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Japan should scrap nuclear reactors after Fukushima, says new environment minister

Shinjiro Koizumi says: ‘We will be doomed if we allow another accident to occur’

9/12/2019 8:36:00 AM

Japan should scrap nuclear reactors after Fukushima, says new environment minister

Shinjiro Koizumi says: ‘We will be doomed if we allow another accident to occur’

Shinjiro Koizumi’s comments, made hours after he became Japan’s third-youngest cabinet minister since the war, could set him on a collision course with Japan’s pro-nuclear prime minister, Shinzo Abe.“I would like to study how we will scrap them, not how to retain them,” Koizumi, 38, said. “We will be doomed if we allow another nuclear accident to occur.”

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Japan’s government wants nuclear power to comprise 20% to 22% of the overall energy mix by 2030, drawing criticism from campaigners who say nuclear plants will always pose a danger given the country’s vulnerability to large earthquakes and tsunamis.Abe, however, has called for reactors to be restarted, arguing that nuclear energy will help Japan achieve its carbon dioxide emissions targets and reduce its dependence on imported gas and oil.

All of Japans 54 reactors were shut down after a giant tsunami caused a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011.Nuclear power accounted for about 30% of Japan’s energy production before the disaster. Today, just nine reactors are back in operation, having passed stringent safety checks introduced after the Fukushima meltdown.

But the government is unlikely to meet its target of 30 reactor restarts by 2030 amid strong local opposition and legal challenges.Although he faces potential opposition from inside the cabinet, Koizumi should at least receive the backing of his father, Junichiro Koizumi, a former prime minister who has emerged as a vocal opponent of nuclear power.

While Japan debates the future of nuclear energy, the younger Koizumi, who has been tipped as a future prime minister, is now at the centre of a controversy over the future of more than a million tonnes of contaminated water stored at Fukushima Daiichi.

On Tuesday, his predecessor as environment minister said the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power, had no choice but to dilute the water and release it into the Pacific ocean rather than store it indefinitely.The prospect of dumping the water into the sea has angered local fishermen and drawn protests from neighbouring South Korea.

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No. Big mistake. You think? ClimateActionNOW Understandle reaction, however they should (like all countries) build an energy strategy focused on an electricity revolution and fossil abatement based on Nuclear and Renewables. They simply need to ensure their Nuclear is safe, which is possible. He is a son of Ex-Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan. He wants to appease Japanese People's anger about Nuclear Power Plant issues in Japan for benefits of his family and Prime Minister Abe of Japan who was one of his father's Ex-Cabinet member.

Japan will have to dump radioactive water into Pacific as Fukushima runs out of storage tanksThe operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant will have no choice but to release more than 1 million tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, Japan ’s environment minister said on Tuesday. I’m guessing they just want Godzilla

Fukushima: Japan will have to dump radioactive water into Pacific, minister saysMore than a million tonnes of contaminated water lies in storage but power company says it will run out of space by 2022 What’s the worst that could happen? Coming to your shores soon CAgovernor what!

Japan says dumping radioactive waste into Pacific may be 'only option' Japan 's Tokyo Electric has collected more than one million tonnes of contaminated water since Fukushima was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 and is running out of storage. Christ they should know better. Don't come crying when Godzilla turns up. These fools will do anything to kill the whales

Japan says dumping radioactive waste into Pacific may be 'only option' Japan 's Tokyo Electric has collected more than one million tonnes of contaminated water since Fukushima was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 and is running out of storage. That's how Godzilla started. Have they learnt nothing from the past? 😂👍🏾 It's criminal that media hasn't reported properly on this. It's worse that Chernobyl for crying out loud and it's been polluting the oceans since 2011.

Japan says dumping radioactive waste into Pacific may be 'only option' Japan 's Tokyo Electric has collected more than one million tonnes of contaminated water since Fukushima was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 and is running out of storage. That's how Godzilla started. Have they learnt nothing from the past? 😂👍🏾 It's criminal that media hasn't reported properly on this. It's worse that Chernobyl for crying out loud and it's been polluting the oceans since 2011.

Fukushima: Japan will have to dump radioactive water into Pacific, minister saysMore than a million tonnes of contaminated water lies in storage but power company says it will run out of space by 2022 What’s the worst that could happen? Coming to your shores soon CAgovernor what!