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Shinzo Abe Prime Minister of Japan Addresses RUSI-SPF Conference on UK-Japan Relations – with added relevant link

Statement against “Designated Secrets Bill” from the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan (FCCJ) 海外記者クラブより秘密保護法案に反対の声明

When Social Democratic Party member Mizuho Fukushima asked lawmakers in the ruling party to explain the definition of “secret”, the reply she received alarmed her.  “What is considered secret,” she was told, “is secret”.
But information,” Fukushima insisted to the crowd of journalists attending the press conference, “is the currency of democracy.” [ Japans new secrecy bill was announced in October 2013 around the same time as this conference in the UK – Arclight2011 ]
https://nuclear-news.net/2013/11/18/statement-against-designated-secrets-bill-from-the-foreign-correspondents-club-of-japan-fccj-%E6%B5%B7%E5%A4%96%E8%A8%98%E8%80%85%E3%82%AF%E3%83%A9%E3%83%96%E3%82%88%E3%82%8A/

 

As it is well known, the U.K. and Japan enjoy a relationship in which we continually exchange and enhance information on a mutual basis as the interpretation and operation of the Law of the Sea evolves and develops.

I believe we are able to do this because the U.K. and Japan have, over a great many years, shared such fundamentals sustaining the law of the sea as the respect for freedom of navigation and public goods, in a way that is both profound and unshakeable.

In light of this, then, it must be said that great things are expected of the Japan-U.K. partnership also in the Northern Sea Route that is about to newly open up.

Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century

09:00, 30 Sep – 1 Oct 2013
Hotel Okura Tokyo, South Wing 2F, 2-10-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0001, Japan

https://www.rusi.org/events/past/ref:E523986CE3C7C7/info:public/infoID:E524AC5B28DC7F/

The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, delivered the keynote speech on UK -Japan Relations in a conference organised in Tokyo by RUSI and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Shinzo Abe RUSI-SPF Conference
Shinzo Abe delivering the speech with Professor Michael Clarke, RUSI, Director -General looking on.

笹川平和財団と英国王立防衛安全保障研究所は、2013年9月30日と10月1日に東

­京にて、日英安全保障協力会議を開催いたしました。会議では、英国王室のヨーク公(ア­ンドルー王子)ならびに安倍総理から基調講演をいただき、その後、日英の安全保障協力­の将来と日英協力が世界の安全保障体制に与える影響について、日英米の専門家による活­発な議論がなされました。

この会議の詳細につきましてはこちら(http://www.spf.org/event/article_9166…)をご覧ください。

The Speech

(This is a provisional translation of the speech)

Your Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am very grateful to have been invited to this splendid gathering to consider the history of Japan-U.K. bilateral relations and its future path.

I would like to express my respect to Dr. Chiaki Akimoto, Director of RUSI Japan as well as the many others at both RUSI and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation for their great efforts in convening this meeting.

We are very honoured to welcome His Royal Highness Prince Andrews, Duke of York today. I find his attendance here exceptionally gratifying as we advance the development of Japan-U.K. bilateral relations.

This year, the First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy is scheduled to visit Japan soon. As if to coincide with it, visiting Japan also is HMS Daring, one of the most advanced ships of the Royal Navy. It is very regrettable that Prince Andrew will not be able to view the joint activities that might be taking place between Daring and the JMSDF.

He could see how masterfully members of the JMSDF use semaphore, for example. I suppose that Prince Andrew, as a naval officer himself, could easily gain insight into the proficiency of the MSDF by simply viewing that, or other signalling actions such as lamps and mast flags.

Japan learned the A to Z of modern navy entirely from the U.K., and so there is no question that the members of the MSDF themselves should feel very much honoured and accomplished to conduct the joint exercise with the Royal Navy.
An anniversary year

This year marks the 400th year since the U.K. and Japan first encountered each other via the seas. It was the summer of 1613 when an East India Company ship arrived in Nagasaki and delivered to the retired shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and the second-generation shogun Hidetada gifts and formal correspondence from King James the First. Ieyasu received a telescope at this time, as I know it.

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In Tokyo thousands rally against nuclear power ahead of Fukushima anniversary

Thousands stage anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo ahead of Fukushima anniversary  ABC News 10 Mar 14Tens of thousands of Japanese citizens have turned out for an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo, as the nation prepares to mark the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. Demonstrators congregated at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park on Sunday, close to central government buildings, before marching around the national parliament.

They gathered to voice their anger at the nuclear industry and prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which has announced its intention to restart the Japan’s nuclear reactors after two years of inactivity.

