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  • 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 : Global Energy Policy Research
    no longer offer the good kind of administrative guidance This may have also had an effect Local towns do not need extralegal measures they need deliberate action In response to the problem with the Oi Nuclear Power Plant nearby towns including those in Osaka city and the prefectures of Osaka Kyoto and Shiga have been creating their own set of conditions for plants to reopen seeking a radical rewriting of safety standards places like Osaka have delayed altering these conditions since their creation and residents of towns and villages by the plant have been growing more worried This has made restarting the plant difficult What should we make of this previously unseen involvement of towns and mayors in energy policy I think this will greatly change energy administration from now on and it s significant that people are becoming more interested in these policies Naturally the mayors of towns in such areas are going to voice their constituent s views and fears The nuclear accident brought to light problems in energy administration which Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto called haphazard and sowed all of this distrust However under the current laws the Minister of Economy Industry and Trade makes the final decision about restarting nuclear plants By not restarting the plants the cost of fuel rises and with the current arrangement to determine prices called full cost pricing the cost of electricity for consumers will definitely increase Until the law is revised to include some sort of pricing system citizens will just have to accept living under the current system The public is excited by extralegal measures This argument goes along the lines that this is a time of emergency and a new process for running the plants should be put in place reflecting popular opinion As a citizen of Japan I deeply understand this view But I believe that when you calmly think about it nowhere outside of the disaster area is in a state of emergency Inadequate parts of nuclear safety regulations should be fixed immediately but this goes hand in hand with restarting the plants I think it reasonable for this law abiding nation to deal with this problem under the current law until new safety regulations are in place and once the law has been revised then to determine whether a plant can continue operating Mayors in the Kansai region are saying that they want to hear what the people have to say about restarting the plants I certainly understand that stance but how can one measure public opinion in the current political system Public opinion in local governments falls in the hands of the elected officials where the decisions of policy makers ends up as de facto public opinion I think that public opinion which generally calls for law and order in society will naturally tend towards a stable supply of electricity including from reopened plants with the heat of summer approaching This is probably what your average Joe is feeling right now Osaka mayor Toru

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  • Nuclear Plant Restart: Government Leaders Must Make Decisions and Stop Hiding! : Global Energy Policy Research
    News Postponing the restart of nuclear power plans will accelerate the hollowing out of industry through the relocation of plants overseas 3 Companies that can neither purchase generators nor relocate outside Kansai are beginning advance production prior to summer Moreover the possibility of scheduled outages has not been completely eliminated at this time Although a direct relationship to the electricity problem is uncertain reports of transfers from Osaka to Tokyo have increased recently Nearly 20 of the MBA students at GLOBIS Graduate School of Management have transferred to Tokyo for instance Transfers from Tokyo to Osaka are less than one tenth of this figure Before chanting for an Osaka Metro Government stimulating the Kansai economy should come first Besides for what purpose and for whom is this anti nuclear position How many politicians will listen sincerely to the painful cries of the Kansai industry and take corrective action A rash effort to quit nuclear energy will inflict irreversible serious damage to the Japanese economy We must resolutely monitor the actions of our political leaders from this perspective All commercial nuclear power plants stopped operating on May 5 If nuclear power is quickly dispensed with our reliance on fossil fuels inevitably will grow The added expense is said to be 3 trillion yen annually A significant increase in electricity rates cannot be avoided That increase pressures household finances and accelerates the exporting of manufacturing outside the country We have two choices now We must calmly think through and figure out which path to take 1 Sincerely learn from the accident entailing a total loss of power at the Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Power Plant institute countermeasures and begin the restarting of nuclear power plants whose safety are validated In parallel rapidly devise mid and long term comprehensive energy policies purposed for the growth of Japan 2 Hastily institute de nuclearization and permit no restarting of nuclear power plants Resignedly suffer the inevitable destruction of our stable energy infrastructure the rate increases and the draining of national wealth to the tune of 3 trillion yen My choice is an unqualified 1 because I believe this is the necessary correction action for the future of our children in Japan We the voting public must send an emphatic No to politicians worrying about their elections and acquiescing to emotional anti nuclear and de nuclear discourse or otherwise irresponsibly using this conversation as a tool for political battle The other day I heard a respected individual remind us in the following way The nuclear issue is like litmus paper that measures the capability of a politician You can learn how well he or she comprehends energy policy diplomacy defense the economy environmental policy and maintains a historical perspective Don t they know that Japan was forced into the last big war because the nation had no energy I can t argue with that comment Voters obviously are not voting in agreement with all of the policies set forth by their chosen candidate Voters are selecting

