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Spotlight: Fukushima, an ongoing tragedy Japanese government has brushed aside via Xinhuanet

TOKYO, May 20 (Xinhua) — Toshihide Tsuda, professor of environmental epidemiology at Okayama University, found that the rate of children suffering from thyroid cancer in Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was as much as 20 to 50 times higher than the national average as of 2014, three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

His findings were published in the electronic edition of the journal of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology late last year, but was refuted by the Fukushima prefectural government and other experts as it doubted the cases are related to the nuclear crisis and the government attributed to the surge to “over diagnosis.”

“Unless radiation exposure data are checked, any specific relationship between a cancer incidence and radiation cannot be identified,” Shiochiro Tsugane, director of the Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening, was quoted by a local report as saying.

More than 160 teenagers in Fukushima Prefecture were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, including suspect cases, since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was crippled by the monstrous quake-triggered tsunami in March 2011. And the number almost certainly increase with the passage of time.


In fact, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology sent a message to the Japanese government suggesting it to conduct detailed and continuous research on residents’ health in Fukushima, but the government here did not respond to the advice, according to Tsuda who urged the government to face up to the aftermath of the nuclear issue.

Meanwhile, overseas nuclear experts are also surprised by the irresponsible and indifferent attitude of the Japanese government toward the nuclear refugees.

Oleksiy Pasyuk, an expert on energy policy at the National Ecological Center of Ukraine, told Xinhua that one of the main mistakes made by Japan in the aftermath of the accident was that the government had not stocked enough medicinal iodine tablets, which can prevent the absorption of radioactive material into the human body.


The majority of the Japanese public oppose the restarting of the country’s nuclear power plants and only about 30 percent are supportive. More than 60 percent of Fukushima prefectural residents are dissatisfied with the government’s countermeasures against the nuclear disaster.

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原発避難指示2村で解除 葛尾が6月12日・川内14日 via 朝日新聞



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Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant to be built by US-Japanese consortium via Daily Post

Horizon Nuclear Power has today appointed Menter Newydd to help deliver the company’s £14bn project

A US-Japanese consortium has been created to build the £14bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant.

Horizon Nuclear Power has today appointed Menter Newydd to help deliver the company’s lead nuclear new build project on Anglesey.

Menter Newydd is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, US giant Bechtel Management Company and Japanese firm JGC Corporation (UK) and will be responsible for the construction of Wylfa Newydd, overseen by Horizon Nuclear Power.

The Menter Newydd partners have been involved in the delivery of more than 170 nuclear power stations around the world, as well as a huge array of complex infrastructure “mega-projects”.


Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon CEO, said: “This is an important step in any large, complex infrastructure project and it adds to Wylfa Newydd’s growing momentum.

“The depth and breadth of expertise Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel and JGC bring to the Menter Newydd venture will help us ensure the timely delivery of our project, which will be vital for meeting the UK’s energy gap and boosting the local economy in North Wales for decades to come.

“We look forward to working with the team and continuing to make great strides with our plans.”

Hitachi’s Malcolm Twist, project director for Menter Newydd, said: “This is a very strong team.

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広島 被爆遺構、一時埋め戻し 米大統領訪問発表の直後 via 毎日新聞








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Tearful Koizumi backs U.S. vets suing over 2011 nuclear disaster via The Asahi Shimbun

CARLSBAD, California–Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi broke down in tears as he made an emotional plea of support for U.S. Navy sailors beset by health problems they claim resulted from radioactive fallout after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

More than 400 veterans who were part of a mission called Operation Tomodachi to provide humanitarian relief after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami filed a mass lawsuit in California against Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. They are seeking compensation and an explanation for their health problems.

Apparently overcome with emotion, Koizumi started crying, but went on and said, “Proponents and opponents of nuclear energy must think together about what can be done.”

Koizumi, in power between 2001 and 2006, became a vocal opponent of nuclear energy after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima plant caused by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

During the news conference, Koizumi also touched upon the significance of the scheduled visit to Hiroshima by U.S. President Barack Obama next week.

“It will be important to see how that is tied into a reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons,” Koizumi said. “We should all work toward zero nuclear plants and develop other energy sources.”

Theodore Holcomb, an aviation mechanic on the flattop, was tasked with washing down U.S. helicopters that had operated in areas with high radiation. He was later diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He died in 2014 at age 35.

The Department of Veterans Affairs later cut off a study into the causal relationship between his exposure to radiation and his illness.

His best friend in the Navy, Manuel Leslie, 41, now is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit on behalf of Holcomb.

Leslie said he just wants the truth to come out for his friend.

Another crew member, Ron Wright, 26, worked on the deck. After finishing his shift one day, he was forced to remove his clothes after a high radiation reading. Subsequently, he developed a swelling of the testicles and underwent surgery four times after he returned to the United States. However, the pain was so intense that he had to rely on painkillers and sleeping pills.

