Noda says Japan will restart nuclear reactors, but review energy policy

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  • 6

    JapanGal

    But it is a town of death.

  • 5

    NuckinFutz

    To change it into a town of life maybe the entire Japanese government should be relocated there (to include the PMs official residence and the apartments of all Diet members and their staff. If they were forced to endure the hardships of the common people maybe they would find motivation to work harder towards the goal instead of playing stupid political games every day!

  • 3

    Asagao

    Restart with already one plant out of control and Nigatta and Dainichi both damaged by earthquakes? No fences around most seaside reactors that can stop a 20 metre tsunami and very big earthquakes expected to rock Tokyo, Nagoya and Wakayama!!! How much is he getting paid by big business for this one?

  • 1

    Disillusioned

    “the spirit of dignity of all Japanese that was displayed despite the hopelessness of this giant disaster.”

    Uhum, "cough, cough!" Yeah, right! The only thing displayed was the dithering and secretiveness of all parties concerned and it is still going on!

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    zichi

    Although, following the Fukushima nuke disaster, I'm anti nuke and anti Big Nuke but I can accept the need to restart reactors provided it's coupled with a serious review of the countries nuke policy, a non binding referendum on the use of nuke reactors and a commitment to generating power with renewables.

  • 5

    gogogo

    History will repeat, the government didn't learn from this mistake.

  • 1

    bookowls

    Way to go Noda, first month on the job and already making people want a vote!

  • 4

    warnerbro

    The nuclear village will eat and drink well tonight.

  • 5

    beangry

    Almost 3/4 the of Japanese oppose this energy and his PM ignores them and wants to restart reactors. Why? 11 are on and no shortages. This is democracy? Lol. Call it what it is.

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    pawatan

    Uhum, "cough, cough!" Yeah, right! The only thing displayed was the dithering and secretiveness of all parties concerned and it is still going on!

    Really? Criticize the hell out of the gov't and TEPCO but the people of Tohoku have endured worse than you and I will ever likely know. And they've done it while maintaining their humanity....

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    zichi

    "Almost 3/4 the of Japanese oppose this energy"

    We don't know that, that's why the country needs a referendum.

  • 1

    Utrack

    Noda said he will fight to erase fears in the public about illnesses in children and pregnant women,

    How do you fight the Reality of the masive radiation leak at Fukushima and subsequent contamination of foodstuff from this event.

    work to ensure food safety and to compensate farmers

    Foodstuff should have been quarantined and left to decompose in the fields, culling of livestock etc.

    and others who suffered damage from the massive radiation leak at Fukushima.

  • 2

    zichi

    The behavior of the Japanese through the triple mega disasters, and even the recent typhoon disaster has been nothing but remarkable, especially when compared to other countries who faced their own similar disasters.

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    Utrack

    and others who suffered damage from the massive radiation leak at Fukushima.

    For to make this a quote. I think the compensation for all involved is a Good thing.

  • 0

    zichi

    The reactors won't be restarted at the Fukushima No1 plant, although TEPCO had a plan to restart reactors 4/5/6 and I don't think Fukushima No2 will be restarted.

  • -1

    zichi

    "The nuclear village will eat and drink well tonight."

    Why?

  • 3

    alladin

    This new Prime Minister is dreaming if he thinks he can erase fears in the public about illnesses in children and pregnant women!! If you ask me, I think his term in office will not last long. He is going to restart the nuclear reactors when almost everyone in Japan are against it. There are so much radiation thats being spewed out everyday and he want to restart more reactors that are deemed safe. What is safe!! When it comes to radiation and nuclear reactors, nothing is safe. He is just another politician that is in denial and who does not care about anything but himself. If he wants to make example, why don`t he move his whole family into Fukushima and while he is at it, he should move all of his fellow politicians there with him!!

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    smithinjapan

    "Noda said he will fight to erase fears in the public about illnesses in children and pregnant women, work to ensure food safety and to compensate farmers and others who suffered damage from the massive radiation leak at Fukushima."

    So once again we're hearing a PM make a bevy of promises he has absolutely no show of a plan on HOW he will keep them, and we're heading straight back into the dangers this nation has a chance to lead the world away from. Way to go, Japan! Why didn't he promise he would end war around the world and have everyone with debt balanced and back in the black by years end?

