Former Leader of Japan: Fukushima disaster is “most severe accident in the history of mankind” — Top Regulator: Drastic steps needed due to growing problems at precarious plant

Former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan, Oct. 28, 2013: The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was the most severe accident in the history of mankind. […] I had pushed the policy of utilizing nuclear power […] my view is now changed 180 degrees. […] there are no other events except for wars that would require the evacuation of tens of millions of people. […] it is technically impossible to eliminate accidents, especially if human factors such as terrorism are taken into account […] to eliminate nuclear power plant accidents. All we need to do is to eliminate nuclear power plants themselves. […] we are leaving the huge problem of nuclear waste for future generations to care for. There is no other way but to go down in the path toward achieving zero nuclear power, for the sake of our children and grandchildren. It is possible for mankind to get enough energy without relying on nuclear power — by using natural energy such as solar, wind, and biomass. To help curb global warming, we need to stop the use of not only nuclear power but also fossil fuels. […]

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