A military doctor told him there was no relationship between his illness and exposure to radiation.

Wright said he was never given protective clothing or iodine during the mission. He also said he had no knowledge of radiation at the time.


(This article was written by Masato Tainaka and Ari Hirayama.)

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Bill designed to bailout failing nuclear plants, transfer wealth, kill renewables, group testifies

SPRINGFIELD— Nuclear Energy Information Service of Chicago testified today before the Illinois State Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee that the new Exelon legislation amounted to a “corporate welfare bailout” designed to kill renewable energy and “transfer wealth from Illinois ratepayers to Exelon shareholders.”

Speaking at a Subject Matter hearing, NEIS Director David Kraft urged legislators to reject the flawed Exelon legislation – Amendment 3 to SB.1585, the so-called “Next Generation Energy Plan” – and fix the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) as soon as possible, and before considering any Exelon reactor bailout schemes.

“Exelon’s obstructionism has done real harm to Illinois renewable energy,” Kraft notes. “[Exelon] now suggests that it will continue to do that harm unless its failed and anachronistic business model is ‘rewarded’ – bailed out. It is simply inappropriate and irresponsible – and dumb energy policy – to reward such self-fulfilling prophecy,” Kraft told the Committee.

The RPS program has been unable to access millions of dollars in collected money to build new renewable energy generating facilities in Illinois due to an unforeseen glitch in the original law. Exelon lobbyists have helped stall that fix for the past 4 years, while at the same time creating pro-nuclear front groups to lobby the Illinois Legislators for a financial bailout of allegedly money-losing nuclear reactors in Illinois.

The original amount Exelon suggested was $1.6 billion over five years, an amount which has been scaled back in successive versions of their hardship story, in part due to positive gains in the local energy markets. While not stated directly in the current Exelon bill, the bailout ask is now estimated to be anywhere from $100 to $150 million per year for the money losing Clinton-1 and Quad Cities 1&2 reactors. While pleading financial hardship at these reactors, Exelon’s Christopher Crane pledged to shareholders in Exelon’s 4Q report earlier this year that they would receive an annual 2.5% increase in dividends over the next three years.

“Some hardship,” observes Kraft. “These reactors are Exelon’s private assets. There is no rational justification for ratepayers – the public – to subsidize these private assets, and certainly not without getting some kind of equity for use of their money,” Kraft asserts. “If Exelon keeps the assets, let their shareholders pay for their operation,” he said.

Exelon claims that their legislation would “level the playing field for all clean energy sources to compete…” and “…recognize the zero-carbon benefits of nuclear power.”

“Why single out the low-carbon benefits for reward?” Kraft asks. “Should not RE/EE be rewarded for the facts that they not only are lower-carbon emitters than nuclear, but they eliminate the costly and risky societal burdens of radioactive waste production and disposal, and nuclear proliferation of materials, expertise, technology and ultimately nuclear weapons and terrorism. Should not these positive societal benefits be compensated for additional reward?” Kraft points out.

Kraft also criticized the Exelon threat of job and economic loss stemming from their proposed closure of Clinton and Quad Cities, noting that renewable energy and energy efficiency, sectors which the Exelon nuclear bailout could severely damage and Exelon’s obstruction of the RPS fix already has, account for 12 times the number of direct jobs statewide as would be lost at the two reactors, and as much as 25 times the total number if including indirect jobs. “If legislators are concerned about jobs across the State, they should focus on fixing the RPS,” Kraft maintained. He also recommended establishing “just transition funds” for all reactor communities which will inevitably face reactor closures when the reactor licenses expire. This suggestion has received positive response from some legislators.

Dave Kraft, director, NEIS

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The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires via Euronews

Just south of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, in an area partly ravaged by flames, sits a nuclear waste site.

Situated at the extreme north of the Beacon Hill landfill tip, it contains some 42,500 m3 of radioactive minerals, including uranium and cesium.

But does it pose a threat to society today? According to information gained by euronews reporter Renaud Gardette, the site lies in the middle of the huge wildfires, blazing uncontrollably since May 1.

Why was the landfill created?

To understand the origins of the landfill site, we must first go back to 1982 when Canada launched an extensive exploration and containment of low-level radioactive land programme all over the territory. It was piloted by the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Office (LLRWMO).

In Fort McMurray, radioactive minerals were regularly discharged and used along the Northern Transportation Road. Built in the 1930s, the thoroughfare was initially used to transport uranium from the Port Radium mine (Northwest Territories) to Fort McMurray. From there, uranium was also transported by train to Port Hope, Ontario.

The Port Radium mine closed in 1960. Thefts and pillages occurred along the road and that is where the contamination is most visible.

