Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Interview with Nuclear Engineer re. Fukushima

...a strong dose of a deep understanding of the Japanese culture. "There is a cultural element in this. The Japanese do not want to be embarrassed. ... TEPCO is a large entity which only has to answer to the Prime Minister.  The mass media in Japan is only given the information TEPCO and the government want to give them. Labor practices in Japan are quite brutal and when you get to the bottom of the labor force, those at the top of society do not really care about them."

The numbers are disturbingly higher than we have been led to believe, the number of homes in the villages which are contaminated, the rice paddies, the fact that the "official" six to nine month cleanup is virtually impossible, no matter how much they do accomplish... all of this is what is being kept off the front pages of the mass media.