Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will be visiting Taiwan this month for a series of anti-nuclear events from September 12-15. Kan was the top official when the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck, which eventually led to a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the worst such incident since Chernobyl.
The former premier will be sharing his experiences in dealing with the aftermath of the nuclear crisis. Lee Cho-han, the spokesman for the Anti-Nuclear Fathers Front, said that having Kan participate in their events and sharing his unusual insight might help “push for an immediate halt to nuclear development”. On the 13th, Kan will be attending a gathering at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, where the activists will be expressing their protest against the construction of Taiwan‘s fourth nuclear plant. He will also be speaking at the Songshan Cultural Park on the 14th, and together with other experts will discuss how the grassroots movement can bring about the end of nuclear development as they search for alternative energy sources.
At an anti-nuclear symposium in California back in June, Kan admitted that seeing what happened at Fukushima opened his eyes to the dangers of nuclear power and brought about his change of heart. He also admitted that he feels shame for having been part of the system that exported the country’s nuclear technologies. His stance is at odds with the current administration that is seeking to restart the country’s nuclear reactors that have been offline since the Fukushima incident.
[ via Focus Taiwan ]