Ramp up the “terrorist threat” on nuclear plants for more profits. How do we know power stations in Japan are a “ludicrous risk not only for the Japanese, but the the world” because of poor security at Japanese nuclear power stations? Is this more of a warning to Japan to begin taking precautions by spending more money to prepare for a terrorist attack? We are being told by the media that the terrorists responsible for detonating a bomb at the airport in Brussels had plans to blow up a nuclear facility as well. Suddenly John Kerry visits Hiroshima on April 11, 2016, terrorists threaten an attack at a nuclear site in Brussels, a “nuclear summit” took place the end of March, 2016 and news of nuclear related incidents all over the globe. Because of the drop in fuel costs is nuclear power worth the investment and to keep nuclear power stations operating? Will the threat of terrorism™ be used as a strategy to phase out nuclear power plants in the coming years? Even Russian Insider ran an article on Cuba at one point having Russian nuclear weapons on its soil during the Cuban Missile Crisis. What is with all this recent attention on nuclear weapons?
Source: The Daily Beast
Japan Nuclear Plants Are Vulnerable to Terror Attacks
April 7, 2016
TOKYO — Given the febrile global security atmosphere, recent revelations that those responsible for the Brussels attacks also scoped out Belgium’s nuclear facilities have, understandably, caused great consternation in many countries.
In Japan, however, the issue of nuclear security is treated with a strangely insouciant attitude by the authorities; unarmed guards keep watch outside of nuclear facilities, there is poor surveillance of sites and, incredibly, there are no mandated background checks on workers, allowing members of organized crime gangs access to radioactive material.
There is growing awareness that this is a problem not just for this island country, but for the world.
There is every reason to believe Japan is a target of the so-called Islamic State, which was behind the horrific slaughter in Paris in November and in Brussels in March.
Early last year, amid worldwide outrage about the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a speech in the Middle East vowing assistance to states “contending” with ISIS. That led to a de facto declaration of war against Japan by the jihadists and may have contributed to the death of a journalist they held captive.
Yet there is no serious effort to rethink the nuclear security issue. One adviser to the National Police Agency told The Daily Beast, on condition of anonymity, “The game has changed. We are not keeping up. We can’t trust the utility companies to deal with internal threats by themselves—they have neither the willpower nor the capability. We don’t have to worry so much about terrorists breaking down doors and blowing up nuclear power plants—we have to worry about them filling out job applications and just walking in.”
Japan has a large number of nuclear facilities staffed by guards who carry no weapons and who are otherwise poorly equipped to handle a terrorist attack. Past U.S. State Department cables note police officers who are asleep, express shock that Japanese guards are unarmed, and criticize the government for staging unrealistic training exercises while essentially outsourcing nuclear security to the utility companies.
Meanwhile there have been companies with ties to the yakuza crime organizations dispatching workers—in some cases, active yakuza members—to the plants. “Generally speaking, you don’t want sociopathic criminals around nuclear materials. Not a good idea,” deadpanned a Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority official, speaking on background, of course.
The guards do not carry weapons because Japan’s incredibly stringent gun laws make it almost impossible for civilians, including private security guards, to have them. This is good in that it keeps Japan’s annual gun-related deaths down to single digits. It’s bad in that unarmed men are probably unlikely to stop armed terrorists from storming the facilities. Some plants have armed police cars parked outside them at regular intervals, but few plants are fully guarded.
Oddly, this matter was given little if any attention at the recent Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was one of the leaders from 50 countries convened there as part of President Barack Obama’s call for a worldwide effort to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear materials, and his ruling coalition made sure that controversial and possibly unconstitutional new security laws went into effect a few days earlier.