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Geiger Counter Investment Trust: Is uranium a precious metal or just too hot to handle?

….Prospects looked grim for nuclear energy around the world as Germany ditched its nuclear programme and the uranium price has drifted down to $34.50 a pound ever since, too low to get the miners digging at new sites such as Cigar Lake…

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/investing/article-2485118/Geiger-Counter-Investment-Trust-Is-uranium-precious-metal-just-hot-handle.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

2 November 2013

Daily mail

Turn back the clock seven years and those in the know were tipping uranium shares as hot one-way stocks, likely to generate powerful returns.

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And they were right for a while when the price of the ‘other yellow metal’ leapt from $35 a pound in 2006 to $135 in 2007.

The catalyst for the rise was a flood in the fledgling Cigar Lake mine in Saskatchewan, Canada – one of the world’s biggest uranium deposits – the year before, which triggered supply worries. But the market is very volatile, as shares in the Geiger Counter Investment Trust have shown.

Run by New City Investment Managers, based in Belgravia, London, it invests in about 50 uranium-based company shares.

Its own share price rose from 51p at the 2006 launch on the main market of the London Stock Exchange to 126¾p by 2007. But in the stock market crash the next year it fell to 12¼p.

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German, French, Spanish and Swedish “intelligence” get some help from GCHQ UK

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2 November 2013

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Services German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence have developed systems of mass surveillance of telephone and internet “closely” with the British agency GCHQ revealed Saturday Guardian.

The development of these systems goes back to the past five years, according to the British newspaper, which is based on documents obtained by the former U.S. intelligence consultant Edward Snowden, now living in Russia. These revelations come as Europe and Asia are undergoing controversy with the United States on the massive data collection by Washington, and Edward Snowden has highlighted the close collaboration between GCHQ and its U.S. counterpart The National Security Agency (NSA).

In a report on its European partners GCHQ from 2008 and quoted on Saturday by The Guardian, the British agency expressed “admiration for the technical capabilities” of German foreign intelligence service (BND). The BND has “a huge technological potential and good access to the heart of the internet – they are already monitoring of fiber optic cables 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit” per second, the report said. In 2012, GCHQ was that it can monitor cables of 10 gigabits per second, the newspaper said.

The Guardian also says that GCHQ “has played a key role in advising its European counterparts on how to circumvent national laws to limit the power of oversight of intelligence agencies.” “We help the BND to get reform (…) the very restrictive legislation on interception (Communications) in Germany,” explains the report GCHQ was quoted as saying.

In the case of France, although as noted in this document, the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) has “an account held advantage of its relationship with a telecommunications company, which is not named,” according The Guardian. GCHQ “hopes to take advantage of this relationship for its own operations,” the newspaper said, adding that GCHQ has trained members of DGSE for “multidisciplinary internet operations.”

Regarding Spain, the CNI proceeded, at least in 2008, the mass surveillance of communications on the internet via a British company. GCHQ also welcomes the adoption in 2008 of a law in Sweden to collect internet and telephone data transmitted by fiber optic cables. The revelations since June Edward Snowden caused considerable controversy in the United States and around the world on violations of civil liberties and privacy.

 

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IAEA team to visit Fukushima in November

http://www.houseofjapan.com/local/iaea-team-to-visit-fukushima-in-november-over-radioactive-water

3 November 2013

House of japan

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday its mission will visit the crippled nuclear plant in Japan’s Fukushima for fact-finding on problems including radioactive water leakage.

“We’re planning to send our peer-review mission in autumn, perhaps toward the end (of November),” Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, told reporters in Washington.That will be an IAEA mission on decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi plant and “it covers the contaminated water issues,” Amano said.

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LDP draft proposal for delayed Fukushima reconstruction realistic

A key issue is securing funds. Decontamination work alone is estimated to require several trillion yen. The government and ruling parties should waste no time considering matters, including revisions of the existing special law that requires TEPCO to reimburse the government for decontamination costs.

November 3, 2013

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000767809

The Yomiuri Shimbun How can the badly delayed work to reconstruct Fukushima Prefecture be accelerated? A proposal drafted by the Liberal Democratic Party could serve as a prescription for that.

An LDP task force, tasked with speeding recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, has drafted a package of measures, titled “Toward acceleration of reconstruction from the nuclear crisis.” The ruling party is expected to submit it to the government as early as next week.

Even two years and eight months after the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant broke out, about 150,000 remain evacuees. The LDP proposal is intended to urge the government to boost efforts to bring evacuees’ lives back to normal.

