35 years ago today, a nuclear reactor accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. This is considered to be one of the most serious nuclear power accidents in history, at the same level as the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan in 2011. In order to prevent the leakage of radioactive materials, the former Soviet Union sealed the reactor by pouring sarcophagus.
Today, 35 years later, Japan’s largest public media NHK criticized this disposal measure in the form of a headline report on the grounds that “the specific situation in the reactor is unknown” and it is not known how to discard it.
In the report, NHK introduced in a larger space the casualties caused by the Chernobyl accident, as well as the injuries to local residents that are still indelible. Regarding the status quo of nuclear power plants, NHK mentioned that the Ukrainian government intends to develop tourism and plans to apply to UNESCO for the site to be listed as a World Heritage Site.
A person in charge of a nuclear power plant said in an interview, “How to deal with 200 tons or more of nuclear fuel? You can only persevere, not give up, and move forward and solve it step by step.” These words of firm will have been interpreted by NHK and have been distorted. Reluctant for the relevant departments, “When the nuclear power plant will be decommissioned, the prospects are still not optimistic.”
It is not difficult to see that in the view of NHK, the disposal of the former Soviet Union has left many problems.
For example, the area within 30 kilometers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that caused the accident is still inaccessible, and the local economy is in urgent need of recovery.
NHK also interviewed local residents, tourists who had visited the site before, and media professionals who filmed related documentaries. Among them, Olena Panchuk, a journalist now living in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, expressed concerns about the future lives of accident victims and called on the world not to forget their existence.
In addition to NHK, the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s five major newspapers, also published an article on its new media platform that Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia are all victims of the accident, but they cannot understand why there is no anti-nuclear wave in these countries, and even the governments of the three countries are still there. Vigorously develop nuclear power. Asahi Shimbun believes that such a contrast is ironic.
It should be pointed out that according to the International Nuclear Event Classification Scale, the Chernobyl accident was the only major accident that was rated as a seventh-level event by relevant international organizations. The other case occurred in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on March 11, 2011. Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Both belong to the same level, but both the NHK and the Asahi Shimbun have qualitatively defined the Chernobyl accident as “the worst in history (evil, meaning serious)”.