Weeks Later

Posted on May 14, 2011 by


In the weeks that followed the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster and the Cricket World Cup, various results signal hope for nuclear nonproliferation. Below, the consequences that entail the two events are explained as well as the prediction in the long-term.

By Kevin Rajput


Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster – The Great Nuclear Awakening; Ominous Nuclear Signs

Japanese evacuation zone. Courtesy of episodeseason.com

Tracing the previous blog about the consequences of the nuclear plant disaster, it seems Japan has underestimated the radiation effect. Currently, the government is reassessing the evacuation zone; a computer simulation, created by Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan, explains that high radioactivity has spread out of the borders of the evacuation zone.

Even more concerning is the fact that Japanese residents are reentering the evacuation zone in search of belongings and life-savings. The exposure, although limited, may prove lethal. In consequence, CNN explains Japan has tightened reentry checkpoints around the zone. The area surrounding the nuclear site may be a ghost town for several decades before the radiation disperses.


Expectedly, the damage of the Fukushima plant disaster has raised notice overseas. In a previous blog, The Great Nuclear Awakening, it was noted that countries such as India, Germany and Japan have begun taking a stand against nuclear energy – in both weapons and peaceful use.

The Wall Street Journal also explains “the nuclear disaster in Japan is becoming an increasingly important issue in American politics” since the degree and extent of nuclear damage in Japan has raised eyebrows.

“the nuclear disaster in Japan is becoming an increasingly important issue in American politics” – The Wall Street Journal


Japanese Police seeking survivors - Courtesy of si.wsj.net

Hopefully, foreign countries and domestic representatives will refer to the Japanese disaster – and the radiation that lingers a month later – when considering the building of nuclear weapons. The Japanese disaster presents an opportunity to prevent future nuclear damage of a larger magnitude; nuclear damage that permanently disrupts lively cities, valuable homes and the surrounding environment.

Read more at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576248204196506240.html


Cricket World Cup – The Blame Game

In the weeks that followed the Cricket World Cup, India and Pakistan’s warmed relations are thawing the previously frozen discussions. As a result of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, India blamed Pakistan for supporting the gunmen. This blame, as explained in The Blame Game, resulted in the frozen relations that kept tensions high for nearly two years.  As the two nuclear-armed rival nations faced-off, South Asian was on the heels of war. Thankfully, no serious violence ensued; however, discussions of nonproliferation and calmed relations stalled.

AlJaazeera explains that the classic rivalry at the Cricket World Cup has opened further talks – in addition to more games – between the nations. Even more, the Cricket diplomacy has reinvigorated the previously frozen sporting games between the countries. As closer relations form, talks of a simultaneous nuclear weapon draw down may ensue – similar to a START treaty.

Especially due to the nuclear status of the two nations, this Cricket diplomacy invites lesser tension in South Asia. Utilizing Cricket as a catalyst of peace talks, India and Pakistan may prevent future wars and aggression.

As Spring brings us a warmer season, perhaps the Indian and Pakistan relations and discussions of nonproliferation will bloom.

Read more at: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/04/201141483515973369.html

Courtesy of kingcricket.co.uk


Written by Kevin Rajput

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