Prime Minister Kan: Radiation disaster ‘would hit the world’ if Fukushima Daiichi was evacuated — ‘No longer a question of only Japan’ — Worry over current state of plant

Published: April 23rd, 2012 at 9:25 am ET
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Title: Naoto Kan: The man who says he saved the world
Source: The Independent
Author: David McNeill
Date: Monday 23 April 2012

It reads like a dispatch from the pages of Godzilla, who was a fictional metaphor for nuclear weapons, wreaking destruction with a blast of radiation from his mouth: the world’s most populated metropolis is threatened with fallout from an out-of-control nuclear power plant. [...]

Widely criticised for his handling of the March disaster, [Prime Minister, Naoto Kan] has nevertheless been hailed for his decision to confront plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) and stop it abandoning its six reactors and seven lethal nuclear fuel pools. “It is for history to evaluate what took place, but as Prime Minister I just did what I could,” he said in his first interview with a British newspaper since stepping down last year after turning against nuclear power. [...]

Abandoning the plant would create a catastrophe “twice or three times worse than Chernobyl,” he said, referring to the 1986 Ukraine nuclear disaster. [...] It was no longer a question of only Japan. The disaster would hit the world. [...]

Mr Kan says he remains worried about the state of the Daiichi complex.

“Even after a year, we’re not certain about the situation there,” Mr Kan says, citing Tepco’s discovery last month that only 60cm of water was inside the containment vessel of Reactor 2, far below the three to six metres expected. The ex-Prime Minister said it is difficult to conclude yet that the plant is under control.

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Published: April 23rd, 2012 at 9:25 am ET
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