“I felt it’s important that we continue to raise our voice whenever possible,” Yasuro Kawai, a 66-year-old businessman from Chiba prefecture, said.

“Today, there is no electricity flowing in Japan that is made at nuclear plants.

“If we continue this zero nuclear status and if we make efforts to promote renewable energy and invest in energy saving technology, I think it’s possible to live without nuclear (power).”……..

Fukushima disaster ‘continues today’....he plant remains volatile and engineers say it will take four decades to dismantle the crippled reactors..Protesters in Tokyo stressed that Japan can live without nuclear power as it has done so for many months while all of the nation’s 50 commercial nuclear reactors have remained offline due to tense public opposition to restarting them……http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-10/an-thousands-stage-anti-nuclear-rally-in-tokyo-ahead-of-fukushi/5309030

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Anti nuclear protests across UK

Wave of UK protests to mark anniversary of Fukuhima disaster http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2014/03/515841.html Camilla Berens | 09.03.2014 Opponents of nuclear power will be converging all over the UK to mark the third anniversary of the ongoing Fukushima disaster – and to highlight the precarious state of Britain’s own nuclear reactors. The recent spate of flooding has once again highlighted the vulnerability of the UK’s nuclear power stations. In particular, Hinkley Point nuclear power station is close to the centre of the recent floods and earthquake in Somerset.

A recent Defra report revealed that 12 of our 19 civil nuclear sites are at risk of flooding and costal erosion. Of these, 9 sites including Sizewell and Hartlepool nuclear power stations, are at immediate risk, the report concluded.
During the recent storms, residents in Morecambe Bay were alarmed to see waves breaching the flood defence wall of Heysham nuclear power station. On the third anniversary of the Fukushima tragedy (Tuesday 11th), they will be holding a vigil and presenting their fears about flooding and related radiation leaks to the plant’s operator, EDF Energy.

And while the stricken Fukushima Daiichi reactors continues to emit high levels of toxic radiation, there is growing concern about the increasing instability of the Europe’s ageing reactors. A new Greenpeace report warns that we are entering a ‘new era of risk’ as governments begin to extend the life of nuclear reactors beyond advised safety limits.

Camilla Berens, spokesperson for the Stop New Nuclear Alliance, says lessons must be learned from Fukushima. ‘Our hearts go out to the thousands of people affected by the ongoing disaster in Japan,’ she said. ‘If the Japanese nuclear industry can’t protect people from radiation poisoning, then no country can. The UK’s power stations are growing increasingly decrepit and our climate is getting more unpredictable. It’s a very worrying combination. We must take the lead from Germany and develop a new mindset for sustainable energy provision.’ 

During the Fukushima anniversary week, vigils, protests and marches will be taking place in central Bristol, Gloucestershire (opposite Berkeley and Oldbury nuclear power stations), Anglesey (opposite Wylfa nps), Cheshire (outside Capenhurst uranium enrichment plant) and Lancashire (University of Central Lancashire campus).

In London, a meeting will be held on Monday evening at the Houses of Parliament to discuss the effect of the Fukushima disaster three years on. A free concert for Japan will be held at St John’s church, Waterloo, on the 11th, followed by a vigil will outside the Japanese Embassy. A march will also take place through central London on Saturday 15th. Internationally, protests will be taking place in Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, Poland, Germany, France and Spain. 

Last week, 56 people were arrested across six European countries after 240 Greenpeace activists took part in actions calling for ageing nuclear powers stations to be closed down.

For more details on the UK protests, contact Camilla Berens on: 07811-451417
Defra’s report was leaked to The Guardian in 2012:  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/mar/07/uk-nuclear-risk-flooding/print
Greenpeace’s new report can be found here:  http://out-of-age.eu/
A list of international demos can be found here:  http://fukushimathirdanniversaryevents.blogspot.co.uk/
Details of Greenpeace’s European day of action can be found here:
 http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/ageing-nuclear-reactors/blog/48405/

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THREE YEARS AFTER: Radioactive waste piles up in Tokyo area with no place to go

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201403070026

March 07, 2014

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Kikuji Enomoto wanted to live his retirement in peace while helping to beautify his neighborhood, but he is now stuck residing near more than 500 tons of radioactive waste.

The waste, consisting of incinerator ash, is being stored at the Teganuma disposal site, about 800 meters from Enomoto’s home in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture. It is part of the thousands of tons of radioactive waste that remain in temporary storage in the Tokyo area nearly three years after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Enomoto, 73, has run out of patience waiting for the prefecture to decide on a final disposal site for the waste.