A key point in the draft is that the LDP has drawn up a plan to extend aid to people who plan to stay where they currently live or settle in new areas instead of returning home. The draft calls on the government to consider ways of compensating these people, such as by helping them obtain new homes easily.

Areas near the Fukushima nuclear power plant have been divided into three zones according to annual radiation exposure levels. The decontamination methodology has yet to be established for the zone with the highest radiation readings among the three, where residency is prohibited.

It is reasonable that the draft proposal prods the government to take a realistic view on the zone and as accurately as possible provide the prospects of residents’ return. This would help many evacuees decide whether to settle down in a new location or return home.

More people would give up rebuilding their old lives if they realize they will not be able to return home for many years.

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November 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Severely exposed workers increased double from July to September 2013

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The ratio of the Fukushima workers who had (external) exposure higher than 5mSv in September increased to be over as double as July.

This means the dangerous tasks significantly increased from this July.

The ratio of the workers who had over 5mSv of external exposure was 1.96% in July. It became 3.09% in August and it reached 4.36% this September.

On 11/1/2013, Tepco announced it was because the contaminated water related tasks increased since this Summer.

As contaminated water increase, more workers may be needed to the more dangerous tasks.

Severely exposed workers increased double from July to September 2013

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/betu13_j/images/131031j0201.pdf

 

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In short, they make you individual readers pay for this site while they pay nothing, and when they publish the “authorized news”, you pay for the “secondhand news”, which is nothing new for us.
This site is free for the individual readers, but not for corporations.In the world, this site is nearly the only source about Fukushima. I came here alone without any supporting organizations, background or anything. I’m not pleased to be exploited by the corporations that didn’t even properly report about Fukushima when 311 took place. I demand them to take a contact with me BEFORE reading this site whatever the purpose is.

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Le nombre de travailleurs gravement irradiés a doublé entre juillet et septembre 2013
Note : Si vous êtes de la grande presse internationale, ne lisez pas ce site sans avoir préalablement pris contact avec moi.

 

La fréquence de travailleurs de Fukushima dont l’exposition (externe) dépasse 5 mSv en septembre se révèle être au-dessus du double de celle de juillet.
Ceci signifie que le nombre de travaux dangereux a significativement augmenté depuis juillet dernier.
La proportion de travailleurs ayant reçu plus de 5 mSv d’irradiation externe était de 1,96 % en juillet. Elle passe à 3,09 % en août atteint 4,36 % en septembre dernier.
Le 1er novembre 2013, Tepco déclare que c’est à cause de l’augmentation de la fréquence de travaux liés aux eaux extrêmement radioactives depuis l’été dernier.
Plus les eaux extrêmement radioactives augmentent, plus on a besoin de travailleurs pour les travaux les plus dangereux.

Severely exposed workers increased double from July to September 2013

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/betu13_j/images/131031j0201.pdf

J’interdis à la grande presse internationale de lire et d’utiliser ce site sans préalablement prendre contact avec moi. Je sais que certaines grandes sociétés de presse lisent le Fukushima Diary pour comprendre la tendance et trouver quand rendre compte de la situation de Fukushima comme s’ils la suivaient indépendamment depuis longtemps.
En résumé, ils vous font payer à vous, simples lecteurs, ce qu’ils prennent gratuitement dans ce site et lorsqu’ils publient des “nouvelles de première main” vous payez pour des “nouvelles resucées”, qui n’ont rien de nouveau pour nous.
Ce site est gratuit pour les lecteurs individuels, pas pour les sociétés. Ce site est pratiquement la seule source au monde sur Fukushima. Je viens ici seul sans aucun soutien d’organisation quelconque, ni références, ni rien. Je n’apprécie pas de me faire exploiter par ces sociétés qui n’ont même pas été foutues de relater correctement ce qui se passait à Fukushima quand a eu lieu le mois de mars 2011. Je leur demande de prendre contact avec moi AVANT de lire ce site dans quelque but que ce soit.

