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Japan to fast-track some nuclear reactor restarts

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The corporate world strikes again, trying to pressurise government. I only hope the last paragraph of the article stay true their commitment as a regulatory body.

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Gee, I would've thought they were working as fast as they can as it is. Fast tracked? As in, safety overlooked? The government clearly doesn't care about public opinion. No shockers there.

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What I'd like to know is if they have retrofired the plants so that are at least up to US 1980 standards and that they had done meltdown drills. It's bad enough to "rush" this, but is everyone properly trained. But then who is to say what is proper training. Obviously TEPCO didn't train their staff properly but nothing said about that.

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Ah yes, those safety check are labourious, aren't they? Now, what can we do to get rid of them?

18 months of trade deficits. Well, could this be the result of Abenomics putting up the price of imports while reducing the cost of exports in dollar terms?

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What is the point of safety? If it's fast tracked?

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"Fast Tracked" is hardly a phrase that inspires confidence in the industry.

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"Fast Tracked" is hardly a phrase that inspires confidence in the industry.

Only if you don't know what "Fast Tracked" means.

They've got a list of 48 plants under review. Six of them get moved to the top of the list. That's about it.

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All the extra time, money and efforts put into getting them back on line kinda makes you wonder what condition they were in before 3/11.

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quit with all the charades already. the reactors WILL go online eventually, so just go ahead and do it. all this nonsense about safety check is just to appease the public.

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bogged down in laborious safety checks and paperwork.

A everything usually is in this country of paper shufflers, push the huge pile of paper off the desk into the bin, go and look at the plants make sure they have sufficient sea walls, they are not constructed on fault lines and have proper back measures in place, no need for paper jams holding things up.

Paper shufflers always holding things up and they serve no real purpose and generate nothing except more paper work.

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just go ahead and do it. all this nonsense about safety check is just to appease the public. Yes nonsense safety checks who needs then in an industry with a proven track record of adherence to basic standards!!! You want to live near a reactor that can't even adhere to a safety code?

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Let the 'fudging' begin! I didn't think it would take them long to start compromising on their vote grabbing legislation.

But, the thing I really know is, if the reactors are restarted are we gonna get rebates on our electricity bills? (Rhetorical question)

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Imagine if they 'fast-tracked' relief money for victims who are STILL in shelters! These atomic agencies don't mean squat when they skip their own rules due to power companies whining that they are losing profits (as they jack up power prices anyway).

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Only if you don't know what "Fast Tracked" means.

It means the quickest and most direct route to a 'goal'. It does not mean the 'safest'. I know that one of the meanings of 'fast tracked' meant trouble down the line for the Fukushima plant.

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Screw fast tracking nuclear. Fast track solar panel installation, wind farms, and wave energy instead.

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Sounds more like bending to the pressure from the nuclear village. Why not increase the number of safety inspectors which I believe is about 90?

Some power utilities applied for reactor inspections, like the one in Hokkaido, without even updating any of their safety standards. The NRA refused the reactor restarts and will now take another year for the power company to update its plant.

The NRA requested TEPCO to have an independent inspection of the 23 fault lines under its Niigata NPP. TEPCO have stated the fault lines are not active. An independent investigation will take another year. In its financial planning, TEPCO was hoping to restart two of its seven Niigata reactors by July. TEPCO which accepted full responsbility for causing the nuclear disaster should be banned from ever operating a nuclear plant again. The Niigata governor remains opposed to the reactor restarts.

The power companies will also need the support of the local communities with NPP's. Two thirds of local assemblies are opposed to reactor restarts.

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...and as always government gets to do exactly what it wants to do regardless of public opinion. This news was predictable considering the following perspective: Leak info on political funds to create scandal on current Governor. Governor resigns. Hold gubernatorial election with backing for pro nuclear candidate. Candidate wins. Fast track opening of nuclear reactors. Business as usual and general public duped again.

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When things are usually fast tracked, safety standards are usually forgotten this is one concern of mine. Does anyone else share the same concern?

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The evacuation procedures in the event of another nuclear disaster haven't been updated nor have those affected communities been informed about what to do if one happens. That's a serious lesson from Fukushima which should be learnt and changed so that people aren't sent into the direction of radiation clouds.

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Once again the people of Japan are about to be completely & utterly dis-regarded, some things never change!

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Japan’s nuclear shutdown has forced the resource-poor nation to import costly fossil fuel

Well wait Japan is Water Rich 38 Hydroelectric Plants (In Need Of Upgrades Yes but Not Resource Poor at all. This is not Haiti where poor folks are eating mud Cookies. There are ways to generate energy to help ease the oil imports. I don't get it.

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Too bad they do not seem to be as concerned about "fast tracking" the SAFE shutdown of the Fukushima plant, nor the recovery efforts for the thousands of victims.

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The sooner the nuclear plants are operating again the sooner the electricity companies can resume making donations to the LDP and employing former bureaucrats in non-jobs.

