Title: Lady Barbara Judge: Japan’s smart nuclear weapon
Source: The Independent
Author: Margareta Pagano
Date: Sunday 17 February 2013
Lady Barbara Judge is just back from inspecting the nuclear plants at Fukushima in Japan, the ones closed down after the devastating earthquake and tsunami two years ago. She visited the control rooms at Daiichi – plant one – where three of the reactors went into meltdown and met many of the men who risked their lives by working during the emergency to cool the over-heated reactors and eventually shut them down.
It’s not what she expected but the mood there was ” fantastic”. “What was astonishing was the optimism and hope shown by the workers that these plants can be made safe, and that they can start operating again,” she says. But this was in stark contrast to the mood of the Japanese public, still in a state of shock and strongly opposed to the restoration of the nuclear programme.
Already being hailed as Japan’s nuclear saviour, Lady Judge was in Fukushima with the bosses of the plants’ owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company [...]
[...] with scientists such as Professor James Lovelock and critics such as the environmental activist George Monbiot coming on side, she is now even more confident [nuclear has a future as part of any energy mix ...]
[She] had long, blonde and wavy hair – Farah Fawcett style – and her crochet dresses were short. “They came to about here, about as short as this jacket,” she whispers. “It was the Sixties. I was a bit of a leftie, you know, demonstrating against Vietnam, that sort of thing.”
[...] at weekends she lets her hair down and wears jeans; with a blue blazer, of course.
In addition to discussing clothing choices, the article notes, “There’s one group of people who stay stubbornly anti-nuclear – women, especially the more educated ones. Wherever you are in the world, she says, all the focus groups show that it’s better-off women who don’t trust fission.”
Published: February 16th, 2013 at 8:16 pm ET
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