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Report: Ex-PM imagined empty Tokyo early in crisis

Report: Ex-PM imagined empty Tokyo early in crisis

Japan's former prime minister says that early in March's nuclear crisis "deserted scenes of Tokyo without a single man around came across my mind" when thinking about the extreme possibility that the city would have to be evacuated.
In an interview with the Tokyo Shimbun daily, Naoto Kan said that "spine-chilling" image flashed in his mind during the first week of the crisis, when information coming from the radiation-leaking plant was sketchy.
Kan said in the interview published Tuesday that when he heard that the cooling systems had failed at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant soon after it was damaged by the March 11 tsunami, he understood the gravity of the situation.
Some 100,000 people from around the plant have been evacuated.


Updated : 2021-07-27 21:02 GMT+08:00