Asahi: Fukushima nuclear disaster is affecting every region of the world – Japanese Professor

Published: July 28th, 2012 at 12:49 pm ET


(Subscription Only) Title: NAGASAKI PEACE SYMPOSIUM: Fukushima disaster figures big in discussions
Source: Asahi AJW
Date: July 28, 2012

With “The road to nuclear weapons abolition” as its theme, the annual International Symposium for Peace, held alternately in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, has offered a venue for calls to scrap the world’s nuclear arsenals.


During the panel discussion, Nobumasa Akiayama, an associate professor of Hitotsubashi University and researcher with the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Accident, said Japan must fully reflect the fact that it is responsible for a nuclear disaster that is affecting every region of the world.

“It became clear that Japan failed to learn from safety lessons from the Three Mile Island accident and the Chernobyl disaster, and unfortunately, many countries planning to expand nuclear power generation are reluctant to learn lessons from Fukushima, because it would mean they need to impose tighter regulatory measures,” Akiyama said. “We are now asked to solve this problem.”


Published: July 28th, 2012 at 12:49 pm ET


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17 comments to Asahi: Fukushima nuclear disaster is affecting every region of the world – Japanese Professor

  • nedlifromvermont

    Thank you, Professor Akiayama, for speaking up for the truth …

    We 'newsers find this to be in short supply from people in positions of responsibility with a pay check that may be compromised by the machinations of big corporate funding, advertising, grants and graft, whichever form it takes …

    Japan may bear great responsibility to the world …

    But don't take those lying, bullying, free spending backstabbers from GE off the hook so quickly … they of the under-sized, under-engineered "unbreachable" containment they knew would/could fail, after all their false profits were booked and distributed to the crony capitalist thugs that ran these corporations, for this is what they had become!!!! UNCONSCIONABLE!!!

    "Biggest management failure in the history of capitalism" (Forbes)

    "Market distorting manipulation of regulatory and political structures by big money mobsters and corporate banksters"
    (Japan Independent Diet Report et al)

    What a country … oh, what a world, what a world …


  • arclight arclight

    an interesting video by him here..he seems VERY knowledgeable imo
    talks about iran and briefly mentions japans capability (maybe?) and LOTS more..

    "..Nobumasa Akiyama (Day 1, Boell conference)
    Recorded live on September 11, 2009
    Nobumasa Akiyama, Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University; Research
    Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo , on the panel "Saving the Non-Proliferation Regime – Strategic Proposals for the Review Conference 2010" at the Heinrich Böll Foundation's 10th Annual Foreign Policy Conference "A World Without Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Anarchy?"

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Three Mile, Chernobyl, and Fukushima each happened from unique and unforeseeable causes. There is no way to predict where and how the next nuclear disaster will happen. The technology itself is too dangerous, and no good.

  • arclight arclight

    Nuclear Power in a
    Post-Fukushima World

    "..Nuclear power’s latest failure to thrive despite the most lavish and ever-increasing taxpayer support is actually an unequivocal blessing. For four decades we have known that modern energy systems could threaten civilization in two ways—climate change and nuclear proliferation—so we must reject both fates, not trade one for the other. Yet new nuclear build worsens both problems. It provides do-ityourself bomb kits in civilian disguise. It reduces and retards climate protection by saving 2–10 times M. Schneider, A. Froggatt, S. Thomas
    World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-2011
    6 less carbon per dollar—and 20–40 times more slowly—than the superior low- and no-carbon competitors that are soundly beating it in the global marketplace. But taking economics seriously and buying those cheaper options instead can protect climate, peace, and profits.
    Since new nuclear build is uneconomic and unnecessary, we needn’t debate whether it’s also proliferative and dangerous. In a world of fallible and malicious people and imperfect institutions, it’s actually both. But even after 60 years of immense subsidies and devoted effort, nuclear power still can’t clear the first two hurdles: competitiveness and need. End of story.
    Amory B. Lovins
    Old Snowmass, Colorado, U.S.A.
    April 17, 2011.."

  • arclight arclight

    the link to the stimson site is dead?? always a bit suspicious of a PR "mindshare program" cleanup of charachter.. heres the bit of the summary of the stimson talk

    "..The discussion continued as Nobumasa Akiyama, Assistant Professor at Hitotsubashi University, presented his views on the nuclear nonproliferation question within the framework of the US-Japan security alliance. He pointed out two major Japanese concerns over the effort of reduction of US nuclear arms. First, Japan is concerned about China's reaction to the efforts. If the United States would decrease its nuclear arms arsenal what would be the impact on the regional nuclear regime? The main apprehension of the Japanese government is whether the strategic stability can be maintained with the smaller number of American nuclear weapons. Moreover, Japan needs a more accurate perception of the Chinese nuclear arms arsenal, and, if a US-Russian treaty on nuclear arms control were signed, Japan would like to have a role.
    The second major concern for the Japanese is a nuclear North Korea.."


    • arclight arclight

      "…Japan would like to see the nuclear threat eliminated as soon as possible, and Dr. Akiyama pointed out that from the Japanese point of view the American policy-makers have not demonstrated determination to eliminate the North Korean threat as soon as possible.

