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Ex-PMs Koizumi, Kan call on EU to choose zero nuclear power path

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why not lead by example? sort Japan out first....

9 ( +20 / -11 )

why not lead by example? sort Japan out first....

My exact thoughts.

1 ( +12 / -11 )

”There are enough renewables to supply the needed power.”

I always start my day with a big spoonful of BS. Now I’m ready to face the world.

0 ( +10 / -10 )

This is a typical example of tatemae,how some Japanese politicians want to play the high moral one in the face of the international community.

I think that Mr.Koizumi and Kan should make such request to their own affiliates running their government.

For sure Japan has nothing to teach or lead to the EU about this topic.

8 ( +18 / -10 )

How are they planning to address the energy storage issue? Last I checked, lithium doesn't grow on trees. A baseline energy production is necessary. What will it be? Nuclear or fossil-fuels?

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

These two former PMs have clearly outlived their usefulness. They won’t be around much longer.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

How about reminding your government first?

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Kan's a really good guy, glad to see he's still fighting the forces of evil.

-5 ( +10 / -15 )

"Even if we do not rely on nuclear power and not use fossil fuels, there are enough renewables to supply the needed power. This is true in Japan as well as other countries in the world," added Kan, who held office between 2010 and 2011.

SO TRUE!

Kan's a really good guy, glad to see he's still fighting the forces of evil.

So true. Can't say the same thing for Koizumi though. He's just jumping on the bandwagon of public opinion. He's a slime ball.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

Whatever Japan and the EU do, the UK is definitely in favour of nuclear power. It is the only reliable baseload power source other than those that burn fossil fuels. The government is investing in the Small Modular Reactors being developed by Rolls-Royce.

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Coming from Japan, this means nothing.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

For maintaining continental wide stable baseloads (and reduce the very difficult to manage and stabilize the output of renewable technologies which are extremely noisy by definition) there are only two approaches: hydroelectric plants (stable-ish and seasonal) and nuclear power (extremely stable). Europe will not move away from its nuclear approach, for the foreseable future.

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Whilst I agree with their sentiment their focus should stay on Japan....France doesnt sit on the ring of fire and doesnt have companies like TEPCO, KEPCO and Japan Atomic running things.

Kan's a really good guy, glad to see he's still fighting the forces of evil.

Agree with that. Wonder how Japan could have changed had DPJ not been hard done by 3/11.

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"Even if we do not rely on nuclear power and not use fossil fuels, there are enough renewables to supply the needed power. This is true in Japan as well as other countries in the world," added Kan,

What a tool. Just shut up and go write some haikus.

Russia has Europe over a barrel right now.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Ha! You first!

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

It is the only reliable baseload power source other than those that burn fossil fuels.

I guess you never heard of tidal power?

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Paul14

It is the only reliable baseload power source other than those that burn fossil fuels.

I guess you never heard of tidal power?

I guess you don't understand the meaning of "baseload".

0 ( +2 / -2 )

And then Europe gets a visit from Kishida trying to sell Japanese nuclear powerplants to Europe.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Without nuclear power, Europe is pretty much dependent on Russia for it's power supply.

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France doesnt sit on the ring of fire

Interestingly there is a line of volcanos stretching from the Laacher See in Germany in the West Eifel Volcanic Field, through the Caine de Puys in the Masif Central between Paris and Barcelona and it lines up with the Garrotxa Volcanic Field near Barcelona. These volcanos all appear to be related to the same crustal extension dynamics. Italy and Greece of course have some huge Stratovolcanos. Historically there have been destructive tsunamis in the Med caused by earthquakes along the coast of Lebanon and Egypt. Beirut was leveled by a quake followed by a tsunami circa 555 AD and the fault is question is overdue for another such quake. The Med's last tsunami was a 13 meter wave caused by an earthquake off the coast of Sicily about a century ago.

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Well I give them kudos for at least trying to do what they can for renewables.

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Are they referring to the natural gasses that are precipitated from petroleum ?

Solar , wind , tidal , geothermal , bacteria and microbe methane energy resources are better than mining for natural gas and definitely safer than atomic.

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