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    of Scientists for the Public Understanding of Radiation SPUR provided by Emeritus Professor Wade Allison University of Oxford Read more Nuclear Radiation friend or enemy Its safety and its benefits at low levels justify its wider acceptance for improved public health and economic prosperity A Worldwide group of Scientists for the Public Understanding of Radiation SPUR ARTICLE Health Effects of Radiation Exposure The health and economic prosperity of the human race depend on applications of science in engineering and medicine and these have involved the outer or electronic part of atoms Use of the inner or nuclear part has raised public and political apprehension when used for energy production but less so when used for human health e g following the legacy of Marie Curie The cause of this concern is historical and cultural with no basis in science Read more This Week s Update April 22 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff Goal of Nuclear Regulation is comprehensive risk reduction English coming soon Contribution by Prof Koji Okamoto the University of Tokyo Among persons concerned in energy industry there are increasing doubts to the activity of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority NRA They have not discussed with nuclear operator nor academic society but requiring purchases of equipment and so on while operation of nuclear power plant is being stopped The situation is such that under the name of safety they are designating active fault and asking cancellation of nuclear plants However since this is damaging to Japanese economy and risks have not been comprehensively considered it may neither be useful for securing safety Prof Okamoto shows concerns that NRA s policy is deviating from its aim of increasing safety and yielding a profit to the nation Read more This Week s Update April 15 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff COLUMN Last week we introduced following articles Read more Why I can t give up nuclear power Tetsuo Takashima COLUMN Assessment of Nuclear Energy In addition to the disaster due to the earthquake and tsunami the Great East Japan Earthquake two years ago also brought another big disaster the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant This accident caused radioactive contamination in neighboring towns and cities as well as the tragedy that even now two years later many residents cannot return to their own homes Moreover reactor decommissioning will reportedly take 40 years Read more This Week s Update April 1 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff COLUMN Electric Power Industry Reorganization is needed more than separation of electrical power production from power distribution and transmission looking towards the future of nuclear power in Japanese An interview with Kazuo Ishikawa a policy maker The government hammered out electricity liberalization by 2020 centering on separation of electrical power production from power distribution and transmission However would this have the necessary effect for consumers and the company of reducing electricity price Furthermore nothing has been decided on nuclear power generation Will consistent policy be carried out Ishikawa argues rather than that there is cost merit by the expansion of scale and nuclear power should be separated and its government control in the new company Read more This Week s Update March 25 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff COLUMN Decontamination of Fukushima 1 millisievert target should be reconsidered in Japanese After the nuclear accident the target to make the annual exposed dose of 1mSv was set in Fukushima As a result decontamination is progressing very slowly and reconstruction is delayed Contribution by Takaaki Ishii journalist and fellow Agora Institute outlines present conditions and appeals its revision Read more This Week s Update March 11 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff COLUMN It is two years from the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster We would like to extend our deepest condolence and sympathy for the victims of the disaster and of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident Read more This Week s Update March 4 2013 GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN Shale Gas Revolution and its Impact in Japanese The shale gas is attracting worldwide attention today This article is a contribution from Prof Koichi Iwama Wako University who is known as one of the first energy analyst to analyze this It shows its influence and problem intelligibly Read more This Week s Update February 27 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff COLUMN Failure of Abenomix with burden of energy cost Report on Agora channel Japanese only GEPR s body Agora now broadcasts Agora Channel in Japanese every Friday evening from 21 00 on net TV On February 22 inviting Kazuo Ishikawa former METI Nobuo Ikeda president of Agora Inc discussed current energy policy Due to recognition of active fault by the Nuclear Regulation Authority electric power companies have fallen into financial crisis The LDP administration does not seem to touch nuclear issue until the next Upper House election is over so that not to cause friction However this could have significant adverse effect to overall economy and top priority of the administration Economic reform with Abenomics could fail Read more This Week s Update February 18 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff COLUMN An economist Tatsuo Hatta contributed a column Energy Source Provision from zero emission subsidies to carbon tax in Japanese As you can see from examples of nuclear power and renewable energies government s support for energy in Japan are mostly in form of subsidies Until now this has been associated with pork barrel politics Prof Hatta questions this and discusses validity of carbon tax In addition to the effect of the measure against global warming which is an important issue of