In a rare interview prompted by the recent Asahi Shimbun article series on the statements of late Fukushima Daiichi plant manager, Masao Yoshida, former cabinet advisor Goshi Hosono granted an interview. Hosono was acting as a go between with Yoshida at Fukushima Daiichi and Prime Minister Kan during the disaster. Hosono’s communications and recollection of events at the Prime Minister’s office clearly showed it was TEPCO’s corporate office in Tokyo that wanted to abandon Fukushima Daiichi.
This was a key event in the disaster. If Daiichi had been abandoned the disaster would have spiraled completely out of control. This would have likely caused them to also have to abandon Fukushima Daini as they were trying to keep control of that plant. Kan’s worst case assumption was that this would have caused other nearby reactors to be abandoned in a domino effect as they were struggling with the aftermath of the tsunami and could have required Tokyo to be evacuated.
Hosono’s interview puts events clearly back on TEPCO’s corporate office as the source of the push to completely abandon the plant.
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