“Misguided, Arrogant Faith in Nuclear Safety Myth”


“The Australian” Newspaper, Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Page 9 (print ed)
Fukushima crushed by ‘myth’, says panel

by: Rick Wallace, Tokyo correspondent
From: The Australian
July 24, 2012 12:00AM

The government panel, led by University of Tokyo academic Yotaro Hatamura, said it was unable to make a ruling on claims from Mr Kan and others that TEPCO considered withdrawing staff and abandoning the stricken plant. Mr Kan said he ordered TEPCO to ditch plans for the evacuation of all staff.

Similarly, the report is silent on the role played by Fukushima Daiichi plant manager Masao Yoshida, who disregarded orders to wait and unilaterally injected seawater into the reactors.

The actions of Mr Yoshida and Mr Kan are perceived by many Western observers to have been pivotal in averting a more massive disaster, but in Japan – where faith in authority and the proper processes remains strong – few have reached this conclusion.

However, the leader of the Diet-appointed panel, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, kicked off renewed debate on cultural questions when he said “what must be admitted – very painfully – is that this was a disaster ‘made in Japan’ “.

Mr Kurokawa blamed the plant’s failure on “reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to ‘sticking with program’; our groupism; and our insularity”.

Others believe that blaming cultural factors absolves those responsible from sanctions and scrutiny. So far, no one has been charged over the disaster nor lost any kind of professional certification nor been fired.

The panel also said Mr Kan’s involvement in detailed matters did more harm than good because it might have caused confusion among workers at the plant or resulted in making wrong decisions.

At the same time, the panel found TEPCO’s response suffered because employees were not trained to think flexibly.

The panel found Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency strongly opposed a plan in 2006 to enhance preparedness against a nuclear disaster to avoid raising concerns about the safety of nuclear power among residents living near atomic plants.

The three investigations – excluding TEPCO’s own probe – lay most of the blame on the utility but differ on whether or not the earthquake alone caused enough damage to trigger a meltdown. end quote.

The British nuclear disaster was made in Britain, the US nuclear disasters were made in the US, the Australian nuclear disaster was made in Australia, the Soviet nuclear disaster was made in the USSR, and the IAEA lies about all of them.

One Response to ““Misguided, Arrogant Faith in Nuclear Safety Myth””

  1. CaptD Says:

    Sadly LIE$ and Nuclear seem to go together!

    We are seeing the future being played out in Japan, where Nuclear Denial* is preventing their Leaders and Government regulators from doing anything to upset the Utility Gangs.

    There will be other meltdown for whatever reason and I pity all those that live downwind or even in the same Hemisphere because judging from the Japanese response, their lives will be reduced to living as Nuclear Refugees…

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    * http://is.gd/XPjMd0

    The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

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