Title: More Fukushima panic stories emerge 05/03/2012
Source: ABC Australia
Author: Mark Willacy
Date: Monday, March 5, 2012 08:24:00
TONY EASTLEY: [...] The latest is an internal official memo confirming that the Japanese government decided to withhold alarming radiation forecasts from the public in the days immediately after the meltdowns.
North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Tokyo.
MARK WILLACY: [...] What the minister Yoshiaki Takaki and his top officials saw just a couple of days after the meltdowns was chilling.
According to a leaked internal government memo it was feared that radioactive clouds could spread from the gutted nuclear plant all the way south to Kanto – in other words to Tokyo.
According to the then vice-minister Kan Suzuki, the decision was taken to withhold that information from the public, fearing it would generate mass panic.
The then prime minister Naoto Kan has already acknowledged that the worst-case scenario – the evacuation of millions from Tokyo – was broached.
(Sound of Naoto Kan speaking)
“When I was in the middle of it all, what worried me was what would happen if the area where people couldn’t live spread to 200, 300 kilometres,” said Mr Kan in a recent interview. “That’s what worried me then. That’s what worries me still,” he says.[...]
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Published: March 5th, 2012 at 12:21 am ET
- Kyodo: Radiation forecast can “by no means” be released to public decided gov’t on Mar. 15 — Showed radioactive cloud could spread over Tokyo area March 3, 2012
- Ultimate Insider: Prime Minister contemplated evacuating 30 million from Tokyo, didn’t because fear of mass panic and chaos — Said eastern Japan might collapse (AUDIO) September 28, 2011
- Australia: Fear that Fukushima fallout has affected greater Tokyo area — Has radiation spread further than Japan gov’t has acknowledged? October 12, 2011
- Local Tokyo official says “It became clear that radiation came further south than we thought, all the way to Tokyo”… while at nursery school with kids rolling in dirt and tasting it (AUDIO) November 13, 2011
- Germany discontinuing forecast of radioactive plume on July 29 — Final animation shows it heading south over Tokyo (MAP) July 27, 2011