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Nuclear fuel reprocessing operator violated safety rules: regulator

October 15, 2017

Workers are seen inside the central control room at the Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited’s (JNFL) Rokkasho Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility in Rokkasho village, Aomori Prefecture. Photo: REUTERS
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Japanese nuclear regulators say that Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd violated legally binding safety rules by failing to conduct necessary checks for over a decade at its uncompleted spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the country’s northeast.

The failure of checks at an underground portion of the plant in the village of Rokkasho in Aomori Prefecture for some 14 years eventually resulted in about 800 liters of rainwater flowing into a building housing an emergency diesel generator in August this year. The generator is a crucial device in times of crisis such as the loss of external power.

Japan Nuclear Fuel President Kenji Kudo said at a Nuclear Regulation Authority’s meeting that he will prioritize inspections of all facilities at the plant and suspend its operations to seek a safety approval on the plant to put it onstream.

The utility plans to check its facilities and some 600,000 devices by the end of this year before requesting the authority to resume its safety assessment for the plant.

The body applied for a safety assessment of the plant in 2014 and aimed to complete it in the first half of fiscal 2018, but the goal is likely to be delayed due to the need for inspections.

The envisioned nuclear fuel reprocessing plant is a key component of the government’s nuclear fuel recycle policy, which aims to reprocess spent uranium fuel and reuse extracted plutonium and uranium as reactor fuel.

But the Rokkasho plant has been riddled with problems, with its completion date postponed 23 times since 1997, its initial target. It also had to meet as new, tougher safety standards made in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, triggered by the 2011 deadly earthquake and tsunami.

The authority also said holes and cracks at exhaust pipes discovered at Japan Nuclear Fuel’s uranium enrichment plant in September also violate safety rules. The defects were left undetected for a long time due to a lack of inspection.

A utility compiles safety programs, which need to be assessed and approved by the authority.

If any grave flaws are found, the authority can issue an order to stop the operation of the plants or retract its approval to construct a nuclear plant.

Japan Nuclear Fuel “should have a substantial sense of crisis,” a member of the authority said. “We will take necessary measures if an improvement is not seen in ensuring the safety (in operating the plant).”

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Basel Declaration on human rights and trans-generational crimes

September 24, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

I am sending you the “Bazel Declaration on human rights and trans-generational crimes resulting from nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. 

It is a historic first step toward true denuclearization”.

Suffice it to cite its two proposals to grasp the historic significance of the Declaration.

 

“The employment of nuclear weapons, as well as indiscriminate damage to health and to the environment resulting from other nuclear activities, should be included as a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. We also call for amendment of the Rome Statute to include the crime of ecocide.”

 

“The 28 May 1959 agreement between the World Health Organization and the IAEA, which leads to conflict of interest and limits the free information on health consequences of nuclear civil use, must be abolished.”

 

This declaration will help to revive the legitimate efforts explained in the attached Joint Statement, calling for the reform of the IAEA. It has been supported by Former President of the Swiss Confederation Moritz Leuenberger and Former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa.

 

It will be a decisive response to the warning that “ the fate of the world will be decided by electric companies”.

The destructive power of nuclear energy in all directions— global environment, states, organizations, individuals—

Is being increasingly recognized and witnessed.

Civil society is consoled and encouraged by the law of history(the will of heavens and the earth) that ends all dictatorships.

 

With warmest and highest regards,

Mitsuhei Murata

Former Ambassador to Switzerland

 

 

 

N Korean hydrogen bomb-tipped missile could fly over Japan

September 23, 2017

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N Korean hydrogen bomb-tipped missile could fly over Japan

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Japan may have to brace for a North Korean missile tipped with a hydrogen bomb flying over the archipelago if Pyongyang tests such a device in the Pacific Ocean, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday.

“If the hydrogen bomb is going to be delivered by a ballistic missile, we cannot rule out the possibility that it will fly over Japan,” Onodera said, after North Korea indicated it may test a hydrogen bomb following President Donald Trump’s recent U.N. address, in which he warned the United States will have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it needs to defend itself or its allies.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Washington could face the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure” in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency on Friday. The country’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said the “highest level” action may be a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the Japanese government will remain highly vigilant so that it can “deal with any kind of situation.”

Onodera, speaking later in a lecture organized by the Asian Research Affairs Council in Tokyo, said the remarks by the North Korean foreign minister “cannot be downplayed.”

“What may come next is an intercontinental ballistic missile and a nuclear test that is not conducted underground. And if that takes place in the Pacific Ocean, the impact will be even more huge,” the minister said.

