Book: US gov’t was considering plan to evacuate all 90,000 citizens living in Tokyo — US knew fuel had melted early on via Global Hawk data

Published: August 18th, 2011 at 12:02 am ET
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US Government Considered Evacuation of 90,000 US Citizens in Tokyo, EX-SKF, August 17, 2011:

From Yomiuri Shinbun [Translation] (10:30PM JST 8/17/2011):

The US government was considering the plan to evacuate all 90,000 US citizens living in Tokyo right after the Fukushima I Nuclear power Plant accident, according to a new book […] written by Kevin Maher, former Japan Desk director at the US State Department. […]

The subject of evacuating the US citizens was raised in the early hours on March 16 (local time). The US had already knew about the unusually high temperature of the reactors from the Global Hawk data, and determined that “the fuel has already melted”. […] The US high-ranking officials wanted to evacuate the US citizens (from Tokyo) but the local officials including Maher objected, as “it would severely undermine the US-Japan alliance”. […]

Maher denies making disparaging remarks, Japan Times, August 18, 2011:

Kevin Maher, a former senior U.S. diplomat sacked in March after allegedly making derogatory remarks about Okinawans, on Wednesday denied ever making the comments and accused the reporter who broke the story of breaching journalistic standards. […]

Maher was removed from his post March 10, the day before the Great East Japan Earthquake, but was immediately called in to help lead the State Department’s disaster-relief task force. […]

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Published: August 18th, 2011 at 12:02 am ET
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