Monthly Archives: November 2013

Muttonbird numbers lower: "The Japanese nuclear meltdown may have"

Updated at 8:12 am on 30 April 2012

The Japanese nuclear meltdown may have reduced New Zealand’s muttonbird population.
A study near Auckland has found a third of the birds, also known as sooty shearwater or titi, failed to return this summer after spending the southern winter in their northern hemisphere base near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Department of Conservation researcher Graeme Taylor says the birds that did return were in a poor condition.
A separate study by Ngai Tahu and Te Papa of 30 chicks from the Ti Ti Islands, near Stewart Island, found no trace of radioactive material – making them safe to eat.
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State secret law stirs fear of limits on freedoms in Japan on Nuclear reporting : Part 3

State secret law stirs fear of limits on freedoms in Japan on Nuclear reporting : Part 2

Japan Today (Paraphrased)


State secret law stirs fear of limits on freedomsA demonstrator holds a poster with an image of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reading: “Don’t see, don’t listen, don’t speak” while protesting against a proposed state secrecy law that imposes stiffer penalties on bureaucrats who leak information and journalists who seek it, in front of the Diet building in Tokyo, Tuesday.AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

The powerful lower house of the Diet approved a state secrecy bill late Tuesday that imposes stiffer penalties on bureaucrats who leak secrets and journalists who seek them, despite criticism the government is making a heavy-handed effort to hide what it’s doing and suppress press freedom.
The public is concerned because the government won’t say exactly what becomes secret. Critics say the law could allow the government to withhold more information and ultimately undermine Japan’s democracy.
The ruling party says the law is needed to encourage the United States and other allies to share national security information with Japan. With the creation of a U.S.-style National Security Council in his office, it is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to strengthen Japan’s role in global security and create a more authoritarian government at home.
“This law is designed to protect the safety of the people,” Abe said, promising to relieve citizens’ concerns through further parliamentary debate.
The bill allows heads of ministries and agencies to classify 23 vaguely worded types of information related to defense, diplomacy, counterintelligence and counterterrorism, almost indefinitely.
Critics say it might sway authorities to withhold more information about nuclear power plants, arguing they could become terrorist targets. Or they warn that officials may refuse to disclose key elements of free trade talks to protect concessions that would make Tokyo or a partner look bad.
At a public hearing in Fukushima on Monday, the only one held before the vote, lawyer Hiroyasu Maki said the bill’s definition of secrets is so vague and broad that it could easily be expanded to include radiation data crucial to the evacuation and health of residents in case of another nuclear crisis. Opponents said that Tuesday’s vote despite unanimous opposition by the seven local officials invited to the hearing already shows the Abe government’s high-handed approach.
Under the bill, leakers in the government face prison terms of up to 10 years, up from one year now. Journalists who obtain information “inappropriately” or “wrongfully” can get up to five years in prison, prompting criticism that it would make officials more secretive and intimidate the media. Attempted leaks or inappropriate reporting, complicity or solicitation are also considered illegal.
“This is a severe threat on freedom to report in Japan,” said Lawrence Repeta, a law professor at Meiji University in Tokyo. “It appears the Abe administration has decided that they can get a lot of what they want, which is to escape oversight, to decrease transparency in the government by passing a law that grants the government and officials broad authority to designate information as secret.”
Currently, each Japanese ministry has its own rules to protect secrets, including “defense secrets” decided by the Defense Ministry. The proposed legislation would complement a separate bill, also due to be passed this week, to establish a National Security Council that would centralize the chain of command in the office of the prime minister and give him more power.
Japanese and foreign journalists, writers, academics and activists have opposed the bill.
According to the result of a government-sponsored “public comment” process in September, 77% of about 90,000 comments opposed the bill, most of them expressing concerns about the possibility of their civil activities being curtailed.
Activist Kazuyuki Tokune says his attempts to access information about nuclear power plants may be considered illegal under a broad interpretation of the law.
“I may be arrested some day for my anti-nuclear activity,” Tokune said during a protest against the secrecy bill outside the Prime Minister’s Office. “But that doesn’t stop me.”
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Convenient timing in regard to the World’s worst nuclear disaster no?

TRIPPY !!! JAPAN are the ones to revive TESLA technology?… Energy from the moon:



Japanese corporation proposes huge lunar power station


Japanese architectural and engineering firm the Shimizu Corporation has announced its lunar solar power generation concept, dubbed the “Lunar Ring”, which it hopes will one day allow for the unlimited use of clean energy, claiming it could continuously send 13,000 terawatts of power back to Earth.

The Moon-based power station will work by initially establishing an array of solar cells that will extend like a belt along the entire 11,000km lunar equator, eventually growing in width from a few kilometres to 400km. Electric power cables will transfer power from the lunar solar cells to transmission facilities, which will be equipped with 20km microwave power antennas designed to transmit power to receiving rectennas with a radio beacon used to ensure accurate transmission. Finally, high-energy-density lasers will be beamed to offshore receiving facilities on Earth.

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Fukushima – Children should not play here for more than one hour because of radiation


A park in Fukushima : Do not bring children here the age of elementary school or less.
Akemi , a mother of Fukushima voluntarily evacuated to Kyoto, more than 500 km.
She took the following photos during a visit to his parents’ house in March 2013.
The fallout from the accident are called ” radiation environment” as if they were natural .
There are differences between the official level of radiation in the air after decontamination and levels detected by personal dosimeter .

Users of the park:
– Do not stay more than an hour a day in the park
– Wash your hands, face and gargle after your visit
– Do not wear earth, sand your mouth
– For further information : contact the division of parks and green spaces Fukushima ( tel: 525-3765 )
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Abe refuses to modify state secrets protection bill in Upper House


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defends the state secrets protection bill during an Upper House plenary session on Nov. 27. (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to make concessions on the state secrets protection bill during a heated Upper House session Nov. 27, arguing that there are limits on the public’s right to know.
“It is essential for securing the safety of Japan and the Japanese public to make sure that things that specifically need to be kept secret will not be leaked to those who don’t have to know about them,” the prime minister told the plenary session.
The coalition appears set to ram the bill unmodified through the Upper House and make it law before the current Diet session ends on Dec. 6.
Opponents of the bill have argued that the ambiguous wording in defining what will be designated state secrets leaves open the possibility of abuse and could undermine the public’s right to know.
The Lower House hosted a hearing on the bill in the prefectural capital of Fukushima on Nov. 25. All seven speakers, including those invited by the ruling parties, expressed opposition to the bill.
The ruling coalition remains negative about having the Upper House host a public hearing on the bill outside Tokyo.
But the opposition, including the Democratic Party of Japan, protested and accused the ruling bloc of resorting to heavy-handed tactics to speed up passage of the bill.
On Nov. 27 in the Upper House, Sohei Nihi of the Japanese Communist Party denounced the bill, saying, “A person could be labeled a suspect without even knowing what the secrets are all about.”
Abe indicated that warrants in a case involving leaked secrets would not give a suspect the specifics of the confidential information.
“Warrants may not expressly present everything about the classified secrets in question, but they will say what they are about, like, for example, ‘designated secrets about cryptograms,’” Abe said.
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Goodbye Fuku news….. (like we were running a two-legged horse anyway)