The U.S. has seen a clean nuclear record since Three Mile Island, and many heavily nuclear countries such as France and Germany also have clean nuclear records.
Perhaps Japan simply isn't the best place to put a nuclear reactor due to geography, but we do not have that sort of problem here in the United States.
And you are right about truth and honesty. The "anti-nuclear" propaganda in this country has been so overwhelming that it is incredibly difficult to get any sort of nuclear legislation done. The term "nuclear power" for many decades was, well, quite nuclear. But I think with a rational cost benefit analysis, one will determine that nuclear has unlimited potential to met our energy and ecological needs.