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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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Tuesday
May242011

We're all nuclear workers now?

NHK public broadcasting has reported that certain businesses in the evacuated village of Iitate, downwind of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant catastrophe, are being allowed by the Japanese federal government to continue operations, provided they monitor the radiation exposure suffered by their workers. Whether these non-nuclear workers are to be treated as members of the public, or as nuclear power plant workers, in terms of how much radioactivity per year they are allowed to be exposed to (100 mRem/yr for members of the public, 5,000 mRem/yr for nuclear workers under normal circumstances, 25,000 mRem/year for nuclear workers in the face of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe) is not reported. Controversially, the Japanese federal Ministry of Education has deemed 2,000 mRem/yr an "acceptable" radiation dose to school children in Fukushima Prefecture's outdoor school yards. 2,000 mRem/yr is the "allowable" dose the German federal government permits for adult nuclear power plant workers. The 2,000 mRem/yr dose to school children in Fukushima does not account for internal radioactive contamination the children are likely also being exposed to.

Monday
May232011

Japan to reconsider reprocessing in wake of Fukushima nuclear catastrophe?

The Mainichi Daily News has quoted the head of the Japanese Communist Party as saying that Prime Minister Kan told him that as part of reviewing energy policy "from scratch," the long established policy of reprocessing high-level radioactive waste would also be reevaluated.

Monday
May232011

Green Action Japan's Fukushima updates

Green Action Japan, based in Kyodo and led by Aileen Mioko Smith, has provided updates on and leadership in response to the unprecedented Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe since the day it began. Visit Green Action Japan's "Fukushima Update" website for the latest breaking news, and what you can do to help.

Monday
May232011

Aung San Suu Kyi expresses solidarity with Japanese people

MainPhotoNobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma has expressed her solidarity with the people of Japan at this time of triple calamity (earthquake/tsunami/nuclear catastrophe).

Monday
May232011

Did confusion over risk of re-criticality from seawater injection contribute to meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi?

The Mainichi Daily News of Japan has reported that a controversy is raging over whether a comment made by the chair of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan, Haruki Madarame, led Tokyo Electric Power Company to suspend injection of seawater into reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, contributing to meltdowns.