The Nuclear Threat Still Haunts Japan

Recently we blogged about a project by the Kyoto Journal called Fresh Currents, a magazine designed to offer thinking fodder for post-nuclear disaster Japan. The idea of the magazine is to dispel myths about nuclear power and to take a fresh look at alternative energy as a possibility for Japan.

The magazine is due out soon, but we have received a PDF preview of it. It looks great and the editorial content is amazing as well. One interesting chapter analyzes the way the media reports nuclear power in Japan. The article exposes the close economic ties between industry and media, giving rise to doubts about the impartiality we expect from media outlets.

In another article Tomohiko Susuki analyzes the work conditions at nuclear plants, bringing to light backstage information of life in a nuclear plant. A report from the Nuclear Power Free World in Yokohama in January 2012 quotes mayors of towns near Fukushima reactors and other nuclear power plants in Japan. They spoke passionately against nuclear power. And there is much more in this instigating and timely publication.

As we have reported before, after the nuclear meltdown last year, Japan said it would start migrating toward renewable energy sources to replace nuclear energy as reactors were unplugged.

The issue of nuclear power haunts Japan, especially around this time of the year when the country remembers the nuclear attacks on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which took place on August 6th and August 9th 1945, respectively.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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