Huge risk in the earthquake archipelago Japan that 3.11 and Fukushima Nuclear Accident shed light on
Y: Once again, this nuclear disaster occurred on Mar 11, 2011, and three days later this kind of explosion occurred. See.
H: Regarding this nuclear disaster, I co-wrote a paper for Nature with Mr. Tomoyuki Taira, a former member of the Lower House. The conclusion is that the explosion couldn’t have been just a hydrogen explosion. The fact that radioactive substances have been scattered shows a strong possibility of a nuclear explosion. The Japanese media, however, have never reported it.
Y: Even such things as this have not been explained yet.
H:They haven’t made it clear yet.
Y: Not at all.
H: Even if they know, they hide it. According to reports, when a worker engaged in decontamination asked TEPCO about it, they admitted it was a nuclear explosion. But the people haven’t been informed yet.
Y: It’s been such a strange situation.
Now, let’s look at this TV image, a graphic representation of this situation.
H: Who’s that?
Y: Mr. Okada, the DPJ Secretary General when the party was in power. The government quickly stated that there are “no immediate health risks” from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and has maintained that opinion ever since.
Y: Yet, when they go there themselves, they’re dressed like this. The man in the center is Mayor Sakurai of Minamisoma City, Fukushima. Unfortunately, all major media companies aligned with the government. While reporting that there are no immediate health risks, media companies such as Asahi Shimbun and NHK shut down their branches and retreated outside the 50-kilometer radius of the plant. Mayor Sakurai condemned these acts. It was also reported that when locals tried to share information, they were asked to come outside the 50-kilometer radius to do so.
Information cover-ups by the government can happen often in other countries too. However, I feel that the major media companies moving in step with government policies wouldn’t happen in other democratic nations.
Next, here is an article by the Tokyo Shimbun of Nov 20. See.
Y: This article is on the 2014 interim figures. The company with the seventh-largest net income is TEPCO, with ¥290.1 billion. A company that robbed people of their homes and fields without compensating them properly for it, earns so much. This is the kind of country we live in.
Also, there’s the issue of earthquakes.
Plates, which are the cause of earthquakes
Y: It’s generally believed that the earth’s surface is covered by more than ten 100-kilometer-thick rocks called plates, and that earthquakes occur where they overlap. See. The X-shaped place in the top center, with the most earthquakes, is Japan.
T: Yes, it’s where 4 plates overlap.
Plates and active faults around Japan
Y: The Pacific, North American, Philippine Sea and Eurasian plates. Japan is an earthquake nest.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 10% of the world’s earthquakes in the past ten years have occurred in or around Japan. It’s unthinkable to resume nuclear power plant (NPP) operations in such a place, yet the current government plans to do so in 2015. This is a worldwide issue, so I hope having someone like you, Mr. Hatoyama, deal with it will lead to its solution.
H: To solve this problem, we need a consensus among Japanese to move away from NPPs and make natural energy our main source. Moreover, it’s necessary to make clear why the disaster occurred and what impacts it had. Despite this calamity, no one has been punished by the law. Japan can’t prosecute crimes committed by the government administration.
This needs to change fundamentally. Mr. Yabe, you wrote in your book that the NPP issue and the U.S. military base issue are essentially the same, right?
Y: Yes, that’s the focus of my book. As I mentioned earlier, I think the majority of people set out on a journey to uncover the truth after 3/11, but some actually started nine months earlier, on 6/02, when you resigned from the office of Prime Minister. See.