that it could fill the energy gap that will be left when the Hunter Power Plant in Castle Dale goes offline in the coming years.


But he ultimately recommended that the council vote to back out of the project, saying there were too many risks involved in committing another $1.1 million to $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars, with an ultimate anticipated price tag to city residents of around $2.1 million.


Ahead of the vote, city staff also read several public comments from residents, all of which urged their elected officials to back out of the project over concerns about both cost and potential environmental impacts.

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Fukushima reactor water could damage human DNA if released, says Greenpeace via The Guardian

Environmental organisation says ‘dangerous’ levels of carbon-14 exist in water that could soon be released into Pacific ocean

Contaminated water that will reportedly be released into the sea from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contains a radioactive substance that has the potential to damage human DNA, a Greenpeaceinvestigation has said.

The environmental group claims the 1.23m tonnes of water stored in more than 1,000 tanks at the plant contains “dangerous” levels of the radioactive isotope carbon-14, in addition to quantities of tritium that have already been widely reported.

The publication of the report Stemming the Tide 2020: The reality of the Fukushima radioactive water crisis comes days after Japanese media reported that the government was close to giving its approval to release the water into the Pacific ocean, despite objections from local fishermen who say the move will destroy their livelihoods.


While most attention has been focused on tritium – which cannot be removed by the on-site filtration system used by the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco] – Greenpeace Japan and Greenpeace East Asia said that radioactive carbon contained in the stored water would also be discharged.

Carbon-14 has a half life of 5,370 years and becomes “incorporated into all living matter”, the report said.

“It concentrates in fish at a level thousands of times higher than tritium. Carbon-14 is especially important as a major contributor to collective human radiation dose and has the potential to damage human DNA.”


Greenpeace said it had confirmed with Tepco that the system was not designed to remove carbon-14.

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