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Japan faces dilemma over plutonium stored in France

By Aaron Sheldrick

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I kinda laughed when I read Suzuki's comments about this being a, "win-win deal." Making the best of a bad situation is a better choice of words in this case.

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"Giving its plutonium away and paying for it would expose the Japanese to the reality of plutonium as a liability rather than an asset," said Schneider.

Crazy proposal. Distributing plutonium around the world and pay for it?

“This is a kind of win-win deal,” said Tatsujiro Suzuki, a former vice chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, who will join Von Hippel in meeting with legislators on Thursday.

Tatsujiro Suzuki, Deputy Chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission from Jan 2010 to Dec 2012


So, he was in charge of the failure in March 2011. I do not know why all these people are still around rather than in jail.

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The Japan Atomic Energy Commission considers losing money a "Win". Maybe that's how they calculate that nuclear power is so cheap.

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No problem...any loses will just be passed on to tepco customers (read...us) by way of another price hike.

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Plutonium is arguably a weapon of mass destruction with even small amounts being lethal- better to leave it in France n'est pas?

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I'm always amused when I hear about how nuclear power is cheap, clean and safe. The reality is very different. Right now, the current residents of Japan are footing the bill for the disaster and for storage of spent and unused fuel rods. However, the cost for future generations to deal with all the spent fuel rods and other nuclear waste will be phenomenal! There is nothing cheap, clean or safe about nuclear power!

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Not just Japan, many countriex send their waste to them for storage and processing .

The french been kicking it back for years due overfull storage, hence why Germany and other countries parked them at the side of the road while building storage facilities.

Storage facilities anywhere take a long time to build but the countries produced too soon hence it is coming back globally.

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Japan should allow this plutonium stored in France to be used in Japanese build reactors to generate electricity.

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