Ten years after Fukushima: The experts examine lessons learned and forgotten


 

March 11, 2021

 
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Ten years after Fukushima: The experts examine lessons learned and forgotten

This collection of commentaries from leading thinkers including Allison Macfarlane, Tatsu Suzuki, Jungmin Kang, and Rumina Velshi is a call for action, for change, and for a genuine collective engagement. Read more.

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Fukushima today: “I’m glad that I realized my mistake before I died.”

In two weeks, Japan will be lighting the Olympic torch. But is it really safe to send athletes into a nuclear exclusion zone full of radioactive hotspots? Read more.

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Are Japanese nuclear power plants safe?

Following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident in 2011, the Nuclear Regulation Authority set stricter and more rational standards. But in practice, Japanese regulators have often compromised their reviews, writes former Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute researcher Jun Tateno. Read more.

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A Fukushima lesson: Victim compensation schemes need updating

The potential for nuclear power plant accidents remains. Rather than assume they can be prevented, we must prepare for them—not only with emergency plans and safety protocols, but also with laws that protect and compensate the victims. Read more.

 
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After 75 years, it’s time to clean Bikini Atoll

Seventy-five years ago, the US displaced citizens of Bikini Atoll for nuclear testing that was supposed to be temporary and “for the good of all mankind and to end all wars.” Bikinians have yet to return home due to radioactive materials from US detonations. Read more.

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Bulletin Virtual Program — Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert in conversation with Bulletin Editor-In-Chief John Mecklin on March 17 as they discuss Kolbert’s newest book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. Her new book dives deep into geoengineering, the hopes and hazards it provides, and how it may be humanity’s path forward. Register now.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“More than 2000 people died as a result of the nuclear accident, including some whose deaths resulted from the prolonged evacuation. Among survivors, many lost the foundation of their lives.

Meanwhile, the accident is not over.”

— Jun Tateno, “10 years after Fukushima: Are Japanese nuclear power plants safe?”Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

 
 
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