Onodera emphasized that “diplomatic efforts” are the most important in addressing the situation, while underlining the need to continue to add pressure on North Korea to prevent the country from engaging in further provocative actions.

“What the Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces should do is to make the Japan-U.S. alliance firm and ensure that will be well recognized by North Korea,” he said.

Japan faces an increasing threat from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, which it said was of a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile, and test-fired missiles over Japanese territory into the Pacific Ocean twice in recent weeks.

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September 17, 2017

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Dear Friends,

I am sending you an encouraging reaction to my last message about the Fukushima crisis
from Dr. Martin Vosseler, Co-Founder of IPPNW-Switzerland.
His closing talk at our PSR/IPPNW conference in Base is indeed admirable. It is an ode to global ethics and maternal culture that could save the world heading toward fatal abyss.
I am convinced that the Basel conference “Human rights, Future generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age” could open a new page.

With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

From: Martin Vosseler [mailto:vossolar@gmx.net]
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:09 PM

Thank you, dear Mitsuhei, to make these horrendous facts public!

Tomorrow I will give the closing talk at our PSR/IPPNW conference here in Basel. I will mention you and your important contribution to Planetary Ethics (see the att. lecture).

With warmest greetings,

Martin

Gesendet: Samstag, 16. September 2017 um 02:50 Uhr
Von: “Mitsuhei Murata”

Dear Friends,
The International NGO “The Natural Solutions Foundation” has sent me the
Following mail. You can see an impressive photo showing countless radioactive bags.
With best regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

(Mail Received on 16 September)
Dear Murata-san,

I have just posted your urgent message here:

http://www.opensourcetruth.com/million-bags-of-radioactive-soil-spontaneous-combustion/
—— Original Message ——
Received: 10:42 AM EDT, 09/15/2017

Dear Friends,
I am informing you of some confirmed facts concerning a warning made last spring by Mr. Arnie Gundersen of Fairwinds Education, to the effect that Fukushima nuclear waste soil resulting from decontamination operation contained in millions of bags(flecons) could spontaneously combust.

On 13 and14 September, the Fukushima prefectural authorities confirmed the following facts, answering my questions.
1.During the last week-end of April,2017, a spontaneous fire broke out in Ukedo, Namie from one of bags left out in the open, containing nuclear contaminated soil resulting from the prior decontamination operation.
2.About a year ago, the Fukushima Prefecture organized a meeting to exchange views on this problem with the participation of the representatives of the IAEA and the Tepco. The cases of bags washed away into a nearby river by a flooding caused by a typhoon.
3.The moving of millions bags containing contaminated soil to the temporary storage space in Fukushima is not yet progressing as it should.
This is an extremely alarming aspect of the Fukushima crisis. The Media remain silent on this crucial issue. The Government and the Prefectural Authorities should publicly explain how this dangerous situation will be coped with.
With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Nuclear Experimentation Year 72: Collectivism over Common Sense

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Fascism: “Any program for setting up a centralized autocratic national regime with severely nationalistic policies, exercising regimentation of industry, commerce, and finance, rigid censorship and forcible suppression of opposition.” ~ New Collegiate Dictionary, 1956.

With so many disastrous failures defining its history, the nuclear industry is little more than an experiment, conducted for the benefit of national regimes at the expense of free information, technological innovation, our health and environment, and all life on Earth. Despite the calls of its proponents, such nuclear experimentation and industrial institutionalization is a formation of fascism to the letter, and worse. It is comparable to no other that has ever been, and perhaps, to none that ever will be. It is biological oligarchical collectivism to the extreme, which threatens to turn out world into a netherworld dystopia.

Power and Defense
Nuclear experimentation is presented by the military industrial complex as a modality of self-defense and low-cost power generation. In actuality, however, nuclear experimentation provides the opposite.

Firstly, it removes the ability for all beings and nations to defend themselves. Although governments claim that the notion of Mutually Assured Destruction protects nuclear nations, in the case of all out war, it is an illusion to think that nuclear facilities (both power and military) are not going to be targets of war. They are military targets just waiting to happen, just as fossil power plants have been clear and effective targets in previous wars. The difference is, if a nuclear plant goes up in smoke, most everything and everyone in a hundred miles goes up with it. No-one wins a nuclear war, regardless who strikes first.

Further, it is impossible to “defend” oneself with weaponry so toxic and destructive that it permanently disrupts the very ground we ourselves walk on, poisoning the water we drink and the air we breathe. The industry is unable to properly manage nuclear waste or the contamination created by its nuclear power and weapons development programs (which are inherently entwined), other than to bury solid waste material in the ground, put up a warning sign and leave it for our children’s children to deal with– and that’s when the industry operates to plan. The National Academy of Sciences concluded over a decade ago that most of the sites on which the US government has built nuclear bombs will never be cleaned up enough to allow public access to the land.

