Government considered evacuating 500,000 after nuclear accident
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 10, 2012
In the days after the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, the Cabinet Office was drawing up plans to evacuate 500,000 people in a “worst-case scenario” at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
That plan would have relocated all people living within a 50-kilometer radius of the plant.
Koichiro Genba, then minister in charge of national policy [had] a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun [...]
Under Genba’s instruction, the commission, set up in the Cabinet Office, drew up contingency steps for a possible chain of meltdowns, after radiation emitted from melted fuel at one of the three reactors forced workers to pull out.
Genba suggested the evacuation of people living within 50 km of the plant to Prime Minister Naoto Kan after the commission presented the scenario and evacuation plan. [...]
At that time, the government was trying to secure accommodations in surrounding prefectures for the Fukushima evacuees. [...]
Japan decided to stick to its initial order to evacuate residents within the 20-km zone, affecting 78,000 people
Published: May 10th, 2012 at 7:09 pm ET