fukuleaks.org/web Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Sunday July 21, 2013

With an election around the corner Asahi Shimbun penned an editorial critical of the short sighted LDP policy to restart nuclear reactors http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201307130029

While the mainstream media in Japan has been predicting low turnout and Abe getting another victory, the Japan Communist Party has been attracting larger and larger crowds. 10,000 showed up at a final rally in Tokyo to listen to JCP politicians speak. Two younger non-politician types have been attracting attention and crowds with unconventional stump speeches. Even if LDP manages to win again, JCP seems to be a growing party in Japan where the established choices have been little choice as they all seem to be the same. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/07/japanese-upper-house-election-japanese.html

80% in Japan think another nuclear disaster is probable. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/18/national/80-think-another-nuke-disaster-probable-poll/#.UevC7tKLZu7

Carnigie Mellon University has invented a snake robot for getting into pipes and tight areas. They need to send one to TEPCO. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57592928-1/should-every-nuclear-plant-have-snake-robots/

Fukushima evacuees are quite obviously not happy about Japan’s plan to restart reactors. Some are finding themselves facing restarts nearby in their new locations as other reactors in Japan hope to obtain restart permission
http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130708p2a00m0na013000c.html

Namie residents opened up a town hall so they can meet up in Iwaki. http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000352279

Another citizens group has set up independent thyroid screenings, this time in Hokkaido. The group explains that those who evacuated to the prefecture do not get the government screenings and many do not trust them. http://n-g-r.net/?p=85

60% of the Fukushima decontamination budget is being held back by the government. They are trying to obtain TEPCO’s approval before work is done to make sure it meet’s their agreement since TEPCO is technically ultimately responsible for the bill. http://japandailypress.com/report-says-government-holding-back-over-60-of-fukushima-recovery-budget-1232258

A decontamination contractor was caught dumping radioactive debris and soil into an agricultural irrigation canal for farm fields in Minamisoma. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/12/national/probe-launched-after-contractor-jdc-dumped-radioactive-water-into-river-for-irrigation-in-fukushima/#.UeGblNKlAhM

A beach in Iwaki near the stricken power plant has reopened http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201307160066

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