March 17, 2011
In this Oct. 1, 1999 file photo, radiation detection devices are prepared after a radiation leak at a uranium processing facility in Tokaimura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Tokyo. Japan's half-century-long history of relying on nuclear power is riddled with scandals - one of the key reasons its people are deeply skeptical they are getting the full picture of the magnitude of the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, where workers were racing against time to prevent a full meltdown.
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Behind Japan's escalating nuclear crisis sits a scandal-ridden energy industry in a comfy relationship with government regulators often willing to overlook safety lapses. Leaks of radioactive steam and workers contaminated with radiation are just part of the disturbing catalog of accidents that have occurred over the years and been belatedly reported to the public, if at all.