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The new government in Japan is going in a completely different direction with regard to nuclear power. The old government wanted to shut down all of the power plants. The new prime minister wants to build new plants.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/31/world/asia/japans-new-prim...

"They will be completely different from those at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant," he told the national television network TBS.

"With public understanding, we will be building anew," Mr. Abe said.

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Finally, someone understands that not all nuclear plants have to be the same. The Fukushima Daiichi plants had their meltdowns because the emergency diesel generators failed. So the obvious answer is to build plants that don't require diesel generators to keep the reactor cores from overheating. There are several designs that would do the job, with at least two of those designs owned or partially owned by Hitachi and Toshiba.

- Pete
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The Fukushima Daiichi plants had their meltdowns because the emergency diesel generators failed

yes...AND they did not have a standardized method for connecting up helicoptered in backups to the backups...as do the US designs/requirements.

Mike
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US emergency response procedures are quite a bit different than what Japan had in 2011. The Japanese are in the process of revamping their entire nuclear regulatory structure. Hopefully, they will adopt a system which more resembles the US program.

The link below was written shortly after the Japan earthquake and tsunami. It is an explanation of "what we would do" if faced with the same situation as the Fukushima Daiichi operators. The link contains a certain amount of jargon and acronyms that may not be completely understandable to people outside of the nuclear power industry, but I can attest that the explanation is accurate.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/100610444/Pages-From-C142665-02B-1...

- Pete
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