This type of "questions" can mostly be answered looking at the worst-case scenario. Thats what actually surprises me. After nuclear disaster in Japan and state bankrupt of Greece one should already know before finishing the formulation of the question, in which contexts bribery can not only damage, but ruin whole societies.
In Japan one may say, it was technological mismanagment, but according to this source
Dr Shoji Sawada is a theoretical
particle physicist and Professor
Emeritus at Nagoya University in
Japan. He is concerned about the types
of nuclear plants in his country, and
the fact that most of them are of US
"Most of the reactors in Japan were
designed by US companies who did not
care for the effects of earthquakes,"
Dr Sawada told Al Jazeera. "I think
this problem applies to all nuclear
power stations across Japan."
Using nuclear power to produce
electricity in Japan is a product of
the nuclear policy of the US,
something Dr Sawada feels is also a
large component of the problem.
"Most of the Japanese scientists at
that time, the mid-1950s, considered
that the technology of nuclear energy
was under development or not
established enough, and that it was
too early to be put to practical use,"
he explained. "The Japan Scientists
Council recommended the Japanese
government not use this technology
yet, but the government accepted to
use enriched uranium to fuel nuclear
power stations, and was thus subjected
to US government policy."
one has to ask, if japan scientists were just overruled or the wrong scientists/politicians, giving legitimation to nuclear power plants (not optimized towards Japan unique environmental risks), were bribed. Same with security inspectors for local plants...
Economy of Greece:
The country suffers from high levels
of political and economic corruption
and low global competitiveness
compared to its EU partners.