NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition’, Feb. 15, 2014: The cleanup at the crippled nuclear reactor at Fukushima, Japan has been plagued by problems. Contaminated water has leaked into the ocean, radiation levels are higher than originally announced and the Japanese public is suspicious that [TEPCO] isn’t telling the whole story. >> Listen to the broadcast here
NPR, Feb. 15, 2014: Some critics say that TEPCO can’t be trusted and that the world’s largest nuclear accident is still waiting to happen at Fukushima, such as an accidental nuclear reaction [...] TEPCO dismisses predictions like this as alarmist. Japanese themselves are highly divided on the issue [...] shutting down the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will go on for a long time. TEPCO predicts it could last 30 or 40 years. Others say that estimate is blindly optimistic.
Asia-Pacific Journal, Mobilizing Nuclear Bias: The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty, Prof. Kyle Cleveland, Feb. 17, 2014: [...] As we look to the early days of the crisis, it is tempting [...] to conclude that after a somewhat hysterical first few weeks, the crisis abated, taking with it these unreasonable claims. However, over time critical media coverage has led to a gradual amplification of risk about nuclear danger that has given credence to claims previously taken as an over-reaction and panic. […] social activism is on the rise, bringing previously disengaged citizens into political movements that were previously the domain of activists, who are now being vindicated by recent events.
Press Conference at Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, Feb. 21, 2014 — Kenichi Hasegawa, farmer evacuated from Iitate village in Fukushima Prefecture (at 10:15 in): The biggest problem in Japan now is the deliberate cover-up over the levels of radiation that people have been exposed to and the health problems that they have. There is a continual purposeful concealment of facts that the media in Japan will not properly report. So what we need is for foreign countries to put pressure on Japan and hopefully bring the truth to light.
Published: February 22nd, 2014 at 4:36 pm ET