It’s generally assumed that highly developed Japan would handle a catastrophic accident far more competently than callous, hierarchical, and class-polarised societies with a poor infrastructure and safety culture like India or Bangladesh. Japan was also expected to do better than backward Ukraine, which suffered the world’s previous nuclear core meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986 — especially as regards large-scale evacuation given Japan’s experience with earthquakes and tsunamis.
Alas, Japan has abjectly failed to provide relief to those affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. Needless to say, India or Bangladesh would have done infinitely worse.
The mainstream media played a pernicious role in the cover-up, led by its dependence on Japan’s power-supply industry, its biggest advertiser. Tepco’s advertising budget alone is roughly half what a global corporation like Toyota spends annually.
People’s radiation exposure hasn’t been systematically estimated or monitored by the government or plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco).
Had the authorities followed the Chernobyl norm for triggering evacuation (5 mSv), they would have had to evacuate five times more people and impose restrictions on food grown in an area 30 times the size of Fukushima’s evacuation zone.
Japan’s public health response was thus worse than poor Ukraine’s despite its greater technological sophistication and financial capacity.
Source: Prafui Bidwai – The Daily Star
- Watch PBS Frontline: Fukushima radiation 10% of Chernobyl – Risk of getting cancer very, very small – Gov’t limit of 20 millisievert very conservative (VIDEO) (enenews.com)
- March 14th, 2011 – A good qualitative idea of the types of doses such releases can be expected to deliver (enformable.com)
- Asahi column: Nuclear explosion at Unit No. 3 would have blown reactor vessel to pieces (enenews.com)
- VP of Australian Medical Association – Can Japan do better than Chernobyl? (enformable.com)
- April 2011 – Projected External Doses for Fukushima Fallout Zone (enformable.com)
- Japan PM announces ready to move past Fukushima Disaster (enformable.com)
- Japan Faces Future Nuclear Tug Of War (enformable.com)
- Fukushima – Compensation of Nuclear Damage after Great Earthquake in Japan (enformable.com)
- Honest Japanese Food Retail outlet displays radiation levels of produce and customers show positive response (enformable.com)
- Shocking Propaganda: New Scientist asks “How did the population of Fukushima prefecture dodge the radioactivity?” – Chernobyl 10 times more radiation (enenews.com)
- Mainichi: Japan now looking to Chernobyl info for help dealing with human health effects of nuclear meltdown – Will enable gov’t to implement “effective measures” (enenews.com)
- ABC Australia: Physicians call for much wider evacuations in Japan – Gov’t continues to significantly under report radiation levels (enenews.com)
- Member of Japan Parliament: I now believe Tepco was trying to hide radiation levels measured after quake – People in Japan deceived (VIDEO) (enenews.com)
- Fukushima Residents Exposure Readings Alarming – Still Not Complete (enformable.com)
- Japan to consider sacrificing older reactors to keep 20 year licensing extension rule (enformable.com)
- *Flashback* Nuke expert who worked at IAEA: I can now speak freely – “Fukushima is as serious as Chernobyl” (enenews.com)
- Illinois Emergency Mgmt. Agency testing air around Byron nuke plant – It’s a public duty to verify current radioactivity levels in area, says director (enenews.com)
- Mainichi: Malfunction at Japan MOX plant – Mystery black particles found – Throws future of Japan’s nuclear cycle policy into doubt (enenews.com)
- German nuclear professor: Fukushima like a mini atomic bomb? Warns against future nuclear explosion (enenews.com)
- Largest pending nuclear-related suit filed against Genkai Nuclear Power Plant (enformable.com)
- Time.com: Fukushima dangers “may not be as grave as we first feared” – Only 10 people surveyed had high levels of radiation, says study – Only 10% of Chernobyl release (enenews.com)