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
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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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