Japanese government criticizes TEPCO’s poor management of leaks at Fukushima Daiichi

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Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that it’s unacceptable to have contaminated water leak from the plant’s storage tank and flow into the ocean.

On Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, committed the Japanese government to a lead role in the mitigation and containment of radioactive water leaks at Fukushima Daiichi, adding that it is “unacceptable” to allow contaminated water to leak from storage tanks on-site into the Pacific Ocean. “Our position is to do everything we can to help resolve the problem as quickly as possible,” he said.

Suga blamed TEPCO’s poor management of the disaster as the likely root cause and said that the government needs to take a more active role in developing and carrying out countermeasures. The utility has repeatedly been reproached for the lack of information-sharing occurring with the public, as well as within internal, and international circles.

Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan’s industry minister visited the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday and spoke with reporters afterwards.  He told reporters that the Japanese government plans to use more public funds on operations meant to address recent leaks of radioactive water from the storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi.  Motegi also admitted that to date the government was allowing TEPCO to deal with each problem as it came up, but that from now on the government would take full control of the issues as TEPCO was largely to blame for the recent series of leaks. “The urgency of the situation is very high,” Motegi said. “From here on the government will take charge.”

TEPCO President Naomi Hirose accompanied Motegi at the meeting and told reporters that the utility was creating a new task force which he would directly oversee to manage the radioactive leaks at Fukushima Daiichi.  The newly formed task force will include company officials, but TEPCO will invite Japanese and foreign experts to act as technical advisors to the task force.

Source: NHK

Source: UT San Diego

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  1. Is this really a meaningful announcement, or even meaningful criticism? Too little; much too late. Honestly, I believe that the Japanese government understood the situation all along. It’s economic support of Tepco and its preservation of business corruption tells me personally it most certainly has known. It’s a political failure of proportions, though, to which no political entity could possibly admit, as that would mean its end in any idea of that entity as a meaningful representation of value and intentions of common good. Pride never admits failure, and its only proof is death. The developed world is totally complicit in this. This points not only to political failure, but to educational, economic, even religious philosophies which are hidden behind to avoid the true hideous face of public human collective development. One can create a very large list of those philosophies, and a world-enveloping list of groups and individuals which could make claim to the required forgiveness. I can personally forgive, but what does that matter to those who take advantage of that forgiveness, takes the energy of that forgiveness to again repeat its need?

    Myself, I wonder to whom the direness of the situation is not apparent? For all this vaunted ‘education’ that the developed world seems to hold as its god, what idol has been carved, cast, or imagined that has ever been more contradictory of life? The lesson this proud and short-sighted idol is going to teach is the same lesson that is deep in every myth and in history of humanity. Each time a god is created, the outcome is the same, just speaking a new language or dressed in different clothes. I hate putting it in these terms, joining many others crying in the desert like some prophet that is eventually persecuted. Who wishes to be marginalized or martyred?

    I really don’t believe in any god that I can personally imagine, but it seems this is the only language, like the history and myth, that is shared by all. One uses the tools that are available.

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