energy the carbon tax attracts attention as a source of revenue of a new form in many countries Read more This Week s Update February 12 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff COLUMN We present columns on nuclear power and spent nuclear fuel issues Read more This Week s Update February 4 2013 GEPR Editorial Staff COLUMN Japan s Nuclear Regulation Authority is reconstructing systems such as establishing new safe installation criteria of a nuclear power plant Although activity improving safety of nuclear power plants in Japan after Fukushima disaster is to be admired strengthening of the regulation which only looks at active faults is being considered Is effort which only looks at one aspect appropriate Read more A revolution in radiation protection that would lead to safer and cheaper nuclear power Wade Allison COLUMN Health Effects of Radiation Exposure Months of dramatic press reports of radioactive leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in Japan have carried an apparently dire safety message and industry governments and the public worldwide have reacted that at whatever cost such an accident should never happen again But this is a mistake Another accident like Fukushima somewhere sometime should be avoided but would represent no global disaster Read more The case for nuclear power Gregory Clark COLUMN Assessment of Nuclear Energy The Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant disaster has made Japan reconsider the role of nuclear power in its future But for some reason we hear little about the non disaster at the nearby Onagawa nuclear plant What did not happen at Onagawa during the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami events could be much more relevant to Japan s nuclear power future than what happened at Fukushima Read more Lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident PDF Tadashi Narabayashi ARTICLE Assessment of Nuclear Energy Many lessons can be learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident First if an isolation condenser IC continues to operate the accident would be terminated soon A reactor core isolation cooling RCIC steam turbine also stopped due to loss of battery power in Unit 2 and 3 suppression pool S P temperature and pressure were so high that the accident management water injection took took too long time After the loss of ECCS and IC core cooling Containment Vessel pressure increased Hydrogen explosion occurred after venting The analysis results show that the depressurization of the reactor pressure vessel RPV started before RPV bottom failure It is hoped that the lessons learned from this accident will help to improve the safety of nuclear power plants worldwide Read more Japan Cannot Abandon her Nuclear Fuel Cycle A Critical Review of DPJ s Nuclear Zero Policy Professor Kumao KANEKO COLUMN Assessment of Nuclear Energy Confronted with the wide spread popular resentment towards nuclear energy in the wake of the March 2011 severe accident the Japanese government under the Democratic Party of Japan DPJ has taken steps to drastically reduce the country s dependence upon nuclear energy a base load source of electricity at the level of 30 35 prior to the accident and even anticipated to grow up to 50 by 2030 Read more Expectations for Negawatt Trading Norio Murakami COLUMN Analysis of Energy Industry Kansai Electric Power KEPCO issued a press release on June 21 with the title trans Negawatt Trading for Large Customers Outside Kansai Electric Power s Service Area The press release is available on the KEPCO website for further reading of the details in Japanese only This announcement relates to the expansion of negawatt trading which KEPCO calls the Negawatt Plan within its service area to the part of the 60Hz power grid in Japan comprising the service areas of Chubu Electric Power Hokuriku Electric Power and Chugoku Electric Power Read more Current State of Radiation Doses in Fukushima Prefecture No Health Risk Calling for Institution of Scientific Measurements and Correction to Foolish Policy Jun Takada COLUMN Health Effects of Radiation Exposure Since the tsunami and ensuing reactor accidents at Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Power Plant in March last year the author has freely conducted as a scientist in the discipline of radiological protection science on site radiological hygiene surveys in an autonomous format apart from any organization In the beginning the most feared short term nuclear hazard risk factor was considered to be thyroid doses from radioactive iodine Tests were completed in April in last year for 40 evacuees from Namie machi plus residents from the city of Nihonmatsu and Iitate Village The results of these 66 individuals confirmed low doses of 8 mSv or less approximately one thousandth of the Chernobyl accident s maximum thyroid radiation dose of 50 Sv Read more The Highly Safe Nuclear Power Plant Reevaluation and Technology Devolution of The Fast Reactor Moriyasu Tokiwai COLUMN Assessment of Nuclear Energy The author is a retired researcher born in 1944 and currently 68 years old After retirement I established a start up company NuSAC venture company No 55 of Tokyo Institute of Technology I investigate nuclear energy technologies and am currently recommending decontamination technologies for Fukushima Prefecture One could call me an old researcher Read more This Week s Update October 9 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN Energy and Environmental Council of Cabinet Office Government of Japan determined Innovative Strategies for Energy and the Environment on September 18th It aims for zero nuclear by 2013s and so on and decided on long term energy policy plan Criticisms are growing for its feasibility and so on Read more Inconsistent Innovative Energy and Environment Council Nobuo Ikeda COLUMN Opinions on Energy Policy Innovative Strategies for Energy and the Environment hereafter Strategies has been determined by the state Energy and Environmental Council Usually bills in accordance with