Former Prime Minister: Half the people in Japan were close to being evacuated after start of Fukushima crisis (VIDEO)

Published: March 11th, 2013 at 11:42 pm ET


Title: My Experiences as Prime Minister during the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Source: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Uploaded by: Cinema Forum Fukushima
Videographed & Edited by: Intertelemedia, Inc
Translated by: Kazko Kawai, Voices for Lively Spring
Subtitled by: East River Films Inc
Date: March 11, 2013

At 6:30 in

Naoto KAN, Member of the House of Representatives of the Japanese Diet, Former Prime Minister of Japan:

Mr. Kondo, who was Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan, pointed out to me that, in a worst case scenario, people within a radius of 155 miles might have to evacuate, and they might not be able to go home for 10, 20, 30, years. The Tokyo Metropolitan Area is within this 155 mile zone. 50 million, almost one half of the entire population of Japan live there. […]

Japan would not be able to function fully as a nation for a long time. Japan was close to this extremely grave scenario.  […]

Needless to say, if we think about the extraordinary risk of losing half our land and having 50% of the population have to evacuate, this problem cannot be solved technologically.’

Watch the presentation here

Published: March 11th, 2013 at 11:42 pm ET


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20 comments to Former Prime Minister: Half the people in Japan were close to being evacuated after start of Fukushima crisis (VIDEO)

  • Proton

    Save the economy or save the People?

    • Proton

      I'm always on the side of saving the people…
      Doesn't matter who you are or where you are from
      Notice how the controlling entity, in most cases, does not have any real interest in the truth.

  • We Not They Finally

    We saw this videotape this morning. He seemed filled with sorrow and is now solidly against nuclear plants. The people should have been evacuated — they should STILL be evacuated — but it's unclear that TEPCO even kept him in the loop. We don't even know that Kan had the power to force a mass evacuation. Then he was forced out of office, and horror-story Shinzo Abe is in the office now. Sometimes one has to go on instinct. We just didn't feel like we were looking at a bad person, or a deliberate liar –just a tragically troubled terrain.

  • We Not They Finally

    There were a lot of infuriating speakers at the symposium organized by (the nevertheless wonderful) Helen Caldicott. We just didn't feel that Naoto Kan was one of them — he was likely heavily manipulated and lied to himself at the time — not saying "blameless," no, but he conveyed deep sorrow, and still seemed to be in shock. Other speakers there were WAY WORSE. Like a speaker named David Brenner made our blood boil by saying there were NO studies on cancer in the world except for the wake of Hiroshima/Nagasaki! — like all the way back in 1945! and the Japanese turned it into secrets and lies for the longest while. Then Brenner claimed that 40% of people get cancer in their lifetimes ANYWAY(PRIOR to the nuclear industry???) He mentioned NO other nuclear disaster. Then he kept calling Fukushima "low dose radiation," when kids (and everyone else, of course) are being BOMBARDED every day for two years now, with medical problems already a horror story. It is so HIGH dose radiation! So we wondered who Brenner is in the pocket of. Him we totally loathed for his dishonesty, lies, and the nerve to even be at a conference that was supposed to educate people. BRENNER SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED IN THE DOOR. IT INSULTED ALL OF US.

  • We Not They Finally

    Again regarding David Brenner,he was supposedly an expert on statistics, but made NO MENTION AT ALL OF RADIATION EVEN BEING CUMULATIVE!! It was all like one handy low dose. He ignored all of nuclear history. He twisted numbers to make them dishonestly low, like almost no one gets ill. It's people like that who are "the enemy." He should have been shunned, not welcomed in. Naoto Kan is just a tragedy case, and whatever he did, he'll live with it forever. But the sheer DISHONESTY of some who spoke, like Brenner, polluted the panel discussions because no one was confronting the liars amongst them. We still love Helen Caldicott but this was upsetting. By the way, the moderator seemed just FINE with ongoing nuclear power, just maybe "do it better." And even the guy from the Union of Concerned Scientists said we have to encourage the GOOD nuclear plants, just look at the BAD nuclear plants… You know, it's really worse than just "out to lunch" when people let once-sound organizations get corrupted. We even googled the Linus Pauling Insitute as it is currently, and found them advocating AGAINST taking vitamin C to control free radicals which run amok in the body and cause cancer. Pauling would roll over in his grave. We're not exactly happy campers….

    • m a x l i

      Who is "we"?

      When you tell your opinion, could you please not use the plural? It is a bit irritating, even when I agree with you. Different people might have different opinions.

      • We Not They Finally

        "We" are husband/wife. That's all. No one is ruling out other opinions.

        • m a x l i

          OK, I see, thanks! The reader cannot know, who you are talking about. For me, it was greatly distracting from the actual message you want to convey, when I all the time had to think about what does he/she mean by "we". Good to see you are fighting in a "team".

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fukushima is an ongoing nuclear problem that's being downplayed by lots of BSer's.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Dr. Brenner and the is funded by the NIH (National Institutes of Health)
    Your tax money at work.
    Good ole .gov is telling you, no harm, no foul…
    Yep, an inside job, preplanned by your .gov to prevent piss poor performance…

    He's the RADON man, telling you that Radon is bad for you, but LL Radiation is okay…

    I bet Helen will do a bit better vetting, before the next symposium…

    • We Not They Finally

      Thanks for that helpful comment! Now it makes sense. We are also unhappy campers that universities are so bought off.

  • Jebus Jebus

    David J. Brenner

    I don't get it, Hellen should have known…

    • Sickputer

      The nucleocrats thrive on their steamroller PR machine and rarely allow dissent. Helen is showing that a conference can be open. Give these institutional folks a chance to express their viewpoints and if they are wrong then leave it to the verdict of history to sort it out. The truth takes longer to disseminate, but when it does the lies become obvious even to the Joe Sixpacks.

    • Consider that in a fair discussion it is always good to have the opposing view as well, otherwise you look one-sided or biased.

      As a consensus emerges, the Brenners and their ilk become more exposed. (Actually, I just read Sickputer's comment – I'm saying the same thing).

      Did they have any epidemiologists or medical people there?

  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    Is it too late to evacuate the children and pregnant moms to a safe haven?

    Rather than watching your child get sick along with the associated anxiety and stress, the parents can rest easy and focus on rebuilding their lives.

    To any parent, what price would you put on the life of your child? I am going out on a limb here, but my guess would be no amount of money.

    Now for Tepco, the only factor is money. I am reminded of citizens united ruling that corporations are to be considered as people.

    Ok, so we treat them as people. How then should we interpret a psychopathic mass murderer. Maybe lock them up for ever for starters.

    And this person, Tepco, is fabulously rich. So, seize all of his assets to move the children and pregnant moms to safety.

    As far as the honorable ex-PM goes, I hope that he can reach out to the current government to make this happen.

    So my last comment is to the nuclear industry, Tepco included. Once Tepco is liquidated, then the wealthy nuclear industry (NEI), can easily pay the rest.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    How does one justify the actual numbers that were evacuated..against the original estimates that should have been evacuated?
    The Japanese government..willfully allowed…at least the portion of the population..that they originally thought would be 'absorb in place'.
    Because the sitution is ongoing..they continue to be contaminated.
    This is murder.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Why All Nuclear Power Plants Must Be Shut Down

    Japan Plans To Evacuate 40 Million Citizens; Russia Shocked; via A Green Road

  • jec jec

    They are 'smiling' and being happy! AND they save a lot of money by keeping people in place(sarcasm)..and a false sense of pride in country. Its a tradition I guess to put "face" over safety….business before human life..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    FUKUSHIMA end of nuclear power
    Feb 14 2013