Fumbling gov’t faces huge challenges in 2012
Hiroaki Koide, an assistant professor at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI), is someone who has made one of the strongest impressions on me among the experts I’ve spoken to about the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The public’s views toward Koide have changed by the minute. He went from first being considered a nuclear “maverick” to a “pioneer” and finally to “one polemicist from the anti-nuclear camp.” His ever-changing reputation has been symbolic of Japan’s wavering between the promotion of nuclear energy and independence from it.
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