【PART 2】 The Mystery of Fukushima: Why Japan Cannot Stop Nuclear Power Plants?

 

7】 Why Cannot Japan Stop NPPs?

 

It will take a long time to make clear the entire picture of the huge Fukushima nuclear disaster. The government will continue to conceal information. And as in the case of the U.S. base issue, it will take 30 years till U.S. secret documents relating to the disaster become available to the public.

Of course, we don’t have time to wait for that. It will be meaningless to have all the historical data explained if Japan is already contaminated by radiation. In this book, therefore, I ‘d ask my readers to understand that I will put aside the problem of identifying the culprits trying to restart the NPPs and what their motives are.

How is it possible to even begin identifying the specific culprits? Are they the Japanese bureaucracy that doesn’t have the courage to change its policy? The politicians of the LDP who cannot withdraw from NPPs the rights vested in them? The rightists in the LDP who dream about nuclear armament?

Or are they the banks that have invested huge amounts of money in electric power companies? Or the energy industry, which is called the International Nuclear Power Village, or the international capital which is behind it? Or the U.S. government which is in accordance with its intention?

There are many opinions, and the truth is not yet clear. In this book, for the time being, I would like to define the culprits as “all the powers that benefit from resuming NPP operations.”

At this point, the more important task is identifying a strategy for stopping operation, not identifying the power trying to restart it. Germany and Italy have decided to abandon the use of NPPs. In Taiwan, a demonstration by citizens halted the construction of a new NPP (Taiwan Power Company, No.4 Nuclear Power Plant).

The massive majority of Japanese want NPPs stopped in Japan, where the Fukushima accident happened. In the summer of 2014, when all NPPs were stopped, we still had enough electricity during the periods of peak demand. That proves that the abolition of NPPs would not affect the economy in Japan.

So, why cannot Japan abolish NPPs completely?

 

* ・・・ Among Japanese, 77% favor stopping NPPs, and 59% oppose resuming NPP operations. (Public-opinion poll by Asahi Shimbun on March 15 and 16, 2014)