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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 Li...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Japan’s ‘nuclear village’ received repeated warnings and advice about the country’s plants, but would not accept that they were unsafe. American regulators even pinpointed power system improvements that might have saved more of the Fukushima reactors. When the disaster occurred, the government and plant operator were unprepared and the safety myth was exposed, expl...