The LLRWMO detected more radioactive sites around Fort McMurray. Work began in 1992 and, up to 2003, 42,500m3 of waste were sent to a specially-engineered landfill with a double layer of clay, several management systems, protection and monitoring, as well as a layer of earth and grass.

The site is monitored annually by the LLRWMO.

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電通は日本のメディアを支配しているのか?via 内田樹の研究室


参院選の夜、型破りの反原発候補者であった元俳優の山本太郎はどこの政党の支持も受けず、ツイッターで選挙運動を展開してきたが、東京の参院議席を獲得し た。メディアの検閲を受けながら、この熱情的な若い候補者は原発と並んでメディアに対しても激しい批判を向けていた。メディアは「広告代理店の支配下にあ り、それゆえ電力会社に買収されている」「原発に関するすべての情報をシステマティックに検閲している」と彼は主張したのである。
あるテレビ局が彼に放送の最後に発言機会を与えたが、まずスタジオにいるジャーナリストに業界擁護の弁明をさせた。画面では、若い参院議員は返答のために 1分弱の時間しか与えられなかった。「僕は簡単な例を挙げます。これから食糧はキロ当たり100ベクレルまで含有することができる。それは食事を摂るだけ で被曝するということを意味しています。しかし、このことをテレビは放送していない」そこまで言ったところで山本は発言を遮られた。番組終了のジングルが 鳴り、スタジオの司会者は嘲笑しながら番組の終了を告げた。


福島の事故後、山本太郎はその犠牲にされた。彼はタレントとしてそれまでスタジオにレギュラー出演していたが、反原発の立場を明らかにしたために、いきな りテレビ界そして映画界においてさえ、「ペルソナ・ノン・グラータ」(好ましからざる人物)に認定された。今に始まったことではない。ずっと以前から、広 瀬隆や小出裕章のような反原発運動の中心人物たち、ベストセラー作家は事実上テレビスタジオに登場することがなかった。福島の事故以後も。


これらの民間のメディアの中にあって、NHKだけが受信者から直接受信料を徴収することで、この広告帝国の支配を免れており、独立性を誇っている。だが、 残念ながら、NHKの状況はさらに劣悪である。会長籾井勝人はNHKは安倍政権のスポークスマンであるべきだと何の遠慮もなく繰り返し断言している。
200人の退職者を前にした最近の宣言の中で、籾井はNHKの記者たちに九州での地震については当局からの確かな公式発表と地震が列島南部のみを伝えるこ とで満足するように、また列島南部で稼働中の原発に地震が与えるリスクについては独立的な専門家の意見には耳を貸さないように厳命した。


だが、原発再稼働がいくつかも法廷で争われ、高浜原発のように稼働停止判決が下され、国民の多くが原発再稼働に逡巡しているうちに、原発促進の賭け金はど んどん吊り上がっていった。2015年の原発再稼働の後、2016年は原発広告のひそやかな再稼働の年となった。広告はまず原発が設置された地方の地方紙 と地方テレビ局に登場した。本間龍氏は彼の最近の発見を誇らしげに見せてくれた。「2016年2月から、関西電力は福井新聞に何度か全面広告を打ちまし た。福井は高浜原発が再稼働してから一月後に稼働停止の仮処分を受けたところである。新潟日報と新潟の地方テレビ局では、東電の世界最大の原発柏崎刈羽原 発再稼働のための広告が独特の文脈で登場した。現在の新潟県知事ははっきりとした反原発の立場にあり、再稼働一般に反対しているが、彼の任期が終わる年末 に選挙がある。東電による原発広告の再開は新潟の市民たちの怒りに火を点けずにはいなかった。とくに福島からの避難民たちは広告の停止を求める請願を行っ た。


先月公表された報道の自由度についての報告で「国境なき記者団」は日本を世界72位に格付けした。これはハンガリーやタンザニアよりも下位である。日本は 6年前はこのランキングで世界11位であった。東京を訪れた国連の調査員もまた日本のジャーナリストたちが受けている圧力が、民間でもNHKでも、日々強 まっていることについて警告を発した。問題になっているのは政府による圧力の強化である。これは特定秘密保護法の施行によって一層強まった。特定秘密のう ちには原子力に関するものも含まれている。この規定の曖昧な法律は「秘密」情報を漏洩したジャーナリストを投獄すると恫喝している。この状況を象徴するよ うに、三人のジャーナリスト、それぞれ硬骨で知られた人々がテレビのレギュラーを辞職するということが起きた。その中の一人『報道ステーション』のキャス ターであった古舘伊知郎は、本間龍氏によれば、数年前から原発政策と安倍政権の政治に対する批判的な態度ゆえに、電通の標的になっていた。


元記事はLe publicitaire Dentsu tire-t-il les ficelles des médias japonais ? via Television

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Le publicitaire Dentsu tire-t-il les ficelles des médias japonais ? via Television

Dentsu, 5e groupe de communication dans le monde, concentre dans ses mains l’essentiel du marché publicitaire japonais, ce qui impacte la liberté des médias au Japon, notamment pour parler de l’industrie nucléaire.

L’instant est resté célèbre. Le soir des élections sénatoriales, l’ex-acteur Tarô Yamamoto[+], candidat antinucléaire atypique, soutenu par aucun parti et ayant mené campagne sur Twitter, vient de remporter un siège de sénateur à Tôkyô. Censuré par les médias, le jeune candidat à la verve célèbre a fait campagne principalement contre le nucléaire, mais aussi contre les médias, les accusant d’être « à la solde des annonceurs et donc des compagnies d’électricité » et de « censurer systématiquement toute information critique sur le nucléaire ».

Une chaîne de télévision lui accorde un entretien en fin d’émission mais en laissant d’abord un journaliste sur le plateau défendre la profession. À l’écran, le jeune sénateur n’a plus qu’une minute pour répondre. « Je vais prendre un exemple simple. Les aliments peuvent désormais contenir jusqu’à 100 becquerels par kilo, cela veut dire que rien que par l’alimentation nous sommes irradiés. Cela n’est jamais dit à la télévision… ». Tarô Yamamoto est obligé de s’interrompre. Le jingle de fin d’émission commence, et sur le plateau l’animateur annonce goguenard que l’émission est terminée, avant de lancer une page de publicité[+].


Mais alors que le redémarrage des centrales est entravé par des dizaines d’actions en justice en cours, parfois victorieuses comme à Takahama, et que la population est majoritairement réticente au redémarrage des réacteurs, la promotion du nucléaire est redevenue un enjeu de taille. Après le redémarrage d’une centrale en 2015, 2016 est l’année du redémarrage discret des publicités nucléaires. Celles-ci apparaissent dans la presse et les télévisions locales des préfectures abritant des centrales. M. Ryû Honma exhibe fièrement ses dernières trouvailles : depuis février 2016, des pleines pages de publicité sont publiées dans le Fukui Shimbun par la Compagnie d’électricité du Kansai, là où la centrale de Takahama vient d’être arrêtée un mois après son redémarrage suite à une action en justice de citoyens. Dans le Niigata Nippo et à la télévision locale, des publicités de Tepco pour le redémarrage de Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, la plus grande centrale nucléaire au monde, sont là aussi apparues dans un contexte particulier : l’actuel gouverneur est fermement antinucléaire et s’oppose à tout redémarrage mais des élections auront lieu d’ici la fin de l’année alors que son mandat s’achève. Ce retour de la publicité nucléaire par Tepco ne se fait cependant pas sans susciter l’ire de citoyens de Niigata, notamment des réfugiés de Fukushima qui ont lancé une pétition demandant l’arrêt de ces publicités.
Le message de toutes ces publicités est exactement le même, et laisse imaginer Dentsu à la manœuvre derrière. Les compagnies d’électricité promettent de faire tous les efforts possibles pour assurer la sécurité des centrales, tandis que des photographies mettent en avant les travailleurs des centrales, touchant la corde sensible de l’emploi dans ces régions souvent démunies et parfois très dépendantes de l’industrie nucléaire, comme Fukui. Selon M. Ryû Honma, ces publicités ne sont certainement que la partie immergée de l’iceberg : elles s’accompagneront d’un suivi étroit de toutes les informations publiées sur le nucléaire, et la quasi-assurance que ces journaux locaux ne donneront, dans la mesure du possible, que peu la parole aux opposants.
Dans un rapport sur la liberté de la presse publiée le mois dernier, Reporter sans frontières classe désormais le Japon à la 72e place, derrière la Hongrie et la Tanzanie. L’archipel était six ans avant encore à la 11e place. En visite à Tôkyô, un rapporteur de l’ONU a également alerté le pays sur les pressions que subissent de plus en plus les journalistes japonais, qu’ils travaillent pour des médias privés ou pour la NHK. En cause, des pressions gouvernementales croissantes, accentuées par l’entrée en vigueur cette année d’une loi sur les secrets d’État, incluant les questions relatives au nucléaire. Une loi aux contours flous et qui menace les journalistes de prison ferme en cas de divulgation d’informations « secrètes ». Signe des temps, au même moment, trois journalistes de télévision réputés pour leur indépendance ont annoncé leur démission au début de l’année. Parmi eux, Ichirô Furutachi, présentateur de « Hôdô Station », qui était d’après M. Ryû Honma dans le viseur de Dentsu depuis plusieurs années en raison de son regard critique sur le nucléaire et la politique du gouvernement Abe. Nul doute que Dentsu, ambassadeur privilégié des plus grands groupes industriels, continuera à jouer son rôle dans le grand verrouillage médiatique en cours au Japon.

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