November 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Study on IAEA website: Core meltdown risk now around 1,000% higher because of Fukushima — Engineer: Nuclear disaster “a certainty” over next 30 years in Europe

Published: November 2nd, 2013 at 5:49 pm ET
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Title: How did Fukushima-Dai-ichi core meltdown change the probability of nuclear accidents?
Source: Available from the INIS Liaison Officer for France
Authors: Escobar Rangel, Lina; Leveque, Francois
Date: October 2012

How to predict the probability of a nuclear accident using past observations? What increase in probability the Fukushima Dai-ichi event does entail? […] We find an increase in the risk of a core meltdown accident for the next year in the world by a factor of ten owing to the new major accident that took place in Japan in 2011. […]

Two months after the fukushima Dai ichi meltdown, a French newspaper published an article coauthored by a French engineer and an economist1. They both argued that the risk of a nuclear accident in Europe in the next thirty years is not unlikely but on the contrary, it is a certainty. They claimed that in France the risk is near to 50% and more than 100% in Europe. […]

The Fukushima Dai-ichi results in a huge increase in the probability of an accident. […]

The Fukushima Dai-ichi effect of [delta] 43 could appear as not realistic. In fact, at first glance the triple meltdown seems very specific and caused by a series of exceptional events. For most observers, however, the Fuskushima Dai-ichi accident is not a black swan. […] It has also been ignored by the nuclear safety agency NISA because as well-demonstrated now the Nippon agency was captured by the nuclear operators (Gundersen (2012)). [Gundersen, A. (2012), The echo chamber: Regulatory capture and the fukushima daiichi disaster, Technical report]

[…] Unfortunately, it is likely that several NPPs in the world have been built in hazardous areas, have not been retrofitted to take into account better information on natural risks collected after their construction, and are under-regulated by a non-independent and poorly equipped safety agency as NISA. […]  a massive release of radioactive elements from a nuclear power plant into the environment is no longer a risk limited to a few unstable countries where scientific knowledge and technological capabilities are still scarce. […]

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Toxic nuclear waste dumped illegally by the Mafia is blamed for surge in cancers in southern Italy

By Hannah Roberts In Rome

 


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Toxic nuclear and industrial waste, dumped illegally by the Neapolitan mafia, is responsible for a surge in cancers in southern Italy, it is feared.
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The Italian Senate is investigating a link between buried pollutants and a rise of almost 50 per cent in tumours found in the inhabitants of several towns around Naples.

In classified documents from 1997, only now released to the public, a mafia kingpin warned authorities that the poison in the ground would kill everyone ‘within two decades’.

Camorra chief Francesco Schiavone, once the world’s number one mafia fugitive, said: ‘The inhabitants are all at risk of dying from cancer within twenty years.

‘In towns like Casapesenna, Casal di Principe, Castel Volturno, and so on, they have, perhaps, twenty years to live. In fact I don’t think anyone will survive.’

Doctors first noticed that cancers in towns around Naples were on the rise in the 1990s. But since that time they have increased by 40 per cent in women and 47 per cent in men.

The illegal trafficking of hazardous waste came to light in 1997 when Francesco’s cousin, Carmine Schiavone, was overcome by guilt at the environmental damage he and others were inflicting, and decided to turn super-grass.

Francesco Schiavone was arrested and eventually given a life sentence for a string of murders.

In secret out-of-court testimony he told lawyers how the Casalesi clan ran ‘a military style operation’ dumping millions of tonnes of waste on farmland, in caves, in quarries and even on the edge of towns.

The mafia family also disposed of contaminated waste in Lake Lucrino and all along the coast.

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November 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Statement: Japanese civil society requests that the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on Fukushima be revised 日本の64の市民団体が福島事故に関しての国連科学の報告内容を改訂するよう要請

Friday, 1 November 2013

(Source)  www.http://hrn.or.jp/eng/a tivity/area/worldwide/japanese-civil-society-requests-that-the-reports-of-the-united-nations-scientific-committee-on-fukus/

[If you get a 404 ERROR on this link please get to the report from this  http://www.hrn.or.jp/eng/

