Crises In Comparison: Deepwater Horizon and Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric Power Company, the parent company of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, admitted this week that they have been unable to halt the damage done to the plant by the disaster in 2011 and are currently unable to control the leakage of contaminated waste water into the ocean. The announcement comes after more than two years of denial and inept handling of the disaster and the necessary recovery and repair that should have followed.… [Read more]

Updates On Fukushima: Holding TEPCO and the Diet Accountable

We have yet another problem arising from Fukushima Daiichi, threatening to make a bad situation even worse. In June a new leak was discovered under Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor #1, and as usual TEPCO has decided to downplay the serious nature of this incident. As they have many times before, TEPCO is trying to muffle the sound of a dangerous situation with good PR.… [Read more]

From Hiroshima With Love

In honor of the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, I would like to offer sincere condolences and a wish for deeper understanding and greater empathy the world over. Sixty seven years ago this August 6, at 8:15 AM, 140,000 were killed by the destructive power of the world’s first nuclear weapon detonation.

This Monday, August 6, 2012, marked the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan — and the world’s first use of a nuclear weapon.… [Read more]

Earthquake and Tsunami Bring New Issues to Light

The Japanese people are outraged.

In particular, Japanese women are outraged.

As well they should be. With the decision to reactivate the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, there has been a lot of scrutiny into what happened last year in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Many problems arise, but one of the most unsettling revolves around the Japanese nuclear power industry’s views on women.… [Read more]