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After Fukushima, Wikileaks points to the disasters waiting to happen

If a techincally-advanced country like Japan with a reputation for exactitude can suffer from one of the worst nuclear disasters in history, should we be a litttle more worried about places where security and infrastructure are poor to non-existent and corruption is rampant?

That’s the theme of a special report compiled for Reuters, based on diplomatic cables assembled from the Wikileaks treasure trove. And it’s kinda scary.

June 9th

Japan admits total meltdown, says it was unprepared for Fukushima disaster

Considering that the Fukushima nuclear reactor complex is still leaking high levels of radiation nearly three months after the disaster and meltdowns, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to learn that Japan was totally unprepared to deal with it.

But it’s encouraging that, after months of downplaying the dangers and offering uberoptimistic assessments of progress, the Japanese government is finally admitting the truth:

June 8th

Fukushima radioactivity highest in three months

It’s been three months since the crisis began at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor complex, and they’re no closer to cleaning up the radioactive mess. In fact, things may be getting worse.

Japan’s NHK TV broadcast a hellish image of radioactive steam billowing out of cracks in the reactor floor. They also reported high levels of radiation.

Tokyo Electric Power Company inspected the inside of the No.1 reactor building on Friday with a remote-controlled robot.

TEPCO said it found that steam was rising from a crevice in the floor, and that extremely high radiation of 3,000 to 4,000 millisieverts per hour was measured around the area. The radiation is believed to be the highest detected in the air at the plant.

June 5th

After Fukushima, Japan says no more nukes

Japan is scrapping plans to get half its power from nuclear reactors. Leaving us to wonder what took them so long.

Two months after the earthquake that trashed the Fukushima reactor complex they appear no closer to getting that mess cleaned up, while the experts debate whether this disaster is as bad as Chernobyl, or worse.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference that his country will now focus on renewable energy such as wind and solar, and conservation.

May 11th

Japan nuclear mess: They really have no idea

After weeks of government assurances that everything is under control and there is nothing to worry about, recent events at the damaged Japanes nuclear reactors have revealed the truth: They really have no idea what’s going on inside there.

If there’s one lesson we can gain from this odyssey, it’s that nuclear reactors are only safe so long as nothing goes wrong.

March 25th

Japan suspends antarctic whaling

Good news from the high seas: After repeated run-ins with the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Society that have prevented its whaling fleet from a successful hunt, Japan’s government announced it is suspending whaling, possibly for the rest of the season. Whaling was banned under an international agreement in 1986, but Japan has exploited a loophole in […]

February 16th

Japan’s Bold New Emissions Target (Note: Not Really Bold)

Japan will attempt to reduce emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, which is about equivalent to eight percent below 1990 levels. Critics will say that the new targets aren’t remotely bold enough for the world’s second largest economy and fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, just as some say the cuts proposed for the US in the Waxman-Markey Bill are off the mark.

June 11th