On this day, 4 years ago, at least 3 out of the 6 General Electric boiling water reactors at the Fukushima facility suffered partial to full meltdowns of their nuclear fuel cores which caused at least one reactor to blow its top off and all three to release horrific amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and the surrounding countryside.... It has been an unmitigated disaster for Japan and to this day, there still is no solution for the melted reactor cores that continue to spew their deadly radioactive toxins into the atmosphere and the nearby Pacific Ocean....
But now, 4 years later, it does appear that TEPCO and the Japanese government are about to restart most of the nuclear reactors across Japan that have been shut down since the Fukushima disaster....And according to the following article from the Asahi Shimbun online news service at www.asahi.com, it appears that the ex-Japanese government panel chief that led the initial investigation into the Fukushima disaster has some dire warnings about the Japanese government decision to restart these nuclear reactors and clearly states that Japan has not yet learned its lessons from the Fukushima crisis.... Here is that article for everyone to see for themselves, and I do have my own thoughts and comments to follow:
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Ex-panel chief says Japan still hasn't learned lessons from Fukushima crisis
Yotaro Hatamura, former chairman of a government panel that investigated the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, said in a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun that the atmosphere surrounding nuclear power is returning to the pre-disaster days of complacency.
“Sufficient investigations have not been conducted,” Hatamura, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Tokyo, said of the Fukushima nuclear accident.
In its final report submitted in July 2012, the panel led by Hatamura called on the government to continue efforts to determine the cause of the nuclear disaster.
“Almost none of (our proposals) have been reflected” in recent government actions, he said.
Tougher safety standards for nuclear facilities were introduced after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, led to the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. But with the exception of this “regulatory hurdle,” he said, “the situation seems unchanged from before the accident.”
“It does not appear that organizations to watch (government actions) are working properly,” he said in the interview.
Hatamura also said that people once again believe that nuclear plants are safe although the problems related to these facilities have only been addressed superficially.
“There could always be lapses in oversight in safety assessments, and an accident will surely happen again,” Hatamura said.
Among the countermeasures needed, he said, are effective evacuation plans for residents living near nuclear plants throughout the country. He said the feasibility of current evacuation plans is doubtful because they were compiled without fully reflecting on the Fukushima accident.
“The restarts of reactors should be declared only after sufficient preparations are made, such as conducting evacuation drills covering all residents living within 30 kilometers of each plant based on developed evacuation plans,” he said.
According to Hatamura, Japanese citizens need to prepare for future nuclear disasters if the nation continues nuclear power generation.
“Even before the Fuskushima disaster, I thought it was inappropriate to state that an accident would never occur,” Hatamura said. “And the Fukushima crisis, in fact, did happen.”
Most people in Japanese society did not view the issue of nuclear plants as their problem and had only looked at the benefits of nuclear energy until the Fukushima disaster, he said.
“They believed what they wanted to believe--nuclear plants were safe just because there had been no severe accidents and those facilities had undergone safety screenings,” Hatamura said. “It is wrong to end the problem by passing the buck to someone else when an accident occurs.”
(This article was compiled from reports by Keiji Takeuchi, Toshio Kawada and Tsuyoshi Nagano.)
NTS Notes: It definitely does appear that the Japanese government still has not learned its lessons from the Fukushima disaster and by restarting many other reactors, and without knowing the real cause of the Fukushima disaster, risks having more "Fukushima" type meltdowns happen at those facilities as well ....
But honestly, what real choice does Japan have? Its 160+ Million residents do need electrical power for their economic needs and for the needs of their people... And with no other sources for that power available, their islands have to derive almost all of that power from its nuclear power facilities....
One major thing that I must point out from this article, is exactly where the actual cause of the Fukushima disaster came from..... The fact is that I and others have put up many articles in the past that clearly shows that the initial catastrophic failure at Fukushima came from the failure of the Siemens control systems to properly regulate water into the reactors as a safety measure... These Siemens systems gave erroneous outputs which were caused by a nefarious Israeli/US developed computer virus called 'STUXNET' that was originally developed to cause a catastrophe at Iran's own nuclear facilities but got loose and infected major nuclear power facilities across Asia and especially in Japan... The STUXNET virus did its dirty work and caused the safety systems to fail resulting in the catastrophic meltdown of the reactors at Fukushima!
It is now 4 years and running with no end in sight for the Fukushima disaster.... The failed reactors are still in full meltdown and their cores are again poisoning the planet.... It is shocking to me that most of the world continues to focus on wars for that psychotic state of Israel while this planet threatening disaster is still going strong... But as I have always said, for our Jewish controlled governments Israel always comes first and foremost...
More to come