Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Summary of Japanese and American Mis-Representations of the Fukushima Disaster


This is my outlined summary of ways whereby the Japanese and US media misrepresented the Fukushima disaster. I will be providing evidence to support each of the claims made below:


During the early days of the disaster the Japanese press reported
That no explosions had occurred
That no more explosions would occur within hours of more explosions
That no meltdowns had occurred
That no radiation had been released
that the effects of radiation released was too small to affect health
That contamination was limited to people’s clothes
That no danger was posed by radioactive iodine in tap water
 
US news media were even less critical than the Japanese press in reporting Tepco and Japanese government assertions and were unable to acknowledge in print
that meltdowns had occurred
that melt-throughs were reported
that cold shutdown is a fantasy
 
Japanese, American and other nations’ media all systematically under-represented the scale of radiation releases, their ongoing dynamics, and their probable health effects
In particular, emphasis on “no immediate effects” and “no acute effects” functioned to mislead the public about severity of releases
 
 
 

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