*Critical editorial assistance and commentaries provided to this article by Tony Boys
Our dysfunctional political system is paving the way to our Nuclear Armageddon. OK, it is not “our” political system, it’s “theirs,” and it functions perfectly well for the top 0.01 percent of oligarchs who really run things. But even the filthy rich have children and grandchildren whose DNA may be harmed by the Environmental Armageddon humanity is leaping toward. Nominally, we the people are represented by our governments, but this is not always the case. Governments are really Corporations and Corporations are run by Banks, and their Sinister Financial Formulae put Profits before Sheeple.
If we had democracy there could be no doubt that public pressure would have already forced the phase out of nuclear power and a program of renewable energy to be adopted as quickly as possible. In fact, our problems are not technical but political, and relate to a maldistribution of power and wealth in the world. The existing economic system does not prioritize human welfare and environmental preservation, but Ponzi scam financial swindles based on derivatives, high frequency computerized trading and naked short selling of stocks. The new movie The Wolf of Wall Street described as “nauseating, pornographic and soul-crushing” tells it all (Duke, 2014).
Things are getting worse, much worse and fast. Anti-nuclear hero Harvey Wasserman coined the slogan “No Nukes” back in the heyday. Wasserman’s encyclopedic knowledge of nuclear coverups and criminality displayed in a recent article is unparalleled, and profoundly disturbing in its detail (Wasserman, 2014). The Fukushima nuclear disaster was just one of many potential nuclear disasters that is on our not so distant horizon.
Nuclear power is ideal as a technology that is opposed to democratic transparency. Compared to solar power which average people can learn to operate safely on the rooftops of their homes, nuclear power is incompatible with democracy and a potential source of the ultimate state terrorist weapon, a nuclear one. In addition, the complexity of running a nuclear plant with all the engineering and safety requirements versus other forms of energy production (ie., campfire) is mind boggling (Wilcox, 2013).
That is why Tony Boys, who has been part of the anti nuclear movement in Japan for many years declared:
As I have said before (however unrealistic it may be) there’s only one way to stop nuclear power here – MASSIVE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. But since the sheeple are happy to elect airheads like Masuzoe, then they are basically naive fools who deserve whatever they get, but pull down the house of cards for the rest of us (personal communication, February, 2014).
One of the main reasons Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who was in office at the time of the Tohoku Disaster, was forced from office was due to pressure from the Nuclear Lobby specifically because of Kan’s strong antinuclear/pro-renewable energy stance (Tabuchi, 2011).
Just over a year after the nuclear disaster had occurred, a petition signed by 320,000 Tokyoites was submitted calling for a referendum on the future of nuclear power plants (“Tokyo assembly,” 2012). The fact that such a huge number of people signed it clearly indicated that if a referendum were to have been held, the citizenry would have voted to phase out nuclear power, as has happened in German and Italian referendums.
However, “[a]ssembly members voted 2-1 … to reject a draft ordinance calling for the referendum, which had been forced onto the agenda by the signature petition from the Tokyo public.” This is clear proof that elected representatives do not actually represent the will of their constituencies.
‘I feel frustrated and empty,’ said Saori Kano, 45, a homemaker from Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward who helped collect signatures in the Tokyo drive. ‘My goal is to change the nuclear power policies that have been left to the central government to decide.’ ”
Three Years Of Fukushima Radiation
As Japan’s Kobe University seismologist, Katsuhiko Ishibashi, noted to a government panel in 2005, “[a]n earthquake and its seismic thrust can hit multiple parts” of a nuclear plant and result in a “severe accident” (Hongo, 2011). Gee– no kidding! At the time of Ishibashi’s testimony to a government panel (ironically his name means “stone bridge” in Japanese), the heavy industry pressured the government to ignore his advice regarding nuclear safety standards.
And what of the people who’s lives have been shattered and displaced by the triple meltdowns that occurred in Fukushima in March of 2011? Tens of thousands of people have been forgotten, cast aside like so much Disposable Human Garbage (Gundersen, 2014).
That the nuclear crisis remains largely technically unresolved to date– and that the melted reactor fuel is probably burrowed into the ground beneath the plants where it has become a scary and uncontrollable Frankenstein’s Monster to contaminate the environment for centuries– is also evidence that our political system is undemocratic.
Note that when Tokyo mayor, Mr. Inose, publicly contradicted statements made by Prime Minister Abe, Inose suddenly found himself embroiled in a “scandal” and removed from office (“Tokyo governor,” 2013). Abe fibbed to the Olympic Committee that the Fukushima nuclear crisis was “under control,” and Inose naively refuted Abe’s obvious lies, thus causing embarrassment to Prime Malefactor Abe. This precedent was not allowed to stand especially given Abe’s plans to kickstart Japan’s nuclear program:
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Inose refuted Abe’s claim, telling reporters that the water leaks at the plant were “not necessarily under control,” Fuji TV reported Saturday. Hours before the IOC declared Tokyo the host city for the 2020 Games, Abe flew to Buenos Aries from the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia, to give an emphatic speech in English declaring that radiation from the leakage would not impact waters outside the immediate vicinity of the plant. Inose said, ‘The government must acknowledge this as a national problem so that we can head toward a real solution.’
According to the Japan Communist Party (JCP) newspaper, unless the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidates promote nuclear power they are threatened by the Electric power companies with removal of campaign support (“Electric companies,” 2014). LDP politicians are sock puppets who say what the nuclear industry wants them to. According to Boys:
Why does the political power structure in Japan want nuclear power so much that they are willing to lie, subvert the democratic process and endanger the current population (including themselves, but with little likelihood they will ever be “compensated”) and future generations (including their own descendants)?
1) Money/power and livelihoods for the inhabitants of the Nuclear Village (Meyer, 2011);
2) For the sake of the Japanese economy – (since fossil fuels are now expensive [roughly 10x what they were in 1998] and their import for thermal power generation is dragging Japan’s trade balance into deep red ink– but this is only a fairly recent, if easily predictable, change) (Mogi & Ujikane, 2014).
3) The US (and to some extent UK and France) do not wish to see Japan abandon civil nuclear power because they do not wish to see a hole punctured in the notion of the “peaceful atom” (Favole & Tennille, 2011). Japan abandoning nuclear power for “safety reasons” frightens all conventional power holders in the countries with nuclear weapons’ capabilities since it robs them of their only rational ground for maintaining the production of fissile materials. Without this (they fear), overwhelming public pressure to be finally rid of all nuclear applications (civil and military, but perhaps not medical) would force power holders to relinquish the very bedrock of their power – their nuclear arsenal. Thus Japan, with its civil nuclear capability but apparently no military capability, acts as the keystone maintaining the rigidity of the mythic “peaceful atom” structure.
4) These three together make it simply “impossible” for Japan to abandon nuclear power, despite the national suicidal role it plays.” (Tony Boys, personal communication).
Richard Wilcox is a Tokyo-based teacher and writer who holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies and is a regular contributor to the world’s leading website exposing the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Rense.com. He is also a contributor to Activist Post and The Daily Sheeple. His radio interviews and articles are archived at http://wilcoxrb99.wordpress.com and he can be reached by email for radio or internet podcast interviews to discuss the Fukushima crisis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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