On March 31st, I posted “Japan Is Dying” on this blog. That article was largely a response the the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdowns, but also dealt with fundamental demographic problems: 1) Japan’s economy has been moribund during its “Lost Decade”; and 2) 75% of Japan’s women are unmarried and therefore unlikely to reproduce.
Japan is aging, it’s population is falling, it’s economy is depressed, and the Fukushima radiation may ultimately cause Japan to lose Tokyo and much of northern Japan to a “dead zone”.
Unless at least two or three of those problems are resolved, I doubt that Japan will recover in my lifetime. I wouldn’t be surprised to China invade Japan within the next ten years.
On August 17th, I published another article entitled “Fukushima Disaster Continues” which explored the global impact of the Fukushima meltdowns, whether the problem might be of “Biblical” proportions, and why each nuclear power plant is potentially one of the world’s biggest “dirty bombs” and far more dangerous than nuclear weapons.
Here’s another video that explains the continuing disaster at Fukushima. It illustrates that this catastrophe is far from over, and that the U.S. and Canada are being affected.
The Japanese are preparing to start burning their radioactive waste and pumping the resulting smoke up through a high smokestack into the atmosphere. Some significant proportion of that airborne, radioactive waste will come down in North America in general, and the Pacific Northwest in particular. To mitigate their own problems, the Japanese are going to poison the rest of the world.
I have little sympathy for the Japs. They were fool enough to build the Fukushima reactor near an earthquake fault line. Now they’re paying a horrendous price for their technological hubris.
If I were President of the United States and Japan proposed to burn their radioactive waste, and pump the smoke up a high chimney that would ultimately radiate part of the U.S., I’d tell the Japs that I regarded that smokestack as an act of war. I’d tell ’em that if they proceed, I’d bomb their damn smokestacks.
According to the man interviewed in the video below, new evidence suggests fundamental flaws in the design of the Fukishima reactors that may also exist in U.S. reactors. Even if that’s not true, it’s inevitable that one or more American reactors will one day melt down just like Fukushima’s and cause an American catastrophe every bit as great as the one now seen in Japan.
Worse, like the Japanese, we are also an arrogant and greedy people. We have embraced a system of values that’s advantageous to corporations and destructive for men and women. Our technocrats are as confident that our nuclear reactors are safe as were the Japanese who claimed it was safe to build Fukushima on or near an earthquake fault line. The American nuclear power industry is greedy for more profits and thus willing to risk a future Fukushima-type catastrophe in this country in order to make a fast buck today. The Congress is greedy for reelection and will take bribes from the nuclear power industry to protect protect that industry from shutdown. The American people want cheap electricity and are willing to risk a future Fukushima-type catastrophe in order to have relatively cheap electricity, now.
So long as there’s money to be made, we will not shut down American nuclear power plants–until after we each begin to glow in the dark from radiation poisoning.
We are playing the fool and, like Japan, we will pay the fool’s price. The only question is When?