Joint Statement
The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) is about to submit a report on Fukushima to the United Nations General Assembly.
Human Rights Now, along with 63 Japanese civil society organizations, has issued a statement requesting UNSCEAR, and the General Assembly Fourth Committee to revise the report and its finding from a human rights perspective.
The statement outlines the case for a more cautious approach to low level radiation exposure in order to help protect the most vulnerable people after the Fukushima nuclear accident.
UNSCEAR_Statement_Submission (PDF)
24 October 2013 
Japanese civil society requests that the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on Fukushima be revised
1. Concern for the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee
The United Nations Scientific Committee has inserted the results of investigations on the effects of radiation exposure from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Number 1 into its report, which will be submitted to the 68th session being held at the moment.
We, the undersigned civil society organizations in Japan  express  serious concern that the results of these investigations contain some problems in terms of objectivity, independence, and accuracy, and that the underestimation of the effects of radiation exposure could have negative effects on the human rights and protection of citizens.
We request that the United Nations Scientific Committee and the United Nations General Assembly Forth Committee revise the reports  from a human rights perspective to protect the most vulnerable people based on careful and sufficient deliberations.
The parts of the reports  which include the foremost concerns of Human Rights Now are outlined as follows:
·         “The doses to the general public, both those incurred during the first year and estimated for their lifetimes, are generally low or very low. No discernible increased incidence of radiation-related health effects are expected among exposed members of the public or their descendants.” (para. 39)
·         ”For adults in Fukushima Prefecture, the Committee estimates average lifetime effective doses to be of the order of 10 mSv or less, and first-year doses to be one third to one half of that. While risk models by inference suggest increased cancer risk, cancers induced by radiation are indistinguishable at present from other cancers. Thus, a discernible increase in cancer incidence in this population that could be attributed to radiation exposure from the accident is not expected. An increased risk of thyroid cancer in particular can be inferred for infants and children.” (para. 40)
2. The lack of independent investigation
Firstly, the United Nations Scientific Committee has never officially visited Fukushima prefecture to investigate after the Fukushima nuclear accident. The estimate by the committee of health effects, contamination, and the radiation exposure of workers at the nuclear plant from radioactive substances are based only on data given by the Japanese Government and Fukushima prefecture.
[…]
3. The conclusion of the Committee lacks accuracy
culates that the risk for thyroid cancer for infants needs to be increased, they do not expect an increase in risks for other kinds of cancer. This contradicts the results of current epidemiological research which indicates health effects of low-level radiation. The Radiation Effects Research Foundation has released results of new LSS reports that collect reports from 1950 to 2003 on the atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This research indicates that the excess relative risk for all solid cancer increases with even low-level doses of radiation.
In research conducted by Cardis on six hundred thousand nuclear plant workers in 15 countries, the death rate of nuclear plant workers who are exposed to an average annual dose of 2mSv radiation  is high.
The International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, including BEIR, supports the linear no-threshold model, which portrays low dose exposure that is 100 mSv or less as a risk to health and does not negate health effects due to low-level radiation exposure.
The collective reports of approximately six hundred and eight thousand young patients who received computed tomographic scanning in Australia showed that leukemia, brain tumors, thyroid cancer and many other cancers have increased, and the infection rate has increased by an average of 1.24 overall. Also, from a case-control study on natural background radiation level exposure, it seems clear that as accumulated gamma-ray exposure increases, the risk of leukemia increases relatively, and if it exceeds 5mGy, the minimum of 95% confident interval exceeds one share and becomes significant. Moreover, with over 10mGy, the risk of cancer excluding leukemia also […]
4. Inconsistency with other views
The United Nations Scientific Committee observes that there is little risk to health by radiation in Fukushima. However, this view differs greatly from the prospects which are included in the reports regarding […]
5. The actual conditions in Fukushima
[…]
Soon after the nuclear plant accident in Fukushima, the Japanese government relaxed the limit on radiation exposure from less than 1mSv to 20 mSv a year and decided to set this limit as a standard for issuing evacuation advisories. As a result, many people, including children, infants and pregnant women, have been forced to live in high level radiation exposure areas with no support to evacuate, migrate or protect themselves from radiation exposure with sufficient health measures.
The’Chernobyl Concept’, which was established by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991 and was followed in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, designated areas where additional exposure is more than 5 mSv/year as an ‘evacuation area’, and it provides the people who lived there with support and compensation for the lives they were forced to abandon in order to evacuate.
[…]
6. The reports by Mr. Anand Grover should be reflected and considered
[…]
7. Conclusion
As stated above, we, the civil society, request that the United Nations Scientific Committee and the United Nations General Assembly Forth Committee revise the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee from a human rights perspective to take a more cautious approach with regards to low level radiation exposure to protect the most vulnerable people based on careful and sufficient deliberations.

Contact:
Human Rights Now                           www.hrn.or.jp/eng
7F   Creative One Akihabara Buiding
5-3-4, Ueno Taito, Tokyo, Japan
Email: info@hrn.or.jp
Tel +81-3-3835-2110  Fax +81-3-3834-1025
Human Rights Now(HRN) is an international human rights NGO based in Japan with ECOSOC special consultative status. HRN works for promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, with special focus in Asia.

