September 9th, 2011
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Tokyo (CNN) – Working at the weekend in sweltering offices and meager use of electrical devices in a country known for its gadgets: This is the new reality in Japan.

Six months after the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, Japan is still struggling to get back to pre-quake power generation.

Across the country energy production is down 7% on last summer; in greater Tokyo power generation has fallen by 20%. To avoid blackouts, the government told big industrial energy consumers to cut their power usage by 15% over the summer.

Nearly all companies hit their targets or exceeded them, but it's been tough on everyone.

No one knows that better than Nissan Motors' Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga, who's had to implement the measures. He talks of the "sacrifices" made by his thousands of employees.

Tsunami-hit city fights back from tragedy

Sacrifices like starting work at 5:30 in the morning to avoid peak energy hours, working most weekends and taking two days off during the week, setting the thermostat in the office to 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit), turning off lights, cutting back on overtime.

Nissan easily hit its targets and went some way beyond, but if this is the beginning of the new normal, it won't work says Shiga.

"I think this is not sustainable. If mothers and fathers go to the office or factory at the weekend they can't talk to their children. It is such a pity. We cannot continue this working situation."

Aftermath of Japan's tsunami nightmare

Japan Inc. rallied to the energy saving cause so strongly that the Government was able to lift the energy ban early.

But it's not over yet, not by a long shot: It looks like energy shortages could remain for another year at least.

Currently 43 of the country's 54 nuclear reactors are offline for safety checks and maintenance. And, as the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to smolder, there's no appetite to bring them back on line.

Plant owner says efforts ahead of schedule

In fact by May next year, officials say that all nuclear reactors could be offline as more are closed for annual maintenance. That suggests another sweltering summer for Japan's millions of office workers, and continued weekend work for blue-collar workers.

The real threat to corporate Japan, though, is unstable energy supply. If that happens, one Tokyo think tank says it will send Japanese industry offshore with losses of hundreds of thousands of jobs. Exporters are already struggling with the strong yen; the last thing they need is energy uncertainty.

Watch Andrew Steven's interview with Japan's 'Mr. Yen'

All this puts new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a very difficult position.

He has to convince a highly skeptical public that nuclear energy is safe and can be used, at least until alternatives to nuclear power are up and running.

And with the Fukushima plant not likely to be shut down until the end of the year, that's no easy task.



soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Adam

    "Working at the weekend in sweltering offices and meager use of electrical devices in a country known for its gadgets: This is the new reality in Japan."

    What is this guy on? This is not even close to relity in Japan now. There are a few high energy using companies (mostly factories) that have adjusted their hours...mostly to do with daytime energy rates being higher.
    I have to visit companies as part of my job in Tokyo, Chiba and Saitama and I have yet to enter an office that wasn't pleasantly chilly, with all lights on and "essentials" like the drink and cigarette machines humming away.
    The idea that all people are making some huge energy sacrifice is absolute BS.
    Like most things in Japan, image trumps substance.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:42 am |
  2. Ray

    I'm with Adam. Been in the Tokyo area throughout this summer and this article is completely off. A few places have chosen to use half their lights even though it's a sunny day and the store has many windows - I hardly call this a sacrifice. 28 degrees as a standard is not at all unreasonable; unless you compare it with other parts of Asia which brings it down a few degrees lower, forcing people to wear a jacket at work.

    Japan and other developed countries should set an example to try to save energy. Unfortunately, it took the problem at the Fukushima reactors to make people in Japan to begin to think about it.

    ...And asking workers to come to work on weekends so that they can't see their kids means that the schools and day care centers also have to adapt to a non-Monday-Friday work week...

    September 9, 2011 at 3:50 am |
  3. Kelly

    I agree with Adam and Ray. At this very moment, I am sitting in my office in Tokyo. All of the lights are on, the A/C is so cold that I almost need a jacket, everyone is on their computers, printing & photocopying. All of the large TV screens at Shibuya Station are still on constantly, and as much as I would have liked them to close up to save energy, the Pachinko Parlors are still in full swing. Thermostats set to 28C and a few more lights being turned off is all I have noticed.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:14 am |
  4. Jeff

    Japan has a lot of technical know-how, a history of innovation, and an energy shortage. It surprises me very much that the government, industry and public are not connecting the dots and realising the opportunity that has been put in front of them. That opportunity is to become the undisputed world leader in the technology of alternative energies, selling products and designs to the rest of the world. The new Prime Minister should be calling on the country to seize this chance (before he is forced to resign in a few weeks).