this are submitted to the Diet and a new policy can be made However this time since the Democratic Party of Japan administration is running scarce it is not known to what degree this will be implemented as a bill With less than one year of debate for such a long term problem as the energy policy until the 2030s it is incomprehensible to make a last minute decision during the waning years of the administration Read more The External Effects of Electricity Generation are Little and the Cost of Nuclear Power Plants is Low From the Measurement Index Extern E GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN Analysis of Energy Industry Last year s earthquake has stirred up a vigorous debate about the cost of generating electricity It has already been introduced through news stories that the Commission for the Investigation of the Costs of the Cabinet Office s Energy and Environment Conference reevaluated the cost of generating electricity with nuclear power plants last December But what is important here is to fairly evaluate the inci dental costs of electricity generation for all sources of electricity and compare them in a table Read more This Week s Update Japanese Nuclear Energy Policy September 24 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN In May last year then Prime Minister Naoto Kan requested shut down of Hamaoka nuclear power satation of Chubu Electric Power saying that it is very likely to be the Tokai earthquake As a result the Company begun safety improvement works mainly tsunami measures on a scale of 140 billion yen He reports the present condition at Hamaoka Read more Easy Establishment of Japan s Nuclear Regulatory Agency Won t Be Permitted Securing Professionalism Engenders Safety and Trust Tetsuo Sawada COLUMN Assessment of Nuclear Energy On June 15 2012 the House of Representatives in Japan passed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Bill The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito reviewed and revised the draft put forth by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan such that for instance the Commission s organizational structure would instead be an Article 3 Committee or a government agency with strong independence Considered an improvement over the original draft the final bill with all revisions intact appears likely to become law Beginning with the appointments the challenges now are how to actually staff and build the organization and how to enhance genuine competency among the staff This column discusses the appropriate format of a nuclear regulatory agency with a mission to protect citizens lives in order to prevent nuclear disasters like the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident to recur Read more At the Mercy of Politics Safety Improvement Work at Chubu Electric Power s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station Takaaki Ishii REPORT Assessment of Nuclear Energy In May last year then Prime Minister Naoto Kan requested shut down of Hamaoka nuclear power satation of Chubu Electric Power saying that it is very likely to be the Tokai earthquake As a result the Company begun safety improvement works mainly tsunami measures on a scale of 140 billion yen He reports the present condition at Hamaoka Read more Innovative Strategies for Energy and the Environment in Japanese Energy and Environmental Council of the Government of Japan REPORT Opinions on Energy Policy On September 14th Energy and Environmental Council of the Government of Japan published It determined the aim of the country to have zero nuclear power generation by the 2030s Regarding this document the government at first said it will aim for decision by the cabinet council with strong binding effect however on September 17th changed it to ambiguous challenge probably due to domestic repulsion c f Cabinet decision document About future energy and environmental policy There is less interest towards Japan due to slump of its economic power however switch of energy policy of a country with 3rd largest quantity of generation of nuclear in the world in 2010 drew attention Read more Japan s zero nuclear dream the Washington Post ARTICLE Assessment of Nuclear Energy Editorial column on September 17th It views zero nuclear negatively and as a dream Read more Noda s nuclear phase out is decisive but not final Financial Times ARTICLE Assessment of Nuclear Energy Its editorial column of September 17th It evaluates this policy as decisive though its handling may change with future change of government an economical argument and so on Read more The U S Japan Alliance CSIS REPORT Opinions on Energy Policy We introduce the report published in August by Richard Armitage the former deputy secretary of state and Joseph Nye Proffessor at Harvard University together with CSIS The U S Japan Alliance The report proposes such as use of nuclear power generation the international joint ownership of the lessons of the Fukushima accident and the sale of the American shale gas Read more It was not radiation that caused the deaths of over 600 people in the nuclear disaster Nobuo Ikeda COLUMN Opinions on Energy Policy In the final report by the government s Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations of Tokyo Electric Power Company there are some important yet less than eye catching findings The account of the incident involving the deaths of approximately 50 patients at Futaba Hospital Okuma Town Fukushima Prefecture and its associated nursing facilities stretches over eight pages Read more Denuclearization Should Consider Logical Pathway Consensus of Citizenry Expectations for Societal Reform Through Natural Energy Takejiro Sueyoshi COLUMN Renewable Energy Technologies A review in energy policy looks more and more likely and hopes for renewable energies are growing We sought the comments of Takejiro Sueyoshi special advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative UNEP FI who is also an opinion leader in environmental and energy issues Read more At the Mercy of Politics Safety