March 14, 2011
The corporate media is almost unanimous in its appraisal of the nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan – the meltdown of multiple nuclear reactors will not result in a Chernobyl-style disaster.
Japanese government: We’re in control, nothing to worry about here, now move along.
According to the Japanese government, the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi No. 3 reactor is not much to worry about. Officials said the inner reactor container remained intact, but this information should be taken with a large grain of salt – the Japanese government has a fairly extensive track record of covering up its nuclear accidents and mishaps.
In 2003 alone, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) shut down 17 plants because the company had falsified records pertaining to a series accidents that pale in comparison to what is now unfolding at Fukushima and other nuclear power plants in the country.
TEPCO is the largest electric utility in Japan and the 4th largest electric utility in the world.
“The nuclear power plant failures and explosions near Fukushima, Japan are an excellent case example of the failure of government. Here, the Japanese government has been horribly derelict before, during and after this incident,” writes Mike Rogers from Tokyo. “I am not talking about just the Japanese government here. I am talking about all governments. All governments lie all the time. It is the nature of government to do so.”
A former nuclear power plant designer said Japan is facing an extremely grave crisis and called on the government to release more information, which he said was being suppressed, the BBC reported yesterday. He accused the government of deliberately withholding vital information that would allow outside experts help solve the problems.
Masashi Goto told a news conference in Tokyo that one of the reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant was “highly unstable” and that if there was a meltdown the “consequences would be tremendous.” Mr. Goto made his comments prior to the explosion of a second reactor at the Fukushima plant earlier today.
Goto said that the failure now unfolding at Fukushima represents “many Chernobyls.” He said further explosions will spread radioactive material over a very wide area, well beyond the 20 kilometer evacuation zone set up by the authorities over the weekend.
The single Chernobyl event that began on April 26, 1986, released as much as 300 times the lethal radioactive fallout of the Hiroshima bomb, according to the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed. Radiation had been released for 10 days and scattered in different directions as the wind shifted. Cecium-137, strontium-90, iodine-131, and plutonium were the major radiation source for the contamination. Millions of people in the Soviet Union and Europe were exposed.
Gotto’s “many Chernobyls” scenario is now playing out in Japan and the government is covering it up. If the situation is not contained in record time, the above figures taken after Chernobyl will be dwarfed.
The Soviet military followed the same disastrous course the Japanese government is now following – a massive cover-up of the scope and severity of the crisis, including wide-scale falsification of medical histories, the disappearance of people’s records so the state would not have to compensate them, and the wholesale looting of evacuated houses and abandoned churches (see John Vidal’s article about Chernobyl, Hell on Earth).
“This is a terrible situation indeed, but there is a very important lesson in life for all of us in this mess,” concludes Mike Rogers from his perch in Tokyo. “I believe that this is a lesson that is teaching us personal responsibility and it is also teaching us to have a healthy skepticism of the state and its proclamations.”
This article was posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 11:58 am