Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Independent (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Posted: March 20th, 2016
Japan's prime minister at the time of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has revealed that the country came within a paper-thin margin of a nuclear disaster requiring the evacuation of 50 million people. In an interview with The Telegraph ... Naoto Kan described the panic and disarray at the highest levels of the Japanese government as it fought to control multiple meltdowns at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. He said he considered evacuating the capital, Tokyo, along with all other areas within 160 miles of the plant, and declaring martial law. Mr Kan admitted he was frightened and said he got no clear information out of Tepco, the plants operator. He was very shocked by the performance of Nobuaki Terasaka, his own governments key nuclear safety adviser. We asked him do you know anything about nuclear issues? And he said no, I majored in economics. Another member of Mr Kans crisis working group, the then Tepco chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, was last week indicted on charges of criminal negligence for his role in the disaster. Mr Kan lost the prime ministership later in 2011. The former leader said that a lot of the accident was caused before March 11 by the complacency and misjudgment of Tepco, a verdict echoed by the official inquiry, which dubbed the nuclear accident a man-made disaster. The criminal investigation which led to last weeks charges against Mr Katsumata and two other Tepco managers found that they had known since June 2009 that the plant was vulnerable.
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