It has been a long time since the issue of nuclear power has become a subject of political conflict, such as the phase-out of nuclear power. The Netflix drama ‘The Days’, which was released in Korea on the 20th of last month, was also linked to the Fukushima discharge of contaminated water, leading to claims that “Mrs. Kim Kun-hee blocked the domestic airing.” However, the nature of the debate surrounding nuclear power is much deeper than the political conflict. Nuclear accidents flow in an unpredictable direction, and it is difficult for humans to handle them. That is the message you need to dig out and read in this drama.
On March 11, 2011, even if a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred, people in the central control room of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were not greatly disturbed. Calmly confirm that the reactor is emergency shutdown and proceed with the cooling procedure. When the containment pressure and temperature drop too much, the IC (cooling) stops. It’s in the manual, so you just have to follow it. But their composure ends there. When a tsunami with a maximum height of more than 15 m hits, the entire power source is lost. The emergency generator also stopped, and the device that could do the cooling work disappeared. The central control room is now dark.
“There is no mention of a total loss of power. Both Three Mile and Chernobyl had power and the instruments monitoring the reactors were all alive.” This is what an employee who was diligently looking for a manual at the ‘Immunity Control Center’, which is preparing countermeasures, said in bewilderment. Nearly 30 years have passed since the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, but the disaster has still flowed away from predictions.
The pressure of the containment vessel exceeds the standard value, leading to a violent situation that does not know when the nuclear power plant will explode. In front of a system that has become useless, people in the field try various outrageous methods. A ‘vent’ that releases gas and atmosphere by opening a valve inside the nuclear power plant, and a method of forcibly cooling the heat by connecting seawater to a pipe. Masao Yoshida, director of the site, said after deciding to inject seawater without the company’s knowledge. “The world’s first vent. The seawater injection is also the world’s first. There is no manual. We’ve entered that kind of situation. We’ll have to judge for ourselves.”
In the end, a pump car is used to pour concrete into the high-rise building, and the nuclear power plant pressure goes down thanks to material support from the United States and the introduction of the Self-Defense Forces. Until this point, the trial and error of the field staff is the main framework leading the drama. Director Masao Yoshida said, “It’s pitiful. It’s a nuclear power plant made by our own hands, and we didn’t know what to do with the guy who started runaway, so we just kept adding water. I sprayed it and poured water outside the building, only repeating that.” It is a point that shows the fear of nuclear power plants that even experts cannot control.
The Days caused a controversy over the ‘beautification of Japan’. This is because it gives off a nuance of ‘I did my best’ by focusing on the response of people on the site rather than the danger of nuclear power and radiation damage. There is also a feeling of blaming ‘natural disasters’ rather than our fault.
However, the struggles and hardships of people who are highlighted one after another in the drama rather show the nature of the nuclear accident. This is because it means that you cannot rely on the system to solve the problem. The fact that ‘determination’, ‘mental strength’, and ‘sacrifice’ stand out in itself shows the dangers of nuclear power plants that cannot be predicted by manuals. A monster that cannot be controlled no matter what you anticipate and prepare for.
What would happen if the runaway of nuclear power plants could not be stopped? What if all six nuclear power plants explode in a chain with one burning reactor? To the prime minister’s question, the professor cautiously says, “You can’t stop in the middle.” All people in the area within 170 km of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will die. The area around 250 km will be an area where people cannot enter for decades. 50 million people will lose their homes, and 1/3 of Japan’s land will not be used for several decades. Like the title of the last episode of episode 8, “The Scenario of Japan’s Collapse,” it means that a country will stop on the spot.
Often, ‘risk’ is calculated by multiplying the probability of an accident by the expected damage. Watching an expert with decades of experience flustered throughout the drama, I wondered if the probability of a nuclear power스포츠토토 plant accident could be accurately calculated. What is the expected damage? A young man in his 20s who was submerged after going to the basement of a power plant on orders from his superiors, people who were forcibly relocated after losing their homes that had been handed down from generation to generation, numerous soldiers who were exposed to radiation while trying to fix the site, and field workers who suffered hematuria for a month because they could not take a break. How will their damage be calculated? ‘Tokyo Electric Power’, a private company, was criticized for not providing proper information and evading responsibility during the accident process. Did they calculate the risk ‘reasonably’?
In the situation of discharge of contaminated water in Fukushima, the passport often mentions ‘non-science’ and ‘fake news’. It is a remark that seems to ignore the anxiety of individuals who have the right to pursue happiness. Amid the stigma of fake news, the claim that the government responded ‘sufficiently’ to Japan for the safety of the people is buried. The Japanese government hesitates even when attempting to vent at the time of the accident. This is because the gas and atmosphere inside the nuclear power plant are released. At the words of the prime minister asking about safety, a TEPCO executive says to avoid responsibility. “It depends on what you define as safe.” How did the Korean government ask Japan?
The drama ends with the narration of Major General Masao Yoshida, who guarded the scene. The narration penetrates the essence of the original story hidden in the drama.
“Who would have imagined at the time of construction. The day will come when we will destroy the power plant of hope, where future energy is created. (Omitted) We do not know how to extract or store waste fuel. Final disposal method This will be decided in the very distant future. It is unknown when the decommissioning work will be completed. The people of Hamadori, Fukushima Prefecture, have abandoned their homes and are forced to leave their hometowns. 117,000 people have left their hometowns and tens of thousands of empty houses have been created. About 40 Ten years ago we knocked down mountains and built concrete walls in the sea to take away wildlife from their homes. This time, humans have lost their home: the massive constructions we once called ‘the bright future’ are the shameful things we’ll have to face over the next few decades. It has become a legacy Human beings are helpless in front of nature We are stubbornly clearing up the mistakes caused by our arrogance in front of the beautiful sky and sea of Fukushima.