Posts Tagged ‘TEPCO’

Japan has a history of pretending to be a democratic country and has regularly disregarded petitions by its citizens even when numbered by the hundreds of thousands. Tokyo governor Ishihara recently announced that the city would go on burning radioactive waste and line the concentrated radioactive ashes in bags on landfills in Tokyo Bay, ready to be swept away by the next typhoon, and he stated that the more than 250,000 signatures presented to have a referendum to decide together about the future of nuclear power amounted to nothing to him. He calls anti-nuclear activists “monkeys”, is famous for his racial slurs in speeches and is a disgrace to the Akutagawa literary prize that was awarded to him years ago. He actually deemed the latest nominees to be “a parade of rubbish” as reported by Mainichi Daily News and we can at least thank him for resigning from the panel of judges. Ishihara also declared in the press that the earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 20,000 of his compatriots was a form of “divine punishment” : “The identity of the Japanese people is selfishness. The Japanese people must take advantage of this tsunami as means of washing away their selfish greed. I really do think this is divine punishment.” Yet he is very popular and that tells us something about the real, “modern” Japan. Ishihara personnally reminds me of Asahara, the founder of the terrorist Aum cult who had recruited among the Japanese elite – maybe he is a member of the cult which survives under the name Aleph? Tokyo is a large shareholder in TEPCO.

Hopefully, Osaka Mayor Hashimoto, also a populist albeit younger, will show more concern for his people and more cleverness when he will receive petitions today. Japan has slipped behind China and in some respect North Korea as well thanks to elders like Ishihara who make sure that retired bureaucrats end up in indecent overpaid sinecures and that the construction sector blanket Japan in concrete: these elder men are directly responsible for the 200% of GDP national debt which went into absurd concrete projects and of the fall of Japan on all fronts: environmental, economic, social, cultural etc. If the younger generation impersonated by Hashimoto just follows in their corrupted schemes, in spite of populist claims for a change, Japan is finished as a developed country. Osaka is a major shareholder in KEPCO and a bankrupt city. (more…)

Fukushima is the primary source of atmospheric radioactive material fallout. Radioiodine, which disappears rapidly, is regularly detected and shows that criticallity is still happening. Melt-through in three reactors and total lack of control and knowledge about conditions by TEPCO would make it at least three times worse as Chernobyl – yet this has still to become common sense and most people in north-eastern Japan try to reassure themselves that it is still safe until the fourth reactor blows up, which is only a matter of time. Tokyo should have been evacuated immediately and forever – after 8 months, an orderly evacuation could have been carried out and housing built but the Japanese government and mostly the population, who lives in denial, decided otherwise.

Usually SurvivalJapan leaves Tokyo out of the picture as anyone serious about their survival in Japan would have left the no man’s land area, including Tokyo, long ago. However, M. Goshi Hosono’s plan to spread radiation all over Japan is making its way, with potential effects outside the no man’s land, in what we call the monitored land, as can be read in the Japan Today article below and which was already mentioned on SurvivalJapan almost 3 months ago in Tokyo Imports 500,000,000 Kg Of Nuclear Waste.

Incinerators are less than 4 miles away from the Imperial Palace and popular places like Shibuya and Ebisu, which will all be under the radioactive fallout when winds abate.

I am told that yakuza are different from other similar organizations worldwide, as they supposedly appeared first to protect outcasts and organize work for them, and are nationalists who want to protect Japan and the Imperial Family. Mothers who occupy Hibiya Park in Tokyo (close to the Parliament, the Imperial Palace and headquarters of many large dysfunctional companies such as TEPCO and neighbor Mizuho) reported that harassment from right-wing militia somewhat relented when mothers told them that they would pack up their camping tents and leave if His Majesty would meet with them and ask them to. There are a few public enemies in the government, firms and media nowadays who are jeopardizing Imperial lives and the future of Japan – one can only wonder what yakuza associations are waiting for before saving this country if nobody else will, not that I am suggesting anything.