He heads a group of 32 residents who filed a lawsuit in January against the Chiba prefectural government, demanding that the radioactive waste temporarily stored in their neighborhood be removed immediately.

“A major problem would arise if the incinerator ash leaked out due to the effects of a natural disaster and contaminated the surrounding rice fields,” Enomoto said.

The temporarily stored waste contains more than 8,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram and has been designated for special processing.

At the end of last year, 12 prefectures were storing a total of 140,843 tons of the waste. The basic rule is to have each prefectural government find a final disposal site for radioactive waste produced within its jurisdiction through garbage incineration or sewage treatment.

The central government plans to build final disposal sites in five prefectures–including Chiba–that have a dearth of storage sites, but no significant progress has been made. The other seven prefectures have still not decided how to handle radioactive waste within their boundaries.

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Thyroid cancer incidence rising in Fukushima children

Fukushima Children Show Rise in Thyroid Cancer, Liberty Voice  by April Littleton on March 9, 2014Three years after the Fukshima Daiichi nuclear  Three years after the Fukshima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered a triple meltdown, doctors are seeing a significant rise of thyroid cancer in children and young adults. Last month, cases of thyroid cancer in individuals between the ages of  18 and below increased to 75. Out of those patients, 33 cases were confirmed to have cancer.

So far, doctors have tested 254,000 out of 375,000 Fukushima children. They will continue to be screened throughout their lives. Thyroid cancer usually affects one to two people per million. The individuals who develop the illness are within the age range of 10 to 14 years old.

According to the UN Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, more than 6,000 cases of thyroid cancer in children live in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Emeritus professor of Pathology at Cambridge University Dillwyn Williams noted that most of the radiation blew over the Pacific Ocean. The thyroid doses were low compared to Chernobyl………..

While the U.S. prepares for the radiation to drift in, Fukushima is still dealing with the aftermath. The rise in thyroid cancer in children is not only affecting the citizens physically, but mentally as well. Parents are dealing with mistrust and anxiety toward government officials. ….http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/fukushima-children-show-rise-in-thyroid-cancer/

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Opposition to uranium mining regroups

Uranium foes regroup: strategy is to attack mine at August hearing on water and tribal issues Rapid City Journal, 9 Mar 14 I n the wake of a recent setback for their cause, opponents of a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont are planning their strategy and gearing up for an August federal hearing, where they will attack the methods used by federal nuclear regulatory officials who have given initial approval to the mining plan………

Tribes raising concerns

The project, which would be about 15 miles northwest of Edgemont, would employ scores of in-situ mines — underground sites where the company would inject oxygenated water into the ground to absorb uranium. The water would then be pumped back to the surface, where uranium would be extracted and processed.

Mining opponents have a host of objections to the mine, but two main ones that will be heard in August deal with old Indian burial grounds and whether water polluted during the mining could spread through the region’s aquifers……..

Tribes raising concerns

The project, which would be about 15 miles northwest of Edgemont, would employ scores of in-situ mines — underground sites where the company would inject oxygenated water into the ground to absorb uranium. The water would then be pumped back to the surface, where uranium would be extracted and processed.

Mining opponents have a host of objections to the mine, but two main ones that will be heard in August deal with old Indian burial grounds and whether water polluted during the mining could spread through the region’s aquifers…….Aquifer questions

Parsons, the tribal attorney, said the project site also contains thousands of improperly closed boreholes from uranium exploration in the 1970s. He says that means the aquifers may not have “confined” the heavy metals activated by the mining so they do not stay within in a specific area……..http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/uranium-foes-regroup-strategy-is-to-attack-mine-at-august/article_55a915f5-893b-5041-abb3-ccf70d1b012d.html

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Pressure from residents to shut down Pilgrim Nuclear Plant.

Cape Cod Activists To Lobby Governor For Shutdown Of Pilgrim Nuclear Plant.CBS BostonMarch 9, 2014 BOSTON (AP) — Residents from across Cape Cod are planning to converge on the State House to call on Gov. Deval Patrick to help shut down the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth.

Activists are tying their visit Monday to the eve of the third anniversary of the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan.

