Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Official Fukushima Daiichi cover-up released: "What British empire?" (Rev A)

Rev A - see Notes

Last year's Fukushima nuclear accident was a man-made disaster caused by Japan's culture of "reflexive obedience" and not just the tsunami that hit the plant, a damning parliamentary report said Thursday.
from Fukushima was 'man-made' disaster: Japanese probe
One of those whose warnings were ignored was Kunihiko Shimazaki, a retired professor of seismology at the University of Tokyo. Eight years ago, as a member of an influential cabinet office committee on offshore earthquakes in northeastern Japan, Mr. Shimazaki warned that Fukushima’s coast was vulnerable to tsunamis more than twice as tall as the forecasts of up to 17 feet put forth by regulators and Tepco.
Minutes of the meeting on Feb. 19, 2004, show that THE GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS RUNNING THE COMMITTEE MOVED QUICKLY TO EXCLUDE HIS VIEWS FROM DEBATE AS TOO SPECULATIVE and “pending further research.” None of the other 13 academics on the committee objected. Mr. Shimazaki’s warnings were not even mentioned in the committee’s final report two years later. 
from Nuclear Disaster in Japan Was Avoidable, Critics Contend

"Reflexive obedience?"  If so, then why haven't the bureaucrats who made the decision to ignore the warnings been grilled to determine whom they were supposedly reflexively obeying when they made that decision?  Might it be because they were following orders of the British empire?  

Greed is supposedly the ultimate cause, but are we to believe that TEPCO decided that it would be cheaper to let their nuclear complex get wiped out by a tsunami than it would be to build a better wall? It seems more likely to me that they were ordered to let the disaster happen, so that it could be used as an example of nuclear power's supposed inherent danger, precisely as the British "empire of the mind" has used the disaster.

Japanese seismologists saw signs 10 days in advance

Further evidence that the nuclear disaster was deliberate is the fact that Japanese seismologists had detected precursors of a large quake on March 1st, about ten days before the quake struck, as reported here. Although the seismologists might not have issued a warning, it seems to me that the government should have encouraged them to issue a warning if they saw something alarming, and the government should have taken action to protect as much life and property as feasible. They should have at least had the power plant shut down, and informed everyone of the evidence of the potential for a much worse tsunami in the area than previously assumed, even if they (the government) chose to ignore it, and of the signs that an unusually large quake might have been imminent. But those responsible for deciding to sit on Shimazaki's warning and do nothing haven't even been identified, as far a I can tell. So, they're probably teflon British puppets who are given power, and who claim to be responsible, but who are never actually held responsible.

Rev A: Added paragraph after heading Japanese seismologists....