Wednesday 29 June 2011

Japanese nuclear official: 'No Japan without nuclear energy'

From Russia Today.

Despite concerns over Japan's government hushing up the dangers, the second highest-ranking nuclear official in the country thinks the issue is simply too complicated for the general public to come to terms with. ?RT takes a closer look at the nuclear crisis in Japan in an interview with Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear Industry and Safety Agency. "The Japanese government tried to distribute or make available all the information we got from TEPCO [Tokyo Electric Power Company] and from our monitoring assistants..., [but ] we have to explain [the situation] in the manner which people can easily understand," he told RT. The Japanese official noted that, despite all the figures on the situation around the country's nuclear crisis being distributed to the public, it is not always easy for ordinary people to understand what these figures actually mean -- how dangerous or safe a particular situation is. "We think that, except for places very close to the nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi, there is no big risk for ordinary people. So we should make them understand that point," he said.

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