Residents say they want Patrick to press the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shutter the plant. The commission voted in 2012 to relicense Pilgrim through 2032……..Patrick said last year that it was not clear to him that Massachusetts needs Pilgrim to meet all of the state’s electricity need…….http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/03/09/cape-cod-activists-to-lobby-governor-for-shutdown-of-pilgrim-nuclear-plant/

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Warren Buffett sees renewable energy as a sound investment

Buffett,WarrenHere’s Why Warren Buffett Is Betting Big on Renewable Energy The Motley Fool, 9 Mar 14  Berkshire Hathaway’s MidAmerican Energy’s deals with SunPower and Siemens offer a look into a big renewable future. Vestas shouldn’t be ignored, either.

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett……..Buffett’s success is also his ability to acknowledge that sometimes things dochange and that new competitive advantages can and must be built. MidAmerican Energy has been doing just that for the past nine years, working with companies like Siemens (NYSE: SI), SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR), and Vestas (NASDAQOTH:VWDRY) to add renewable energy to its mix in a big way. Renewables are becoming a huge — and growing — part of Berkshire’s competitive advantage at MidAmerican. Let’s take a closer look at how these companies are all expanding in the surge of demand for renewable energy with Berkshire and beyond.

Nine years in and just getting started
Buffett had this to say about renewables in his latest annual letter to shareholders:

From a standing start nine years ago, MidAmerican now accounts for 7% of the country’s wind generation capacity, with more on the way. Our share in solar — most of which is still in construction — is even larger… When our current projects are completed, MidAmerican’s renewables portfolio will have cost $15 billion. We relish making such commitments as long as they promise reasonable returns. And, on that front, we put a large amount of trust in future regulation.

Buffett’s team at MidAmerican aren’t making these investments in renewables just because they are good for the planet — though I’m sure that does play some role — these investments are being made because they are profitable, and offer durable advantages and reasonable returns. MidAmerican’s contribution to Berkshire’s 2013 earnings was $1.47 billion, up 11% from 2012.

SunPower’s deal with MidAmerican just one of many globally
SunPower’s big 2012 deal with MidAmerican — valued at between $2 billion and $2.5 billion — to construct two co-located solar farms in the California desert north of Los Angeles is well under way, having been recently synchronized to the grid and already producing 10% of the planned output. Not only will SunPower build the 579 MW facility, but it will also maintain it after completion.

SunPower has since signed a number of agreements to build solar farms around the world, including an 86 MW plant in South Africa it will build with majority shareholder Total; supplying the panels for a combined 96MWs at two plants in Japan — 69 MWs of which will be a single installation, and the country’s largest to date; and another deal with Total for a 70 MW plant in Chile. The company also recently completed a 250 MW facility in California for NRG Energy……….http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/03/09/heres-why-warren-buffett-is-betting-big-on-renewab.aspx

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Renewable energy revolution coming, with cheap battery storage

Disruptive change is a constant feature of capitalism. Railways ran coaching inns out of business. Electricity did for gas lighting, which had replaced oil lights, which replaced whale oil. The economistJoseph Schumpeter called it “creative destruction”. We are on the crest of another technological tsunami.

The good news is that this wave will make the planet safer, and our children’s future more secure

Cheap batteries will revolutionise the renewable energy market  The Guardian, Monday 10 March 2014   The big power companies will struggle to keep up as a solution emerges to the problem of storing wind and solar power  News this week, from opposite ends of the planet, that points to the convulsion of change about to hit the global economy.

The first report came from Palo Alto, California, headquarters of the Tesla electric car company. Tesla’s car produces no carbon emissions (so long as the electricity that charges its batteries is also low carbon). Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, announced it would invest in a $4bn-$5bn “gigafactory” doubling the world’sproduction of lithium-ion batteries. These power your mobile phone, but also Tesla’s high-end luxury electric cars. The objective is to cut battery prices by 30% in three years, and to halve them by 2020.

Since battery cost is the main obstacle to electric cars, this is potentially game-changing. It would allow electric cars with a 200-mile range to compete with the Ford Mondeo and not just the BMW 5-series (Tesla has already spurred the Bavarian luxury car-maker into an electric response)………..

Most fundamentally, it will make the transition to low-carbon electricity far easier. Renewables like solar and onshore wind are coming down dramatically in price – the industry forecasts they will be cheaper than grid electricity in most of the world by 2025 – but they have a key disadvantage: they do not produce electricity when people want it.

This matters. The UK is typical in having an enormous variation in electricity use through the day……..

