Japan Times: Professor equates Tepco with Homer Simpson — NYTimes: Gov’t is taking us for fools -Fukushima refugee (AUDIO)

Published: September 9th, 2013 at 11:58 am ET


Japan Times, Aug 31, 2013 – Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies, Temple University Japan:  Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) is deservedly slagged as the Keystone Cops of nuclear power, and conjures up images of Homer Simpson, the iconic nuclear safety inspector in “The Simpsons.”

PRI’s The World interview on Sept. 3, 2013 with Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies, Temple University Japan: [Prime Minister Shinzo Abe] can’t do a whole lot worse than Tepco. They sort of are representing the Homer Simpson school of nuclear safety, so I think that Abe’s government is quite confident that they can do better. But it’s a deep hole to dig out of, Japanese public skepticism has skyrocketed, so Abe’s agenda to fast track restarts of nuclear reactors clearly is undermined by the recent revelations and spiking public concerns.

New York Times, Sept. 7, 2013:  Not everybody is celebrating. “They continue to ignore the severe problems at Fukushima,” said Kazuko Nihei, 37, a housewife and Fukushima refugee who lives in Tokyo and was quoted on the local Tokyo Shimbun Web site. “They are taking us for fools.” Earlier, in Buenos Aires, where the Olympic vote was announced, Abe appeared to play down the issue. He said the government had a comprehensive cleanup plan in place. “The bottom line is that there is absolutely no problem,” he said. “Please look at the facts, not newspaper headlines.”

Broadcast of PRI’s The World here

Published: September 9th, 2013 at 11:58 am ET


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20 comments to Japan Times: Professor equates Tepco with Homer Simpson — NYTimes: Gov’t is taking us for fools -Fukushima refugee (AUDIO)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Professor equates Tepco with Homer Simpson

    IMHO..this analogy is trite and meaningless.
    Comparisons to fictional characters demeans the situation.

    TEPCO is not inept.
    TEPCO simply can not fix the problem.
    There is no fix.
    TEPCO has the shrewdness to try and cover the problem.
    TEPCO is not inept..

  • weeman

    Please look at the facts, not newspaper headlines?
    What headlines, I have never seen this on front page of a newspaper or the opening story on the nightly news.
    But change is in the wind, the radioactive wind, bastard.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Homer Simpson is a genius compared to some of them.

  • scottyji scottyji

    “The bottom line is that there is absolutely no problem…Please look at the facts, not newspaper headlines.” -Abe

  • UncleCrusty

    Homer, while not the sharpest knife in the drawer, has more heart than TEPCo Management combined. TEPCO=evil. Homie=good.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Yeah, Homer Simpson and Tepco do have a shrewdness in hiding the problem. Remember Homer tossing the radioactive material out his car window on the way home. Homer shrewdly timed his toss so that the glowing stick of nuke fuel went into the storm drain, thus safely cooling the fuel, and breeding the three-eyed fish which is so yummy a treat during weekend barbeques. Recipe for three-eyed fish can be found in the new Tepco cookbook. Sprinkles. Rosemary and zeolite in the shakers. Yuuuummmm.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Mr. Burns will release the hounds if this comparison persists.

  • mairs mairs

    Abe certainly is not shrewd. He's just a bald-faced liar. A psychopath.


    I can't believe they would talk about Homer so bad, comparing him to Tepco.

  • Heart of the Rose has it. They are not stupid Homer Simpsons but savvy selfish business men. Due to the large amount of confirmed lies we really don't know what the true situation of Fuku is. TEpco and the Japanese government work hand in hand while USA pushes for NPP restarts in Japan. Lying works. I don't like it but lets face the facts. Obummer is lying by ignoring the crisis, tepco is lying to acquire more money from the banks, retain control, minimize liability and Abe is lying to get the Olympics. All you can do is try to look after yourself and loved ones the best you can. Their will be no revolution as those aware are the minority while the majority look forward to the 2020 Olympics while twittering about their bathwater. Self absorption seems to be a disturbing trend.

    • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

      Kind of makes you wonder what their end game is here.

      I actually believe the Japanese economy was already on the brink of a deflationary spiral prior to this black swan event. Its central bank has been the model for our government, print! print! print!, as their credit bubble popped in the 90s. That economy which used to be the 2nd largest in the world, is still big enough to take other economies down with it. So this propping up of the situation is most likely a global effort.

  • tooktheredpill tooktheredpill

    ABE = Mr Burns HOMER = poor souls contracted who know no better and believe whatever they're told by ABE(Burns)!

  • Here are some pics from the initial event…a helo took these mar20 and mar24 of 2011….they certainly wake me up …the fog of the last 2 and half years of lies and bullS..t from japan weakens the memory , that's for sure….


    these are the only pics i know of like this…if anyone has some more please post a link to them here…i will upload them…

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  • Jebus Jebus

    A2-B-C' (TRAILER予告編) thyroid cysts and nodules in Fukushima children