Lessons learned from Japan Tsunami & Meltdown at Fukushima: rethink nuclear power

March 5, 2012 | 00:00

Lessons learned from Japan Tsunami & Meltdown at Fukushima: rethink nuclear power

Governments all over the globe using nuclear power should rethink their choices after the meltdown at Fukushima in Japan last year. According to professor Shunji Murai a government has to choose between economic development and health of local people in an area where a nuclear power plant is built. Murai writes this in a new and remarkable book Higher Ground: Learning from the East Japan Tsunami and Meltdown at Fukushima NPS.

In the case of Fukushima, Murai argues that neither the government nor the people would have allowed a nuclear power station to be built in the vicinity of Tokyo, this simply because everybody knows that nuclear technology is not safe.

Professor Shunji Murai describes the horror of the disaster that struck Japan on March 11th 2011, just one year ago. Murai not only highlights the individual and group heroism and survival, but also the suffering, terror and death. Moreover these eye-witness accounts are accompanied by lessons in which the author distils the cardinal mistakes made and ways of correcting them for the future.

Murai touches the hearts and minds of all readers with his serene, narrative approach, but also warns them to never underestimate the destructive power of nature. For experts and policy-makers in regions that are prone to natural disasters like earth quakes and tsunamis, this book is a must read in order to put the learned lessons from Japan into practice and plans in their own communities! 

To download the preface and table of contents of the book, click here.


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