Japan and its nuclear future

Japan and its nuclear future

Fukushima : Japan | Apr 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM PDT
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The control room of the second reactor of TEPCO's Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, Japan


Japan has move fast to recover from the 2011 disastrous happenings. When the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Fukushima’s nuclear reactor, it was clear that every scenario was not considered, much less planned for, consequently the lack of preparation led to a chaos immediately after the accident. But it is also truth that this was an old reactor, accidents happen, and resulting problems were relatively small.

Even those around the globe that wave the flag of ‘lets-get-rid-of-nuclear’ have to accept that foreseeing everything that may happen is an art nobody will ever master. Yes, Japan failed to consider various scenarios, but in retrospective the situation was controlled swiftly and I doubt that would have been the case if this had happened anywhere else.

Exposed to radiation casualties number, a year after the disaster, is zero. I think government officials would be too stupid to hide the number of radiation victims, but since most politicians around the world are clones cloned from the original politi-crook clone, lets say the Japanese government managed to obscure the information. Well, my two readers, you could get it by punching the keyboard, touching the panel, iPhoning the iPhone, or going social media mad. Neighbourhood, survivors, even media may have a hint of the dead, but if you search for it you’ll reach the same number:zero.

Even now most of the nuclear plants in Japan are off for maintenance or because citizens refuse to let the government starting them. And since soon we will have the summer at full throttle most Japanese citizens will have to consider whether the lack of energy to turn cooling systems on is a bearable discomfort.

It is true that citizens nearby Fukushima had their lives turned upside down. But and undeniable truth is also that support from society, government and NGOs has been outstanding —funds and volunteer hands have flowed damaged areas— so even with the inherent nagging concerns about the future, there are few people who can cry foul to government’s attention to their needs

After a year of the disaster it is clear that Japanese won’t turn against nuclear power. There has been no comparable disaster anywhere in the world, but the hugely effective response to it has prove that everyday citizen understands it was nature’s immense power that stroke the country; and not ill, broken, or irresponsible government.

At this moment Japan’s government and private companies experiment with a variety of options for creating energy that is safe, reliable, and accessible; and it is a matter of when they will find it. Undoubtedly the rest of the world will benefit as much as Japan. However, even the question lingers on how to approach future energy needs, nuclear power remains an abundant and cost effective energy that will enable this country to develop in years to come.

For Japan’s future is bright, the results of its actions after the 2011 Kanto Earthquake prove the sound of their vision. While Japan can not dream on magically decipher the workings of nature, prepare for every conceivable disaster, or unleashed Godzilla to ruminate the politi-crooks; they are certainly close to be a perfect society, where everybody works for everybody’s benefit. And where every citizen is prepared to lay hands to those in need, and help keep chaos under control.

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Tokyo Electric Power's President Nishizawa speaks to Fukushima Prefecture Governor Sato at the latter's office in Fukushima, northern Japan
Tokyo Electric Power's President Nishizawa speaks to Fukushima Prefecture Governor Sato at the latter's office in Fukushima, northern Japan
Jorge Herbert is based in Tōkyō, Tokio, Japan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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