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TOKYO – Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation's 50 nuclear reactors Saturday, waving banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol. Japan was without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades when the reactor at Tomari nuclear plant on the northern island of Hokkaido went offline for mandatory routine maintenance.
"Today is a historic day," Masashi Ishikawa shouted to a crowd gathered at a Tokyo park, some holding traditional "koinobori" carp-shaped banners for Children's Day that have become a symbol of the anti-nuclear movement. "There are so many nuclear plants, but not a single one will be up and running today, and that's because of our efforts," Ishikawa said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said a decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 can make her country a trailblazer in renewable energy. Ms Merkel said Germany would reap economic benefits from the move. Germany is the biggest industrial power to renounce nuclear energy, in a policy reversal for the governing centre-right coalition.
Worldwide, there has been a shift with Germany, Italy and Switzerland moving away from atomic energy, prompting the International Atomic Energy Agency to revise down its forecast for growth in the industry.
The United States, China and India are still planning to increase the number of reactors.
Originally posted by BiggerPicture
what is America waiting for?
we have multiple leaking nuke reactors... no reduction, and and NO evac/quarantine perimeter, which at least Japan has.
but MSM manages to keep it hush...
Originally posted by purplemer
reply to post by sonnny1
wow some good news on ATS. I doubt other countries will follow suit.. Shame though.
Originally posted by antonia
Originally posted by TeslaandLyne
Isn't radioactivity basically a form of electricity in the first place.
No, it's an entirely different interaction.
Radioactive decay is the weak interaction.
Originally posted by dowot
I thought I understood from what I had heard on the radio, yesterday, that the few remaining working plants had been closed down for maintenance and would thus be up and running again shortly.
Am I wrong in this thinking?