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Originally posted by rbrtj
Why can't they do what I suggested and seal off the intakes and contain the water run off that will keep the crap cooler?
Soldiers moved to within 10 km (6 miles) of the Fukushima complex to search for those still missing following the disaster, the first time the military is conducting searches in this area since the plant began leaking radiation after the disaster hit.
As the search for the missing continued, 560 Japanese Self-Defense Force troops began working within a 10 km radius of Fukushima Daiichi, the Defense Ministry said, the first time they have come so close for searches since the crisis began.
Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has said it may take the rest of the year to bring the nuclear plant back under control.
Unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan is facing increasing calls to quit over his handling of the crisis.
The latest blow for Kan came when an adviser on the nuclear crisis quit in protest over the government's decision to set the annual radiation limit at 20 millisieverts per year for school children in Fukushima, a level the adviser said was unacceptably high. (Reporting by Hugh Lawson, Mari Saito and Yoko Kubota; editing by Jonathan Thatcher and Miral Fahmy) www.reuters.com...
Man I think that art is cool and pretty well rendered in the other fellows style they should leave it , perhaps the government of Japan can use it as a symbol of their attempt at re-humanizing themselves.
The clandestine add-on image -- painted in a style mimicking that of Okamoto's "Myth of Tomorrow" on display at a busy Tokyo train station -- created a stir on Twitter before police took it down Sunday evening.
An official with the group said "it is problematic to create a link when many people are suffering" between the horror of an atomic bomb explosion and the crisis at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant, the Tokyo Shimbun reported.
Originally posted by Maluhia
Translation - reality is best kept hidden. All is well.
Originally posted by rbrtj
also.. they could build on existing levees out in the bay around the intakes and then close them in from the sea.
Money not reaching victims / Lack of staff, difficulty in identifying recipients seen behind delay
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Only a tiny fraction of the money donated to help survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake has made it into the hands of disaster victims nearly two months since the devastation of March 11.
The Japanese Red Cross Society and other entities have sent about 58 billion yen in initial payments to Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. But less than 10 percent of this amount has actually reached disaster victims, according to investigations by The Yomiuri Shimbun. The standstill has been attributed to lack of staff at local governments as well as difficulty in identifying recipients and informing them the donations are available.
Besides shortages of staff and computers at local governments, many victims have lost their bankbooks and automatic teller machine cards, making it difficult to transfer payments. Reissuing ATM cards and bankbooks can take time.
We haz pictures We haz internet
The Zwentendorf Nuclear Reactor is a part of Austrian history and, globally, a totally unique monument, bearing testimony to the fact that, in a democracy, politics can and should always work with the will of the people. It is the only completely finished nuclear reactor – even the radioactive nuclear fuel rods had already been stored at the facility – that has never been put online. Only a button needed to be pressed in order for it to go into operation – but that never happened.
On April 4th, 1972, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of the first Austrian nuclear reactor, a plant in Zwentendorf by the Danube River. Two weeks after this event, a powerful earthquake damaged the foundation, as a result of which, had to be torn down and replaced. The construction of the plant took more than four years.
Mothers’ Hunger Strike. In early 1975, the “Initiative Austrian Nuclear Power Opponents“ was formed, which, at the zenith of the controversy, had more than 500,000 members. In 1977, nine mothers from the state of Vorarlberg who wanted to prevent the trial operations of the Zwentendorf Plant took residence in front of the Austrian Chancellery and began a hunger strike. Their sacrifice aroused a great deal of public interest.
The nuclear power controversy divided the country. On the one side was the fervent anti-nuclear movement; on the other stood the mighty politicians of the country. The Austrian Socialist Party, led by Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, was the dominant political force. It was supported by the unions, industry, and the Chamber of Commerce. Convinced that the majority of Austrians were in favor of the nuclear power plant, Chancellor Kreisky authorized a national referendum to provide a public mandate in reference to commencing the operation of the Zwentendorf Nuclear Reactor. This idea backfired completely.
50.47 % voted against Zwentendorf. On November 5th, 1978, the first national referendum in Austria since 1945 became an event for the history books. The result: 1,606,308 people said “No” to nuclear energy; that was 50.47 percent of the votes cast (1,576,839 voted for the use of nuclear energy). As a result of the Zwentendorf Referendum, in December of 1978, the Austrian National Assembly passed a law prohibiting the use of nuclear energy in Austria (Atomsperrgesetz).
With this law, Zwentendorf and nuclear energy in Austria became historical footnotes.
In 2005, the EVN (one of Austria’s leading energy providers) took over the dormant nuclear reactor and turned it into a training facility, where German nuclear technicians learned how to operate such a reactor. In Zwentendorf, they were able to train in a realistic environment and in areas not normally accessible in an operating plant due to the danger of radioactivity.
After the accident on March 11th, we have been making every effort to
restore the status of the nuclear power stations, and we believe that
improving the living environment and productivity of the workers will lead
to earlier restoration of the condition.
Therefore, we will construct some prefabricated temporary dorms, where
workers will be entering one after another from late June, and organize an
environment so that workers can concentrate on their work.
In addition, until then, the following improvements will be carried out at
the current resident facilities.
1.Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Due to the high radiation dose around the Main Anti-Earthquake Building,
meals are mainly limited to preservation food. Therefore, from early May,
two meals (lunch and dinner) out of three meals everyday will be served
from Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station Gymnasium as a lunch box
Further, this gymnasium will be equipped with double-deck beds before
mid May, with availability of shower.
2.Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Station
In regard with the living environment at the administration office, showers will be newly installed by the end of May, and increase the use. In regard of meals, bread (in the morning), bento (at lunch and dinner) is already being served from May 1st.
Also at J-Village where people and supplies are relayed, bento will be
served for two meals (lunch and dinner) out of three meals everyday. In
addition, showers will be made partly available by the late May, and
more showers and toilets will be made available by the end of June.