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Nuke Info Tokyo No. 131
(July/August 2009)


Certification of Sufferers of Atomic Bomb-Related Diseases
Victorious lawsuits force government to review criteria.

Multiple Myeloma and Malignant Lymphoma on Workers' Compo List
The list of recognized radiation-related conditions was established by regulation in 1978 under the Labor Standards Act. This is the first time that new conditions have been added to the list, which includes leukemia, lung cancer, skin cancer, bone cancer and thyroid cancer.

Worker Radiation Exposure at Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant
Large quantities of nitric acid and highly volatile radioactive iodine have evaporated and dispersed within the vitrification cell, so it is highly likely that workers will be forced to carry out further work within the cell.

Major Incidents at Japanese Nuclear Facilities
2008 Fiscal Year (April 2008 - March 2009)

KK Nuclear Power Station 2 Years After the Chuetsu-oki Earthquake
On July 14, citizens' groups held negotiations with the prefecture concerning approval of commercial operation of Unit 7. They pointed out errors in TEPCO's report about the geology of the Kashiwazaki Plain.

Group Introduction: "Know Pluthermal" Shiribeshi Citizens' Network
Like-minded people joined together to oppose the introduction of pluthermal at Hokkaido Electric's Tomari Nuclear Power Plant.

News Watch
--Replacement of Monju fuel begun
--Application for approval of Hamaoka-1&2 decommissioning plan
--METI releases nuclear power promotion policy
--International Nuclear Energy Cooperation Council formed
--Satellite office for advancement of FBR
--Review of Japan's nuclear energy policy postponed
--Japanese High Temperature Gas Reactor technology to Kazakhstan
--Electric power companies, Itochu to develop uranium mine in WA
--JOGMEC to explore for uranium in Uzbekistan

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