Misplaced deference and other engrained conventions” of Japanese culture were at the heart of last year’s meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant according to the chairman of an independent panel whose scathing report, released yesterday described the accident as a “profoundly man-made disaster”.
In his combative preface to the report Kiyoshi Kurokawa a medical doctor and professor emeritus at Tokyo University said the crisis was the result of “a multitude of errors and willful negligence” by the government safety officials and the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO).
None of the agencies involved emerged with any credit ”The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident was the result of collusion between the government the regulators and Tepco, and the lack of governance by said parties ” said the report compiled by the Fukushima nuclear accident independent investigation commission.
‘They effectively betrayed the nation’s right to be safe from nuclear accidents. Therefore we conclude that the accident was clearly ‘man-made’.” from The Guardian 6th Inly 2012 Yet. despite this devastating report, and protests by 170 000 citizens the Japanese government has ordered the restart of reactors 3 & 4 at the Oi plant in Fukui prefecture even though the plant is built over an active earthquake fault line ……