Improvement Work at Chubu Electric Power s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN Assessment of Nuclear Energy Receiving the request of then Prime Minister Naoto Kan Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station of Chubu Electric Power Omaezaki Shizuoka Prefecture shut down its reactor operations in May last year Today at a cost of 140 billion yen large scale construction work on tsunami countermeasures and other improvements continue at the site in an effort to enhance safety further GEPR editorial staff visited the site in early August to report on the developments Read more Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident and Future Energy Policy Kazunari Kainou COLUMN Analysis of Energy Industry I would like to express my heartfelt concerns toward everyone who has been affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake particularly the evacuees who have been subjected to the problems associated with the Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Read more Nuclear after Fukushima Lady Judge COLUMN Assessment of Nuclear Energy It is common

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    stricken areas resulted in energy source shortage of electricity gasoline and so on in stricken area and entire east Japan Rights and wrongs of nuclear power generation and implementation of renewable energy as alternatives had been actively discussed Hence Japan is been forced to approach a solution on various issues such as overcoming vulnerability of energy supply system introduction of renewable energy safety of nuclear energy and so on What is necessary here are accurate and meaningful information GEPR hopes to be the place for accumulation of this information We believe the experience of Japan would be useful when other countries facing energy related problems need to solve those issues We hope for and appreciate your cooperation and support NOBUO IKEDA President of Agora Incorporated January 2012 Video Is Fukushima Dangerous Distorted images of Japan Morley Robertson Nobuo Ikeda What s happen What was the cause in Fukushima Morley Robertson writer and DJ talk about distorted images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda 21st Century Energy Challenges At the ARPA E 2012 summit Bill Gates and U S Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U S and around the world A Web TV Program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only Agora Institute who operates GEPR broadcasted a Web TV program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation on internet video streaming channel Niconico Live on January 19th in Japanese only Nobuo Ikeda President of Agora Incorporated and three experts on radiation risk analysis and energy policy discussed about the situations after Fukushima nuclear accident Their opinions were consistent that potentiality of health damage caused by the Fukushima accident is very small GEPR will provide a summary

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    Energy On June 15 2012 the House of Representatives in Japan passed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Bill The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito reviewed and revised the draft put forth by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan such that for instance the Commission s organizational structure would instead be an Article 3 Committee or a government agency with strong independence Considered an improvement over the original draft the final bill with all revisions intact appears likely to become law Beginning with the appointments the challenges now are how to actually staff and build the organization and how to enhance genuine competency among the staff This column discusses the appropriate format of a nuclear regulatory agency with a mission to protect citizens lives in order to prevent nuclear disasters like the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident to recur Read more It was not radiation that caused the deaths of over 600 people in the nuclear disaster Nobuo Ikeda Opinions on Energy Policy In the final report by the government s Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations of Tokyo Electric Power Company there are some important yet less than eye catching findings The account of the incident involving the deaths of approximately 50 patients at Futaba Hospital Okuma Town Fukushima Prefecture and its associated nursing facilities stretches over eight pages Read more Denuclearization Should Consider Logical Pathway Consensus of Citizenry Expectations for Societal Reform Through Natural Energy Takejiro Sueyoshi Renewable Energy Technologies A review in energy policy looks more and more likely and hopes for renewable energies are growing We sought the comments of Takejiro Sueyoshi special advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative UNEP FI who is also an opinion leader in environmental and energy issues Read more At the Mercy of Politics Safety Improvement Work at Chubu Electric Power s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station GEPR Editorial staffs Assessment of Nuclear Energy Receiving the request of then Prime Minister Naoto Kan Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station of Chubu Electric Power Omaezaki Shizuoka Prefecture shut down its reactor operations in May last year Today at a cost of 140 billion yen large scale construction work on tsunami countermeasures and other improvements continue at the site in an effort to enhance safety further GEPR editorial staff visited the site in early August to report on the developments Read more Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident and Future Energy Policy Kazunari Kainou Analysis of Energy Industry I would like to express my heartfelt concerns toward everyone who has been affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake particularly the evacuees who have been subjected to the problems associated with the Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Read more