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U.S. Secretly Asked Japan To Help Dump Nuclear Reactors Into Oceans

 
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U.S. Secretly Asked Japan To Help Dump Nuclear Reactors Into Oceans
BY TAKUYA SUZUKI STAFF WRITER

2011/09/27

The United States secretly sought Japan's support in 1972 to enable it to dump decommissioned nuclear reactors into the world's oceans under the London Convention, an international treaty being drawn up at the time.

Countries working on the wording of the pact wanted to specifically prohibit the dumping of radioactive waste at sea.

But Washington wanted to incorporate an exceptional clause in the case of decommissioned nuclear reactors.

These facts came to light in diplomatic records held by the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo and released at the request of The Asahi Shimbun.

Japan did not offer a clear answer when it was approached by the United States on the issue. Eventually, however, Washington succeeded in incorporating the clause into the treaty.

In 1972, the United States was already dismantling early-stage nuclear reactors that had been used for testing. However, the disposal method of large-scale nuclear reactors for commercial purposes had not been decided although it was an issue that could not be shelved indefinitely.

Since Japan, a key U.S. ally, had already started its own nuclear power generation program, Washington did not hesitate to seek Tokyo's backing for its request.

It was apparent that the United States constructed nuclear reactors without having decided on disposal methods, forcing it to consider dumping them at sea after they were decommissioned.

More: [link to www.asahi.com]

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Re: U.S. Secretly Asked Japan To Help Dump Nuclear Reactors Into Oceans
I wonder how bad fukashima really going to be? I mean in like ten years time. Have we actually doomed ourselves already? Its going to be a slow radiactive death.
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I wonder how bad fukashima really going to be? I mean in like ten years time. Have we actually doomed ourselves already? Its going to be a slow radiactive death.
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If we even last 10 years
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