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Fukushima Caused by Collusion, No Regulation, & Culture, Part 2

posted by admin @ 15:44 PM
July 10, 2012

    A deeper look at the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission’s blasts against the Japan’s nuclear power systems leads to the core of the nation’s excessively proud, and morally reckless ‘good ole boys’ system.

Or as Hiroko Tabuchi puts it in his New York Times article, ‘Commission Calls Fukushima Nuclear Crisis a Man-Made Disaster’: “. . . government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture.”

In Tabuchi’s estimation, “the report reserved its most damning language for its criticism of a culture in Japan that suppresses dissent and outside opinion, which might have prompted changes to the country’s lax nuclear controls.”

So while it claims to be a democracy with an open and free press, in actuality Japan borders on being a dictatorship protected by a culture of control and suppression––even over a so-called ‘free-press.’

As happens too often with industries in the United States,  the TEPCO company looked first to their bottom line, instead of the safety of Japanese people.  And this culture of avoiding questions and criticism accommodated their priorities.

The Commission insists that TEPCO refused to take preventive measures.  Reuters reporters, Risa Maeda and Linda Sieg claim:  “Regulators, it said, had been reluctant to adopt global safety standards that could have helped prevent the disaster.”  Again, global safety standards were considered outside interference.

Tabuchi points out that regulators went along with the company’s refusal to take those preventive measures, allowing TEPCO to stall implementation:  “For TEPCO, new regulations would have made running its plants more expensive and cumbersome, and weakened their standing in potential lawsuits brought about by environmental groups.   That was enough motivation for TEPCO to aggressively oppose new safety regulations and draw out negotiations with regulators.”

Hours before the Commission’s report was released, the government and regulators arrogantly allowed the Kansai Electric Power Company’s Ohi nuclear power plant to restart.  And a second plant there is to start later this month.

But experts argue that an active earthquake fault may lay beneath the Kansai plant.  Thus, Professor Jeffery Kingston says, “This means that all of Japan’s reactors are vulnerable and require retro-fitting, calling into question the hasty decision of the (Prime Minister Yoshihiko) Noda cabinet to restart reactors before getting the lessons of Fukushima.”

If such reckless behavior continues, Japan’s unrelenting culture will not only annihilate its nation, it will endanger the rest of the world as well. Truthfully, wholesale Christian Bibles say:  “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16: 18).”  Pray that our country does not fall along with––or by the same negligence––as Japan’s.

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Surprised? Fukushima Caused by Japanese Collusion and Culture

posted by admin @ 0:18 AM
July 10, 2012

        In my last blog, I wrote that Japanese officials admitted they had lied to their people about radiation danger.  I didn’t write when scientists warned Japan not to restart nuclear plants.  They restarted one anyway.  But I must blog now.  An official panel concludes that Fukushima occurred because of government, regulators and industry ‘collusion,’ all part of inbred Japanese culture.

After investigating six month with 900 hours of hearings and 1,100 interviews, the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission concluded this deadly nuclear blunder could have been avoided.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, the Commission’s Chairman and former head of Tokyo University’s Department of Medicine, wrote:  “It was a profoundly man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented.  And its effects could have been mitigated by a more effective human response.”

The report states: “Across the board, the Commission found ignorance and arrogance unforgivable for anyone or any organization that deals with nuclear power. We found a disregard for global trends and a disregard for public safety.”

A really telling blow is the Commission’s conclusion that officials lied when placing plant damage on the tsunami, instead of on the earthquake.  If officials were to admit that the earthquake caused nuclear plants to leak, it would lead to the end of nuclear energy there as the island is so prone to earthquakes.

“However, it is impossible to limit the direct cause of the accident to the tsunami without substantive evidence. The Commission believes that this is an attempt to avoid responsibility by putting all the blame on the unexpected (the tsunami), . . . and not on the more foreseeable quake,”  the report concludes.

In “Commission Calls Fukushima Nuclear Crisis a Man-Made Disaster,” for The New York Times, Hiroko Tabuchi adds:  “Even though the government-appointed Nuclear Safety Commission revised earthquake resistance standards in 2006 and ordered nuclear operators around the country to inspect their reactors, for example, TEPCO did not carry out any checks, and regulators did not follow up.”

The Commission concludes:  TEPCO, the government and regulators “betrayed the nation’s right to safety from nuclear accidents. . . TEPCO manipulated its cozy relationship with regulators to take the teeth out of regulations.”  How much do these cozy relationships with regulators sound like Sarah Newsworthy’s recent reports on power companies in the mid-Atlantic?

What did Sarah say about negligent manslaughter?  Does she not agree with Apostle Paul who writes in used Christian Bibles, “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for . . . manslayers (1 Timothy 1: 9).”  Perhaps, only when The LORD returns will some men pay for such crimes as these.

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