” Two years ago I spoke to Alexis Dudden about the unfolding disaster in Japan. At the time she described it as beyond a cover-up and things have not changed for the better
A few days ago, Tokyo’s governor Naoki Inose claimed that the city’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games would be unaffected by the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Yet, over two years on from the devastating tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster at the Daichi plant, the situation seems to be showing no signs of abating.
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“There is a willful determination that [the government] can get away with it, that they can get away with tricking the masses about the extent of the problem. The former ambassador to Switzerland wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee, saying that the government lied,” says Dudden of a situation she believes is just as bad as Chernobyl in relation to its long-term impact.
Yet TEPCO has been getting the brunt of the blame – granted it is deserved. The government has described TEPCO’s handling of the crisis as Whack-A-Mole but there is a danger that they could make the company a scapegoat, while washing their hands of responsibility in increasingly radioactive waters.
“They blamed TEPCO for the last two years but they haven’t moved to disband the organization. Shares in TEPCO were doing well until recently so the people in charge profited in the interim. They are lying to the camera,” says Dudden.
In the wake of the disaster, the government allayed concerns about long-term problems with radiation, yet there were signs that contamination of the soil and water in affected was worse than first feared. … ”