Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:21

"It's not our business"

Written by  Urs Fitze (Text), Werner Stuber (Photo)

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima Daiichi was the result of irresponsible behaviour on the part of the operating company Tepco and the government regulators. But still, they don't like to talk about responsibility.

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima Daiichi was the result of irresponsible behaviour on the part of the operating company Tepco and the government regulators. Tepco considered it unnecessary to prepare for a power failure at the nuclear power because the authorities had excluded it as a possibility. Today the company emphasises transparency, reports on the progress of the clean-up efforts, which will last for decades to come, and is otherwise faithfully following the government's instructions. For all intents and purposes, the company has long belonged to the state, which arguably is responsible for a majority of the expected costs needed to address the catastrophe, estimated in the amount of 200 million euros. This corresponds to around 50 annual profits of Tepco. On a closer inspection, the government behaves remarkably cautious despite all the propaganda and disregard of the fears of the population. To be sure, the government's policy objectives are defined, and they consider nuclear energy "an important part of the energy supply" based primarily on economic considerations. The calculations may seem cynical as they present nuclear energy as the cheapest source of energy – excluding the cost of disaster management. But concrete implementation is tackled with remarkably little persuasion, as though the government wants to shirk away from a final position. And so the government leaves the decision on restarting the nuclear power plants to the nuclear regulators and the courts. Their scope of interpretation is large enough than an operating licence can be denied not only on technical legal considerations but on basic ones as well, for instance, if the court reaches the conclusion that the security measures were inaccurate and an accident can't be ruled out, which a single judge actually decided in two cases. An official from a lobbying organisation, who declined to be named, gets to the point: "We would all like to know how it will go on."

Zum Weiterlesen:

Naoto Kan, 2010 - 2011 japanischer Premierminister (2)

Anonymous, Worker in Fukushima-Daiichi: "Working under extreme conditions"

Katsutaka Idogawa, former mayor of Futaba: "I am not giving up"

Kyoko Oba, Economist and Sociologist: “Ethics of accountability and responsibility”




Movie Fukushima

A fishermen excapes the tsunami sailing out to the sea, returning, his town is destroyed

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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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