In-Focus Japan: Government officials raked over in Fukushima public hearings – Political party threatens end of nuclear power in 10 years

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Government officials get earful in public hearing held on the frontline of reactor catastrophe

Over 150 people Fukushima Prefecture submitted requests to speak People to government officials at an energy policy hearing to eliminate the country’s reliance on nuclear power, out of the 30 selected speakers, all were decidedly against the future of nuclear energy in Japan. 28 of the 30 speakers called for the zero-percent option, or for immediate scrapping of all existing nuclear plants.

“The crisis has not ended yet. It’s completely wrong to restart nuclear reactors under such circumstances,” said a man who gave his name only as Endo. His comments drew loud applause.

“Those who can’t take responsibility (for the crisis) shouldn’t be so quick to talk about restarting reactors,” he said.

Unlike earlier hearings, which were criticized for allowing nuclear industry workers to speak on behalf of the companies they worked for, the government limited attendance to Fukushima residents and boosted the number of speakers from 12 to 30.

A retired man from Aizuwakamatsu agreed. He said Japan should immediately scrap all nuclear reactors. “I’m saying this partly because I regret I wasn’t thinking seriously about nuclear energy before the March 11 disaster,” he said, adding the government should make efforts to shift to green energy.

“Some say that the economy will stagnate without nuclear power, but we can’t choose something that puts our lives at risk,” he said.

“I don’t want them to use (the hearing) as an excuse that they listened to citizens’ opinions” said Hanazawa, a mother of two daughters in the city of Fukushima, who also stressed that the government should give up on nuclear power as soon as possible.

“The government should take responsibility for what happened” in Fukushima, she said. “There are monitoring posts everywhere in town. The weather forecast also talks about the level of radiation. This is not a normal way of life.”

Source: NHK

Source: The Japan Times

Japanese political party calls for end of nuclear power within 10 years

A new political party in Japan called Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daiichi, which literally translates as “people’s lives first,” is proposing to end the nation’s reliance on nuclear energy within 10 years.

The party says that all nuclear power plants should be eliminated in the next 10 years while developing technologies for energy conservation and promoting renewable energy.

Source: NHK

TEPCO hit with $3.69 billion first-quarter loss as Fukushima disaster drags on

The utility projects to return to profitability in the 2013/14 business year, but to do so, it must gradually restart reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in northern Japan by April 2013, a very unlikely outcome.

Source: Reuters

Fukushima octopus shipped to Tokyo, Nagoya

Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture have shipped octopus caught 50 kilometers from the waters off of Fukushima for sale in the Tokyo and Nagoya areas.

Source: NHK

Japanese government to survey Fukushima evacuees of opinions on “temporary towns”

The government announced the intent to survey Fukushima Prefecture evacuees as early as next week, to get their opinions of how many people may wish to live in “temporary towns”, one proposed resolution for areas affected by the nuclear crisis.

Source: JiJi Press

New nuclear safety chief threatens to be tough on Ohi reactors if fault under them is active,

“If there is an active fault, we’ll naturally have (the reactors) stopped,” Tanaka said during a Diet session, while being questioned by members of the Lower House Steering Committee. His appointment must be confirmed by both Diet chambers.

Source: The Japan Times

Source: JiJi Press

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