Noda’s Hedged Reassurances On Fukushima Daiichi
Wall Street Journal’s Japan Real Time
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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