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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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