WSJ: Japan Prime Minister ‘hedges’ when asked about Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 — Fears revived after U.S. senator’s warning of huge danger that remains at Fukushima

Published: May 14th, 2012 at 6:55 am ET
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Noda’s Hedged Reassurances On Fukushima Daiichi
Wall Street Journal’s Japan Real Time
Yuka Hayashi
May 14, 2012, 7:02 PM JST

Noda’s Hedged Reassurances on Fukushima Daiichi

The biggest question for many foreigners thinking about visiting Japan is whether the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is now safe enough. Reviving their fear recently was a letter from a U.S. senator to Japanese and American officials warning of the huge potential danger of the spent fuel pool at the No.4 reactor.

So when JRT [WSJ's Japan Real Time] got a chance to interview the prime minister Saturday, we asked his views of the current state of the crippled plant.

The answers from Mr. Noda [...] were not so clear cut.

“Basically, we no longer have a situation where more people have to evacuate due to problems like melting fuel rods,” he said. [...]

Mr. Noda didn’t answer directly the question about the spent fuel pool at No. 4.

Published: May 14th, 2012 at 6:55 am ET
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6 comments to WSJ: Japan Prime Minister ‘hedges’ when asked about Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 — Fears revived after U.S. senator’s warning of huge danger that remains at Fukushima

  • RememberThis RememberThis

    They have no answer…This is the 3rd night in a row I have noticed increased "glow" whee the SFP should be located.


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  • RememberThis RememberThis

    Lost an "r" there whuups


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  • RutherfordsGhost

    Are you referring to Cerenkov radiation in the air above the plant?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Jaczko…ya.. that truthful guy..said Unit 4 lost massive amounts of water.
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/japan-nuclear-crisis-nrc-spent-fuel-pool-unit/story?id=13146516


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  • ion jean ion jean

    The Japanese spokesman knows how to DANCE…around the TRUTH! They are not poor linguists, and they perform better in school and engineering cars, audio and digital devices than many other nations, including mother/whore U.S. (I can say that cuz I'm both, lol!)

    We should take the PM's words at face value and journalists for a major rag like the WSJ should know enough to press for elaboration, for that is what I would have done had I such a degree and opportunity.

    SPF4 remains a stone about to roll. Are we about to rock??


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  • Lee Binder

    what a dumb**s is this Noda Primate .. his ignorant narrow-minded reply makes me f***ing mad – it blatantly displays how detached from reality the ones in charge are .. thanks to complete losers like Noda Japan cannot get the help the *entire planet* needs – because Mr. "me-no-wanna-see" is miles away from even wanting to realize the real extend of the ongoing and developing catastrophy ..

    This d***hbag's reply just shattered my last little bit of hope that humanity might be able to somehow turn the rudder .. as long as idiots like Noda are in charge –> no friggen way..


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