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The Fukushima report hides behind the cultural curtain via The Guardian

By claiming the disaster was ‘made in Japan’, an official report reinforces, yet does not explain, unhelpful stereotypes

More than a year after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on 11 March 2011, the Fukushima nuclear accident independent investigation commission released an 88-page report this week delivering the indictment that Fukushima could not be considered a natural disaster but a “profoundly man-made disaster”.

It went on to state that “this was a disaster ‘made in Japan’. Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to ‘sticking with the programme'; and our ‘insularity’.”

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