Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Essay

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March 11, 2011 marked the date in which the northern region of Japan, Tohoku, experienced a dreadful environmental tragedy that altered the lives of many Japanese people. A massive earthquake and tsunami triggered widespread and irrevocable damage to not only the Tohoku region and communities living there, but also to the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant ensuing the uncontrolled release of radiation into the environment. Due to this nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, many people have begun to question the plausibility of nuclear safety and the possibility of reliable government information. Japan, having suffered nuclear attacks in the past, has become a highly “nuclearized” nation despite the…show more content…
Due to the construction of the “safety myth”, the government successfully altered the opinions many Japanese people had concerning nuclear energy and power. The machination behind the perpetuation of the “safety myth” in Japan hid the possible dangers of nuclear power as Japanese became prosperous, modernized, and developed new technologies that required fewer resources and importing. In order to persuade the Japanese public, the government as well as large nuclear companies invested both time and money into campaigns, advertisements, and educational programs that promoted nuclear power for its necessity and its safety for Japan (Onishi 2011). Funds were also dedicated to transform the public relations building of nuclear plants to appeal to young mothers, those who were most concerned about the danger behind nuclear energy and how that could affect their children and the community. Advertisements, theme parks, games and reassuring guides all were major efforts to persuade and convince Japanese people about the absolute safety of nuclear power plants. Once Japanese people were reassured of the safety of these nuclear plants it was clear that no precautions were being taken; “plant operators, and nuclear regulators failed to adopt proper safety measures and advances in technology, like emergency robots, experts and government officials” (Onishi 2011). The industry started to believe their
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