Japan: Fukushima robot operator publishes tell-all diaries and videos, now offline


8 Responses to “Japan: Fukushima robot operator publishes tell-all diaries and videos, now offline”

  1. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    What is happening there worries me for the people cleaning up, and the people of Japan as a whole.
    It is obvious there were more problems than anyone wanted to see before the accident, and it seems that they are covering up what is actually happening in the clean up.  They are using the cultural viewpoint there to get people to risk themselves when they could do more to protect them.

    It is worrisome that the only unofficial view of whats happening is now gone, and I am sure they have clamped down even further to prevent the outside world for learning anything not filtered for public consumption.

  2. Blaze Curry says:

    A corporate entity that doesn’t care about the safety of its workers without strict government oversight? omg.

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

      And the Government oversight isn’t coming because they assume the business would not be dishonorable in that way.  Given the sheer number of wrongs leading up to this at what point do you stop worrying if you insult the company and come down on them like a ton of bricks?

  3. Trent Hawkins says:

    remember these are the same people that would rather plow a monorail through an office building then admit that they’re running late.

  4. Adela Doiron says:

    This is no different than the issues I read about concerning the BP oil spill or WTC cleanup or any other disaster recovery operation that uses civilian labour under corporate management but it will get more temporary drama attention because this time it’s nuclear rather than chemical.
    It doesn’t help that this is a task that should be done in a methodical manner which is time consuming and there are screaming factions that want it all fixed and safe as of yesterday.

  5. Aloisius says:

    Wait, they’re using iRobots (an American company)? I thought the Japanese were way ahead of us in robotics.

  6. Kevin Vermeer says:

    First, the author is not a whistleblower. Google defines a whistleblower as an informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it. It wasn’t all praise, but there were no reports of ethical violations.  The one you reference most prominently comes from the following three sentences from the blog: 
    > One of my dosimeter’s alarms began to go off and would not stop right before we began working. When I asked one of the radiation management personnel who was with us about my dosimeter, he said that I was given one for which the settings had been incorrectly configured.
    > He said, “There is nothing wrong with it, so please continue your work.” 
    > So, I did!
    I see no reason to read something deeper into this exchange.  
    Second, the IEEE summaries are not the complete text of the articles. The description reads: Below are portions excerpted from nearly 50 robot-related posts … Some sections (marked with [...]) were omitted for clarity or space.

  7. 3William56 says:

    “quake-damaged, radioactivity-spewing”. “nightmarish world of high radiation”
    Tabloid exaggeration, much?

    This is an important issue, with real people’s health and welfare at stake, not to mention important implications for energy production and the global environment. Although the referenced blog is probably genuine, just because
    someone posts something online doesn’t make it true, just as deletion
    doesn’t mean cover-up. Boingboing is usually a haven of (relatively) measured debate, accuracy and balance. Such sub-Fox News shouting does us all a disservice, and devalues the information that the blogger is releasing. 

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