Japan — the flip side

Faced with the view that Japan is a country of high-tech, futuristic ideal, and in general, we Slavs to high-tech Japanese people never get up. Not that I wanted to downplay the Japanese high-tech achievements, but the sun has spots, and its Fukushima in Japan, which has not yet been eliminated. And it's been more than six years. Compare with the operational work in the Soviet Union during the Chernobyl disaster — yes, there was some delay in the delivery of information, but after the problems up the sarcophagus over the reactor was built in the shortest possible time.

For starters offer a small insight into the recent history of Japanese industrial disasters (the list is certainly not complete, but indicative):

  • 1978 — a critical mass of fuel at Fukushima. Evacuation was carried out. The case of hiding until 2007.
  • 1994 — Nuclear Control Institute (NCI) found »loss"About 70 kilograms of plutonium dust. The Japanese government has said that the plutonium is not lost, but remained on the surfaces of plant equipment. It is believed that the operator knew about the leak of plutonium, but did nothing until the leak has not paid attention to the IAEA.
  • 1995 — leakage of liquid sodium from the reactor cooling system in Monchzhu. And although in this case it was not about radioactive contamination, drew the the behavior of the operator, who attempted to conceal information about the danger of accidents and damage caused. We are talking about the falsification of reports and edit recordings with video surveillance cameras.
  • 1997 — fire and subsequent explosion of barrels of nuclear waste at the plant for processing these wastes in Tokaimura. About 40 workers have been exposed to radiation. Alex Carr in his book "Dogs and Demons" (essential reading, however, the normal translation into Russian is not found. There's still a lot of interesting things like cleaning leaks at nuclear power plants with paper towels and storage of radioactive waste in rusty barrels in the pits with rainwater) writes that operator reported that the absence of leaks, then the fire is under control, although there was no control. On the day of the explosion was carried out on a complex tour of 64 people, and no one was evacuated.
  • 1999 — during operations with enriched uranium, unskilled workers allowed them to achieve critical mass,
    which resulted in a self-sustaining chain reaction. Delay a decision on the evacuation was 5:00. Radiation has undergone nearly 700 workers and residents of nearby houses. 2 workers died from exposure. According to the IAEA causes of the accident were the "human factor and serious violations of safety."
  • 2003 — an explosion at the plant for processing nuclear waste "Fugen". The inspections Company recognized operator, that falsified reports for ten years.
  • 2004 — the explosion of the cooling system Mihama Nuclear Power Plant. 4 workers were killed and seven injuries of varying severity. During the 27 years of pipe exploded never not tested for signs of corrosion or wear and tear, not to mention the replacement.

And finally — revealed the order 306 cases of concealment or falsification of information problems and accidents at nuclear facilities in Japan. Obviously, we can speak of a definite trend — to conceal information about the negative as long as possible, even at the risk to humans. To complete the picture — a few tens of years, the factory in Minamata dumped toxic waste, keeping silent about the problem. As a result of discharges of people sick and even coined the term "syndrome of Minamata." Subsequently, it was finding out that this syndrome corresponds poisoning by heavy metals. Or illness itai-itai, salts of cadmium poisoning has appeared on the activities of Mitsui. People were sick itai-itai than 50 years before the truth came out!

Now I think the readers are unlikely to occur before the surprise of information like this: "…cracks in the construction of nuclear power plants were covered with colored paper with the printed textured concreteand " (source), Or a "…workers at the plant "Fukushima-1" was forced to understate radiation"(source).

In total

Yes, in other countries, officials and capitalists too often falsify reports ignore the problem. But not in industries such as nuclear power, and in such cases as the disaster of Fukushima. Here the question is in the system, talking about the specific nuances of Japanese World — Fukushima only showed Japan's lack of understanding of how to deal with disasters. We are talking about pollution of the northern hemisphere (mushrooms, fishmutations in insects etc.).

In fact, in a country with more than 50 operating reactors had neither the technology nor the plans for dealing with the consequences of nuclear accidents. This situation not only in the nuclear field.

I have to mention about the Japanese corruption — it would seem, the country has survived the nuclear bombing, should be particularly scrupulous in the nuclear industry, but is not: 

  • "In Japan, there was a scandal about misuse trillion yen earmarked for liquidation of consequences of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant"(source).
  • There is suspicions bribery of scientists responsible for the installation of the SDA radiation.


As well as Kaizen Japan is a manifestation of the desire for perfection, the Japanese attitude to the "failure" shows their weakness — the fear of failure and loss of face. This explains why the same Germany in 1945, has already lost, fought for every house in Berlin, and Japan surrendered without a battle on their land. In this capitulation led to mass ritual suicide.

That is, in certain situations, the fear of death or injury is less important than the threat of ultimate defeat. This is reflected in the code of bushido and in such a purely Japanese phenomenon as "kamikaze". Yes, the pilots were going to ram in the USSR and in the UK, but it was not a mass
public policy.

We can generalize the above as — if not talk about individual Japanese, but about the collective unconscious of the people, Japan is committed to excellence in everything that is taken, but it demonstrates a loss of orientation in the case of injury or accident. Even the fear of death may be weaker than the fear of loss of face. Another option would be — to pretend that nothing has happened, but not to recognize the disaster.

PS And since the problem of the Senkaku Islands put to the public, Japan can not ignore China's provocative behavior in this dispute — it will be an admission of defeat. So I continue to believe the probability of armed conflict, Japan and China over the island in the coming years, much different from zero.


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