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Protesters block inspection of waste disposal site in Miyagi

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A group of about 200 local residents in Kami, Miyagi Prefecture, on Friday blocked a team from the Environment Ministry as it arrived to inspect a candidate site for storing contaminated waste from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Three sites in Miyagi have been shortlisted as sites for storing more than 3,000 tons of radioactive waste -- Kami, Kurihara and Taiwa.

When inspectors arrived to conduct surveys at the Kami site, they were confronted by angry residents, making it impossible for them to enter the area, Fuji TV reported. By the time evening had fallen, the protesters were still there, forcing the Environment Ministry team to leave.

The residents are opposed to having any nuclear waste stored in the mountainous area. The government's plan is to bury the waste in an underground facility and part of the Environment Ministry team's job was to conduct drilling surveys of the soil.

The ministry had originally intended to finish the site inspections by November of this year, but in the wake of recent developments, that may now be delayed, a ministry spokesman said.

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And, here we have the real issues facing the use of nuclear power in Japan. The majority of the public are against it and nobody wants the waste stored in their prefecture, but their government, who many of them voted for, does not give a rat's and will do whatever it likes regardless! Otsukare sama Japanese people! You left your head in the sand way too long!

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I sympathize with the people, but the problem is, the waste has to go somewhere. But where?

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Three cheers for the 200 local residents! Well done, and i hope this will inspire more to not just take it laying down regarding many important current issue.

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the waste has to go somewhere. But where?

Nagatacho?

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You want to know where a lot of the nucular (sorry, a Bushism) nuclear waste goes?

It's dumped off the coast of Somalia.

The cost of waste disposal is not factored in. Nuclear power, if you consider waste disposal is a VERY expensive form of energy.

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This waste must be the high level variety that cannot be incinerated- the truth is there are enormous amounts of it that nobody wants! In years to come Japan will have built vast concrete storage facilities for this waste.

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These 200 residents stopped and won't allow the "Environmental Destroyers" to completely erase any chance for these towns to have a future.

Once these places become known as nuclear waste storage sites no sane family with children or teenagers would ever move to them. Hardly any people would ever consider moving there.

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I understand the sentiment, but the waste has to go somewhere. Someone is going to have to bite the bullet and take it.

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Many years ago, Toshiba created nuclear waste compact system in USA as all nuclear waste in USA were planned to ship to waste site in Nye County Nevada. Even the location is in northern Nevada, from top to bottom opporsed and the plan was scrapped out. Reason was sooner or later, waste will travel underground to all over in Nevada and we will all die from cancer, This was in the state which do not have tsunami or earthquake.

Not only the place but all Tohoku region govt and people should worry about danger in future.

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Anyone who still supports nuclear power before the waste problem is solved completely, is not thinking of the people of the future who will be stuck in dealing with it.

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Why don't they put the waste site next to the existing defunct nuclear plant that no one should be living near for decades?

Bertie: It's dumped off the coast of Somalia.

If "they" are going to dump nuclear waste in the ocean, why would "they" spend money to haul it all the way to Somalia to dump it?

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Like it or not kids oil and coal just will not meet the demands of Japan. So unless people cut back by living like they where back in 1700's your going to have to deal with Nuclear Power.

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I disagree, look around and note the absence of solar panels on the roofs of the buildings in the cities here!Even laying a black hose on a balcony or roof will generate hot water for washing-yes free hot water! I use a 25 meter hose and get a free hot water shower twice a day......

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Nathan CollinsAUG. 29, 2015 - 10:51PM JST I understand the sentiment, but the waste has to go somewhere. Someone is going to have to bite the bullet and take it.

< So, are you offering to be that someone? >

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Stuart hayward AUG. 30, 2015 - 08:39AM JST So, are you offering to be that someone?

I would. Absolutely. I'm not so afraid of radiation that I don't think dedicated people backed up by the best scientific research can't find a way to keep it under containment. No doubt having a nuclear containment facility in my community would attract some of the best particle physicists, which could only be a boon. And the money that is spent training and employing the caliber of workers needed to handle nuclear waste could be a powerful injection of capital into these struggling small communities. This in turn could attract young people in need of work, helping revitalize the community. Yes, I'd do it. Besides, it's our patriotic duty. If these noble power NPOs are going to leverage their equipment and expertise to provide at-cost energy to drive the nation's economy, then it's only fair that I do my part and agree to live near the waste disposal site once it's been independently confirmed to operate safely.

That is what we're talking about here, isn't it? No one could possibly try to run a for-profit company on a business model that doesn't account for dealing with their waste, just assuming the public will magically suck it up somehow, right? Anything else would be absurd. Everyone knows from Business 101 that if you want a sound business you have to anticipate dealing with your company's liabilities for as long as they last in your business model.

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I use a 25 meter hose and get a free hot water shower twice a day......

Even on days with clouds and no sun? And how long do you have to wait after sunrise before you can take a morning shower?

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disillusioned:

"The majority of the public are against it and nobody wants the waste stored in their prefecture, but their government, who many of them voted for, does not give a rat's and will do whatever it likes regardless! Otsukare sama Japanese people! You left your head in the sand way too long!"

Japan and many other democratic countries vote for candidates who are members of a political party. the political parties have a bloc list of platform issues they support. Voters cant pick and choose which issues the party or candidate should pursue. The only way to do that is direct democracy or referendums.

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