Thursday, February 27, 2014

There Have Been 201 Accidents at #Fukushima I NPP Since March 11, 2011, Says Nuclear Regulation Authority; PM Abe Says "Regrettable"

If the number is correct, it has been 5 to 6 accidents ("toraburu" - trouble, as Japanese call them) per month since March 11, 2011. Reading tweets by workers at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, I would have thought the number was much, much higher (like one per day).

From Jiji Tsushin (2/27/2014):


201 accidents at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, says Nuclear Regulation Authority


In the Budget Committee in the Lower House on February 27, Chairman Shunichi Tanaka of Nuclear Regulation Authority said the number of accidents that have taken place in Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant since the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake is "201, including oil leaks from the vehicles inside the plant compound and including those documented by the Nuclear Regulation Agency." His remark was in response to the question by Mr. Ryo Kasai of Japanese Communist Party.


Initially, Mr. Tanaka said the number of incidents that NRA was aware of was 107. Mr. Kasai criticized [Mr Tanaka] as "hiding accidents". Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "It is hard to understand why (accidents) happen, but when they do it is very regrettable, and [TEPCO] should do its atmost best to prevent accidents from happening."

It's not that Mr. Abe does not quite understand; he doesn't quite care. That's the feeling I get, seeing him and reading the comment like this which is devoid of any meaning, even though he was the one who declared "the national government at the forefront" in dealing with the Fukushima I NPP accident.

The concept of "Japan, the beautiful country" is all he cares. Not the real thing.

Representative Kasai of Communist Party criticizes, but I don't think his party cares either, judging from what Communist Party's stance turned out to be during the Tokyo gubernatorial election. If the plant keeps having one accident after another, they can use the accidents to criticize the Abe administration and look good in the eyes of current supporters and potential voters in the future election. No incentive for them to push for comprehensible measures.


Anonymous said...

No one cares about anything but themselves in politics and Japan is no exception to that. But in Japan it seems to be in overdrive to have such an attitude and the bizar thing is, whatever politicians say or do, a slong as you are LDP, you can get away with it. The Japanese will happenly vote for you anyway.
The other thing with Japan is that they have the biggest desaster ever on their hands, with no end in sight. And that makes is extra painful to see how politicians really are. 'Never wast a good crisis' attitude of them makes you in this case extra sick of it.
But what Japan adds is the 'I do not want to think about it, so it doesn't excist' attitude of the population and if you want to say something about it, the 'social laws' of Japan will take care of you.

Japan must be the worst country in the world for such a desaster.

Anonymous said...

"Japan must be the worst country in the world for such a desaster [, and couldn't be more thankful it occurred downwind of Tokyo] [evidently]."
fixed it for 'ya

I believe Iori Mochizuki has the right coining: "Downplay it in the beginning, and quietly add more information so nobody notices it. .. This is their strategy."

"From day one, we have all known that everything is bogus. How can a company that pretended for three months that there had been no meltdowns be taken seriously?"

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