[excerpted] "The government official who outlined Japan’s worst-case scenario for the
unfolding nuclear disaster last March defended how his study, warning
that millions of people might have to flee, was kept secret.
But fearing widespread panic, officials kept secret the 15-page document
he delivered March 25....
The document said evacuation zones possibly would have to be expanded,
including the Tokyo area with a population of 35 million people, if
massive radiation began to leak from the plant, 230 kilometers from the
Workers ultimately were able to bring the reactors under control." [end excerpt]
Majia here: What is wrong with this account? The story reads like an expose, revealing that government officials withheld critical information.
The problem is that contrary to this story's stated resolution, workers were NEVER able to bring the reactors under control and large radiation releases continuetoday.
This news story illustrates how the media can subtly subvert citizens' understanding of important events, while appearing to serve as guardians of the public interest.
Reactor 2 has had spiking temperatures; spent fuel pool #4 is likely to collapse or has already collapsed, fires and steam/smoke have been visible at the plant intermittently on the Tepco and JNN webcams for months and months, and radiation distortion has been the norm.
I shudder to consider the levels of contamination that have enveloped northern Japan.
The global media are captured and their interests are often not aligned with citizens'.
I am a Professor at a large public university. I study political economy and biopolitics (the politics of life). My interests are diverse but are broadly concerned with economic, social and environmental justice. I have published 5 books: Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century (2016); Fukusima and the Privatization of Risk (2013); Constructing Autism (2005); Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (2008/2011); Governing Childhood (2010).
I also participated in an edited collection on Fukushima: Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization (2014).