Japanese Prime Minister admits need for international aid at Fukushima Daiichi

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Shinzo Abe - October 6th
“We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in his English speech at an international science forum in western Japan on Sunday. “My country needs your knowledge and expertise,” he said.

Despite the fact that over the weekend, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted that Japan was in need of international expertise to handle the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi, the continuous string of failures, leaks, and mishaps at the crippled nuclear power complex is doing everything but reassuring the international community of nuclear safety.  Officials have acknowledged that the ground water has been contaminated with radioactive leaks which been leaking into the Pacific since soon after meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  Over the weekend, human error caused another halt of cooling water injected into the destroyed Unit 1 reactor and knocked out systems designed to decontaminate radioactive gases in Unit 1 and Unit 2.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan is mulling a plan which would divide Tokyo Electric into two entities, one which would continue efforts to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, the other would handle the rest of the utility’s operations.

If TEPCO goes bankrupt under current laws, administrators would be able to use its assets to pay institutional investors before compensating Fukushima residents or paying subcontracted workers at Fukushima Daiichi.  Also efforts to deal with the accumulating contaminated water on-site would unnecessarily be delayed.

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    Seminars to focus on ongoing lessons from Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe and the future of nuclear power in New York and Boston
    Seminar Tuesday, Oct. 8 in NYC
    Seminar Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Boston

    NEW YORK (Oct. 7, 2013)—Ralph Nader, political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, was recently added to the New York panel discussion which will address the lessons to be learned from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident and the concerns regarding Indian Point Nuclear Power Station.
    Additional speakers on the panel include former Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan; former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Dr. Gregory Jaczko; former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford; and nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, and are scheduled to share their perspectives on nuclear safety for the city’s respective power plant and the future of nuclear power. The panel in New York will be moderated by the President of Riverkeeper, Paul Gallay and in Boston by WGBH’s Sean Corcoran. The panels will specifically speak to concerns regarding Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, now operating with an expired license in Buchanan, New York and Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts. There are multiple concerns regarding both plants’ overcrowded storage of spent nuclear fuel rods. Indian Point contains almost three times the amount of radioactive material in its spent fuel pools as Fukushima-Daiichi. The seminars will be held in New York City on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and in Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

    U.S. citizens are now questioning the safety of the Indian Point and Pilgrim nuclear power plants. Pilgrim’s crowded storage pools are currently holding up to three times more spent fuel rods than they were designed to handle and can potentially be more dangerous than the nuclear reactors themselves. Earlier this year, a plant manager at Indian Point falsified test data on generator emissions due to high levels of particulate pollution which would cause the plant to close. In the event of a catastrophe like the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, these plants would threaten millions. A nuclear disaster at Indian Point would threaten the entire population of New York City and the outlying metropolitan area. A crisis at Pilgrim poses similar danger to millions within 50 miles of the Plymouth plant including Boston, Cape Cod and surrounding areas.

    Newest panel addition, Ralph Nader has been opposed to nuclear power since the 1970s and he later founded the Critical Mass Energy Project. Nader was recently named by The Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, one of only four living people to be so honored. He has launched two major presidential campaigns and founded or organized more than one hundred civic organizations.

    Panel member and former Japanese Prime Minister Kan was in office in March 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami triggered the catastrophe at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. He was confronted by three reactor meltdowns and a nuclear crisis that persists to this day.

    Jaczko was the Chairman of the NRC during the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the catastrophe at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. In 2012, Jaczko cast the lone dissenting vote on plans to build the first new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

    Earlier this year on June 4, 2013, Jaczko, Bradford and Gunderson were joined by Japan’s former Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, where they spoke at the San Diego County Administrative Center about their concerns regarding the safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Three days after the panel, the plant was closed permanently.

    The panel discussion is open to the public and news media.

    For media and the public who are unable to attend, the New York panel can be heard on a live feed at https://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLessons/newyork and the Boston panel can be heard at https://new.livestream.com/FukushimaLessons/boston, these webcasts will be archived at the link for at least 30 days once live. More information can be found at http://www.Facebook.com/FukushimaLessons.

  2. Thank you.

    I often wonder how much better off people worldwide would be today if over the past nearly 50 years more of us had heard and heeded Nader’s views on the many safety threats to our safety, health, and wealth.

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