1. HINDSIGHT

    Fukushima a ‘Man-Made Disaster’

    Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) employees look at the company's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma Town, Fukushima Prefecture on  May 26, 2012.  Prior to tsunami-sparked meltdowns at Fukushima, resource-poor but energy-hungry Japan relied on nuclear for about a third of its electricity needs, a figure policymakers intended to boost to 50 percent. But since the accident, increasing public distrust has meant reactors shuttered for routine safety checks have not been allowed to restart, such that the country's entire stable is now offline.              AFP PHOTO / Tomohiro Ohsumi / POOL        (Photo credit should read TOMOHIRO OHSUMI/AFP/GettyImages)

    Tomohiro Ohsumi, AFP / Getty Images

    A parliamentary inquiry into last year’s nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant concludes that Japanese conformist culture and government-industry alliances were to blame. “It was a profoundly man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” declared the report released by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. “And its effects could have been mitigated by more effective human responses.” The 641-page report also suggests that the plant was not earthquake-proof, creating cause for concern as Japan begins to restart its reactors.

    Read it at The New York Times