(Source) http://hrn.or.jp/eng/activity/area/worldwide/japanese-civil-society-requests-that-the-reports-of-the-united-nations-scientific-committee-on-fukus/v
Joint Statement
The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) is about to submit a report on Fukushima to the United Nations General Assembly.
Human Rights Now, along with 63 Japanese civil society organizations, has issued a statement requesting UNSCEAR, and the General Assembly Fourth Committee to revise the report and its finding from a human rights perspective.
The statement outlines the case for a more cautious approach to low level radiation exposure in order to help protect the most vulnerable people after the Fukushima nuclear accident.
UNSCEAR_Statement_Submission (PDF)
24 October 2013 
Japanese civil society requests that the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee on Fukushima be revised
1. Concern for the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee
The United Nations Scientific Committee has inserted the results of investigations on the effects of radiation exposure from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Number 1 into its report, which will be submitted to the 68th session being held at the moment.
We, the undersigned civil society organizations in Japan  express  serious concern that the results of these investigations contain some problems in terms of objectivity, independence, and accuracy, and that the underestimation of the effects of radiation exposure could have negative effects on the human rights and protection of citizens.
We request that the United Nations Scientific Committee and the United Nations General Assembly Forth Committee revise the reports  from a human rights perspective to protect the most vulnerable people based on careful and sufficient deliberations.
The parts of the reports  which include the foremost concerns of Human Rights Now are outlined as follows:
·         “The doses to the general public, both those incurred during the first year and estimated for their lifetimes, are generally low or very low. No discernible increased incidence of radiation-related health effects are expected among exposed members of the public or their descendants.” (para. 39)
·         ”For adults in Fukushima Prefecture, the Committee estimates average lifetime effective doses to be of the order of 10 mSv or less, and first-year doses to be one third to one half of that. While risk models by inference suggest increased cancer risk, cancers induced by radiation are indistinguishable at present from other cancers. Thus, a discernible increase in cancer incidence in this population that could be attributed to radiation exposure from the accident is not expected. An increased risk of thyroid cancer in particular can be inferred for infants and children.” (para. 40)
2. The lack of independent investigation
Firstly, the United Nations Scientific Committee has never officially visited Fukushima prefecture to investigate after the Fukushima nuclear accident. The estimate by the committee of health effects, contamination, and the radiation exposure of workers at the nuclear plant from radioactive substances are based only on data given by the Japanese Government and Fukushima prefecture.
[…]
3. The conclusion of the Committee lacks accuracy
culates that the risk for thyroid cancer for infants needs to be increased, they do not expect an increase in risks for other kinds of cancer. This contradicts the results of current epidemiological research which indicates health effects of low-level radiation. The Radiation Effects Research Foundation has released results of new LSS reports that collect reports from 1950 to 2003 on the atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This research indicates that the excess relative risk for all solid cancer increases with even low-level doses of radiation.
In research conducted by Cardis on six hundred thousand nuclear plant workers in 15 countries, the death rate of nuclear plant workers who are exposed to an average annual dose of 2mSv radiation  is high.
The International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, including BEIR, supports the linear no-threshold model, which portrays low dose exposure that is 100 mSv or less as a risk to health and does not negate health effects due to low-level radiation exposure.
The collective reports of approximately six hundred and eight thousand young patients who received computed tomographic scanning in Australia showed that leukemia, brain tumors, thyroid cancer and many other cancers have increased, and the infection rate has increased by an average of 1.24 overall. Also, from a case-control study on natural background radiation level exposure, it seems clear that as accumulated gamma-ray exposure increases, the risk of leukemia increases relatively, and if it exceeds 5mGy, the minimum of 95% confident interval exceeds one share and becomes significant. Moreover, with over 10mGy, the risk of cancer excluding leukemia also […]
4. Inconsistency with other views
The United Nations Scientific Committee observes that there is little risk to health by radiation in Fukushima. However, this view differs greatly from the prospects which are included in the reports regarding […]
5. The actual conditions in Fukushima
[…]
Soon after the nuclear plant accident in Fukushima, the Japanese government relaxed the limit on radiation exposure from less than 1mSv to 20 mSv a year and decided to set this limit as a standard for issuing evacuation advisories. As a result, many people, including children, infants and pregnant women, have been forced to live in high level radiation exposure areas with no support to evacuate, migrate or protect themselves from radiation exposure with sufficient health measures.
The’Chernobyl Concept’, which was established by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991 and was followed in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, designated areas where additional exposure is more than 5 mSv/year as an ‘evacuation area’, and it provides the people who lived there with support and compensation for the lives they were forced to abandon in order to evacuate.
[…]
6. The reports by Mr. Anand Grover should be reflected and considered
[…]
7. Conclusion
As stated above, we, the civil society, request that the United Nations Scientific Committee and the United Nations General Assembly Forth Committee revise the reports of the United Nations Scientific Committee from a human rights perspective to take a more cautious approach with regards to low level radiation exposure to protect the most vulnerable people based on careful and sufficient deliberations.

