TEPCO CONTINUARÁ CON PROGRAMA NUCLEAR
El martes 28 de junio, en la primera reunión de accionistas de Tepco , administradora de la central nuclear de Fukushima, desde la desgracia nuclear, se rechazó la propuesta de abandonar la energía nuclear, presentada en una moción por más de 400 accionistas individuales, en favor de mayores inversiones para fuentes alternativas.
La iniciativa, contó con el apoyo de gran parte de los más de 9.000 accionistas presentes, pero no logró la aceptación de los grandes inversores institucionales, entre ellos el grupo de seguros Dai-Ichi Life Insurance, que tienen grandes cuotas de capital.
Si se hubiera abandonado el programa de energía nuclear, la Tepco se habría visto obligada a cerrar los reactores y le habría impedido la construcción de otros.
Tokyo Park Tower manifestaciones antinucleares 28 de junio 2011 Fukushima
Quince toneladas de agua radioactiva se filtran al suelo en las cercanías de la planta Fukushima
29 Jun 2011 - Las autoridades japonesas revelaron hoy que 15 toneladas de agua radioactiva se filtraron al suelo procedentes de la planta nuclear de Fukushima. Mientras tanto, investigadores japoneses divulgaron los resultados de pruebas de radiación realizadas a 15 personas que vivían en poblados a unas 25 millas de la planta. Tepco, la empresa dueña de la siniestrada planta, decidió seguir con su programa nuclear.
En las 15 personas se encontró cesio radioactivo. En seis de ellas se detectó iodo radioactivo. En noticias relacionadas, funcionarios oficiales afirman que en los próximos meses se distribuirán medidores de radiación entre aproximadamente 34.000 niños que viven en la ciudad más grande próxima a la planta nuclear para supervisar sus niveles de exposición. Los dosímetros serán entregados a niños de cuatro a 15 años que viven en la ciudad de Fukushima, a unas 45 millas de la planta nuclear.
TEPCO CONTINÚA CON PROGRAMA NUCLEAR
El martes 28 de junio, en la reunión de accionistas de Tepco, administradora de la central nuclear de Fukushima, se rechazó la propuesta de abandonar la energía nuclear, presentada en una moción por más de 400 accionistas individuales, en favor de mayores inversiones para fuentes alternativas.
La iniciativa, a pesar de contar con el apoyo de gran parte de los más de 9.000 accionistas presentes, no logró la aceptación de los grandes inversores institucionales, entre ellos el grupo de seguros Dai-Ichi Life Insurance, que tienen grandes cuotas de capital.
Si se hubiera abandonado el programa de energía nuclear, la Tepco se habría visto obligada a cerrar los reactores y le habría impedido la construcción de otros.
La de hoy fue la primera junta de accionistas de la Tepco, luego del desastre causado por el sismo y tsunami del 11 de marzo pasado que devastó Japón y la plan nuclear de Fukushima, desatando una crisis nuclear en el país.
La jornada comenzó con manifestaciones frente al hotel Tokyo Park Tower, donde se llevó a cabo la asamblea, y ante la sede de la Tepco, cerca del parque de Hibiya, en el centro de Tokio.
La industria japonesa de energía nuclear para uso civil pudo dar un respiro de alivio, a pesar de las protestas ante la lectura de los resultados de la votación, que llegaron sobre el filo de la clausura de la asamblea.
Japón, antes del incidente de Fukushima -tras el sismo y tsunami del 11 de marzo pasado-, generaba el 30% de las necesidades eléctricas, cuota que bajó dramáticamente al 20% en mayo.
En tanto, el presidente de la compañía, Tsunehisa Katsumata, se disculpó hoy ante los accionistas del grupo, durante la apertura de la asamblea anual, “por los graves daños causados” tras el accidente nuclear de Fukushima, el más grave a 25 años de Chernobyl.
TEPCO meets wrath of shareholders
Protesters in Tokyo call for shareholders to put an end to nuclear power plants
by Shingo Ito | June 28, 2011
Angry TEPCO shareholders on Tuesday slammed the company for its handling of the nation's worst ever atomic accident after the March quake-tsunami, amid calls for the firm to abandon nuclear power.
About 100 police officers were deployed around the Prince Park Tower Hotel where Tokyo Electric Power Co. held its first shareholder meeting since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami battered its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
TEPCO shares have lost around 85 percent of their value since a raging wall of water crippled cooling systems at the facility, with three reactors suffering meltdowns and the plant spewing radiation into the environment.
"It would be worth harakiri if we were in a different era," said a shareholder who referred to a form of Samurai ritual suicide when asked if TEPCO's response to the accident had been adequate.
TEPCO has been accused of ignoring warnings about the vulnerability to a tsunami of the coastal plant, dithering after the accident and initially declaring damage at the facility to be limited before admitting the contrary.
The government has put forward a scheme to ensure TEPCO can meet massive compensation, but worries remain for the firm's future under the sheer weight of trillions of yen in costs as it battles to stabilise the plant.
A record 9,309 shareholders attended Tuesday's fiery six-hour meeting, the longest in the company's history, fuming at the company's handling of the disaster with many demanding it scrap nuclear energy.
"I am so furious with the company," said shareholder Furukawa, who declined to give her first name. "They never changed after repeated problems," she said referring to TEPCO's track record of safety problems.
Around 85,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, farms and businesses in a 20-kilometre (12-mile) zone around the radiation-spewing plant, with evacuation pockets also further afield.
"I would like to tell TEPCO that we no longer need nuclear power. I never expected a triple A-rated company would end up like this. I think the accident is a man-made disaster," said Torao Ogawa, 60-year-old shareholder.
TEPCO officials were jeered during the meeting in which they again apologised for the accident, as 402 shareholders called on the company to abandon nuclear power in a proposal rejected by a majority vote.
The firm has a total of 933,031 shareholders, of whom 746,927 have voting rights. The 17-member board was also re-elected during the meeting.
A group of protesters from Fukushima gathered in front of the hotel. Haruna Takida, 33, left Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, before dawn to take part in the rally.
"The accident deprived children of their right to live a healthy life, young people of hope to work in Fukushima, and elderly people of what they had built in their lives," she said.
One weeping shareholder stood up and demanded TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata be dismissed from the meeting, to rounds of applause.
"We left our funds to you for management. Fukushima, Japan and the world can't go back to what we used to be before the accident. I can't believe in you," she said. "You should have resigned right after March 11."
Many Japanese households purchased TEPCO shares as long-term assets expecting stable and relatively high dividend yields, given its position as a power supplier for Tokyo and the Kanto region -- an area that contributes more than a third of the nation's gross domestic product.
But TEPCO is unlikely to pay dividends or make profits for years as it undertakes mammoth restructuring, battles to contain radiation, and pays out compensation claims that could reach 11 trillion yen ($136 billion) according to some estimates.
In May it reported a $15 billion annual net loss for the year ended March, the biggest ever for a non-financial Japanese firm, on costs related to world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
Four of six reactors at the Fukushima plant have been crippled, and the company is struggling with efforts to bring the crisis under full control by a self-imposed deadline of January 2012.
Ratings agencies Moody's last week downgraded TEPCO to junk status, citing the volatile situation at the plant and uncertainty surrounding the level of state support for the power company.
28 June 2011 Greenpeace activists protest outside the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) shareholder's meeting held at the Prince Park Tower in Tokyo June 28, 2011. Shareholders of TEPCO, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, approved new board members on Tuesday amid calls on the current leadership to step down. Thousands flocked to Tepco's annual general shareholders' meeting to vote on an anti-nuclear proposal and pose questions on the still unknown amount of damages Tepco must pay to residents forced to evacuate from around the Fukushima plant due to radiation leaks
There has been growing anger over the way Tepco has handled the Fukushima Daiichi radiation crisis Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) faced the wrath of shareholders at its first annual meeting since the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.
One motion called for the company to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, although this was defeated.
Tepco may have to pay compensation of almost $100bn (?63bn) following radiation leaks at its nuclear plant.
Tepco shares have plunged 85% since the tsunami damaged the Fukushima plant.
The disaster caused a meltdown at three of the six reactors, and more than three months on radioactive material continues to leak from the facility.
Shareholders have criticised Tepco's management for their slow response to the crisis, accusing them of putting out inaccurate data and displaying a lack of transparency.
Some 80,000 residents living close to the plant have been forced to abandon their properties.
Executives at the meeting in Tokyo issued an apology amid angry shouts and heckling by shareholders.
One shareholder said the senior executives should commit suicide by jumping into the damaged reactors.
"All of us directors apologise deeply for the troubles and fears that the accident has caused. We're working to resolve this crisis as quickly as possible," said Tepco chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata.