    September 9, 2011 at 4:21 am |
  5. Joseph

    These other comments are the ones who are completely off, not the article. The largest impact on Japan is in the inaka (countryside) where I live and work. All schools and public buildings have hours that the AC is completely off, usually in the middle of the day; nevermind the 28 degrees. So maybe posh Tokyo is pleasantly cool, but the rest of the country suffers much more.
    Also, in response to Ray's comment on Japan adapting its schools to fit another schedule, you clearly don't understand how difficult it can be to change even the smallest things in the public sector, much less school in Japan. Also, thanks for the sympathy man. As a parent, I am glad that you just assume I can not see my child for weeks at a time, and be perfectly happy with waiting for the government to sort it out while I miss out on his childhood.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:24 am |
  6. Chris

    Andres stevens has very likely never been to Japan..

    September 9, 2011 at 4:28 am |
  7. CinJP

    The problem with this country is that the article would have people believe that Tokyo Metro has been blown back to the dark ages.
    Yes, the countryside towns are still struggling and most of the tsunami-affected areas have only just finished removing the majority of debris. Recovery is a long ways away.
    But Tokyo should be looked at as an example of adaptability to adversity. Public and private sectors are making small sacrifices that collectively are making a big difference.
    The rolling blackouts in the Kanto area were almost a non-issue because people adapted.
    Most of the types of "sacrifices" made after 3/11 have been seen in California for decades now.

    Tokyo is not in the dark.
    The bigger problem is irresponsible and arrogant management at TEPCO and a government that's too weak to do anything about it.

    September 9, 2011 at 5:53 am |
  8. Thinkr

    Looks like nuclear power is pretty unreliable - a bad economic choice and an enormous hazard to life.

    But, I have no doubt that Japan will develop new energy technologies that are more reliable and safer.

    Unfortunately, the TEPCO nuclear disaster has created major environmental and health hazards that will remain for generations.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  9. Thinkr

    Check out enenews(remove this dot) com - for actual news about the nuclear industry and the TEPCO disaster.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:49 am |
  10. Johnny

    Some of you commenting are not seeing the big picture. Yes, the status quo still reigns with most companies, but the point in this interview is, Japan Inc is suffering, and unless changes make their way throughout industry, great numbers of jobs will be exported overseas. So, Nissan is the poster child of the "See, we're doing it" message, which may be too little too late anyway. But, something needs to be done regardless. Abuses are always going to happen – not everybody pulls their weight. The article fails to explain this properly, but who knows – I'm sure some folks over there are trying.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  11. shirokuma

    Lived in the Yokohama area for 5 years now living in Kyushu for the past 4.

    I have to say that it is much different looking as a traveler to Kanto. The hotels are empty and upgrades are almost a matter of fact, managed a 125 square meter suite room for only 10,000yen more per night in May 2011 and an automatic upgrade in July 2011. There were fewer ticket machines in operation at the stations (not that people with pasmo or suica would notice) escalators etc were off. Fewer lights in major department stores and the Landmark Tower. So for an outsider it looks really different. Like that the trains are not set at 23 anymore though.

    I agree that the inaka (countryside) got hit more to a certain degree, a lot of the major factories are outside of Tokyo and Kansai electric actually had less power than Tepco. People with kids have been hit hard as I do not know of any daycare centers open on Sundays.

    Look around at the whole country, 66,000ish still living in evacuation shelters. With the cold weather coming the demand for energy will rise again, yeah maybe kerosene or electricity either way costs will rise to a point the elderly will have to choose food or warmth just like last year.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  12. Pat

    I too live the inaka and work in a school. There's no AC and most lights are off. Most stores here in Kitaibaraki don't have ac on as well

    September 9, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  13. Diskochip

    It's a shame that rest of the world is fed this Sci-fi sensationalism. A distinction should be made between news reporters and news inventors. As every Tokyoite sees on a daily basis, things are operating quite closely to before the disasters. This is being posted in well-lit room with the AC set to coooool.

