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Report: Anti-nuclear blogger’s home raided by police — Computer equipment seized (VIDEO)

Published: November 15th, 2012 at 2:41 pm ET 

Title: Anti-nuclear protest blogger’s home raided by police, computer equipment seized
Source: Japan Daily Press
Author: Adam Westlake
Date: November 15, 2012

Anti-nuclear protest blogger’s home raided by police, computer equipment seized

Yuzuru Kaneko, a blogger who has been filming the anti-nuclear protests in Fukui Prefecture, had his home raided by police on October 1st in order to search for evidence of potential demonstrators who had committed crimes. […]

On June 30th [… an] activist there that day was later arrested in September, accused of damaging property, threat and assault at the gate, and causinginjury. In order to gain more evidence, the police searched Kaneko’s home, despite he having no relation to the man arrested, and seized all of his computer equipment, cameras, and memory cards. His property was still un-returned on November 5th when his supporters began pressuring the authorities to return Kaneko’s equipment, which they stated they would on November 8th.

Fukui Prefecture is home to Japan’s only operating nuclear power plant.

Via Global Voices: Below is a recent video filmed by Yuzuru Kaneko on Friday, November 9. It captures the ‘no-nuke’ demonstration in front of Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc (KEPCO), where protesters asked employees of KEPCO to cease nuclear power generation activities at the power plant.

Please see ENENEWS link for video

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IAEA : Cernavoda is a successful nuclear project – True or false?

Thursday, November 15, 2012



Cernavoda is a successful nuclear project, said on Monday, in the opening of the tenth edition of the NucInfo Day 2012 symposium, the Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy, Alexander Bychkov.IAEA official said, in the context of this international event in Cernavoda (south-east of Bucharest), that the Fukushima nuclear accident has not marked a reversal trend in respects of the global perspectives of the nuclear energy.’We try to …

Meanwhile a week earlier….,,,,

Unexpected Shutdown of Cernavoda Nuke Plant in Romania -Registered radiation in Switzerland

“Switzerland registered a 2 microsievert/hour peak before 10.00 am 08/11/2012

There is a suspicious switch off on the monitor for the day before..

The emissions from this plant were lofted high and reached the Swiss alps”


“did not effect the safety of the population or the environment”, says the Government


8 November 2012

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Another complaint for professional negligence against TEPCO -13,000 signatories

FUKUSHIMA, Japan, Nov. 15, Kyodo

A group of 13,000 people across Japan on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against 33 senior officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government’s now-defunct Nuclear Safety Commission over the nuclear disaster at the company’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

In the letter of complaint filed with prosecutors, the complainants asked that the accused be investigated and indicted on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries.

The complaint was the second in a series by the group, following one made in June by 1,300 people mainly from Fukushima Prefecture.

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Nature magazine Slams Japans nuclear industry -Editorial

“Similarly troubling is the rush with which the government reopened two of the country’s shuttered nuclear reactors in July without fully evaluating the seismology of the ground beneath”

Japan was supposed to emerge from the Fukushima crisis with a new respect for reactor safety and better awareness of the need to convince people of that safety. It hasn’t made a very good start.”

A shaky restart

Japan still has lessons to learn from Fukushima if it is to convince the public about nuclear energy.

14 November 2012

The nuclear disaster that followed the March 2011 tsunami in Japan uncovered serious flaws in the country’s nuclear-safety regulations. Japan learned its lesson: it started putting a premium on safety, and is doing everything it can to assure a wary public that similar mistakes will not be made again. Well, that was the hope. Two recent revelations show that it could still do much more.

The country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) was set up to right the wrongs of the previous regulatory infrastructure. One of its first tasks was to draw up new safety standards for reactor operations. The NRA formed an investigation team of six experts, which held its first meeting on 25 October. The team is expected to submit its report in time for the NRA to put the standards up for public comment in the spring and to make them law in July 2013.

Last week, Japanese media reported that four of those experts have received regular stipends or one-time grants from the nuclear industry. Nuclear engineer Akio Yamamoto of Nagoya University, for example, has received at least ¥50,000 (US$630) over the past three years from each of three companies related to nuclear energy, including Nuclear Engineering, a firm in Osaka that is affiliated with Kansai Electric Power. Although there is no suggestion that Yamamoto has done anything wrong, he also received some ¥27 million in grants from eight nuclear-energy companies during that period, as well as an undisclosed amount from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which builds reactors.

Continue reading

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Germany: in its first post-nuclear year – exported more energy than ever before

Japan.  Huge sea wall being erected around biggest nuclear  plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa. Fish off Fukushima showing high levels.  USA right wing pressuring Japan to keep nuclear power. Continuing battle with radiation. Fukushima nuclear plant: Worsening worker conditions. Tons of radioactive water lying around. Tokyo anti nuclear protest continue,but minimised by mainstream media.

UK. Continuing angst over who will pay for ever more expensive new nuclear plan.

