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Internationally important species

The area around Kaminoseki has several internationally important species. Finless porpoises live and rear young in this part of the Seto Inland Sea. Finless porpoise populations have been in decline in most parts of the Seto Inland Sea and there are currently only about 15% of 1990 numbers. However, in the area around Kaminoseki, numbers have been better maintained with around 40-90% of 1990 numbe...

Molluscs in Tanoura

The land reclamation that would take place as part of Chugoku Electric Company's proposal would be in Tanoura, a cove on the south side of Nagashima Island. This cove has a particularly rich fauna especially of molluscs. A study in 1999 found 183 species, 144 genera and 81 families in Tanoura. Of these, some are thought to be endemic to this location, such as Ceratia Nagashima, and eight species a...

About us

This is the official English language blog for Hiroshima-Kaminoseki Link. We are an association of citizens who are concerned about the plans to construct a nuclear power plant at Kaminoseki, in the Seto Inland Sea National Park - a BIODIVERSITY HOT SPOT.The project could irrevocably damage this pristine environment by: replacing sea water with LANDFILL: RAISING sea water TEMPERATURE: risking deva...

Nuclear Power in Japan

Japan's nuclear power programme began in 1954 when 230 million yen was budgeted for nuclear power. The first plant began operation in 1966 in Ibaraki prefecture. Since that time, the industry has had strong government support and in 1973 nuclear power became a national strategic priority. Japan's industry was not affected as adversely as some countries by the Chernobyl accident and the Three Mil...

The effect of using sea water for cooling

One major way in which fish and other marine species are affected by nuclear powers plants is when water from the sea is used for cooling. The proposed plants in Kaminoseki will take water from the sea to the north of Nagashima Island. When water is taken from the sea, all the organisms in that water, that are too small to be stopped by the filters, are killed. The number of young fish, larvae, an...

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

In 1999 Chugoku Electric submitted an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI). This EIA was criticised for making no mention of the finless porpoise population in the area or the Japanese lancelet. It also failed to mention that the area was a nesting ground for peregrine falcons, and overlooked rare shellfish species. MITI advised Chugoku Electric to car...

Power Plant Plans for Kaminoseki

Chugoku Electric Company announced their plans for two ABWR 1,373MW nuclear power plants on Nagashima Island in Kaminoseki Town, Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1982. The proposed site is 300,000sq.km with about 40% of that to be reclaimed from the sea. The first reactor is scheduled to be in operation from 2018 and the second one from 2022. This is later than the original planned dates. The second reacto...

Setonaikai National Park

Setonaikai National Park covers the entire area of the Inland Sea of Japan. This sea lies between Honshu and Shikoku - two of Japan's four main islands, with a third main island - Kyushu - bordering the sea to the west. It consists of about 3000 islands - small and large, inhabited and uninhabited, and stretches about 400km from east to west. It is famous for views of clusters of islands rising fr...

The wonder of nature around Kaminoseki

* Here's information about the natural environment around Kaminoseki. "The Association for the Preservation of Nagashima's Nature" http://www.cnic.jp/english/topics/groups/group84.html...

About Kaminoseki NPP

* Here is a piece of information about Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Plant by Citizens' Nuclear Information Center http://cnic.jp/english/newsletter/nit133/nit133articles/kaminoseki.html...