NE Japan Earthquake Day 27: Domestic and International Organizations Criticize the Government for Not Warning Them About Radioactive Water; Rolling Blackouts to End in Mid-April But Will Resume if Supply is Strained Again

Domestic and International Organizations Criticize the Government for Not Warning Them About Radioactive Water
Yomiuri Shimbun: 汚染水放出の事前連絡なし、政府へ内外から批判
April 6, 2011

Both domestic and international organizations are criticizing the government for not giving sufficient warning about water containing low level radioactive waste leaking from Tokyo Power’s Fukushima I Reactor into the ocean.

On the 6th, National Federation of Fishing Cooperatives President Ikuhiro Hattori visited Tokyo Power’s headquarters in Uchisaiwai-cho, Tokyo, and rebuked its president, Tsunehisa Katsumata, for a total lack of communication before the incident: “It’ll be hard to forgive you for ignoring the fishing industry. I’m enraged at your irresponsibility.” Voices in the industry say that “the government and Tokyo Power are both guilty.”

At a practical affairs meeting of the Inter-Party Disaster Response Committee, the opposition parties heaped criticism on the government. “The Kan Government should have told independent organizations and foreign countries about the possibility of this disaster beforehand,” panned Representative Yasutoshi Nishimura of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Rolling Blackouts to End in Mid-April But Will Resume if Supply is Strained Again
Yomiuri Shimbun: 計画停電、4月中に終了…需給逼迫なら再開も
April 6, 2011

On the 6th, the Ministry of Trade, Economy, and Industry and Tokyo Power said that rolling territorial blackouts will end in the middle of April, solidifying their advance toward an official closing declaration.

Blackouts could return, however, if a dramatic increase in demand fueled by air conditioning threatens a large-scale blackout.

The rolling blackouts are ending for two reasons: rising temperatures have decreased demand for electric heating, and coal power plants are getting back into action and solidifying supply. Tokyo Power said it will not have blackouts from the 7th to the 10th. The last day all scheduled blackouts were put into action was March 28. If temperature increases as usual, they will cease altogether by mid-April.

Blackouts began on March 14 after the Great Eastern Earthquake cut Tokyo Power’s supply by 40% to 31 million kilowatt hours per day. Demand was limited to 30-35 million kWh, but supply is now being restored to 40 million kWh.





(2011年4月6日20時56分 読売新聞)





(2011年4月6日19時54分 読売新聞)

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