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Less than a quarter of Japan’s nuclear engineers think that the industry is trustworthy

Only 23.4 percent, down from 43.8 percent a year earlier, said they “can agree” with the view that “the safety awareness and efforts of those engaged in the use of nuclear energy are trustworthy.”

Atomic engineers feel less confident about nuke safety September 22, 2012 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN After watching one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters in their own backyard, members of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, a pro-nuclear association of nuclear engineers, are not surprisingly feeling much less confident about the safety of their industry.

Shoji Tsuchida, a professor of social psychology at Kansai University
who analyzed the results of a recent AESJ survey, attributed the loss
of confidence in nuclear power generation to the March 2011 core
meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The survey results were released Sept. 20 during a fall meeting of the
AESJ in Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture.

“(The accident) shocked many AESJ members,” Tsuchida said. “It is up
to the AESJ how it can help build on that sentiment for improvement.”

Questionnaires were sent by postal mail to 1,400 individuals selected
randomly from the approximately 7,000 members of the engineering
society. Similar surveys have been conducted annually since 2007.

The results of January to February 2012 surveys were compared with
similar results from January and February 2011 to ascertain the impact
of the Fukushima disaster following the Great East Japan Earthquake
and tsunami.

Only 23.2 percent of the respondents said they feel “secure” about the
use of nuclear power, as opposed to 51.1 percent a year earlier. Some
20.6 percent, up from 7.4 percent in 2011, said they didn’t feel
either “secure” or “insecure” about the use of atomic energy.

Only 23.4 percent, down from 43.8 percent a year earlier, said they
“can agree” with the view that “the safety awareness and efforts of
those engaged in the use of nuclear energy are trustworthy.”……..


September 22, 2012 - Posted by | Japan, psychology - mental health

1 Comment »

  1. I believe that TEPCO and the other nuclear groups like the IAEA had way too much time to “rig” the logs to make it look like the earth quake did not cause the triple meltdown!

    Consider these articles
    The Loss of Coolant risk in reactors and the urgent call for a “technical fix” that never came.
    Fukushima nuke disaster investigative panel rejects TEPCO tsunami claims

    The final report released by the Diet’s Fukushima nuclear disaster investigative panel has concluded that factors other than the tsunami may have triggered the loss of power at the plant, which aggravated the unprecedented disaster.

    (+ my comment there)
    A Great Article…
    I agree, the Tsunami was not the main reason for Fukushima’s triple meltdown, despite the nuclear industries desire to make it appear that the Tsunami was the problems because to say otherwise would call into question THE SAFETY OF ALL LAND BASED REACTORS…

    FUKUSHIMA proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    THIS IS WHY >90% of the Japanese People are against nuclear, they cannot afford to RISK yet another Fukushima, or having their electric bill go up another 10+% like it recently just has!

    Tip: √ this out

    Comment by CaptD | September 22, 2012 | Reply

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