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27 July, 2016

IEEJ’s 2017 Economic and Energy Outlook Says That Restarting Nuclear Reactors Will Boost Japan’s Economy

On July 26, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) released a report entitled “Economic and Energy Outlook of Japan for FY2017,” referring to the fiscal year beginning in April 2017. It says that the global economy would grow only modestly in the period under review.

The so-called reference scenario in the report predicts that seven nuclear power plants (NPPs) would be restarted in the current fiscal year (by the end of March 31, 2017), with another 19 in the next fiscal year (by the end of March 31, 2018). It also expects that the price of imported fuel would increase gradually through 2017. Under that scheme, the total generated electricity in FY17 is expected to reach 119.8TWh (up 42% from FY10). Already four NPPs have been restarted in Japan, having cleared examinations under the new regulatory standards imposed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA): the Sendai-1 and -2, owned and operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Co., and the Takahama-3 and -4, owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power Co. Applications for 22 more NPP restarts hav...more
27 July, 2016

Sociologist Says It’s “Time to Update Recognition” of Realities at Fukushima

On July 21, at a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ), the sociologist Hiroshi Kainuma (right in photo), associate professor at Ritsumeikan University, introduced his most recent publication, Fukushima Daiichi Genpatsu Hairo Zukan (“Encyclopedia of the Fukushima Daiichi NPPs Decommissioning”). Kainuma earlier wrote Hajimete no Fukushima-gaku (“First Study on Fukushima”), which received the 2016 Energy Forum Merit Award.

At the FCCJ press conference, Kainuma also expressed his intention to conduct an independent investigation and research project for the purpose of "visualizing" the decommissioning at Fukushima Daiichi, and to deliver the results overseas as well. Kainuma was joined on the rostrum at the press conference by Akihiro Yoshikawa (left), representative director of Appreciate Fukushima Workers (AFW). Yoshikawa, who has worked at both the Fukushima Daiichi and Daini Nuclear Power Plants, is engaged in supporting studies by local residents and students based on his own visits to the affected area. Beginning his presentation by showing photographs taken by a Malaysian photographer showing Fukushima as desolate and devastated, Kainuma asked the reporters in the audience, “Is this really how it...more
27 July, 2016

New Knowledge about Radiation’s Health Effects Promises Clarification about Its Role in Carcinogenesis

Concerns about the health effects of radiation underlie a range of problems stemming from the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants, including questions of evacuation and returning home, waste from decontamination, and unfounded fears and rumors in regard to food.

JAIF President TakahashiMoreover, many simply feel unease about radiation: not only its uses for power generation, but also in medicine and industrial applications. Among the health effects of radiation, cancer gets the most attention. From epidemiological studies of the bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is known that high-dose (and high-dose-rate) radiation increases cancer risk. Low-dose (and low-dose-rate) radiation can also do so, but to degrees that are quite small. Epidemiological methods are limited in that they do not distinguish among or evaluate cancer risk factors, including lifestyle and stress. Accordingly, from the viewpoint of radiation protection, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)—an international organization that issues guidelines for radiation pro...more

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