‘Alice in Wonderland’ was used to convince children in Japan nuclear power is safe (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Published: August 8th, 2012 at 4:50 am ET


Nuclear Power after Fukushima | Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan
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Speaker: Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists

At 40:15 in

Ferguson: Stories have come out that the government was promoting nuclear power so much that they were using cartoon characters, they were using Alice in Wonderland to convince school children nuclear power is incredibly safe. They weren’t showing the other side of the story adequately enough. It was an unbalanced presentation.

The New York Times’ Norimitsu Onishi on the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme:

Source: Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

Near a nuclear power plant facing the Sea of Japan, a series of exhibitions in a large public relations building here extols the virtues of the energy source with some help from “Alice in Wonderland.”

“It’s terrible, just terrible,” the White Rabbit says in the first exhibit. “We’re running out of energy, Alice.”

A Dodo robot figure, swiveling to address Alice and the visitors to the building, declares that there is an “ace” form of energy called nuclear power. It is clean, safe and renewable if you reprocess uranium and plutonium, the Dodo says.

“Wow, you can even do that!” Alice says of nuclear power. “You could say that it’s optimal for resource-poor Japan!”

Published: August 8th, 2012 at 4:50 am ET


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20 comments to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was used to convince children in Japan nuclear power is safe (PHOTO & VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    There is "no such thing" as a safe nuclear reactor. The meltdowns happen, and happen.

  • arclight arclight

    The Stream : Nuclear nation

    Published on Jul 25, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
    Despite major safety concerns, why is Japan restarting its nuclear reactors?

    "..The revival of nuclear power sparked widespread opposition, bringing tens of thousands of demonstrators into the streets. Some are calling the protests a “Hydrangea Revolution”, saying it marks the first widespread political movement in Japan in decades. Japan’s prime minister says the shutdown caused power shortages and expensive fuel imports that have hurt the economy.

    In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Charles Ferguson (@FAScientists), co-chair of the US-Japan Nuclear Working Group and Aileen Mioko Smith, executive director of Green Action. .."


    charles ferguson from the us-japan nuclear working group @ 30.40 approx
    while the rt program is on air.. aileen has a hard time but off air, responding to web questions (nothing to harsh)

    we get this..

    "what im worried about is other radionuclides… should be tracking strontium… plutonium… "

    and the other scientist (who doesnt seem to interested in the interview imo) says he is "surprised" that the people of fukushima hadnt eaten more contaminated food.. but doesnt mention the "underground" work of ngo`s like CRIIRAD and ACRO and the LLRC who advsed the residents of fukushima..


  • arclight arclight

    off shore wind is the way forward for japan and heres a great interview that mentions that.

    "Against the Grain" informative interview today with Kristin Schrader-Frechett, scientist and author, (about 50 min).

    Interview at http://www.againstthegrain.org/program/586/coming-tues-80712.
    (thanks maggie123)

    and he is promoting gas not wind,,??

    ""DALLAS (AP) — Flowserve Corp., which makes flow-control products for the oil and gas industries, said Monday that Michael S. Taff is its new chief financial officer and senior vice president.
    Richard J. Guiltinan, the company's current senior vice president, finance and chief accounting officer, plans to retire next year.
    Taff will formally join the company after completing consulting duties with his former employer by early next year. The 49-year-old executive, most recently served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for The Babcock & Wilcox Co."


    and this


    going from the nuke industry to the oil industry.. thought they were competitors?

    looks like the banks and government arent the only corporations that have revelving doors.. imo

    recycling plutonium by burning .. grr!

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      arclight, all the Big Energy players have closely interlocking directorships. Here's a director list from Babcock & Wilcox I posted elsewhere yesterday. Scroll over the director names and you'll see close ties to Westinghouse, Areva, Big Oil, the navy, regulatory agencies… you name it.


      In practice, "Big Anything" is closely networked to "Big Anything Else" including "Big Government" and "Big Lobbying" through directorships and revolving-door job movement.

      The phenomenon isn't all that different from a car mechanic job-hopping to the dealership down the street or a restaurant owner sending his friends to scout out the competition in order to steal an idea or two. The stakes are much higher though.

      Use muckety.com to explore linkages (in the US). Amazing stuff. I'm not sure if there are equivalent sites for other countries.

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        I should have added "Big Electric Power" to the Babcock list above, given our general themes on this site.

  • arclight arclight

    he says that he went to one website that showed map projections of iodine fallout that he called minor.. meanwhile about 6 days later in sounthern france CRIIRAD measured iodine that required a similar though less urgent warning about iodine contamination than the one we got after chernobyl..

    CRIIRAD said that the usa was hit 10 TIMES more than europe

    heres the evidence to that…

    Radiation risks from Fukushima 'no longer negligible' [fr]
    Published 11 April 2011, updated 12 April 2011

    "..While radioactive iodine-131 is mostly present in the air in the form of gas, CRIIRAD notes that in the case of the Fukushima fallout, the main issue is to limit ingestion of iodine-131.

    CRIIRAD notes that the amount of iodine-131 capable of delivering a dose of 10 mSv varies greatly depending on the age of consumers. Children up to two years old are the most vulnerable and ingestion of 50 becquerel (Bq) is enough to deliver to the body a dose of 10 mSv, according to the institute…If the foods (leafy vegetables, milk etc.) contain between one and 10 Bq per kg or more, it is possible that the reference level of 10 mSv may be exceeded within two to three weeks, the institute added. "

    ".Data for the west coast of the United States, which received the Fukushima radioactive fallout 6-10 days before France, reveals that levels of radioactive iodine-131 concentration are 8-10 times higher there, the institute says…"


  • arclight arclight

    Charles D. Ferguson: "Japanese Disaster's Impact on the Nuclear Power Industry"

    Uploaded by wlunews on Mar 23, 2011
    Dr. Charles D. Ferguson, president of the Federation of American Scientists, presents a public briefing on the impact of the Japanese disaster on the nuclear power industry.

    @ 20 minutes

    "..extend their 20 year limits.."

    @ 56 minutes

    "…NRC is the role model for the rest of the world…"

    and he watches enenews!! 🙂
    you can run charley boy but you cant hide.. 🙂
    the new FACE of nuclear??

    • arclight arclight


      sorry about that..

      might also point out he jokingly mentions uranium hexaflouride (thousands of times more potent than CO as an atmospheric warming compound mentioned by Kristin Schrader-Frechettin her audio link that is posted above (a must listen!! combats this guys points brilliantly.. in every way!!)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It is evident that the children are the pawns this situation.
    The fate of the children.. a point of contention.
    This is a very sad statement about the civility..the civilization of humanity.
    Humanity wants to rank in the upper escalones of intelligence…
    yet the majority.. cannot even adhere to instinctual patterns.

    Umm..the point..we will fight the willful,cruel and IGNORANT treatment of children.
    This day..every day…

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    It makes me want to chuck.

  • rambojim

    Weird country,crazy government,robotic like inhabitants…

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Ever notice how the TEPCO insignia looks like Mickey Mouse. A 3 eared Mickey at that, how fitting.

  • patb2009

    We are all mad here. — Cheshire cat

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yes..Alice in Wonderland..a quaint story of madness.
    Madhatter…mercury poisoning..etc.
    I wonder which completely mad PR group got paid for covering the madness of TEPCO and the Japanese government.
    But this really isn't that type of madness..(sit on a leaf and blow smoke rings)…it's the working type of insanity..it's psychopathic … it's..Fishead.

    I Am Fishead – Documentary Film (2011)