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We have to remember that the Japanese did not develop this technology. That was done by the USA, in their case, by G.E. TEPCO may, effectively, have been riding on the technical prowess and prestige of the USA and G.E. ever since and have had a very false sense of security. Not only did G.E. provide the initial design, it was G.E. technology that formed the intital basis for the entire Japanese nuclear industry, to my knowledge. It was likely as a result of Japanese political considerations that G.E. formed subsidiaries with Hitachi, etc. to build nuclear power plants.

The relationship is likely as archetypal as Godzilla: we were the first to develop the technology; they were the first ones on whom we used it; we then massively intervened in their culture to re-order and realign loyalties; then, twenty years later, we encouraged G.E. to form a mutually profitable relationship with Japanese companies to apply that technology to power generation. That they would see the USA as the guarantors of the beneficence of that technology is somewhat natural. And have the Japanese been any more lax about nuclear safety than has the USA?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 08:58:35 AM EST
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We have to remember that the Japanese did not develop this technology. That was done by the USA, in their case, by G.E. TEPCO may, effectively, have been riding on the technical prowess and prestige of the USA and G.E. ever since and have had a very false sense of security.
However, there has been technology transfer to Japan: Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The reactors for Units 1, 2, and 6 were supplied by General Electric, those for Units 3 and 5 by Toshiba, and Unit 4 by Hitachi. All six reactors were designed by General Electric.
The result of that technology transfer is that Hitachi now designs reactors: Advanced boiling water reactor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The advanced boiling water reactor (ABWR) is a Generation III boiling water reactor. The ABWR is currently offered by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. The ABWR generates electrical power by using steam to power a turbine connected to a generator; the steam is boiled from water using heat generated by fission reactions within nuclear fuel.
But how japanese is it? Is it just a financial joint venture?

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. It is located in Wilmington, N.C.. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by General Electric and Hitachi.[


So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 11:52:51 AM EST
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If the disaster is somehow contained, it will be the result of sheer luck and the worksmanship of Toshiba who built the plant.


So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 11:53:57 AM EST
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well hopefully theyre better made than number 4, which had a worker report how he'd helped cover up flaws in the reactor vessel.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 12:09:32 PM EST
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The Japanese know nuclear power. They are very good at it. With the exception of AREVA and Atomstroiexport, the big reactor makers are all Japanese, like GE-Hitachi, Toshiba-Westinghouse and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Then you have that Korean company that got the big UAE order.

Basically everyone got their original know-how from the US. The Japanese did it, the Koreans did it, even the French did it. The Russian obviously didn't do it, not did the Brits, the Canadians or the Indians. But then the Indians, Brits and Russians didn't became very succesful at it either. The first commercial power reactor not built with US technology supposedly was Oskarhamn 1 in Sweden which used wholly indigenous technology developed by ASEA-ATOM.

(Even though we did get plenty of basic LWR know-how from the US through Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace program).

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 03:55:16 PM EST
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