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To: J Aguilar

Then why did they apologize officially, with tears in their eyes, for not sharing information with the public? And why did TEPCO ask to abandon the plant because it was no longer safe in mid March?
This article is a good overview of a few of my concerns re the Japanese response before I came across this article today. I’ll put an excerpt here and a link at the bottom:
“The early disarray alarmed the United States government enough that it increasingly urged the Japanese to take more decisive action, and to be more forthcoming in sharing information. Making matters worse was Mr. Kan’s initial reluctance to accept the help of the United States, which offered pump trucks, unmanned drones and the advice of American nuclear crisis experts.

“We found ourselves in a downward spiral, which hurt relations with the United States,” said Manabu Terada, a lawmaker who served as an aide to Mr. Kan at that time. “We lost credibility with America, and Tepco lost credibility with us.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/world/asia/13japan.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all


6 posted on 06/23/2011 11:12:46 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote
Then why did they apologize officially, with tears in their eyes, for not sharing information with the public?

In the Japanese culture, anything that causes an inconvenience to other people is reason for an apology. Putting such apologies out of context (that is, in a Western context) is plainly manipulation.

They would have had to apologize in the case of sharing wrong information too.

And the plain fact is that TEPCO workers saved the day. No matter what natural disaster hit the plant they kept some gauges working, even using car batteries, opened relief valves, brought generators (later damaged by the falling debris due to the hydrogen explosions), got into the reactors' buildings and, as last resort, succesfully pumped seawater to stabilize the reactors.

What did the Western media then? Lie, lie and lie. Meltdown, they said. A meltdown happened in Chernobyl, and corium didn't travel very far. In fact, the information provided by the Japanese media was much more accurate from the very first moment, with Mr. Kan warning that #3's building could explode the next day, as it happened.

And now that none of their catastrophic predictions have happened, what is doing the West? Accusing them of not sharing information! What for? The Western media had all they needed "meltdown" and "nuclear crisis".

Our attitude towards the Japanese regarding this whole issue has been shameful, whilst theirs has been exemplary. Of course, many people, including most of the media, cannot swallow that.
9 posted on 06/23/2011 12:14:46 PM PDT by J Aguilar (Fiat Justitia et ruat coelum)
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