In my last blog, I wrote that Japanese officials admitted they had lied to their people about radiation danger. I didn’t write when scientists warned Japan not to restart nuclear plants. They restarted one anyway. But I must blog now. An official panel concludes that Fukushima occurred because of government, regulators and industry ‘collusion,’ all part of inbred Japanese culture.
After investigating six month with 900 hours of hearings and 1,100 interviews, the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission concluded this deadly nuclear blunder could have been avoided.
Kiyoshi Kurokawa, the Commission’s Chairman and former head of Tokyo University’s Department of Medicine, wrote: “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.”
The report states: “Across the board, the Commission found ignorance and arrogance unforgivable for anyone or any organization that deals with nuclear power. We found a disregard for global trends and a disregard for public safety.”
A really telling blow is the Commission’s conclusion that officials lied when placing plant damage on the tsunami, instead of on the earthquake. If officials were to admit that the earthquake caused nuclear plants to leak, it would lead to the end of nuclear energy there as the island is so prone to earthquakes.
“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), . . . and not on the more foreseeable quake,” the report concludes.
In “Commission Calls Fukushima Nuclear Crisis a Man-Made Disaster,” for The New York Times, Hiroko Tabuchi adds: “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 Commission concludes: TEPCO, the government and regulators “betrayed the nation’s right to safety from nuclear accidents. . . TEPCO manipulated its cozy relationship with regulators to take the teeth out of regulations.” How much do these cozy relationships with regulators sound like Sarah Newsworthy’s recent reports on power companies in the mid-Atlantic?
What did Sarah say about negligent manslaughter? Does she not agree with Apostle Paul who writes in used Christian Bibles, “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for . . . manslayers (1 Timothy 1: 9).” Perhaps, only when The LORD returns will some men pay for such crimes as these.
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