    September 9, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  14. JPNyokosuka

    I'm Japanese.
    Think not only fukushima,but also mas-comunication in Japan.
    The largest advertising agency in Japan ,Dentsu, got the budget immense as the highest level of the industry from the South Korean government, and have forced Fuji Television anti-Japanese propaganda. It seems that not only a budget but the honeytrap is devised. The report of Japan is abnormal and important information is not reported to it by television. The Cabinet made recently is hardened by cabinet members with the intention of accepting a foreigner's suffrage etc., and is a foregone conclusion that a mistake accepted in Sweden, Germany, etc. is made. Since it was not reported by television, people quite large on the Internet felt this crisis, and devised 20,000 people's demonstration to Fuji Television. By the report of television, this is almost disregarded and what 100,000 people who got angry with it are planning much demonstrations in September.
    From South Korea,propaganda,for example,
    Extortion on an alteration of the history textbook for education in Japan.
    Falsehood as if K-POP(entertainment performed by South Korean singer,actor) had made a smashing success all over the world
    and so on.
    Please watch this web.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  15. Jack

    It is funny that they post this today. Since as of today, the power limitations are LIFTED:
    www(dot)japantoday(dot)com/category/national/view/govt-to-lift-restrictions-on-power-use-in-and-around-tokyo

    September 9, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  16. Craig

    Virtually no change in energy use anywhere around me (Omiya, Saitama). All lights on at almost all shops/restaurants etc. Issues in the countryside are a lot more to do with power lines/transformers being knocked out and fewer lines being used to carry the power for more people according to NHK. The article is incorrect and should call out the incredibly inept government in Japan and the complete lack of organization. Almost everyone I've talked to since the disaster has said honestly that they would be happy to go up and help in some way but the government has DISCOURAGED people volunteering. Some public protests have ASKED for a 1-2% tax on non-essential goods to go directly to housing victims and rebuilding but a big fat NO from the government. Stick Noda in a rescue shelter until things are repaired...no doubt would get things moving up there.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  17. Craig

    JPNyokosuka ..... enough with the xenophobic propaganda. Nanjing happened...get over it. Not wanting the recorded history of your countrys genocidal crimes in a history book is no excuse to go anti-Korean. Korea and China greasing palms of politicians doesn't mean they are taking over your country...this is being part of the world economy. Japan is "no longer" the centre of the universe and Japanese people aren't the pure, chosen-ones from "god".

    September 9, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  18. Steve

    What planet is this writer on? It's not one that includes Tokyo. The thermostats are set at 28 degrees every summer. The government just announced the end of power restrictions in Tokyo. Life is 99% the same in Kanto as it was before the quake. Why the sensationalism? What's the agenda here, or is it just poor reporting from someone that doesn't know Japan?

    September 9, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  19. Abu

    Japanese people are mostly nice, polite, hardworking, and mostly honest. But you can't say that about the Japanese government and their corporate leaders. Apart from the politeness part, they seem to be the opposite of what Japanese people stand for. Japan needs a "Japanese Spring" to revamp their entire political system. Throw away all the deade wood and the anchors that hold down the Japanese folks. Maybe the whole mess in Japan need to sink to a low enough level to trigger the Japanese people to toss out their whole political system.

    September 9, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  20. Yokogyra

    Its seem that things are going overboard.. Yes.. Yen is currently at larger risk.. because of Yen Daka. ( thats due to iept policy from Japanese govt). but energy consumaption is managed preety well.. Collective souls of industries and neighourhood commuinty playing a big part to maintain low consumption.. and know one would tell this as a sacrifice... its better than load shedding which we find in many parts of asia ..

    September 9, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  21. ulrich999

    There`s a good chance not only for Japanese people to start saving energy the same way as we do in Europe with sky-scraping energy-prices. I use energy-saving electric-bulbs for more than 2 decades, I switch off the light when leaving a room and I just switch on A/C on my car when it`s uncomfortable muggy an obove 28 degrees celsius.

