Sunday, 14 October 2012
TEPCO finally admits responsibilty
Above, you can see the final draft of the front and back cover for "3/11:The Fallout". As we count down to the publication date in November, here are the same of the latest revelations concerinng the event that changed a nation forever.
TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) released a statement on Friday Oct 12th stating for the first time that the nuclear accident could have been avoided. It said that important safety measures were not implemented because they thought that protracted debate on safety would damage the reputation of nuclear power and arouse doubt and fear in the public mind.
The statement was released during the Friday meeting of TEPCO's Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, headed by former US nuclear regulatory chief Dale Klein. This marks a major reversal of TEPCO's earlier stance, where they maintained the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami were wholly responsible for the nuclear meltdown. This comes at the end of the week when Prime Minister Noda travelled to the destroyed plant to meet the Fukushima 50 - the popular name for the TEPCO crew who struggled to bring the reactors under control back in March 2011.
The prospect of a nuclear-free future was dealt a surprise blow on Sep 18th when the Cabinet failed to approve the Government's new energy policy. Despite the typical attempts to avoid responsibility,
Although the Government has been typically vague this month about the details of the plan to phase out nuclear power in Japan,
there are signs of hope. Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) unveiled its plans for nationwide "smart-grid" systems, inspired by President Obama's Green New Deal policy back in 2009. A number of major companies, such as Sony, Panasonic and Microsoft Japan, are encouraging their employees to begin 'teleworking' from home to reduce commuting. Mori Building Co. and Yahoo Japan held a large earthquake drill in Roppongi to test how Twitter could be used to find shelters and locate casualties.
Despite these events. however, fears are growing over whether the government funds marked for the stricken areas in Tohoku will ever reach the people they are intended to help.
More data to follow...