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In a completely unsurprising announcement, the people of Japan are overwhelmingly calling for an end to the use of nuclear power in their country.
A recent poll conducted by the Kyodo news agency indicated that 70.3 percent of the population wants to see the use of nuclear power in Japan come to an end in the wake of the damage at the Fukushima plant. Reuters is reporting that Prime Minister Naoto Kan is now echoing this sentiment, however, seeing as his approval rating has fallen to 17.1 percent in the wake of his handling of the Japan Earthquake-Tsunami aftermath, it isn’t the least bit surprising he would latch on to a popular opinion.
Fukushima is still leaking radiation four months after the disaster with no end in sight. Of the 54 nuclear plants that were operational prior to March 11th, only 17 are currently online as the rest were shut down for safety checks. The government has now delayed their return to service over safety concerns, especially after it was discovered that a pressure vessel at Kyushu Electric Power’s Genkai plant may be faulty.
As I predicted in a episode of Scattercast, I knew this would be the route the Japanese people would end up taking. If they find something is dangerous, they usually just eliminate it from their society. The problem is that almost a third of their power comes from nuclear facilities, so alternatives will need to be found, and quickly. They can go wind, solar or even wave technology, but those are expensive and time consuming to roll out. My theory is that they will do something to keep themselves going, but more than likely they will be doing heavy research into alternative fuel systems, and by the time they’re done, the whole world may end up benefiting from the time and research that will now into these projects.
For the time being, Japan is still not out of the woods.
Please remember you can help by checking out the Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Relief. It has been over a month since the tragic events of March 11th, but they still need our help.