Aug 18, 2011

5 Months After the Quake- and how the Japanese Government Screwed Everything Up

It's already been 5 MONTHS after that sudden and terrible quake, and the revival seems to be going pretty well. Most shelters have already closed, and now a big part of the citizens in the affected area live in temporary houses.
But while the people in Tohoku are fighting for their lives, the government seems to have screwed up everything but good.

We're finally getting close insights into the chaos in the government and TEPCO(short for Tokyo Electric Power Company). A few hours after the quake, they were really optimistic about the condition of the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant when it was in a state worse than the most pessimistic scenarios. And as a result of the lack of tension, guess what's happened?

The meltdown and explosion!!

In fact, we didn't even KNOW that a meltdown, the worst case scenario for a NPP. I'm pretty sure TEPCO was up to something with the data that confirmed the meltdown.
In any case, all this was probably human error and could have been avoided.

There was this Electricity Museum in Shibuya which I went to a few years ago. The admission was free, and when I looked the museum up, guess what? It was run by TEPCO. Now that I think of it, I think there was a big model of a nuclear reactor in the museum, with panels telling us how safe TEPCO's reactors were.

Well, they sure weren't.

This example of the government and TEPCO's foolishness, pigheadedness and arrogance is only the tip of the iceberg.
I won't be surprised if a riot like in London happens to Japan, with the rotting government and power company.