Anyhow, the story written by Peter Goodspeed describes how Japan feared something called the devil's chain reaction - basically, a worst case scenario of nuclear accidents. It also describes the actions of politicos and TEPCO's and how lucky the whole damn country was it didn't end up glowing like a gaijin (foreigner) getting laid for the first time in Japan.
Check it out. It's not an opinion piece, but is based on a 400-page report issued by a team of 30 investigators assembled by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation.
PS: The photo above has absolutely nothing to do with the story... it's a devil's reaction to chains... it was the best I could do.