On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan. The disaster caused a devastating meltdown and radiation release at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that contaminated several hundred miles and displaced some 165,000 people.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, emeritus professor of medicine at Tokyo University, and Najmedin Meshkati, professor of engineering at the University of Southern California, look back at the tragedy and warn that “the nuclear industry has yet to fully to address safety concerns that Fukushima exposed,” in Japan and beyond. Their top concerns: lax government oversight and utilities that fail to give safety the priority it requires.

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An International Atomic Energy Agency investigator examines Reactor Unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant, May 27, 2011. Greg Webb, IAEA/Flickr

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