Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister at the time of the Tohoku Earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, said on Tuesday that he is taking legal actions against current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe because of the latter’s statements of defamation. The former prime minister also demands that the ruling premier “immediately admit his misconduct, delete the stories and apologize” because of an article from Abe’s newsletter.
Kan’s office claims he played a significant role in preventing a full-scale meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011, when seawater was used to cool down the reactors. However, Kan was not pleased with Shinzo Abe’s statement regarding the matter. “Mr. Shinzo Abe, in his email magazine, ran a story entitled ’Mr. Kan’s instructions on using seawater [to cool reactors] are made-up.” Kan also said, “Despite my request for a correction and apology… the story remains.”
Experts believe that the Fukushima power plant had been prevented from causing a massive catastrophe in northern Japan because seawater was pumped into the reactors at the height of the disaster. Following the Fukushima disaster, Naoto Kan has become an advocate against nuclear power use. Earlier this year, he was also a guest at an environmental symposium held in California, where he took his stand against nuclear use. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the other hand, is keen to keep nuclear power utilization in Japan.
[via New Straits Times]