LDP to pledge to restart nuclear reactors in policy platform: Nikkei

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    marcelito

    No surprises there - LDP has always supported big business and their cronies before anything else. That's what Abenomics is about - lowering yen, driving stocks up, restarting the reactors, cutting corporate taxes - all to help their big business buddies. Meanwhile the little people face nothing but increases in the taxes they pay and higher costs of living through the coming stagflation. Will be interesting to watch what happens once the consumption tax goes up. Yet, with the media cheerleading LDP ( no surprises there either ) the hordes will ensure another LDP election landslide.

  • 1

    Philippe Sama

    "...under the government's responsibility," Japanese governments have already demonstrated that they are unable to take any responsibility with nuclear. The only responsible attitude is to stop DEFINITIVELY ALL nuclear power plants.

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    zichi

    The LDP gov't will restart the reactors even before they are checked for safety and updating, if they win the upper house election. They also intend to change the structure of the NRA by having members from the nuclear industry on the various safety committees.

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    Christopher Blackwell

    As always, when trying to understand what a politician is doing, check first who is paying how much money to do what. Then the rest is easy to understand.

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    zichi

    A shipment of MOX fuel ordered by KEPCO has left France and will arrive in this country within two months. KEPCO will load the MOX fuel into its Takahama reactors which it hopes to start this autumn when its required to shut down its Oi reactors for inspection. The NRA still need to decide if there's an active fault line under Takahama.

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    tmarie

    As usual, they aren't listening to what the public wants.

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    YuriOtani

    tmarie they do hear the people and the people want them restarted. I looked at the numbers again and it is in the mili rems for fukushima. After a ground level one megaton explosion the dose is 3000 rems. All people would be dead within 24 hours. The air pollution caused by running the fossil plants kill hundreds of thousands throughout the world.

  • 2

    Cricky

    So sayeth the Shepard so sayeth the flock, next they will change the countries name to lemming land.

  • 1

    GTAYoyogi

    /Nelson: Ha-ha!

    tmarie; after a short discussion the public has decided that economic suicide wasn't a productive direction to take for the country.

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    zichi

    @YuriOtani

    I looked at the numbers again and it is in the mili rems for fukushima.

    There are still many areas in Fukushima which have radiation levels above 50 millisieverts per year which is 50 times more than what is allowed under current laws and those areas will remain off limits for decades. There's also the cost of the nuclear disaster which eventually be more than ¥50 trillion to pay by your great grandchildren and their child. There remains the problem of where to store all the highly irradiated waste and the all the spent fuel from the NPP's.

    Parts of Irate have radiation levels of 10+ microsieverts/hour.

  • 2

    FullM3taL

    Outstanding Japanese government debts hit a record 991.6 trillion yen at the end of fiscal 2012.

    And they want to reduce corporate taxes? Unbelievable.

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    Troubador

    "The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will promise in its policy platform to bring back nuclear reactors to service"

    please provide a time frame or what year are we talking about so I can make plans to get out of dodge...

    many thanks..

  • 9

    zichi

    September 2013

  • 4

    bruinfan

    Zichi, Thanks for your informative comments (I have given you about 50 "thumbs up" this year).

    "once their safety is confirmed..." Who is doing the confirming? I will say again, at least some of these reactors should never be started up again.

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    zichi

    bruinfan, Thank you.

    According to the chairman of the NRA when the new safety standards already proposed are accept by the Diet, sometime this summer but probably not until after the upper house election then the process of checking all of the current 48 or so reactors will begin. Those meeting the new standards, which probably is nil, will be given permission to restart but will also need the support of the prefecture governors and local communities.

    The checking stage would go on well into next year, since the NRA have very limited manpower. Some of the safety updating of the reactors could take at least five years and the costs will run into billions, at least 200 billion per NPP.

    Because of the high costs, I would expect those reactors coming to the end of their life cycles will be decommissioned instead of being updated. There's still the problem of active fault lines at three NPP's which the NRA needs to make a decision about.

    Prior to the 3/11 disaster, there were 34 reactors operating. I expect that even with the safety updates the future number will be more like 20 reactors.

    I'm not hopeful the gov't will stick with the procedure laid down by the NRA and will try to find someway to restart the reactors even before all the inspections and safety updates are complete.

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    Ranger_Miffy2

    Further proof, as if we here in Japan need more, that people cannot handle nuclear power responsibly. Therefore, it is NOT SAFE. Ergo: no npp should be restarted. But, as I just stated, people (LDP in particular, and Abe) cannot handle the correct procedures for a safe npp, they will start them up and we can just simply wait for the next f'in catastophe. It is inevitable.

  • 2

    mr_jgb

    Its a question of time, not if or when, before another major nuclear disaster hit Japan, triggered by a big earthquake. Abenomics on nuclear power is not prudent.

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    zichi

    According to the NRA, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, owners of the Monju reactor committed grave safety errors and now wants the reactor to remain shut down.

    The previous safety agency, NISA carried out a surprise inspection and discovered the JAEA had failed to regularly check key components.

    Last Nov, the JAEA admitted to failing to properly check 10,000 key components, including more than 50 critical "Class 1" components, which also includes the backup generators.

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    zichi

    If there were major lacks of safety checks at the Monju reactor, which many experts think is too dangerous or problematic with MOX fuel and sodium cooling, and this isn't a commercial reactor with any need to generate a profit, in fact, the Monju project received a massive amount of funding, and to date has only generated about 60 minutes of power generation, then it raises my concerns about what happens with safety checks at the commercial NPP's were profit is a factor?

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    zichi

    In his recent visits overseas, PM Abe signed agreements with the United Emirates and Turkey, which will enable the export of Japanese nuclear technology. PM Abe is also hopeful of signing similar agreements with Saudi Arabia and Brazil.

    The nuclear disaster is a little more than two years and there are still too many unanswered but important questions. The nuclear disaster shows that Japan failed in its safety and management of its nuclear technology.

    PM Abe has given his personal views on the nuclear disaster.

    The NRA have started to study how the 3/11 quake affected the Fukushima NPP while PM Abe pushes for nuclear technology export before those important questions are answered.

    There's still a very big question mark over the safety standards at the atomic power plants.

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    YuriOtani

    zichi my main point is an atomic war is much worse. As for your numbers 5 rems per year and yes I understand it is 10 times what the government thinks. My point is for those that want to use atomic weapons. Also to show how small Fukushima is in comparison. Also when above ground testing was done many Americans received 20 to 50 rems within a very short time. How many people died in Fukushima? How many people die in vehicle accidents? How many people die from air pollution per year?

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