Japan’s actions to Fukushima disaster reflect more loyalty to United States than own citizens

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Recent reports have documented how TEPCO provided critical radiation dose maps maps that detailed the spread of radioactive materials after the onset of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission over one month before releasing them publicly.

The Japanese government also employed a network to estimate the release of radiation from a crippled reactor, however due to the lack of accurate information and experience, the calculations were much more complex and time-consuming than originally estimated.  The ministry did not publish the results immediately, and the report was only shared among the senior level officials, who admittedly attempted to bury it.

The report was however sent to the United States military only 3 days after drafting, which is drawing harsh criticism in Japan from shocked citizens.  The results were finally published among other international organizations some 12 days after the accident, and weren’t made public until some 25 days after the accident.

These results showed that evacuees had unknowingly fled to areas associated with the highest radiation doses, leading to unwanted exposure.


After the Fukushima disaster, the world still has many lessons to observe and despite official reports, the situation is much less stable than implied.  The most important issues stemming from the nuclear disaster seem to originate from the government’s definition of “prompt” and “safe”.

All sorts of errors can originate from the incomplete understanding or knowledge of a critical situation as exhibited in Japan.  Perhaps this disaster has once again displayed the reckless mistakes made by the invariably disillusioned officials, who must have realized at some point that they would likely be forced to answer for these actions at a later date.

In today’s modern world, there is a recognized need for laws which must be followed, or else society and life as we know it would cease to exist, and only live on as something unbearable to be endured.

The first purpose of law has always been “Salus Populi”, for the safety of the people, but instead the citizens of Japan have found they are facing the power of money, and the questionable actions of officials in an attempt to exert political influence.

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  1. In support of your thesis, I would add that both nations seem to be attempting to protect each other from what they must know is inevitable future legal fallout from their actions (or more aptly put, INactions) in their failure to act responsibly vis a vie “Salus Populi”.

    I remember reading early on in the days immediately following the explosions how the U.S. scurried over to Japan to have them sign an agreement between both countries, which limited each nation’s financial liability in such accidents, capping the amount either country could sue the other for resulting damages. (Don’t have a link off the top of my head, but I’m sure the article could be found in an online search.)

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