Journal of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan
Online ISSN : 2433-7285
Print ISSN : 1882-2606
Volume 57 , Issue 1
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  • Malcolm Grimston
    2015 Volume 57 Issue 1 Pages 48-50
    Published: 2015
    Released: February 19, 2020
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      In physical terms Fukushima was a middle-ranking industrial accident of the kind that happens perhaps eight or ten times each year round the world. The response, and especially the irrational prevention of people from returning to their homes in areas where there was hardly any contamination, turned it into a serious human tragedy. Authorities need to recognise that there is no such thing as ‘erring on the side of caution’ – any counter-measure that is not justified by the best scientific understanding of real risks will create human misery and should be steadfastly resisted.

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