      Mr. Akiyama also indicated that just as American politics will influence American policies, Japanese political reality will influence Japanese policies. ……… The lack of political leadership in Japan could frustrate their US interlocutors. Nobumasa Akiyama concluded that for any global weapons regime to be successful, nuclear countries other than the United States and Russia should have a sense of ownership over the process of nuclear weapons reduction…"!search/profile/person?personId=213902616&targetid=profile

      The Stimson Center hosted a public panel discussion on "Balancing Act – Upholding the Legitimacy of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime, Maintaining the Credibility of the Deterrence in the US-Japan Alliance", featuring Brian Finlay, Senior Associate, Stimson Center, and Nobumasa Akiyama, Assistant Professor, Hitotsubashi University. The panel was moderated by Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate, East Asia Program at the Stimson Center.

      The panel discussion took place at the conclusion of an all-day workshop on Tuesday, March 24, 2009…."!search/profile/person?personId=213902616&targetid=profile


  • BringoutYourDead

    Right on the Mark TBP, but no worries, we as a species will finally catch on once it's far too late.

  • arclight arclight

    ooer! 🙁 not looking good.. to the bottom of this pdf to see who he "hangs" with.. heres topics on discussion..

    "..Compared to previous dialogues, there was little discussion of the US marines or the Futenma Replacement Facility stalemate. Participants spoke of a “sense of fatigue” over this issue in Japan and in Washington

    – No Japanese participant voiced concern over the credibility of the US extended deterrent. Similarly, there was no discussion of Chinese nuclear capabilities.

    – While Prime Minister Noda has restored some much needed stability to governance in Tokyo, his grip over his party and the government is not assured.

    – The “twisted Diet” – in which different houses are controlled by different parties – highlights the importance of the government’s ability to change policy via regulations, rather than passing laws. Political and policy gridlock can be avoided.

    – One tool of innovative Japanese foreign policy is Overseas Development Assistance (ODA). Tokyo hopes to use this to extend its influence in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.

    Critical to this policy is loosening the arms exports principles:

    traditionally, the prospect of any military use of a facility meant that such funds could not be used for its construction.
    Last year’s change in arms exports principles should lift that bar cont..

    • arclight arclight

      "…Last year’s concerns about the “transformative impact” on Japan of the March 11 triple catastrophe have not materialized. There was almost no discussion of that event or indications of its influence other than humanitarian implications.

      – Japan is moving toward “a new normal” in defense policy – one that approximates other states – but that “normal” is restricted to defense of the homeland. 2

      – Japanese recognize that opportunities for alliance cooperation are created by the intended reduction of the role of nuclear weapons in US defense policy. This elevates the importance of “alliance management.”

      – Japanese strategists recognize that Japan must do more to prepare for low-level provocations and that responding to them is a Japanese – vice US – responsibility.
      – Participants endorsed an in-depth US-Japan discussion of a new division of roles and missions among the allies, which would be reflected in a new set of US-Japan Defense Guidelines. The focus of this discussion would be responsibilities for responding to acts “in the middle” between low-level provocations and high-end conflict.

      – There are still significant segments of the Japanese population who believe that the US will do all the fighting to defend the Japanese territory such as the Senkaku islands. Japanese strategists know that this position is untenable.

      😮 ??

  • BringoutYourDead

    "Last year’s concerns about the “transformative impact” on Japan of the March 11 triple catastrophe have not materialized".

    YET? What does the above mean? What is a "transformative impact"?

    I'm old and slow, I can't help it.

    • arclight arclight

      i couldnt work that out either.. and this peace symposium has some err interesting angles.. my ashi monthly has run out so i just read last years.. 🙂

      "..About 700 people attended the symposium, titled "The Road to Abolition–What Civil Society Needs to Do Now." The annual symposium, held in Hiroshima or Nagasaki, was the 17th.

      It was hosted by Hiroshima city, the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation and The Asahi Shimbun, and supported by Nagasaki city, the Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace, Hiroshima Home Television Co. and Nagasaki Culture Telecasting Corp.

      Asahi Shimbun editorial writer Toshiaki Miura served as coordinator for the panel discussion.

      Experts said a global movement toward nuclear disarmament has made little progress since U.S. President Barack Obama pledged that the United States will work toward "a world without nuclear weapons" in a speech in Prague in April 2009…."

      ""Everything that was wrong with chemical and biological weapons, land mines and cluster munitions is worse with nuclear weapons," Ruff said.

      "It simply is inconsistent that we don't have a comprehensive framework for the worst and most indiscriminate and inhumane weapons."

      no web presence to speak off so not very transparent… sounds more like nuke smoothover article..

      wonder WHO was at this…

  • BringoutYourDead

    I think I've figured it out arclight…


    Best I can do…

    • arclight arclight

      this was the best i could do 😉

      one version anyway!

      Empowering independent media for ‘transformative’ impact
      May 1, 2012

      "..“U.S. efforts to bolster independent media and an open Internet overseas are having significant impact,” the report concludes, but they “face a lack of funding, growth in online censorship and surveillance, and rising attacks on journalists,” says CIMA, a special initiative of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED):

      For two decades, the media development community has worked to empower a free press around the world, in the belief that independent media will foster democracy and development. Those in the field are now moving rapidly to embrace these latest digital tools, combining them with the best practices of professional journalism—watchdog reporting that is fair and accurate, backed by high ethical standards and smart business practices. As we move forward, the impact could be nothing short of extraordinary…"

      i dont fully understand which way transformative anything swings unless it is defined properly.. but if you were there you could have asked the speaker..

      go figure.. transparent? Nahh!