Nuclear after Fukushima Lady Judge Assessment of Nuclear Energy It is common knowledge that the world is set to go from six to nine billion people in the next 20 30 years In order to cope with the energy challenges encompassed in this daunting thought there are three questions which many nations must face Read more Three Proposals to Avoid a Solar Bubble Kenji Asano Renewable Energy Technologies At the April 27 2012 conference by the the feed in tariff rates appraisal committee of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry the committee chairman s plan for a feed in tariff hereinafter FIT to be enacted in July was approved Under this plan energy generated by photovoltaic means hereinafter PV of less than 10kW for example will be purchased at a price of 42 JPY kWh for 10 years however for household use when the extant subsidy of 35 000 JPY kW is taken into account it amounts to approximately 48 JPY while amounts greater than 10kW will be purchased at 42 JPY kW for 20 years Table 1 The expectation is that the FIT will create a large scale demand for renewable energy and will simultaneously cause a decrease in the unit price of products and lead to the stimulation of related industries and job creation through increased demand Read more My feelings as a disaster victim who had supported nuclear power It is necessary to continue to think about the reality of the disaster and its true causes Toshiro Kitamura Assessment of Nuclear Energy For nearly half of a century I had made it my job to promote nuclear power but no sooner had I retired than I myself was forced to evacuate by the nuclear incident It is quite the ironic story Read more Was the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident Made in Japan Nobuo Ikeda Assessment of Nuclear Energy The English version of the official report released by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission NAIIC of the National Diet of Japan contains a preface message by the chairman with the following passage Read more This Week s Update Considering Successions of Nuclear Technique 23rd July 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs Debate about the nuclear power and the world after Fukushima nuclear accident continues in Japan We introduce topics for readers to think about the issue of atomic energy Read more This Week s Update World Energy Affairs 17th July 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs Smart meters which transmits detailed information of electricity usage is attracting attention as means for power saving In addition there is expectation that new industry may occur by using these information Korean information appliance venture Nuri Telecom installed smart meters to 270 000 houses in Sweden Mr Masayuki Suzuki president of Japanese subsidiary contributed Will Smart Meter Change Society From the experience of installing smart meters to 270 000 houses Read more This Week s Update How should We Build Consensus on Energy 9th July 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs The Japanese government proposed policy options in June about the future of energy policy and nuclear power and people begun to debate these issues GEPR provides necessary information in order to consider them appropriately Read more From 2011 Emergency Power Savings to 2012 Sustainable Power Savings Yumiko Iwafune Opinions on Energy Policy It has been some time since I started studying the energy supply problems in Japan from the standpoint of the consumer side and I have never been so busy than in the last year In April 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake I set up a website called Power Savings in an Emergency with other volunteers in order to organize and provide information on power savings Subsequently many people have accessed it Read more This Week s Update Negawatt Market will open at Kansai in Japan 2nd July 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs All nuclear power plant in Japan had been stopped from May this year under the influence of Fukushima nuclear accident Kansai Electric Power resumed operation of Oi power plant on July 1st However electrical power is likely to be insufficient this summer because of a tightening of inspections and public objection Read more 42 JP yen for Solar Power Is Too Expensive Concerns That Renewable Energy Will Not Spread After Increasing Consumer Burden Hiroyuki Ozaki Analysis of Energy Industry The Renewable Energy Buyback Program is to be implemented in July of this year in Japan The Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry s Procurement Cost Appraisal Committee calculates that the renewable energy purchase price will equal 42 per kilowatt hour and will be taking public commentary until the first of June This is indistinguishable from the energy companies fully distributed cost method of recent infamy and it is a system that guarantees solar energy profits for power companies This would not be a problem if it were a reasonable price but the current status of the world s solar cell market indicates otherwise Read more This Week s Update Points at Issue of the Nuclear Power Regulations and External Environmental Costs 18th June 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs There are numerous points of issues regarding the nuclear power Among them we introduce columns about public regulations and external environmental costs Read more Conditions for Liberalization of Electric Power Lessons from Liberalization of Telecommunications Nobuo Ikeda Opinions on Energy Policy METI Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry has pronounced policy for the complete liberalization of and separating transmission and generation of electric power This initiative is not recent Actually it was the final target for MITI predecessor of METI which started the liberalization of electric power in the 1990s The third program reform of 2003 established the electric power wholesale exchange and liberalized electricity retailing to high voltage customers of 50 kW or more The next step