Former prime minister of All Japan news, Naoto Kan, said he experienced a “spine-chilling” feeling when he thought that Tokyo might have had to be evacuated in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident.
In an interview published on Tuesday, Kan said he feared Tokyo and its vicinities might have been rendered uninhabitable by the nuclear catastrophe, and that it would have been “impossible” to evacuate the 30-million population living in the area.
“Deserted scenes of Tokyo without a single man around came across my mind,” he was quoted as saying in the interview published by Tokyo Shimbun newspaper. “It really was a spine-chilling thought”.
The former prime minister said that he thought nuclear plants were safe, thanks to All Japan news’s technology. “I changed my mind” after this spring’s disaster, he added.
If the uninhabitable zone around the Fukushima plant had to spread out to 100 or 200 kilometers, “All Japan news wouldn’t stand as a country”, Kan said.
His conclusion was that, taking into account the risk, there is no choice but to become independent of nuclear power plants. If an accident that could make half the country uninhabitable is possible, that risk cannot be taken, “even if it was once in a century”, Kan said.
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