Saturday, August 15, 2015

Nuclear Japan

August is when Japan and the world remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Most people now pray for peace and safety.

This August, 70 years after the end of WWII, the industrialist-supported LDP rammed through the restart of Japan's only operating nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (川内原子力発電所) after all nuclear plants were closed in response to the Fukushima disaster.

The nuclear industry pushed unrelentingly for restart: achieved 11 Aug. 2015. The nuclear plant is as far from Tokyo as you can get on Japan's main islands -- about 1400 km (900 miles). Worryingly, this Kagoshima Sendai Nuclear Plant is only some 30 miles from highly-active Sakurajima volcano -- where today the local government issued regional evacuation warnings. Kagoshima City (pop. 600,000) sits between these two threats - exposed within minutes of eruption to the disastrous dangers of a pyroclastic flow.

Industry boffins claim there's no grounds for worry (link) -- but of course there is danger, and when trouble happens (as with Fukushima & TEPCO) the profiteers quickly run away claiming "who coulda known?" ...

If Japan suffers nuclear disaster again, the 2020 Olympics will need new hosting ... Tokyo bureaucrats can't handle the responsibility...