(Subscription Only )Title: Fukushima boss Masao Yoshida breaks silence on disaster
Source: The Australian
Author: Rick Wallace
Date: Aug 11, 2012
[Fukushima boss Masao] Yoshida did use the opportunity, though, to call for foreign expertise to be brought in to help stabilize the reactors, something experts claim TEPCO and Japanese authorities have been reluctant to do on a meaningful level.
“People won’t come back to Fukushima until the plant isstabilised and we still need to find a way to do that,” he said. “We have to bring people in from around the world. It will require people, technology and wisdom from all corners.”
While the government of Japan has declared the cold shutdown and is anxious to talk up progress at the site, Mr Yoshida spoke in his interview as if he didn’t consider the reactors stabilised.
He said he had remained silent until now because he felt it was not right to speak while the four investigations into the tragedy – now concluded – were still under way.
Mr Yoshida said he and the other workers told everything to investigators and the findings reflected this, but their human stories didn’t come through in the investigatory reports.
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Published: August 11th, 2012 at 11:45 am ET
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