Tue May 29, 2012, 10:44 AM
kpete (41,284 posts)
Bombshell: Japan PM says Japan under nuke dictatorship
Last edited Tue May 29, 2012, 10:45 AM - Edit history (1)
Truthleak: Japanese ex-PM says nuclear industry is corrupt, dictatorial. A case history on the functioning of propaganda
Posted by Charles II on May 29, 2012
The former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, has given striking testimony to Parliament, in which he accepted blame for his own poor response during the Fukushima meltdown, but also attempted to obtain some degree of absolution because of the degree of corruption of the nuclear industry. He also urged Parliament to abandon nuclear power. To my surprise, Voice of America had some of the best coverage, reporting that Kan said:
“TEPCO and the Electric Power Companies of Japan have dominated the nuclear power industry for the last 40 years. Through this nuclear clique and the rules they created, they expelled and isolated industry experts, politicians and bureaucrats who were critical, while the rest just looked on because of self-protection and an attitude of peace-at-any-cost. I’m saying this because I feel partly responsible.”
“This nuclear clique, which has been created by the vested interest, is similar to the former Imperial Japanese military. We have to totally destroy and eradicate the organizational structure of the vested interests and (the) influence it has on the public. I think this should be the first step in reforming the nuclear industry.”
Comparing the nuclear industry to the Imperial Japanese military is to call that industry a fascist state.
And the biggest story is who is not covering it.
This is an excellent case history in propaganda. A propaganda system does not completely squelch stories. It is careful to tell only lies that are too big or unverifiable to be detected. Propaganda systems tell a portion of the truth, in such a way as to distort the meaning. And if one can find a portion of the information system where what they are covering up differs from what the rest of the system is covering up–like Der Spiegel’s reporting on an industry that has no political power in Germany–then occasionally the truth leaks out.
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Bombshell: Japan PM says Japan under nuke dictatorship (Original post)
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Tue May 29, 2012, 01:03 PM
Poll_Blind (23,845 posts)
2. Disturbing. I have little doubt of how controlled the Japanese government is. nt
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