envisioned was complete liberalization The fourth program reform in 2008 however deferred the liberalization of low voltage small accounts In addition the separation of transmission and generation met with strong resistance from the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan FEPCO and came to nothing Read more Coming Back from a Radiation Panic The experience of a housewife Realizing my own discriminatory feelings was the moment of awakening Yuka Shirai Health Effects of Radiation Exposure Though it is possible to bring up the idea of individual responsibility when one thinks of the negative influence that is spreading as a member of the Japanese community isn t it necessary to do something to help the society as a whole However to confront this it is necessary to understand people s emotions Read more This Week s Update Note Renewable Energy 11th June 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs GEPR introduce various opinions about Energy problems We interviewed Mr Takejiro Sueyoshi a special adviser UNEP FI and an opinion leader on environmental issues in Japan Read more Restarting Nuclear Power Plant and Fixing Errors Due to Lack of Communication When the Entire Nation Thinks About a Stable Energy Supply Asking Public Policy Maker Kazuo Ishikawa Kazuo Ishikawa Opinions on Energy Policy Starting with the Kansai Electric s Oi Nuclear Plant there is an ongoing state of disarray surrounding the restarting of nuclear power plants across the country The government has been trying to proceed with restarting the reactors but with local mayors and residents standing in opposition it is still unclear whether this will happen Then on May 5 all of Japan s reactors were shut down Read more This Week s Update To discussion towards state of nuclear power plants 4th June 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs In Japan restart of nuclear power plant has become a political issue since after the Fukushima accident inspection period of nuclear power plants had been prolonged This is because in Kansai region there were governors who opposed Read more Nuclear Plant Restart Government Leaders Must Make Decisions and Stop Hiding Yoshito Hori Opinions on Energy Policy The government has decided to institute electrical power demand countermeasures over an extended three month period running from July to September Businesses and homes will be asked to broadly conserve electricity Kansai Electric Power KEPCO in particular is facing a 15 power conservation requirement referenced to peak demand during the summer of 2010 a consequence of not being permitted to restart Oi Nuclear Power Plant Units 3 and 4 Although a power usage restriction order was avoided business activities home life and consumption could sustain a serious negative impact in the Kansai Region whose weakened economy will be further harmed Read more 42 JPY kWh purchase price for solar energy raises concerns over massive financial burden Expansion of subsidies costs of comprehensive revision of the energy infrastructure To what purpose is this fiscally ruinous policy GEPR Editorial staffs Renewable Energy Technologies The procurement cost appraisal committee chaired by Professor Kazuhiro Ueta of Kyoto University of the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry that has studied the details of the renewable energy feed in tariff FIT beginning in July of this year has submitted a proposal to set the purchase price for solar energy at 42 JPY kWh Read more This Week s Update Resuming Nuclear Power Plant Operations Decision must be made 28th May 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs Concern of power shortages during summer is feared in Japan because of the delay in resuming nuclear power plants operation GEPR welcomes various opinions Read more Opinion Paper on Basic Specifications for Smart Meter Communications Issued by TEPCO Society for Smart Meter Study Opinions on Energy Policy This Research Group considers the specifications for smart meters that TEPCO is presently studying procurement under have the following four drawbacks Read more Co expertise of radiation protection and solidarity for the rehabilitation of living conditions in Fukushima Report on recommendations of the second ICRP dialogue seminar 2012 in Date City Yoshiyuki Mizuno Health Effects of Radiation Exposure The radiation problems that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent nuclear power plant disaster is truly an international problem The International Commission on Radiological Protection ICRP a non governmental organization that advises governments and international institutions on regulatory matters on radiation protection is keeping watch over the course of the nuclear disaster with great concern and taken occasions to make necessary recommendations Read more Why Can t Science Allay the Radioactivity Panic Calling for Social Survey to Save Fellow Victims and Perpetrators Kosei Kato Health Effects of Radiation Exposure I live in the Inagi City located on the west side of the 23 ward block shaping central Tokyo Compared to before the Great East Japan Earthquake my community has experienced virtually no change in its ambient air radiation dosage to date Matching this fact with current scientific wisdom I consider any risk originating from the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident to be quite small among the various circumstantial risks in raising children here Read more This Week s Update Reconsidering Promotion Measures of Renewable Energy in Japan 14th May 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs A number of observers criticized FIT that is a payback policy program to promote renewable energy which starts this July in Japan It forces power companies to purchase renewable energy generated such as by solar power Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry is planning that the purchase prices of solar power to be 42 yen about 50 US cents per 1kWh The price is high and would be a burden to the Japanese economy Read more