Understandably, Japan too is now in crisis, with just two of its 54 reactors in operation. Its government is drawing up new energy plans, but the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe have already urged their main electricity supplier to cease its reliance on nuclear power.
The report of the first independent, authoritative inquiry into Fukushima – published this week in Japanese – will only increase concern. It shows that a true catastrophe was averted not through the inherent safety of the technology, as nuclear advocates have been claiming, but through good fortune and the heroism of workers on the site.
“It was extreme luck that Japan managed to avoid experiencing the most disastrous day,” reported Koichi Kitazawa, a former head of the country’s Science and Technology Agency and a prominent member of the inquiry. It showed that there could have been a “devil’s chain reaction” of nuclear explosions. If that had happened, said Yukio Edano, the chief cabinet secretary, Tokyo would have been “finished”.
He\’s mashed together two entirely different things.
The panel\’s report reveals that although the public was being reassured there was no reason to panic following the March 11 disaster, government leaders were contemplating worst-case scenarios, including evacuating the capital.
\”We were concerned that damage from the nuclear accident could lead to a massive series of chain reactions,\” Yukio Edano, chief Cabinet secretary at the time, told the panel, according to the report.
The government by March 22 had ordered experts to compile a disaster synopsis that projected radioactive fallout to spike drastically in a radius of 250 km from the stricken plant and prompt evacuations in Tokyo.
The government, the politicians, misinformed as they were, were worrying about such chain reactions, explosions and radiation. That is not the same at all as the scientists saying that such would, might or even could happen.
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis was caused by Tokyo Electric Power Co.\’s lack of preparation for huge tsunami and exacerbated by conflicting levels of authority and downright \”distrust and meddling\” by high-ranking officials, an independent investigative panel reported Tuesday.
\”There were cases of excessive meddling (by the government) toward people working at the site,\” and such actions did more harm than good, said Koichi Kitazawa, former chief of the Japan Science and Technology Agency.
It\’s the reactions of the fuckwit politicians that he\’s complaining about, not the science of the damaged nucear reactors at all.
Doesn\’t that just beat it all? \”Respected\” journalist upends the meaning of an official report for some unknown reason. The worries about chain reactions and imminent disaster were politicians being ignorant but he\’s reported it as being a warning from scientists.
One might almost suspect him of having an agenda on this matter.