Moreover, an analysis regarding the financial cost of nuclear energy shows that nuclear energy, touted as a “cheap” energy solution, is actually more expensive for consumers than other energy sources. U.S. states that use nuclear power to generate electricity pay an average 25 percent more for electricity than states that do not, because nuclear plants are more costly to build, operate and maintain than other forms of power, and are heavily dependent on taxpayer handouts to survive. Nuclear power experimentation is not only an unsustainable risk, it is also an unsustainable business model. Contrast this with nations like Denmark, which generates 140% of its electricity needs from clean wind power, and we see how unnecessary nuclear energy experimentation truly is.

With so many other genuinely-sustainable energy technologies in existence, and more being developed, the continuation of the nuclear experiment is an oligarchical madman’s dream — and a nightmare to the rest of us who are stuck with degraded and altered elements in our biosphere and our bodies. (For more, please see the article, “Oligarchical Collectivism: The Institutional “ism” That Threatens Our Very Biology”.)

Ultimately, nuclear experimentation continues to be about military armament and annihilation, just as it was when these programs were founded. As former-US government nuclear scientist Dr. Andreas Toupadakis explains in the article, “Cancer, Coverups and Contamination: The Real Cost of Nuclear Energy”:

“In the United States, it is the Department of Energy finances and manages the nation’s nuclear weapons programs. In reality the Department of Energy is basically the Department of Weapons. The nuclear weapons programs need nuclear materials to make the bombs. Who provides them? The Department of Energy does. The building of nuclear power plants in the U.S. began in 1943 to produce atomic bombs — it was not until 1957 that plants began to produce electricity, providing a continuous supply of plutonium to the nuclear weapons programs.” ~ Andreas Toupadakis, Ph.D

Now, only 72 years into a million year nuclear waste cycle, we are no closer to solving the problem of mounting nuclear waste and no closer to the promise (propaganda) of “too cheap to meter” power. What we are, however, is arming the military industrial complex with nuclear weaponry at an unprecedented rate, and moving ever-closer to the ultimate in oligarchical madness: nuclear war.

Oligarchy vs. Individualism
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” ~ Albert Einstein

As is always the case, when oligarchies rule, imperialism is the goal. Monopolization is instituted, manipulation applied and powers unduly expanded — that is the defining nature of empire. The difference today is the deadly nuclear element. With nuclear experimentation so perilously dangerous to all life on earth, the energy sector so fraught with failures and coverups, the industry so geared toward weaponry, and the US government so determined to deploy them in its “humanitarian” war on the world, a little legitimate research inevitably brings us to one conclusion: it quickly spawns feelings of helplessness and inevitable doom, both literal and existential.

And yet, however common it may be, this conclusion is a premature one. When we understand that oligarchy and the systems that support it depend on our ongoing collective consent, those feelings of helplessness are surpassed by the realization that the only way to solve the problem of nuclear experimentation (and the broader problem of prioritizing imperial and commercial interests over humanitarian and spiritual ones) is for everyday folks to begin activating and formalizing the opposite of oligarchy — by uniting the brotherhood of humanity. In order to move beyond the fear, helplessness and idleness of the impending nuclear threat, we must unite to create Mutual Agreed Peace instead of Mutually Assured Destruction.

It begins with changing our war ways, which is complex, but possible. But more than that, it is now necessary — to our future and our survival. Until humanity unites as individuals instead of being divided as institutions, we will continue to fall victim to the oligarchical systems that are tailored to benefit those who already control them at the expense of all else — including our most basic common sense. And we will continue to be divided by the “us and them” mentality of war — the psychological glue holding this oligarchical war world together, which upholds a perception of threat and inhumanity in those we are consistently told are our enemies. (For more, please see the article “Your Government Needs You to Dehumanize Foreigners — It’s How They Justify Killing Them”.)

To create peace, we must acknowledge that there is only “us”, and there is no “them”. And I don’t just mean this in terms of the inherent brotherhood of humanity, I mean it in practical terms too. It is no secret that during The Cold War, the USA and the USSR worked together on various high level military engineering and space technology programs. This fact alone confirms that, at least in part war, The Cold War and the threat of Mutual Assured Destruction it heralded was created by mutual design, by “opposing sides” collaborating on technological programs — all seemingly part of a greater war on human consciousness which, to this day, serves to maintain the oligarchical power structure on two major sides of modern geopolitical conflict.

