Tepco President: “Be prepared for the worst” — Fukushima is “a warning to the world” — “We made a lot of excuses to ourselves”

Thursday, November 21, 2013
By Paul Martin

November 21st, 2013

Guardian, Nov. 19, 2013: The catastrophic triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011 was “a warning to the world” about the hazards of nuclear power […] the man with overall responsibility for the operation in Japan has told the Guardian. Speaking at his Tokyo corporate headquarters, Naomi Hirose, president of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which runs the stricken Fukushima plant, said Britain’s nuclear managers “should be prepared for the worst” […] “What happened at Fukushima was, yes, a warning to the world,” he said. The resulting lesson was clear: “Try to examine all the possibilities, no matter how small they are, and don’t think any single counter-measure is foolproof” […]

Telegraph, Nov. 19, 2013: [Hirose] said that despite what the nuclear industry and the public wanted to believe, nuclear power was not 100 per cent safe. […] Mr Hirose said that small measures could have been adopted at Fukushima that would have prevented the meltdown following the March 2011 tsunami being so severe. He said Tepco was willing to share the lessons it had learned since the disaster […] “We made a lot of excuses to ourselves […]

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