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My Nuclear NightmareLeading Japan Through the Fukushima Disaster to a Nuclear-Free Future$
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Naoto Kan and Jeffrey S. Irish

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705816

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705816.001.0001

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Memories from the Abyss

Memories from the Abyss

(p.28) 1 Memories from the Abyss
My Nuclear Nightmare

Naoto Kan

Jeffrey S. Irish

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's recollections about the week immediately following the Great East Japan earthquake. Topics discussed include the response team meeting at the Emergency Disaster Response Headquarters; the Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear Emergency Preparedness; the declaration of a nuclear emergency; whether the state has authority over TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant; the responsibilities of the Nuclear Safety Commission and Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency; TEPCO's inability to resolve problems on their own; the evacuation of residents with within a three-kilometer [1.9 mile] radius of the nuclear power plant; and Kan's decision to address the Japanese people a day and a half after the earthquake.

Keywords:   Great East Japan earthquake, Japanese prime minister, Naoto Kan, tsunami, natural disasters, Fukishima, nuclear power plant, nuclear emergency, TEPCO

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