Here's textbook example of science gone awry. They thought it seemed like a good thing at the time; storage and disposal of the radioactive waste from this exciting new technology can be dealt with later when the next generation can invent an exciting new technology to deal with the problem - a classic case of kicking the can down the road. But in this case they're kicking the bucket. The geniuses that build nuclear power stations take great care in choosing ideal locations for new plants - on major earthquake faults.
The Japanese are particularly adept at advanced technologies such as nuclear energy. They were the first to enjoy the benefits of nuclear bombs for population control. And they were the first to enjoy the pleasures of an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdown all at once.