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Japan government draft: nuclear to be 20-22 percent of power mix by 2030 – media via Reuters

(Reuters) – Japan’s government has proposed making nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country’s electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy to account for slightly more, media reported on Friday.

The proposal on nuclear energy, if adopted, is likely to be unpopular among a public that opinion polls show has been consistently opposed to atomic energy since three meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant north of Tokyo in 2011.

It will, however, mark a shift away from nuclear power, which contributed to about 30 percent of Japan’s electricity supply before the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

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原発:根強い不安…東京女子大名誉教授が意識調査 via 毎日新聞



今後再稼働する原発で東京電力福島第1原発と 同程度の事故が起きる可能性については、「起きる」(22%)「多分起きる」(52%)を合わせ7割超に達したのに対し、「起きない」「多分起きない」は それぞれ1%と24%で、合わせても全体の4分の1だった。自治体などの避難計画が十分かという問いでは、「全く不十分」(37%)「やや不十分」 (50%)を合わせ9割近くに上った。




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池袋の公園地中から“円盤” 放射線原因か via 日テレNews


この問題は、豊島区池袋本町にある公園のすべり台の下から1時間あたり480マイクロシーベルトという非常に高い放射線量が検出されたもの。24日、区が 現場の土を掘ったところ、深さ10センチほどの場所から、土にまみれた円盤のような塊が見つかり、これを取り除いたところ、線量が下がったという。

続きは池袋の公園地中から“円盤” 放射線原因か


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Why we need complete nuclear disarmament via World Economic Forum

On April 27, representatives of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s 190 member countries will meet in New York for a four-week review of the 45-year-old pact. The attendees would be wise to consider an important fact: Although the NPT requires its members to “pursue negotiations in good faith” on nuclear disarmament, a wide legal gap still remains when it comes to eliminating nuclear weapons. It is time for the NPT’s signatories to initiate disarmament negotiations.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and 9, when citizens everywhere will have an opportunity to pay their respects to the hundreds of thousands of people who were killed or wounded on those tragic days. This is also an occasion to honor the survivors, by supporting their call to eliminate all nuclear weapons, thereby ensuring that no one will ever suffer as they have.

We, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are but two voices among representatives from more than 6,600 cities in 160 countries and regions worldwide who support this historic goal. Our organization, Mayors for Peace, was created in 1982 as a way to transcend national borders and work together toward the abolition of nuclear weapons. More mayors are joining our cause every year, and our determination to pursue nuclear disarmament will only deepen in the years ahead.

It is fitting that mayors, driven by their sense of responsibility to protect their citizens’ safety and welfare, take a keen interest in this cause. The horrific, indiscriminate, and long-term consequences of nuclear weapons for humanity and the environment cannot be overstated – especially when they target densely populated areas.

The danger that nuclear weapons will be used again, either intentionally or accidentally, will exist for as long as they remain available, a conclusion reached at three major international humanitarian conferences and strongly affirmed by the United Nations. And it is scandalous that vast sums are being devoted to maintaining and modernizing these weapons at a time when budget constraints undermine efforts to address pressing human needs around the world.

The number of nuclear near-misses – accidents and miscalculations that have almost led to disaster – is shocking. Moreover, such weapons and their related facilities and components are attractive targets for terrorists. It is a matter of no small public concern that international security still depends on “nuclear deterrence” – a doctrine based on mutual distrust that aims to keep the peace through the threat of mass killings. Worse, there have been suggestions of their actual use.

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官邸ドローン事件で福井の男性出頭 「原発政策への抗議」via 福井新聞




続きは官邸ドローン事件で福井の男性出頭 「原発政策への抗議」

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Radiation compensation plan considered via Kuam News

Over a decade ago a blue ribbon panel was formed at the request of the Guam Legislature. Their mission was to study in-depth radioactive contamination in Guam between 1946 to 1958. This time period is crucial because this was around the same time the United States military was conducting nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.

In November 2012 the blue ribbon panel completed an action report that determined the military “put the population of Guam in harm’s way knowingly and with total disregard for there well being”. The report also stated “what was perpetrated against this region was the largest ecological disaster in human history.” But despite that report, Guam continues to fight for compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. That effort continued at the Guam Legislature this afternoon. The report and other studies that have been conducted on the matter have determined that there is a correlation between the nuclear testing and high incidences of cancer in Guam, which is the second leading cause of death locally.
Robert Celestial is the president of the Pacific Atomic Radiation Survivors, and testified before the Legislature, citing a study that shows how Guam was affected. “The study was made back in 2000/2001,” he shared. “A report was made by the National Academy of Science – they just gave a broad eligibility conclusion that the residents of Guam during that time were exposed to high levels of radiation from the fallout.” And according to Celestial, this information was kept classified until 1998. “The people of Guam were affected by the nuclear fallout and that the residents during that time period are eligible to receive compensation in accordance with the law right now that has been passed,” he added.

