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Asahi: US gov’t considered “immediately evacuating” all citizens living in Japan, including entire military

Published: January 31st, 2013 at 8:42 pm ET
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Title: PROMETHEUS TRAP (3): Japanese ambassador felt something not right before State Department meeting
Source:  AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIDEFUMI NOGAMI
Date: February 01, 2013

The consensus that was developing in the teleconference that began at 1:30 a.m. on March 16, 2011, U.S. Eastern Standard Time, demonstrated the extent to which the U.S. government was willing to take a bold step because it called for immediately evacuating all U.S. citizens living in Japan, including members of the U.S. military.

That would, of course, mean that Washington was prepared for a situation in which the U.S. military had no presence in Japan.

However, the evacuation of the military would require a decision by U.S. President Barack Obama. [...]

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Energy Department had calculated the possible spread of radioactive materials based on weather information. The result of the calculation was that even in a worst-case scenario, Tokyo would likely be spared from any radioactive fallout.

After discussing the matter with White House officials, [Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs] reached the conclusion that the calculations meant an immediate evacuation from Tokyo was no longer necessary. [...]

“Even in a worst-case scenario, Tokyo would likely be spared from any radioactive fallout”? Here are several reports about radiation plumes arriving in the Tokyo area prior to March 16:

Published: January 31st, 2013 at 8:42 pm ET
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