Today we’re going to talk about Japan’s relationship with nuclear power and the catastrophic events of March, 2011. Why did Japan become so reliant on nuclear energy? Why did all the safeguards in place fail so badly in 2011? And where on earth do we go from here?
Listen to the episode here.
Samuels, Richard. 3/11: Disaster and Change in Japan.
A solid NYT article on the recent indictments at TEPCO.
A great PBS Newshour feature on the heroes of Fukushima, the TEPCO workers who stayed on site to stabilize the plant.
Owing to the recent nature of the events at Fukushima, there are very few books on the subject. Most of the research for this episode came from Samuels’ book or googling around for news articles.