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Until the Fukushima accident, Japan had 55 operating nuclear reactors as well as enrichment and reprocessing plants which had suffered a series of deadly accidents at its nuclear facilities resulting in the deaths of workers and releases of radioactivity into the environment and surrounding communities. Since the Fukushima disaster, there is growing opposition against re-opening those reactors closed for maintenance.

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Friday
Mar172017

Japanese Government and Utility Are Found Negligent in Nuclear Disaster

As reported by Motoko Rich in the New York Times. The article begins:

TOKYO — The Japanese government and the electric utility that operated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were negligent in not preventing the meltdowns in 2011 that forced thousands of people to flee the area, a district court in eastern Japan ruled on Friday.

It was the first time that a court determined that both the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, and the government bore responsibility for the nuclear disaster that followed a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The decision could influence dozens of similar lawsuits filed by close to 12,000 evacuated residents now living across the country.

More.

Thursday
Mar162017

As Fukushima nuclear catastrophe enters 7th year, please take action by signing petitions and spreading the word!

March 11, 2017 marked six years since the beginning of the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe. Please take action. Consider signing the following two petitions being circulated by friends and colleagues: Greenpeace International's "Stand in solidarity: Defend the human rights of Fukushima survivors"; and Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network's "No Olympics or Paralympics in Radioactive Fukushima." Learn more about the latest at Fukushima at Beyond Nuclear's Japan website section

Tuesday
Mar142017

Beyond Nuclear on Sojourner Truth Radio: Six Years Later, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster's Impact Continues

Beyond Nuclear was interviewed by Margaret Prescod on Sojourner Truth Radio on Pacifica. Here is the show summary:

Today, we commemorate Saturday's 6th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The disaster was triggered by an 9.0 earthquake followed by a tsunami. Contamination from the accident spread across the Pacific Ocean. Now the Japanese government is set to lift evacuation orders for the area surrounding Fukushima. Our guests are Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste watchdog at Beyond Nuclear, and Arnie Gunderson, nuclear power expert with Fairewinds.

Here is the link to the audio recording.

Monday
Mar132017

Beyond Nuclear on RT: Fukushima Safe?

Beyond Nuclear was interviewed by RT, regarding the ongoing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, six years after it began (3/11/11 to 3/11/17).

Saturday
Mar112017

Struggling With Japan’s Nuclear Waste, Six Years After Disaster

As reported by Motoko Rich in the New York Times.

The artice reports the following breakdown of radioactive waste categories and quantities:

400 tons of contaminated water per day (which has grown over the years into an inventory of 962,000 tons of contaminated water, stored in 1,000 giant tanks; this volume continues to grow by the day);

3,519 Containers of Radioactive Sludge;

64,700 Cubic Meters of Discarded Protective Clothing;

Branches and Logs From 220 Acres of Deforested Land;

200,400 Cubic Meters of Radioactive Rubble;

3.5 Billion Gallons of Soil;

1,573 [Irradiated, Highly Radioactive] Nuclear Fuel [Assemblies].