Japan doing it’s routine shaking and quaking. Another 6.7 earthquake warns that Japan is no place for nuclear power stations. Japan’s apparently homicidal and suicidal government doesn’t care and is restarting more and more. Even shut-down they constitute a menace, not only to Japan but to other countries. Not satisfied with the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which still must be cleaned-up, and which has continued to belch lethal radionuclides into the environment by TEPCO’s own admission, PM Shinzo Abe-the Japanese government appear determined to experience another, or even an earthquake-volcano-nuclear disaster.
Mining Awareness 14th Jan 2016 read more »
Japan’s energy policy is facing major obstacles this year, as problems surrounding an experimental reactor threaten to foil long-laid plans to recycle nuclear fuel. The government is trying to develop a commercial fast-breeder nuclear reactor to recycle nuclear fuel and raise the energy self-sufficiency rate, currently at about 6 percent, of the world’s fifth-largest energy consuming country. The government has spent more than ¥1 trillion ($8.27 billion) on Monju, a prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor that remains under development. But ongoing safety problems have left the reactor idled for much of the time since it first achieved criticality in 1994. The Nuclear Regulation Authority has criticized the current operator, the government-backed Japan Atomic Energy Agency, for having made little progress in enhancing safety management even after a slew of safety problems led to a protracted halt in operations.
Japan Times 17th Jan 2016 read more »