As opined in Japan is Dying, and Japan is Dying II, Japan is facing a host of problems that do not bode well for its ultimate survival. I don’t expect Japan to suddenly expire in the next weeks or months. I don’t doubt that twenty years from now, the nation of Japan will still be with us. But Japan is in a state of decline that may be irreversible and, if Japan still exists in 20 years, it will not be the world’s 3rd largest economy. Instead, Japan might not be in the top 10; maybe not even in the top 20. There are demographic (some claim 75% of Japanese woman are remaining unmarried and often childless) and technical (Fukushima) problems pushing Japan towards extinction or at least economic irrelevance.
Here’s another video describing the current state of affairs in regard to Japan’s failed Fukushima nuclear reactors.
Included in this video are reports that some or all of Tokyo might have to be evacuated. I find it hard to believe that such evacuation will take place. But the fact that it’s being considered is evidence that Fukushima is the single worst nuclear catastrophe in human history. (So far.)
66 years ago, America nuked the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those cities were rebuilt and are vibrant metropolises today. This year, the owners of the Fukushima nuclear power plant effectively “nuked” Tokyo. In doing so, they may have created a “dead zone” that could leave Tokyo uninhabitable for decades to come.
Nuclear power plants are far more dangerous than nuclear bombs. They may be more to be feared than nuclear war.
Note that one of the people interviewed is a Japanese mother who lives in Tokyo, believes her daughter is suffering from radiation poisoning, but is unable to leave Tokyo for financial reasons. Note that the child’s father is not apparent in the interview. It may well be that this Japanese mother is one of the “liberated” 75% who’ve chosen independence over marriage. This kind of choice may seem perfectly sensible in an advanced society–until the Fukushima hits the fan. Now, without a husband, this mother may lack the resources to protect her only child.