Winds will carry radioactive smog towards Chiba peninsula and Izu peninsula and archipelago depending on the season and weather. Winds seldom blow west but they occasionnally do, as Meteocentrale wind simulations show, and they sometimes even reach Osaka from Fukushima. The flying distance between Tokyo to Osaka (250 miles) is about the same order as between Fukushima to Tokyo (150 miles), although slightly less and Tokyo is a secundary source, not exactly like Fukushima itself.

Besides, the terrain configuration around Tokyo, i.e. the Kanto Plain, is unfortunately perfect to drive radiation fallout as we surmised from March eleven and was later proven by the presence of hotspots in Gunma, Saitama, etc. Further west, the region of Nagoya, in Aichi prefecture, will be also affected as well as the whole Nobi Plain, although less than the Kanto Plain of course. The whole coastal area between Tokyo and Nagoya, i.e. Shizuoka, etc. will be on the way on adverse days. Radioactive winds can also easily go through between Shiga and Mie prefectures, where mountains are low and several valleys let highways through to Osaka.

Japan Today – Tsunami debris from Miyagi to be incinerated in Tokyo this week

Dec. 13, 2011 –

TOKYO —

The first load of tsunami debris from Miyagi Prefecture will be test burned at a waste incineration plant in Tokyo’s Ota Ward on Tuesday and Wednesday, with further tests scheduled for Dec 20-21 at a Shinagawa Ward plant.

If the test burns go well, large-scale burning will commence next February at a rate of 150 tons per day, Tokyo metropolitan government officials said, Fuji TV reported. Under the plan, 10,000 tons of combustible debris from Onagawa will be disposed of in incineration facilities located on reclaimed land in the Tokyo Bay area.

Officials plan to burn 500,000 tons by 2013.

Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures have massive mountains of rubble, said to weigh more than 23 million tons.

The debris being sent to Tokyo is mainly wood and metal. By the end of next March, Tokyo will have received a total of 500,000 tons of debris from Miyagi and Iwate prefectures.

This article may still be available from its original source.

The only reporter I could spot at the Osaka protest (Cf. Protest Against Radioactive Waste In Osaka in SurvivalJapan) was from the Mainichi Shimbun. Yomiuri Shimbun is a pro-nuclear news and powerful lobby with links to the CIA since the 1950, with its head Matsutaro Shoriki, to promote and sustain nuclear energy (and possibly weapon technology?) in Japan so their coverage is less and more biased unfortunately. Asahi Shimbun reported about a petition signature campaign in both Tokyo and Osaka on the same day for a referendum to take place, as per their article reproduced below: (more…)

A peaceful protest march was organized in Osaka yesterday by concerned Japanese mothers, starting in Motomachi-naka square at 1 pm and walking around Namba shopping area to the joyful sound of drums, saxophone and PET bottle-DIY “music” instruments and the supporting sound of friendly policemen telling people to “move along, stay in line” through their megaphones as they usually do for marathon runners. Protesters’ own PA system addressed the health issues and chanted the same “Bring down nuclear power plants! End nuclear power!” songs (in Japanese) which I witnessed last summer in Tokyo, which the additional local touch of “Stop Monju reactor!” (in nearby Fukui prefecture). Another strong message was “Protect the children!” as radiation is known to have larger effects on children than on adults.
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This post follows up Kyoto Firms To Incinerate Radioactive Waste published last month on SurvivalJapan. Mainstream Asahi newspaper (Japanese version only) reported on October 26 that 7 cities and villages in Kyoto Prefecture eventually withdrew their former acceptance of nuclear waste. These are mainly, beside Kyoto city, along Road 9 heading north-west to Tottori from Kyoto (山陰道, i.e. San-in Road, the “Road in the Shade of Mountains”) : Kameoka, Nantan, Kyotanba (village), Fukuchiyama. The city of Maizuru and the village of Ine, on the western side of Wakasa Bay on the Sea of Japan (“Nuclear Ginza”) also declined to receive the irradiated earthquake waste on second thoughts. The reason for this turnaround is that public safety regarding the levels of irradiation of earthquake rubble could not be guaranteed to the citizens. Kyoto alone had initially accepted to incinerate annually 50,000 tons of waste and eventually declared that it was not acceptable. Fukuchiyama had previously agreed upon 1,500 tons. Meanwhile, in the Soraku district south-east of Kyoto city, not 10 km south of Biwako lake which gives tap water to Kyoto, some villages along the Road 163 (Yamato Highway) such as Kasagi and Minamiyamashiro, as well as the town of Wazuka, answered in a survey that they could receive 70 tons of waste, provided that safety was insured. Wazuka is situated in the middle of wooded mountains surrounded by a ring of golf courses (more than 30): if the Soraku district aims to keep the revenue from their golf patrons, it should think twice before acting on. It could also alienate neighbouring Tsuzuki district and Nara golfers. Besides, tourism will be negatively affected in Kyoto and Nara cultural capital cities if any of Kyoto village or city processes the nuclear waste.

