The article "Antinuclear drive in search of new strategies" is, as is common with many anti-nuclear articles, a bit of a mixed bag of interesting reporting but with important information left out, and too much of the writer’s opinion slipped in. It starts from the sub-heading, "Reactor foes risk burnout unless LDP stonewalling can be overcome"; surely they should have chosen meltdown for maximal effect? And the stonewalling appears to be the LDP not wanting to rush into a decision like the DPJ did.
they are struggling to get their views reflected in the policies of the LDP-led administration.
Isn’t that just how democracy works? They were on the losing side, so they should be struggling!
after the Fukushima meltdowns tainted the northeast with radiation.
Hiroyuki Kawai, who represents the commission’s [Citizens’ Commission on Nuclear Energy] main sponsor, a private group.
"A private group"? Can we not get a name? The guy appears to be an anti-nuclear campaigner and lawyer.
"We need to draft a policy that everyone will have no choice but to accept," [Kawai] said.
Hmm, that sounds ominous!
Kondo claimed this prevented atomic energy from becoming an issue in the race [April 28 Upper House by-election in Yamaguchi Prefecture], allowing Ejima to trounce his antinuclear opponents.
I remember at the Yamaguchi governor election last year the green lobby also made excuses when they got defeated then.
They [the LDP] said they will review the DPJ’s policy (of ending nuclear power by 2040), but didn’t say if they will promote nuclear power, so it’s very vague
Well, that’s because they don’t want to bias the review (or at least make it too obvious that they are biasing the review!)
activists launched the advocacy group Ryokucha Kai (Green Tea Party) on April 24 to provide financial support to antinuclear candidates running in national elections.
Hideaki Takemura, an executive at Tokyo-based Energy Green Co. and head of Ryokucha Kai
Looking up Energy Green Co., as you have probably guessed, I see that they are a renewable energy supplier, so no conflict of interest there. They also seem to have a curious market where you can buy (or should that be "buy") 100 kWh lots of green energy; looking at this page it appears that it is a voluntary carbon offset type of idea, and for your money you get a certificate to download and print off. I cannot find anywhere on the site any information about what they do with your money, though, and considering that they can sell back the generated power at 21 yen/kWh, they are making an extra 50% or even more, if they get over-subscribed! Is some of the money being directed towards sponsoring candidates? How the money is being used should be clearly stated!
it won’t be backing anyone running for the LDP or New Komeito.
New Komeito had a manifesto pledge for phasing out nuclear power.