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I agree to some extent with Grant Piper’s June 19 letter, “Impossible to live without risks.” Yes, we do face risks every day and even “getting out of bed in the morning is dangerous.” If Piper has come to the conclusion that the possibility of radiation sickness and death is a part of his life, fine, he can talk about such accidents as an article of personal faith.

But he shouldn’t expect the other 127 million people in Japan — who by no fault or choice of their own could be affected by the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant — to live by this faith. As far back as 1973, three scientists were suggesting that the Fukushima plant was a disaster in the making, yet the government and pro-nuclear lobbyists continued down the path that has led to the current crisis.

Was that an accident? Seems more like premeditation to me. Now people and livestock as far east as the North American West Coast stand a chance of being affected by the inanity of a few who made off with a lot of money.

Some of us may believe that there is nothing they can do about some things, but one shouldn’t preach this line to the rest of us where nuclear “accidents” are concerned.

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The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

t. mamoru hanami

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