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TO ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

Fukushima Lessons Unlearned? Updated And Expanded Findings Of Japanese

Independent Review Commission To Be Released In English

As 3rd Anniversary of Reactor Disaster Nears, Bulletin of the Atomic

Scientists Partners with Japanese Commission to Release Revised

Findings on What Went Wrong, How to Avoid Future Problems.

. March 6, 2014 International News Advisory ...

CHICAGO AND TOKYO Three years after the one of the

worst-ever civilian nuclear disasters, the Bulletin of the Atomic

Scientists (BAS) will publish on March 11th the expanded and updated

English language version of the findings of the independent civilian

review commission of the Fukushima reactor meltdowns.

At 8 a.m. CST/9 a.m. EST/2 p.m. GMT/11 p.m. JST on March 6, 2014, BAS

will be joined by report co-author Dr. Yoichi Funabashi to discuss the

findings of "Fukushima in Review: A Complex Disaster, a Disastrous

Response" and what they suggest, in terms of whether or not the

lessons have been learned from the Fukushima reactor disaster of March

11, 2011.

The heavily reworked report, compiled as a paperback book for

publication in the United States, presents the findings of an

independent investigation panel, established by the Rebuild Japan

Initiative Foundation, to review what led up to the Fukushima reactor

disaster, why the aftermath of it was handled so poorly, and what

would have to be done to avert a future disaster. Based on 300

interviews with those involved in coping with the disaster, from the

prime minister to the plant operator, the book provides unprecedented

detail about discussions and actions at the plant, in the government,

and at TEPCO. The book also lays out the history of nuclear power

development in Japan and the larger context that led to the disaster.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, has provided editorial support to

publish the paperback book in the U.S. on the third anniversary of the

Fukushima disaster, and will host the March 6th international

phone-based news conference.

Telenews event speakers will include:

-- Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, chairman, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation

and report co-author; and

-- Kennette Benedict, PhD, executive director, Bulletin of the Atomic

Scientists.

TO PARTICIPATE: Join this live, phone-based news conference (with

two-way Q&A) at 8 a.m. CST/9 a.m. EST/2 p.m. GMT/11 p.m. JST on

Thursday, March 6, 2014, by dialing: 1 (877) 418-4267 in the U.S.

only; +1-412-717-9585 for callers in Japan and elsewhere outside the

U.S./UK; and 080-823-89064 in the United Kingdom. Ask for the

"Fukushima lessons" telenews event.

CONTACT: Patrick Mitchell, (703) 276-3266 or

pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Copies of "Fukushima in Review: A Complex Disaster, a

Disastrous Response" published in collaboration with

Routledge/Earthscan will be made available to book reviewers.

Streaming audio of the news event proceedings will be available after

the telenews event concludes on March 6, 2014. A high-resolution file

of the book cover is available upon request.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs the public about threats

to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons,

climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences.

Through an award-winning magazine, our online presence, and the

Doomsday Clock, we reach policy leaders and audiences around the world

with information and analysis about efforts to address the dangers and

prevent catastrophe. With fellowships for students and awards to young

journalists, we help educate the next generation. For more

information, go to www.thebulletin.org .

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- March 4, 2014/

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