Japan PM Noda says two nuclear reactors ‘must restart’
Japan must restart two nuclear reactors to protect the country’s economy and livelihoods, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has said in a televised broadcast.
Measures to ensure the safety of two reactors at western Japan’s Ohi nuclear plant have been undertaken, he said.
Since last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s 50 reactors have been shut down for routine maintenance.
The crisis fuelled immense public opposition to nuclear power, but Japan is facing a summer of power shortages.
Japan’s last nuclear shut down for routine maintenance was in May. When the third reactor at the Tomari plant in Hokkaido prefecture was switched off, Japan was left without energy from atomic power for the first time in more than 40 years.
Public confidence in nuclear safety was shaken by the meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, triggered by last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
“Cheap and stable electricity is vital. If all the reactors that previously provided 30% of Japan’s electricity supply are halted, or kept idle, Japanese society cannot survive,” Mr Noda said.
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The issue is not Japanese survival, the issue is planetary survival!
Japan needs to look at other forms of energy, regardless of the cost.
The non-essential use of electricity in Japan needs to be rationalised. The rest of the world is in danger while Japanese neons lights glow prettily in every street in every city.
Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.
It is the wrong place to have nuclear power!
Fukushima has shown clearly that any failure of nuclear reactors has the potential to destroy the northern hemisphere, if not the whole planet, and they are worried about not having the power for their precious electrically dominated society.
The crisis isn’t over yet.
Fukishima has released radiation in various forms into the atmosphere, into the sea. The radiation has already spread to the EAST coast of the USA and beyond and still they want to have nuclear power.
If the damaged cooling towers so much as cracks or collapses, the radiation levels will reach 85x that that has already been released.
Fukushima has already dwarfed Chernobyl.
Remember this equation:
Fukushima = Chernobyl on Steroids
If such a collapse happens, will the last person alive in the northern hemisphere please turn out the lights.
Japan, forget nuclear power as an option,
you have to for the survival of the planet.
You say that you need it for the county’s economy and livelihoods, if there is a highly probable collapse, the economy and livelihoods are the last thing you will worry about.