Former Japan PM: I thought nuke mishap could destroy Tokyo, Dong-a Ilbo (Korea), September 6, 2011:
Former Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto says he felt a sense of crisis that the nuclear plant mishap in Fukushima could obliterate Tokyo and its vicinity, said the Japanese daily Tokyo Shimbun Tuesday.
Statements made by Kan
- “The week shortly after the accident is the period when I felt the highest sense of crisis [...] The thought of an uninhabited Tokyo made me shudder.”
- “At around 3 a.m. March 15, three days after the accident, I got a report from then Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda that Tokyo Power Corp. was about to withdraw from the nuclear facility. So instantly I summoned the company’s president Masataka Shimizu and asked him to set up a joint countermeasures headquarters of the government and the company at the company’s headquarters.”
- “Had Tokyo Power Corp. withdrawn from the nuclear power plant, nobody might live in Tokyo now.”
Published: September 6th, 2011 at 9:10 pm ET