Japan Professor: Use of nuclear energy is a crime against humanity — We have to think of this equally as the use of nuclear weapons (VIDEO)

Published: September 16th, 2012 at 11:50 am ET


Interview with Yuki Tanaka, Hiroshima University professor, Historian
Published: Sep 15, 2012
By: RalphTNiemeyer

Wikipedia of Yuki Tanaka: History Professor at Hiroshima University. Wrote extensively about forced prostitution under the Japanese Empire, as well as in Japan under the US military rule. Also wrote about laws of warfare.

At 5:30 in

Yuki Tanaka, Hiroshima University professor: As far as the A-bomb survivors are concerned, now they realized that the radiation problem is very similar to the problem that they went through, the fear of cancer and leukemia.

Finally they realized they made a huge mistake by supporting the use of nuclear energy.

Use of nuclear energy and also nuclear accident is a crime against humanity.

So, we have to think of this equally as the use of nuclear weapons.

Published: September 16th, 2012 at 11:50 am ET


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22 comments to Japan Professor: Use of nuclear energy is a crime against humanity — We have to think of this equally as the use of nuclear weapons (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    It is exactly just that .."crime against humanity".

    • timebomb

      Finally we get the overview.

      Specific crimes:


      • Maggie123

        Timebomb – you're right, we've needed the overview, the 'concept', the underlying principle of 'crimes against humanity'.

        Concepts become the 'lens' by which we can begin an examination. The overview needs to be in our minds as a general principle by which to assess our social, political, economic assumptions and activities. So your point, "finally, the overview", is well-taken.

        Techniques and strategies for these crimes, (fraud, manslaughter, conspiracy), allow us to further pursue justice. But to get people to pay attention to each of these, to not "excuse each away" or "trivialize them", we need the overview concept.

        (Too many people, when they hear 'fraud', for example, think in small terms, not linking their concept of 'fraud' with deadly consequences for all humanity!)

  • m a x l i

    "Use of nuclear energy is a crime against humanity."

    Now, we are getting somewhere. A history professor speaks out. Next a law professor? After that a judge at the international court in The Hague?

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Decades of insanity.

    "A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto"


  • Maggie123

    Professor Tanaka speaks to principle. That nuclear industry can be understood as "against humanity" is a "conceptualization" that *must* soak in to mindsets of policy makers and citizens globally.

    A good insightful interview on many levels.

    If business as usual can be examined for collateral damage and loss as per concept of "crime against humanity" then there may be hope for life/earth and the 21stC.

    His interviewer makes the important observation: "Sounds like in Germany" (substitute 'Germany' for any other nation or power-holding, policy-shaping, group.)

    Beyond that, substitute "nuclear industry" for many other mega-fortune making industries (arms dealing, land grabbing, ocean drilling, fracking, GM foods, etc.)

    Professor Tanaka's explanation of some Japanese attitudes/beliefs by mentioning "textbooks" is also key. Textbook "authority" is the situation everywhere, in all cultures, except in pockets where teachers are free to direct students to gather from multiple sources, (and to access these themselves). ALL cultures, all habitual thinking, clings to unexamined beliefs.

    Nuclear is so devastating and deadly it's a place for immediate attention, but rapid paced ocean/land destruction by other means must be brought along in our "earth/life saving" awareness.

    OT but tangentially related: I often have puzzled over how "violence of poverty" got dropped out of public discourse.

  • Not a new idea really. (1973)

    "No degree of prosperity could justify the accumulation of large amounts of highly toxic substances which nobody knows how to make 'safe' and which remain an INCALCULABLE danger to the whole of creation for historical or even GEOLOGICAL AGES."

    🙁 "To do such a thing is a transgression against life itself, a transgression infinitely more serious than any crime ever perpetrated by man."

    "The idea that a civilization could sustain itself on the basis of such a transgression is an ethical, spiritual, and metaphysical monstrosity. It means conducting the economic affairs of man as if people (or all life forms) really did not matter at all."

    — E.F. Schumacher 1973 Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered, (Chp. 4, Nuclear Energy–Salvation or Damnation? )

    One of my favorite all time quotes.

    • Maggie123

      ChasAha – I didn't read Schumaher's "Small is Beautiful" but was well aware generally and have long held his wisdom in mind, with attention to the concept captured in his title. By not reading him I missed that he also wrote on nuclear energy – *giant* miss on my part!!

      Am thinking – realizing what direction the world might have followed if every youth finishing gr12 had been issued a copy of Schumacher's book from the mid-1970's on! Public education could serve humanity so very very well if teachers were allowed to carry out education beyond preparing students to get high multiple choice scores and become compliant workers!! (Full disclosure – I'm a retired teacher – was honored to teach "whole child" in a high-needs public school community where people (kids, parents, teachers, admin) worked cooperatively! Schumacher's book as parting gift would have been perfect! … have heard details today of who's behind Chicago teacher bashing so it's strong on my mind.)

      The quote is perfect – I've saved it. Thank you!!

