In other words, contrary to all the talk about “an unforeseeable event” from governments around the world and nuclear apologists of the left and right, the nuclear meltdowns, with all their untold and long-term consequences for the physical and mental health of the people of the region, were entirely preventable if the corporation which operated the plants, TEPCO, or the government bodies charged with regulating the nuclear industry, NISA and METI, had taken the appropriate safety precautions:
“The operator (TEPCO), the regulatory bodies (NISA and NSC) and the government body promoting the nuclear power industry (METI), all failed to correctly develop the most basic safety requirements—such as assessing the probability of damage, preparing for containing collateral damage from such a disaster, and developing evacuation plans for the public in the case of a serious radiation release.”
via Fukushima as Manufactured Disaster.
…had taken the appropriate safety precautions:…” I think it is wrong to say that appropriate safety precautions were not taken. The problem was that the safety precautions taken were not appropriate in dealing with an environment that a person of experience should have envision.
It sounds to me like Japan outsourced its safety to a foreign power. A power that not only didn’t have Japan’s interest at heart, but understood the mind that Japan’s culture functioned in.
Probably a true 5GW warrior. A solder of both the heart and mind, but without ethics.