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Alms and Vagabonds: Buddhist temples and popular patronage by Janet R. Goodwin

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By late afternoon, conditions appeared serious enough that Japanese regulators decided to notify international authorities. ” Under the IAEA’s sevenlevel scale of nuclear accidents, seven being the most serious, that constituted a level 3 event. Prime Minister Kan put off declaring a nuclear emergency, despite a request that he do so by the heads of both NISA and METI. The events at Fukushima Daiichi weren’t waiting, however. , a work crew was sent to the fourth floor of the Unit 1 reactor building, hoping to learn more about the status of the isolation condenser.

In August 1956, construction began on the country’s first nuclear facility, a research center, in Tokaimura. The village soon would also become home to Japan’s first nuclear reactor. The appeal of nuclear power in Japan went beyond central government bureaucrats. Where plants were built, local economies benefited in ways that strengthened the nuclear industry’s political as well as economic clout. In 1958, the governor of Fukushima Prefecture approached TEPCO, hoping to persuade the utility to build its first reactors along an underdeveloped stretch of coastline.

Under the IAEA’s sevenlevel scale of nuclear accidents, seven being the most serious, that constituted a level 3 event. Prime Minister Kan put off declaring a nuclear emergency, despite a request that he do so by the heads of both NISA and METI. The events at Fukushima Daiichi weren’t waiting, however. , a work crew was sent to the fourth floor of the Unit 1 reactor building, hoping to learn more about the status of the isolation condenser. They wore no protective clothing. As they arrived at the double doors of the reactor building, their dosimeters shot off the scale, and they hurried back to the control room.

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