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K.T. Hiraoka

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Containing Fukushima: Saving Japan from Itself (Part III)

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Earlier in this series, the discussion focused on how decision-making during the Fukushima crisis prioritized maintaining close "nakama" ties over doing what was in the public's best interest (parts I and II). In this segment, I take a deeper look at the how a lack of...

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Containing Fukushima: Saving Japan From Itself (Part II)

(92) Comments | Posted February 26, 2012 | 10:27 AM

Yesterday, in Part I of this series, we looked at "nakama" decision-making in Japan during the initial days of the Fukushima crisis. In Part II, the discussion continues with more evidence that the current decision-making system in Japan needs reform.

In the weeks and months since the...

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Containing Fukushima: Saving Japan From Itself (Part I)

(387) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 7:15 AM

The disaster at Fukushima last year exposed how entrenched interests among key decision-makers have contaminated Japanese society, endangering the long-term prosperity of Japan. These special interests often do what is right for themselves, as opposed to what is in the best interests of the Japanese people.

In this two-part...

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