Mainichi: No one believes gov’t that Fukushima crisis is under control — “Widespread mistrust”

Published: December 26th, 2011 at 7:36 am ET
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Fumbling gov’t faces huge challenges in 2012, Mainichi by Takao Yamada, Expert Senior Writer, December 26, 2011:

[…] So what would happen if the debate over energy policy fails to pick up steam, and things proceed with the “nuclear village,” a pro-nuclear collection of politicians, bureaucrats, academics and utilities, firmly in charge? A bureaucratic source offered the following vision: “Dependence on nuclear energy for our power supply can stay at (pre-March 11 levels of) 30 percent. This would still be lower than our original goal of achieving 50-percent dependence, so it would count as a ‘reduction in nuclear dependence.’ It would be acceptable to abandon the Monju fast-breeder project, but nuclear fuel reprocessing plants should be preserved. We would process MOX fuel from plutonium extracted from spent fuel, and export it at the same level as Britain and France.”

This scheme is a pipe dream. Nuclear power plants across the country are being stopped for regular inspections, with no clear prospects of them being restarted. No one believes the government’s recent announcement that “the crisis has been brought under control.” This widespread mistrust is not something that one-sided rhetoric from government or business leaders can dispel.

Protests against an unjust system that forces rural communities to suffer for the power consumption of the country’s cities has erupted far and wide. Some municipalities have even begun to return subsidies they received for hosting nuclear power plants to the national government. […]

Published: December 26th, 2011 at 7:36 am ET
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13 comments to Mainichi: No one believes gov’t that Fukushima crisis is under control — “Widespread mistrust”

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      POSTED before I read it. It’s only an Announcement of the report. Empty of DETAILS. Sorry.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        We’re supposed to SEE THAT REPORT THIS WEEK, right? Well where the hell is it? I see no link to the report on this piece of chit CNN.

  • James2

    Well, now that we have the overdramatic fear videos out of the way, we can talk about the nuclear power plant.

    Ever notice you can tell what a video clip is going to do for you from the first five seconds of music?

    News programs have this real “authoritarian music”.

    Fear videos have some ominious, but urgent music.

    [MODERATOR: video removed]

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    OT Get a load of this SHIT. In the past 3 months, 475 radioactive hotspots have been discovered on the foreshore near a public footpath and a popular sailing club. Several of the finds have been radioactive enough to cause skin burns, or to significantly increase cancer risks if swallowed.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/20/mod-radioactive-world-war-two
    THIS IS FROM WW2 AIR BASES T O D A Y.

  • arclight arclight

    “…I won’t accept a position from the government. When it comes to one-on-one public debates, however, I’m willing to go anywhere to participate.”

    Many of the experts who have been involved in the government’s related committees since before the outbreak of the nuclear crisis on March 11 are pro-nuclear energy advocates.

    The inclusion of some anti-nuclear experts in discussions since March has created a bit of a stir, but they’re still vastly outnumbered.

    Talks remain under the tight control of bureaucrats from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), as well as staff dispatched from utility companies….”

    nice description of setup! same everywhere too!

  • unspokenhermit

    There are not many reasons that people can trust the government since it lied at the beginning of the tragedy. Now it becomes governments responsibility to regain its credibility.

    The Japanese people are not happy.

    Many realize a significant portion of Japanese soil is not suitable for habitation. Just last October a leaked Tepco documented indicated the total amount of plutonium and neptunium emitted from the plant. This stuff sticks around for millions of years…

    If you haven’t seen the dispersion maps for plutonium they are published here:

    http://www.datapoke.org/blog/89/study-modeling-fukushima-npp-p-239-and-np-239-atmospheric-dispersion/

    • Clocka

      Have you heard the term “Gaman”?

      The Japanese, like the Russians, are very used to enduring one unbelievable thing after another. In fact, showing emotions or not enduring impossiblle things is a surefire marker of being named a “Korean” in Japan.

      Like the people who were willing to meet the Americans at the landing beaches complete with wooden bows and spears, they will go dying, still obedient to the government.

      Unlike most nations in Europe, in Japan no Emperor or Shogun was ever executed. At most they were quietly dispatched of in a silent palace coups.

      Japan never had a successful revolution; even the Meiji movement is called a “Restoration”, putting the Emperor at the top thereby making it the ‘most loyal endeavor’.