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20120521-05/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Health Effects of Radiation Exposure : Global Energy Policy Research
    and Health from Doctors For the best interests of patients we always follow the Oath of Hippocrates Hakumei Oh COLUMN Renowned for his academic achievement and medical treatment work Dr Hakumei Oh sent GEPR a contributing article expressing his concern over the propagation of scientifically groundless information that is inciting a crisis atmosphere with respect to the current situation of radioactivity and health in Japan Read more How Not to be Fooled by Psuedoscientific Misinformation Facing societal confusion over radioactivity GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN Since the release of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Dai ichi Nuclear Power Plant much information on radioactive substances is flying around in various media At the same time so called experts are sending out scientific data or opinions based on such via television newspapers and their personal blogs and so on Read more Monitoring Information of Environmental Radioactivity Level Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology of Japan REPORT This web site shows information about radioactivity monitoring in Japan It is highly unlikely that there will be any health damages with current level of radiation Read more Rise Up Japan and Demand Your Area s Share of Tohoku Debris Paul Blustein COLUMN Human beings were powerless to halt the tsunami that took nearly 20 000 lives last March 11 But as the anniversary of that day approaches the survivors may be facing another disaster and this time the Japanese people have the capacity to help Read more Fukushima Neither Chernobyl Nor Hiroshima Jun Takada COLUMN Flooded by the large tsunami of 3 11 the Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Power Plant lost its cooling function which caused its nuclear fuel to melt partially Subsequently hydrogen explosions outside the containment vessels caused the release of mainly radioactive gases which contaminated Fukushima Prefecture and neighboring regions Read more 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 ARTICLE This was published in 2008 and is a guideline for radioactivity protections for nuclear disasters Read more Final chapter Conclusions of the Russian government report 25 Years After the Chernobyl Accident Summary and Overview of its Impact and Overcoming its Aftereffects 1986 2011 The Ministry of the Russian Federation for Affairs for Civil Defence Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters REPORT 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 REPORT 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 REPORT 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 REPORT 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 REPORT 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 REPORT 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 What Radiation Exposure Standards Mean Keiichi Nakagawa M D Ph D COLUMN Although nearly ten months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake the ensuing radiation panic seems to be growing more serious by the day instead of calming down We see a tearful academic professional speaking out on the dangers and a physician just emphasizing safety In short we find the positions of experts divided while the common knowledge of the vested interests enveloping the nation s nuclear power plants has made many of people skeptical of the opinions of these experts Meanwhile I have haplessly been labeled the official s scientist despite having no connections to TEPCO the Tokyo Electric Power Company or the Japanese Government But the question remains Why is expert opinion so divided over the effects of radiation exposure Read more Effect of Recent Changes in Atomic Bomb Survivor Dosimetry on Cancer Mortality Risk Estimates 2004 The Radiation Effects Research Foundation Hiroshima ARTICLE 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

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  • Assessment of Nuclear Energy : Global Energy Policy Research
    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 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 Japan s zero nuclear dream the Washington Post ARTICLE 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 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 At the Mercy of Politics Safety Improvement Work at Chubu Electric Power s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN 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 Nuclear after Fukushima Lady Judge COLUMN 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 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 COLUMN 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

