Rethinking nuclear energy, Autopsy of an illusion

Author Hiroaki Koide, Nuclear Specialist and Lecturer at the Institute for Research on nuclear reactors at Kyoto University, for over forty years has warned against the dangers of nuclear energy. His voice remained unheard, choked by the established order, until the accident in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan. In the aftermath of the disaster, one of his Japanese books ‘The Nuclear Lie‘, published in June 2011, became a bestseller, selling over 200,000 copies. The author was asked to assist and advise the government and his many interventions are all references to the Japanese public. He participated with the former Prime Minister Naoto Kan at a symposium in New York in March 2013 on the medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima disaster.

The book is both educational and controversial. This book examines the situation in which Japan finds itself four years after the Fukushima disaster: the extent of the radioactive contamination in areas near the plant, but also its inevitable progression; decontamination difficulties, constantly thwarted; the difficult dismantling of the reactor core; the storage of radioactive waste: all these technical challenges unmastered until now, each delving into the unknown. While it is easy to identify those who have the responsibility – members of government or of the Tokyo Electric Power Company TEPCO, the question remains of how to stop their intent to promote nuclear energy, not only on Japanese soil but also abroad. Reversing the lesson learned from Fukushima, they claim to rely on the “knowledge and experience” resulting from the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Quite a topic for reflection for citizens and politicians alike tempted to engage their country in the production of nuclear energy; a major theme in the development of a universal consciousness on which the survival of our species depends.

Translation from Japanese into English: Asuka Blanchard

The French publication contains two postface:

René de Ceccatty, romancier, playwright, author of biographies and essays, translator of Italian and Japanese, in collaboration with Ryôji Nakamura. He directed the collections of collections in the Gallimard et aux éditions du Seuil (Solo, Réflexion).

Jean-Jacques Delfour, former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud, professor of philosophy in CPGE in Toulouse, teacher in general culture at the Faculty of Law of Toulouse, author of history articles of philosophy; he is also author of: Essay on Technological Enjoyment (Erès, 2011); Small Abécédaire de haines salvatrices (Klincksieck, 2013) and in particular: The nuclear condition. Reflections on the atomic situation of humanity (Editions L’échappée February 2014).

Book Cover Art: Rethinking Nuclear Energy, Autopsy of an Illusion

Author: Hiroaki Koide
Series: Golden Nihon Collection
Translator: Asuka Blanchard
ISBN: 978-99920-68-33-5; Legal deposit: British Library, UK
ISSN: 2305-8455
ePub: ISBN: 978-99920-68-34-2
mobiKindle: ISBN: 978-99920-68-35-9

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