Japanese Parlimentary Report Spells Out Corrupt Nuclear Industry – Government Relationship at root of Nuclear Disasters

Same old. The fundamental flaw is actually the nature of the pollution which was unleashed as a result of the disaster. And that is intrinsic to nuclear fission technology, as described in the 1934 chain reaction patents lodged by Leo Szilard.

They are not safe anywhere, even if managed by a flock of Arch Angels and even if all politicians everywhere were the direct descendents of Jesus.

Anyway, I’m quoting the New York Times, because the Australian media have been as weak as piss in their reports of the matter. In my opinion.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/06/world/asia/fukushima-nuclear-crisis-a-man-made-disaster-report-says.html

The New York Times
Commission Calls Fukushima Nuclear Crisis a Man-Made Disaster
By HIROKO TABUCHI
Published: July 5, 2012

TOKYO — The nuclear accident at Fukushima was a preventable disaster rooted in government-industry collusion and the worst conformist conventions of Japanese culture, a parliamentary inquiry concluded on Thursday.

The report, released by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, also warned that the plant may have been damaged by the earthquake on March 11, 2011, even before the arrival of a tsunami — a worrying assertion as the quake-prone country starts to bring its reactor fleet back online.

The commission challenged some of the main story lines that the government and the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has put forward to explain what went wrong in the early days of the crisis.

“It was a profoundly man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented. And its effects could have been mitigated by a more effective human response,” Kiyoshi Kurokawa, the commission’s chairman and the former head of Tokyo University’s Department of Medicine, said in the report’s introduction.

The 641-page report criticized the plant’s operator — the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco — for being too quick to dismiss quake damage as a cause of the fuel meltdowns at three of the plant’s six reactors, which overheated when the site lost all power. Tepco has asserted that the plant withstood the quake that rocked eastern Japan, instead blaming the disaster on what some experts have called a “once-in-a-millennium” tsunami that ensued. Such a rare calamity was beyond the scope of contingency planning, Tepco executives have suggested, and was unlikely to pose a threat to Japan’s other nuclear reactors in the foreseeable future.

But by suggesting that the plant may have sustained extensive damage from the quake — a far more frequent occurrence in Japan — the report in effect casts doubts on the safety of Japan’s entire fleet of nuclear plants. The report came just as a nuclear reactor in western Japan came back online Thursday, the first to restart since the Fukushima crisis.

The parliamentary report, based on more than 900 hours of hearings and interviews with 1,167 people, suggests that reactor No. 1, in particular, may have suffered quake damage — including the possibility that pipes burst from the shaking, leading to a loss of cooling even before the tsunami hit the plant about 30 minutes after the initial quake. It emphasized that a full assessment would require better access to the inner workings of the reactors, which could take years.

“However, it is impossible to limit the direct cause of the accident to the tsunami without substantive evidence. The commission believes that this is an attempt to avoid responsibility by putting all the blame on the unexpected (the tsunami),” the report said, “and not on the more foreseeable quake.”

The report, submitted to the Japanese Parliament on Thursday, also contradicted accounts put forward by previous investigations that described Prime Minister Naoto Kan as a decisive leader who ordered Tepco not to abandon the plant as it spiraled out of control. There is no evidence that the operator planned to withdraw all its employees from the plant, the report said, and meddling from Mr. Kan — including his visit to the plant a day after the accident — confused the initial response.

Instead, the report — which heard testimony from both Mr. Kan and former Tepco president Masataka Shimizu — described a breakdown in communications between the prime minister’s office and Tepco, blaming both sides for vague and ineffective information-sharing.

“The prime minister made his way to the site to direct the workers who were dealing with the damaged core,” the report said. an action that “diverted the attention and time of the on-site operational staff and confused the line of command.”

The report blasted Mr. Shimizu, on the other hand, for his “inability to clearly report to the Kantei the intentions of the operators,” which exasperated the government’s misunderstanding and mistrust of Tepco’s response.

The commission also charged that the government, Tepco and nuclear regulators failed to implement basic safety measures despite being aware of risks posed by quakes, tsunamis and other events that might cut off power systems and put nuclear plants at risk. Even though the government-appointed Nuclear Safety Commission revised earthquake resistance standards in 2006 and ordered nuclear operators around the country to inspect their reactors, for example, Tepco did not carry out any checks, and regulators did not follow up, the report said.

The report blamed the tepid response on collusion between the company, the government, and regulators — all of whom had “betrayed the nation’s right to safety from nuclear accidents.” Tepco “manipulated its cozy relationship with regulators to take the teeth out of regulations,” the report said.

