Thursday, January 17, 2013

Japan's Nuclear Utilities Spending on Public Relations


The Asahi Shimbun has had quite a few excellent articles over the last couple of months, exposing corruption and fraud in decontamination of Fukushima radiation throughout Fukushima Prefecture. If you've not seen these articles, do check them out. Here's the link tot the latest one

It seems to me that The Asahi Shimbun has been conducting journalism in the public interest recently. They are to be applauded.

Here is an interesting article by the Asahi about spending on public relations by the Japanese nuclear industry:

9 utilities spent 2.4 trillion yen to sell public on nuke power

[Excerpted] Nine of Japan’s electric utilities spent a combined 2.4 trillion yen ($27.6 billion) to sponsor TV programs and run ads in print media over four decades to promote nuclear power and underscore the safety of their plants, The Asahi Shimbun has found.

The lavish campaign apparently helped utilities to expand their influence on media outlets and allowed them to hold considerable sway in objecting to negative reporting on nuclear power.
The utilities’ PR spending began to soar in the late 1970s and, in 1986, topped twice the level registered around the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in the United States, according to the investigation by The Asahi Shimbun. In 1986, the Chernobyl disaster occurred in what is now Ukraine.

Majia here: The nuclear industry in Japan, the US, the UK, and elsewhere have worked very hard to spin lies about nuclear being a safe and clean energy source, when the truth is exactly the opposite. Notice how spending increased significantly after major nuclear disasters.

The truth is that mining and refining uranium are costly, energy intensive, and extraordinarily polluting.

Nuclear power plants routinely vent tritium, which emits high intensity beta particles capable of producing cellular and DNA damage. Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen and is impossible to filter out of water and air.

Nuclear decontamination and waste are long term problems with no cost-effective solutions.

Nuclear power plant accidents produce cataclysmic risks for populations because they spew radioactive isotopes, such as uranium, plutonium, radiocesium, and radioiodine, widely. These radioactive isotopes end up in our food supply and water and they can produce terrible genetic effects both within and across generations.

So, why do large segments of the public persist in believing that nuclear is clean, safe, and efficient? 

Public relations and advertising are insidious propaganda techniques proven capable of engineering public consent:

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Edward Bernays, the father of 20th century propaganda, argued that it is the function of the media to narrow people's choices and interpretations in order that the natural born rulers can operate with the consent of the masses.
Thus, the nuclear power industry in Japan and elsewhere has propagandized lies that may spell the extinction of the human race.


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May 13, 2012
MAJIA HERE: I am going to interject here a finding about body's absorption of tritium from a research article on internal emitters: "low energy beta emissions from tritium (3H) decay have been shown to have RBE (ratio of the ...


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Oct 31, 2012
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Aug 14, 2012
[Excerpted] "low energy beta emissions from tritium (3H) decay have been shown to have RBE (ratio of the absorbed dose) values of up to between 2 and 3 (compared to gammay rays), for in vitro end-points including cell ...
Jul 17, 2012
Tritium is an insidious radioactive isotope of hydrogen which emits a beta particle and has a half life of 12.3 years. In other words, after 12.3 years half the tritium in existence now shall have emitted their beta particles and ...


1 comment:

  1. Bardzo ciekawy artykuł. Będę zaglądał częściej na bloga.


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