Nuclear

It’s been more than a month since the Tohoku earthquake & tsunami devastated Japan.  The nuclear plants are still damaged and no one knows the totality of the damage.  I’ve thought about this a few times but am still unable to understand why on earth did Japan choose to use nuclear power.  Japan has huge energy needs.  Yes yes.  I know all that. But… for a country that suffered 2 atomic bombs, shouldn’t they, of all people, know how painful a nuclear fallout could be?  Sigh. I just don’t get it.