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No new plant, so just restart new aging old plant and wait for another Fukushima?

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-reboots-44-year-old-nuclear-reactor-experts-sound-alarm-2021-06-22/

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The politicians don’t seem to understand the seriousness of the current energy crunch. The world has completely and irreversibly changed since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Globalism is now a thing of the past.

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I am surprised the minister did not use the excuse of Chernobyl as a reason not to build new plants, apparently it became a new trend to use the possibility of Russian invasion as an extra risk for nuclear plants.

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With the rate of population decline, it seems that we might be on the right track. As time goes by, power consumption will be less and less. There is no need for nuclear. It's time to get it all out of here before they find another use for it.

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They not considering new plants because they are extending the life of existing aging plants by refurbishing 50 year old technology with whatever bandaid fixes they can come up with and changing legislation to keep them running. How wonderful!

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The plants Japan has now don't work so well anyway.

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Doesn't the taxpayer fund research into them? Mini community sized ones that go underground and ones that use thorium? Its a waste of time if the tech is not going to be used.

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 industry ministry compiled an interim report on a clean energy strategy for achieving a carbon neutral society. 

Nice words, but given the energy problem has been well known for decades and little has been done to remedy the problem, I hope Japan, Inc. do actually come up with a clean energy strategy, but won't hold my breath. I would also like to think greater conservation efforts would be key part of the strategy, but again won't hold my breath.

Where are the energy start-up companies in japan with ideas and resources to challenge the status quo and help Japan become more independent, or do the LDP and the people they were elected to represent fear independence?

Maybe Japan Inc. should look to see what other countries are doing with regard to developing and using renewable forms of energy. And maybe they should have started doing that decades ago.

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They should build more solar panels and wind turbines for a better tomorrow.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-03/u-k-in-talks-with-south-korea-to-build-nuclear-power-plants

U.K. in Talks With South Korea to Build Nuclear Power Plants

Business secretary met with Korea Electric Power Corp.

May 3, 2022, 7:46 AM EDT

There are two options left for new nuclear power plants, French EPR and Korean APR1400.

French one has EU certification but no US certification(quit the process as it was too tough).

Korean one has both EU and US certification.

Japanese one isn't an option as it wouldn't pass either EU nor the US certification, as EPR's failure to achieve US certification shows.

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Japan could easily become a world leader in reusable energy. It has unlimited access to geothermal power and many long and fast flowing rivers for hydroelectric power. All it takes is for someone to take the initiative and do it. There are some issues with national parks and conservationists, but the alternatives of fossil fuels and nuclear power are far greater environmental concerns. Take the initiative and use some of the money Japan boasts about to make Japan a better place for the future and set an example for the rest of the world.

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My roof mounted solar panels, light and efficient are at peak output today!

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Effort to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

Well...blah...blah...bs

Meanwhile Japan continues to persistently burn house hold waste in incinerator towers in residential areas.

Is that making an efforts to achieve carbon neutrality ?

We all know that when Japan announces "efforts" to do anything it's not really going to happen.

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But what about that experimental fusion reactor that cost billions? Killed workers….what happened to that? Wasn’t that the answer? Now decrepit old reactors with suck on fix it’s are the answer. Hey Japan just go back to wood and peat fires, safer. And comforting. Stick with what you know.

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Inspire the Next!

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Buy Russian cheap oil and gas and make it a law that all houses and buildings have solar panels. Develop geothermal energy to over 50%.

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That would be reassuring if instead, they weren't trying to extend the use of current NPPs well past the 40-year contracts before decommission.

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@ Rodney

And who is going to pay for all the solar panels? I certainly cannot afford them.

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Hello Kitty 321Today  02:28 pm JST

@ Rodney

And who is going to pay for all the solar panels? I certainly cannot afford them.

The government should subsidize them. I don't know what numbers are involved but i'm fairly certain even that would be cheaper than building and maintaining new plants AND the bent-over-the-barrel cost of importing so much of it's energy needs.

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kurisupisuToday  10:56 am JST

My roof mounted solar panels, light and efficient are at peak output today!

Great! Are you storing the power to use later when it's dark?

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No matter how many precautions we take, the unexpected and unforeseen always seems to happen. We have to be willing to accept the reality that there is no such thing as a foolproof nuclear reactor, and then decide whether to put up with them, or not.

With global warming getting out of control, we may be forced to accept the occasional nuclear disaster.

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That's right, Japan has Russian energy to fall back on.

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No wheat because of Ukraine war , but also no rice because you plaster all rice fields with solar panels and wind turbines? That simply ends in starvation instead of pollution or radiation.

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@ Harry_Gatto

Yes, I just use two portable 100w batteries which are used to produce all the lighting in the house.

On a perfectly sunny day, the batteries are charged fully after 4-5 hours.

With LED lamps for illumination then usage is around 50-100 watts a night.

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Meanwhile in other headlines:

Japan OKs plan to release Fukushima nuclear plant wastewater

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kurisupisuToday  05:59 am JST

@ Harry_Gatto

Yes, I just use two portable 100w batteries which are used to produce all the lighting in the house.

On a perfectly sunny day, the batteries are charged fully after 4-5 hours.

With LED lamps for illumination then usage is around 50-100 watts a night.

Great stuff!

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