    September 9, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  22. kenslcv

    use solar system,and wind power generator,

    September 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  23. John

    Modern nuclear is way safer than coal/oil and poses very little danger. People need to seriously educate themselves on this issue. Japan CANNOT supply enough power with wind/solar and it's simply too expensive anyway at this time.
    Japan is in the dark ages compared to most western countries with a government even slower to act than most. This is just another nail in the coffin of a country whose days are numbered.The language and culture are going extinct and most large companies aren't even owned by Japanese. Jobs are shipped to China at a rate even higher than in the west. Ask almost any taxi driver in Tokyo what they did before driving a taxi and you will be surprised.
    Japan is NEVER going to climb out from under this funk.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  24. Claire

    John...agreed. Japanese people just don't have it in theselves to get angry and really turn their country around. They will go down with the ship with the usual big FAKE smile on their face. The only way to get them energized is to mess with their completely insane garbage rules. Organize and WASH all your recyclables and garbage (different items for each day of the week of course) and put them out on the steaming community pile at the end of the street...but only between 5-7am of course so that it can all be burned anyway. I'm happy to recycle...but when most prefectures burn over 85% of the recycling anyway...I don't enjoy playing the games. Of course it gives the housewives something to do and a way for them to feel like they are doing something for the environment.
    Japan is f-ed :P

    September 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  25. Pigraccio

    It's been a bit rough here in Tokyo this summer, but the one positive from all this mess (besides wearing sandals to work) is that Tokyo has been able to cut down on energy to avoid a blackout all summer. Pretty cool if you ask me. "Unsustainable" is a little extreme; a better adjective would be "flexible" or perhaps "transparent". As in, Japan needs to be flexible in coming up with solutions to navigate its energy challenges, while being transparent with its Fukushima data, particularly about the fact that the earthquake was the chief cause of the meltdowns, not the tsunami. Of course, if the earthquake were acknowledged to be the cause, this would cause Japan to conduct much more serious stress tests on its current reactors, none of which would likely pass.

    Even if you are for nuclear, say as a fast bridge to renewables, few would say they are for nuclear in quake-prone areas like Japan, except those with a vested interest.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
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  27. OrangeW3dge

    Yes, we are suffering in Japan. But it's not from a lack of electricity. The sudden and outrageous disparity in the exchange rate of the yen and the other currencies of the world it what has ruined our economy.
    At present, we have only about eleven nuclear generators on-line. Very soon those 11 will be turned off too for mandatory inspections.
    Estimates of removing the rubble from the tsunami damage run at about 7 years. Of course they will, likely, have to burn it to get rid of it. Well wouldn't that boil some water to turn a turbine?
    I'm not quite clear on what the author's intention is with this article, but I don't see that energy is the "crisis" here in Japan.

    September 10, 2011 at 4:21 am |
  28. Eric

    How many died due to Nuclear problem every year? ( including in Fukushima incident) ; Not even 10 people!
    Study fact about how many thousands die every year in coal mines ( supply 25% of world electricity) ;
    How about oil ?

    How about polution from Coal and Oil ? more expensive Gas?

    We as a human developed Nu technogy and must perfect it to make it more safer ; At the end of the day Fukushima plant was 40 years old and not properly maintained (TEPCO was saving money) ! and this plant had worst tsunami imaginable.

    Learn about new Reactor Technology .
    Let's not panic and be rational !!!

    Media does not help to be rational ....they are just media known for big , one sided stories

    September 10, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  29. Thinkr

    With Fukushima we see the lies of the nuclear industry exposed.

    Today's renewables (wind, solar, tide, smart grid) are safer, more reliable, and cheaper than nuclear.

    Look at the long term damage that Fukushima is causing. They are still incinerating radioactive waste which is creating plumes that reach other nations. It will be many generations before this is cleaned-up.

    The cancers and genetic damage caused by the radioactive fallout take years to kill - and, it is a slow and painful death.

    September 10, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  30. Allison

    Thinkr....."todays renewables are cheaper"??? What are you on? Check out cost per kilowatt hour for these different sources from any NON-biased source. Cancers and genetic damage....compared to oil? coal? gas? How many deaths from nuclear power in the last 50 years and how many from coal? You drive a car or take the bus right? These run on what?
    Clean and renewable energy is absolutely the goal but making up hippie "facts" to vilify MODERN and WELL-MAINTAINED nuclear solutions is BS. Nuclear is the ONLY realistic solution until solar becomes more efficient and is able to actually supply enough power for a country without bankrupting it.

    BTW...search for details on rare-Earth metal mining dangers and check out how many hundreds of people die yearly from that.....you know, the metals all through the computer you are using.

