Japanese Legislative Task Force Calls Fukushima Daiichi Triple Meltdown A Man-made Disaster

Head investigator Kiyoshi Kurokawa speaks to politicians
Head investigator Kiyoshi Kurokawa speaks to politicians

The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, the first independent investigation commission in the 66 years of Japan’s constitutional government, released a 630-page report July 5, 2012. This special report, that was delivered to the Japanese Diet (Legislative body), analyzes the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi and is highly critical of Japan’s governmental organizations and Tokyo Electric in the events that led up to the catastrophe. The report said,

“[the] accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant cannot be regarded as a natural disaster. It was a profoundly manmade disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented. And its effects could have been mitigated by a more effective human response.”

If you are a viewer of the Fairewinds’ website, this admission by Japan’s Diet should come as no surprise to you. In October 2011, Fairewinds released a video entitled Nuclear Oversight Lacking Worldwide (See Video Below). Later in February 2012, under contract with Greenpeace, Fairewinds wrote The Echo Chamber: Regulatory Capture and the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster.

Fairewinds applauds the Independent Investigation Commission for their honesty is assessing the real root cause of the Fukushima Daiichi catastrophe. This catastrophic triple meltdown can no longer be called an accident because it was manmade and completely preventable. Fairewinds notes that these same manmade nuclear safety issues and engineering flaws are worldwide in the nuclear power industry, and are not limited to nuclear power generation in Japan.