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A baby sleeps in a stroller at a rally to call for the end of nuclear power in Tokyo on Sunday.

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I like it ! Nothing shows the attituide about the subject better than this pictue...

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I find it terrible when people use little children or even babys to explress political opinions.

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JT, can we have bigger articles about the No Nuke Protests please.

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Japan can kiss its trade surplus goodbye for good if it doesn't restart the nuke reactors.

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Babies would wish no-nukes as there are too many nuclear wastes underground or in the pool for thousands of years.

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I applaud their effort, but isn't "NO NUKES" actually in reference to no nuclear weapons?

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Japanese should keep their nation peaceful for future generations, like this cute little guy!

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I wonder how many of these people have actually studied about nuclear power and the long term economic effects of going the New Zealand way...

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I find it terrible when people use little children or even babys to explress political opinions.

I don't see how the baby is being "used" here, other than a banner being rested on the stroller. It has come along with its parents on the protest, it doesn't look to be in any discomfort. Aren't people allowed to protest once they have children?

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Whoever wins election the nukes are going to be turned on again. Economy here is just not viable without them.

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Japanese should keep their nation peaceful for future generations, like this cute little guy!

this little boy will be suprised when he wakes up and looks at fukushima debris and national debt.

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It will be his children and grandchildren who'll be paying for the nuclear mess.

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Yes, turn to green energy and your electric bill will go up by 20%, like it did in Germany (nobody there seems to be happy about it!). Meanwhile complain about the meager 3% tax raise. I am having difficulties understanding their minds.

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zichi:

" It will be his children and grandchildren who'll be paying for the nuclear mess. "

And It is you and us who will be paying for the "green energy" follies. And the Chinese peasants too (considering the environmental disaster that "green" energy is based on by its rabid appetite for rare earths).

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Yes, turn to green energy and your electric bill will go up by 20%, like it did in Germany (nobody there seems to be happy about it!). Meanwhile complain about the meager 3% tax raise. I am having difficulties understanding their minds.

20%? Japan won't repeat the same hurdles the Germans faced because renewable energy is much cheaper now.

Solar energy in Germany is already about to reach grid parity, which means that the price is about the same as other sources of electricity such as fossil fuels. And solar will only get cheaper in the future.

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@WilliB,

rare earth minerals are now used in a very wide range of products including computers, TV's, displays, high tech medical, mobile phones, electric motors, lighting, cars.

Using any of those?

The amount used for all products is greater than the amount used to build wind turbines.

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WillB

They are a key component in the high-level magnets that are at the core of most green energy piped.. err projects, such as windmills, hybrid cars etc etc. While it feels very nice and fuzzy to pontificate about green energy here, nobody mentions the environmental disaster that this means where this stuff is mined, in particular northern China.

Those same magnets are used in hard drives and loud speakers to make them smaller. All forms of mining and oil drilling have environment issues, and often major issues of health and pay for those who work in them, including the mining of uranium which causes a number of the workers to develop cancers to the exposure. Tin mines are another, and since it is used in every electronic device we all need it. The working conditions of tin miners in Malaysia, Indonesia, Bolivia, Nigeria are very bad. Refining of tin produces a large amount of arsenic. Mercury in gold mining. Open face coal mining and oil shale.

Oil driven vehicles produce far more environmental damage than hybrid cars. Even the building of nuclear power plants require millions of tons of a very wide range of materials.

There are many devices in your home which have used rare earth minerals.

I think the point of your comment was somehow by using nuclear energy for power generation it would reduce the amount of rare earth minerals mined and used. That wouldn't be the case. Even with the use of nuclear energy, there will still be a massive demand for rare earth.

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Thomas AndersonNov. 26, 2012 - 02:11PM JST

20%? Japan won't repeat the same hurdles the Germans faced because renewable energy is much cheaper now.

Solar energy in Germany is already about to reach grid parity, which means that the price is about the same as other sources of electricity such as fossil fuels. And solar will only get cheaper in the future.

Not sure about that. Anyway, Japan does not have access to a continental energy grid to help balance the intermittent load of renewables, and likely never will.

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BAck on topic please.

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That's it, then! If this baby doesn't want nukes, there ain't gonna be any nukes!

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Meh. The caregiver is the one protesting, not the baby. The baby is being properly watched by the caregiver, so I see nothing wrong here.

I applaud their effort, but isn't "NO NUKES" actually in reference to no nuclear weapons?

Originally, yes. But as the term "nuke" is shorthand for all things nuclear-related, it can apply to nuclear power plants now that they are out of favor. I should point out that I don't entirely agree with this sentiment. Fusion-based reactors would be a much safer alternative to fission-based reactors, which are just as dangerous as people are making them out to be. So i don't agree with the blanket "No Nukes" statement. I could get behind a "No Fission-Based Nukes" movement, though they'd need to get bigger signs.

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Sorry to say without nuclear energy in Japan the economy will go into a depression with many bankruptcies of large companies.

Nuclear = cheap + abundant energy Oil & coal = expensive and limited energy

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I remember them saying nuclear energy would be so cheap they wouldn't need to meter it.

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Anti nuke protests, sponsored by the Chinese propaganda machine. Puppets,they dream of a perfect world, poor wee things!.

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@Foxie. "I am having difficulties understanding their minds."

Let me guess... you have problems with anything that does not confirm your already implanted believes? If you read european newspapers, then you would know that the germans are not as stupid as that. They know very well why this calculations appear. With Green energy, they simply take ALL of the actual costs and add them up. Whereas the bill of nuclear energy consists only of the official items. The problem of getting rid of nuclear waste is completely ignored, intentionally of course. Because those costs are so high that only the taxpayer can burden it. Justb take a look at Fukushima. So, don't make yourself look like a fool here, yes? Thank you....

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