Japan’s corporate nuclear catastrophe

This video from Democracy NOW! in the USA says about itself:

Prominent Japanese Environmentalist Keibo Oiwa Urges Global Movement to End Nuclear Power and Confront the “Crazy System Based on Greed, Anger and Ignorance”

We speak with leading Japanese cultural anthropologist and environmentalist Keibo Oiwa in Yokohama. He is the founder of the Sloth Club, Japan’s leading “Slow Life” environmental group. “I’m realizing again that democracy is so hollow now. We do not have power,” Oiwa says. “We have been controlled by the government and the Tokyo Electric Company, a private company… We have to really look for a lifestyle and a way of thinking again, to live again with harmony, in harmony with nature.” [includes rush transcript]

See also here.

Mousetraps and golf balls used to simulate nuclear reaction: here.

The Lede: Latest Updates on Japan’s Nuclear Crisis and Earthquake Aftermath: here.

High radiation levels outside Fukushima evacuation zone: here.

Fukushima Crisis Worsens as U.S. Warns of a Large Radiation Release: here.

‘He Accepts His Fate’: Family Opens Up on Fukushima 50: here.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is freezing plans to develop a nuclear energy programme in the light of the crisis in Japan: here.

USA: The country’s most ‘at risk’ nuclear power plant is 30 miles from New York City: here.

2 thoughts on “Japan’s corporate nuclear catastrophe


    It is ironic that the slogan of General Electric (GE) used to be “We Bring Good Things to Life.”

    Jeffrey Immelt, the multimillionaire and Obama’s favorite CEO, changed that brand identity to “Imagination at Work.”

    Indeed, it would be hard to imagine a more frightening nightmare and bringing bad things to life than the catastrophe that is now occurring in a GE-constructed nuclear power plant in Japan.

    Just the other day, The New York Times featured an article entitled, “Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor.”

    But with the White House giving full backing to subsidize and build new nuclear power plants in the US, Immelt has little to worry about but a PR problem, lawsuits that his pinstripe firms will string out for years, and a lot of people potentially dying.

    Immelt symbolizes the new “Master of the Universe” CEO, who takes risks with our money and our lives and ends up “advising” the president on “creating jobs,” when he is exporting GE’s workforce. It boggles the mind.

    Yesterday, BuzzFlash noted that it is lower-level laborers and management who are risking their lives to stave off an utterly devastating nuclear disaster in northern Japan.

    In the last few decades, we have seen how successful the war on workers by the right wing has been. Yet, when lives are to be risked for the failures of the “Masters of the Universe,” the “valiant” CEOs are hiding behind PR spokespersons and the campaign-contribution-ready hands of the president and other politicians.

    In WWII movies, there’s the formula script of the general or lieutenant who is first in line, leading his troops into battle. Not today, not in this corporate world of arriving at the top by thinking about profits first and lives and consumers second.

    We can speculate that Immelt is having a fine time on the town, with millions and millions to spare.

    Meanwhile, workers in Japan are conducting suicide missions to save us from the failures of cost-cutting corporations and governments that failed to perform their regulatory duties.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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