As the US charade of democratic politics unfolds in this year's presidential elections, I wonder about the latent machinations of power.
With this in mind, I consider the deep politics implicated in the new alliance between TEPCO and GE coupled with proposed new liability limits for Japan's utilities:
Japan’s Tepco and GE to Launch Digital Transformation of Utility’s Fleet of Thermal-Powered Stations (September 26, 2016). GE News Room, http://www.genewsroom.com/press-releases/japan%E2%80%99s-tepco-and-ge-launch-digital-transformation-utility%E2%80%99s-fleet-thermal-poweredThe global nuclear complex - composed of government and corporate institutions and authorities - is a "limited liability" regime, which is supplemented by "expert" knowledge about radiation that frames exposure effects in limited ways.
Utilities may get caps on liability in time of serious nuke accidents. (October 2, 2016). The Asahi Shimbun, http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201610020022.html
In the event of a serious nuclear accident, the government is considering capping the liability of electric power companies and placing the burden beyond that on the public in the form of taxes or higher electricity rates. The Cabinet Office plans to submit the plan to an experts’ panel along with the current program, which does not contain such caps, sources said.
It seems that the corporate nuclear institutions are becoming ever more concentrated, which of course augments their power to shape international and national law, energy development, and human and ecological welfare.
The state becomes their tool, although its capture is so far incomplete.
Sunrise October 2 2016 at Fukushima Daiichi from the Futaba Cam View: