Anti-nuclear protests signal new activism in Japan

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    kurisupisu

    Japan has been poisoned for generations......

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    Rick Kisa

    They exploit our silence to commit environment crime. they put abnormal profits above people's opinions, safety and security. Will person ever breathe any fresh air in Japan or live without fear of contaminated everything including food? How long will it take before the whole of Japan is uninhabitable? Are nuke plants the best option for a small country prone to unpredictable life threatening earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons? Does Japan have any example of countries winning off nuke electricity and turning to other sources but still standing as economic powers? Is there any leadership on Japan nuclear policy aimed at developing safe, pro-people, sustainable, ethical, cheap electricity energy-mix? For how long will the powers of the day be reminded that the power belongs to the people, not them, their cheer leaders and a handfull of nuke village crooks?

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    Thomas Anderson

    The rallies are peaceful compared to the 1960s, when activists wearing helmets and carrying clubs threw stones and burst into the parliament complex. One died and dozens were injured.

    It's ironic, the older generations in Japan are mistrustful of the "authority" and the younger generations are not.

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    Open Minded

    A unique case were the old generation will make the change by realizing how blind they were made by the establishment while the young ones are still in full obedience of the old traditions.

    A really, really interesting social case in one of the most traditionally locked country.

    Total paradigm shift. How will that end ...?

    No clue...!

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    saidani

    It's ironic, the older generations in Japan are mistrustful of the "authority" and the younger generations are not.

    It's isn't ironic at all when one considers the "government is good" indoctrination that all children receive in school.

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    zichi

    Since the nuclear disaster last year, many people have realised that nuclear energy wasn't about providing the people with cheap, safe and clean power, it was about making huge profits for those power companies owning the atomic power plants. It wasn't even cheap, considering power bills are 50% higher than in America.

    It's also good to see people using their right to assemble and peacefully protest. Every one goes home at the alloted time and no rubbish left on the streets.

    These protests will continue at least to the next general election, even though, next month in it's new energy policy, the gov't is going for zero nuclear energy by 2030.

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    issa1

    What to say to these people? Do these people know that a long plane trip exposes a radiation 400 times larger than an x-ray examination but people still travel. Or the process of preserving food by gamma radiation because Apples, pears, peaches are treated with this process. The question is why the United States, France and other developing countries are increasing the number of nuclear power plants?Will the leaders of these countries are so stupid as Japanese politicians left-wing?

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    issa1

    Puppets political left-wing,absolutely ridiculous!

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    SquidBert

    @issa1

    Do these people know that a long plane trip exposes a radiation 400 times larger than an x-ray examination but people still travel.

    That is not correct.

    As an example, I can say that Tokyo to Paris flight on the 1:st of January would result in roughly 0.075 mSv for an 11 hour flight.

                  TOKYO PARIS   01/01/2012 00:00    01/01/2012 03:00    0,07410mSv
    

    An X-ray (chest) is typically in the range of 0.1mSv. That would mean that a typical international flight is a lower dose than an chest x-ray.

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      Back on topic please.

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    SquidBert

    Also

    Or the process of preserving food by gamma radiation because Apples, pears, peaches are treated with this process.

    What does that have to do with anything? Irradiated food does not become radioactive. Food becomes radioactive when it absorbs radioactive contaminants.

    In fact I am not even sure if you are arguing for or against nuclear here. But if you don't have the knowledge don't make facts up.

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    BertieWooster

    New activism in Japan

    About time!

    Whew!

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    maryo

    Anti-nuclear activists here in the USA stand with you! We salute the people who have realized that you must "do something" -- thank you for all you ARE doing. You are inspiring us... We are celebrating that one of the proposed new reactors here has had its license denied... one down, 25 more to go! We are working on it.

    I especially want women in Japan -- and parents of girls to know that we are at higher risk of cancer from radiation exposure than are men or little boys...see: http://www.nirs.org/radiation/radhealth/radhealthhome.htm

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