Fukushima: don't forget

Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Fukushima nuclear disaster showed us once again that nuclear reactors are fundamentally dangerous. Not only do they cause significant damage to the environment, the health of populations and to national economies, the heavy financial cost of a meltdown is inevitably borne by the public, not by the companies that designed, built, and operated the plants. None of the world’s 436 nuclear reactors are immune to human errors, natural disasters, or any of the many other serious incidents that could cause a disaster. Millions of people who live near nuclear reactors are at risk.

The lives of hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, especially the 160,000 who fled their homes because of radioactive contamination, and continue to live in limbo without fair, just, and timely compensation. They have only a false hope of returning home, yet the Japanese government is eagerly pushing to restart reactors, against the will of its people, and without learning true lessons from Fukushima.

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False hope: radiation monitoring in the Fukushima area

Blog entry by Greg McNevin | October 23, 2012 10 comments

Last week, three Greenpeace radiation-monitoring teams took to the streets of Fukushima City and the heavily contaminated region of Iitate to again record and assess contamination threats. Like earlier trips, we noticed decreased...

Official radiation monitoring stations in Fukushima unreliable: Greenpeace

Press release | October 23, 2012 at 4:00

Tokyo, Japan, October 23, 2012 – Following new radioactive contamination checks in Fukushima City and the heavily contaminated Iitate(1) last week, Greenpeace has found that official monitoring stations systematically underestimate the radiation...

Japan plans end to nuclear, but public still at risk for 18 more years

Press release | September 14, 2012 at 10:51

Tokyo, September 14, 2012 – Greenpeace Japan today cautiously welcomed the Japanese government’s landmark new ‘energy and environment strategy’ of zero nuclear reactors in the 2030s, but warned that 18 years is still too long to keep the...

No summer blackouts: nuclear scaremongering in Japan proven false

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | September 10, 2012 12 comments

Despite the dire warnings from the nuclear industry and its backers, Japan's hot summer has passed with no power blackouts or shortages even though just two out of its 50 nuclear reactors were in operation. The Japanese...

Learning Fukushima's lessons

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | July 27, 2012 8 comments

A series of startling investigative reports into the Fukushima disaster have made it clear the crisis was both human-made and could have been avoided. The question is, will the Japanese government and the wider world take heed? A...

Japanese citizens take their nuclear fight to court

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | July 6, 2012 4 comments

With the first nuclear reactor to be restarted in Japan after the 2011 Fukushima disaster to begin producing electricity soon, it’s clear the country’s government has decided to step back into the dangerous past rather than race into a...

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