Russian Expert Shocked At Poor Japan Handling Of Fukushima
Chernobyl recovery officer criticises Japan’s efforts at Fukushima
Soviet efforts to contain the Chernobyl nuclear disaster a quarter of a century ago were far better than Japan’s “slow-motion” response to the disaster at Fukushima, a leading member of the 1986 recovery effort said.
By Andrew Osborn
25 Apr 2011
In a rare interview on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl on Monday, Col-Gen Nikolai Antoshkin said he was shocked at how poorly Japan had coped with its own nuclear disaster.
“Right at the start when there was not yet a big leak of radiation they (the Japanese) wasted time.
And then they acted in slow-motion,” he said.
The Soviets had evacuated 44,600 people within two and a half hours and put them up in “normal comfortable conditions” on the same day, he recalled.
“Look at advanced Japan,” he said. “People are housed in stadiums and are lying about on the floors of sports halls in unhygienic conditions.”