Topic #2: Nuclear Energy

In this unit, we will examine the current situation of nuclear energy production. Our first news story is about a new worry with the ongoing cleanup at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

But first, some background information. Hard to believe that it’s been eight years since the Tōhoku Earthquake and tsunami. Do you remember what happened at Fukushima?

Let’s take a technical look at what actually happened in the reactors.

While so much has been rebuilt and recovered, it seems that eight years is still just the beginning of the story for the Fukushima Nuclear Plant meltdown that resulted.

Now, let’s look at recent news. Read this article from Voice of America about what’s happening at Fukushima these days.

Fukushima to Run Out of Water Storage by 2022

Discuss the following questions with a partner, then write a one-paragraph comment (120 ~ 150 words) about the article in the reply below. Include:

  • The topic of the article,
  • Why it is or isn’t important,
  • The three or four most important details,
  • What you think about “Shinji’s” comment at the end of the article,
  • Finally, any questions you have about the article or topic.

16 thoughts on “Topic #2: Nuclear Energy

  1. Now fukusima nuclear power plant leaking radioactive contamination watre. radioactive contamination have risk of human organism. so leaking have to stop any methods. now radioactive watre leaking with normal underground water. therefore radioactive water drain befor mixing with undregroundwater.if so speed of tunk fill up ,and able to stalling. it is not essential breakthrough, but it can make few postponement time. so we have to think breakthrough in this postponement. it is responsibility of our japanese nation and choiced atomic energy.


  2. Japan has so far stored radioactive water in tanks at nuclear power plants. However, operators of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant expect the plant’s tanks to be full three years later by 2022. So, how should we deal with radioactive water in the future? Two things can be considered: the first is to release polluting water into the Pacific Ocean, and the second is to convert it into steam or hydrogen and release it into the atmosphere. The issue of radiation is an important issue that must be addressed not only in Japan but also globally. Because the solution that is now considered most realistic is to release contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean, because if Japan were to discharge contaminated water at its disposal, the damage would not only lead to Japan, but also to Pacific countries, and even to the rest of the world. No matter what choice Japan makes, responsibility for the consequences will be essential. Since Shinji lives far away from Fukushima, she thinks there will be no disruption to her daily life. That’s why it seems a passive attitude to think of other solutions to this, although it recognizes that discharging contaminated water into the Pacific would create a strong opposition movement in Japan, in the Pacific region and elsewhere in the world. As I think there is no direct damage to myself, I think we should not overlook the secondary damage caused by various Fukushima agricultural and fisheries products, although the radiation level may be low because it is far from Fukushima. And because Shinji is Japanese and is a problem that is happening in her own country, she should be more active. In fact, I don’t think there should be any discharge into the Pacific Ocean. Then, the second solution, if you convert radioactive water into steam or hydrogen and release it into the atmosphere, is it safe? However, both of these solutions are difficult and I think creating additional storage devices is not a complete solution but a temporary solution until we find a new one.


  3. ・Fukusimadaiiti gennpatsu.

    ・so very denger .

    ・Fukusima new clear plant have predicted it will run out of storage spase for radioactive water in three years.
    ・Releasing the water into the ocean could cause widespread damage to fukusima7’s fishing and agriculture industries.
    ・Didn’t name a ded line for deciding what to do with the contaminated water.

    ・I agree sinji’s comment. to release the contaminatid water into the ocean iseasy solution ,but cause strong opposing movement in japan ,and even foreign countries.

    Why people cleate newclear energy?


  4. * The topic of the article,
    Fukushima to Run Out of Water Storage by 2022.

    * Why it is or isn’t important,
    No storage space for radioactive water is very risky.

    * The three or four most important details,
    Operators of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have predicted it will run out of storage space for radioactive water in three years.
    Since the disaster, radioactive water has leaked from damaged reactors and mixed with groundwater and rainwater at the plant. The water is treated to remove harmful materials and stored in large tanks. But TEPCO has said the treatment process cannot remove all radioactive particles from the water.
    TEPCO says it plans to build more tanks to hold additional water.
    One proposal would involve the controlled release of water into the Pacific Ocean. But it is dangerous for environment,fishermen and all over the world.
    TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto told reporters the organization thinks contaminants produced from Fukushima work should stay within the plant area.

    * What you think about “Shinji’s” comment at the end of the article,
    This problem isn’t easy so much. Immediately after earthquake and destroyed Fukushima plant, Radioactive material blew over the east Japan area.
    And food from Fukushima and soil are polluted.We don’t know what timing we eat such things.

    * Finally, any questions you have about the article or topic.
    I had taken a lecture about Fukushima planet accident this summer vacation.
    So l think why reporters go near Fukushima plant.Even now there’s like inferno.Really don’t go there. Those negative legacy can’t remove and erase.


