JAEA has dropped a page from its website which compared radioactive material to an angry wife

The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency has dropped a page from its website which compared radioactive material to an angry wife

(Japan atomic energy agency : JAEA [Link])



<Quote 1> [Reuter]


Radiation: Shall I compare thee to an angry Japanese wife?

By Miki Kayaoka
TOKYO | Tue Jun 5, 2012 4:42am EDT
(Reuters) – A Japanese research agency has dropped a controversial public relations campaign aimed at educating women about nuclear safety that compared radiation to the screaming voice of an angry wife.

The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency devoted a page on its website to an effort to “make the hard words used in the nuclear power industry” more easy to understand, particularly for women.

The page, which included a cartoon of an angry, fist-waving wife and her cowering husband, compared the wife’s yell to radiation. It continued the metaphor by saying that the women’s increasing agitation could be compared to “radioactivity”, while claiming the wife herself was comparable to “radioactive material”.

The webpage, first published in 2010, was dropped on Monday after the agency received dozens of complaints.

“I have no idea why this page suddenly attracted people’s attention, but we would have deleted it earlier had we known about this page,” said Yusuke Uehara, a spokesman for the government-affiliated agency which conducts nuclear research, including work on safety.

“This discriminates against women, which is inappropriate.”

All 50 of Japan’s operable nuclear reactors remain offline after a series of meltdowns and hydrogen explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant forced evacuations and renewed scrutiny of Japan’s policy towards atomic energy.

Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the Fukushima plant, said last month that the radiation released in the first days of the Fukushima disaster was almost 2-1/2 times the amount first estimated by safety regulators.

The accident was the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

The “radioactive wife” cartoon had been created by a group of six women who live near Tokaimura, site of a 1999 nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing plant.

(Reporting by Miki Kayaoka; Editing by Elaine Lies and Nick Macfie)




<Quote 2> [ABC]


Japanese nuke agency drops ‘radioactive wife’
by North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy
Updated June 05, 2012 12:29:02

The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency has dropped a page from its website which compared radioactive material to an angry wife.

The agency says it was merely trying to explain nuclear power to women.

According to Japan’s Kyodo news, the Atomic Energy Agency site used an illustration of a woman raising her fist and screaming at her husband to try to explain nuclear power.

The caption next to the image compared the wife’s scream to radiation, her anger to radioactivity, and the woman herself to radioactive material.

After complaints the webpage was demeaning to women, the agency took it down, adding that the page was created before the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns.

Topics: world-politics, offbeat, japan

First posted June 05, 2012 08:35:33




  1. FUKUSHIMA DIARY – La JAEA a retiré la page de son site qui comparait la matière radioactive à une femme en colère
    Par Mochizuki, le 6 juin 2012

    copie d’écran : http://fukushima-diary.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/4052884-1×1-940×940-450×450.jpg

    La Japanese Atomic Energy Agency a supprimé la page de son site web qui comparait la matière radioactive à une femme en colère

    (Japan Atomic Energy Agency : JAEA [http://www.jaea.go.jp/english/index.shtml])

    [Reuter: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/05/us-japan-radioactivewife-idUSBRE8540CX20120605%5D

    Radioactivité : Puis-je comparer la radioactivité à une japonaise en colère ?
    Par Miki Kayaoka
    TOKYO | Mardi 5 Juin 2012 04:42am EDT

    (Reuters) – Une agence de recherche japonaise a lancé une campagne de relations publiques controversée visant les femmes éduquées sur la sécurité nucléaire et qui comparait les rayonnements aux cris d’une femme en colère.

    La Japanese Atomic Energy Agency avait consacré une page de son site à un effort pour “rendre les mots compliqués utilisés par l’industrie électrique nucléaire ” plus faciles à comprendre, en particulier pour les femmes.

    La page, qui incluait un dessin d’une femme en colère et levant le poing contre son mari recroquevillé, comparait les cris de l’épouse aux rayonnements. La métaphore se poursuivait en disant que l’agitation croissante de l’épouse pouvait être comparée à la radioactivité, affirmant que la femme elle-même était comparable à “de la matière radioactive”.

    Cette page web, initialement publiée en 2010, a été retirée lundi dernier après que l’agence ait reçu des dizaines de plaintes.

    “Je ne comprends pas pourquoi cette page a brusquement attiré l’attention des gens mais nous l’aurions retirée plus tôt si nous en avions connu l’existence” dit Yusuke Uehara, porte-parole de cette agence affiliée au gouvernement qui mène la recherche nucléaire, dont les travaux sur la sécurité.

    “C’est de la discrimination contre les femmes, ce qui est inapproprié.”

    Des 50 réacteurs nucléaires japonais fonctionnels, tous sont arrêtés depuis que la série de fusions des coeurs et d’explosions d’hydrogène à la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima Daiichi a provoqué des évacuations forcées et un ré-examen approfondi de la politique du Japon en matière d’énergie atomique.

    Tokyo Electric Power, l’opérateur de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, a dit le mois dernier que la radioactivité libérée dans les premiers jours de la catastrophe de Fukushima était environ 2 fois et demie celle qui avait été initialement estimée par les régulateurs de sécurité.

    Cet accident a été le pire accident nucléaire depuis Tchernobyl en 1986.

    La caricature de “femme radioactive” avait été créée par un groupe de six femmes qui vivent près de Tokaimura, site de l’accident nucléaire de 1999 dans une usine de retraitement nucléaire.

    (Rapporté par Miki Kayaoka; Édité par Elaine Lies et Nick Macfie)

    [ABC : http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-05/japanese-nuclear-agency-in-sexist-gaffe/4052200%5D

    L”agence japonaise nucléaire supprime la “femme radioactive’
    par le correspondant pour l’Asie du Nord, Mark Willacy
    Mis à jour le 5 juin 2012 12:29:02

    La Japanese Atomic Energy Agency a supprimé de son site la page qui comparait la matière radioactive à une femme en colère.

    L’agence dit que c’était une tentative pour expliquer l’énergie nucléaire aux femmes.

    Selon le journal japonais Kyodo news, le site de l’Atomic Energy Agency utilisait une illustration où une femme levait son poing et criait contre son mari pour tenter d’expliquer l’énergie nucléaire.

    Le titre de l’image comparait les cris de la femme à des radiations et sa colère à de la radioactivité, et la femme elle-même à de la matière radioactive.

    Suite à des plaintes disant que la page était dégradante pour la femme, l’agence l’a retirée en ajoutant que cette page avait été créée avant les fusions nucléaires de Fukushima.

    Sujets: world-politics, offbeat, japan

    Publication initiale : 5 juin 2012 08:35:33

  2. If she was angry before, now she’s mad as hell!
    Way to go, JAEA!
    Now BOTH husband and wife are screaming “radiation”. Next the kids will be screaming too, and rightfully so.

    Clearly, they cannot understand fundamentalism, as they do not yet know what a fundament is, despite having their heads firmly planted within their own!

    There’s an education campaign that won’t soon be forgotten.
    Mind you, they have raised awareness…

  3. uh, hey Admin. I made a mistake with that last link.
    It is irreverant & irrelevant. Not to mention, not working as intended.
    Could you make it disappear, please?

  4. i mean… i like to see 3 meltdown women,1 totally down but holding…and 2 at a few 100 meters from me……ey u know this is just a piece of crap what i typed here.

  5. “Tokaimura, site of a 1999 nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing plant.”

    Wow, i missed that one. That’s news to me.

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