Ambassador’s News Conference: Fukushima Daiichi “not under control at all” — A security problem for entire world
June 7th, 2012
Fukushima Reactor Global Security Issue: Japanese Former Diplomat
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Number 4 reactor presents a security problem for the entire world, Mitsuhei Murata, Japan’s former ambassador to Switzerland said.
Fukushima Daiichi plants are “not under control at all… and the situation with nuclear reactors in Japan is like vehicles being driven without a license,” Mr. Murata told a news conference at the foreign correspondents’ club of Japan on June 5.
Recently, people have expressed concerns about Unit 4’s spent fuel pool which stores more than 1500 rods. The unit would be too fragile to withstand an M7-class earthquake.
The Japanese government also thinks that the Unit 4 problem is critical, and are planning to move many of the rods from the pool in 2013.
Warning of the acute danger of Unit 4. at Fukushima Daiichi, Murata said that recent revised estimates by the Japanese government found that the probability of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Fukushima within the next three years is 90%. “But Unit 4 reactor, which was substantially damaged by the tsunami and subsequent explosion will not survive a 7.0 magnitude earthquake,” he said.
He pointed out “the nuclear village and nuclear dictatorship is exposed, and public opinion and their movements are strong.”
He concluded that “[...] The true cause for the present crisis is lack of ethics.”