"Gilhooly writes from the eye of the storm, putting the reader in the plant’s control room with almost claustrophobic immediacy," writes Nicolas Gattig in his April 29, 2017 review of "Yoshida's Dilemma" in the Japan Times here. "One of his challenges was to render the emergency in real-time. How much can prose, moving forward in measured steps, convey a lethal technology unraveling in extremis? How do you convey the breakdown of machinery without getting mired in technical detail?"
Japan's disaster reconstruction minister, Masahiro Imamura, handed in his resignation after commenting that "it was good" that the March 2011 triple disasters had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo.
"It was good that (the disaster) hit the Tohoku region, up there," Imamura said during a speech at a reception held by Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which was attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "There would have been a massive, enormous damage had it occurred closer to the capital region," he added, in reference to the costs that would have been incurred for reconstruction of an area closer to the capital.
Amazon Japan is now stocking Yoshida's Dilemma for immediate distribution. Orders can be made here
I recently came across an interesting documentary called "Fukushima: The Silent Voices" made by a couple who are residents in Fukushima. There is a trailer up on Youtube here
An essay about Yoshida's Dilemma was kindly published in the Irish Times today. The online version can be found here
There is an interesting article today about the state of Japan's nuclear technology, which has been greatly affected by the 2011 nuclear crisis in Fukushima. For the past 8 years no domestic construction of nuclear plants has taken place and "Japanese reactor manufacturers and suppliers of key components are now facing the possible loss of their technological viability" the report in the Nikkei Asian Review says.
This also comes amid the doubts voiced by reactor manufacturer Toshiba Corp. that it can stay afloat following the huge losses announced by its nuclear subsidiary in the US, which filed for bankruptcy last month.
The Nikkei report makes no reference to overseas exports by domestic makers, which have also taken a huge hit. Late last year Vietnam stated it was close to cancelling a multi-million dollar nuclear plant project set to be built by Japanese makers.
However, Hitachi last week made an application for a site license to build and operate nuclear plants in the UK, but will be joining companies from other countries, including Korea and China, who the Guardian says "are queuing up to back projects" in the UK's burgeoning nuclear industry.
Japan's reconstruction minister says Fukushima residents who were forced to flee the March 2011 nuclear accident at Fukushima #1 nuclear plant but refused to return to their homes should fend for themselves and castigates a journalist who asks for clarification.
A chapter of Yoshida's Dilemma is centred around the story of a former Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant worker who was later diagnosed with leukaemia. Yesterday the Japan Times ran a story that is based on the chapter from the book. You can read it online here