Kyoko Oba, Economist and Sociologist, Tokyo, Japan

“Ethics of accountability and responsibility”

Kyoko Oba, an economist, environmental scientist and sociologist, deals with ethical issues concerning the nuclear industry.

“Like most others, I never could have imagined the atomic disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. In contrast to Chernobyl, the disaster wasn’t caused by man but rather by nature. It showed us the limits because we had lost our reverence of it. We were all lulled into a false sense of security and relied too much on experts. They claimed to be all-knowing, without holding themselves – or society holding them – to account that their knowledge is limited and control is needed. And we believed them. This was the mistake of the entire society. But despite all the criticisms, we also need to see that the experts and the entire atomic industry have a dual role: on the one hand, to provide a secure, uninterrupted energy supply for all people and on the other hand, to ensure maximum operational safety against threats that are deemed supposedly inconceivable. What we therefore need today is a different ethic, an ethic of accountability and responsibility. And we need experts who explain to people what they are doing. Japan requires nuclear energy, at the very least so long as there is no better technology available.”

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Without provoking or causing a scandal, wants to shake things up a bit by encouraging society to reflect on a subject that affects all of us: nuclear power. It is a subject that polarises, turning opponents and supporters into ideologues. And it is a subject that divides the informed and the uninformed in a way that creates intentional and unintentional dependencies. Against the background of the current debates on the 'energy transition', we want to contribute a critical discussion for all those who want to more know about nuclear power. And we want to do our bit to overcome the deep ideological divide that separates supporters and opponents. When it comes to this subject, the truth very quickly becomes relative – or is made relative. You move around in an area where experts, opinion makers, ideologues, affected persons, victims, lobbyists, politicians and world saviours jostle against each other. Everyone should be able to have their say, to tell their truth. The truth of the radiation victims as well as that of the power plant operators, the supporters and the opponents. The second objective of the book is to explore the many facets of truth – and remain receptive to all those who want to make it comfortable for us.

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