The Asahi Shimbun is running a series of articles based on the testimony given by Yoshida Masao, the plant manager during the Fukushima Daiichi crisis. Yoshida-san gave this testimony to prosecutors on loan to the Japan government’s Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station.
None of this information has been made public before this time. If true, it gives the public more reasons to lose trust in TEPCO and the Japan central government.
You can find the first one and the second one online in English
Just when we may need nuclear power generation most for economic stability and to combat global warming, new revelations bring into question the ability of Japan to win the hearts, minds, and trust of the public. How can we expect those evacuated from their homes during the crisis to believe the reports from UNSCEAR and other organizations on the safety of returning?
The likelihood that there will be long term radiation fatalities or illnesses from the accident is exceedingly small, indeed.
Science has nothing to do with this situation. But trust does.
People left the ever widening exclusion zone around the plant on orders from the Japan central government. And rightly so since even the best experts did not know exactly what was happening in the early days.
And they stayed away, even knowing the radiation levels were lower and within limits, because of lack of trust that the situation was under control. It could have gotten worse.
They continue to stay away because they lack the trust that current decontamination actions and the removal of spent fuel at Unit 4 will proceed without incident and truthfulness, thus perhaps necessitating another evacuation.
There are Fukushima Daiichi tours given to the media, public figures, and foreign dignitaries, such as U.S. Ambassador Kennedy, on a regular basis.
I would suggest another kind of tour.
Go and listen to the people, as we did in Minami-soma while making the UNSCEAR film. The people in Minami-soma understand radiation and its measurements very well. They are not stupid. They simply do not trust those who have lied.
Go and listen to them.