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Asahi Shimbun:People working at, living near Fukushima plant say Abe is in the dark
Abe Visit to Fukushima (yes, they spelled his name wrong on his uniform, they are very sorry and deeply regretful)
September 20, 2013
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
To workers facing the perils at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and residents in the surrounding communities, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plant tour and his attempts to show the government taking control of the radiation-contaminated water problem left them angry.
"No one believes that the contaminated water is being controlled," said Katsunobu Sakurai, the mayor of Minami-Soma, whose residents were asked to evacuate following the nuclear accident in March 2011. "What can he know after riding to the plant on a bus and looking around for just a moment?"
After Abe said that water was being completely blocked from the ocean, following his visit to the Fukushima plant on Sept. 19, one man who has helped assemble the tanks from which contaminated water has leaked said, "I wonder if he is using words like 'blocked' and 'control' after really understanding what is going on at the site."
He said that not even Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant operator, may be fully aware of the extent of the problems surrounding contaminated water.
The man recalls that one day he saw contaminated water spraying out of a tank. An employee of an affiliated company to TEPCO wore a raincoat over protective clothing to tighten a bolt on the tank, even as he was being showered with leaking water.
The man witnessed a similar scene on another day. However, TEPCO made no announcement about the two incidents.
Well, they won't be able to report anything soon with the new legislation outlawing reporting about the whole thing... just in time for SFP 4.......