NAIIC Fukushima Report: A Warning Regarding Politicized Crisis Management

The Japanese legislature, the Diet, has just received a report from their Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) that is a scathing indictment of the man-caused Fukushima disaster.  But unlike the typical governmental response calling primarily for more and tougher government regulation as the solution, this report is quite tough in its assessments of all parties involved.  It is especially critical of the prime minister's role in the response to the Fukushima nuclear accident. Currently, only the executive summary has been translated into English.  The full report will be made available soon.  Space limitations allow only a brief analysis of the key points. What has made the most headlines in the news reports so far was the discussion of the Kantei (the Japanese analog to our White House)'s claim that the plant's operators, TEPCO, had announced that they were going to totally evacuate the plant.  This claim has been refuted to the...(Read Full Post)