Tepco has said it hoped to achieve a cold shutdown of the plant by January next year.
The biggest debate among shareholders revolved around the future of nuclear energy and what the company's stand on the issue should be.
Opponents failed to win enough support for a motion that would have forced Tepco to scrap all reactors and halt any construction of new ones.
They said nuclear power did not have a feasible future, not least because of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis.
"Japan has a lot of earthquakes and after this accident I just don't think there is such a thing as safe nuclear power here," said one shareholder, Takako Kameoka.
Japan relies on nuclear power for 30% of its electricity needs.
Although thousands of those present at the six-hour meeting supported the motion, the institutional shareholders that own most of the stock were not swayed, and the motion was defeated.
Analysts said that the current power shortage in Japan was proof that the country needed nuclear power in order to meet its energy demands.
"The question is, can Japan do without nuclear power?" said Mitsushige Akino, of Ichiyoshi Investment Management Company.
"How much are the Japanese people willing to sacrifice in terms of standard of living? The sentiment is understandable, but the reality is that this is difficult without considerable sacrifice to economic growth and activity."
Japan marks three months since tsunami with protests
June 11, 2011 TOKYO: Thousands of people staged anti-nuclear rallies in Japan Saturday as the country marked three months since its massive quake and tsunami which resulted in the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.
Radiation continued to leak from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, some 220 kilometres (140 miles) northeast of the capital, amid simmering public frustration over the government’s slow response to the triple catastrophe.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under heavy pressure to step down, visited part of the disaster zone where 23,500 people were killed or are still unaccounted for while 90,000 others remained holing up in crowded shelters.
In the tsunami-hit port town of Kamaishi, Kan – who was on his way to a memorial service – was pressed by a fishery official to pass an extra relief budget as soon as possible. “I will work hard,” the premier replied.
Media reports said that around 100 anti-nuclear events were staged nationwide, including in the western cities of Osaka and Hiroshima, which was devastated by a US atomic bomb in 1945.
In the capital an estimated 6,000 demonstrators, some carrying placards reading: “We don’t want nuclear power plants” marched by the head office of the Fukushima plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), in a rally organised online by the Japan Congress against Atomic and Nuclear Bombs.
But dozens of apparently right-wing activists, some of them holding the military rising-sun flag, jeered from the roadside condemning the calls to downgrade Japan’s nuclear ambitions.
TEPCO, once the world’s biggest utility, has seen its share price plunge more than 90 per cent since the March 11 disaster.
A minute’s silence was observed at various places nationwide at 2:46 pm (0546 GMT), the moment the 9.0-magnitude quake struck below the Pacific seafloor sending monster waves over the country’s northeastern Tohoku region.
“It is time to shift to renewable energy sources,” Greenpeace director Kumi Naidoo told a rally at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park before they took to the streets holding sunflowers and gerbera daisies.
“I have yet to have a child but I come here with my neighbours and their children because of the fear we feel every day,” Misuzu Kiyozumi, a 34-year-old housewife from the suburban city of Ichikawa, told AFP.
The prime minister attended a meeting with leaders in Kamaishi on ways to improve survivors’ lives while newspaper editorials criticised his government’s handling of the calamity.
“I heard what they really need. I want to incorporate into a second supplementary budget what has not been included in our first supplementary budget,” Kan told reporters after the meeting.
The mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun said his government’s assistance to disaster-hit communities “has been insufficient.””The removal of rubble has been overly delayed. Construction of makeshift housing for evacuees has yet to get on the right track,” it said.
Rebuilding the muddy wastelands of the Tohoku region – an area now covered in 25 million tonnes of rubble – will take up to a decade and cost hundreds of billions of dollars, experts say.
A 20-kilometre (12-mile) no-go zone has been enforced around the Fukushima nuclear plant, which emergency crews hope to bring into stable “cold shutdown”between October and January.
Environmental and anti-nuclear group Greenpeace called on Japan this week to evacuate children and pregnant women from Fukushima town, about 60 kilometres from the stricken plant, because of what it said was high radiation.
Since the disaster, Japan has raised the legal exposure limit for people, including children, from one to 20 millisieverts per year – matching the safety standard for nuclear industry workers in many countries.
In the wake of the disaster, Kan has said resource-poor Japan will review its energy policy, including its plans for more nuclear reactors, while making solar and other alternative energies new pillars of its energy mix.
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