The Politics of Denial: März 2011

März 2011

How Japan Learned About "Nuclear Safety": The Politics of Denial

Lawrence W. Wittner

Although people can be educated in a variety of ways, experience is a particularly effective teacher. Consider the Japanese, who today are certainly learning how dangerous nuclear power can be.

Of course, the Japanese people also have had a disastrous experience with nuclear weapons-not only in 1945, when the U.S. government destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs, but in 1954, when a U.S. government H-bomb test showered a Japanese fishing boat, the Lucky Dragon #5, with deadly radioactive fallout, and a vast nuclear disarmament movement began.
This article presents new evidence about the Lucky Dragon incident in light of the most recent atomic catastrophe.

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