  • 1

    zichi

    If 3/4 of the nation oppose nuke energy why weren't they out on the streets Sunday, joining protests and demonstrations?

  • -1

    some14some

    "dame de motomoto" meaning 'there is nothing to lose' (further). Go ahead and may God bless Nippon.

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    smithinjapan

    some14some: ""dame de motomoto" meaning 'there is nothing to lose' (further)."

    There most certainly is, and we'll most likely see it happen sooner rather than later.

  • -1

    some14some

    There most certainly is, and we'll most likely see it happen sooner rather than later.

    afraid yes, that's why i have sought God's blessings.

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    zichi

    "Noda said he will fight to erase fears in the public about illnesses in children and pregnant women, work to ensure food safety and to compensate farmers and others who suffered damage from the massive radiation leak at Fukushima."

    Noda is not a doctor and can reassure no one. 20 or so years down the road from now, there will be thousands with various radiation cancers. I suppose we can hope, the scientists by then, discover a cure for all cancers. But other problems will exist too, like deformed child births. This will be a promise that he can't keep and it does no good lying to the victims of the worse nuke disaster since Chernobyl.

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    goinggoinggone

    Reassure people that radiation will not cause cancer or birth defects? You mean brainwashing them into not being concerned so the produce can still be sold and he can do nothing to protect people. By the time things really get bad, I doubt anyone will even remember Noda's name.

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    zichi

    I think Japan does not need more than 50% of the 54 nuclear reactors. There was "over construction". It does need a unified national power grid with one electrical system instead of the current two. Power generated at one end of the country should be able to be used at the other end. Japan is a small country.

    I never understand that with the water too. Lots of water in Hokkaido from the snow and droughts in Kyushu. Can't understand why there's no pipeline?

  • 1

    Cricky

    Say nice things, people feel better...that's about it

    Still spewing toxic *rap, but the newest PM says nice things about the on going disaster Just fill out your 60 page claim form , don't make a mistake and you might get a token amount for all the trouble. Get a job and shut up seems to be the message.

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    Arthur Dumbolov

    Thermonuclear energetics FTW!

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    as_the_crow_flies

    “the spirit of dignity of all Japanese that was displayed despite the hopelessness of this giant disaster.”

    Yeah right. I found the way TEPCO tried to run away from Fukushima Daichi and leave it melting down (until, apparently, turned back by Kan) soooo dignified.

    he said that the burden of the recovery costs from the disaster should not be left to future generations.

    Read: we're going to pay the victims peanuts. Meantime TEPCO will up electricity prices and come whining to the government to pay all their side of the deal.

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    ushosh123

    What he can guarantee is he won't be in office by the time anyone gets cancer as a direct result of the Fukushima accident. It will be the PM at that time bowing his head.

    I don't have much faith that these bozos will act in the best interest of Japan as they are not held responsible when they just act in the best interest for themselves. But regardless, I will let their actions do the talking rather than their mouths.

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    Darren Brannan

    Noda:" Start the reactors we will..the power of the force is strong in us.."

    oh that wasn't Noda was it.

    “There is something else we must never forget. That is the love for the homeland the victims of the disaster, especially the people of Fukushima, hold in their hearts,” said Noda.

    wish hard enough and it will happen. The Empire strikes back.

    illnesses? oh the thyroid cancers that will pop up in just 5 years..or is it the heart ailments that will see these children needing pacemakers before they can drive a car. http://enenews.com/expert-beware-fukushima-radiation-causing-deadly-heart-problems-children-kids-already-suffering-heart-attacks-locals-affected-areas-video

    yes..let's reassure them because by then nobody in any position of authority now will be in charge or liable, and thescientists the govt employ will deny any link to Fukushima.

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    beangry

    First Zichi you make too many comments. Second, in a poll reported by AFP and published in Mainichi on Aug 22 'Japan poll finds 74% support nuclear phase out', we have clear evidence that 3/4ths of Japan iPods nuclear energy. Look it up before challenge it.