He is referring to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, which provides up to $150,000 to victims of radiation. Although Guam residents should be eligible to receive compensation, they are not. Yet Resolution 994, and Bill 331 – recently introduced in the US Congress and Senate, respectively – would amend federal law, to include island residents.

Celestial said, “Eligibility is anyone who was in Guam from 1946 to 1962; only have to prove that they were here, and they have one of 21 types of cancers, and the amendment would have $50,000 to $150,000 and free medical care.”

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胃がん検診に内視鏡も推奨 意外に知らない「医療被曝」リスク via 日刊ゲンダイ


X線といえば、先日、日本診療放射線技師会など12団体でつくる「医療被ばく研究情報ネットワーク」が統一基準をまとめて話題になった。「医療被曝」を 避けるためにCT検査やX線検査の被曝線量を基準値に抑えることを提案したのだ。同ネットワークによると、「胃のレントゲン検査の基準値は出していません が、実施した場合に浴びる放射線量は約3ミリシーベルト」(広報課)という。国際放射線防護委員会は1年間の被曝量の限度を1ミリシーベルトと定めている から、レントゲン検査は限度を超えていることになる。




「胃のレントゲンで異常が見つかったら、次は内視鏡検査で組織を採取します。いずれにしろ内視鏡検査は受けるのだから、放射線が心配な人やがん家系の人は 最初から内視鏡にすればいいのです。費用は内視鏡のほうが数千円高い程度。心臓カテーテル検査を担当する循環器科の医師に白血病の死亡者が多いという現実 からも、放射線による検査は危険なような気がします」



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「さよなら原発デュッセルドルフ」 日本人がドイツで設立した脱原発のための登録公益社団法人 via WebRonza




路面電車も走る大通りやライン川沿いの歩行者・自転車天国では、ドイツ語だけでなく日本語のシュプレヒコールも響き渡った。声の主は、これから紹介する脱原発団体「ドイツ登録公益社団法人 さよなら原発デュッセルドルフ(以下SGD)」である。





続きは「さよなら原発デュッセルドルフ」  日本人がドイツで設立した脱原発のための登録公益社団法人(要無料登録)

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Syria agrees to return highly enriched uranium to China via AL-Monitor

Syria is willing to give up a small amount of highly enriched uranium (HEU) and to convert a nuclear research reactor near Damascus that uses this dangerous material to one that is fueled by low enriched uranium (LEU), nuclear experts say.

Miles Pomper, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told Al-Monitor that he learned at a conference in Bucharest this week that the Syrians are seeking to modify a small HEU-fueled research reactor and have asked for technical assistance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Pomper, who advocates ending the civilian use of HEU worldwide, called the Syria initiative “a good step.”

The Syrian offer comes only months after the regime of Bashar al-Assad fulfilled a pledge to get rid of its stockpile of chemical weapons and precursors. This new initiative could be viewed as another effort to improve the regime’s tattered international legitimacy but it is not insignificant from a nonproliferation point of view.


The United States and the old Soviet Union routinely shipped HEU abroad along with research reactors in the 1960s. A decade later, after India diverted HEU to make a nuclear weapon, the superpowers began efforts to reduce the use of the material overseas. According to Pomper, there are still about 54 tons of HEU in civilian use in 29 countries across the globe.

The Syrian reactor was provided by China along with fuel, of which less than one kilogram is believed to remain. It is located at the Der al-Hadjar Nuclear Research Center near Damascus.

Andrew Bieniawski, vice president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and a former senior official with the US Department of Energy (DOE), told Al-Monitor that China supplied five of the so-called miniature neutron sources reactors to foreign countries. In addition to Syria and Iran, the other three are located in Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan, he said.

China is already working on producing LEU fuel for the Ghana reactor and is expected to take back the HEU core sometime later this year, Bieniawski said. He said the fuel has to be put in special packaging and is typically flown out of a country. DOE has been assisting China in how to safely transport the material.

“This is a big deal,” Bieniawksi said, and “China is showing leadership” by instituting a take-back program for HEU.

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韓国の環境保護活動家が、ウォルソン原発の稼動に反対 via Iran Japanese Radio



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