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Can the US Learn from Fukushima? PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

Nassrine Asmi, writing for the New York Times wonders what Fukushima will teach the US.  

"Fukushima — which means “Happy Island” — is stirring renewed introspection in a country that was twice attacked by atomic bombs yet chose to promote nuclear energy as the ultimate triumph of science and technology. So it is to the government’s credit that it has resolved to take a new look at the full range of its energy policy options. News coverage of Fukushima, particularly in-depth work by the national broadcaster NHK, has prompted not just solidarity and empathy with the victims, but a nation-wide conversation about energy. Every dinner gathering seems filled with an exchange of tips on what we can do to reduce our energy consumption (the magical goal being 30 percent, the share of nuclear power in the national energy portfolio). And everyone seems engaged in the debate."

Read the full article here.

UN to Convene Summit about Nuclear Safety PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

A CNN-IBN article reports that "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday said he would convene a high-level summit to discuss world atomic safety in New York in the wake of an accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant.  'The September 22 high-level meeting will build on the forthcoming IAEA Conference in June in Vienna that will address measures needed to enhance nuclear safety in the wake of Fukushima,' Ban told a UN conference on reducing disaster risk here."

You can read the full article here.

Japan to Obtain Half Its Energy from Renewable Sources PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

Mary Yamaguchi, writing for the Associated Press, reports that "Japan will scrap a plan to obtain half of its electricity from nuclear power and will instead promote renewable energy and conservation as a result of its ongoing nuclear crisis."

You can read the full article here.

Japan Scraps Plan for New Nuclear Plants PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

According to Martin Fackler from the New Your Times, "Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that Japan would abandon plans to build new nuclear reactors, saying his country needed to “start from scratch” in creating a new energy policy.  Mr. Kan’s announcement came as Japan allowed residents of evacuated areas around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to briefly revisit their homes for the first time since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March caused the nuclear accident."  

You can read the full article here.

Where is All the Radiation Going PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update
Fairewinds' founder Maggie Gundersen interviews environmental scientist and professional engineer Marco Kaltofen about his ongoing analysis of radioactive fallout from Fukushima.  You can watch that video here.
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