Thursday, 5 July 2012


Our Man is no expert on nukes. Nor is he an expert on Japan. Or Government reports. Or Fukushima. Or much of anything. But off the top of his head, he can't ever remember an official government report so damning of the status quo, so spot-on with what Our Man thinks really happened.

So, he shares it here in its entirety and with an executive summary for folk with as little patience as he has for long documents. But he wanted to post it here just so he has it for future reference.
He has no doubt that the forces of reaction (he's looking at you, Yomiuri Shimbun) will do everything in their considerable power to mitigate the impact of this report. They will try ignoring it; when that fails, they will marginalize it; then look for chinks in the report's armour; then attack its creators; then go after any of its believers. And repeat.

Or if they are really smart, they will agree it's spot on and then ignore its recommendations and do nothing.

In other words, they will do whatever they can to kill the truth. And they may succeed. But at least we have the document to know that they are wrong.
Naiic report hi_res
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Our Man is betting you haven't read the report. But you probably should. So here's Our Man's executive summary after a quick glance through, that you can cut out and stick on your fridge:
  • "The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant cannot be regarded as a natural disaster."
  • "It was a profoundly manmade disaster -- that could and should have been foreseen and prevented."
  • "...a multitude of errors and willful negligence..."
  • "It's fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to 'sticking with the program'; our groupism; and our insularity."
  • "The accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and TEPCO, and the lack of governance by said parties."
  • "TEPCO was too quick to cite the tsunami as the cause of the nuclear accident and deny that the eathquake caused any damage."
  • "The residents' confusion over the evacuation stemmed from the regulators' negligence."
  • "The government and regulators are not fully committed to protecting public health and safety; that they have not acted to protect the health of the residents and to restore their welfare."
  • "The safety of nuclear energy in Japan and the public cannot be assured unless the regulators go through an essential transformation."
  • "Replacing people or changing the names of institutions will not solve the problems."

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