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The Beginning of New Street Politics: 15,000 gather for Koenji Rally against Nuclear Power Plants

(Japanese translation below)

The Beginning of New Street Politics:
15,000 gather for Koenji Rally against Nuclear Power Plants

Yoshitaka Mouri

When I first heard the plan for the rally on April 10th in Koenji, Tokyo against nuclear power plants, I was certain that it would gather a lot of people, as most of my friends, including even those who had never joined in this kind of political demonstration march, expressed their willingness to participate in this occasion.
Since the March 11th earthquake, everyone has been anxious and frustrated, and many angry with the everlasting nuclear plant crisis in Fukushima, while the government and TEPCO continued only to state that the level of radioactivity was still of low to harm the environment, though the situation was evidently getting worse.

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Give Us No Lip Service But Action! – A message from CNIC

Original text in Japanese HERE by Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center

Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan (NSCJ):
Give Us No Lip Service But Action!

A message from Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center (CNIC) (4) 3/31/2011

What on earth is NSCJ doing? — Many have been throwing this question. While a faint outline of truth has been revealed, the committee chairman has reportedly stated on their measure as they “relied on the independency of TEPCO” in terms of the earthquake-proof measure; they “could not find design solution without reasoning out the earthquake-proof measure.” This shows nothing but an avoidance of responsibility. Hereafter NSCJ’s action, based upon a reflection on its previous conducts, is in question at the moment.

CNIC demands NSCJ to take the following actions immediately:

1. Seismologists are pointing out that the 3/11 earthquake could quicken other plate activities. In Tokai area in particular, an earthquake could happen at any moment. However, the Chubu Electric Power Company insists on continuing to run their nuclear power plants while strengthening their earthquake-proof measure. Today we cannot suspect possibilities of another great disaster if nuclear plants are to suffer another earthquake. NSCJ must demand Chubu Electric to shutdown Hamaoka Nucelar Power Plant, before they carry out safety tests for earthquake-proof. At the same time, NSCJ must execute general safety tests on all nuclear reactors regarding earthquake proof and reinforcement of measures to all severe accidents.

2. The repair work at Fukushima plant is extremely severe. It is clear that the situation will be prolonged for a long time. More workers will be needed under the radioactive environment. NSCJ must rapidly ensure a greater number of workers including experienced OBs.

3. SPEEDI was proven to be almost useless, but according to the monitoring result, there are contaminated zones from which pregnant women and infants must be immediately evacuated. In addition, the condition at Fukushima Daiichi is very severe and there is no guarantee that we can avoid the worst situation. Possibility of magnitude 7-class aftershock makes us fear about worsening of the current state. Not to mention 30km radius, widening of evacuation area is a sine qua non under assumption of the worst scenario.

4. Mass media is broadcasting footages of ‘specialists’ repeatedly speaking of radiation exposure as “no effects on health” and “no risk of cancer”. How could they continue to allow these ‘specialists’ talks of such fuzzy science? As a result these comments give more worries to concerned individuals, and make those who have less concerns plainly believe these words and let their children play outdoors, even though relatively high amount of radiation is observed in the air. NSCJ must give truthful information on risks of cancer.

5. NSCJ must have a daily press conference at a designated hour, as well as emergency press conferences when necessary.

Demands to the Japanese Government

by CITIZEN’S NUCLEAR INFORMATION CENTER (CNIC)

Original text HERE

March 18th 2011

In the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, the serious situation endures. At this moment, a large discharge of radiation has not taken place. There is however a future possibility of such worst scenario. In concrete it would include meltdown of nuclear fuels by lowering of the water level in the nuclear reactors, large explosion, and large discharge of radiation from the pools of used fuels. Continue reading Demands to the Japanese Government