Prime Minister of Japan, Kan just held an urgent press conference this evening and it was broadcast on TV that all of the nuclear units in Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka Prefecture operated by Chubu Electric Company will be stopped soon. There are five units, two of which are no more operated, one was scheduled to reopen. And together with these 4th and 5th, the plant will be NO MORE in operation. This is a great and welcomed news for many Japanese people including myself.
The reason of his sudden announcement is due to their close study and forecast/advice that the probability of M8 earthquake in that area within 30 years is as high as 87%. Even though they will build 12m seawall in front of the plant, it would take approx. more than two years.
This decision of Kan cabinet will affect other area's energy policy including here in Hokkaido. We have Tomari Nuclear Plant some 75 km from Sapporo where I live. Hot debate will be following according to this new energy policy from Kan.
In the meantime, our Royal couple continue visitiing Fukushima to encourage Japanese people.
(Photos taken from NHK-TV 7:00PM news)
Last night there was a brilliant interview on NHK with Dr. Noyori Ryoji, a 2001 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. He said, 'it's important to have reasonable fear toward nuclear power plants, and to accept the present situation scientifically and objectively. Science is to seek beyond possibilities and expectations; thus no black and white and it's neutral. Whereas technology has its risk/benefit, or light/shadow. The responsibility of scientists is to converse with their society and know the necessity of it and to make the judgement so as to select, manage and maintain the technologies.' With respect to the nuclear power plant issue, he believes that human-beings are yet to manage/control the nuclear power and thus energy policy has to be altered to the other sustainable one such as solar energy.