Title: Read all about it: How Kan-do attitude averted the meltdown of Japan
Source: The Japan Times
Author: Roger Pulvers
Date: Jan 25, 2013
[...] Published in paperback by Gentosha in October last year, “Tōden Fukushima Genpatsu Jiko Sōri Toshite Kangaeta Koto” (“My Thoughts as Prime Minister on the Tepco Fukushima Nuclear Plant Accident”), the book is a highly revealing document of those events as witnessed and written by the person at the very center of decision-making in Japan, the prime minister at the time, Naoto Kan. [...]
The first week after the accident was a nightmare,” he writes. [...]
Kan takes up the narrative: “It was at 3 a.m. when Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaeda came to the Residence with the news that Masataka Shimizu, president of Tepco, had put in a request to withdraw from the nuclear plant site.
“If I (had let this happen), 50 million people would have to be evacuated within a few weeks. … The very announcement to evacuate would result in mass panic.” [...]
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Published: January 26th, 2013 at 11:45 am ET