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Residents ask for full examination of damage to nuclear plant caused by quake

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Will we ever read this: "The government is pushing for decreased use of energy, frivolous lighting, and increasing use of insulated homes and buildings and all possible sustainable, clean energy."?

4 ( +15 / -11 )

Can't blame them, as the utilities and government dont have a very good track record on being open with their findings.

What they really need is to have IAEA inspectors check first!

2 ( +15 / -13 )

Residents ask for full examination of damage to nuclear plant caused by quake

I applud them for asking, but doubt they will get much in the way of an answer, the power brokers here have long shown they are unwilling to do things differently.

Japan, inc. have shown for decades they will do things their way, meaning ways that continue to maximize their control and that profit them the most. The public continues to vote in politicians that support highly centralized energy systems, and apparently are willing to pay for those systems, whose costs increasingly rise. Nuclear power costs are too often hidden and/or fudged; the externalities of nuke power and burning huge amounts of fossil fuels are rarely revealed by those in power. Find ways to assist individual property owners to make their properties more energy efficient, and find ways to generate electricity that are renewable and do as little harm to the environment as possible. Let individuals and local areas have more control over choices, instead of bureaucrats and politicians in Tokyo

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Surely, by now it is obvious that major quakes qnd nuclear power make for very poor bed fellows.

Also, nuclear energy has been seen to be a huge waste of money where notable failures in Japan receive little mention.

The absolute tragedy is that the unborn in Japan will be dealing with the colossal mistakes of their forefathers for generations to come.

-3 ( +11 / -14 )

Residents of Ishikawa and other towns with nuclear plants gathered in Tokyo on Friday and handed their petition to officials at the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

But they all took the government and power companies' shillings for years and years, just like in Tohoku. Their bets didn't pay off.

-13 ( +4 / -17 )

Got to agree with Moonraker........they made their beds many years ago.

Photo is a microcosm of what Japan has become: frail and in serious decline yet still ruled by J-Inc with an iron fist.

-10 ( +8 / -18 )

Will we ever read this: "The government is pushing for decreased use of energy

Yes, we will.

Ishikawa is currently holding a campaign to promote the purchase and use of energy-saving appliances.

https://www.pref.ishikawa.lg.jp/ontai/kaden/campaign.html

Here's an idea, PY: before you post, do a little research. In Japanese.

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

@BRS energy saving appliances?

They have been around for decades all over the country this is NOT a new policy on sustainable and clean energy !

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Japan’s nuclear power plants are not state of the art. The residents are right to worry.

3 ( +13 / -10 )

They have been around for decades all over the country this is NOT a new policy on sustainable and clean energy !

Indeed they have, Dan, and thanks for pointing out the obvious.

It should be equally obvious that the brief comment above does not claim that Ishikawa Prefecture's campaign is the first of its kind.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Shouldn't the public servant bow deeper than the citizens they serve? Old Mandarin habits die hard.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

why do residents need to request an examination?? it should be a routine from the GOV.

In any case, I am sure they will hide the truth if a leak is detected...

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

Transparency = MUST, Public Trust's LOW with greedy corrupt nuclear industry still using DATED Risky Tech. These old reactors & their concrete & steel degrade daily.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

deanzaZZRToday  09:04 am JST

Shouldn't the public servant bow deeper than the citizens they serve? Old Mandarin habits die hard.

amazing analysis!

-12 ( +4 / -16 )

Since quake hit, power corporation and Japan's nuclear agency only make damages look smaller than actuality or trivializing it.

This quake revealed defects of present nuclear regulation that loosen year by year and impracticability of evacuation plans that don't consider destruction of evacuation routes at all.

Japan's nuclear "regulation" is just pretence to protect benefit of nuclear industries anymore, not defending residents.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Ishikawa is currently holding a campaign to promote the purchase and use of energy-saving appliances.

https://www.pref.ishikawa.lg.jp/ontai/kaden/campaign.htmL

Bit late for that

Wonder if they will have a campaign about insulating houses to save energy in about 50 years time as well

After change comes so slow to these islands

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

Residents ask for full examination of damage to nuclear plant caused by quake

Ask?

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Even this article does mention all the things that we already know went wrong on that day (and have not yet been fixed) at Shika. The 4-meter high sea wall for example subsided and tilted under repeated 3-meter tsunami hits, and not far away tsunami waves are shown to have reached higher than that.

The residents are right to be concerned and to petition the government.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The residents are right to be concerned and to petition the government

They are right to be concerned and petition but it's not right that they need to petition

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Seems reasonable to me, of course the people pictured here will be long gone before anything actually happens

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Are these the same residents that have been receiving monthly payments from the power companies since they started operations? The closer to the power station, the more money?

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Mr Kipling

Are these the same residents that have been receiving monthly payments from the power companies since they started operations? The closer to the power station, the more money?

That is 100% not true. Communities with nuclear power plants receive contributions from the power companies which are supposed to be used for various matters like evacuations. It is also used to improve the community.

No money ever went to individuals.

Since 2011 many communities have not received contributions.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

No money ever went to individuals.

There were households near Fukushima receiving from ¥24,000 down to ¥6,000 depending on location.

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Mr Kipling

No money ever went to individuals.

> There were households near Fukushima receiving from ¥24,000 down to ¥6,000 depending on location.

Fukushima nuclear evacuees received payment support from TEPCO for more than five years. About ¥100,000 per person per month.

I have never read or heard about other individuals receiving money. You can provide a link then?

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