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Japan

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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Thursday
Nov052009

A litany of nuclear accidents contradicts Obama's claims

President Obama was clearly woefully misinformed when he stated recently that Japan has employed “nuclear energy in a safe and effective way.” Japan has a history of tragic and fatal accidents at its nuclear power facilities. In 1995, the Monju fast breeder reactor suffered a serious fire and sodium leak and was closed. In 1997, a waste-storage reprocessing plant at the Tokai facility burned and exploded. In 1999, there was a criticality accident at the Tokaimura uranium enrichment facility that killed two workers and exposed many hundreds of local residents to radioactivity. In 2007, an earthquake resulted in the release of radioactivity into the ocean from the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant, the world’s largest with seven reactors. Five of the seven reactors are still closed.

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