Because solar and wind have no fuel costs, and you pay for the capital cost up front, their electricity is pumped into the grid regardless of price. With nearly a quarter of German electricity coming from renewables last year, the wholesale price of electricity can collapse on sunny, windy days. Sometimes power companies have to pay to deliver electricity to the grid. Since you cannot quickly shut down power stations this has cost the German utilities dear…………

Disruptive change is a constant feature of capitalism. Railways ran coaching inns out of business. Electricity did for gas lighting, which had replaced oil lights, which replaced whale oil. The economistJoseph Schumpeter called it “creative destruction”. We are on the crest of another technological tsunami.

The good news is that this wave will make the planet safer, and our children’s future more secure.http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/09/cheap-batteries-renewable-energy-market-big-power-companies-wind-solar-power

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Illinois’impressive achievements in renewable energy

Illinois – The Quiet Renewable Energy Achiever http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=421210 Mar 14, Since 2013, more than 90 Illinois towns and cities – representing 1.7 million people – have made the switch to 100% renewable electricity using Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).

Established in the state in 2009, CCA works a little like some of the recent electricity switching initiatives in Australia; helping local communities to pool their electricity purchasing power. This allows areas to then choose an electricity supplier; not only driving down the price of power, but also the type of energy supplied.

The Illinois experience has seen demand for energy sources such as wind and solar increase by over 6 terawatt hours (TWh) – enough to take 250,000 homes entirely off fossil fuel generated electricity.

“Illinois is showing what can happen when change at the local level is harnessed to create a collective movement, and I hope other states take notice;” said Senator Dick Durbin.

According to a new report released by WWF and partners; cities in five other states – California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Rhode Island – are also using this tool to boost renewable energy use.

“Without fanfare, 91 local governments in Illinois have decided that renewable electricity is the best option,” said WWF’s Keya Chatterjee. “No one knew this was happening, and I doubt anyone would have guessed. America’s green energy revolution is here; and it starts in Illinois.”

Leading from the Middle: How Illinois Communities Unleashed Renewable Energy can be downloaded here (PDF).

CCA’s also leverage the power of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), very similar to Australia’s renewable energy certificate system.

The report shows how communities can use CCAs to not only purchase RECs, but also invest in new renewable energy projects that create jobs and focus the social and environmental benefits in the local community.

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Renewable energy sectoe a big employer for women

More women employed in renewables than other energy sectors’ Energy Live News Mar 09, 2014   More than a quarter of employees in the renewable energy sector are women – a larger proportion than in the oil and gas or nuclear sectors, a new survey claims.

It suggests 28% of the workforce in the renewable energy industry in Scotland are female compared to 21% in the UK oil and gas sector and 18% in nuclear.

Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy for Scottish Renewables, which commissioned the survey said: “These findings would seem to suggest that renewable energy is attracting more women than other more established energy sectors.

“Having 28% of women working in renewables in Scotland is a good starting point for what we hope to be an increasing figure as the industry expands into emerging sectors such as wave, tidal and offshore wind.”

More than 540 companies were surveyed, with a total of 11,695 people employed in the Scottish renewables industry overall……http://www.energylivenews.com/2014/03/09/more-women-employed-in-renewables-than-other-energy-sectors/

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Kazakhstan to seal international nuclear fuel bank when nuclear reactor fuel rods are having problems?

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:5KlR4S5MzTIJ:www.bne.eu/story5773/Kazakhstan_to_seal_international_nuclear_fuel_bank+&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=ubuntu

Business News Europe

Cached version only available as it was quickly pulled..  “Management perception” in light of all the nuclear fuel rod incidents occurring in France, UK and the USA. Japans Daichi unit 3 exploded in a different way to the other units and contained some MOX plutonium and nuclear waste fuel rods, did this aggravate the explosion? or were the fuel claddings worn or damaged from running too hot for too long?

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February 18, 2014

Kazakhstan is in the final stages of talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on plans to host an international nuclear fuel bank.

As the range of countries investing into nuclear power plants grows, the bank will make it possible for them to buy fuel rather than setting up their own enrichment plants. The launch of the international bank then is designed to help prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

“Kazakhstan is to host the international bank for low-enriched uranium and the IAEA is currently finalizing negotiations on an agreement,” says a statement from the Kazakh ministry of foreign affairs. “We believe that the development of multilateral approaches to the nuclear fuel , including the creation of guaranteed nuclear fuel reserves will promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”

A final decision on the bank was expected in 2013, but talks are still ongoing, the statement added. Kazakhstan is the world’s leading uranium producer, and turned out 38% of global production last year. Seventeen uranium mining projects run in the country, 12 of them joint ventures with foreign partners.