It should be noted that although municipalities retracted, the nuclear disaster minister’s, M. Hosono, new tack is to get regional private sector involved. Therefore it remains unclear whether nuclear waste will hit Kyoto or not by means of companies such as the 4 subsidiaries of TEPCO mentioned in our previous post.

The Asahi article is reproduced hereafter along with a Google automated translation:

震災ゴミ 受け入れ撤回

2011年10月26日

                             7市町「市民へ説明困難」

東日本大震災で出た災害廃棄物の受け入れ問題で、当初前向きな姿勢を示していた府内7市町が方針を撤回した。今月、環境省の再調査に「受け入れ困難」などと答えた。放射性物質への不安を背景に、市民らに安全性を説明できないと判断したという。

受け入れの意向を撤回したのは京都市、舞鶴市、福知山市、亀岡市、伊根町、船井郡衛生管理組合(南丹市、京丹波町)。環境省が4月に実施した調査では、受け入れ可能な廃棄物の種類と量を回答していた。

京都市は、生ごみや家具類を年間5万トン受け入れられるとしていたが、今回は「受け入れは検討していない」と答えた。市は8月の「五山送 り火」で岩手県陸前高田市の松の薪(まき)を燃やす計画を進めたが、放射性物質の検出で断念した経緯がある。担当者は「現状では、市民に安全性を説得する 材料がない」と話す。

舞鶴市の担当者は「当初は被災地が大変な中、全国の自治体が努力すべきだと考えて手を挙げたが、市民への説明は難しい」と言う。伊根町は 「専門家の意見を聴くといった準備ができておらず、慎重な対応が必要と判断した」。船井郡衛生管理組合も「地元の理解がないと受け入れられない」と説明し ている。

福知山市は当初、生ごみなら年間1500トン受け入れられるとしていた。担当者は「今回の調査はがれき処理を想定しており、対応は困難だ」と言う。

一方、相楽東部広域連合(和束町、笠置町、南山城村)は調査に対し、年間70トンのがれき受け入れが可能と答えた。担当者は「災害はお互い様だから、できるだけ受け入れたい。もちろん、安全性の確保が大前提だ」と話す。

環境省は今回、災害廃棄物を焼却する場合は、放射性セシウム濃度が焼却炉の種類によって1キロあたり240~480ベクレル以下であれば 問題ないとする指標を自治体側に示した。それでも、「国の基準は根拠がわからない」(亀岡市)との声も出ている。環境省の担当者は「受け入れ困難とした自 治体にもデータを提供し、今後も検討を呼びかけたい」と話している。

Google Translate:

Withdraw acceptance quake debris

Seven cities and towns, “difficult to explain to the public”

Acceptance of waste at issue in the earthquake disaster came East, the mayor withdrew the seven policy Funai initially showed a positive attitude. This month, the Ministry review of the “difficult to accept,” replied the like. Behind the fear of radioactive material, it was determined that they can not explain to the public safety.

Intention to withdraw acceptance of the Kyoto Maizuru, Fukuchiyama, Kameoka, Ine-cho, Funai-gun health management associations (to the south, Tamba city today). In a survey conducted in April by the Ministry, was to answer the types and quantities of acceptable waste.

