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Report reveals Japanese nuclear safety experts received large sums of money from nuclear industry

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November 6th, 2012
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While the “profoundly man-made disaster” at the Fukushima nuclear power plant continues unabated with independent experts continually blocked from gaining access, it has now been revealed that the six members of a Japanese government team drafting the new nuclear reactor safety standards have received tens of thousands of dollars from the nuclear industry.

According to a report put out by Japan’s Kyodo News a whopping four out of six experts on the panel drafting new safety standards have received funds from companies directly involved in the nuclear industry.

The grants, donations and compensation range from 3 million yen (around $37,290) to over 27 million yen (around $335,600) each, according to data released by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).

While the NRA claimed that the members of the panel “have been selected in line with rules, and there should be no problem,” Kyodo News rightly points out that critics “say the members’ judgments might be swayed by the wishes of donors, exposing safety regulations to the risk of being watered down.”

Indeed it seems so painfully obvious that it is somewhat laughable to even qualify such a statement with the word “might.”

The NRA requires experts like the ones assigned to draft the new safety standards to disclose the funds they receive but they have “no rules for disqualifying them in light of such information,” according to AFP.

One of the experts, Akira Yamaguchi, a professor at Osaka University, received at least 27.14 million yen in both donations and research grants from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., a company which just happens to manufacture nuclear plant equipment, along with “other relevant entities,” according to the report.

Akio Yamamoto, a professor at Nagoya University, received 10.1 million yen, also from a builder and operator of nuclear plants, Japan Atomic Power Co., along with other companies.

Yutaka Abe, a professor at Tsukuba University, received 5 million yen from various entities including a laboratory of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the same company behind the atrocious Fukushima disaster.

Tomoyuki Sugiyama, a Japan Atomic Energy Agency researcher, received 3 million yen from Nuclear Fuel Industries, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the spent fuel pool at reactor four remains precarious and technology is being developed which, in theory at least, could assist the disturbingly slow cleanup process.

TEPCO, in what appears to be an attempt to maintain at least some shred of legitimacy, “plans to set up a regional headquarters in Fukushima prefecture to better oversee local reconstruction, decontamination and compensation payments, Kyodo and other media said,” according to AFP.

Do you think these apparent conflicts of interest can be considered unimportant or justifiable as the Japanese authorities apparently do? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • GrandpaSpeaks

    Arnie Gunderson says if unit 4 topples, it has a high likelihood of causing an extinction event in the northern hemisphere and I tend to believe him. Corruption now threatens the species, perhaps all of them. Will we ever make corruption socially unacceptable by prosecuting those who are? Politics, policing, central banking, derivatives, gold. Because there isn’t anywhere there isn’t corruption. We are overwhelmed by it. A very dangerous normalcy bias exists. To hell with Japanese pride, we should be capping that sizzle. And then cap a few more.

  • ZombieDawg

    ..and if such a catastrophe happens then the fallout will circle the entire globe, as indeed has already happened albeit on a minor scale as far as radiation levels go.
    All the greed, corruption and money in the world are worthless if you’re dead.

  • Lon Chainee

    It’s really sad when something that seems like a good idea, is put into use, like nuclear power, without any real concern over long term consequences, but hey I only typed that as an excuse to throw this info out there and get as many people as possible to be aware of this thought that came to me the other day,… I like watching some of the better UFO videos available, and wonder what is going on to make such devices work, (if they are real), I was thinking that if a culture had something like flying saucers, the development of that technology wouldn’t happen overnight. It would be like our automobiles, early designs are crap compared to modern ones. It became obvious to me that the first rudimentary UFO’s have to be mag-lev devices, that if you had a power supply that could generate a magnetic field as powerful as the earths magnetic field, and control it’s polarity, you could send that device zipping to the top of the earth’s magnetic field, it wouldn’t need thrusters because you could use the earth’s gravity to provide acceleration…if this is not tenable, I wouldn’t be surprised, I don’t pretend to be a scientist.

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