Several thousand Japanese anti-nuclear protesters marched in the rain on Saturday, welcoming a call from the prime minister to shut down a plant in central Japan and urging him to close more to avoid another nuclear crisis.
Prime Minister Kan, who has been accused by opposition politicians, his own party and quake survivors of failing to take command of the response to the triple disaster, has said the need to rebuild is an opportunity for national “rebirth.”
Plutonium has been detected in soil at the facility and highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor building.
In planning their defense against a killer tsunami, the people running Japan’s now-hobbled nuclear power plant dismissed important scientific evidence and all but disregarded 3,000 years of geological history.
Prime minister urges vigilance after safety officials said break in nuclear reactor may have caused big radiation leak
Japan is facing an unimaginable three-pronged calamity that combines the horrors of an earthquake, a tsunami, and now a nuclear crisis. While disastrous, the language used by public authorities to describe the possible atomic meltdown is bordering on reckless hyperbole: apocalypse, out of control, catastrophic.
Most people chalk up the extraordinary good behavior to Japanese culture, noting the legendary politeness of Japanese people in everyday life.
Japan, a country lulled by the reassuring rhythms of order and predictability, has been jolted by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis into an unsettling new reality: lack of control.
Radiation from Japan’s quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reached harmful levels, the government says.
A federal team will be in Crescent City later this week to use special sonar equipment to map sunken boats in the harbor.