There is some great stuff in this interview with the Fairewinds family. It is kind of long, but well worth listening to. Just hit play and then do your email or surf the web while you listen.
There are some great quotes, like this one.
“The mass media is over whelming us with misinformation”
Great news for the Japanese viewing audience! Arnie’s video reports concerning the situation in Fukushima and the global Nuclear industry are now being translated into Japanese! There is now a fairewinds.jp web page, still under construction, but worth viewing. Thanks to all the volunteers that are making it happen!
I was tipped on this fantastic article about Japan’s on going nuclear nightmare and the causes behind it. This is a super read from someone who truly knows Japan, its culture, history, and inner workings! You must read this.
Here is a short clipping to whet your appetite, follow the link to read the whole article.
The nuclear crisis at Fukushima has created an obvious danger AND, IN TURN, TO government promises to improve the safety of this technology, if not eliminate it altogether. But can Japan’s nuclear power ever be safe?
Amakudari : Japan’s system of amakudari (literally, ‘descent from heaven’), in which bureaucrats retire from their ministries to take up lucrative positions in the companies they formerly ‘regulated,’ means that there is no real distinction between regulator and regulated in Japan. Indeed, it’s probably fair to say that certain powerful industries actually regulate the ministries that are tasked with regulating them. There is a simple reason for this, which anyone who has ever lived in Japan will immediately understand: in Japan, sempai is for life. Keep in mind that the retired bureaucrats who have become industry executives remain sempai to the younger bureaucrats who remain in the ministries (their former kohai). It is unthinkable that these kohai could effectively regulate their former sempai — for it would involve an inversion of one of the most fundamental relationships in Japanese life. Perhaps no industry is as rife with amakudari as the nuclear industry. Tepco is typical, with four company vice presidents between 1959 and 2010 coming from Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Commission, the main ministry tasked with overseeing the nuclear industry.
That it has a serious problem! A quote from the latest video offering from my hero at Fairewinds, Arnie Gunderson. As usual Arnie steps up with solid info on the latest developments at Fukushima and really explains things nicely, although the news he presents is not that great.
Take 10 minutes watch the video and pass it along, is there anybody out there that can start translating Arnie’s videos and adding subtitles for the Japanese public? They need to hear this stuff.
I have got to get one of these T-shirts! Nice one from Madsaki!
Good new article on Japan Subculture website that highlights the riduculus relationship between Power plants and safety watchdog groups. A slap on the wrist style of management… Full article follow this link.