Contact:
Human Rights Now                           www.hrn.or.jp/eng
7F   Creative One Akihabara Buiding
5-3-4, Ueno Taito, Tokyo, Japan
Email: info@hrn.or.jp
Tel +81-3-3835-2110  Fax +81-3-3834-1025
Human Rights Now(HRN) is an international human rights NGO based in Japan with ECOSOC special consultative status. HRN works for promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, with special focus in Asia.

November 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Japan’s Prime Minister energetically marketing nuclear reactors to Asia and Middle East

Abe,-Shinzo-nuke-1Under Abe, the government has also agreed to start discussing a nuclear energy pact with Saudi Arabia ….The government hopes that the contract with Turkey will improve Japan’s chances in winning competition for nuclear power projects in Vietnam, India and Russia,

In a speech at an International Olympic Committee meeting in September before the IOC members picked Tokyo to host the 2020 Games, Abe said, “The situation is under control,” referring to the radioactive water problem.

“How dare he sell nuclear power plants abroad when he has not been able to bring an accident under control?”

Buy-Japan's-nukes-2 Abe leads nuclear plant exports while problems pile up at home Asahi Shimbun October 31, 2013 As the Abe administration crows about Japan’s first nuclear plant export after the 2011 disaster, it continues to face the daunting tasks of containing radioactive water at the stricken Fukushima plant and cleaning up contaminated communities.

“I’m delighted that commercial negotiations on a nuclear plant contract have been completed and an agreement has been reached,” a beaming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference in Istanbul on Oct. 29. Continue reading

November 2, 2013 Posted by | Japan, marketing | 1 Comment

USA to promote nuclear energy at same time as helping fix Fukushima

He [Former nuclear executive, now Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz] said a U.S.-Japan commission to strengthen co-operation in civil nuclear research and development, as well as Fukushima cleanup, emergency response, and regulatory issues, will meet in Washington next week.

Moniz,-ErnestFukushima nuclear plant operator to work with U.S. in cleanup effort Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press  CTV News, November 1, 2013 TOKYO – The utility operating Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant said Friday that it will work with the U.S. Department of Energy in decommissioning the site and in dealing with radioactive water problems.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose said he agreed to accept U.S. help in discussions with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as they visited the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on Friday to inspect preparations to remove fuel rods from a storage pool……..Following criticism of its perceived reluctance to accept foreign help, Japan has recently begun to show more willingness to do so.

Operators of the plant are currently making final preparations to remove fuel rods from an uncovered cooling pool at Unit 4 — one of four reactor buildings damaged in the crisis, and the one considered at highest risk. Removing the fuel rods from the cooling pool is the first major step in a decommissioning process at the plant that is expected to take decades.

The fuel removal at Unit 4 was given preliminary approval by Japanese regulators on Wednesday and is to start by mid-November following a final go-ahead……. “As Japan continues to chart its sovereign path forward on the cleanup at the Fukushima site and works to determine the future of their energy economy, the United States stands ready to continue assisting our partners in this daunting yet indispensable task,” Moniz said in a statement late Friday. He said a U.S.-Japan commission to strengthen co-operation in civil nuclear research and development, as well as Fukushima cleanup, emergency response, and regulatory issues, will meet in Washington next week.

Despite public concerns over potential risks of radiation from the plant, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has pushed for a restart of the country’s nuclear reactors, which are currently all offline for safety checks. Moniz said he expects nuclear power will remain a crucial part of the energy mix as the world tries to mitigate global warming…… TEPCO also has appointed a former U.S. regulator who led the cleanup of the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in the United States as an adviser. : http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/fukushima-nuclear-plant-operator-to-work-with-u-s-in-cleanup-effort-1.1523949#ixzz2jWW8FrQZ

November 2, 2013 Posted by | Japan, politics international, USA | 1 Comment

Nuclear Affordability Depends on Massive Subsidies: let’s end them

End Taxpayer Subsidies for Nuclear Power Veterans Today,  By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, 31 Oct 13 One week we learn the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has contaminated the entire North Pacific with via the daily discharge of  300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean. The following week we learn that Britain has approved the first new, “totally safe” nuclear power plant in 35 years, at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The snow job being perpetrated on the British and American public is that nuclear energy creates electricity without emitting carbon dioxide and that it’s cheaper than renewable energy. Neither is true.

