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Good news, assuming she has the authority to make the necessary changes, bang heads together when necessary, and not be fired if she discloses examples of spectacular negligence. The only obstacles could now be unpredictable earthquakes and tsunami... .

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She holds positions on many boards and governing bodies, and is staunchly pro-nuclear power, so I wonder just how effective she can be in reining in some of TEPCO's worst practices (never mind that she's a foreigner, and a woman--not exactly familiar territory for TEPCO).

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Slightly biased interests if you ask me......Chairman of Nuclear Energy Startup Hyperion!.....anyway hope she does get the safety levels up to ABOVE standard because Japan does need nuclear power stations. And if anyone can, this lady probably can....she would kick any man into place! One tough cookie!

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Something must have changed at TEPCO because she was hired last year to investigate how to bring TEPCO back to profit? Maybe with all the TEPCO hatred, it decided it was better to have a female on its "Safety Campaign?"

Pity TEPCO didn't hire her prior to 3/11.

"look guys, we screwed up and caused the second biggest nuclear disaster, but now we are to be the nuclear power company with the best safety standards!"

Ya right!

How is TEPCO even still in business let alone still allowed to operate the world's biggest nuclear plant in Niigata?

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Looks like another attempt at deflection to me. "Oh look! We hired a woman! We're safer now, we swear!" Also, shouldn't safety and efficiency be part and parcel?

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She says her TEPCO team is putting together the world’s toughest safety regulations, and they will be ready “within months.”

It is not TEPCO to put together regulations. And even if they do, who will trust them? What is required of TEPCO is to implement both NRA regulations and international best practice on safety and security protocols of nuclear plants.

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When are these mullets gonna learn? There is nothing safe about nuclear power!

The fact they specifically hired a woman to do this job will backfire on them cos everyone knows that Japanese businessmen do not listen to women!

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TEPCO is the most hatred company in the country. Its even hated by all the other power companies only because TEPCO rocked their boats, they actually sunk them.

Just putting the picture of Lady Barbara Judge on the front of TEPCO's Safety Standards Manual just isn't going to cut it. Her qualifications are in law and not in any kind of nuclear engineering field.

She is not a nuclear expert. In Feb 2013 she visited the Fukushima nuclear disaster. It was her first trip since being appointed deputy chairman of TEPCO's new Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee.

Lady Barbara Judge reappointed as UK Chair of the Pension Protection Fund starting 1 July 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lady-barbara-judge-reappointed-as-chair-of-the-pension-protection-fund

In any other country, TEPCO would never again be allowed to operate a nuclear power plant.

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this must be spin? Being an advocate and not an expert. She will be the face of TEPCO. And you have to trust a woman...right.

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Why hire Lady Barbara Judge? Because the single largest group opposed to the use of nuclear energy are well educated females? That's a group TEPCO are trying win over.

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Yeah, yeah, we believe you - you are completely safe now. You have this little puppet to hold out to anyone questioning you. Well...

As I just finished watching "The China Syndrome" it strikes me how such a movie never ever could have been made in Japan. Sad but true.

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Good. A person who once said this becomes a person in charge of OUR safety. We really feel safe and secure. Thank you TEPCO.

"Approximately 20,000 lives were lost as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, but not one of those who died did so as a result of radiation. And radiation experts believe that no-one will die from radiation."

via CNN http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/05/business/lady-judge-fukushima-japan-nuclear/

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too little, too late. Wow a female shrill, how cute>

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@Takahiro Katsumi

While so far it seems no one has died from radiation cancers which take decades to appear.

TEPCO have accepted 100% responsibility for causing the nuclear disaster because of a lack of basic safety standards at its Fukushima power plant, which they had a history of ignoring.

Two workers died at the Fukushima No1 plant, and another died at the Fukushima No2 plant. Several people died during the mass evacuation.

The nuclear disaster caused more than 160,000 people to flee their homes and communities. Many of those are still waiting to receive compensation from TEPCO so that they can begin to rebuild their lives. Meanwhile, since the mass evacuations people are still required to pay their monthly mortgages on homes they can no longer live in and monthly car loan payments for cars they can no longer drive. The cost of the compensation, which will be paid by the taxpayer will be in excess of ¥5 trillion. Many of those nuclear refugees are suffering from various levels of stress and some committed suicide.

The clean up of the nuclear disaster and the decommissioning which take well into the end of this century will cost the taxpayer in excess of ¥50 trillion.

If the plant had been shut down at the 30 year life cycle instead of the now 40 years there wouldn't have been a nuclear energy.

Being a former electrical engineer with a wide experience including power generation, I was totally shocked by the lack of international safety standards at all the country's nuclear power plants.

Appointing Lady Barbara Judge to oversee TEPCO's new culture of safety standards does nothing to make me feel more safe, especially because she lacks qualifications in any branch of nuclear engineering and has basically been pro nuclear energy since working in the UK.

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ohhhh, I can smell another woodford scandal coming....

