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Not only the Japanese, but Americans and other members of the nuclear suicide pact called “Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage” or CSC, should be alarmed at about this imminent nuclear restart, especially since they will have to pay for future Japanese Nuclear disasters, as taxpayers and/or ratepayers. The CSC by making a corporate liability pool, paid only after an accident, encourages the selling of defective nuclear equipment, by its design. It apparently allows the selling of defective components by non-member countries, such as France and Russia, with no liability at all. Since it is based on installed nuclear capacity, the US and Japan will pay most of the CSC cost, including for any French and Russian defects leading to disaster in member countries. France and Russia’s State owned companies (Areva, EDF, Rosatom) will gleefully count their money, all while their State owned media blame the woes of the world upon US imperialism, whereas US stupidity and corruption appear a more apt description. US DOE chief Moniz, whose wife is Japanese (Naomi Hoki), may have made it retroactive so that the US helps with the Fukushima clean-up.[3] Thus, CSC is an economic and environmental suicide pact, put into place by corrupt and/or stupid leaders.

Takahama Nuclear Reactors are on the Sea of Japan and face Korea, China and Russia’s Far East, thus representing a particular risk to these locations. (The Russian State and their oligarch buddies actively exploit the resources and environment of the Russian Far East, so would shed few tears, unless it slowed down their exploitation of oil, gold, etc.)

Local residents had sought an injunction against the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Takahama, arguing that restart plans underestimated earthquake risks, failed to meet tougher safety standards and lacked credible evacuation measures.” [1] They had gotten a temporary injunction which was just overturned. [2]

Takahama Nuclear Power Station in Relation to 1948 Earthquake and 1927 Kyotango Earthquake
Takahama NPS 1948 and 1927 Earthquakes
Buckled Ground From 1927 Kyotango Earthquake
1927 Japan earthquake land buckled

The Takahama Nuclear Power Plant (高浜原子力発電所 Takahama hatsudensho?, Takahama NPP) is a nuclear power plant located in the town of Takahama, Ōi District, Fukui Prefecture. It is owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power Company. It is on a site with an area of 1.6 km2.[1]

The Kinki District has many active faults with high occurrence probabilities, such as the Biwako-seigan, Uemachi, Nara-bonchi-toen, Yamasaki fault zones, and they have a noticeable influence.” Report: ‘National Seismic Hazard Maps for Japan (2005)’ March 23, 2005 Earthquake Research Committee Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion

5 Megaquakes Risk Assessment Japan CAO-Cabinet Office http://wbi.worldbank.org/wbi/Data/wbi/wbicms/files/drupal-acquia/wbi/drm_kn5-1.pdf
Figure 1. An index of the neotectonic regime in southwest Japan © 2013 Itoh et al.; licensee InTech, CC-BY-3.0
Figure 1. An index of the neotectonic regime in southwest Japan © 2013 Itoh et al.; licensee InTech, CC-BY-3.0 http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs-wm/45304.pdf

The Kansai region (関西地方 Kansai-chihō?) or the Kinki region (近畿地方 Kinki-chihō?) lies in the southern-central region of Japan’s main island Honshū.[2] The region includes the prefectures of Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, and Shiga. Depending on who makes the distinction, Fukui, Tokushima and even Tottori Prefecture are also included. While the use of the terms “Kansai” and “Kinki” have changed over history, in most modern contexts the use of the two terms is interchangeable. The urban region of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto (Keihanshin region) is the second most populated in Japan after the Greater Tokyo Area.
1927 Kita Tango Earthquake
1948 Japan Earthquake
Reactors on Site
Name – Reactor Type-Commission date-Power Rating -Fuel
Takahama – 1 PWR-November 14, 1974-826 MW
Takahama – 2 PWR-November 14, 1975-826 MW
Takahama – 3 PWR-January 17, 1985-870 MW-MOX from January 2011
Takahama – 4 PWR-June 5, 1985-870 MW
Maintenance in 2012
On 17 February 2012, Kansai Electric Power Co. announced that on 21 February 2012 reactor no. 3 would taken off the grid for a regular checkup and maintenance….
First nuclear fuel shipment since Fukushima
On 17 April 2013, a shipment of highly radioactive nuclear fuel to Japan left the port of Cherbourg in northern France, for the first time since the Fukushima disaster. The MOX shipment is destined for Kansai Electric Power Co’s Takahama nuclear plant west of Tokyo. MOX fuel contains around 7% plutonium.[4]


