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Intelligence Battles Over Japan's Nuclear Power Policy

Friday, September 5, 2014

Japanese Journalist Writes Fiction to Reveal Foreign Power Games

Tokyo - (PanOrient News) In his new novel, a Japanese journalist has revealed what went on behind the scenes at the birth of Japan's nuclear energy industry as well as the foreign involvement.

Eiichiro Tokumoto, former correspondent for Reuters, published his latest fiction book "Rinkai" (“Criticality") in July about Japan's nuclear industry back in the 1970s, highlighting a secret line running from the U.S. to Europe and then through the Middle East to Japan drawn by foreign intelligence units in line with their interests in nuclear energy.

The story revolves around a former Japanese navy officer who became anti-nuclear activist and his son. They come from the Kyushu region of southern Japan and their hometown falls into a panic after authorities played dirty tricks so they could build nuclear power plants to offset the Arab oil embargo triggered by the October 1973 War in the Middle East.

In the novel, Israeli intelligence unit Mossad conducts secret operations to steal yellow cake in order to produce nuclear warheads. Their plan is to steal uranium purchased by a power company in Kyushu from a British company. The CIA gives support to Mossad to carry out the operation.

The book involves intriguing intelligence battles among the big powers. Tokumoto wrote it after gathering information and investigating numerous declassified documents from U.S. and British governments, especially those related to the CIA, DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) and NSC. He also paid a series of visits to Saga Prefecture in Kyushu, London, Paris and Washington DC for his research.

Since the Fukushima explosion in 2011, a number of books have been published about nuclear energy but they rarely mention foreign involvement in Japan's nuclear energy industry. The novel is fiction but Tokumoto's work gives a new dimension in recognizing the shadowy aspects of the nuclear energy industry not only in Japan, but also the rest of the world.

"Criticality" was published in Japanese by Shinchosha on July 31.

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