Japanese Parliamentarian on the Failure of her Government and Media in Responding to Fukushima & Ralph Nader on the Future of American Nuclear Power

May 6th, 2011

The Japanese Government increases the ‘allowed’ amount of radiation exposure to children to 133 times EPA safe levels for adults – and the chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission admits he had not been informed of the change – even though the news was widely covered in the mainstream media

Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham speaks to Bob Alvarez, senior scholar of the Institute for Policy Studies about the Japanese upping the dose of radiation exposure for children, we hear from the chair of the NRC himself – Greg Jaczko. Daphne speaks to Kuniko Tanioka, a member of the Japanese Parliament who tells us what measures the government is and isn’t willing to take to protect its children, and how the Japanese media is failing to cover the issue critically. Then an interview with Public Citizen’s Ralph Nader on the Fukushima disaster – and what it should mean for nuclear power in America.

Anti-nuclear activist, Doctor Helen Caldicott wrote a New York Times editorial on the Fukushima disaster.

Video of Daphne Wysham’s interview with member of the Japanese Parliament, Kuniko Tanioka, is from our television partnership with The Real News Network.


 

Music in this edition of the show includes two Japanese folk ballads, ‘Sakura’ and ‘Shakuhachi’. Our theme music is ‘Baladi’ by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

Image by Matthias Lambrecht via Flickr Creative Commons license.

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