  • tarpus

    I'm still kind of old fashioned; believing in a way we were the ones put here to take care of this earth, not to rape it. So not only a crime against humanity, but a crime against the many species of beautiful animals we were charged with protecting, a crime against Mother Earth herself. Not just nuclear either. Burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests, (instead of using hemp, a miracle plant if there ever was one)polluting everything we get our little hands on. I can't help but continue the belief that there are no such thing as coincidences, and I can't get rid of this god that makes me feel complete and with some purpose; I've tried and it won't work. Stuck with it I am.

    On the other hand, I don't understand why god would give such a violent and arrogant species the knowledge of the atom in the first place. IMO, that's like giving a 5 year the keys to the house and taking a month long vacation…"I'm telling you honey, he'll be fine; he graduated from preschool with honors, remember"?

  • Centaur Centaur

    [16:16] "The concept of responsibility does not exist in this country, in a way, public responsibility. That's why the government is also avoiding the public responsibility."

    Time to put it into existence then… THE chance for a change to the better… in the end for ALL countries and their governments and their people. 😐

    • Maggie123

      Centaur – excellent! The issues are endemic to all governments/economic systems in dominant practice today.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Shell's "Happy" Mood Smashed By Ice
    Mass of sea ice forces drilling to halt, raises doubts about spill cleanup
    14 September 2012
    “Shell’s vice president of Alaska operations was quoted last Saturday as saying "Happy, happy, happy." Then the ice showed up.

    “Hours after Shell began drilling in the Artic, operations were forced to shut down to accommodate a drifting 30-mile by 12-mile hunk of sea ice, moving at a rate of a mile every 30 minutes. That’s what ice does in the Arctic—it is unpredictable, unforgiving and moves in with the high winds just in time to ruin a happy day.

    “A week ago, the Department of the Interior approved drilling in “non-oil-bearing zones” and Shell immediately began drilling its first exploration well in the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Northern Alaska in the early morning hours of Sunday. The drilling lasted only a few hours before the company took a “precautionary” move and disconnected the drilling rig from the seafloor anchors and temporarily moved the vessel off the well site. One wonders what would happen if such an ice mass moved in while Shell was trying to respond to a major oil spill….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    And the US is allowing the Russians to mine uranium in Wyoming. Their track record on the environment is criminal.

    The US administration including the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are clearly not doing their jobs and/or corrupted beyond belief.

    The thought of another Republican in the White House who would plunder the environment even more is even more frightening. They must all be watching TV mesmerized and hypnotized by the flicker rate. And the GWEN and cell phone towers must also be actively engaged in mind control. And then there is the fluoride in the water. And then there are all the chemicals coming down from chemtrails. And then there is HAARP which disrupts the Schumann Resonances. And maybe the GMOs do more than destroy the liver. Maybe they also destroy the brain. And then there is all the radiation which dumbs down the IQ and makes people schizophrenic…

    Buck luck earth. It was nice knowing you.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    This is how the monopolies such as the nuke industry holds onto power;

    How To Prevent Any New Nuclear Power Plants From Being Built, Shut Down Old Ones, Switch To 100% Renewables; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-prevent-any-new-nuclear-power.html

    Karl Rove; The Secret King Of The USA; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/09/karl-rove-secret-king-of-usa.html

  • sunpower

    "like giving a 5 year the keys to the house and taking a month long vacation…"I'm telling you honey, he'll be fine; he graduated from preschool with honors, remember"? -Tarpus

    Many of the most advanced (spiritually, socially, philosophically, environmentally, sustainably) native people regard 'little brother' the dominator technocrat as a mental retard and nothing proves their point more than nuclear fission. It should have been enough for the first feedbacks from Marie Curie's grotesque hand, the radium dialworks victims, and miners exposed to radon, that, as the National Academy of Sciences reaffirmed recently, "all ionizing radiation is harmful".

    The truth is that no child could deviously conceive of such a big lie as nuclear fission. Imposing fission on the world required the old tribalist psychopaths like Einstein, Tzeilard, Bohr, Teller, Oppenheimer, Cohen and Strauss, the patriarchic agentur of nothing more than a death cult.

    Handing their six sigma phony revolution to the poor Japanese following their defeat in WWII was like passing out candy to children. The infantile Mickey Mouse/Hello Kitty culture in Japan is the one operating these doomed nuclear power plants, unable to even entomb them when things go disastrously wrong.

    • tarpus

      I wish I could write like that…instead my writing comes out in bubbly gibberish…my thoughts don't match what I type, it seems.

      I used to revere Einstein. Teller just gave me the creeps. Oppenheimer seemed to be the most regretful of them all…

      Just don't understand how knowing the most dangerous thing we could have possibly messed with, we did mess with it. I remember a few scientists debating (during the first nuclear bomb tests) the possibility that the bomb could somehow interact with the hydrogen atoms in the ocean and blow us all to bits…but they did it anyway. If I were an alien, I would stay as far away from earth as possible.

  • JustmeAlso

    The ''deep rooted corruption'' at 07:17 where professor Tanaka starts to talk about seems to be cut off..

  • Urban27

    It should be taken serious.
    When an activity is so risky that there in no insurance company that give insurance. Then the activity is too risky.
    And the company itself also can not afford to clean up a disaster they have made.
    That is clearly not acceptable from a humanistic point of view.

    And running plants without having a solution for this waste products. That also disqualifies the activity.

    That nuclear wast is so close connected to making nuclear weapon is another thing that disqualifies the so called peaceful production.