“There were many opportunities for taking preventive measures before March 11. The accident occurred because Tepco did not take these measures,” and regulators went along, the report said. For Tepco, new regulations would have made running its plants more expensive and cumbersome, and weakened their standing in potential lawsuits brought about by environmental groups, the report said

“That was enough motivation for Tepco to aggressively oppose new safety regulations and draw out negotiations with regulators,” it said.

Meanwhile, the government also failed to develop evacuation plans for the public, and was slow to alert local residents to the disaster. The report found that many residents within the plant’s radius of 10 kilometers, or about six miles, had been oblivious of the unfolding crisis for more than 12 hours.

But the report reserved its most damning language for its criticism of a culture in Japan that suppresses dissent and outside opinion, which might have prompted changes to the country’s lax nuclear controls. By assigning widespread censure, however, the report also avoids laying the blame on specific executives or officials. Some citizens’ groups have demanded that Tepco executives be investigated on charges of criminal negligence — a move the commission has said is out of its purview.

“What must be admitted, very painfully, is that this was a disaster ‘Made in Japan,’” Mr. Kurokawa said. “Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to ‘sticking with the program;’ our groupism; and our insularity.”

Groupism is alive and well in Australia, let me tell you Mr. Kurokawa.

Time for some Jacko.

Having Jacko as CEO of the world reactor fleet is no guarantee of anything Mr Kurokawa. Someone created a specific nuclear culture in Japan and that culture is imported. It is the reason why the US AEC was broken up and scrapped.
Japan was a nuclear colony of the West. It’s nuclear culture is, at it’s root, Western. It is imposed on Japanese society. Only the negative aspects of Japanese society, apparently flourished in the relevant leadership cliques. Otherwise the group think would have been different. If you have a group, and you are the leader of it, it must obey lawful commands. In Japan it did. Who gave the orders? And why?

The problem is with the technology it’s self.

Szilard’s chain reaction patents 440,023 & 630,726 lodged 1934

The titles of these British patents are:

440,023
Provisional Specification No. 7840 1934
Improvements in or relating to the Transmutation of Chemical Elements
Accepted Dec 12 1935.

630,726
Provisional Specification No. 19157 1934
Accepted March 30, 1936 (but withheld from publication under Section 30 of the Patent and Designs Acts 1907 to 1932)
Date of publication 1949. (and in the interim, used by General Groves.)

Ye Olde Technology, which reads, in plain English “A better way to make radioactive poisons much faster than Lawrence’s Cyclotron can”. Which is why the armies of the world are very interested in the devices. And why a reasonably large area in Japan has been poisoned and will stay poison for a tragically long period of time.

If you build a machine that is designed in the first instance to transmute the chemical elements into radioactive poisons, then one can’t complain when the poison hits the biosphere. It is bound to happen.

Lastly, I would have thought that the history of Japanese nuclear industry, like nuclear industry everywhere, is full of the stories of gusty individuals who stood up for the right things, and who, as a result, had their heads kicked in, both literally and figuratively.

Now the spirits of Karen Silkwood and John Gofman are American spirits. But that spiritual content does not recognise borders.

Fukushima is not a uniquely Japanese happening. It can happen anywhere. So I do not feel very smug about it. Neither should anyone else. It is a pathetic conclusion to blame cultural groupism when Japanese heroes abound. From the workers battling at the TEPCO plant, to the Mum’s walking their equally brave kids to school, down the Cesium and Strontium road. Even as the decon crews steam clean the footpaths.

One Response to “Japanese Parlimentary Report Spells Out Corrupt Nuclear Industry – Government Relationship at root of Nuclear Disasters”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Great Post!
    Liked and Tweeted…

    CHALLENGE

    Because Fukushima Proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365 here is the “skinny” on how such a disaster would be handled in the USA:

    NRC: Fact Sheet on Nuclear Insurance and Disaster Relief
    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/funds-fs.html

    In short, if there is more that $12 Billion in damages, we are SOL!
    This is only a tiny fraction of what it will cost in Fukushima,
    … Which is about a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster!

    Where would the US Government get the REST,
    … Social Security and or Medicare?

    This question needs answering ASAP,
    … From both Congress and the Nuclear Industry!

    CALL your Leaders and ask them where this money would from!

    Then ALL Americans can determine if Nuclear is worth the RISK!

    I encourage every reader to ask their Government how they would handle a similar Fukushima-type Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster if it happened in their Country, then post the answer here!

    THANKS

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