Feffer on Fukishima and Japan's culture of risk
In 1997 and 1999, accidents at the reprocessing plant at Tokaimura exposed dozens of workers to radiation. Two workers died after the 1999 incident. In 2004, at the Mihama nuclear plant, steam released from a broken pipe that hadn't been checked once during its 28 years of operation killed five workers. But perhaps worst of all, the Japanese government knowingly constructed structurally inadequate nuclear facilities.