    Third Japan HAS had massive protests - for Japan, that is. Tens of thousands have been protesting since March, and that is major for Japan. Why nor more? You should know if you've have the time in Japan you claim to have.

    Fourth, a referendum would be the best indicator. I agree. So do politicians. And that is exactly why there won't be one. They already know the outcome would be 80-90% against nuclear energy, something the country clearly doesn't need. How? According to a report released Monday by Greenpeace and ISEP they could end all plants next year and achieve 43% of energy from renewables, see for yourself http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110913a7.html

    Stick to facts.

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    zichi

    beangry, I make too many comments, sorry I didn't know there was a limit? You don't have to read them?

    I support any action to close down as many nuke reactors as soon as possible, and eventually all of them. I would not say there have been massive demo's, even last Sunday in Tokyo.

    The people should demand a referendum.

    I don't think all nuke plants could be shut down by the end of next year. Life in Japan does not move that quick.

    Being an ex electrical engineer with power generation experience, and an environmentalist for 40+ years, I have a strong personal interest in this situation. I don't promise to make less comments though!

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    beangry

    'I support' and 'I don't think' etc is your opinion, zichi. I've posted verifiable facts anyone can look up. So when you say all the plants can't close by the end of next year (it's not this year btw it's next year, so at least READ the article before stating false information) you're chooosing to ignore two respected organisations, one of which is Japanese in Tokyo called the Institue for Sustainable Energy Policies. They have a pretty good idea what they're saying.

    Oh and the numerous comments isn't necessary. Get a blog. And then deal with reality: until the Japanese demand a referendum, they won't get one. Wishful thinking is just that. And yes those protests are large - in terms of Japanese numbers. Why? Because they never protest anything. And you can't deny the polls, and there are plenty more that say the majority of the country oppose nuclear power. A referendum is NOT a poll. It's a form of direct democracy tha is binding law; it carries weight, unlike the newspaper polls. Big difference. We already know the POV of Japanese. And thanks to your ndless messages, yours too.

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    I smell some serious BS! How in the hell can this idiot Noda say that we need to bring back the nuclear reactors?? When we all know that in the next few weeks, months etc...Tohoku, Tokyo etc..will get jacked over by the same magnitude quake and tsunamis or even worse! The IAEA needs to come down HARD on stupid Japan ASAP!

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    zichi

    Yukio Edano stated at his first METI news conference on Monday, "What we have to do is to create a situation as soon as possible where society can function without nuclear power." He also stated the METI will take the initiative in promoting renewable energy.

  • 1

    iceshoecream

    What would you seriously think if you walk into central Tokyo when it has been evacuated for some reason, with no one around, no animals, not a single soul. Town of the living??? I don't get why would people get offended. I do understand Hachiro just ran away.

  • 0

    hanataro

    minnasama wo koroshitai? i would put noda san on the top of the fukushima reactor building and restart the reactor. he would talk another way, i guess. the sick thinking of the japanese government will never change

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    Ranger_Miffy2

    Zichi, just notice that "beangry" certainly is. Write all you want. We have serious business here to consider and sniping isn't going to make it go away or give new insights. Hopefully beangry-san will cool off soon. BTW, and I the only one who has to reset my password every day to register to add a comment?

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    Darren Brannan

    Hmm that protest last week in Tokyo ended well.. 12 protesters bloodied by the Tokyo Police ( although It seems they may have started it and looked beered up in the pics) I remember when a bunch of mainly older Japanese protested at Yasukuni the Tokyo Met did the same thing and bashed a lot of peaceful middle aged folk as the Uyoku cheered them on. There are protests but the physicality of the police probably deters many more from joining.

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    Hikozaemon

    Welcome back to LDP style rule by administrative guidance - politicians just sitting there collecting back handers and campaign contributions while leaving it to bureaucrats to run the country in cruise control, backing a bunch of policies that the country clearly shows in polls it doesn't want (a return to nuclear power reliance), and without any mandate from anyone to do.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he soon repeals Ozawa's rule that bureaucrats are not allowed in parliament to answer questions on policy in Q&A. This is just a complete surrender of the change that the DPJ was supposed to represent.

    Shameful.

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