Title: POINT OF VIEW/ Hirohito Ono: We cannot allow return to nuclear power without proper debate
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIROHITO ONO/ Director of The Asahi Shimbun Editorial Board
Date: June 29, 2013
[...] REALITY IN FUKUSHIMA
[...] The actual conditions within the crippled plant’s reactors remain unknown. Work continues to cool the fuel within the reactors, but problems have arisen in how to process the cooling water. There is yet no end in sight for decontaminating areas polluted by radioactive materials. [...]
Since March 11, 2011, Japan has entered a different age. Unlike the time before the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan has become a nation that possesses a dangerous, crippled nuclear plant.
The nation likely does not have the ability to cope with another accident of a similar scale.
If that is the case, the only alternative will be to reduce the number of nuclear plants as quickly as possible while making safety standards stricter and implementing measures to prepare for the likelihood of another accident.
That is the brutally frank reality Japan now faces. [...]
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Published: July 1st, 2013 at 10:42 am ET
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- Japan Diplomat: We don’t know what’s happening underground of Fukushima reactors — Potential accident remains now (AUDIO) March 17, 2013
- Fukushima Workers: Smoke was pouring out of Unit 1 before tsunami hit — “No doubt” quake crippled reactors — Could torpedo Japan’s attempts to restart nuclear plants (VIDEO) March 9, 2013
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- Japan Times: “Deadly” radiation levels detected outside Fukushima containment vessel — “Details behind situation are unknown” — Officials unable to grasp location of melted nuclear fuel — “Impossible” to plan for decommissioning October 30, 2015