Fukushima Disaster: Lessons NOT Learned

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This is being posted in the Stupidity category as well as Nuclear Disaster Japan; the only article to receive such a dubious dual category which gives you some idea how incredibly stupid they think we are to believe the official Japanese report on the cause of Japan’s nuclear disaster that began after the earthquake of March 11, 2011.

The cause of the disaster? It’s the culture that’s to blame; not the designers of the flawed reactors, nor the engineers who built it on a quake fault in a country prone to Tsunamis, nor the bungling clowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) that repeatedly underplayed the extent of the disaster, nor the government that colluded with TEPCO in covering it up nor the ass media complicit in the news black-out.

The Financial Times July 5th article Fukushima crisis ‘made in Japan’ reports that, “The chairman of a Diet-ordered investigation into last year’s failure of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has declared that it was a “Made in Japan” crisis that resulted from the “ingrained conventions of Japanese culture”. The report blamed, “…our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to ‘sticking with program’; our groupism; and our insularity”.

The report by Mr. Kurokawa is a devious whitewash. If everyone is to blame then obviously, no one is to blame. We are supposed to believe that society made them do it. Are you stupid enough to believe that?

Wait, it gets worse. The report, “…cites plant worker accounts as suggesting the [earthquake] tremor may have disrupted cooling systems. Tepco’s explanation for some actions after the earthquake is ‘irrational’ and its overall insistence that only the tsunami caused critical damage is ‘an attempt to avoid responsibility’, the commission report says.” That’s utter bullshit! It’s more than an avoidance of responsibility. It’s deliberately lying to avoid the public’s resistance in re-opening other TEPCO nuclear plants sited on earthquake fault lines. Never mind people’s lives and health. TEPCO’s only goal is profit and they obviously don’t care how many lives world-wide are cut short in order to feed their bottom line.

The Financial Times July 8th article Beware post-crisis ‘Made in Japan’ labels says “Mr Kurokawa’s harshest criticism of his home nation was only published in the English version of his commission’s report. The Japanese version of his preface was much more measured, blaming the crisis on the mindset created by such phenomena as seniority systems and lifetime employment rather than the culture as a whole.”

How’s that for a white-wash and an example of the Japanese hive-mind mentality? When questioned about the dichotomy of two different reports, he said it was necessary to tailor them to their respective audiences. Citing the Japanese lack of anger at the handling of the disaster, he says that he, “believed that gai-atsu, outside pressure, can help push change in Japan – and clearly hopes his verdict will help to heighten foreign scrutiny… If the rest of the world becomes angry, Japanese may become a bit more angry.”

So how the hell is that going to happen when “the rest of the world” is also kept in the dark by our own governments colluding with our own ass media to keep the disaster off the front page? How can we fix a problem if we don’t know it exists? More important, how do we prevent other such nuclear disasters if we refuse to determine the root cause of this one?

This is certainly NOT just a “Made in Japan” disaster. The Financial Times says, “Many of the problems Mr Kurokawa’s commission identified – institutional inability to plan for worst-case scenarios, the co-option of industry regulators and a lack of independent media oversight – are all too common around the world. Indeed, they are particularly prevalent in the developing nations where most of the 61 atomic reactors under construction are located. China, where corruption is rife and media subject to Communist party censorship, plans to build dozens of plants.”

In other words we have 61 new Fukushima’s under construction and we refuse to learn the lessons from this one. The global financial melt-down over the past five years has taught me that collusion between governments, industry, regulators and the ass media is rampant world-wide, not just in Japan. The article concludes with the words, “This crisis may have been made in Japan, but the next one will probably be made somewhere else.”

I’m glad I’m old because I’m not looking forward to glowing in the dark.

July 9, 2012

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About gerold

I have a bit of financial experience having invested in stocks in the 1960s & 70s, commodities in the 80s & commercial real estate in the 90s (I sold in 2005.) I'm back in stocks. I am appalled at our rapidly deteriorating global condition so I've written articles for family, friends & colleagues since 2007; warning them and doing my best to explain what's happening, what we can expect in the future and what you can do to prepare and mitigate the worst of the economic, social, political and nuclear fallout. As a public service in 2010 I decided to create a blog accessible to a larger number of people because I believe that knowledge not shared is wasted.
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4 Responses to Fukushima Disaster: Lessons NOT Learned

  1. Jam says:

    I have no idea what amount of fraud, corruption, and general level of malice existed among humans throughout most of the 20th century, but I look around today and see it everywhere. It’s almost frightening. Once I left college and could really sit down and study human behavior, it became clear what a clusterf**k the “real world” is. Who IS trustworthy these days? All I see are people selling out, “just doing their job”, only did it “for the paycheck”, and using lots of other excuses to justify malicious behavior towards other people. Mortgage fraud, automobile repair fraud, food supply fraud, energy fraud. I am amazed at the levels that human beings will go to survive. Pure evil is what it is.

    I’ve seen so many different reports about this Fukushima that it’s almost impossible to know what to believe. We have “nuclear workers” who are flooding the comment sections of popular news websites telling us that everything is “completely safe”. Then we have scientists telling us that no, things are NOT safe, things can still blow up and cause catastrophic damage. We have reports telling us that workers were using lead shields to cover their radiation badges!? What the **** is going on!?

    Oh, and it’s still illegal to for the small people to pick up a gun and go after the bank who is trying to fuck them over.

    I really wish the general public would WAKE THE FUCK UP and stop playing this shitty game, because if they keep playing, they ABSOLUTELY are going to lose, in a big way. It will end the way it always ends. The public is disarmed, then slaughtered. If disarmament can’t be achieved, there will just be another tactic used to cause a massive disruption to their ability to survive.

    • gerold says:

      Thank you for a very perceptive analysis. I wish I could disagree. Alas, you’re right.

      Morality is learned behavior. Over the last six decades I’ve watched our ethics deteriorate especially in the last two or three. Moral behavior is no longer being taught nor is fraud punished; it’s now praised. Not that humans have ever been perfect – even the ancient Greeks complained about immorality. But, it’s definitely a matter of degree and the degree of fraud is increasing. This can’t end well.

      I’ve found that the Pareto principle (the “80/20 rule”) governs much human behavior. Congratulations, you’re in the 20% minority who still gives a shit (they’re the ones I write for). Don’t lose that concern. As society deteriorates it will be tough avoiding cynicism and discouragement. As for the 80% who care only for their beer, pizza, games and sports and who don’t question the comfortable lies – I’ve written them off as there’s nothing that can be done for them.

      Another thing I’ve learned is ‘triage’, a medical procedure developed in the 1800s when huge battles created thousands of casualties that overwhelmed army doctors. They divided the wounded into three groups, hence the ‘TRI’ in triage. The first group were those who would probably die whether they got help or not. The second were those likely to live and the third were those who would live only if they were helped. They ignored the first two groups, worked on the third and thus saved the greatest number. I learned to triage people. Some I could spend a lifetime and never make a dent in them. The second group were ok. The third are those willing to help themselves; they just need some guidance and they’ll probably be fine. I ignore the losers in the first group. I make friends with the second and I try to help the third group. Bleeding hearts might call this ruthless and cold-hearted. That’s ok. I put them in the first group to be ignored. I decide with whom I want to associate. After all, it’s my life, not theirs.

      Hang in there. Enjoy the show. And, thanks again for taking the time to post a comment.

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