From “under control” to “completely blocked,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated his view on the Fukushima power plant cleanup. He may have been questioned for his different phrasing, but the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief claimed that his thinking on the situation has not changed.
At the House of Representatives‘ Budget Committee on Tuesday, Abe said, “We are monitoring radiation levels [in Fukushima], and they are far below the safety limits for radioactive materials. The effects of the contaminated water are being completely blocked.” Compared to his speech at the International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires last month when the prime minister claimed, “The effects [of radioactive water] are blocked to within the bay. Overall the situation is under control,” Abe was more specific in front of other legislators.
The claim was, of course, questioned as Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the nuclear power plant that suffered the worst meltdown since Chernobyl is yet to bring good news. Both statements also caused Akira Kasai, a member of the Japanese Communist Party, to wonder what made the prime minister say it differently. “Why has your phrasing changed?” asked Kasai. Abe responded to the query that the phrases mean the same thing. “From the stance of the impact on health as well, the effects are completely blocked. My thinking has not changed,” Abe said.
[via The Mainichi]