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  •  More incestuous relationships (8+ / 0-)

    This article goes into some depth on why the mainstream Japanese press cannot be trusted as an objective source for information about various industries or government bodies.

    The Japan Times

    Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co., admitted in a news conference on March 30 that on the 11th, the day the twin disasters hit the Tohoku region and crippled Tepco's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, he was traveling to Beijing with retired Japanese journalists, expenses for which were partially paid by the utility.
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    The incident laid bare the oft-assumed cozy relationship between Tepco and major Japanese media organizations — members of the exclusive "kisha" (press) club that critics claim are preventing reporters from asking the utility tough questions about the nuclear accident. Similar complicity has long been assumed at other press clubs attached to the nation's various bureaucratic bodies.
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    "For two weeks, not one reporter asked about plutonium in the press conference," said Uesugi [former reporter for The New York Times]. "When I raised the question, Tepco said it didn't have a detector to check it."

    A day after the unthinkable revelation, Tepco announced it detected a small amount of plutonium from the soil on the plant's premises after it sent soil samples to an outside organization for analysis a week earlier.

    "Press club members don't want to damage the cozy relationship with Tepco," Uesugi said. "This kind of mind-set makes them become soft on Tepco unwittingly."
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    Improvement is change. Not all change is improvement.

    by ricklewsive on Tue May 03, 2011 at 08:57:48 AM PDT

    •  Industry "Capture" of Regulatory Bodies (6+ / 0-)

      in part through the auspices of the revolving door and career "enhancements" is supplemented with "lobbying" of the press.

      How thoroughly modern of TEPCO to rely on free enterprise (on an individual level if not a company or industry level) to maintain it's good standing and essential immunity from effective regulations by using the magic money stick to turn 'watchdogs' into 'lapdogs".  

      We'd rather dream the American Dream than fight to live it or to give it to our kids. What a shame. What an awful, awful shame.

      by Into The Woods on Tue May 03, 2011 at 06:04:44 PM PDT

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    •  great article - now I understand more (3+ / 0-)

      Thanks for posting that.  It's been difficult to comprehend the softball approach the Japanese press has been using on many occasions when it comes to fulfilling their role as a watchdog against the corporation responsible for this disaster.  

      Basic questions such as, "who is in charge?" and "why was nothing done about the SFPs until after #4 exploded?" have yet to be answered.  

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