As a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency visits Tokyo Electric Power Co. ’s crippled nuclear plant today, academics warn the company has failed to disclose the scale of radiation leaks and faces a “massive problem” with contaminated water.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers agreed to a management proposal to cut their pay by as much as 25 percent out of a sense of responsibility for the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, their union said.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to decommission the damaged reactors at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in 30 to 40 years, the Japanese government said, outlining a “roadmap” for dismantling the station.
Tokyo’s preparedness for dealing with a major earthquake after last year’s record temblor in northeast Japan that left more than 19,000 dead or missing may not significantly cut deaths or damage, says Kazuchika Asano, who has studied the city’s emergency procedures for two decades.
Japan should consider restructuring oversight of its nuclear energy infrastructure after the crisis in Fukushima revealed difficulties coordinating different agencies, lawmaker Goshi Hosono said today.
Yukio Edano followed Prime Minister Naoto Kan through the creation of a political party in 1996 and the ascent of their Democratic Party of Japan to power 18 months ago. Now, as Japan faces its worst crisis since World War II, he embodies Kan’s strategy of transparency.