Kyodo News, Sept. 20, 2013: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assurances to the international community that radioactive water is being contained inside the port of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have come without him knowing exactly which area he was talking about.Abe told the International Olympic Committee earlier this month the “influence of the contaminated water is completely blocked within the 0.3 square-kilometer area of the plant’s port.” [...] during a visit to the Fukushima complex Thursday, he asked the plant’s chief Akira Ono in the presence of reporters, “Where is the 0.3 (square-km area)?” prompting Ono to point to the relevant area. [...]
The Japan Times, Feb. 19, 2013: During Tokyo’s final pitch to the International Olympic Committee on Sept. 7, Abe declared that “the situation (at the Fukushima plant) is under control” and “effects from the contaminated water have been perfectly blocked within the (artificial) bay” next to the wrecked nuclear complex. On Thursday, as he faced reporters after addressing the workers, Abe repeated the controversial remarks almost word for word, saying the “effects from the contaminated water have been perfectly blocked within the bay.”
See also: Japan Nuclear Expert: I was "flabbergasted" by Olympic speech -- Fukushima reactors are actually destroyed and constantly leaking in ocean -- Contamination dumping into sea -- PM: "It's contained in 0.3 km² area of harbor"
Published: September 20th, 2013 at 12:54 pm ET