Nuclear power comes at big cost

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FILE - In this March 11, 2011 photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., tsunami waves enter a complex near the Unit 4 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co., File)

Editor: I am a Japanese student studying English at Charlottetown. This coming March 11 we will have the third anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan.

On that day, following the major quake, a 15-metre tsunami caused a serious nuclear accident in Fukushima. Over 100,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes to avoid radiation. A huge devastation is still continuing and many evacuees have not returned yet.

I am not from Fukushima. However, I can’t help feeling involved in this big issue as a Japanese person. A letter to the editor on Jan. 6 concerning nuclear power made me write this letter. I hope all of us consider this problem.

Nuclear power always contains danger. Even if we don’t have a natural disaster like Fukushima, one human mistake can give us huge suffering because of life-long radiation. What human beings do cannot be 100 per cent protected.

Even, luckily, if there is no accident, the workers of nuclear power plants and related facilities are always being exposed to radiation.

As well, as in Japan, nuclear energy is compared to “a hotel without a bathroom”. Enormous atomic waste remains, including some for more than 100,000 years.

The electric companies tell us that nuclear power is environmental. However, nuclear plants require other power stations to control the generating capacity. It is against saving energy and costs.

Now, none of the 44 nuclear power plants in Japan are working. I believe  our role is to pursue alternative and sustainable safe energy to live unaccompanied by nuclear power.

Chikako Matsuda,

Charlottetown

Geographic location: Japan, Fukushima, Charlottetown

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