’85 percent of Japanese don’t trust nuclear energy after Fukushima’ — Eyewitness News

” CAPE TOWN – A Japanese nuclear expert says close to 85 percent of the Japanese population do not trust the use of nuclear energy after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Dr Tatsujiro Suzuki says the public’s mistrust largely stems from the widely held belief that the government has not been transparent about its nuclear policies.

In his lecture on nuclear energy policies at the University of the Western Cape today, Suzuki claims nuclear power can only become a viable energy option when officials overcome public dissidence and manage waste adequately.

Suzuki says the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 are still being felt today.

He says parts of Japan will forever remain uninhabitable, with some potentially high risk regions still being evacuated.

The ongoing evacuations have led to widespread public mistrust in the safety of the industry and government’s nuclear policies.

It’s believed between 80 to 85 percent of the population believe a phase out or immediate shut down of the nuclear industry is the only option.

Last month, the first nuclear plant was activated after a two year hiatus.

Suzuki says the fact that there was no energy shortage in Japan in the last two years, further suggests the country can survive without the power source. ”

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One thought on “’85 percent of Japanese don’t trust nuclear energy after Fukushima’ — Eyewitness News

  1. The nuclear problem is huge, but it is only a subset of a larger political problem: The persistent rigging of a nation’s decision-making apparatus (elections and banking/investment institutions, for example) by sociopathic thieves and bullies for their own benefit, at the expense of everyone else. Otherwise how could a life-threatening enterprise like nuclear power continue to exist in a country like Japan–which now has the dubious distinction of having been “nuked” both in war and peace–contrary to the wishes of 85% of its population?

    There is nothing new about this problem; it has existed since the Pharaohs, through the reign of Louis XVI and George III, under the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, and now in the age of multinational corporations.

    If governments are controlled by corporations, and corporations are controlled by their boards of directors, the wishes of 85% of the population are irrelevant. Only the wishes of a handful of corporate directors can rein in a life-threatening enterprise like nuclear power. THAT’s the problem.

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