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@Takahiro Katsumi

I would feel "safer" if that's even possible given the history of TEPCO had Dr Kenichi Ohmae been appointed to oversee TEPCO's new culture of safety standards. Dr Kenichi Ohmae also made his own very extensive investigation into the causes of the nuclear disaster. http://pr.bbt757.com/eng/

I don't have a problem with a women being appointed but I question her lack of qualifications in nuclear engineering. Does she know a screw from a bolt, a hammer from a spanner?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara,_Lady_Judge -- here is her bio, you decide whether she has the qualifications. To me looks just like a cosmetic makeover. She seems to have a finger in so many pies, what is she superwoman. I would have thought, that under the circumstances they would have hired a full hands on professional with the qualifications to go with it. This is just a PR job hoping to whitewash the truth.

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Lady Barbara Judge

In addition, it is often said, that in every country, not just Japan, one of the groups in society that is the most against nuclear energy is women, particularly upper-middle class women. http://www.nrmc.jp/en/member/2.html

Few people would use the word "fantastic" to describe a visit to Fukushima, the site of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster.

She added: "I was amazed at how much work had been done to clear up the site and the high aspiration to make the site the safest in the world." http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/05/business/lady-judge-fukushima-japan-nuclear

Lady Judge believes that the nuclear industry and TEPCO have learned from the mistakes of the past and are driving major changes on safety.

Will she live in Japan or continue to live in the UK with her husband, Sir Paul Judge and just visit Japan from time-to-time?

Someone with this level of responsibility, needs to be available 24/7.

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TEPCO hires nuclear safety advocate

No... WE Tax payer hire a nuclear advocate for TEPCO.

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I wonder if she is doing this out of the goodness of her heart and her love for the Japanese people or if if she is receiving just a little renumeration?

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About the cause of Fukushima, from the Fukushima Independent commission:

The parliamentary report suggests according to the New York Times that Reactor No. 1, in particular, might have suffered earthquake damage, including the possibility that pipes burst from the shaking, leading to a loss of coolant even before the tsunami hit the plant about 30 minutes after the initial earthquake.

Lady Judge, via NBC news, says:

After all, the Fukushima accident was set off because backup generators were in the basement when the tsunami struck in March 2011, not a failure of fancy science, she noted.

So...Lady Judge has gone with the TEPCO story hook, line, and sinker.

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I wonder if Lady Judge would care to live in Fukushima or Kashiwazaki?

Nuclear power is not the best long term energy policy for Japan. No highly paid consultant is going to persuade me otherwise. But I'm just a heffalump.

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My big concern is that there is worse news to come, TEPCO/Gov are preparing an international face for media relations internationally. Why hire someone who has said the things she has, and will be lucky to participate meaningfully at a meeting. As has been pointed out this is only about gender in so far as the target demographic. I dread any story about TEPCO, costing the tax payer more than the Olimpics.

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This is the updated story: <>http://m.washingtonpost.com/business/ap-interview-woman-hired-by-japan-utility-for-nuclear-safety-says-restarts-need-to-go-ahead/2013/07/05/f10403ce-e53c-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html

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This is just a TEPCO PR stunt. They hired Judge last year along with some other western nuke industry people to rehab TEPCO's image.. She is there to BS people, not change anything. She also has zero experience in nuclear engineering or anything really related to nuclear safety. She had a brief stint on one of the UK nuclear agency committees. Her appointment was heavily criticized because she had no experience at all to be on that board.

Previous comments about Judge and her earlier hire by TEPCO was that they thought she could convince women that TEPCO was now OK. That too is an old nuclear industry PR tactic. To try to use women to convince the demographic almost always against nuclear power, women. The US and UK do this heavily in their marketing and PR.

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Several investigations including the special investigation by the Diet stated the reactors were damaged by the earthquake before the tsunami struck. A recent new investigation by the NRA claims the reactors weren't damaged by the earthquake.

A radiation alarm went off at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima nuclear power plant before the tsunami hit on March 11, suggesting that contrary to earlier assumptions the reactors were damaged by the earthquake that spawned the wall of water. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-19/fukushima-may-have-leaked-radiation-before-quake.html

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Let's back to serious question, where is the 6 billion $ TEPCO received recently from the govt ? Who is checking what they are really doing with the money ?

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Just like LDP. Searching for woman who can make feel us better about nuclear power. This game is all about money.

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This chick must be printing money!

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When are these mullets gonna learn? There is nothing safe about nuclear power!

Here we go again. But coal and oil are OK and aren't polluting our world.

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She has no direct expertise in engineering or nuclear engineer so totally useless- a political appointment to a regulatory committee doesn't count. Japan needs the best of foreign expertise. Its not true that TEPCO shouldn't (wouldn't) be allowed to operate- BP after those Texas disasters kept operating- it quite possible for them to get their act in to order.

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Guess she was hired to do as much white washing as TEPCO needs?