A Little Problem of Nuclear Waste

Nuclear energy only looks cheap and carbon neutral if you take plant construction and nuclear waste disposal out of the equation. The US, British, French, Chinese and other governments driving the current nuclear renaissance don’t want you to think about nuclear waste disposal. This is because the technology required to safely neutralize and store spent plutonium that remains radioactive for 10,000 years has yet to be invented.

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Finland has come the closest, with the launch of a $3 billion excavation of an underground depository at Onkalo. Since the US site at Yucca Mountain was defunded in 2010, most countries have been leaving their spent fuel rods lying around in containment pools. At Fukushima, the spent rods were on the roof of the stricken reactors – before they melted down and spewed immeasurable amounts of radiation into the air and groundwater. In Britain, most nuclear “decommissioning” happens at a former nuclear weapons site called Sellafield. Despite a government allocation of more than ₤67 billion to the facility, the spent rods are still lying around in open pools. No one can figure out what to do with them.

Nuclear Affordability Depends on Massive Subsidies

Aside from the unsolvable nuclear waste dilemma, nuclear power plants are also incredibly expensive to build, owing to extensive  safety/containment requirements. None have been built anywhere without major government subsidies. Prime Minister David Cameron boasts that Hinkley Point will be the very first to be constructed without government support. Instead of committing taxpayer funds to its construction, Cameron is guaranteeing that British consumers will pay a price for Hinkley Point power that is double what they currently pay.

At present the British public pay an average of ₤0.05 (7 ½ US cents) per kilowatt hour (kwh) for electricity produced by existing coal and gas powered plants. In sealing the deal with the French-Chinese consortium building Hinkley Point, Cameron has locked British consumers into paying twice that – ₤0.092 or 14 cents per kwh – when Hinkley Point comes on line in 2023.

Deceptive Claims About Renewable Energy

Cameron’s claims that the above price will be competitive with renewable energy are also extremely deceptive. Fossil-fuel based electricity continuously increases in price over time. This is due to growing oil and gas scarcity and the prohibitive cost of clean coal technology. In contrast, renewable energy costs keep coming down, as cheaper technologies come to market and increased volume slashes per-unit production costs.

Already the price the British government (and the BBC) cites for solar energy is out of date. They incorrectly list the current cost of British-produced solar electricity at ₤0.125 (19 cents) per kwh. However, thanks to the recent availability of cheap Chinese photovoltaic cells (PVCs), a British solar unit installed in 2013 produces electricity for 11 cents per kwh. This rate is expected to drop as low as 3 cents per kwh in coming years – and even lower as cheaper alternatives to silicon come on board. In Seattle, the cost of solar-based electricity is already down to 7 cents per kwh.

Ignoring the Cheapest Renewable Sources……..

Obama’s Nuclear Obsession

Obama, of course, is even more pro-nuclear than his British counterpart. According to Zero Hedge, his 2013 energy policy includes $14-16 billion dollars in loan guarantees for 8,400 Megawatts of new nuclear power. In other words, six or seven new nuclear plants. This is despite warnings by Congressional Budget office of a 50 percent risk contractors will default on their loans. According to the CBO:

“The key factor accounting for the risk is that we expect that the plant would be uneconomic to operate because of its high construction costs, relative to other electricity generation sources.”

As usual, Obama is less concerned about taxpayers than his friends in the nuclear industry who helped finance his political careerhttp://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/10/31/end-taxpayer-subsidies-for-nuclear-power/

November 2, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, business and costs | Leave a comment

World Nuclear Industry Status Report explodes the nuclear ‘renaissance’ hype

As always in the face of failure, the industry puts forth new designs as a basis for new promises, now touting small modular reactors with the same fervour with which it touted large, partially modular reactors a decade ago. Congress finds a few hundred million to preserve these dreams even as its cutbacks shatter so many others.

In the astonishing persistence of the global appetite for false nuclear promises lies the critical importance of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report,

fairy-godmother-1Nuclear Renaissance Was Just a Fairy Tale http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/nuclear-renaissance-was-just-a-fairy-tale  2013•07•12 Peter Bradford Vermont Law School Nuclear power requires obedience, not transparency. The gap between nuclear rhetoric and nuclear reality has been a fundamental impediment to wise energy policy decisions for half a century now.

For various reasons, in many nations the nuclear industry cannot tell the truth about its progress, its promise or its perils. Its backers in government and in academia do no better.

