Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fukushima Nuclear News Link Dump
Nuke plants' backups fall way short | The Japan Times Online

Most nuclear reactors in Japan would fail to achieve a stable condition in the event that all regular power sources are lost, even though plant operators have prepared new backup power sources as well as electric generators amid the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, it was learned Monday.
Farmers herd in for protest | The Japan Times Online
More than 200 farmers brought two cows to Tokyo, where they shouted and punched the air Tuesday in a protest to demand compensation for products contaminated by radiation spewing from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
16 prefectures' pastures face radioactivity checks | The Japan Times Online
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has set allowable radioactive contamination levels for grazing grass and asked 16 prefectures to check fields in areas where higher-than-normal levels of atmospheric radiation have been detected, they said.
Minamisoma mayor wants to hold rebirth forum | The Japan Times Online
"I want my city to become the (global) center of industries that will transcend nuclear power generation," said Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai.
MEXT is releasing SPEEDI.
It just shows deposition areas in a nasty pdf form.
Suits to halt atomic plants have all failed | The Japan Times Online
Since the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis triggered on March 11, criticism is being directed at judges because of their tendency to side with the state and power companies.
Continued radiation leaks from crippled nuke plant pose serious threat - The Mainichi Daily News
"It's graver than Chernobyl in that no one can predict how the situation will develop," said Atsushi Kasai, a former senior researcher with the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute.

When making purchases, remember that Panasonic and Sharp are the largest solar power companies, Toshiba and Hitachi the largest nuclear power plant makers.
Silver lining in sight for makers of solar panels | The Japan Times Online
"Who can really guarantee that they're 100 percent safe? I want nuclear plants to be halted if they're so frail," said the 53-year-old housewife, who's lived in Shizuoka Prefecture for more than 20 years.

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