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TEPCO’s “profits” will be based on restart of a nuclear plant, worker layoffs, and taxpayer (“government”) subsidy:
“Tepco submits new business plan to government, seeks more funds
Posted:Fri, 27 Dec 2013 03:56:22 -0500
TOKYO, Dec 27 (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant submitted a revised business plan to the government on Friday aimed at securing steady profit with the restart of its undamaged Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant in July“. Entire Reuters Article is here: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/PClzKte7OUU/japan-nuclear-idUSL3N0K61EV20131227
(See also: “TEPCO submits revised turnaround plan to govt December 27, 2013, Jiji Press http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000901101 (The Yomiuri Shimbun), which details 2,000 job cuts.)
This is where one REALLY sees what fascism is about. If one looks at historical evidence (e.g. companies which used slave labour) and/or read Daniel Guerin’s “Fascism and Big Business“, it becomes clear that fascism was essentially about subsidies to heavy industry and mining companies. These are the companies which are needed to build up military and these are the companies that were using slave labour in Germany and the countries it occupied, and in Japan and countries it occupied.
This is exactly what is going on with the nuclear industry. It has been built on taxpayer subsidies and private profits. The burden of Tepco’s cost-cutting, which led to the disaster, will fall on the Japanese taxpayer and probably the international taxpayer, as well. It has the potential of destroying the world.
It appears that there will be attempts to freeze the radioactive water at Fukushima, hopefully instead of following IAEA recommendations to just dump it (though we fear there may be both). If this is done, you can be certain it is because there is plenty of money to be made in doing this.
The project will be paid for by the Japanese taxpayer and perhaps foreign taxpayer. There is rarely such a thing as government money. There is taxpayer money. Some countries do have nationalized oil and gas monies, for instance, which might be “government money”, but most government money is from the tax payers. Even monies from natural resources might be used for public, rather than private good. Recall, as well, that the Nazi party was called National Socialist.
Many of you will have already noticed that by the above definition of fascism, many or most countries would be fascist (e.g. military industrial complex). To be classified as entirely fascist probably requires a clamp down on free speech (see Japan’s new secrecy law) and dictatorship, in conjunction with this socialization of cost and risk; privatization of profit, also known as socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor.
Note that while Areva and EDF, major nuclear players, are majority government owned companies, they are contracting out to private “big business” and thus still represent socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. While most of the Fukushima workers get no health care coverage or followup – hard core capitalism, Tepco itself gets public taxpayer subsidies.
What is especially sad is that anyone who has visited Japan knows that the majority of the Japanese people want to do things with perfection. If things are not done with perfection, it is clear that it is because of corporate cost-cutting for increased profit.
2,000 worker layoffs — that’s really going to help with safety and perfection, isn’t it? The Japanese are already well known for extremely long work hours.