Astana has offered the Soviet-built Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk, at the very eastern end of the country, as the site for the fuel bank, which will store and distribute low-enriched uranium internationally. In 2012, the head of state nuclear agency Kazatomprom claimed the plant is one of the safest places in the world for uranium storage.

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UK nuclear submarine fleet increases its costs with an undecided future after “high fuel burn up” test of prototype reactor at Dounreay – UK stakeholders ignored again!

…The big nuclear companies threatened DECC from withdrawing all co-operation concerning nuclear matters if they insisted on asking for information that was needed for the stakeholders to argue their points. So, DECC (And NDA) was actually blackmailed (By the “individual and other companies”)….

https://nuclear-news.net/2014/03/06/uk-nuclear-submarine-fleet-increases-its-costs-with-an-undecided-future-after-high-fuel-burn-up-test-of-prototype-reactor-at-dounreay-uk-stakeholders-ignored-again/

European Parliament asking akward questions concerning the fuel cladding on nuclear fuel rods

Parliamentary questions
28 February 2014
P-002367-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Werner Langen (PPE)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=WQ&reference=P-2014-002367&format=XML&language=EN
 Subject:  Fuel element cladding at the Cattenom nuclear power plant
In its issue of 14 February 2014 the Trierischer Volksfreund newspaper reported that the fuel element cladding at the Cattenom nuclear power plant had been examined and found to be actually or possibly damaged. If the cladding material were, say, severely corroded, fuel elements might need to be replaced ahead of time, and other problems could arise.1. Is the Commission aware that, according to French media reports, 25 out of the 58 French nuclear power plants have corroded fuel element cladding?

2. Has corrosion of fuel element cladding been known to occur at nuclear power plants, and have there been any proven cases at Cattenom?

3. Has risk analysis ever been brought to bear on what is one of the largest and most efficient, but also one of the oldest, nuclear power plants in France?

4. In the light of the stress testing of nuclear installations in Europe, how does the Commission view the safety implications of this type of corrosion?

5. Does corrosion damage of the kind described have to be reported to the International Energy Agency or neighbouring countries?

 

 

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AUDIO: The Role Of 1994 Nuclear AgreemAent In Ukraine’s Current Stat

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/09/288298641/the-role-of-1994-nuclear-agreement-in-ukraines-current-stateMarch 09, 2014 In 1994, Ukraine signed an agreement with the U.S., the UK and Russia under which it gave up its nuclear arsenal in return for certain assurances. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Steven Pifer, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, about the agreement.

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Singh’s nuclear deal attacked in India’s parliament

Yashwant Sinha questions nuclear seminar by ‘lame duck govt’TNN | Mar 10, 2014, NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday, asking him to call off or postpone a conference organized by Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) onnuclear non-proliferation for which the external affairs ministry has agreed to pay “Rs 80 lakh” since it is “ill-designed and ill timed,” when the country is going for elections.

“You are head of a lame duck government. General elections are round the corner. We are likely to have a new government and new prime minister in less than three months from now. …….

Questioning the purpose of the conference and hitting out at the PM’s pet nuclear deal with the US signed by UPA-1 which BJP opposed, Sinha said, “Your so called landmark nuclear deal with the US has already come a cropper. Not a single new nuclear reactor has been imported into India, much less installed. Not a single watt of nuclear power has been added as a result of this nuclear deal but India is still bound by all the commitments it has made to the US in the infamous 123 Agreement as well as the commitments it has made to the IAEA.”

He went on to ask the PM, “Is this conference another ploy to take India further along that dangerous path in the dying days if the UPA government?”

Sinha requested the PM to ask IDSA to “postpone this expensive seminar which is ill-designed and ill timed.”http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Yashwant-Sinha-questions-nuclear-seminar-by-lame-duck-govt/articleshow/31757771.cms

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Tokyo – 0309 NO NUKES DAY 原発ゼロ★大統一行動 ~福島を忘れるな!再稼働を許すな!~

Tokyo 9th March The first of many.

Over 30,000 marched in central Tokyo.

More pics here

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Published on 9 Mar 2014

2014年3月9日(日) 福島第一原子力発電所の事故から丸3年。
国会周辺において、首都圏反原発連合、さよなら原発1000万人アクション、原発をな­くす全国連絡会の呼びかけによる大集会、請願デモと国会包囲、大抗議が行われた。
参加者は、主催者側の発表によると3万2000人。

字幕に一部間違いがありました。
7:24 あたり、「ジンらムータwithリクルマイ」とあるのを「ジンタらムータwithリク­ルマイ」と訂正します。

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