  5. The article, which deals with how to deal with radioactive water, is thought to be a matter of great importance now that there is a shortage of physical conditions ( tanks) that purify radioactive water.
    Particularly important are the fact that there are not enough tanks to store contaminated water in 2022 and the measures that have been taken to do so. Some nuclear experts believe releasing some radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean is most realistic, and the second is turning the contaminated water into hydrogen and releasing it into the air.

    I have the same opinion as Shin Ji’s comment on the measures that nuclear experts say are necessary. I am a Korean living close to Japan and I am very sensitive about this issue. If radioactive water flows into the sea, it will not only adversely affect industries in Japan’s Fukushima region, but also affect fisheries and other industries in South Korea and China, countries close to Japan, and spread public anxiety and concerns over physical damage caused by radiation to other countries. That’s why, just like Sinji comments, the measure of releasing contaminated water into the Pacific is very irresponsible.

    At a time when measures are urgently needed for radioactive water, rather than the irresponsible act of releasing the Pacific, I think proper countermeasures should be found in a way that does not destroy international interests through highly advanced technology, such as how to convert radioactive materials into hydrogen and release them into the atmosphere


  6. The topic of the article is nuclear energy is or isn’t necessary.
    I think nuclear energy is limited necessary, but it should do away with in the near future.
    Thermal power generation is going to do away with in the world. Other power generation without nuclear energies can’t supply a want. So, now, nuclear energy is important.
    I agree with some of the comments. I think releasing the contaminated water into the ocean is ok, but only below standard value.
    What do take the palace of nuclear energy.


  7. The topic of the article is what to do with the contaminated water. It is important for Japan and the world.Because,radioactive water is harmful. Depending on the way to process the water,it may affect the world.
    There are 3 important details.
    First,the contaminated water will likely fill up all the plant’s available tanks by summer of 2022.
    Second,one proposal to deal with water would involve the controlled release of water in to the Pacific Ocean.Additional methods under consideration include ground injection or covering the radioactive water to steam or hydrogen and releasing it into the atmosphere.
    Third,TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto didn’t name a deadline for deciding what to do with the contaminated water. 125
    I also think the same thing as Shinji.But,I consider about daily life.Because,I often eat foods from Tohoku.
    If addial methods are used,what impact will it have?


  8. The article explains ‘Resolution of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan’.In fact, it predicts that the radioactive water storage area at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant will disappear within three years.Radiation is a chemical that causes serious damage to living things, so we should think very carefully about how to deal with radioactive water.
    The first solution proposed by TEPCO is to release radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.It is the most realistic method, but fishing and agriculture suffer serious damage. Second, ground injection or radioactive water is converted into steam and hydrogen and released into the atmosphere.The third is the long-term storage system, which requires the construction of additional land and tanks.
    On the article, a Japanese man named Shinji eft a comment saying, “Do not consider about in daily life because I live far from there”. But radiation can be exposed to the air, food, and cannot be relieved.Several years have passed since the accident, but it is not reassuring because the food around Fukushima is currently being distributed.
    As Shinji said, I am also against the easiest solution: the discharge of radioactive water . The sea is wide but connected as one, and the organisms exposed to radiation from the radioactive water will destroy the ecosystem.
    The issue should be heard not just from Japan but also from neighboring countries and around the world. We should not expose any more land to radiation if possible. If radioactive water is released, we wonder what responsibility Japan will take for the problems that arise afterwards.


  9. Videos and articles that came from overseas is insane. They reported much more detailed information than that is reported by Japanese media. It is also surprising that more people lives outside of Japan knows more about what happened in Fukushima, while I , for instance haven’t talked for a while about this topic, about the explosion of Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear plant or what is happening now in Fukushima. Probably the awareness of living in the country which is famous for the nuclear accident is fading among the Japanese. But as the article says, we are actually facing the serious problem:Running out of storage space for radioactive water. In the treatment process of using the water to remove harmful materials , it makes tons of tanks to store them. Because of running out of space for those tanks, it is very important to come up with new solutions as soon as possible. I care what people say if we just throw the water to the ocean or hide in the earth as so far a government group suggests. I agree with what Shinji pointed out on his comment that ‘this easy solution would cause strong opposing movement in Japan, and even foreign countries’. I predict that more non- Japanese would oppose because as I mentioned before, our concerns about Fukushima is fading day by day with soft impressions on our media’s expression.


