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Sunday, 21 December 2014


Talking about Nuclear Power in Japan today. Have a look at the Nuclear Power Word List and YouTube clip to get into the vocab, then read on. This blog follows the YouTube clip above word for word (mostly). This lets you read while you listen, or listen and check on your listening by looking at the text. Nice. As always, the link to the article where I got the words from is at the top of the Word list PDF, so you can listen, read the article and find the words in the list. It's all contextual, so it's English in real use.

Onto today. tells us the Japan's nuclear watchdog has approved two reactors at Fukui for restarting, after they gave two in Sendai, Kyushu the go ahead a while back. Very nice. Or not very nice if you are one of the 50% of people who were polled as being against nuclear power. Experts tell us that Abe is keen as mustard to restart the reactors, and after he won the election - which only 52% of people voted in - he is going to get his wish.

This next article from the Japan Times talks about public protest in Japan. We all heard about the 'state secret law' that was passed earlier this year. Lots of protest about that one. A man even self-immolated in protest, but NHK decided not to air it. Basically, with this law being passed, Shinzo Abe and friends can legally shut down any protest they like for no reason if it is arguing with something they don't like, or approve of. Like people protesting against nuclear power plants for example. The second half of the article goes into the anti nuclear movement in Japan. They have done some good things in the past. Japan is not so dependent on nuclear power. If we were we would have had to keep the reactors running straight after Fukushima. So the protesters have had effect. The problem with the nuclear protest movement now is that most people in it are in their 70s and 80s. Young people go along but don't find the meetings welcoming at all.

From 1991 to 2001, Japan built it's solar power generation by 500%. This article tells of that, and also has a very cool picture of the Solar Ark. So it was all go. Japan led the world in research and production of photo-voltaic cells, and it is kind of starting up again now, but in 2001 it all kind of went dead. Why? Nuclear power lobbyists and producers didn't like it, and they had more power than the renewable energy lobbyists and producers. Kind of sad.