Kyoto, which had accepted 50,000 tons of garbage annually and furniture, was “not considered acceptable,” said. The city in August, “Gozan ceremonial bonfire” pine wood 陸前高田 city in Iwate Prefecture (Maki) promoted the burn plan, there are circumstances in the detection of radioactive material was abandoned. Person is “at present, there is no material to convince the public safety,” he said.

Maizuru city officials “initially in the disaster area is hard, raised their hands but believes that local governments should strive, hard to explain to the citizens,” he says. Ine city is “not ready to hear the opinions of experts and has determined that the prudent action is needed.” Funai-gun health management associations also “unacceptable and there is no understanding of the local” has been explained.

Fukuchiyama originally had 1500 tons per year and if garbage is accepted. Clerk, “the survey process expects rubble, is difficult to support,” he says.

Meanwhile, the eastern regional coalition Sagara (city only, Kasagi town, village 南山城) is to survey respondents can accept 70 tons of rubble. Person is “a disaster from O互I様 it, to accept as possible. Of course, it is prerequisite to ensure the safety,” he said.

Ministry of Environment Now, if the incineration of waste disasters are indicators that local authorities are shown in the following problem if the 240-480 Bq per kg depending on the type of incinerator concentration of radioactive cesium. Still, “do not know the basis for national standards” (Kameoka) and they have a voice. MOE officials “to provide data to local governments and difficult to accept, consider further appeal to” he said.

Tourists are well advised to avoid altogether Tokyo and the whole north-east of Japan, although visiting Osaka – Kyoto – Nara area, i.e. Kansai, and south-east remain safe as of today, provided extreme caution is paid to food origin. This can prove tricky as tourists usually eat out and Japanese cuisine, one of the best in the world, takes a large place in the tourist experience. However, the authorities’ mismanagement of the Fukushima crisis brought down a culinary disaster with half of the country’s fresh produce turned into nuclear waste distributed nationwide, and TEPCO managed to pollute the Pacific Ocean to such an extent that anything from it, including of course sushi, should be out of anyone’s diet whose life expectancy is higher than the next five years. I highly recommend renting a place with a kitchen and making your own food with utmost care to labelling. Most of all, leave your children at home. If visiting Japan still makes sense to you and you are taking all necessary precautions, keep in mind that your return flight will serve food from Japan with “unknown” origin on board, even if you are flying with a foreign airline. I strongly advise that you take your own food on-board whenever possible and complain to your airline about putting their flying staff and passengers at risk. If you think this is an exaggeration, picture yourself leaving Minsk just seven months after Chernobyl disaster contaminated the whole Belarus and being served local food on board.

On a recent trip to Europe flying with Lufthansa, I was amazed that not only Japanese but also the German crew was totally oblivious of this severe threat. After my explanation, a crew member was nice enough to serve me some remnants from their incoming flight, i.e. two frankfurters, four bananas and two oranges and some cheese and black bread which was all I ate during the 12 hour or so flight. Luckily for me, I was the only one to raise the issue this time – or I would have had nothing but orange or tomato juice to sustain me. Back to Japan, I was  concerned while eating spinach, a radio-friendly vegetable, especially as some onigiri rice balls labelled in Japanese were available during the flight and some sushi rolls and cold soba noodles were served with some wasabi / horse-radish paste as entrees – but a crew member reassured me that everything came from Germany notwithstanding. I took his word and try to sleep on it with the help of a Warsteiner beer, which amazed me by the simplicity of its content compared to the incredible brew which is served in Japan under the name “beer” (not even mentioning the various substitutes): malt, hops, yeast and water. Here is a picture of my frugal plate below. If you believe that their high potassium-40 content makes eating 4 bananas as dangerous as Fukushima rice and Ibaraki spinach, you are mistaken and should continue to learn about radioactivity. (more…)

Several officials reportedly had some severe health problems which turned out to be lung diseases. Fukushima fall-out regularly visits Tokyo where evermore hotspots appear and get difficult to cover up by the authorities with “non-Fukushima related” statements. Blogs and twits regularly point out to the logical existence of radionuclides which are not officially monitored until they eventually get into mainstream news, as in the case of strontium and probably “soon” uranium and plutonium oxides – how soon largely depends on when citizens will find and get a lab a positive sample that will force the authorities to admit it.

Effects on lungs are somewhat controversial as with any radioactive hazard studied and reported by governmental agencies and the nuclear industry and academia. For instance, uranium has supposedly “No adverse health effects reported” on humans whereas it causes “Severe nasal congestion and hemorrage (sic), lung lesions and fibrosis, edema and swelling, lung cancer” on animals, according to Wikipedia. As humans are ordinary animals, there is no particular reason for this discrepancy besides the political need to support their participation to the nuclear industry. Likewise, some Fukushima workers supposedly within the irradiation norms died suddenly from “non-Fukushima related” causes diagnosed by doctors working for TEPCO, under the seal of privacy and without any advanced nor official research. For instance, Fukushima Diary reported in their “Two sludge disposal facilities workers had sudden death within 2 weeks” post that, during an emergency citizen conference held on 10/24/2011 to discuss about how to deal with the radioactive debris and sewage sludge from Fukushima, the fact that two sludge disposal facilities workers died all of a sudden only in two weeks in October was leaked by a worker at a sewage farm in Chiba. This information did not appear at first in mainstream news according to blogger M. Mochizuki. Then a third worker suddenly died, supposedly from septic shock, as he reported in his subsequent post, “The third dead worker [septic shock]“. Although it is not clear whether the article refers to the same ″third″ worker (age and date differ), the Independent, a UK mainstream newspaper, reported that the worker died on his second day of work, while being exposed to “only” 170 uSv on the day he died (no mention about his first day). The Independent mentions also that: “The Japanese government’s maximum level of exposure for male workers at the plant is 250 millisieverts for the duration of the effort to bring it under control.”, which is largely over 20 millisieverts usually tolerated in other countries. Even this latter limit, which is equivalent to about 50 uSv per day, is arbitrary, as there is no reason why a nuclear plant worker should be more resistant to radiation than the general public, for which the international limit is 1 millisievert (raised to 20 in Japan after Fukushima). If we dismiss TEPCO’s explanation for the death of this worker, it seems that “fairly low” levels of radiation, contrarily to official, academic and industrial reports which serve the same community, could kill in a single day. After all, this third worker was irradiated to a daily level sixty times higher than the maximum for a member of the general public on the day he died, and no data was published for the previous day, which could be ten times more for what we know, considered the levels of radioactivity on site and other information leaked on Twitter by workers.

Although on the paper uranium and plutonium oxides are almost completely evacuated by the human body when ingested, and that when inhaled in “small” amounts, they have not been proved to be lethal, it may cast some reasonable doubts when some official people get pneumonia or bronchitis during an exceptional warm autumn, and their place of work or residence happen to be reported as some of the hottest spots in Tokyo, and that they have visited extensively Fukushima and contaminated prefectures such as Iwate and Miyagi.

Fukushima Diary reported on October 1st that some of the worse hotspots were in found in the “mud in Diet” (0.5 uSv/h) and in front of the Imperial Palace (0.7 uSv/h). Natural background radiation is ten times less. In the same post, M. Mochizuki mentioned that Upper House President Takeo Nishioka (who died of pneumonia early Saturday) nearly fainted at the Diet, that he said that he was suffering from severe canker sore and that he could not sleep recently. Besides, M. Mochizuki reported that M. Nishioka sometimes lost his words at the Diet. Of course, we may dismiss any information or connection with Fukushima as M. Nishioka was already 75 years old and some hotter spots have been found since without any casualty reported. However, when 9 year-old Princess Aiko was taken to the hospital for a cold, I suspected that it was in fact a symptom of low radiation exposure, especially since she is young and therefore more sensitive. These days, the official version from the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) is that she, like M. Nishioka, caught pneumonia. The Diet and Imperial Palace are geographically close in Tokyo. Although I hope that, now that she has left the hospital, she will live on healthily, I would not be surprised if the IHA announced some “unexpected” complications. The members of the Imperial Family must be exemplary and the Imperial couple visited Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi two months after the nuclear disaster. Now, Emperor Akihito, who has “a fever due to a cold”, contracted bronchitis and had to go to the hospital. His immune system seems weakened, as “he appears to be fatigued and has lost some resistance to fight his illness” – which can be caused by a number of afflictions, including low-level radiation exposure, exacerbated by his old age (77). When he will die, it could be a signal for the Japanese Self-Defense Force to start a coup (Cf. Risk Of Coup In Japan? in SurvivalJapan). It would be quite a scandal if the Emperor was to become the victim of TEPCO and the government, the final straw that could very well serve as an excuse for the ultra-nationalist militaries to grab power.

These speculations will need to stand the test of time but I would not be surprised if the number of lung / respiratory diseases spiked, in of course a “non-Fukushima related” yet potentially lethal fashion in weeks to come, especially when officials or public figures are involved. After all, in the United States, “heart attack” is often a code name for drug overdose for this population, so pneumonia, bronchitis and, why not, severe asthma could become the same for radionuclide-induced cancers and acute poisoning (once in lungs, they move on into blood).

Update: Japan Times reported in April that pneumonia cases were on the rise in Tohoku, with a number of patients five to six times higher than the previous year at the same time.

Although the article does not mention which companies nor whether they will actually incinerate the waste in Kyoto incinerators, it would seem highly improbable that these companies use facilities elsewhere, especially when incinerators in Tokyo area are already reaching their maximum capacity and maximum radiation level set by the government.

It may seem strange that an enormous amount of nuclear waste may be processed or just stored in Tokyo area whereas the policy for disposal is in limbo. Besides many municipalities are not eager to receive this poisoned business opportunity. The rules have changes once again: these days, cities cannot decide anymore, although in the previous consultation given as a multiple choice survey, “not accepting any waste” was not part of the choices. Nowadays, the Ministry of Environment headed by Goshi Hosono appoints directly private companies to dispose of the waste, hence by-passing any public consultation and shielding any transparency as to where and how it is carried on.

Back in 2005, Alan Preston wrote in his last blog Kyoto in Kyoto post with the following picture this ironic statement :

“Kyoto City’s new Tokuhobu ‘ Clean’ Centre ( Incinerator), hidden in the forest just north of the city makes compliance with the Kyoto Protocol’s guidelines on waste minimisation near impossible.”

Kyoto Incinerator : "Tokuhobu Clean Center" just north of the city

Kyoto Incinerator : "Tokuhobu Clean Center" just north of the city

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Under the lead of an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Tokyo Electric Power Company is working out next-gen car battery norms. It has developed a specification for high-voltage DC automotive fast charging using a JARI Level 3 DC connector, and formed the CHΛdeMO (stands for Charge and Move) association with Japanese automakers Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota to promote it. Although you may be convinced that driving an electric car is eco-friendlier than a conventional one because of the low-level of CO2 expelled, I suggest that you think twice.

Battery industry is a large source of pollution in itself and recycling will pose serious environmental threats with lithium as a new source of cancers and permanent neurological damage in case of severe poisoning. Lithium ion batteries used in watches and gadgets are not always recycled properly but we are taking it to a next level with car batteries. A lot of so-called “green technologies” are based on using highly toxic elements like arsenic in semiconductors and the recycling is never really considered in the PLM (think of what becomes of outdated solar panels for instance). Electric powered cars are in fact nuclear cars, but so are electric appliances in our homes, so where is the problem? In countries like Japan, fossil fuels and renewable energies are sufficient to power the country, even without saving much in this wasteful nation of ever-running empty bullet trains and all night long lit up cities. If Japan was to use only nuclear cars, the demand for more energy would be so great that new nuclear plants would have to be built and old ones put back in operation. The amount of electric power for a car is much higher than to lit up your typical living room neon light: how many domestic appliances require 62,500 W of high-voltage DC current to charge? This is what CHΛdeMO delivers to nuclear cars made by Mitsubishi (i MiEV and Citroën C-ZERO in France, which is quite ironic since Mitsubishi also made ZERO fighter planes for kamikaze pilots during WWII – a practical joke by Mitsubishi marketing department to their French colleagues?), Nissan (several models including Leaf with Renault partnership) and Subaru (Stella).

As a summary, Lithium battery production is environmentally harmful, using them when you drive your car is the worse part because of significant increased nuclear power consumption and their recycling is a new kind of massive pollution ahead. The whole product life cycle is ecologically damaging.

TEPCO participation in the CHΛdeMO association makes perfect business sense. Ironically, CHΛdeMO, also spelled CHAdeMO (an abbreviation of “CHArge de MOve”, equivalent to “charge for moving”), is a pun for O cha demo ikaga desuka in Japanese, meaning “How about some tea” (while charging) in English – knowing that Japanese green tea was tested radio-positive in Shizuoka prefecture, we could politely answer Kekko desu, meaning “Thank you but no thank you”.

Faced to international competition, especially from South Korea, to a yen exchange rate that damage exports, to a dwindling domestic consumption combined with a oversaturated domestic market, Japanese automobile makers’ main hope is to regain leadership through innovative products such as these nuclear cars – so there is no backing up from this strategic policy, which means that they are bound to TEPCO for at least the next decade. Japanese media are subjected to this consortium: for instance Yomiuri Shimbun mainstream newspaper founder has been an active nuclear power supporter, is in some way partly responsible of the fate of Fukushima victims, and will never disavow TEPCO. Toyota represents a third of advertising budget in media so there is little chance that any negative press be published against nuclear cars.

“Green technologies” are often a marketing term to promote innovative and not so environmental friendly technologies, which has eventually a negative impact on the end-user. In another post, we showed that these companies are not concerned with their customers’ health (see further reading on SurvivalJapan below). On a personal level, I recommend boycotting any product affiliated, owned or developed in partnership with TEPCO.

Tokyo Electric Power Company has developed patented technology and a specification for high-voltage (up to 500 V DC) high-current (125 A) automotive fast charging via a JARI DC fast charge connector. It appears this is the basis for the CHAdeMO protocol.The connector is specified by the JEVS (Japan Electric Vehicle Standard) G105-1993 from the Japan Automobile Research Institute.

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The only company who used to sell iPhones in Japan was Korean-born Masayoshi Son‘s Softbank. TEPCO subsidiary KDDI / AU is now allowed to sell iPhones from next week. TEPCO is the third largest shareholder in KDDI after Kyocera and Toyota. Softbank has been pushing for the development of green energies in Japan and enjoys tremendous popularity as Masayoshi Son is one of the only successful self-made entrepreneur in Japan, a kind of local Steve Jobs. Japanese hate to see a nail sticking out of a row and previous successful entrepreneur, Takafumi Horie, another IT icon who created Livedoor, has been under legal attack and is now in jail, whereas TEPCO president is not. Besides, Japanese have a problem with Korean (and Chinese) successful people and Masayoshi Son, although a naturalized Japanese citizen, is bound to be the next target, as “becoming Japanese” is only a legal concept. In response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, Masayoshi Son criticized the nuclear industry for creating “the problem that worries Japanese the most today”, and engaged in investing in a nation-wide solar power network for Japan. The counter-attack from TEPCO was quicker than their reaction to solve Fukushima issue and they will bite into Softbank’s iPhone monopoly successfully via their AU company with the government back-up, and diminishing the likelihood of Softbank’s solar network to ever see the light. Although this is not a direct topic to surviving in Japan, I personally recommend boycotting any company where TEPCO has some significant share-holding like AU. TEPCO should focus solely on solving the nuclear issue and not battle against companies who promote green energies. There isn’t much that anyone can do to stop nuclear power in Japan but this kind of small actions is more effective than demonstrating protest in the street. If you have friends in high places in Apple, please have them remove any commercial agreement with KDDI / AU and other TEPCO subsidiaries. TEPCO also use their Internet subsidiaries to control media about the nuclear crisis and enforce an information black-out (Cf. TEPCO Subsidiary Used To Spy On Dissent in SurvivalJapan). It also shows that Japan will never surrender nuclear power since the ultimate goal is to acquire nuclear weapon technology and amend the constitution to allow their powerful Self-Defense Force to become a regular army with nuclear deterrence capacity in front of Chinese military and economic build-up, as well as North Korea and Russia. This intention was clearly stated by Tokyo governor just a week before 3-11 as reported in The Independent article below. This policy and goal has been followed up consistently since WWII as is thoroughly documented on the Internet and it is not just a rogue politician statement. Besides, as in every other country, the Japanese space program carried out by JAXA is a cover-up for intercontinental ballistic missile R&D (Cf. also Japanese nuclear weapon program on Wikipedia) : the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency does not carry much more exploration in space than the Institute of Cetacean Research carry scientific research when they kill whales.

