Recent statements by the governing political party in Japan have taken things into surreal territory.
The recent public polling showed 90% of the public want an end to nuclear power use in Japan. Yet the government experts charged with handling the public opinion information have deemed the public opinion to be lacking in “deep consideration”. Prime Minister Noda apparently made this comment on NHK: “The opinions expressed in the public comments are biased, and cannot be taken seriously. I would like to listen to the silent majority [who do not submit public comments].”
It also came out this week that predicted blackouts were just scare tactics. New projections show no energy shortfalls in Japan for the remaining summer.
Today Kyodo reported that NISA will simply change the rules when it comes to the nuclear plants in Japan that are being found to sit directly over active fault lines.
“The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency is planning new safety regulations to approve operations even at plants under which faults are found, despite its current view that nuclear reactors cannot be built above such rifts, they said.” There was no mention if they will also try to find a way to change the law that forbids this. More on those laws here. and here
Noda also announced recently that a national election will likely be called in November.
Ignoring the public, ignoring the warnings of multiple scientists and ignoring the law. The DPJ and Noda facing a national election. The nuclear industry may line politicians pockets with cash and job promises to keep them in line. How this will play out when the public has an opportunity to vote will be interesting.
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