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JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SAYS NUCLEAR REACTORS MUST BE RESTARTED OR ELSE
June 8 2012
Tokyo, Japan – The world has likely never come closer to a real nuclear cataclysm than it did last year when the Fukushima power plants started their meltdown. It is possible that we will never know how close we came to real disaster in those days and weeks and most certainly such a tragedy would have occurred if it had not been for the heroic work of the people who responded to the emergency.
That disaster and near cataclysm has of course brought into the spotlight the dangers inherent in nuclear power. It has, as well, prompted a number of countries to either demure efforts to build new reactors or just shut existing ones down completely.
One of those countries is not Japan. Still heavily reliant on nuclear energy, the country has stuck with the power source despite nearly sending itself and the rest of the world into the great beyond. So energetic about nuclear energetic is the country that today Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has made it clear that all of the country’s fifty reactors must be restarted immediately, regardless of the risk, or the people responsible will face dire consequences.
“Cheap and stable electricity is vital. If all the reactors that previously provided 30% of Japan's electricity supply are halted, or kept idle, Japanese society cannot survive,” said Noda in a televised interview. “It is my decision that Ohi reactors No 3 and No 4 should be restarted to protect the people's livelihoods.”
All of the plants in the country have been offline since the Fukushima disaster in what may well have been a slightly harsh overreaction.
Japan is not exclusively dependent on nuclear power to keep the country running, obviously, but fears of demand during the summer are currently outweighing concerns about a nuclear apocalypse.
Noda apparently doesn’t live anywhere near a live reactor though that may not keep him safe in the event of a new meltdown.
“We do need to be concerned about the safety of nuclear reactors across the world and clearly even more so in Japan considering how unsafe their plants seem to be and the tendency for there to be earthquakes and floods and the like but that doesn’t mean we should be scared of everything,” said Scrape TV Energy analyst Mark Kettle. “Nuclear technology is dangerous but all forms of energy generation are dangerous and we don’t see people advocating living a life without electricity or running water. Granted, nuclear technology is more dangerous when it goes wrong than any other form. Well, maybe not solar. If solar goes wrong it would be really bad considering the source and all.”
The sun is kind of a giant nuclear reactor so it would be slightly related.
“It’s smart that Japan decided to pull these plants offline to inspect them considering what happened and their apparent complete disregard for rational safety protocols and hopefully they have made sure they are safe before putting them back on. Hopefully the Prime Minister isn’t just rushing this for political purposes because, in the end, dead voters aren’t really voters at all,” continued Kettle. “That would be a shame, dead voters or irradiated freaks who feel they should have more than one vote. I’m not sure what would be worse frankly, though admittedly both scenarios are a little unlikely provided they have done their jobs this time.”
Noda has not personally inspected the plants and apparently refuses to even drive by them.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent