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raspberry-blower wrote:
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biffvernon wrote:Japanese fuel rods and BNFL? Oh yes. We were going to process them and it all went pear-shaped. Maybe that's why they've got such a lot of it lying about. Hasn't anybody solved the nuclear waste disposal problem yet?
Maybe that's why the Japs have been cramming them in so tight.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/short ... e-fue.html
The situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has become extremely unnerving. The Tokyo Electric Power Company has now admitted that the spent fuel rods could go critical - that is, a nuclear chain reaction could restart.
We have known since yesterday that the reactors themselves were coming under control, and that the biggest threat came from the spent fuel ponds, where the water level has fallen and temperatures have risen. That could lead to the stored fuel rods breaking open, releasing their radioactive contents.
OI!!!

I posted that same article here :wink:

http://www.powerswitch.org.uk/forum/vie ... &start=150
Damn!!

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raspberry-blower wrote:
OI!!!

I posted that same article here :wink:

http://www.powerswitch.org.uk/forum/vie ... &start=150
It was well worth reading twice.
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BBC News - 17/03/11

More footage has emerged of the tsunami reaching the port town of Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture, destroying everything in its path.

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That is awsome! :shock: :shock:
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A is for Atom... I love Adam Curtis films

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/2 ... _atom.html

15:21 when Edward Teller presses his watch....LOL
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ziggy12345 wrote:A is for Atom... I love Adam Curtis films

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/2 ... _atom.html
Thanks for the link Ziggy. :)

Kevin Sharpe (5th comment) mentions another film called 'Into Eternity'. The film is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RurTvL7NWGc
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The Independent - 19/03/11

Rebuilding after the earthquake and tsunami disaster will cost tens of billions of pounds. Yet many believe it will revive a moribund economy.

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A Marxist analysis of the Japonese disaster.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/mar20 ... -m18.shtml
The emperor’s latest intervention has underscored the severity of the crisis facing not only the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) government, but also the entire political establishment. Much of the population has palpably lost confidence in the authority of the state. The lack of an effective nationwide rescue plan, the anarchic rotating blackouts, the concern over radiation poisoning, the inconsistent official story on the Fukushima nuclear plant and the inadequate supplies of basic necessities to tsunami-hit prefectures have caused panic, fear and anger among working people throughout the country.
how much longer will the people remain calm in the face of such incompetance?

The historical comparisions are interesting, bearing in mind that Japan's first lurch into miltarism was driven by extreme energy insecurity.
It is worth recalling the consequences of the Great Kanto Earthquake, which struck in 1923, killing more than 100,000 in Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The catastrophe accelerated the demise of Japan’s wartime boom, which had resulted from the country’s loans and exports to the European powers that had been involved in World War I. The huge economic losses quickly transformed the Japanese government from creditor to debtor status, while social inequality reached boiling point. Far from channelling finance into reconstruction after the Great Kanto quake, Tokyo imposed austerity measures aimed at curtailing the level of debt.


Incapable of dealing with the disaster, the Japanese regime attempted to sheet home the blame to foreign workers (especially Korean and Chinese migrants) for sabotaging the rescue, a campaign that rapidly expanded into the ruthless political suppression of militant and socialist-minded workers. Increasingly authoritarian rule displaced Japan’s emerging parliamentary political system in the early decades of the 20th century. Heavily hit by the Great Depression in 1929, Japanese capitalism was ultimately driven into militarism and war, ended only by the catastrophic atomic bombings in 1945.


Today, the Japanese state is approaching a similar abyss. The 2008-09 financial breakdown drastically worsened the country’s public debt crisis, which has now reached more than 200 percent of GDP. Japan’s economic prospects were already grim, following a decade of stagnation in the 1990s, well before the current chaos. Its standing as the world’s second largest economy was overtaken by China last year, while millions of young Japanese have lost the life-long employment security their parents enjoyed during post-war period.
For those here who say war is unthinkable among great powers, well, this exchange of views shows that the risk of nuclear war between China and Japan (as part of a broader global WW3?) is alive and well.
Just three days before the earthquake that damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo’s conservative mayor Shintaro Ishihara gave an interview with the British Independent newspaper, boasting that Japan could build nuclear weapons within a year and that Tokyo had to send a “strong message to the world” that it had such capability. Ishihara declared: “People talk about the cost and other things, but the fact is that diplomatic bargaining power means nuclear weapons.” With a nuclear armed Japan, he claimed, “China would not have dared lay a hand on the Senkakus Islands” in the East China Sea.


Responding to Ishihara’s comment, Ma Guowei, a Chinese nuclear missile general attending the National People’s Congress, told the People’s Daily that China would launch a pre-emptive strike under such circumstances. “Once China believes Japan has crossed the threshold [of building nuclear weapons], China will attack without declaring war, much like the US invaded Iraq. It would require nobody’s approval.” Implicitly threatening nuclear war, Ma declared the attack would turn Japan into “scorched earth” and that the Japanese nation would “disappear from the planet”.
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Well if china attacked japan they would be in a war with the states and the states allies
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jonny2mad wrote:Well if china attacked japan they would be in a war with the states and the states allies
It would probably also be breaking the terms of the surrender following WW2, so one wonders if the Americans would feel justified in coming to Japan's aid in such an eventuality.
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It looks to me as if it's in China's interests to help Japan out, bizarre though it may seem. "If thine enemy hunger" and all that.
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Rather a lot of Chinese citizens work in Japan, sending much of their wages home. China and Japan do a lot of trade. They probably remember that war was not as useful as trade and will never try that again, come what may.
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Here's an interesting little side effect of the earthquake - a big part of Japan is lower than it used to be, by about half a metre. Or, putting it another way, sea level is higher. That's a concern for low lying coastal regions and warnings to watch out for spring tides have been issued.

http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/en/News/2011_spring_tide.html

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http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/mar20 ... -m21.shtml

Solid Marxist article on the Japonese cover-up which is still ongoing.
is now clear that Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, delayed essential measures to tackle the emergency at the facility in order to protect TEPCO’s investments. There is also mounting evidence that joint government-TEPCO cover-ups have continued throughout the unfolding crisis.

More than a week after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country, the situation at the facility remains on a knife edge despite days of desperate fire-hosing, water-bombing and other activities that have exposed the plant workers and fire fighters to extreme radioactivity levels.

Nuclear experts warned that the restoration of power to some Fukushima units on Sunday and the reported placing of two other reactors into “cold shutdown” did not necessarily end the dangers. “Overall, the situation remains very serious,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said at a media conference yesterday.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the weekend that TEPCO had considered using sea water to cool one of the plant’s six reactors as early as the morning of March 12, the day after the quake struck, but delayed until that evening and did not use seawater at other reactors for another day. The company’s concern was to protect its long-term investment in the Fukushima complex, because seawater can corrode a nuclear reactor, rendering it permanently inoperable.
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I wonder who insured them?
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