Japan Times editorial on nuclear power

Japan Times recently published another anti-nuclear editorial that is really rather poor, as usual:

Whatever the exact number, the rally was another expression of deep-seated opposition to nuclear power in Japan. The central government should recognize rallies like this as an important expression of political opinion.

Is this going to be a new measure, how many people organisers can turn out? What if 30,000 people turn up for a "Let’s nuke North Korea!" rally? Will that be another important expression that you will call on the government to heed?

left others living in fear of exposure to radiation

…with newspapers like yourselves being one of the fear mongers.

Power companies and the central government do not seem to be listening to scientists, either.

To take one example, the Nuclear Regulation Authority judged the fault running under reactor 2 at Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga nuclear plant to be active and therefore extremely dangerous.

First off the "therefore extremely dangerous" does not follow, but more importantly, this editorial does not demonstrate how the power companies and central government are not listening. Furthermore, it is my understanding that the central government cannot override NRA decisions, so they play no role here, and of course neither can the power companies.

Objective data and scientific facts from geologists and specialists outside the nuclear power industry clearly point out the danger of operating nuclear power plants in earthquake-prone areas, which pretty much make up all of Japan.

If that was true, then there is no role for the NRA. They would just say "shut them all down." The geologists in the NRA are saying that it is dangerous to operate a reactor on an active fault.

Even former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, giving his first speech abroad since the 3/11 disasters, stated in California last week that the only way to contain the risk of nuclear accidents is to create a nuclear-free society.

I don’t know why that needs to be qualified with an "even", as he has been anti-nuclear ever since 3/11.

it is a healthy change for Mr. Kan to admit being ashamed of his previous role as an apologist for exporting Japanese nuclear technology to developing nations

I just found it quite entertaining that he was called an ex-apologist!

despite the clear public and scientific opinion against nuclear power

There is not one scientific opinion, and as I point out above, the NRA is not anti-nuclear.

In the short run, safety procedures at power plants must be made more stringent and followed scrupulously.

That’s exactly why the NRA was set up, and it’s interesting that you seem to be accepting some reactors will be turned back on; this implies that you believe (or you want to lead your readers to believe) that the Nuclear Village will override the NRA.

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  1. Yes, we probably shouldn’t forget there is only one person actually making money out of all of this…

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  2. This Snowdon thing has been great. It has a real cold-war quality I’m just loving. So much more interesting than terrorists living in caves. Now he’s off to Moscow. Moscow! how perfect is that? He can start his own security business in Moscow but will anyone trust him? He’ll have to join one of the multitude of Russian hacking crews who rob people over the net to earn a living. I know, he’s too ethical for that. Maybe he’ll join WikiLeaks. That is, if he can live in Julian Assanges shadow. I think they might have the same disorder. Can’t wait to see how it shakes out.

    The Japan Times is really learning the in’s and out’s of increasing traffic aren’t they? Controversial writer with a crazy reputation in Japan writing about a controversial man. What do they pay these guys anyway?

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  3. This just in! According to Julian Assange, Snowden (oops, with an e) will be seeking seeking asylum in Ecuador. Encouraged by Assange, I’m sure. he couldn’t stand Snowden stealing his spotlight. The farther away the better. Cue Black Sabbath’s Megalomania.

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  4. @Greg: As Assange is also asylumed in Ecuador (or more accurately “Ecuador” given it’s the embassy in London)they’ll virtually be roomies. Let’s hope Correa doesn’t decide a Snowden on the hand is worth two Assanges in the bush.

    And Dell and Booz-Allen must be grateful that the Snowden story is movie-riveting enough to take attention away from their own enabling activities. Just as Accenture never truly got the attention they deserved for practically developing Japan’s immigration finger-print-and-photo system for free.

    Civil liberties are valuable assets, and these big corporations are specialists in the liquidation of those assets.

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  5. Riight, roomies eh? This is gold. Correa’s no Chavez when it comes to color. “Assassins with ink” is as good as it’s got so far, commenting on journalists. He doesn’t seem to be to nutty so… care to speculate? Are you a Poly Sci guy?

    Accenture paid out 64 million a couple of years ago in a Whistle blowing case. They rigged bids and overcharged the government. That outed them in that case.

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  6. Judging from the newest debito.org post, we now know why the moderator removed the comments from Debito.org supporters making fun of Japanese English ability.

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  7. Japan Times publishes a review of an anti-GMO film and tries to tie it into the radiaion health debate. Not surprisingly, the star scientist of the film appears to be, err, not too good a scientist. :facepalm:

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