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Until the Fukushima accident, Japan had 55 operating nuclear reactors as well as enrichment and reprocessing plants which had suffered a series of deadly accidents at its nuclear facilities resulting in the deaths of workers and releases of radioactivity into the environment and surrounding communities. Since the Fukushima disaster, there is growing opposition against re-opening those reactors closed for maintenance.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

"Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator of the stricken nuclear plant into criminal court.

The judicial review is unlikely to see Tepco executives go to jail, legal experts say, but rehashing details of the meltdowns and explosions that followed an earthquake and tsunami will cast a harsh light on the struggling utility and will not help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's unpopular effort to restart Japan's nuclear reactors." Reuters

 

Tuesday
Oct212014

Beyond Nuclear on Thom Hartmann regarding Fukushima

EcoWatch has featured Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" t.v. show, speaking about Woods Hole's Dr. Ken Buesseler's detection of Fukushima radioactive contamination in the open ocean off the west coast of North America.

Beyond Nuclear's Reactor Oversight Project Director, Paul Gunter, appeared on Thom Hartmann's radio show earlier in the day on Tuesday, Oct. 21st.

Wednesday
Oct082014

Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

Dr. Helen Caldicott, Beyond Nuclear's Founding PresidentTeaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets welcomes Helen Caldicott, editor of the new book,

Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

 introduced by Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 

6:30 to 8:00 PM

Busboys and Poets - 14th & V, N.W., Washington, D.C.

 

Sponsors: 

Physicians for Social Responsibility 

Beyond Nuclear 

Teaching for Change 

Busboys and Poets

 

Beyond Nuclear's Cindy Folkers and Kevin Kamps presented at the 2013 symposium which led to this new book. Summaries of their presentations are included.

Tuesday
Sep232014

Japan PM says no nuclear restart without "100% safety."

Reports Reuters: "Japan will not restart closed-down nuclear plants "unless safety is restored 100 percent," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday." But what will this really mean and how will 100% safety be guaranteed, a virtually impossible standard for most heavy industries?

 

"Japan is currently 'completely dependent on fossil fuels,'" Abe lamented, learning rather too late the obvious lesson that if you bank on nuclear you are stranded when it fails. Abe says "his government is looking to introduce renewable energy sources at a fast pace," a good possibility in France where wind and solar is already running on a limited but growing basis.

Thursday
Sep042014

Families sue government for Fukushima radiation exposure

"A group of parents and children who were residing in Fukushima Prefecture when the nuclear disaster unfolded in March 2011 is suing the central and prefectural governments for failing to take sufficient steps to protect children from radiation exposure during the crisis.

"In a written complaint, they said the central and prefectural governments failed to promptly release accurate data on airborne radiation levels after the nuclear crisis, neglecting their duty to prevent residential radiation exposure as much as possible, and exposing children to radiation."

"As a result, the parents and children are seriously worried about their health down the road and are suffering from mental distress, they said in the complaint." One woman's child became ill after the initial radiation releases.

"Of the 88 plaintiffs, 24 children who live in Fukushima and are still attending school there are demanding that local municipal offices affirm their right to receive education in a safe environment." The Japan Times

Radiation is known to cause various diseases. The information sharing and evacuations following Fukushima were clearly botched and some people were exposed to radiation because of this incompetent handling of the crisis.

Children are particularly vulnerable to radiation exposure, so these families are not waiting until someone has taken ill to sue for compensation. Their suit implies that exposure to radiation against their will and due to government incompetence is enough to allow them compensation as their risk of certain diseases has been increased by this exposure.