German state-run TV: “Reports from Japanese journalists confirm what anti-nuclear activists fear: the situation in Fukushima is much worse than gov’t is letting on”

Published: April 18th, 2012 at 7:32 pm ET
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Title: Japanese government criticized for downplaying nuclear disaster
Source: Deutsche Welle
Author: Ulrike Mast-Kirschning / sb
Editor: Shamil Shams
Date: 18.04.2012

Reports from Japanese journalists confirm what anti-nuclear activists fear: the situation in Fukushima is much worse than the government is letting on – and the Japanese people are being misled.

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Japanese Journalist Takashi Uesugi

The former TV moderator was invited to a discussion by the Lutheran Church and various NGOs in Berlin to talk about the Japanese government’s handling of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Among other things, he explains how radiation measurements in Fukushima are manipulated.

“The top surface is removed and the area is cleaned with water before the Geiger counters are used,” he says. [...]

According to Uesugi, radiation measurements are manipulated [...]

Tamahashi Uesugi criticizes the strong linkages between politics, the nuclear industry and the media. He says politicians who lose their offices are often offered a job with the energy company Tepco, which operates three nuclear power plants in Japan – one of which is the stricken Daiichi plant in Fukushima. Uesugi believes with all the interdependencies, the system is impenetrable. Furthermore, such are the government’s efforts to play down the nuclear disaster, Uesugi points out, that whoever criticizes it is shunned out of the system. [...]

It is not only the Japanese government, but also international organizations – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – which are also playing down the effects of radiation exposure. [...]

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Published: April 18th, 2012 at 7:32 pm ET
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