Day 582 Hey, Henry, avoidable, huh?

Utility feared vital safety steps would hurt image

Tepco finally admits nuke crisis avoidable

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121014a1.html

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Japan company admits it played down nuclear plant concerns

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From EX-SKF:

The Economist: Japan’s nuclear disaster – Meet the Fukushima 50? No, you can’t

The Economist writer, writing from Iwaki City in southern Fukushima, sounds rather exasperated or sarcastic (or both) in the opening sentence of his article:

IT HAS taken the Japanese government more than 18 months to pay tribute to a group of brave men, once known as the “Fukushima 50”, who risked their lives to prevent meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant from spiralling out of control.

The article ends with:

The media attention is always focused on those in power, who typically do nothing to merit the recognition. The multitudes on the frontline, who put their heads down and do all the hard work are treated as faceless, nameless and ultimately forgotten.

with the writer calling it “one of the tragic flaws of modern Japan“.

I seem to be already hearing an “It is the same everywhere in the world, not just Japan” chorus, but as the writer points out in the article, it may be only in Japan where these workers themselves and their families are bullied by people around them for having tried their best to contain the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. For the case of TEPCO workers at the plant, see my post from February this year. The article in that post was written by a reporter from Germany’s Spiegel.

I think hardly anyone in Japan paid any attention to the Spiegel article. It will be the same with The Economist’s article. It doesn’t occur to many that the workers have been treated poorly, not only by TEPCO and by the government but also by ordinary people like them. See no evil, hear no evil.

Continues with article from The Economist at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/10/the-economist-japans-nuclear-disaster.html

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168.5 times more cesium released at FD1 than at Hiroshima. 

Gov’t study estimates 225,000 cases of cancer from Fukushima disaster -Physician (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/govt-study-estimates-225000-cases-cancer-fukushima-disaster-physician-video

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Nobel laureate Oe leads protest of Oma nuclear plant

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201210140047

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