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/category/?cat=02 (2016-02-14)
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  • Renewable Energy Technologies : Global Energy Policy Research
    Japanese map by using Google Earth 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 COLUMN 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 On the Solar Panels Over My Head How should we face their innocence and fickleness Sumiko Takeuchi COLUMN I have always loved nature and perhaps because I have long been active in Oze conservation efforts at Tokyo Electric Power Company where I worked until the end of last year I have longed to see energy being provided by the sun s blessings It is a faith in a sun or sun worship so to speak Read more Green jobs cannot be created with subsidies Illusion of Feed in Tariff GEPR Editorial staffs COLUMN The Feed in tariff FIT which will be enforced in Japan this July is a system for paying a cost based price for a renewable electricity and shift its cost to electricity charges Read more 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

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  • Energy Industry : Global Energy Policy Research
    Power Plant Read more A better mix Shale gas will improve global security of energy supplies Economist REPORT This article showed reserves of the shale gas Reserves are abundant in the United States and China countries with high energy consumptions Therefore it points out that it is benefitial for both energy security and global warming policy Read more 42 JP yen for Solar Power Is Too Expensive Concerns That Renewable Energy Will Not Spread After Increasing Consumer Burden Hiroyuki Ozaki COLUMN 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 IEA sets out the Golden Rules needed to usher in a Golden Age of Gas IEA ARTICLE Read more Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering Federal Regulatory Commission 2010 REPORT It showed Direct Load Control which electric power company control directly and remotely each demands was effective in efforts to reduce demand peak Read more The Smart Grid Blazes a Trail for Renewed Smart Japan Norio Murakami COLUMN It s hard to find a day when the words smart grid don t appear in the newspaper Usage of this term is becoming pervasive although the general understanding of its meaning may be limited to just a new kind of power grid The idea of smart grid is not new but its significance is new in the sense that the whole world has focused attention on it as a key plank of Green New Deal introduced by the Obama administration Read more Power Generation Costs and Economic Efficiency of Nuclear Power Generation GEPR Editorial staffs ARTICLE 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.gepr.org/en/category/?cat=04 (2016-02-14)
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  • Opinions on Energy Policy : Global Energy Policy Research
    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 Nuclear Plant Restart Government Leaders Must Make Decisions and Stop Hiding Yoshito Hori COLUMN 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 Opinion Paper on Basic Specifications for Smart Meter Communications Issued by TEPCO Society for Smart Meter Study COLUMN This Research Group considers the specifications for smart meters that TEPCO is presently studying procurement under have the following four drawbacks Read more Concern over Premature Smart Meter Introduction to Homes Current Smart Grid Situation in Japan Takayuki Shintani COLUMN 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 What to Do about Tokyo Electric Power TEPCO Concerns for On Site Capability under Unavoidable Organization Change Takeo Kikkawa COLUMN The most important agenda items associated with the pending TEPCO problem are as follows Read more America s Energy Future American Energy Innovation Council ARTICLE It expects for innovation and technology development in the field of clean energy with the support of federal government Read more Preparing for the Arriving Era of Natural Gas Akira Ishii COLUMN Ever since the severe nuclear power plant accident of 3 11 Japan and the entire world to greater and lesser degrees are now facing the need for alternatives to nuclear power A lively discussion over a nuclear free and fossil fuel free future has ensued which portends a shift to renewable energy like solar power generation Many arguments assert this possibility for the mid and long term even if it is impossible now Many other arguments assert achievement of this possibility mid to long term with efficient usage during the unavoidable interim of natural gas which imposes a much smaller environmental burden starting with CO2 emissions than other fossil fuels Read more Organizations under Large Uncertainty An Analysis of the Fukushima Catastrophe Masahiko Aoki and Geoffrey Rothwell STANFORD INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH ARTICLE 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

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  • Voice : Global Energy Policy Research
    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 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

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