This Week s Update Stopping All Nuclear Power Plants in Japan 7th May 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs Japan s last operating commercial nuclear reactor Tomari No 3 in Hokkaido went offline on 5th May for mandatory routine maintenance The nation undergoes situation without atomic generated electricity for the first time in 42 years This is because restarts of nuclear power plants are difficult Read more Concern over Premature Smart Meter Introduction to Homes Current Smart Grid Situation in Japan Takayuki Shintani Opinions on Energy Policy A growing interest in the smart grid and smart metering which can enable the smart grid has emerged in Japan since the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima The current situation is analyzed and the author offers his insights Read more Course on Radiation in Everyday Life Know the Facts Right Next to You Takamitsu Kozuma Health Effects of Radiation Exposure On March 11 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake struck causing an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant This accident resulted in radioactive material resulting as product of fission in the nuclear reactor to be released into the atmosphere contaminating a large area Read more This Week s Update Reconstructions of Electricity Power System in Japan after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster 23th April 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs Japan s energy situation has changed fundamentally after the accident in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power One of the changes is in a stable supply of electricity The electricity could be used freely with just turning a switch However from now on there is a possibility that electric power shortage could be constant by stopping nuclear power plants Read more Calling for Contemporization of Japanese Society Radioactivity Issue Arises from Uncleanliness Beliefs and Fabricated Maternal Image Kumiko Ishikawa Health Effects of Radiation Exposure In the midst of the early March season of the plum blossoms traditionally held for prayers of good health of young girls a rather shocking news story came out According to the Kofu Regional Justice Bureau a woman who evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture to Yamanashi Prefecture in June last year has filed for relief Her child was refused entrance to a nursery in Yamanashi a consequent victim of rumors associated with the nuclear power plant accident As its reason the nursery explained that the facility could not provide a response in the event that another parent expressed any anxiety over the nuclear incident The woman was further requested to voluntarily abstain from letting her child play at a park near her evacuation site The woman is now living outside of Yamanashi Prefecture as a result Read more This Week s Update Observing Risks of Radioactivity and Reconsidering Reconstruction from the Earthquake 16th April 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs Radioactive materials have been diffused over East Japan after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident Many Japanese are concerned about them They have risk of causing cancer and we need to be cautious However negative effects to human health by these materials are limited from what has been observed to date GEPR editorial staffs provides a column Comparing Risks of Everyday Lives to Radiation Risks Read more Reconsidering the Nuclear Power Plant Risks Costs Global Warming Kiminori Itoh Assessment of Nuclear Energy All of the reasons for promoting nuclear power plants including the incidence of accidents costs and climate change response through reduced CO2 emissions are entirely forced logic at this point in time Reasoned logic falls away in the presence of forced logic Consider the following specific pieces of evidence Read more This Week s Update How should we confront with damages caused by harmful rumors 9th April 2012 GEPR Editorial staffs Radioactivity panic in Japan is calming down on the surface However it still affects the society being a reason for rejecting Tohoku debris for disposal for example Why is this thought born Kosei Kato a sociologist contributes a

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    ICRP Publication 111 Application of the Commission s Recommendations to the Protection of People Living in Long term Contaminated Areas After a Nuclear Accident or Radiation Emergency ICRP Health Effects of Radiation Exposure This was published in 2008 and is a guideline for radioactivity protections for nuclear disasters Read more Organizations under Large Uncertainty An Analysis of the Fukushima Catastrophe Masahiko Aoki and Geoffrey Rothwell STANFORD INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH Opinions on Energy Policy ABSTRACT This paper analyzes the impacts of the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan which were amplified by a failure of coordination across the plant corporate industrial and regulatory levels resulting in a nuclear catastrophe comparable in cost to Chernobyl It derives generic lessons for industrial structure and regulatory frame for the electric power industry by identifying the two shortcomings of a horizontal coordination mechanism instability under large shocks and the lack of defense in depth The suggested policy response is to harness the power of open interface rule based modularity by creating an independent nuclear safety commission and an independent system operator owning the transmission grid module in Japan We propose a transitory price mechanism that can restrain price volatility while providing investment incentives Read more Power Generation Costs and Economic Efficiency of Nuclear Power Generation GEPR Editorial staffs Analysis of Energy Industry SUMMARY We made a quick review of electricity generating costs by major power sources and nuclear power economics A balance of fixed costs and variable costs makes economic assessment more complex Building new nuclear power