USA. Congress to grapple with intractable problem of nuclear waste, or more likely, to put it in the too hard basket.  High rates of systemic lupus erythematosus have been linked to living in proximity to a former uranium ore processing facility in Ohio.

South Korea’s nuclear export plans threatened, as nuclear scandals revealed forged safety documents.

France. 12 organisations join to help Niger, in its disastrous environmental legacy from AREVA’s uranum mining there.

India: The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) and People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) questioned the impartiality of IAEA investigation of a  nuclear reactor, where 36 workers were exposed to radioactive leaks

Pakistan. “Nuclear rogue” A Q Khan enters politics.

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USA Congress paralysed on the question of nuclear wastes

 Will a Lame Duck Congress Confront Nuclear Waste? NYT, By MATTHEW L. WALD , 12 Nov 12, When Congress returns to Washington on Tuesday, it has a very long “to do” list. One item, probably not near the top, is figuring out what to do with nuclear waste, given that President Obama killed a proposed repository in Nevada in March 2010. This summer, a blue-ribbon commission advised that the process of seeking a storage site be restarted.

There has been little action so far, but Congress may soon get a push from the courts: a federal appeals panel indicated in August that it might order the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart a licensing hearing to rule on whether the Nevada site, Yucca Mountain is suitable, even though President Obama has declared the site “off the table.” The court gave the executive and legislative branches a few months to provide funding for the licensing hearing as part of the budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. Still, Congress has not acted yet, and it is far from clear that it will. (There is no final budget either, speaking of “to do” items.) Continue reading

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Nevada staunchly opposing Yucca nuclear waste dump plan

Nevada Opposition to Yucca Mountain Strong as Ever  Nov 12, 2012  A state official says last week’s elections did nothing to change Nevada’s staunch opposition to southern Nevada becoming home of a high-level nuclear waste dump for the nation.

Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects Executive Director Bob Halstead says President Barack Obama’s re-election and Democratic gains that strengthened Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s position have eased fears the Yucca Mountain project could be resurrected.

He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (  ) there were no changes in the state’s congressional delegation or in the Legislature that sent a message that the state’s opposition is weakening.

The Obama administration and Reid were instrumental in shutting down the Nevada nuclear waste repository site beginning in 2009.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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The latest global nuclear weapons danger – drones

Drones: The New Nuclear Arms Race? (VIDEO) Everyone’s got a drone, or so it seems, HUFFINGTON POST, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, 14 Nov 12 It wasn’t long ago that the US had a monopoly on drones, but that is no longer the case. In fact, Israel – not the U.S. – is reportedly the world’s largest exporter of drones , selling Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the technology to build them to Nigeria, Russia, Mexico, and most recently  to Azerbaijan    as part of a $1.6-billion arms deal involving dozens of drones.

In 2004, 41 countries had acquired UAVs  according to a report by the Council on Foreign Relations. As of 2011, the number climbed to at least 76 countries. While only a small number of them have armed drones, many are beginning to invest in weaponizing drones. Continue reading

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Highly radioactive fish in seas near Fukushima

Asahi: Gov’t worried about highly radioactive fish — Why are radiation readings still 100s of times over official safe limits?
 November 13th, 2012
(Subscription Only) Title: Worries over highly radioactive fish prompt study
Source: Asahi
Date: November 13, 2012

Persistently high radioactivity in some fish caught close to the Fukushima nuclear plant has sparked a government investigation into the physiological basis for contamination and why radiation readings in some specimens remain hundreds of times over the official safe limit.

[…] The overall trend has been a decline in detected amounts of radioactive cesium.

However, in August, two greenlings caught 20 kilometers north of the Fukushima plant were found to have cesium levels of 25,800 becquerels per kilogram, the highest level ever measured in fish since the nuclear accident. The government standard for food is 100 becquerels per kilogram.

And in March, tests recorded a level of 18,700 becquerels per kilogram
in freshwater salmon in the Niidagawa river near Iitate […]

[…] cesium in freshwater salmon and char caught since March has not been decreasing, leading to restrictions on the shipment […]

The forthcoming study will analyze cesium levels in the fish’s otolith, a part of the inner ear. The otolith is widely used in such research because it is an organ where trace elements tend to accumulate over the animal’s lifespan, leaving a growth record that can be likened to the rings of a tree. […]

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Japan’s desperate, endless battle with nuclear radiation

Top Nuclear Official: Japan in “desperate, seemingly endless battle with radiation” — “Seemingly infinite damage to the daily life of residents”
   November 12th, 2012 
Source: Proceedings of the Japan Academy, Series B; Vol. 88 (2012) No. 9 p. 471-484Title: (1.7MB pdf) Accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Stations of TEPCO —Outline & lessons learned

Author: Shunichi Tanaka, Chairman Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority
Date: Nov. 9, 2012
The severe accident that broke out at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power stations on March 11, 2011, caused seemingly infinite damage to the daily life of residents. Serious and widespread contamination of the environment occurred due to radioactive materials discharged from nuclear power stations (NPSs). […]

The accident has seriously contaminated the environment, such as houses, farmland, forests and seacoasts, resulting in significant radiation exposure to residents. After one year, there seems to be no concrete program to recover from the damage to the environment and to nuclear power applications, while the nation is forced to struggle with a desperate, seemingly endless battle with radiation. […]

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International Energy Agency says Energy Efficiency and renewables can fight global warming

The IEA says energy demand out to 2035 could be halved through energy efficiency measures – in the building sector, including appliances, the transport sector and the industry sector. This would require an estimated $US11.8 trillion investment, but this would be more than offset by an $18 trillion reduction in fuel costs.