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The corporate world strikes again, trying to pressurise government. I only hope the last paragraph of the article stay true their commitment as a regulatory body.

False. Tokyo Gas, and JX would much rather the plants stay closed, as they are making cash hand-over-fist. Not only these companies, but those around the world, as the inrease in fuel consumption in Japan has skewed the entire energy market.

The sooner the nuclear plants are operating again the sooner the electricity companies can resume making donations to the LDP and employing former bureaucrats in non-jobs.

I suppose the oil industry does not donate to LDP politicians?

The reason that they want to fast track the reopening is because the money spent on imported gas and oil is resulted in huge export deficits, and are depleting foreign asset reserves which are needed to back domestic assets. The only reason why Japan's massive public debt has not caused a collapse is because Japan has been one of the world's largets holders of foreign assets. If these assets become depleted, ot spells big trouble for Japan.This is one of the rare cases when a difficult descison is being made with a legitimate economic goal.

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Great. Let's restart the economy. Restart Japan!

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Have to fast track to solve the deficit problem. Fact is Japan can't survive in the medium term without nuclear power. probably true for the world as well, at least if we all continue to aspire to the trappings of Western civilisation.

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Japan's WW2 Naval Fight & Military Vehicles etc. were built using Hydroelectric Power Plants Not Big Nuke. Japan can survive without Nuclear Power If J Govt remembers the resources in their own countries backyard. Oh and Govern Please J Govt, Those Evacuees should not have to wait so long. It is not every man for himself even with the Radiation Emergency Kits.

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rickyvee - "the reactors WILL go online eventually, so just go ahead and do it. all this nonsense about safety check is just to appease the public."

So you say safety checks are nonsense? I invite you to move and live somewhere in the vicinity of one of these nuclear plants, you know like hundreds of thousands of people here in Japan do and continue to spout the same "nonsense " as you do now. Nothing "non sensical " about safety checks.

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The beginning of the end; waiting for the next massive earthquake to occur.

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Did anyone really believe Japan would remain non-nuclear?

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Another arrogant old fool, who unfortunately causes problems for all those around him. My respect for NHK as a news organisation has been completely shattered, which is a shame as the organisation has many hard working, decent journalists and staff who have been there for many years before this arrogant old man came along.

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I would be more impressed if they fast-tracked something more imperative, like education reform, or buckets to catch all the water that's leaking outta Fukushima.

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Last Nov, the president of TEPCO told the UK Guardian newspaper,

"Britain's nuclear managers "should be prepared for the worst" in order to avoid repeating Japan's traumatic experience. "We tried to persuade people that nuclear power is 100% safe. That was easy for both sides. Our side explains how safe nuclear power is. The other side is the people who listen and for them it is easy to hear OK, it's safe, sure, why not?"

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...and as always government gets to do exactly what it wants to do regardless of public opinion.

Actually, it's not "as usual", which is why nuclear power generation ground to a complete standstill after Fukushima.

What makes this situation different from usual is that for all the talk of restarting reactors, they haven't done it yet, and and for the last few years, reality, not wishful thinking, has been driving events. The words of the pro-nuclear sector are completely at odds with how things have been going. One thing they have been absolutely powerless to do is roll back all the unwelcome new information that has emerged; seismic risks, tsunami risk; rising costs; ability to handle accidents, etc. There are just vast amounts of negative data that cannot be circumvented.

Talk of fast-tracking, for now, is just talk.

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Japan's trade balance will improve dramatically if you ask operating a nuclear power plant.

Deficit of 4 trillion yen.

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@Masaki Miyamoto

Japan's trade balance will improve dramatically if you ask operating a nuclear power plant.

operating the nuclear reactors, which according to the NRA would be limited to no more than 16, compared with 38 operating on the day of 2011 disasters will seriously limit the power output from them which is likely to be be about 15% of total power generated compared with 27% prior to the nuclear disaster. The decrease in nuclear energy will still need an increase in fossil fuels coupled with the value of the yen will improve the trade balance just not dramatically like you have claimed.

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Japan to fast-track its own extinction.

There, fixed it for you.

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What they should fast track are the compensation payments to the 160,0000 nuclear refugee's who fled their homes and communities three years ago, next month. Let them start to rebuild their lives.

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This shows how deep TEPCO's pay-offs go.

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If the NRA reactors inspections are not finished by next month, and its looking unlikely they can achieve that, then the reactors won't be restarted in time for the summer peak demand.

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I'd like to "fast track" former Tepco president, Shimizu, to a nice cell in the Fuchu penitentiary. People need to hound this guy, who refused some wise advice to rearrange the backup generators of the Fukushima NPPs, making this crisis a hundred times worse.

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This should help the trade deficit.

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the regulator should give some sort of “outlook” for the restart process so plant operators can plan their business accordingly.

This seems fair. How about when hell freezes over?

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