PROMETHEUS TRAP (4): U.S. official sought 'heroic sacrifice' from Japan 2/4/2013
Editor's note: This is the fourth part of a series that has run in
the past under the overall title of The Prometheus Trap. This series
deals with the differences between Japan and the United States in
dealing with the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011 following the Great
East Japan Earthquake
[Excerpted] At 9 a.m. on March 16, 2011, Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state
for East Asian and Pacific affairs, invited Japanese Ambassador Ichiro
Fujisaki into his office in Washington, D.C...
Not only did he say that the Japanese government had to make every
effort to respond to the situation, but he added that the government
also had to make decisions. He said the accident was not an issue for
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator, but for the nation of
Campbell went on to say that the Fukushima plant was in a
very dangerous state and that immediate action was necessary. One phrase
that caught the attention of embassy officials was "heroic sacrifice."
Campbell said such sacrifice was necessary by the several hundreds of
workers who would have to go in while realizing what dangers were in
store for them at the Fukushima plant....
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).