TEPCO shareholding in KDDI / AU is displayed on this screenshot below available from KDDI website :

Here is the link to the au by KDDI by TEPCO iPhone which I would be happy if you decided not to buy, for all TEPCO’s victims in half of Japan.

Just a week before Fukushima disaster, here is what The Independent reported :

Japan must develop nuclear weapons, warns Tokyo governor

By David McNeill in Tokyo

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Japan's non-nuclear principles were constituted in response to public revulsion at the US atomic stikes on Hiroshima, pictured, and Nagasaki in 1945 AFP/Getty

Japan’s non-nuclear principles were constituted in response to public revulsion at the US atomic stikes on Hiroshima, pictured, and Nagasaki in 1945

Tokyo’s outspoken Governor says his country, which suffered history’s only nuclear attack, should build nuclear weapons to counter the threat from fast-rising China.

In an interview with The Independent, Shintaro Ishihara said Japan could develop nuclear weapons within a year and send a strong message to the world.

“All our enemies: China, North Korea and Russia – all close neighbours – have nuclear weapons. Is there another country in the world in a similar situation?

“People talk about the cost and other things but the fact is that diplomatic bargaining power means nuclear weapons. All the [permanent] members of the [United Nations] Security Council have them.”

The comments from the leader of Japan’s second-most powerful political office come amid concerns about China’s growing military muscle.

Beijing announced last week that its 2011 defence budget will be hiked by 12.7 per cent to 601.1bn yuan (£56.2bn) up from 532.1bn yuan last year. Most experts say that those figures are an underestimate.

China officially overtook Japan as the world’s second largest economy last month. Despite booming bilateral trade, the relationship has regularly been shaken by disputes over territorial and historical issues. Ties are still struggling to recover from a maritime clash last year over the Senkaku Islands, which are owned by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing.

Mr Ishihara said the clash, which ended when police released the captain of a Chinese ship accused of ramming Japan’s coastguard vessels, had exposed his country’s weakness in Asia. “China wouldn’t have dared lay a hand on the Senkakus [if Japan had nuclear weapons].”

The right-wing Governor added that a nuclear-armed Japan would also win more respect from Russia, which seized four Japanese-owned islands during the Second World War. And he advised his constitutionally pacifist nation to scrap restrictions on the manufacture and sale of weapons. “We should develop sophisticated weapons and sell them abroad. Japan made the best fighters in the world before America crushed the industry. We could get that back.”

Conservatives have long demanded that Tokyo ditch its postwar constitution, which was written during the American occupation of the country and renounces war as a sovereign right.

Japan’s so-called non-nuclear principles, produced during the time of Prime Minister Eisaku Sato in 1964-72, later committed the country to never produce, possess or allow the entry of nuclear weapons. The principles were partly a response to popular revulsion over the deaths of more than quarter of a million mostly civilians in the 1945 US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Mr Ishihara claimed that Mr Sato, who won the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to plans for a nuclear weapons programme, was at the same time secretly approaching the US for help in developing an atomic bomb.

“If the Sato administration had unilaterally developed nuclear weapons then, for a start North Korea wouldn’t have taken so many of our citizens,” said the Governor, referring to Pyongyang’s abduction of an unknown number of Japanese people.

Mr Ishihara is expected to step down this year after 12 years governing the city of 13 million people. He once called gay people “abnormal” and elderly women who can’t have babies “useless”. His right-wing politics and persistent warnings about the rise of China have earned him the sobriquet “Japan’s Jean-Marie Le Pen”.