Much praised wisdom from the Far East: Japan is solving the nuclear waste disposal issue in a very pragmatic, open-ended and technology-friendly manner
Japan is now rapidly expanding its nuclear power again despite the Fukushima catastrophe and is solving the question of permanent storage and the final nuclear waste solution very “pragmatically”, as some Realpolitiker and opponents of value politics like to call it: It simply dumps its radioactive waste water into the Indo-Pacific. Apparently nobody protest except for the CCP which suddenly is discovering an ecological green heart and declaring it a menkind issue and the Japanese Social Democrats.
“Chinese FM rebukes Japan in shifting risk of nuclear pollution to all mankind through dumping nuclear-contaminated wastewater”
An aerial picture shows Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, Japan in February 2023. The decommissioning plant will soon mark the 12th anniversary of the unprecedented meltdown after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Japan’s plan to discharge nuclear contaminated water into the sea worries the regional countries and international community. Photo: VCG
It is particularly surprising that the Greens do not protest at all. Wouldn’t that be a job where our highly acclaimed Foreign Minister could bring together her combined skills. But maybe not a feminist question, but non-binary, gender-neutral and CO2-neutral. In addition, it is also somehow depressing that Japan is now expanding its nuclear power again, while in Germany, which is safe from earthquakes and tsunamis, all reactors that do not have a Chernobyl standard are shut down, the nuclear weapons option is dropped, nuclear power from the rest of Europe is imported, rather coal plants restarted instead of letting the remaining 3 nuclear power plants run for another 4 years, while Macron has now signed a nuclear energy pact with Orban, France relies on nuclear power, although climate change has lowered the river water levels, that in France the old, fault-prone nuclear power plants have to be switched off because of a lack of cooling water, while Russia still controls 50% of the uranium trade and France will probably soon lose its uranium imports from Mali as well, the EU has allowed gas and nuclear power as green energy Macron has now signed a nuclear energy pact with Orban, while Bill Gates wants to make the world happy with a new breed of nuclear power reactors, the Small Modular Reactors (SMR), which Macron has now discovered as future option along with other states, many states in view of North Korea, Pakistan and perhaps a nuclear-weapon power Iran now also want to acquire so-called civilian nuclear programs with an option for nuclear weapons, such as Erdogan’s Turkey, Saudi Arabia (Trump already wanted to deliver this under the guise of the so-called Iron Bridge program) or Egypt, Japan and South Korea. And even FRiday for Future prophet and icon Greta claims that nuclear power might be a more climate-neutral alternative for some countries.
What would the reaction be if China dumped radioactive waste water in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, especially since, unlike Japan, it is not yet member of the Quad. THEN it would probably also be THE US election campaign topic, right after the China virus. The horror breaking news, the shitstorm would be indescribable. In addition, if AUKUS- Australia soon wants to enter the Indo-Pacific with nuclear submarines, the useless focus on a fundamentally green topic could still be interpreted as criticism of the Western allies. France wanted to sell conventional submarines to Australia, but it is also unthinkable that Annalena will offer Australia German fuel cell submarines, which Israel’s navy was equipped with. It could be assumed that their top popularity ratings would also quickly tumble in the Biden USA.
In addition, we also know that non-nuclear ideas on the part of major nuclear powers tend to be perceived as hostile ideologies and, at the latest since Greenpeace and the Rainbow Warrior, it has been clear what reactions such protests produce when the nuclear erogenous zones of nuclear powers are encroached upon.
Whereby China correctly points out that the Western silence on Japan’s nuclear waste mess is due to geopolitics:
„US‘ silence on Japan’s nuclear-contaminated wastewater dumping shows ugly geopolitics”
It should be noted that the Chinese Communist Party is just as much concerned with geopolitical power, is just as uninterested in human rights issues, ecology and environmental issues, and is expanding its coal and nuclear power without regard to climate change, the Paris Agreement and the unresolved question of final storage, so that it has the same double standards , which it accuses the West of. At least China, like the USA and other western and Asian states, is supporting research into nuclear fusion, which would no longer have the problems of conventional nuclear fission-powered nuclear power plants, although such reactors are only optimistically claimed to be commercially viable in 15 to 30 years. And maybe the German reluctance in terms of Japan’s pragmatic final storage can also be understood with its own unresolved final storage facility, in addition to which the improvised Asse storage camp has so far acted in a similarly pragmatic manner as the Japanese: Fig a hole open, put the nuclear waste in it and earth on top. Now all the radioactive waste had to be taken out again and stored temporarily, while a final nuclear waste storage is still an unsolved question in Germany and other countries. And Green Ministers probably don’t feel like chaining themselves to railroad tracks, like Trittin did in the opposition, against Castor transports and then having them enforced again as ministers in a government. Well, maybe a post-war Ukraine will offer the area around Chernobyl, which is already contaminated, as a nuclear waste dump when it comes to reconstruction, since it doesn’t matter there anyway, or will the already extensive waste exports from Europe to Africa and other “shit holes” (Trump) be enriched with some nuclear waste and be another pragmatic final solution? There will certainly still be some pragmatic solution and Japan might be a trendsetter, if nobody protests against it. But it looks like the German Greens and other politicans and other states don’t want to unnecessarily remind themself or mankind of the unresolved issue and are postponing it to the future like before and leave it to the next generation of menkind.