Japanese PM ready to abandon nuclear power; utility to inject gas into reactor
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday that nuclear power carries too much risk.
July 14th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Japanese PM ready to abandon nuclear power; utility to inject gas into reactor

Japan's energy plan needs to be completely revised and must eliminate the nation's dependence on nuclear power, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday, according to The Daily Yomiuri.

"I have realized that nuclear accidents cannot be prevented completely with the conventional safety measures we have at present," he said.

It's a sharp about-face for Kan. His government approved a plan just last year that called for 14 new nuclear reactors by 2030 and an increase in nuclear energy production from 26% to 53% of total electricity generated, The Daily Yomiuri reported.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. planned Thursday to inject nitrogen into the last of the damaged reactors at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Kyodo News Agency reported.

The inert gas will help stabilize the reactors as the utility aims for a cold shutdown by January at the latest, Kyodo reported.

TEPCO already has new water circulation systems working at all three reactors to keep their temperatures under control.

Meanwhile, the Fukushima municipal government says it plans to cleanse the entire city of radioactive contamination, Yomiuri Shimbun reported. The city is about 30 miles from the damaged plant.

The effort, which could take nearly 20 years to complete, would involve pressure-washing buildings and scraping off the top layer of soil.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    @BGJ I guess Germany,Switzerland and soon Ja-pan all will run on smiles and rainbows.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe

    Nuclear is the cleanest energy available, the leading scientist on alternative energy studied wind and solar as an alternative. Here are his results, to power 1 normal sized power plant with solar an area 200 square miles would have to be filled completely with solar panels-sound feasible? No. To power 1 normal power plant by wind a 2 mile wide strip of land stretching from L.A. To San Francisco would have to be filled with giant windmills, again sound feasible? No. Cold fusion is the only viable alternative but scientists gave up on that idea ever being a reality decades ago.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Geothermal? How about the company in Calif. Bloom energy (small tiles) A bread box size for a small home? The Kanarka film that is plastic, you roll it out, for on roof of houses(6 to 7 cents a foot)? Or the water alternative that in Florida is generated by the waves in the sea or flow of current? One, all, some of it depends on your location.

      July 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joe

    No they'll most likely be using more coal and oil pushing the price of gas out of reach.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The powers that be do not want to change until they have control of the new tech and keep the people who develope it on a leash.

      July 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Goldie

    There are so many ways to make money nowadays.

    Are you cashing in on the online markets?

    The rich are and they will show you how. WE WILL!!!

    Google the term "SIMPLE STOCK CASH" and click the very first site. Go right to the penny' stock page to see what the rich do not want you to know.

    Take the two minutes to see what we have...it will be well worth it.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HRH banasy

    @Goldie:
    I did, and I got a website for Viagra.
    O.o

    July 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Juan Banuelos

    Please visit this site: MY MOTHER SUCS BIG DICS.COM

    July 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A. Logan

    Industry management takes shortcuts and fails to spend a little more money in the name of profits and it's time to abandon the industry? Typical shortsightedness to the opposite extreme.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    Right. Remembered.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Juan Banuelos:
    Guaranteed?

    July 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Juan Banuelos

    Just send a dollar to: Juan B;349 E main st..Bronx NY. You'll get a frame picture of my Dear Mother Suking a Big Cok.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. larry

    @Banasy: Goldie is a scam artist, used to go by the name of Trish and claimed she had a sick friend in need of help. Now she/he came up with a new scam because I kept calling her/him on it.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      What about Juan is he a scam artist or just sick and in need of help?

      July 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Juan is being trolled. He confronted someone today.

      July 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. larry

    @Mmmmmm: no he's just a troll who goes by an endless assortment of names.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Who did he confront?

    July 15, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      A Mr. Banuelos who had said he was a police officer and wanted the troll to come to his home so he could take care of him. Mr. Banuelos gave an address, but so much drama, the troll might be both. Who the He!! knows, you all have a better grasp on troll matters than I do.

      July 15, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    @larry:

    Thanks for the 411.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Name*ntayomba

    No nuclear financial benefits can be be worth the cost of human health. Abandon nuclear programs. Seal off the damaged nuclear plants with an all weather resistant materials and fortify it with cement.... Just an idea.

    July 15, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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