Video clips spell out findings of panel probing nuclear crisis

by Sayuri Daimon

Staff Writer

The independent Diet panel investigating the Fukushima nuclear crisis wrapped up its mission and compiled a 592-page report in July 2012, but probably only a handful of people have read the full account and even fewer understand it.

However, six short video clips explaining the lengthy report in simple language have been a hit on the Internet, making it very easy to understand what happened at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Starting Thursday, English versions will be available.

The video clips were made by a group of people who include university students and former members of the Diet panel, according to Satoshi Ishibashi, a representative of the group and a former director of the panel’s research project management team.

The six clips, which include titles such as “Was the nuclear accident preventable?” and “What happened inside the nuclear plant?” explain the catastrophe with illustrations and simple words that even elementary school students can understand.

They were part of efforts by the group, which was created last November by 18 people, to help the public understand what happened in Fukushima in March 2011 and to spur open discussions on the disaster’s lessons.

Titled the “Wakariyasui (easy to understand) Project,” it carries the subtitle “The Simplest Explanation of the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission Report.”

Besides creating the video clips, the group offers workshops and lectures on the crisis.

“We spent six months compiling the report, but the problem is the report is not attractive to the public,” Ishibashi said. “We poured taxpayers’ money and our effort into compiling the report, and if we don’t do anything more with it, it will simply have been a waste.”

The English versions of the video clips can be viewed at and the Japanese versions at .

  • kyushuphil

    Video doesn’t go far enough.

    Disaster wasn’t simply “man-made.” It was school-made.

    Japanese schools teach all to suck up to authority. They teach all to be roboticized, regimented, unquestioning workaholics. Just stay in your given niche in your part of what Chie Nakane called “the vertical society” (tate-shakai 縦 社 会 ).

    Chie Nakane deserves credit for giving a name to the new, modern way of being neutered, impotent, and blind to larger contexts. But maybe we should call that, instead, “silo culture.”

    Is it the fault of the Japanese that they signed on to the lies of GE, the U.S. government, and the rest of corporate America as to the need for nukes for all that happy consumerism? If these lies are now so obvious, what about the larger culture, also imported from the U.S., for schools and all “higher” ed’s cloistered departments only designed to the silos of damari-komu 黙り込む ?

    • Starviking

      But is it not the case that all that has happened is that many Japanese people have found new authority figures to tell them what to think? Regimentation is still there, as is the lack of questioning of these new authority figures.
      As for the lies of GE, what were they?

      • kyushuphil

        First lie — really, anyone educated should know this — “Too cheap to meter.”

        This is the cost gamut of lies — that it was a power source so cheap that it might not even be necessary to issue usage meters. The costs of ever taking down expired, out-of-date, exploded, or melted-down plants was totally hushed-up, denied, ignored.

        2nd — really, anyone educated should know this — safety. GE, like all its corporate peers in nuke huckstering, promised total safety. The U.S. government paid for a ten-year campaign run by the CIA to dupe the Japanese on this. That is, the U.S. government set the CIA out to lie to protect the corporate profit-makers.

        3rd — really, you don’t know this? — corporate risk. The U.S. government made sure that no corporate entity would ever risk anything, insofar as, when private insurers refused to insure, the U.S. government jumped in to cover for all venturing capital.
        4th — come on now — you really don’t know this? — disposal. The main players all promised “science” would come up with magic answers as to what to do with all the poisons that would be toxic for 1,000s of years.

        OK. The neon signs are lit. The shopping malls zinging with cash registers, muzak, and permanently-running escalators — all in windowless climate control, all thanks to the nukes — but mostly thanks to the millions of “educated” souls who have no idea of the history of lies.

      • Starviking

        Actually, your first “lie” is in error, the “Too cheap to meter” quote was about Fusion Power, not Fission Power.
        as for your second “lie” – how does that link to GE. As for the 10-year campaign – any good links on that?
        Your 3rd and 4th “lies” really have nothing to do with my reply, but as for the 4th one there are solutions to the waste problem. I don’t think any ‘magic’ answers were promised.