Despite an earlier understanding that they will be disclosed, the interviews with around 772 people involved in the Fukushima 2011 nuclear disaster will apparently still not be made public as far as the current administration is concerned. The nuclear meltdown, considered the worst in recent years, is still the subject of controversy three years later, and recent revelations by a leading newspaper has put it back in the spotlight.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, when asked if they will be sharing the interview transcripts with the media and third parties, said that they will only be made public if all the interviewees will give their consent. But the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, which also recently published the interview with Fukushima plant manager Masao Yoshida, learned that even before the panel investigation by the government’s Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations started, there was already an agreement that those interviewed can disclose their statements to the media. However, the interviewes were closed sessions and could only be revealed “to the extent necessary”. In light of the article published by the paper last week, the government released the written request by Yoshida, who passed away from cancer last year, that his interviews never be made public. The Asahi Shimbun claims that the records they have show otherwise.
The Cabinet Secretariat’s office, who already has all the records of the investigation, said that in principle, these should not be made public unless there is consent from those interviewed. But one of the interviewees said that he was never approached to get his consent but he did not really care if they make it public or not. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party says they will be pressuring the government into revealing what was said in those interviews, as they believe this could be crucial information to ensure that such an incident will never happen again.
[ via Asahi Shimbun ]