Fukushima: Japanese Government, Big Business and Corporate Media Tried to Hide a Grave Threat
By Margaret Kimberley
August 18, 2013
The doomed nuclear reactor at Fukushima, Japan is leaking 300 tons of water into the ground and ocean every day. “Collusion among the Japanese government, big business and the corporate media worked to prevent the world from knowing about a grave threat.” Nuclear power cannot be made safe and, therefore, is too risky at any price.
On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck just off the eastern coast of Japan. The temblor did what quakes always do. It leveled buildings, caused $235 billion in damage and spawned a tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. In addition to this expected chaos and carnage, the earthquake damaged a nuclear reactor located near the city of Fukushima. The Fukushima reactor has been in varying degrees of crisis ever since. The world was assured that the crisis was averted back in 2011, but plant operator Tepco has been lying for the last two years.
In the days immediately following the earthquake the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant experienced explosions and a near meltdown. A variety of containment schemes all eventually failed and the plant now leaks 300 tons of contaminated ground water every day. The day of reckoning has finally arrived.
The plant’s failures are obviously cause for alarm, but an additional cause for alarm ought to be the lack of consistent and prominent coverage given to the situation by the corporate media in this country. The reactor damage was declared a media non-event shortly after the earthquake departed from news coverage. Collusion among the Japanese government, big business and the corporate media worked to prevent the world from knowing about a grave threat. When the evil troika decides to keep a secret, even those who strive to be well informed are not.