How energy efficiency and renewables can save the planet By Giles Parkinson , 13 November 2012 The International Energy Agency has raised hopes that time can be bought for the world to finally get its act together on climate change – as long as it implements a rapid uptake of energy efficiency measures.

In its latest World Energy Outlook, the IEA says energy efficiency could buy the world an extra five years to reach conclusive and effective climate change policies. Without such measures,it says, the world by 2017 will have exhausted its carbon budget to try and keep keep the world to an average rise in global temperatures of 2C. It says 81 per cent of that budget has already been used. Continue reading

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Costs: that’s what might kill off Britain’s nuclear power industry

Nuclear power risk , 13 November 2012 By John McGarrity – Britain’s nuclear power generation future may be at risk as the list of potential operators shrinks due to concerns about the high costs of entry.

The British government wants to build around 10 nuclear power stations by 2025, which it says are necessary to keep the lights on in future decades, reduce dependence on foreign gas and meet tougher carbon targets.

But persuading potential operators to invest in nuclear generation could involve guaranteeing minimum power prices far above what cash-strapped government departments and households would be willing to pay, analysts said.

“The rewards from nuclear are likely to be far below what companies would require to justify this level of investment. The risks are enormous,” Continue reading

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Wind and solar energy have the advantage, as water becomes scarcer

Water scarcity could drive push towards wind and solar REneweconomy By Giles Parkinson   14 November 2012 
In 2010, more water – 583 billion cubic metres – than is discharged each year by the mighty Ganges River in India was used to meet the world’s growing energy needs.

It’s an interesting statistic, but why should that matter? Well, if the world continues on its merry way, power capacity – particularly with water-hungry energy technologies such as coal and nuclear – and water-dependent extractive techniques such as coal, shale gas and tar sands, are going to grow quickly, and, according to the International Energy Agency, the world’s demand for water will grow at twice the pace, putting pressure on increasingly scarce water resources. Continue reading

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Nuclear wastes from USS Enterprise headed for Idaho

Spent nuclear fuel from USS Enterprise is Idaho-bound The Spokesman Review, by Betsy Nov. 12, 2012  Spent nuclear fuel from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise will be sent to eastern Idaho for study and storage, the Idaho Falls Post Register reports. The Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is being decommissioned after participating in every major conflict with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Its spent nuclear fuel is expected to arrive in Idaho in 2015…….

 Dougan said the spent nuclear fuel once in Idaho will be examined to help with future reactor design research before being placed in storage.

“(The) fuel is transported via rail in specially designed railcars that meet the Department of Transportation shipping requirements for spent nuclear fuel,” he said. “The Navy has been managing spent fuel in Idaho since the late 1950s.”

The Navy will officially deactivate the Enterprise on Dec. 1, but it will take several more years for it to be decommissioned as its reactors are taken out.

After spent fuel is removed at Norfolk, the Navy plans to tow the Enterprise to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton in Washington state. The nuclear reactors will be cut out of the ship and barged to the Hanford nuclear reservation.

The reactors will be buried in a trench the Navy has been using since 1986 to bury radioactive reactors from other nuclear-powered vessels, mostly submarines.

Reactor disposal will take six to eight years. The rest of the Enterprise will be scrapped at Bremerton.

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Oman: doubts that nuclear power is safe for Middle East

‘Nuclear power for peaceful purposes — Is it safe? Oman Daily Observer,  13 November 2012 Mohammed Al Rahbi-  “…… If the talk about the peaceful nuclear energy is progressing on the path of safety, securing this power is also seen with fear. Several disasters in the world are attributed to the use of this power and some European countries are now reconsidering their view on the nuclear plants. The disaster in Japan’s Fukushima was not the first and it won’t be the last……

will the peaceful nuclear energy programme be really safe in these countries of the region? Or will it become a pressure point again in the hands of the West?…

The consumer desire seems to be the reason behind the region’s ambition, and it is without focusing on the difficult and complex process of production. Peaceful nuclear energy may be an important and necessary power, but it needs more than signing import agreements to
enable it to move towards an integrated system.

Facing risk is more important than having access to energy. In Japan (the country that is highly developed in the region), the disaster crossed geographical boundaries despite accurate planning and intensive preparations. Where are we?

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