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The 'nuclear village' has just appointed one of its own...again.

More than ever, the words of the Roman poet Juvenal ring out, 'Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?'

Who WILL guard the guards?

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Several investigations including the special investigation by the Diet stated the reactors were damaged by the earthquake before the tsunami struck.

Yes, and it's a crucial PR point for the nuclear industry. They need to show that earhquakes are no problem for nuke plants, and that if they just do a few adjustments, everything will be fine. Don't worry. Be happy. We're taking care of you.

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@Takahiro Katsumi

And radiation experts believe that no-one will die from radiation

Do you know of Yoshida Masao, plant manager during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster?. He was the one who disobeyed TEPCO headquarters orders to stop injecting seawater into reactor No. 1. Months later, we were informed that No. 1 was already in meltdown at that time. If Yoshida Masao had stopped the seawater cooling when ordered, the disaster could have been hundreds of times worse. Just by chance, a sane man saved Japan,

Three months later, when Yoshida Masao's act was discovered by the board, he was reprimanded.

On TEPCO video tapes later released by court order, some TEPCO board members can be heard in the background saying "mottainai" (what a waste) during the decision to inject seawater in No. 1, because the seawater will corrode it and make it unusable in the future.

In December of 2011 Yoshida Masao retired from TEPCO with oesophagal cancer, which was later operated on. When asked if Yoshida Masao's cancer could have anything to do with the Fukushima disaster, their official answer was that it is impossible that the cancer could have been related to Fukushima because the incubation period was not long enough; it requires several years.

We all know that all people always have some cancer cells in their bodies. These cells are constantly being found and neutralized by white blood cells. If the white blood cells cannot keep up with the number of cancer cells, for example if someone is being irradiated every day such as was the case for Yoshida Masao, then a threshold is reached at which cancer cells reproduce exponentially and in short time you will have cancer.

TEPCO and the country are saved by Yoshida Masao, and then TEPCO stabs him in the back, because for financial reasons they cannot admit anybody could get sick from one of their reactors.

Her statement rings very hollow.

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Chernobyl 2. Chernobyl 2. Chernobyl 2 Help all the displaced people Fix the radiation problems Air, water, land, contaminated materials, fish, plants, animals, people Forget about restart Burn bio waste or solar power Just say no to nuclear and human error

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After meeting with the Niigata governor and other officials, they and officials from TEPCO were unable to reach an agreement when TEPCO could make an application to the NRA to restart its No6&7 reactors.

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Barbara Thomas was also involved with Lincoln Savings and Loan Association and American Continental Corporation, two companies whose collapse in 1989 would cause a major financial scandal. Both companies were run by Charles Keating, for whom she lobbied with the SEC in 1988. Later she was named in a resulting class action suit and settled out of court.

It's a charade to convince the japanese that nuclear energy is now safe.

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TEPCO and the country are saved by Yoshida Masao, and then TEPCO stabs him in the back, because for financial reasons they cannot admit anybody could get sick from one of their reactors. Her statement rings very hollow.

So does yours - I don;t see anything in your post that suggest that you understand how biology and radiation mix. Do you want to expand on how you think the Fukushima incident might be a probable cause for his illness? The whole post could be branded "off topic" apart from the last line - in which case, "fair enough - your opinion!", if that's what you believe, but let us know "why?" when you can?

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Okay, so they're hiring a woman who is clearly pro-nuclear and worked as a BANKER (ie. money) and lawyer. TEPCO is just trying to look good, when in fact they are more transparent than ever.

TEPCO: Look, people! See, we hired a safety advocate and have given her heaps of money, so it MUST be okay to restart things if she says so. So... can we PLEASE have your blessing for the reactors we already restar--I mean, we plan to restart if you say okay?

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TEPCO: Look, people! See, we hired a safety advocate and have given her heaps of money, so it MUST be okay to restart things if she says so. So... can we PLEASE have your blessing for the reactors we already restar--I mean, we plan to restart if you say okay?

I completely disagree. Lets burn fossil fuels because that makes sense. No one dies during extraction of the raw materials, and no one dies or gets sick because of pollution. What. More. Could. You. REALLY. Want??

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This judge needs a slap on her bottom and to be sent back to the kitchen. Professionally advocated unqualified comments are still only a load of BS. She being paid for these kind of comments stinks as those money came directly from me, and are pure waste.

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This judge needs a slap on her bottom and to be sent back to the kitchen. Professionally advocated unqualified comments are still only a load BS. She being paid for these kind of comments stinks as those money came directly from me, and are pure waste.

You may partially and indirectly subsidise Tepco, but no where near completely. There are many paths forward, probably the best one is to make things better. Complaining at every step because you don;t agree or "think" there is a better way is not constructive and sounds similar to "Professionally advocated unqualified comments are still only a load". As for the comment about the kitchen??

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Radioactive cesium in groundwater sample from observation ole No.1-2 (between No2 reactor & sea) jumps 90-fold in 3 days

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