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You know it's all about the money, lives don't count, and the proof is in all these reactors starting back up.

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Yet another action by the Abe administration that seems to totally ignore the wishes of the majority of Japanese people. Are we headed towards more student riots?

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Japan on track for another nuclear reactor restart

Despite public opinion to the contrary.

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" energy bill has soared " Funny how the media headlines about soaring energy import costs are the same as 2 , 3 years ago but no mention of the fact that the international oil price has halved in the past year..anyway thank Shinzo for the yen devaluation that was a major factor.

"due to nuclear's reliability as a stable energy source " how anyone can push this line after Fukushima 3/11 debacle is really beyond me.

" I want Shikoku Power to adopt all measures to ensure safety " Just a line to cover his ass on the media - if there are doubts whether all safety measures have been implimented , don"t approve the restart then.

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I bet that the Shikoku Electric Power was directly involved in the decision-making behind the doors. Japanese are easily convinced when presented with money, I am not surprised the way it is turning wit the reactors restart.

Stricter standards are a joke as many parts of them involve heavy investments to secure old reactors that were designed with weak consideration to seismic issues. Investments that the power companies are just required to promise to do. Abe kicked out the people asking really strict safety standards from the Nuclear Regulation Authority, precisely because they were slowing down the restart of reactors by asking more safety measures. One of them was a seismologist who has been warning Tepco of possible devastating tsunami for years. He also asked for better measures to deal with the peak ground acceleration beneath the reactor if an earthquake occurs in the vicinity of it. A possible scenario as many of them are built on top of active faults and none of them are designed to sustain a rapid acceleration. Him and another person were replaced with two pro-nuclear dudes, one of them was found to own shares at Tepco. Japan, huh?

Basically Abe has made the new NRA which was supposed to be totally independent from the government and the power companies the exact same entity it replaced. That is, it's totally under the control of the LDP and of the power companies. That's why the stricter standards that they are talking about means nothing. They can just say that they are using stricter standards so that the sheepanese feel safe and call it よかった!In reality they can lie the same way they did for decades before Fukushima with their "atom is safe" mantra.

Ehime Gov Tokihiro Nakamura said Monday he authorised the restart due to costs and nuclear’s reliability as a stable energy source.

What can be said? Doesn't that smell corruption? How can he speak of cost with a straight face when we know that nuclear energy is actually very expensive when the cost of maintenance, dismantling and nuclear waste treatment is full taken into account? A recent governmental study in France concluded that France will have to deal with a huge cost in order to modernize or replace its aging reactors which are by far in a better state that the Japanese ones. And it's equally baffling that this dude speaks about nuclear’s reliability as a stable energy source when precisely Japan has to deal with increasing nuclear waste that it has no idea how to deal with. Cf. the reprocessing plant in Aomori which has cost tax payer an astronomical amount of money so far and it's not operational yet, let alone secure enough.

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Are we headed towards more student riots? LOL violence wont get the reactors switched off, Itll just make Abe spend more of defence, domestic terrorist theyll be labeled. average J student barely has enough energy to get them through classes let alone rioting.

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wtfjapanOCT. 26, 2015 - 09:05PM JST Are we headed towards more student riots? LOL violence wont get the reactors switched off, Itll just make Abe spend more of defence, domestic terrorist theyll be labeled. average J student barely has enough energy to get them through classes let alone rioting.

I guess you haven't been reading the news a lot recently. Ether that or you haven't noticed the growing political activity of Japanese students.

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Ehime governor will soon glow in the dark.

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Disillusioned so? A new American base is being built in Okinawa despite the pleas of the Okinawan people. Let the Mainland Japanese enjoy the Okinawa experience. Yet they will have better health from burning less fossil fuels. These fumes emit pollution that makes people sick and dead. True not the reason the plants are being put back on line but it sounds good.

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And meanwhile custodians were busy cleaning up crumpled brown bags & envelopes in nakamura's office building

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Ether that or you haven't noticed the growing political activity of Japanese students.

Growth, students involved in this activity doesn't mean squat. Not unless they're really going to take, "action".

I highly doubt (Japan's youth- university educated or not) have the motivation & determination like their Hong Kong counterparts. Remember the demonstrations they showed the world in HK?

. . . . I rest my case. Political activity among Japanese students has absolutely NO SPINE.

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Are there still people THIS FOOLISH in the 21st century??

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I guess you haven't been reading the news a lot recently. Ether that or you haven't noticed the growing political activity of Japanese students. so what what they going to do burn down the diet!, Just like the constitution laws that passed with all the protests so will the N reactors be switched back on. why because the average J citizen hasnt got the will or long term determination to pressure those in power. Big business and farmers control this country the average taro opinion means stuff all really

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Japan on track for another nuclear reactor....disaster.

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As a frequent visitor to Ehime over the years, I have mixed feelings on it, but the local economy could really do with the money, and keeping a whole lot of skilled, well paid workers in town is good for the area as well.

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@letsberealisticOCT. 26, 2015 - 06:27PM JST Yet another action by the Abe administration that seems to totally ignore the wishes of the majority of Japanese people. Are we headed towards more student riots?

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How canyou connect Abe with Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku? Do you have info of connection of Ehime decsion and Abe?

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Total madness. If the people don't want it how can this happen in a democracy.................Reduce electric consumption and keep all the nuclear power turned off.

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/japans-plutonium-stockpile-creates-a-nuclear-headache-1436934838

Well, Japan will soon have more plutonium than the USA ... I wonder what they'll do with all of it?

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Be careful what you wish for......

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toshikoOCT. 27, 2015 - 03:30AM JST @letsberealisticOCT. 26, 2015 - 06:27PM JST Yet another action by the Abe administration that seems to totally ignore the wishes of the majority of Japanese people. Are we headed towards more student riots? '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' How canyou connect Abe with Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku? Do you have info of connection of Ehime decsion and Abe?

Um, well, ask yourself these questions; who made the decision to continue with Japan's nuclear power programme? What administration chose to allow the restarting of Japan's nuclear power? What leader refused to acknowledge and take action on Japanese public's protests to stop nuclear power?

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"Japan on track for another nuclear disaster!"

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@Disillusioned.I agree with you. I hate some people connect everything to Abe so that problems we want to be corrected will be forgotten very quickly. Japan is extremely out of dated on energy problems. It still talks oil, coal, hydro etc. Cheapest energy resource Solra Energy has not been discussed.

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Japan being prone to esrthquakes, tsunamis etc., just doesn't make it a good candidate for neuclear power. Unless the reactors are suspended at sea or something. Not easy to design.

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But “I want (Shikoku Power) to adopt all measures to ensure safety

And the tax payers to cover the mess when they'll fail.

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I would like to ask Mr Nakamura how much his amakudari pals are paying him

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