Asahi: Secret US report called Japan’s Fukushima response “FUBAR, or F−−−−− Up Beyond All Recognition” — Top official had tears in his eyes

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 3:25 pm ET
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Title: PROMETHEUS TRAP (5): Tears from an old Japan hand at the State Department
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIROYOSHI ITABASHI
Date: Feb 6, 2013

[...] How did the [U.S.] State Department assess the way the Japanese government was responding to the nuclear crisis?

An internal report on the issue secretly circulated among top State Department officials on that day [March 16, 2011] contained one word that would answer that question–”FUBAR,” or F—– Up Beyond All Recognition. [...]

Also on that day, [Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs] attended a meeting of senior officials at the State Department [...] He informed the attendants of the department’s decision to declare a “voluntary evacuation” from Japan. [...]

One of the senior officials present at the meeting recalls seeing tears in Campbell’s eyes. [...]

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Published: February 5th, 2013 at 3:25 pm ET
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