    The reality is that there is a price to pay for modern living.

    September 10, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  31. Thinkr

    Alison, do a bit of basic research, wind and thin film solar are already significantly cheaper than nuclear. New wind infrastructure costs less than 1MM per megawatt and costs for renewables continue to drop. The cost to decommission just one nuclear plant can top a billion dollars. It will cost more to decommission the flooded Ft Calhoun plant than to build wind resources to replace it. The cost of nuclear is increasing with massive cost overruns the industry norm. Despite massive government subsidies for nuclear it is unlikely that any new plants will ever come online.

    If you think nuclear in the US is modern please read the NRC incident reports and gain some basic understanding of the situation the nuclear industry is in - they are trying to protect out-of-date plants by extending their licenses well beyond their intended lifecycle – and many plants were build decades ago using the same flawed design that melted down at Fukushima.

    There is plenty of rare earth metals for the magnets used in wind power. And, if you are really so concerned for the health of those who mine rare earth metals try doing a bit of research on what is happening every day to Uranium miners and those who live near Uranium mines.

    Also, as long as you are advocating for modernizing technology, you may want to modernize your keyboard skills to avoid leaning so heavily on that caps lock key.

    September 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  32. Eric

    ThinkR read this:

    http://nuclearfissionary.com/2010/04/02/comparing-energy-costs-of-nuclear-coal-gas-wind-and-solar/

    watch recent news from UK green leader;

    Yes , may be nuclear is not ideal – but we as human society must perfect safety; how many people died in the last 60 years from Nuclear power stations?

    It is the chaepest and most realiable base load ; definetley better options that Coal and Oil and probably Gas;

    September 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  33. Thinkr

    When the first explosions at Fukushima occurred, it was clear that (1) there was significant core problems and uncontrolled meltdowns were likely, and (2) the huge explosions and subsequent fuel pool fires had ejected large quantities (tons) of highly toxic MOX fuel (which includes Plutonium) were ejected into the environment.
    This radioactive fallout was detected in the western US and even in Europe.

    Yet, in March and April we saw a parade of clowns from the nuclear industry denying that there was any significant problems, even claiming that the reactors would soon be under control.

    This clown parade of nuclear PR agencies, pseudo-experts, and outright liars claimed that the harm to the environment was minimal and the harm to those people who were exposed to the toxic fallout was acceptable.

    While I hope that people will eventually be able to resettle the exclusion zone and that no person will be harmed from the enormous quantities of highly toxic radioactive fallout - this seems highly unlikely.

    When we look at what happened at Chernobyl we see an enormous increase in cancers and genetic defects causing terrible suffering to innocent people especially children. And, still the parade of clowns is here to tell us that there is no real problem. There phony talking points remain are testimony to their disregard for the human suffering that will be with us for generations. While the clown parade has largely disappeared, their shameful words will be remembered

    Make no mistake this is not only one of the dirtiest most toxic industries with multiple accidents that pollute huge ares for generations - it is also one of the most dishonest and corrupt industries as well.

    Shame on those who lie and claim that nuclear is cheap or safe. Your words will remain as testimony to ignorance and greed. Especially when we can see the huge costs of Chernobyl and Fukushiima. And, especially while so many people have been exposed and remain in harm's way.

    September 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  34. Eric

    That is exact problem , any technology in the hands of incompetent and worse not maintained will lead to prpblems:

    Question here is about the merit : cost per KW ; environment exposure ; people lifes ;

    THere are 440 nu stations ; how much you have heard over last 20 years about Nu station accident ;

    Look at the death toll over coal and oil and gas over these years .... it is simply astounishing that you still argue that NUclear is not safe;

    Even your kitchen oven is not safe if you do not use / maintain it property! ( should we now abandon all oven?)
    Just because Planes crash – should we abandon all planes ( where is your logic)

    We as a human must perfect safety and invest intechnology – this is evolution !

    Nuclear offers the cheapest , most emisstion friendly , most reliable , base load and it is the safest maitened .

    So let's invest in technology and regulation istead

    September 11, 2011 at 4:10 am |
  35. Thinkr

    For recent nuclear accidents inteh US just this year, please consider:

    Ft. Calhoun nuclear station flooded.

    Los alamos fire burning and spreading nuclear waste

    North Anna power station earthquake damage.

