Cabinet OKs new energy plan but drops reference to nuclear-free target by 2030s


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This week drop the no-nuclear reference, next month drop the renewable energy targets, by next year the entire thing will be forgotten and it'll be back to "business as usual".... until the next disaster when they'll all have the indecency to look surprised.

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This gov't has handled most of its politics very badly. It took many months to come up with its new energy policy because it was flip flopping over the future of nuclear energy.

The gov't's statements on nuclear energy are a bad joke. zero option by 2030, then 2030's then 2404 and then gives its permission to continuing with the new building of 3 reactors which will take those into the 2050's. Then state all reactors will be shut down after 40 years when another minister on the same day stated some reactors will have the life cycle increased to 60 years.

The DPJ have no true intention of ending nuclear energy and are just using it to gain some votes in the next general election which they'll lose anyway.

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Yeah, see! All smoke and mirrors! Of course they have no intention of going nuclear free otherwise they would have stopped construction of the three new reactors. They just spout whatever the public wants to hear and carry on with their BS behind everyone's back. Just gutless liars!

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I guess those demo's outside the PM's residence will just have to continue until 2030, or 2030's, or 2040's, 2050's, or even until the end of this century.

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The gov't held all those town hall meetings were 90% of those who attended wants an end to nuclear energy. More than 90,000 responded to a gov't website with the same want. A petition of more than one million signatures was handed to the PM.

The cabinet debated the issue from early spring until now to only tell us all that the zero option means zero changes.

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They will play the Sendaku situation for all it`s worth. Every politician, executive and general learns that crisis is another word for opportunity.

Ishihara`s an evil bastard but he knew what he was doing when he made those comments about the Sendaku Islands back in April.

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What a joke! Drop nuclear power yesterday, change the date to 2040 the next day, then drop the idea of dropping nuclear power completely and approve plans to continue building nuclear reactors today. Yet more elegant proof this country never, ever seems to learn from its mistakes. It's extremely sad they cannot stand by their stance because, as zichi points out and I have pointed out in the past, they're trying to garner as many political points as they can before the looming election. Sick.

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Show me one voter in a thousand who wants more nuclear power stations.

Now show me one line of the minutes taken at the meeting in which this brown-envelope-driven decision was reached.

Oh look, neither of them exist. I don't know where the line is between negligence and profiteering, but it's round about this point.

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Frungy, by next year, not only will the entire thing be forgotten, but a new right-wing government will be in place and a nuclear weapons program begun.

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In Japan, the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing...

And that's the way we like it. Left hand, appeases the public, right hand accepts power lobby donations.

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Frungy: "until the next disaster when they'll all have the indecency to look surprised."

Exactly... and you know what will happen then? They'll blame it on the last political party and claim that they still need nuclear power for summer shortages, etc. etc. etc.

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Japan’s powerful industry lobbies have urged the government rethink the nuclear-free commitment,

So once again Japan Inc. wins out rather than the will of the people. Some democracy.

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what a sad pathetic joke. I hope Japan keeps protesting, they STILL haven't got the message

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Business as usual

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I call BS... Nuclear free target date removed, 40 year operation limit and new nuclear plant construction to be decided on at a " later date " by the new nuclear watchdog ( which is pretty much new in a name only ) and need for " flexibility" - this new policy is turning out to be just a bone for the public before the election and that's it. As grungy says it will be back to business as usual by next year or so and the policy will either be further watered down or quietly backtracked on / discarded by the newly elected government. The only way to ensure this doesn't happen is continuing public opposition including large demonstrations and keeping this an election deciding factor...otherwise the corrupt politician oyajis will go back to their old sleazy ways. Let's hope public,s attention will re focus back on this issue once the Senkaku brouhaha ( which must be a most welcome attention diversion for the nuclear village ) blows over. People must continue to keep the politicians and nuclear village on the defensive and accountable otherwise Japan will loose its big chance to to become a nuclear free " green " society.

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Where is Kan? I want him back.

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In all honesty, is anyone actually surprised by this?

It's a complete farce.

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Schopenhauer "I am glad things ended up realistically."

Yesss,.......because "save" nuclear energy is realistic.....oh wait !

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Funny that Japan is already winning on nuclear with no active or only the two being reactivated. Celebrations are in order along with continued protests to encourage even more than the 33,000 renewable project startups since July. Japan is winning so well that the politicians haven't been told that they're winning, thus continue to choose old losing positions from old losers and their loser industries. If enough projects get started encouraged by cities and towns to only accept non nuclear sources then those loser industries will continue to lose. Which is good.

It all comes down to increasing choice in the energy available

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Does this ministers ever cared? NAAAHHHH.. the thing they only cared for is politicking and their government positions cuz by the year 2030 they won't be around at all and if they are still alive, they are just sitting their butts and receiving their fat pensions out of the hardworking people's taxes. The sad thing is those people affected by the radiation from the 3-11 disaster are dying one by one.

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The Fukushima plant needed replacement, just like similar plants in the United States need updating. Nuclear power did not cause the tsunami. Any admirer of Hokusai knows that a okinami or tsunami can occur on the shores of Japan. The tsunami killed or led to the great number of deaths. Can Japan and the United States change where and how it builds nuclear power plants to make them safe in anticipation of future natural catastrophes? Yes, that is, they can if they trust scientists and policy makers to act responsibly. What is needed is investment in nuclear science to lower the half life of nuclear fuel waste, investment in innovation in nuclear plant design, rational decision-making about where to place nuclear plants and fuel rod ponds given rising sea levels, and acceptance of climate-change strategies such as the Kyoto Protocol.

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Ann, I agree with you, Japan needs nuclear power, and it's a matter of administration. Though I'm not sure how Japan is developing nuclear science nowadays, I'm afraid these protests and opposing emotions would more or less slow this kind of research within Japan, and I feel bad for that. IMO, controllable nuclear power shall be the ultimate goal of all human beings, such as fusion. So there's a splendid way out there, Japanese people, please think it twice.

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I am glad things ended up realistically.

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