If all these nuclear plants have melt downs then we can see the japanese islands becoming a area of disuse and the people being homeless.
Onagawa nuclear power plant
The IAEA said investigators in Japan found radiation levels have returned to normal at the Onagawa nuclear power plant. Ref. CNN
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
NHK: Japan's nuclear safety and industrial agency report explosion at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's No. 3 reactor. Ref. CNN
I was surprised to learn that Japan has so many reactors, I guess all those lights in Tokyo has to be powered by something. Still you can really not know since if it were something more serious would the government really share it to send people into a panic?
The government has not been very consistent with their message so far in this crisis, but it is a large task. Also, the government in the past had covered up serious nuclear issues in the past that actually resulted in a large number of people being exposed...
I believe the number is 55 reactors. Nuclear power is a must for Japan as there isn't enough coal here for power generation. They have done a really good job with it as the equake wasnt the problem...it was the tsunami. My suspicion is that the Diesel generators were potentially flooded by the tsunami and that is why they didn't start. I am sure that is where the focus of review will be when this calms down.
Thanks for letting me know about the Tokaimura nuclear accident. Were people compensated in anyway for that? I ask because I'm interested in how they will handle anyone that may have already been exposed especially those who man the reactors and surrounding stations.
Yes, there was a payout.
In total, it was about 126 million USD. It is somewhat of a flexible payment system even if there isn't a specific law against what was done. This was a quite different even and the release of radioactive material was more than what we are seeing from this situation, but that could change if there is a total meltdown of a core.