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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Head of Fukushima investigation commission defends report

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/head-of-fukushima-investigation-commission-defends-report?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2012-09-15_PM

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National ( 16 )
Head of Fukushima investigation commission defends report
Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a medical doctor who headed the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission AP

TOKYO —
The head of a major investigation into Japan’s nuclear disaster is defending his report against criticism that his panel avoided blaming individuals and instead blamed elements of the nation’s culture.
 
Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a doctor who headed the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, said he sticks with his view that the catastrophe was “Made in Japan,” underlining collusion among the regulators and the utility that had set off the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He said his panel intentionally stopped short of naming individual culprits.....
....“No one takes responsibility in Japan, even those in positions of responsibility,” Kurokawa told The Associated Press this week at his commission office in Tokyo. “This is unique to Japan, a culture that stresses conformity, where people don’t complain.”
 
People are complaining, however, about the commission’s report, not only for lacking specifics on responsibility but for making statements on Japan’s culture that appeared in the English-language version of the document but not the Japanese version....

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and this reply:

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Cricky
  • In an age of Internet and information...this is a fax worthy report. Scew it into a ball put it in the bin. It's a system run by people who rely on abnormal business practice, example people living in school gyms, second biggest economy can't /will not help it's own. An obvious attempt to produce rems of paper that lead....nowhere. Problem solved.

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    One searches in vain through these pages for anyone to blame,” Columbia University professor and Japan expert Gerald Curtis wrote in an opinion piece submitted to The Financial Times. “To pin the blame on culture is the ultimate cop-out. If culture explains behavior, then no one has to take responsibility.”
     
    “No one takes responsibility in Japan, even those in positions of responsibility,” Kurokawa told The Associated Press this week at his commission office in Tokyo. “This is unique to Japan, a culture that stresses conformity, where people don’t complain.”
     
    People are complaining, however, about the commission’s report, not only for lacking specifics on responsibility but for making statements on Japan’s culture that appeared in the English-language version of the document but not the Japanese version.
     
    The 641-page report, released in July, compiled interviews with 1,167 people and scoured documents obtained from nuclear regulators and Tokyo Electric Power Co, the utility that operated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
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    round and round we go.......


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