I pointed out on the Facebook page that I worked for a Japanese company and they would do everything to keep from loosing face. They would lie, cover up and down right deny there was ever a problem with anything until it was to late or nearly to late to fix. I like many people thought before I worked for the Japanese that they had superior quality, pride in workmanship, attention to detail and rarely screwed stuff up – well after working for them I knew better and I saw that they often made more mistakes than American did they just never would admit it. Here some stories from this week…
The unfolding disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant follows decades of falsified safety reports, fatal accidents and underestimated earthquake risk in Japan’s atomic power industry.
The destruction caused by last week’s 9.0 earthquake and tsunami comes less than four years after a 6.8 quake shut the world’s biggest atomic plant, also run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. In 2002 and 2007, revelations the utility had faked repair records forced the resignation of the company’s chairman and president, and a three-week shutdown of all 17 of its reactors.
The Japanese government’s radiation report for the country’s 47 prefectures Wednesday had a notable omission: Fukushima, ground zero in Japan’s nuclear crisis. Measurements from Ibaraki, just south of Fukushima, were also blanked out.
# Officials admit they may have to bury reactors under concrete – as happened at Chernobyl
# Government says it was overwhelmed by the scale of twin disasters
# Japanese upgrade accident from level four to five – the same as Three Mile Island
The boss of the company behind the devastated Japanese nuclear reactor today broke down in tears – as his country finally acknowledged the radiation spewing from the over-heating reactors and fuel rods was enough to kill some citizens
Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency admitted that the disaster was a level 5, which is classified as a crisis causing ‘several radiation deaths’ by the UN International Atomic Energy.
None of this surprises me in the least – and I’ll tell you this the media is praising the Japanese calm, cool, collective behavior during this crisis – mark my words they are patient people but it won’t last forever if they don’t get food, water and shelter soon – it will get ugly – hunger is a monster and given enough time everybody has a breaking point. Some will last longer than others. I don’t think the shock of magnitude as worn off yet.
Is it in poor taste to post this song? If it is oh well…