The Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Crisis News Conference

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Former US NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko and San Diego Forum Representative Torgen Johnson in a Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan news conference Sept. 23, 2013

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In this edition, video excerpts from the Sept. 23, 2013 live stream Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan news conference featuring Gregory Jaczko, Torgen Johnson and Tetsuro Tsutsui.

The Japan Times reported it like this:

Ex-top U.S. nuclear regulator counsels end to atomic power
by Kazuaki Nagata – Staff Writer
The ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 plant is a sign that the world needs to seriously rethink nuclear safety and consider possibly ending its dependence on atomic power, the former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday in Tokyo.

“When you look at what happened around the Fukushima Daiichi (No. 1) area, it’s simply unacceptable,” as tens of thousands of people have been unable to return to their homes due to radioactive contamination, said Gregory Jaczko, who served as the top U.S. nuclear regulatory official for nearly three years until July 2012.

Given that Japan is extremely prone to earthquakes and tsunami, among other disasters, using nuclear power poses serious risks unless some kind of new technology is created to completely eliminate the possibility of severe accidents, Jaczko told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

However, Jaczko also said that creating such zero-risk technology is next to impossible.

Instead, Jaczko said, he hopes Japan pours its resources and energy into coming up with ways to function without atomic power.

“I think the Japanese people have the ability to do that,” he said. Read more…

From the FCCJ website:

The Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Crisis; Ongoing Radioactive Discharges and Other Current Issues

The radioactive discharge problem at Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is bringing worldwide attention to Japan’s ability to deal with the continuing crisis at Fukushima.

Tetsuro Tsutsui, member of the Citizens’ Commission on Nuclear Energy (CCNE) ‘s sub-committee on Nuclear Regulation will be addressing CCNE’s urgent proposal to the Japanese government concerning immediate countermeasures to be undertaken regarding Fukushima’s radioactive discharges, and his perspectives on the latest crisis.

Gregory Jaczko is visiting Japan at the invitation of citizens from September 19 through the 24. Jaczko will be commenting on his trip, what he sees as the immediate issues facing Fukushima Daiichi accident, and what the United States can learn from Fukushima. His Japan tour includes Shikoku, location of Shikoku Electric’s Ikata plant, one of eight plants currently being inspected for restart, and Hiroshima. Jaczko will also meet with CCNE technical experts to discuss current issues at Fukushima Daiichi including countermeasures to deal with the ongoing crisis.

Torgen Johnson, San Diego Forum citizen representative and urban planner, played a key role in shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Diego County, California. He will be offering commentary regarding the Fukushima situation. More here…

The Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Crisis – Pt. 1 – Gregory Jaczko

The Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Crisis – Pt. 2 – Torgen Johnson

The Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Crisis – Pt. 3 – Tetsuro Tsutsui

The Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Crisis – Pt. 4 Q&A

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