7 thoughts on “Japanese anti-nuclear movement gets stronger

  1. Anti-nuclear rally marches through capital

    JAPAN: Thousands of people formed “a human chain” around Japan’s parliament complex today to demand the government abandons nuclear power.

    Banging on drums and waving balloons and banners, protesters marched from a Tokyo park and lined up along the streets around the parliament building chanting: “Saikado hantai,” or “No to restarts,” and later lit candles.


  2. Fukushima owners get government £8bn bailout

    Tuesday 31 July 2012

    The Japanese utility that operates the nuclear power plant sent into meltdown by last year’s tsunami received a one-trillion yen (£8 billion) government bailout today, effectively putting it under government control.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) apologised for the “inconvenience and anxiety” from the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and for raising electricity charges to cover the costs of dealing with the crisis.

    The company still faces massive compensation demands from those forced to evacuate and whose land and products were contaminated by radiation following the disaster that began on March 11 last year.

    Tepco must also shoulder the enormous costs of decommissioning the three reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi that went into meltdown.

    In addition, it has to put into safe storage the nuclear fuel at a fourth reactor that is sitting in a less protected pool for spent-fuel rods after it was taken out of containment for a routine inspection.


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