The head of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant... told workers to disregard Tepco's order to stop injecting seawater into a reactor soon after the crisis erupted in March [saving Japan's ass!], according to government and other sources.Read the rest here.
PM Kan admitted in an interview that the discussion about a full evacuation of Tokyo had begun. Yoshida and the Tokyo Hyper Rescue Squad (with balls that big, you can call yourself whatever the fuck you want!) made this avoidable. Tokyo is Japan: the rest are regions. The rest can be nice, but government, business, entertainment... all of it is centred in Tokyo. After a two-decade recession this country could not have picked itself up after that kind of a beat down. Japan would have a N.Korean economy, because everyone with options would get out, leaving only the monolingual and ancient.
Here's the subtext:
- most Japanese cannot crisis-manage even if their own life is on the line (Fukushima, not changing their codes or tactics for all of WWII...)
- Japan elevates the most studied, not the most capable
- there is no sense of civic-responsibility individually, corporately, or in bureaucracies
- the power company did not communicate accurately to the bureaucracy, which did not communicate accurately to the Prime Minister's Office
- the power company was willing to put all of Tohoku and Kanto (Tokyo) at risk to try to save one plant already near the end of its working life, already damaged beyond repair
- none of the brass were on sight, at risk, or to asses the situation
- the power company CEO was missing for the first several days of the crisis
- personal connections are how anything gets done (Yoshida was a graduate of the same university as then PM Kan)
- the power company is all over the place about what kind of
- the tool in charge of the power company's nuclear plants is taking over for Yoshida
Yoshida stood against all of that and did the right thing. Whether or not his illness is related to radiation, there is no reward large enough. In jest, Socrates wanted Athens to pay for his meals. I'd be happy for my taxes to go towards a sinecure for him, and every single member of his family, for a few generations. After all, how many centuries would it have taken for ten prefectures to become inhabitable again?