“The visit was more ceremony than substance,” CBS relayed on President Donald Trump’s recent visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. There certainly seemed to be a lot of “pomp and circumstance,” as there did in Trump’s visit to Great Britain, and it set me to wondering how much in our world these days has a glossy sort of ceremony shielding the poignancy, tragedy and painful complexities of our modern life.
For example, Japan is preparing to host the 2020 Olympics as if everything were safe and restored, and will hold baseball and softball games in Fukushima, where it has only been eight years since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami destroyed the emergency generators that cooled the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The reactors shut down during the earthquake but remained vulnerable to the tsunami. This caused a catastrophic meltdown of the reactor cores, scattering Japan and beyond with radioactivity.
According to the International Business Times, some radiation levels at Fukushima are so high, not even a robot can exist inside and vast amounts of radioactive water are spreading into all the world’s oceans.
According to “Global Research,” Abe in 2013 passed a law that any reporter who told the truth about the situation at Fukushima could be jailed for ten years; additionally, doctors who tell their patients their disease could be related to nuclear radiation would not be paid. The cover-up in Japan as well as in the global media is necessary for the nuclear power industry to prosper.
Japan’s mighty Toshiba technology conglomerate has spent 10 years and billions of dollars building itself into a major player in the global nuclear power industry, reports the New York Times, by buying up rivals including a huge Westinghouse U.S. project. It lost billions in the deals, tried to cover up the losses and top Toshiba executives resigned in shame. In January, Toshiba revealed it has developed a remotely-operated robot to investigate debris in the bottom of the primary containment vessel of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
An article in the “Guardian” reports that Japan’s former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi has labeled the country’s current leader, Shinzo Abe, a “liar” for telling the international community that the situation at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is under control.
William Boardman, in a piece for Global Research, compared the Fukushima disaster and its aftermath to the current political climate in America.
“In a sense, Fukushima (and, I might add, the nuclear power industry) is perhaps a metaphor for the current American moment. The electoral earthquake and tsunami of (Nov. 9, 2016) has produced a political meltdown of unknown and expanding proportions, that continue unchecked, causing still unmeasured destruction and human suffering far into a dark and dangerous future.”
We need to constantly educate ourselves and bring the brilliant lights of truth and resistance to the world close by, for example the Rocky Flats contamination, as well as around the globe.
The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s “Peace Train” runs every Friday in the Colorado Daily.