The Japanese government must immediately take measures to fully implement the Fukushima recommendations accepted today at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), an evacuee mother from the nuclear disaster and Greenpeace told the UN session. Recommendations made by member states, if implemented, would dramatically improve the lives of tens of thousands of evacuees, including restoring the rights of self evacuees and reducing the radiation exposure of Fukushima citizens to the international recommended maximum.
Greenpeace 19th March 2018 read more »
Two courts have just sentenced TEPCo and the government to better compensate the victims of the nuclear accident. On March 15, a court ruled that 110 people who fled the radiation to seek refuge in the province of Kyôto were seeking compensation. He also acknowledged the responsibility of TEPCo and the Japanese state which will have to pay 110 million yen (850 000 €). On March 16, it was the turn of a Tokyo court to rule that people displaced by the nuclear disaster should be compensated. Again, TEPCo and the Japanese state have been found responsible and will pay 59 million yen (462,000 euros) to 42 people.
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The “forbidden life” of those caring for abandoned animals in Fukushima. There were individuals and groups in Japan who were not willing to sit back and watch animals starve. In addition to the rescue operations, a spay-neuter organization began work to prevent the inevitable proliferation of pets who, if they had survived at all, had now become strays. Shelters were eventually built with funds donated by supporters.
Beyond Nuclear International 16th March 2018 read more »
During the Japanese government’s investigation, Fukushima Daiichi plant manager Masao Yoshida was interviewed for more than 28 hours, over 13 sessions. His testimony was only made public in September 2014 after critical reporting by the Japanese press. Printed in Japanese on A4 paper, it filled more than 400 pages. The Risk and Crisis Research Centre of the Mines ParisTech engineering school translated Yoshida’s testimony into French, the first complete version in a language other than Japanese. (A partial English translation exists, made available by the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun, but it proved to be inaccurate on several crucial points, and is highly controversial.) Given that France generates 76% of its electricity with nuclear power, the task of a complete translation should have been undertaken by a nuclear-sector operator. None volunteered, however, no doubt asserting that all had already been said and settled. The investigators all followed a pre-set formula, apparently designed solely to confirm hypotheses that would put events down to purely technical causes. Yet Yoshida responded to the investigators’ questions from an entirely different point of view, attributing his decisions and actions to the brutal struggle between men (himself and his staff) and technology or, more precisely, the machines (the reactors) that had suddenly gone out of control.
The Conversation 19th March 2018 read more »