  10. It’s about 8 years ago the earthquake and tsunami what shocked whole world in Japan.Let Fukushima got a huge booming in their Nuclear plants.Now we back to Fukushima to see the people who live in their , how they are.
    I think people always forget the past until someone to hint everyone is a big problem that people should not forget that.And also the people who live in Fukushima have something want to tell the world , how was the huge booming got worse, the government didn’t do something to get these people in a better explanation and compensate for these people who got injured in the huge booming.Before know this answer of the questions, I think they won’t to stop talking to the world.
    I don’t know the people in Fukushima still in pain of the 311, but now I think people including me should be pay more and more care of the whole world.


  11. The topic of the article is how we dispose of the contaminated water. Because the Fukushima nuclear plant will run out of water storage by 2022., and the water’s place is not in the plant. Plant officials say more than one million tons of water is currently being stored in approximately 1000 tanks. TEPCO says the tranks will more increase in the future. As to Fukushima reality, one proposal would involve the controlled release of water into the Pacific ocean. But fishermen and many people living in the area are strongly opposed to the proposal. Esseptially fishermen are making a living because of getting seafood in Fukushima. Due to storage tanks increasing, we have to decide additional land. For example, its water sends other places in Japan. Considering Shinji’s comment, of cause releasing the contaminated water into the ocean might be an easy solution. But how will the fishermen’s life in Fukushima be? Do we buy the fish in Fukushima included in the contaminated water? Absolutely not. If you’re not in Fukushima, we will seriously have to think about the problem. It is not important whether it is easy or not. Finally, I have some questions. So, how do we dispose of the contaminated water?, and also why do Japan restart the nuclear power plants in spite of the big accident that happened in 2011.


  12. I think the topic is matching with the content.But it would be better if there was TEPCO’s preparations for running out radioactive water in Fukushima.Because it says about radioactive water and when we hear “water” we think about drinking or usual water.And I don’t think that this is much important.Because it has some bad effects for both people and plants.It is not good for plants’ cooling system.on the other hand it’s not not good for both fishing and agriculture industries.Putting them into the ocean is worse. I think he is lost in two different ways. Following heart or brain.


  13. This article informs us that there will be no tanks available for the plant in the summer of 2022 and looks into some possibilities to solve this problem since it is no longer possible to store polluting water in the tank.
    In this article, I think the solution to the radioactive solution is very important to modern people and worth thinking about. Radiation is causing many problems even in the still invisible, and small amounts of radiation are feared to wreak havoc on vulnerable people like children and even healthy people. According to another article I saw, “Radio is likely to be exposed unwittingly and appear in later generations.” As such, caution is required in all aspects, including the discharge of the Pacific, as the damage to radioactivity, including humans, is expected to be very much.
    Seven years after the Fukushima nuclear power plant erupted, it is still plagued by unresolved issues. For one thing, people don’t come back to Fukushima, which has been devastated.At that moment, residents cannot return to the site, as time has stopped and radiation levels are still being verified. The second is that contaminated water leaked from the damaged reactor and mixed with underground water and rain water from the power plant. A bigger problem is that they cannot remove all radioactive particles. Finally, it is a solution to this problem. They explain that the most realistic way is to release radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. However, it is feared to cause serious damage to fishermen’s fishing and agriculture.
    As for the final words of the site where he saw Fukushima himself, I wondered if Shinji knew the damage and seriousness of Fukushima. It was because I was embarrassed by her saying that she didn’t have to consider everyday life because she lived far away there. I would say it’s not just her problem, it’s the earth’s problem. We need to figure out the seriousness of the person who will be hurt and find the best way to be together. It is selfish to say that it is not one’s job.
    I would like to ask the question of who will be responsible for the damage to others, and what are the measures after discharge of the contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean? I saw an article this time that the Japanese government discharged contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. The irresponsible actions that were made without measures to deal with the problems that might follow are simply unconvincing. It’s so heavy and cumbersome that I think it’s irresponsible to throw the things I have on the ground without any consideration or countermeasure. I hope they find a smarter way.


  14. This article is about an issue of getting rid ocontaminated water from nuclear power plant.This is important problem because this includes radioactive material and this is killihg people easily.So goverment plans some countermeasure for this problem.One method is to release the ocontaminated water to the sea.According to the experts this is the most realistic plan.But fishman or people who live in the area oppse that proposal.Radioactive material break agriculture or fishery.That’s why local residents oppse.The second method is inject ground included or converte the radioactive water to steam or hydrogen and releasing it into the atmosphere.I think his coment is correct.Easily or jumping to conclusions can’t solve the issue perfectly and people living in the area angry.


  15. I soppose that the topic of this article is the future of the contaminated water and the area. There are some important issues with regard to this. First, it can’t be going to keep to leak the contaminated water permanently. And also there is no practical solutions except this. Second, we are unconcerned with this problem. I sympathize with Shinji’s comment. I think that even this solution is a superficial one. I fear that the contaminated water affect both the ground and the sea anyway.


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