Rhetorical excess from opponents of nuclear power contributes to the fog, but proponents have by far the heavier artillery. In the US, during the rise and fall of the bubble formerly known as “the nuclear renaissance”, many of the proponents’ tools have been on full display. Continue reading

November 2, 2013 Posted by | spinbuster, USA | Leave a comment

$400 billion for USA nuclear weapons upgrade?

missile-money“That program is unaffordable, unrealistic and unnecessary because there are cheaper alternatives to extend the life of the weapon,” 

US readies for $400 bln nuclear arms upgrade Rt.com : November 01, 2013 
High-ranking Pentagon officials told members of Congress this week that the United States is in dire need of billions of dollars’ worth of upgrades to the country’s arsenal of antiquated atomic warheads.

Before a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, United States Department of Defense officials said the US must spend at least a decade working to revitalize the high-power weapons, and insisted that doing otherwise could be detrimental to the country’s national security.

Madelyn R. Creedon, the assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, insisted to lawmakers that the US is obligated to move forward with plans to invest a tremendous amount of time and money into the program, because the repercussions of not doing so would be not worth risking.

“Modernization work of this kind is expensive, but there is no doubt that the investment … is necessary,” Creedon said, according to Reuters’ David Alexander. Continue reading

November 2, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Fukushima workers speak out on conditions and criminal connections

Workers include people sent here by yakuzas for their debts and down and out yakuzas themselves. The site is full of yakuzas and rank amateurs…

Anonymous Fukushima Workers: We dumped untested water last typhoon, could be criminal — ‘Landmines’ of extremely high radiation at many locations — Very worrying that I’m getting sick more now — “Site full of yakuza & rank amateurs” http://enenews.com/anonymous-fukushima-workers-dumped-untested-water-during-last-typhoon-could-be-criminal-landmines-extremely-high-radiation-many-locations-very-worrying-im-getting-sick-site-full-yakuza-rank October 31st, 2013  
 
Excerpts from an Oct. 22, 2013 report in Shukan Gendai with translation by EX-SKF:

Worker A, man in his 30s from Kanagawa Prefecture, volunteered to work at Fukushima I NPP right after the accident
The skilled workers […] work closer to the reactors, and they exceed the limit in one to two weeks.
Worker B, man in his 40s from Osaka Prefecture, commutes to the plant from his dorm in Iwaki City

I’m working with […] a former worker at a pub in Shinjuku, a life guard at a swimming pool, a cram school teacher, a truck driver. In other words, rank amateurs. There is no skilled worker. […] Continue reading

November 2, 2013 Posted by | Fukushima 2013 | Leave a comment

The secrets of the Trans Pacific Partnership

The first language in both these deals goes something along the lines with, “All signatories are required to make their laws and regulations conform to the standards of this agreement.” They are literally required to make their nation-based laws subordinate to the terms of these agreements. 

Quebec has an anti-fracking prohibition to protect the Saint Lawrence River Valley. There’s a US company that’s suing $250 million. And if they win that case before the special panel, the Quebec government will have to pay that amount. Under the TPP, you’ll see an enormous expansion of that kind of power.

One of the aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is it’s an everyone-but-China deal. One of the intentions of the deal is to isolate China. So if you think isolating China is a good thing, then that would be a reason to support the deal.

see-this.wayVIDEO: Yves Smith and Dean Baker on Secrets in Trade http://billmoyers.com/segment/yves-smith-and-dean-baker-on-secrets-in-trade/  TRANSCRIPT of VIDEO  November 1, 2013  Let’s turn now to another big story most of us know even less about than drones. TPP — the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s a trade agreement the United States is negotiating with Australia, Canada, Japan andeight other countries in the Pacific region. If you don’t know about the TPP, and few do, it’s because the powerful people behind it — including President Obama — don’t want you to know.

The negotiations are shrouded in secrecy, and once they are completed, Obama wants to rush the agreement through Congress — fast-tracking, they call it — with our elected representatives given the choice only of voting it up or down. Last year, over 130 members of Congress asked the White House for more transparency about what’s being negotiated, and were essentially told to go fly a kite. You can be sure of this, however: a select group of corporate partners — companies like General Electric, Goldman Sachs, and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant — are not likely to be in the dark. Players like these stand to be the real beneficiaries of the agreement, because like other so-called “free trade” agreements, TPP actually will reward those at the top, even as it creates rules to override domestic laws on the environment, workplace safety, and investment. Corporate lobbyists already are lining up in Washington to ram the agreement through once the White House hurries it out of the delivery room. How do we know this? Because some vigilant independent watchdogs are tracking the negotiations, with sources they trust, and two are with me now. Continue reading

November 2, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment