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Japan's Tipping Point: Crucial Choices in the Post-Fukushima World Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
No one in the technological and scientific worlds can fault the quality of Japanese engineering, which for the most part is second to none But the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was not purely the fault of its engineers. Pendergrast's book throws an embarrassing light on the decisions that were made by the plant's owners not to pay for and to put in place backup systems robust enough for the worst eventuality, and on the lax, conflicted and often contradictory muddle of government regulations that allowed the inevitable failure to occur. The Achilles' heel of Japanese culture has been summed up by the expression. "deru kugi wa, utareru", meaning, "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down".Read more ›
He emphasizes the several methods of energy conservation, generally underused, available to the Japanese. He also addresses the nuclear station meltdown following the tsunami several years ago.
This is a very worthwhile book. It is not a page-tuner. But a reporter's first-hand account ought not be. And it is an account of a nation with advanced technogies (some of which have gone wrong).
--Judith Clancy, author of Exploring Kyoto
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"Japanese trains run to the minute, and the country's businesses pride themselves on energy-efficiency. The Japanese boast of their eco-services for eco-products in eco-cities. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by Tony Levelle
When I was a high school teacher with classes in current affairs and American foreign policy, I would love to have had Mark Pendergrast, excellent JAPAN'S TIPPING POINT, to... Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Bill Mare
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