Japan should discard nuclear power as too dangerous.

Japan’s former leader condemns nuclear power - Comment on 2012 May 28

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“It is impossible to ensure safety sufficiently to prevent the risk of a national collapse. Experiencing the accident convinced me that the best way to make nuclear plants safe is not to rely on them, but rather to get rid of them.” Read more:

Just yesterday we also had Fukushima mentioned in the entry
2012 Mai 27 – Die Energie produzierenden Fusionsreaktionen der Sonne
and also Mrs Merkel: „Her Fukushima decision was in the right direction.“ And today I read something very suitable to that:

 

In an unusually stark warning, Japan’s prime minister during last year’s nuclear crisis told a parliamentary inquiry on Monday that the country should discard nuclear power as too dangerous, saying the Fukushima accident had pushed Japan to the brink of “national collapse.”

In testimony to a panel investigating the government’s handling of the nuclear disaster, the former prime minister, Naoto Kan, also warned that the politically powerful nuclear industry was trying to push Japan back toward nuclear power despite “showing no remorse” for the accident.

Mr. Kan’s was the most closely watched testimony in the six-month-old inquiry, which was started by lawmakers who felt an earlier internal investigation by the government had papered over problems. Mr. Kan used the appearance to criticize the relatively pro-nuclear stance of the current prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, who replaced him in August.

But his strongest comments came at the end of his testimony, when a panel member asked him if he had any advice for the current prime minister. Mr. Kan replied that the accident had brought Japan to the brink of evacuating metropolitan Tokyo and its 30 million residents. He said the loss of the capital would have paralyzed the national government, leading to “a collapse of the nation’s ability to function.”

He said the prospect of losing Tokyo made him realize that nuclear power was just too risky, the consequences of an accident too large, for Japan to accept.

“It is impossible to ensure safety sufficiently to prevent the risk of a national collapse,” Mr. Kan said. “Experiencing the accident convinced me that the best way to make nuclear plants safe is not to rely on them, but rather to get rid of them.”

 

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