Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bound culture of complicity on affected nuclear power plant

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Masataka Shimizu, knelt Center, President of Tokyo electric power company officials of the people in a shelter in Koriyama ask forgiveness.

TOKYO - in response to the fierce insular Japan's nuclear industry, was it perhaps fitting that to an outsider of the most serious security cover-up in the history of Japanese nuclear power. It was held in Fukushima Daiichi, the plant, which has fought Japan to get earthquake and tsunami under control since last month.

Ichiro Takekuro, links, an official with the development of International Atomic Energy in Japan; Taro Kono, a liberal democratic legislator; Akihiro Ohata, the Minister of economy, trade and industry.

In 2000 Kei Sugaoka, a Japanese American nuclear inspector, working for General Electric at Daiichi, done had said Japan's most important nuclear regulator a broken stream hides dryer that he believed was. If suspended, the revelations could have forced the operator, Tokyo electric power, to do what utilities want to at least do: perform costly repairs.

Then said what as an example had happened next critic who blinded the kollusives have the country's nuclear power companies, regulators, and politicians.

Despite a new law shielding whistle-blowers the regulator, the nuclear and industrial Agency, Mr Sugaoka propagated identity to Tokyo Electric, effectively blackballing him from the industry. The Agency rely instead of immediately you own investigators on Daiichi provide that the company to review its own reactors. The company to keep its reactors, although an investigation ultimately resulted, actually another, far more serious problems had hidden his managers, operation for the next two years regulators could cover the reactor cores including cracks in the shrouds.

Investigators will take months or years to decide to what extent security problems or weak regulation to the disaster of Daiichi, the worst of its kind since Chernobyl helped. As the difficulties in the fears of radiation and the nation continues to rattle, the Japanese raise always the possibility that a culture of complicity the plant made particularly vulnerable to the natural disaster, which struck the country on 11 March.

Already, many Japanese and Western experts argue that inconsistent, nonexistent or repealed regulations played a role in the accident - in particular the low dams, not to protect of the plant against the tsunami and the decision backup diesel generators, which makes the reactor cooling system on the ground, that they made very prone to flooding.

A 10-year extension for the oldest of the Daiichi's reactors proposes that the system remain lax by politicians, bureaucrats and single-mindedly focused to industry executives are on the expansion of nuclear energy. The extension of the 40-year legal limit reactor approved regulators just weeks before the tsunami despite warnings over your security and subsequent admissions for Tokyo Electric, often called Tepco, that it had failed to carry out proper checks of mission-critical devices.

The mild punishment art past security infractions reinforced the belief that nuclear energy the key players more interested, as their interests to protect security. Entered in 2002 after the Tepco was finally publicly cuffs back its Chairman and President, only advisory posts at the company are given. Other executives were demoted, but later took jobs in companies to do business with Tepco. Yet, for her role in the other small cuts received cover-up. And after a temporary shutdown and repairs to Daiichi, Tepco operation of the installation.

In a telephone interview from his home in the San Francisco Bay area, Mr Sugaoka said, "I support nuclear power, but I would like to see full transparency."

Revolving door

In Japan in the Web of connections between the industry and the Government now popularly known as "nuclear power village". The term means the interests of non-transparent, collusive, setting up push-to nuclear power despite the discovery of the active fault lines in plants, the size of the tsunami and a long history of cover-ups of security problems increase underlying new forecasts of.

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