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Kagoshima governor OKs restart of Sendai nuclear reactors

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By Mari Yamaguchi

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Given that (1) the current government is determined to devalue the yen, and (2) Japan has to import its energy in the form of foreign oil, I don't see how they really have any choice but to go nuclear.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

We've been through a couple of years without nuclear power and we seem to be doing just fine. Even during the hottest days, I could feel confident that power would be there when I turned on the swtich. What is the hurry with getting the NPPs back on line?

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@slumdog,

The hurry is that there is currently a trade deficit that is hampering growth because power is so expensive in Japan. Its not a question of whether or not the power will be there, its a question of whether its contributing to sluggish economic growth.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Come on people, if you think this is a bad idea, stop them,

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MGigante,

I do not believe there was that much growth before the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami, and NPP disasters. In fact, I think Japan was facing pretty much the same problems and situations then as they are now.

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slumdog the disaster amplified the problems but is not the cause of the problems, turning on the nuke plants is a must to help turn this economy around, it cannot carry on spending huge amounts on fuel to generate electricity when they can flick a switch and generate their own sparks.

This is good for Japan and the economy, now get some more switched on.

-7 ( +4 / -10 )

Oh, yes, this really strengthens my confidence in Japan, I mean in its government. Firm decisions can be reversed any time.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Many countries have economic growth while relying on importing their power, Japan can't? Poor Nippon. Guess save some money to donate for the victims of the next disaster or whale research or Turtle count would be prudent.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

the nuclear lobby of the shogun is going to win again.

better forget all promises they did to calm down the people.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Hmmm ... wonder how far - oops, close the governor's home is to the nuke.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The world faces far greater dangers than using nuclear power,and burning fossil fuel for energy has created many of them.

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gaining local residents Ok I live here half of my life, but still I am a German

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And still no mention of reducing demand for energy overall through energy conservation.

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@jersey: Check Korean people who live in Japan generations. Even they only speak Japanese, they are not treated as Japanese. As for you, you will never be treaedt as Japanese. Just living in Japan. still gaijin un Japan.

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The plant’s host town, Satsumasendai, has already voted to restart the plant. The governor’s endorsement completes the required process of local consent.

Some residents are not convinced by the decision.

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It is what majority of residents there want/ It is a very hot and warm but resident voters there need energy.

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Yes, with pending collapse of the yen, energy is only going to get more and more expensive in Japan.

It'll be interesting to hear what the "No Nukes" crowd has to say to the rest of the country when people cannot afford heating and electricity. Especially during those lovely Japanese winters.

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If it's so expensive, why is there not more effort to conserve it?

Don't worry, rising prices will take care of that issue.

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There seems to be no way to decentralize power gen. Sell geothermals to the Indonesians, nucs to the Turks, gas to...... But at home Central control is tops.

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Japan is poor in natural resource. So, instead of importing natural resource, Kagoshima wanted to have operation of Nuke Plants. It is understandable.

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