Japan Times: The Titanic and The Nuclear Fiasco — “Catastrophic effects of Fukushima fiasco are more far-reaching and long lasting” — “Name has already become synonymous with disaster”

Published: April 17th, 2012 at 4:37 pm ET
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Title: The Titanic and the nuclear fiasco
Source: The Japan Times Online
Author: Editorial
Date: Apr. 15, 2012

[...] Presenting technology as completely safe, trustworthy or miraculous may seem to be a thing of the past, but the parallels between the Titanic and Japan’s nuclear power industry could not be clearer. Japan’s nuclear power plants were, like the Titanic, advertised as marvels of modern science that were completely safe. [...]

In both cases, contingencies plans failed: the Titanic carried too few lifeboats; Tokyo Electric Power Co. failed to develop evacuation and backup plans for its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The design, construction, materials and safety checks were all compromised. The main difference is that the catastrophic effects of the Fukushima fiasco are more far-reaching and long lasting. The plant’s name has already become synonymous with disaster. [...]

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Published: April 17th, 2012 at 4:37 pm ET
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