Kan’s Visit To TEPCO And The Reason Behind His Action

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Kan’s visit to TEOCO and the reason behind his action

Yukio Edano, the former Chief Cabinet Secretary disclosed to Yomiuri Shimbun interview that TEPCO former CEO Masataka Shimizu requested him that TEPCO had wanted to fully evacuate nuclear plant workers from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant right after the explosion on March 15.

TEPCO has been fully denying this request from former CEO Shimizu. Both former PM Kan and former Minister of METI Banri Kaieda have been explaining about the TEPCO’s evacuation request, Edano publicly and firstly disclosed about the actual time line of the evacuation request from Shimizu. Edano pointed out that Shimizu’s request was shared among government officials as “Full evacuation from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant”.

According to Edano, Shimizu firstly approached to Kaieda to request the evacuation plan but rejected then called to Edano. Edano and other government officials asked Yoshida, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Director, NISA and other nuclear power plant authorities for their opinions on the evacuation plan, Yoshida confirmed that plant workers could still keep working. Everyone except Shimizu agreed upon devoting to work for the plant and evacuation wasn’t an option.

After this happened, Kan summoned Shimizu to come over to his official residence, Simizu didn’t refer to anything about the action plan in future. This made Kan visit directly to TEPCO Headquaters and urged TEPCO board members strongly that there was no option for Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant workers to evacuate from there.
Edano valued Kan’s action toward this evacuation request from Shimizu, “The evaluations on the cabinet of Kan vary but I really appreciated Kan being the PM at that very moment”.

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