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FINAL REPORT (1-4) : TEPCO, NISA's dilly-dallying caused 'man-made disaster'
Asahi Shimbun analysis of damning report on lack of nuclear safety leading up to and becoming a cause of the Fukushima disaster. These findings could be applied to every nuclear nation in the world.
FINAL REPORT (1) : TEPCO, NISA's dilly-dallying caused 'man-made disaster': http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201207060056
"Tokyo Electric Power Co. and nuclear regulatory authorities “intentionally” delayed taking measures against earthquakes and tsunami, causing a "man-made disaster" at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Diet-commissioned investigators said.
“Given that countermeasures could have been formulated on many occasions before it took place, the accident (on March 11, 2011) was clearly a man-made disaster,” the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission said in its final report released July 5."
FINAL REPORT (2) : Concern for people's lives was not a priority: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201207060088
"Concern for people's lives seemed to be the last thing on the minds of officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. or the central government as they scrambled to contain the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture last year.
This is one of the grim assessments that emerge from the final report issued July 5 by a Diet task force that investigated the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
The Diet's Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission suggested that health and safety concerns simply were not a priority.
The commission was especially critical of the lack of safety measures taken in the past as well as the initial response to the disaster triggered by the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011."
FINAL REPORT (3) : 80% of evacuees did not know about Fukushima crisis on 3/11: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201207060051
"A survey of 10,000 evacuees conducted as part of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission's (NAIIC) inquiry into the disaster, revealed that only 15 percent of respondents from Okuma and Futaba knew by 10 p.m. on March 11 that there had been an accident."
FINAL REPORT (4) : TEPCO failed to warn nuke plant workers after 3/11:http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201207060070
"Workers who remained in the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant even after it was hit by the huge earthquake and tsunami to deal with the fast-moving crisis were praised as heroes dubbed the “Fukushima 50.”
But the reality was that most were forced to do the dangerous work without vital information and safety precautions, the report by the Diet’s investigation panel has revealed.
The final report by the Diet’s Fukushima accident investigation panel has revealed that workers at the nuclear plant after the onset of the disaster were forced to tackle the accident without adequate information and or safety precautions..."