Despite the rhetoric of the oligarchies, the way to global peace is not paved with war. Such thinking is designed only to protect institutions and to rally and collectivize a society’s thinking. The war mentality encourages separation and dependence on institutions, peace encourages respect for our interconnection and common humanity. To create true peace, human rights, free thinking and the co-operation of individuals must become the order of the day for each of us. We need to open our hearts and minds to individuals — to each other — and close our minds to institutions.

We must question and confront the energy systems and social structures where the deck is clearly stacked against us. We must acknowledge that any political “leader” threatening and espousing war stands on the side of oligarchical institutions, not humanity, and therefore poses a threat to humanity regardless of which “side” they’re on. We must deconstruct the mechanisms of propaganda (such as mainstream news) that work to perpetuate the psychology of war within us on behalf of those institutions. We must give peace all our energy, both politically and personally, and, through the power of our will and the weight of our numbers, remove from government any individual who mandates war.

For further exploration of peaceful solutions to this problem, please see the insightful article “Unifying The Global Peace Movement — Challenges and Solutions”.

In closing
Initiating change is actually quite easy for individuals, it is the fear of change we find most difficult. But, in order to truly develop the collective consciousness of humanity, we have to unite and surpass our fears and the manipulations of our adversaries — those institutions of the military industrial complex that keep us thinking and feeling adversarial and disempowered, perpetuate the war mentality, and hinder our path toward genuinely sustainable development.

Below is a brief list of contrasting points of divergence, which illustrates some of the ways our society has been steered toward oligarchical thinking and structures, rather than toward options that would benefit all individuals. They also illustrate the potential ease of change, highlighting areas where one system or option can easily be substituted for another.

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Nuke Explosions

May 10, 2017

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Nearly 500K People Urge Congress to “Take Away Trump’s Nuclear Football”

May 4, 2017

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“The current nuclear launch approval process, which gives the decision to potentially end civilization as we know it to a single individual, is flatly unconstitutional.” (Photo: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons/flickr/cc)
Close to 500,000 people have signed a petition, delivered to Congress on Wednesday, that urges lawmakers to take President Donald Trump’s finger off the nuclear button.

The petition supports the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act,” legislation introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) that would prohibit Trump from launching a nuclear weapon without Congress first authorizing a declaration of war.

“No American president should be allowed to launch an unprovoked nuclear war,” Markey said at the press conference marking the petition delivery. “The Constitution gives the power to declare war to Congress, and we should not allow President Trump—or any president—to use nuclear weapons except in response to a nuclear attack against the U.S. or our allies.”

More than a dozen advocacy groups helped circulate the petition, from the anti-nuclear Peace Action to the democracy watchdog Public Citizen.

“It’s terrifying that Trump currently has unchecked authority to press the button to launch thousands of nuclear weapons at his command in a matter of moments,” said Tessa Levine, campaign manager for the action group CREDO, which also endorsed the petition. “Trump’s first 100 days have been marked by series of horrifying demonstrations of his recklessness and incompetence, we cannot trust Trump to make rational or informed decisions about the safety of our country and the world.”

“It’s time to take away Trump’s nuclear football,” Levine said.

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Many highlighted the destructive power of modern weapons—especially when handed over to a president with a temper and a shaky grasp of geopolitics.

“Our Constitution created a government based on checks and balances and gave the power to declare war solely to Congress,” said Lieu. “A nuclear first strike, which can kill hundreds of millions of people and invite a retaliatory strike that can destroy America, is war. The current nuclear launch approval process, which gives the decision to potentially end civilization as we know it to a single individual, is flatly unconstitutional.”

“Furthermore, the single individual currently possessing the sole power to start WWIII is Donald J. Trump. The president has demonstrated a frightening ignorance of the nuclear triad, crowed about being ‘unpredictable’ with our nuclear arsenal, and taken to Twitter to make provocative statements about U.S. nuclear posture,” Lieu added. “The fate of humanity just may be at stake.”

Lillyanne Daigle, network campaigner for Global Zero, added, “One modern nuclear weapon is more destructive than all of the bombs detonated in World War II combined—yet there is no check on Trump’s ability to use the thousands of nuclear weapons at his command. His power to do so is absolute, and once he hits the proverbial red button there would be no take-backs.”

“That such devastating power is concentrated in one person is an affront to America’s founding principles,” Daigle said. “The proposed legislation is an important first step to reining in this autocratic system and making the world safer from nuclear catastrophe.”

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Comment: The system to allow a man to destroy all life forms is irrational and irresponsible. No one person, much less unpopular and unsupported person, should control the nuke launch push button.