Japan Shutting Down All Nuclear Power Stations By May 2012.
Anti Nuclear Protests in Tokyo and other places have had a positive effect. These demonstrations which demand the closure of all Japam’s nuclear power stations sees common sense at last prevailing in Japan.
The Fukushima power stations were so badly damaged last year after the earthquake and consequent tsunami, that they were shut down. But dangerous levels of radiation are still being emitted from these defunct nuclear reactors. Closing the plants does not eliminate the radiation problem and so a large area surrounding these nuclear reactors still remains too toxic for people to live in and grow food, even a year later.
The whole area of Fukushima has been made redundant because of damage to the nuclear power plants. This reality has caused massive anti-nuclear protests in Tokyo which have brought attention to the grave situation of ongoing radiation from Fukushima, and other damaged nuclear power plants along the Japanese coastline.
The risk of keeping nuclear power stations is that more earthquakes potentially means more damage to nuclear plants. Damage to nuclear power plants means more radiation for the people of Japan, and the rest of the world too.
Germany was the first country in the world to take action after the tsunami-nuclear disaster in Japan. Angela Merkel declared within a week or two of the nuclear disaster, that seven of Germany’s nuclear stations would be shut down permanently, and that other old nuclear power plants would stop working while the government assessed the safety of these other plants. Within a couple of months, Angela Merkel declared that Germany would not be opening these power stations again, that Germany would not be building new ones to replace them, and that Germany intended to be fully nuclear-free by the year 2022. Fantastic news for the world.
Angela Merkel’s Germany has set a new precedent for the world – To consider the environment, the people of the world, and live nuclear-free. Angela Merkel’s decision to develop a completely nuclear-free nation, and to develop alternative, sustainable power instead, must surely have influenced the policy makers in Japan, who soon responded with their own intentions to dismantle all nuclear power stations.
BBC News has just reported that another Japanese power station is in the process of being made redundant. Workers were shown at this power station, which is just one of two nuclear stations now remaining in Japan.
After this latest closure, that will leave only one working nuclear reactor remaining in Japan. Of Japan’s 54 nuclear power stations, this last one still operating is due to be shut down in May this year, 2012.
Congratulations Japan. Let’s hope that China, who is still planning to build more nuclear power stations, gets the message too.
Unfortunately, to date in July 2014, big business interests are winning out in favour of keeping nuclear power stations in Japan. The plan to become nuclear free seems to have officially been abandoned.
Nuclear power is apparently a must for countries who wish to maintain a very strong military force. They can make bombs with nuclear chemicals.