plants is getting more difficult in advanced countries because of higher initial costs and higher risks therefore small modular reactors SMRs are the focus of feasible nuclear reactors in the future Read more Effect of Recent Changes in Atomic Bomb Survivor Dosimetry on Cancer Mortality Risk Estimates 2004 The Radiation Effects Research Foundation Hiroshima Health Effects of Radiation Exposure This article is to verify the possibility of health damage caused by low dose exposure using the follow up data of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors from atomic bombs With the exposure to 200 millisieverts mSv or more the risks of leukemia and solid cancer increases Meanwhile the relationship is not clear between low dose exposure to less than 200 mSv and its effect on human health We will make a commentary about this article soon Read more Risks of Nuclear Power Generation and Reassessment of Its Economic Efficiency Nobuo Ikeda Opinions on Energy Policy Since the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant owned by the Tokyo Electronic Power Company TEPCO occurred concurrently with the Great East Japan Earthquake which brought about more than twenty thousand deaths on March 11th 2011 giving the impression that it was a massive accident However no one has yet been reported to have died from radiation two workers lost their lives in the basement of the nuclear power plant as a result of the tsunami but no one has been exposed to

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    Federation for Affairs for Civil Defence Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters Health Effects of Radiation Exposure This Article translated from Japanese Russian National Academy of Science published the original report at 2011 Russian This report has not translated in English GEPR hope to be used this content by all experts and people in the world Mr Keiichi Nakagawa M D PhD provided translated articles from Russian to Japanese to GEPR Read more For the Correct Understanding of Radiation Protection Japanese Only The Science Council of Japan Health Effects of Radiation Exposure The Science Council of Japan published a discourse For the Correct Understanding of Radiation Protection Japanese Only in June 2011 The Science Council of Japan is an organization representing Japan s scientists The discourse expresses a view that protection standards set by the ICRP International Commission on Radiological Protection is appropriate Japanese government refers to this discourse when making policies for radiation protection Read more 25 Years from the Chernobyl Accident Summary and Overview of its Impact and Overcoming the After effect 1986 2011 Russian Russian Federation Health Effects of Radiation Exposure We will provide soon from this report Conclusion in English Original Articles GEPR introduce the report of the Chernobyl accident which was published by the Russian government Thanks to Dr Keiichi Nakagawa M D Ph D and Associate Professor Tokyo University who provided the this Japanese translation GEPR Thank appreciate his kindly cooperation Read more Toward the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake the technical recommendation for recovery In Japanese only Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies Health Effects of Radiation Exposure This article is a technical proposal and an analysis of current agriculture in Japan The report identifies important problems Read more Epidemiological Survey of Nuclear Power Plant Workers between 2005 2009 Japanese Only Radiation Effect Association Tokyo Japan Health Effects of Radiation Exposure It surveys 203 904 workers between 2005 2009 and the average cumulative dose exposure was 13 3 mSv per capita Health hazards are not observed among them in this research Read more Health survey of local residents in high natural radiation Japanese only Human Nature Study Foundation Kyoto Japan Health Effects of Radiation Exposure There are regions in the world with high dose natural radiation The annual radiations are in Ramsar Iran 10 2mSv average 260mSv maximum Guarapari Brazil 5 5mSv average 35mSv maximum and Kerala India 3 8 mSv average and 35mSv maximum In Japan it is 0 46mSv average and 1 26mSv maximum Health damage caused by radiation in these areas has not been observed Read more Report of Working Group on Risk Management of Low dose Exposure only in Japanese The Japanese Government s Cabinet Office Health Effects of Radiation Exposure This WG advised a 20mSv limit for radiation exposure to the region affected by the accident in Fukushima And another documents reported by this WG Summary only in Japanese Messages from overseas experts about radiation English and Japanese Read more Executive Summary of the

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    images of Japan after Fukushima nuclear plant accident with Nobuo Ikeda 21st Century Energy Challenges At the ARPA E 2012 summit Bill Gates and U S Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U S and around the world A Web TV Program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only Agora Institute who operates GEPR broadcasted a Web TV program Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation on internet video streaming channel Niconico Live on January 19th in Japanese only Nobuo Ikeda President of Agora Incorporated and three experts on radiation risk analysis and energy policy discussed about the situations after Fukushima nuclear accident Their opinions were consistent that potentiality of health damage caused by the Fukushima accident is very small GEPR will provide a summary about this program soon Podcast Agora Inc who operates GEPR releases a podcast program which was originally aired on Jan 19th 2012on internet video streaming channel Nico nico Live Is radiation really so harmful Considering risks of nuclear power generation Japanese only The panel Nobuo Ikeda Akihiro Sawa Jun Takada and Hiroyuki Matsuda Search Categories Health

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