Hands-on leader - Naoto Kan (centre) visits an area hit by the tsunami (photo: dpa)

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan played vital role when disaster struck at Fukushima

Most observers agree that plant operator Tepco and Japan’s regulatory bodies bear most of the responsibility for the poor handling of the Fukushima crisis. But opinion is split on the contribution of Naoto Kan, prime minister at the time, who adopted a hands-on approach and called in the military when his country’s future was at stake, writes Professor Dr Stefan Lippert in the final part of our five-part series on Fukushima.

PLANT operator Tepco ‘bears the primary responsibility for the incompetent handling of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster’ among the key players that had to deal with it.

This view, widely shared today, is the re...

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Prime Minister Naoto Kan was so frustrated with their incompetence that he called in outside experts to advise him on technical matters
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