[Marxism] Nuclear Nationalism and Fukushima

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Mar 12 15:39:44 MDT 2012


Nuclear Nationalism and Fukushima

Matthew Penney

Abstract: Despite the description of the March 11, 2011 disaster as 
"outside safety expectations", there were multiple warnings from 
Japanese scientists, writers, activists, and international bodies that a 
large earthquake and tsunami could cripple Japan's nuclear plants. This 
article examines how assumptions of nuclear safety remained strong in 
Japan from the 1950s until the 2000s, even after numerous accidents that 
demonstrated inadequate oversight, and ties these assumptions to 
technological nationalism at the heart of Japan's conservative political 
culture.


full: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Matthew-Penney/3712




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