Friday, May 27, 2011

NUCLEAR - Fukushima, a test for Japan

This is manifested in the attitude in times of crisis we often perceive the true nature of being human. Since the nuclear accident in Fukushima Daiichi, it seems that Japan is now showing its true face. After the Chernobyl disaster (1986), the Soviet Union had mobilized cohorts of soldiers, firefighters and private citizens to respond to the scene of the explosion without informing them sufficiently of the dangers they would incur.

This was the reaction of a country that flouted human rights and exercised authoritarian rule. It reminds me of something ... The attitude of the Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who, on the morning of March 15, paid an early visit to the headquarters of the group Tepco [operator of the plant in Fukushima] and launched its leaders "You can not remove yourself from the plant.

Be ready for anything! "The scene was also somewhat violent. But regardless of words, such a reaction is it not normal in Japan or elsewhere? Employees may resign after all, the law authorizes the prime minister to give orders to TEPCO. However, if the country required all employees of the group to intervene, we might wonder if does not infringe Article 18 of the Constitution, which prohibits "involuntary servitude".

To put it another way, TEPCO, which has not done everything in his power to prevent such accidents, has a heavy responsibility and is in no position to leave the station. But these are not its leaders who are responsible for work and a significant number of its employees are victims of the earthquake.

That would be absurd if, in addition, these people were forced to put their lives at risk. It is not certain that employees have little choice, although the country did not order them. TEPCO and its subcontractors forcing their hand perhaps. They must certainly say that if they refuse, it will affect their jobs.

In Japan, it often happens that the business community is more important than the nation-state. But there is a way to escape the company: an employee is free to resign. The post-war Japan was opposed to an authoritarian state, and rejected the idea of sending people to death for the sake of the motherland.

Our country stands out not only the Soviet Union, but all others by its structure. For example, the draft system - and any kind of requisition military - is contrary to Article 18 of the Japanese Constitution. Fukushima Daiichi technicians have not chosen to resign and agreed to expose themselves to danger.

Which forces our respect. However, no one knows how far the post-war Japan could endure danger. Still, he should not behave like the Soviet Union. The government and the leaders of TEPCO must be honest with those working on the site and support them. Securing our freedom while facing the crisis.

Once we finish through this rough patch, it only appear when the "Japan's post-earthquake."

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