    During spring tornados over ten nuclar plants shut down.

    Ongoing problems with nuclear waste storage and transportation.

    Use of 'low level' radioactive waste in road construction in New York State.

    Ongoing Tritium leaks at 75 percent of nuclear plants.

    Radoiactive Cesium detected in the Connecicut river (presumably from Vermont Yankee).

    And, take a look at the open perjury by several nuclear industry corporations made under oath...

    Ongoing harms caused by Uranium mine tailings. specifically in the US Southwest.

    This is a dirty and dishonest industry.

    One of the biggest lies of the nuclear industry is that it provides cheap power. If nuclear power is so cheap then why the massive government subsidies ? How come there are no investors without huge goverment loans that will probably never be paid back? How come the insurance industry will not touch nuclear without a liability limitation law (price-anderson act) that shifts most clean-up costs to taxpayers?

    September 11, 2011 at 6:03 am |
  36. Eric

    you are not getting the point and your agression towards is not understood;

    I lived near nuclear plant for 20 years and it was safe all this time ; you need to maintain it according to standards;

    Look at Midle east US 400bln dollar investment in nuclear ; Look at Chinese – they all aware nuclear is cheapest and most reliable source and if you maintean plant it will be the safest and Enfviromentally friendly than Coal , Oil , and Gas;

    nobody has stopped flying ; we must work on perfecting technology and stop corporate greed get our of the way proper maintenance

    Did you wathch recent interview of UK Green leader ?

    September 11, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  37. Thinkr

    Eric, you are also not getting the point. What if your kids lived near Fukushima?

    If nuclear is so easy to maintain then why all the problems that we see over and over again? Why the giant exclusion zones in Europe and now Japan? After decades still no solution for disposal of nuclear waste? Why the blatant lies by the nuclear industry?

    There are many alternative renewable technologies that cost less than nuclear. The nuclear industry is dead, it is just a matter of time.

    Those who promote nuclear power with shameful lies and half-truths are pathetic. The TEPCO executives who lies and caused this disaster should face criminal prosecution. Their names will be remembered among the most shameful.

    September 11, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  38. Eric

    TEPCO execs should face procecution ; Station which are suffered are 40 years old and suffered from worst possible tsunami..

    Any known factorries would be destroyed...

    Now we have to improve on thechnology and generation 4 Nuclear station being build in China and middle east will not have issue of cooling system being brocken ;

    My advice is to perfect and invest in technology like what we do with planes....

    It is definetely better that Coal, Oil and gas !

    I welcome renewables , but it must provide cheap and consistent load base electricity.

    September 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  39. o.f

    6 monthes have passed,now time, the origin cause of fukusima disaster shoud be detected/exposed to all publics.

    for example,why the movile electro-generatory cares(all sumrized numbers were gathered before H2explosion-first

    about 80~70cares!) could not be utilized?? and more 15cars capacities satisfied to operate the all cooling pumpes!

    i suppose for possible the first H2explosin it wasself caused by the electro-ignized fire of the generatory car?

    September 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  40. Thinkr

    Why TEPCO executives should face criminal prosecution:

    1. Falsified safety reports.

    2. TEPCO lied about the extent of the explosions and leaks.

    3. TEPCO had a duty to provide warnings, TEPCO had the information and lied about it, these lies prevented people from evacuating..

    4. With proper warnings people could have protected themselves and their children.

    5. Anyone who dies who could have been evacuated constitutes a case of negligent homicide.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
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    September 14, 2011 at 2:56 am |
  42. Kathy

    It should be remembered that Fukushima is not over, from what I am reading it looks like it is doing the recritcality dance all over again, when is it going to end? I live on the West Coast of the US and due to the radiation I continue to be exposed to I sent my daughter to Georgia. I figured out it was a really big deal when I no longer saw information about it in the MSM, the ongoing mess that it is that has never stopped send radiation my way. Since the supreme court says that corporations have the rights of people, does that mean they have the right to be executed? How many are going to die horrible cancer deaths because of what GE has done? My only wish is that I had gotten my daughter out of the West coast sooner that I did, shall we now call it the Radiation coast since the fallout is due here in less than a year courtesy the Pacific Ocean currents? What a selling point from my home, Only fifty miles from glowing water, thats life on the Radiation Coast!

    September 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
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