Japanese Prime Minister Had to Fly In to Fukushima In the Middle of the Night to Get the Scoop from Low-Level Nuclear Workers … Because Tepco Wouldn’t Tell Him the Truth

Tepco Wouldn’t Even Tell the Truth to the Japanese Leader

In this 27-second video, Amy Goodman summarizes her interview with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan:

We just came from Tokyo. We broadcast for three days from Japan. And we’re going to play the interview I did with the former prime minister, the one in charge at the time [of the Fukushima disaster], Naoto Kan. He said it was extremely difficult to get a straight answer from TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, that ran the plants, and he had to fly in. He figured the only place he could get a straight, nonpolitical answer—he flew in the middle of the night to the plant to talk to the workers to figure out whether he had to evacuate 50 million people in Tokyo.

This is not the first time Tepco has been less than honest:

  • Tepco admitted that it’s known for 2 years that massive amounts of radioactive water are leaking into the groundwater and Pacific Ocean, but covered it up
  • Tepco falsely claimed that all of the radiation was somehow contained in the harbor right outside the nuclear plants
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  • Michael Faust

    Don’t forget Banzai’s Radiation Geisha Girl, i think this will be a classic


  • Michael Faust

    Eh Washington, check out the USA’s fukushima, we been bird dogging this one.


  • ThatsRightISaidIt

    It is a testament to the insanity of the world that Tepco is still allowed anywhere near nuclear energy.
    And Japan should be ashamed as they continue pushing and selling nuclear energy to other countries while they face a major unsolvable nuclear disaster at home.

  • Joffan

    You’re backing the wrong horse here.

    Naoto Kan’s politically-driven interference in the progression of events at Fukushima Daiichi may actually have caused the explosion at unit 1 and thus the subsequent problems that caused the unit 2 and 3 meltdowns.

    Essentially nothing he says can be trusted. History will find him out.

    By contrast, It’s easy to claim Tepco is untruthful – if you mischaracterize everything they say, or mistake doom-laden assertions of fantasy for truth. Tepco is not good at PR, especially if you only look at their English output, but they generally report accurately what they know.

    • Hate nukers

      Nuke whore. We know you and your propaganda from other blogs.

      A typically foul nuker, an enemy of the world.

      • Joffan

        Some folks want to debate, and some just want to hate. Crawl back under your bridge.

    • jo6pac

      Your kidding right?

      • Joffan

        No, not kidding. You chase down these assertions about Tepco and you almost always get to someone’s distorted opinion, not to an actual problem with what Tepco said.

        By contrast there is no doubt that Kan made useless and time-wasting visits and his office explicitly delayed venting on Unit 1 that might have averted the explosion – which then made access to the other reactors much more difficult.