Mobilizing Nuclear Bias: The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty :: JapanFocus

Mobilizing Nuclear Bias: The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty :: JapanFocus. This is a lengthy essay on the Fukushima Nuclear disaster.  It states that TEPCO initially withheld information from the public.   There is a section about the impact of radiation on the USS Ronald Reagan, which has been discussed previously in this blog.  The article concludes that the anti-nuclear activists have been vindicated.  The article says

Any notion that these concerns were irrational would seem to be unfounded, based on the available evidence. Now that the situation has relatively stabilized, people in Japan remain anxious, especially in Tohoku, about important and entirely reasonable concerns related to health and well being, and those who have been displaced from their homes because of the nuclear accident may never return. It is difficult to overstate the impact this dual crisis will have on Japan in this generation. Now that the initial crisis phase has passed, the focus has turned to reconstruction and reform, but on the ground in the Tohoku region people face chronic uncertainty about the safety of food and the long-term effects of low-level radiation exposure. The government’s initial response was discouraging, and the nuclear village, when all is said and done, may remain substantially intact. But social activism is on the rise, bringing previously disengaged citizens into political movements that were previously the domain of activists, who are now being vindicated by recent events.

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