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Nuclear watchdog OKs restart of aging Ibaraki nuclear plant hit by tsunami

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The reactor which is closest to Tokyo. Already 40 years old.

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Japan never learns. Next time Fukushima happens, what’s the government going to say? “We couldn’t have known”?

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The 20 year extention was to be for " exceptional" cases when the then DP led government approved the provision. LDP under Abe with their deep , corrupt ties to the N- village are trying to turn it into a standard modus operandi.

The plant's evacuation plan -- which covers 960,000 residents, the largest number of potential evacuees for a nuclear plant in Japan due to its location in a metropolitan area -- has yet to be compiled.

Nearly a million people in 30 km radius equals it nearly impossible ti have effective evactuation plan if another 3/11 event were to happenl Both the Joban train line and the highways were damaged in the earthqake and it took days for them to be fully operational. If Tokai 2 suffered a meltdown there is no way hundreds of thousands if people could safely evacuate in the required timeframe. Also Japan Atomic agreed to get consent of 7 municipalities before restart....no way will that happen. People in Ibaraki were affected by both the earthqake and Fukushima fallout after 3/11....those memories are still fresh. It would be much easier for the N village to restart reactors down in Kyushu , Shikoku or Kansai....can,t see it happening anywhere near that easily in North Kanto. Especially with such a dinosaur plant as Tokai 2.

Bugger off N-village.

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The plant's evacuation plan -- which covers 960,000 residents, the largest number of potential evacuees for a nuclear plant in Japan due to its location in a metropolitan area -- has yet to be compiled.

Yeah....well lets finish this first shall we?

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Disappointing! What could go wrong?

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Well if they turn on this reactor, I hope to God that they have enough plastic bags! Lord knows what will happen if they run out.

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I'm curious. Where do the members of the Watchdog committee live?

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Not exactly a green light to turn on the power, if you read all the condtions in the article.

Despite the approval by the NRA, the Tokai plant still needs to clear two more screenings by regulators by November, when it will turn 40 years old, otherwise it could face the prospect of decommissioning.

Tougher safety rules introduced in the post-Fukushima years prohibit in principle the operation of nuclear reactors beyond 40 years.

But extending a unit's life for an additional 20 years is possible if operators make safety upgrades and pass regulators' screening.

Actual plant operation is unlikely before March 2021 when construction to bolster safety measures is scheduled to be completed.

The plant's evacuation plan has yet to be compiled.

The restart plan also needs to be approved by local municipalities.

There's a lot of work to do before this nuclear kettle starts generating electricity.

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Shouldn't the words, '....restarting an aging nuclear power plant...' automatically ring alarm bells? Humans have such short memories when money is involved.

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"Nuclear watchdog OKs" doom.

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There's probably ¥15 trillion still tied up in the reactors.

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Less than 15km from the centers of Mito and Hitachi, two cities with 200,000 or so each. I don't know why you would put a nuclear power plant there.

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This plant was the first commercial plant in Japan built in the 60's. Gladly, the single reactor from the 60's was decommissioned in the late 90's. However, plant #2 was commissioned in 1978 (I was still in high school) and it's already 40 years old. The 20 year extension is 'supposed to be' for extenuating circumstances only. It's not just for the whim of the idiot politicians. This plant is a flipping dinosaur and should be made into a museum! It will take another five years for them to build a sea wall and to make an evacuation plan, which is virtually impossible considering there are nearly 100,000 people within spitting distance of this dinosaur. I'm just totally flabbergasted by the idiocy of these twits!

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There is no morality in Big Money.

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Utterly DAFT decision.

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With all the tremors from Chiba all the way up to Hokkaido, is this really a good idea? I guess lining pockets is more important than public safety.

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In most places cost is the main consideration for big new infrastructure decisions.

Here with, what, a third or so of globe’s nucs already there for a population of 120 some million: how to finance the build back of this bubble investment?

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Watchdog? More like lapdog.

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Nuclear policy of present Japan still prioritize industrial profit than life of many citizen.

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what’s the government going to say? 

It's close enough to silence them. They will then become posterity legends like Leonidas as leaders that stubbornly pushed their people toward avoidable extinction.

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