Former Prime Minister of Japan: We’ve been lied to, nuclear experts lying to us… They’ve been telling a pack of lies — Governor: Tepco needs to reveal who gave orders to lie about Fukushima meltdowns (VIDEO)

Thursday, January 16, 2014
By Paul Martin
January 16th, 2014

Asahi Shimbun, Jan. 12, 2014 (h/t Anonymous tip): ‘We’ve been lied to,’ said ex-Prime Minister Koizumi […] “This is not an interview,” the acquaintance stressed, reminding me that [Junichiro] Koizumi has not granted a single request for an interview or TV appearance since he stepped down as prime minister.[…] I asked him, “What was the biggest reason for your change of heart?” […] “Denjiren (the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan) has been telling a pack of lies,” he began. “When experts say nuclear power generation is safe and doesn’t cost much and this is the only way to go if we want to stop relying on coal, well, we believe them. But they’ve been lying to us for years. […] we certainly had no idea how difficult it is to control nuclear energy.” “You felt you were taken for a ride?” I ventured. “That’s it. Exactly,” he replied. Wow. So, he switched sides when he realized he had been deceived by bureaucrats and nuclear experts. […] here was a man who held Japan’s highest political office for five and a half years, lamenting now–and openly admitting–that he’d been lied to. When you think about it, Japan is really a dreadful country where critical information is deliberately withheld from the prime minister who determines the fate of the country, and even he is made to believe the “myth” of nuclear safety.

Asahi Shimbun, Jan. 16, 2014: Government officials in Niigata Prefecture criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s rebuilding plan that includes bringing idled nuclear reactors back online […] restarting four reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture. The utility aims to resume operations at the plant’s No. 6 and 7 reactors as early as July. Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida bluntly called the plan “a pie in the sky idea.” […] “it is a ridiculous plan from a safety standpoint,” Izumida said at the meeting. The governor has never hidden his distrust of the utility. […] Izumida has been especially critical of the fact that TEPCO has yet to clearly explain why it took nearly two months after the onset of the nuclear disaster to admit that meltdowns had occurred at the Fukushima plant. “A major point of the review of the accident is to determine if (TEPCO) is a company that can be trusted,” Izumida said Jan. 15. […]

Hirohiko Izumida, Governor of Niigata Prefecture (at 49:00 in): Tepco on either the 12th of March or on the 11th of March had already anticipated a meltdown to occur. For example, there should be soul-searching in regard to Fukushima, and it should be made clear as to who gave the instructions to tell lies for a period of two months. And it is necessary to do this for them to regain credibility, and yet there is no one that has been able to talk about this. In other words, it doesn’t mean that a person had to go to the No. 2 reactor to look at the high doses, but rather normally it should have been explained that there were reasons why lies had to be told but now what is going to be carried out from here onwards so that lies will no longer be conveyed.

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