Now to start off, dont get me wrong. I think Japan is a really cool place and beg my wife to let us go to Japan one day. Japanese people are very respectable and very knowledgeable in general.
Now for recent events. At the time of this post Japan had raised the allowed limit of exposure to radiation from 100 milisieverts per hour to 250 milisieverts so that workers can work for longer periods of time in the radiation.
Radiation’s effects on health are measured in sieverts. Though individual differences exist, a higher dose than 250 millisieverts is known to cause a temporary decrease of white blood cells and other acute symptoms. Regarding that problem, the ministry says that it has duly consulted experts about effects on the workers, noting that “the international standard is a limit of 500 millisieverts, and there is no clear medical evidence for acute health problems below 250 millisieverts.”
Something I dont quite understand, and im sure there are various circumstances on why. Japan is a technology super power ranking in at 3rd in the world behind Finland and the United States. If they are so advanced. Why are they resorting to tactics proven to be outdated since World War 2. They are going in to the Nuclear Reactors like Kamikazes to cool down the reactors. I understand the intentions are to save their people. But seriously.. A country that is responsible for some of the most advanced robots and cars in the world, and they can’t just send in some sort of basic Rover or Robot to walk in and hold the hose almost directly on the reactors so their people can stay out of harm’s way? I mean makes more sense to me than randomly shooting into the reactors with water jets or dumping water from above when only about 2/3 (at most) of the water is getting near its destination.