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Keep Fukushima on the radar 12-14-14

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Japan is holding elections today for the parliament. Prime Minister Abe's ruling party is expected to win by a landslide. Nuclear policies were hardly mentioned in the campaign, which is mainly focused on economics- even though the financial drain caused by the ongoing Fukushima disaster is a major cause of the yen's decline.

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Meanwhile, Abe continues to push for the re-opening of other nuclear plants, all of which were shut down after the earthquake/tsunami of March 2011. Since Japan sits on the ring of fire, most sites are prone to earthquakes and/or near volcanos. two of which have recently become active. Every year, several supertyphoons sweep across this island nation, with the potential of harming nuclear plants. Reopening reactors is irresponsible, and against the wishes of the Japanese people.

At Fukushima Daiichi, contaminated water continues to flow into the Pacific, and also to strain the storage capacity of tanks. The Japan nuclear regulatory commission is pushing for even more water to be discharged. While some of the radioactive elements can be removed from the stored water, tritium, the radioactive form of water, is not removed- so huge amounts of this element are harming ocean life.

Meanwhile, cries arise from journalists, Japanese monks and American sailors that Fukushima is an ongoing catastrophe that is being ignored, placing all life on earth in jeopardy. No government agency is even bothering to monitor radioactive pollution of the Pacific- it's left to private citizens.

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So please help keep Fukushima on the radar of global consciousness. Read the article summaries below, then sign and disseminate the two petitions. If you have already signed, please send this summary to all your lists and urge your contacts to sign as well. We can't allow Fukushima to be forgotten- it's there, causing serious trouble to the planet, whether we like it or not.

Peace, Carol Wolman
Japanese court rejects lawsuit against reopening two n-plants. According to the plaintiffs, there are many geological faults around the reactors of the Kansai Electric Power Company's (KEPCO) nuclear plants, increasing the chances of strong earthquakes. The court took that argument into account but said the final decision over the safety of the plant would be made by the NRA.

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As snap elections are nearing, the Fukushima Nuclear power plant workers are urging people to understand the harsh circumstances they work under, risking their life by exposing themselves to radiation every single day. MOSCOW, December 10 (Sputnik) -- As elections are nearing in Japan, many of the people working toward the decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant say they want voters to know about their harsh working conditions, insufficient pay and worries of radiation exposure, reports The Japan Times.
The head of Japan's nuclear watchdog said contaminated water stored at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant should be released into the ocean to ensure safe decommissioning of the reactors. "I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of tanks (holding water tainted with radioactive substances)," Tanaka told reporters, indicating they pose a danger to decommissioning work. "We have to dispose of the water."

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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. She also a film producer with Paradise Cove Productions.

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