Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by The Progressive
Is Japan’s Abe Honest About Global Help for Fukushima?
by Harvey Wasserman
Japan’s pro-nuclear prime minister has finally asked for global help at Fukushima.
“Our country needs your knowledge and expertise,” Shinzo Abe recently told the world community. “We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem.”
Gundersen long ago recommended Tepco dig a trench filled with zeolite to protect the site from the water flowing down from the mountains. He was told there was not enough money available to do the job.
Now Prime Minister Abe wants an “ice wall” to run a mile around the site. No such wall that size has ever been built, and this one could not be in place for at least two years.
Gundersen and 16 other experts have filed a list of suggestions with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Thus far there’s been no official response.
Abe’s request for global help with Fukushima’s water problems may be a welcome start.
The team in charge of bringing the fuel rods at Unit #4 down must embody all the best minds our species can muster, along with every ounce of resources we can bring to bear.
The whole world will be watching.
But is Abe being honest about wanting global assistance? “I am aware of three U.S. companies with state of the art technology that have been to Japan repeatedly and have been rebuffed by the Japanese government,” says Arnie Gundersen, a Vermont-based nuclear engineer focused on Fukushima. “Three American University professors . . . were afraid to sign the UN petition to Ban Ki-Moon because it would endanger their Japanese colleagues who they are doing research with.”