[1] “UPDATE 3-Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to nuclear sector
Posted:Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:18:09 GMT
* Ruling raises questions over Japan’s new nuclear safety regime

[2] “Japan court clears way to restarting Kansai Electric nuclear plants Posted:Thu, 24 Dec 2015 06:59:36 GMT
FUKUI, Japan (Reuters) – A Japanese court on Thursday cleared the way for Kansai Electric Power Co to restart four nuclear reactors, rejecting legal claims against Japan’s second-biggest utility to keep the reactors idled over safety concerns.
(Restart approved for 2 reactors at Takahama and 2 at Ohi nuclear power station.)

[3] Below is a statement by DOE head Moniz. His Japanese wife, Naomi Hoki, was born in Brazil. It’s hard to tell what he is up to. It may be about keeping his apparent French friends at Kurion at Fukushima with no liability if their products cause a problem. US EnergySolutions is also at Fukushima. Or, maybe the US taxpayer will pay for their presence? The US government (taxpayer funded) Sandia National Labs has a product at the Fukushima: “UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, late last year renegotiated its license of the Sandia technology being used at Fukushima…. UOP manufactures CSTs at its plant in Mobile, Ala. Toshiba Corp., Shaw Global Services LLC and AVANTech Inc. use CSTs in their Simplified Active Water Retrieve and Recovery System (SARRY). The SARRY system has been in operation at Fukushima since last fall and continues to successfully reduce radioactive cesium to nondetectable levels, UOP said. https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/fukushima_cleanup/#.VnukaX8gGSM (This patent seems to belong to the lab itself and not to the Lockheed Martin operators, although we are not absolutely certain).

Who knows what he is up to, but people need to start asking. From Moniz statement: “Japan also has an opportunity to lead by ratifying the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage or CSC. Japan’s ratification of the CSC will bring the convention into force and facilitate U.S. commercial participation in Fukushima cleanup and decommissioning, and of course it will facilitate our U.S. and Japanese activities in international nuclear commerce. It will also set a leadership example for other countries in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and reinforce the CSC as a global nuclear liability norm. I believe that, as in so many other areas, Japan and the U.S. are fundamentally aligned on these issues and will move forward together.
The Department of Energy, within days of the accident, sent a team of 34 experts and more than 17,000 pounds of equipment in support of the efforts to manage the crisis. We deployed our Aerial Measuring System and Consequence Management Response Teams to assist the Government of Japan with radiation measurements. And our Environmental Management team has leveraged and made available the experience and technology from the Department of Energy and our national laboratories to the Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, for its decommissioning activities, including groundwater management and treatment and disposal of contaminated water. Our national laboratories have established a direct relationship with TEPCO to provide analysis and experts to support these efforts. We expect the relationship in the area of decommissioning between TEPCO and our national laboratories to expand and deepen in the coming years.http://energy.gov/articles/secretary-monizs-remarks-us-japanese-cooperation-tokyo-japan-delivered

Related: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/japan-nuclear-regulator-ignores-its-duty-to-protect-the-people-but-the-fights-not-over-yet/

Locations exported to Google Earth from:

Earthquake Maps: http://wwwold.j-shis.bosai.go.jp/j-shis/index_en.html (Note that these are not completely up to date and exclude some important faults. Some of these important faults may be small and only seen upon zoom in, or not at all. There is always much debate in Japan, as well as in the US, as to whether faultlines within meters-yards or under nuclear reactors are “active” or not. New ones are constantly revealed – either they were unknown or not admitted to.)

Map from Itoh et. al:
Figure 1. An index of the neotectonic regime in southwest Japan. Base map is after Huzita [2]. Gradation on backarc shelf showing onlapping sedimentation pattern and a seismic profile (shown inset) in the area are after Itoh et al. [5]. Influx of crystalline schist gravels is shown by green areas [22-24]“. “Neotectonic Intra-Arc Basins Within Southwest Japan — Conspicuous Basin-Forming Process Related to Differential Motion of Crustal Blockshttp://dx.doi.org/10.5772/56588
© 2013 Itoh et al.; licensee InTech. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)
Full text: http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs-wm/45304.pdf

Sanage Takahama fault article. This Takahama is in Aichi, but the article may still be of use: http://repository.aitech.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/11133/1325/1/紀要42号B%28P117-125%29.pdf