• Fukushima Prefecture is hosting a workshop to combat radiation misinformation. The “Radiation Protection Workshop in Fukushima 2016” opened on August 15, and will run through the 20th.  The event is for high school students from Fukushima, Tokyo, and three countries other than Japan. Attendees include 12 high school students from Fukushima, 14 students from France, Malaysia and Indonesia, and, three from Tokyo. Instructors are teaching the students radiation measurement methods so they can visit all around the Prefecture and record exposure levels. They will also monitor foods produced in the prefecture for radioactivity. Fukushima hopes the event will help combat unrealistic fears and irresponsible rumor-mongering. http://www.jaif.or.jp/en/fukushima-prefecture-turns-to-young-people-to-help-wipe-out-misinformation/
  • The Environment Ministry wants to build trust in Fukushima Prefecture. Minister Koichi Yamamato said, “I want to visit Fukushima frequently and foster trust with local people,” while accelerating decontamination and rural contaminated waste storage. She added, “Fukushima and other prefectures with radioactive waste are facing a variety of challenges. But slow reconstruction won’t satisfy the public now that nearly five and a half years have passed since the accident.” Yamamoto also hopes that laws will emerge to build flood-prevention barriers and evacuation plans for natural calamity mitigation. http://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco  (Comment – If Tokyo would admit that the 2011 evacuation was an over-reaction to the accident releases, and power-bomb Naoto Kan for his arbitrary evacuation mandates, Fukushima would be in a much better situation.)
  • Ikata unit #3’s September commercial operation will not immediately reduce the cost of electricity. Shikoku Electric Co. President Hayato Saeki said, “Our situation does not allow us to lower power rates immediately.” He explained that eventual operation of Ikata #3 was factored into the company’s 2013 rate base, which is what the customers are currently dealing with. In addition, the decision to decommission Ikata unit #1 and old fossil-fueled units which ran during the nuclear moratorium will cost a lot of money, further delaying eventual rate reductions. When asked about the possibilities for Ikata unit #2, Saeki said that issue will be considered when unit #3 reaches commercial status. http://www.jaif.or.jp/en/ikata-3-is-connected-to-the-grid/